The Thrill Of The Chase: Roaming In Melbourne

Work can be a damn bore. To break the monotony of doing that sales forecast report that is due by the end of the week, we use our lunch-break as a sanctuary to get away from it all.

My lunch break shenanigans had me traversing the city, looking for gaming and pop culture gear in particular. I was pleased to find a number of Nintendo and Namco goodies – from t-shirts and hoodies, to board-games, figurines and pool cues!

Seems as though my timing was quite good, as there were discounts and two-for-one deals throughout the stores – as if I needed more temptation! Shop on!

The coolest NES tee!
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Coolest Nintendo backpacks ever!
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The coolest Zelda tee!
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A super Super Mario!
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The coolest Mario tee!
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Nintendo has too many temptations
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Are you a Nintendo gamer? Then you need to wear this!
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The Nintendo Console History Timeline – where it started
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The Nintendo Console History Timeline – the 90s and early 2000s era
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You’ll be a Mega Man or a Mega Woman if you wear this!
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I want to play pool with these Pac-Man balls!
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Compliment your Pac-Man pool balls with this Pac-Man cue!
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37 years on, and Space Invaders is still relevant!
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 Lots of drool-worthy tees on this wall!
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Let there be light!
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Everyone needs Indy in their life
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If Nintendo can do it, so can Namco!
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Australia Day, Ausretrogamer Style

Some Australians celebrate Australia Day with a barbie (Ed: that’s barbecue for the uninitiated), others choose to sink a few beers and watch the cricket. For Ms. ausretrogamer and I, we chose to hit the road in search of some arcade and pinball machines.

Luckily for us, there were a few stores opened on this public holiday Monday. We did find a warehouse on the outskirts of Melbourne packed with arcade machines and pinball tables from all eras. We definitely got our fix of retro gaming eye candy this Australia Day!

Retro refreshments for Australia Day!
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Oh yeah, some Sega Sport Car Ultimate Drive (SCUD) Race
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Oh no, a Galaga I & II in need of some TLC!
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*Scottish accent*Get in my belly!
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Shagadelic baby!
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Are you scared stiff?
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They’re creepy and they’re kooky
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I’ll take the Dalek!
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I don’t think that light will fit
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Lot of history in this place!
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Care for some old school hockey?
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Old beauties!
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Pinball lovin!
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May the force be with you!
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Pinball tables from all eras!
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Pinball tables as far as the eye can see
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No one puts Virtua Striker 2 or Virtua Tennis 2 in the corner!
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Evel Knievel and Playboy = what a match!
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Operating on an ultimate cab
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No joint is complete without a Zoltan!
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Classic Video Game Characters Breaking All The Rules!

Breaking_Title“Whose turn is it?”. “Who cares, let’s rush him!” – imagine if classic video game characters could break all the rules! This video from Dorkly shows us exactly what crazy things might happen if our favourite character just did what they wanted. Let the antics begin!


source: Dorkly
Via: Laughing Squid

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msausretrogamerMs. ausretrogamer
Content Manager at ausretrogamer – The Australian Retro Gamer E-Zine. Lover of science fiction, fashion and TV. Player of games, old and new.

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Super Bread Box: Superb C64 Fun

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NEWSFLASH: RGCD has announced that Super Bread Box is available for download for all you C64 fanatics (Ed: proud to be a C64 fanatic). This news is great for all retro gaming fans, as Paul Koller’s game is damn awesome. Even if you do not possess a C64, you can get in on the action via VICE on your Windows machine.

Super Bread Box is available for free, but if you can spare a few coins, please throw some over to show your support and reward the developer for their great effort. What are you waiting for? Hop to it!

Super Bread Box on RGCD.DEV

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Hot Wheels Battle: Star Trek VS Star Wars

HotWheels_SWvsSTI may have been a Matchbox fan in my younger years, but it’s all about Hot Wheels right now! Starting with the Atari NostalgicsHot Wheels (well, Mattel) have definitely piqued my interest in their little cars.

It seems that Hot Wheels have jumped on the pop culture bandwagon and are hurtling down to your local toy store. Not only have Hot Wheels fused their cool toy cars with one sci-fi cult classic, Star Trek, but they have given us the equivalent of a boxing one-two sucker punch by also giving us the Star Wars collection(s).

Considering it is a new year, and in the spirit of giving (thank you Ms. ausretrogamer), I wasn’t going to deny myself either of these collections. Star Trek or Star Wars – let the battle for the sci-fi universe begin!

The Star Trek collection
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Star Trek Collection explained
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Oooooo, Spock!
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The Star Wars Hot Wheels gang!
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Looking good Mr Skywalker
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Join the dark side of the Hot Wheels force!
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The Battle Of The Hot Wheels Universe!
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Vader is all over Bones!
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The Thrill Of The Chase: Out and About

An impromptu lunchtime sojourn comes up trumps! With no intention of hunting for retro or pop culture goodies, I was surprised what I found in Melbourne’s CBD (Central Business District) as I was out and about. From Sonic comics and video gaming related books, to bartop arcade machines at the most unlikeliest place, it was a lunch break I didn’t expect.

A great start to the week indeed. Oh yeh, my wallet was also worse for wear.

Green Lantern VS Zodac? *Mind completely blown*
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An awesome book that is to be read by every gamer!
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Another awesome book. A great reference indeed!
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One for the Zelda fans!
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Wish I could flip through the pages of this book!
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Sonic Comic! Hey, that rhymes! 
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Sega fans would love this!
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More Sonic love!
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Oh wow – Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back! I gotta get these!
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Your keys would ROCK and look MEGA on this keyring!
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Sam Fisher in his desert suit. Very cool indeed.
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The dark side awaits!
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An arcade machine in Myer? No way! Oh, that old school phone is cool too.
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Yes way – it is an arcade machine at Myer!
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The last word always goes to Ron Swanson.
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Partying With My Retro Gaming Brethren

Party_groupWhen I first ventured into retro gaming, little did I know that I would meet such awesome and like-minded people. Since establishing a great bond with the locally based Retro Domination and Weird and Retro guys, we have shared many a good time, not least of all, at our annual Classic Gaming extravaganza at PAX Aus.

With family priorities keeping me away for most of the 2014 PAX Aus event, the rest of the Classic Gaming crew, including the Adelaide based Retrospekt team, were hugely supportive, which was greatly appreciated.

As a thank you, Ms. ausretrogamer and I invited our Victorian based retro gaming colleagues to celebrate the grand opening of our new games room. Between the consumption of pizzas, beer, soft drinks and Ms. ausretrogamer’s famous Black Russians, there were pinball high score challenges, Frisbee action via Windjammers on the Neo Geo MVS and a lot of laughter and reminiscing. It was also great to meet Mrs. Daz Retro and their three lovely kids.

I was humbled to receive many gifts, which were totally unexpected. Matt Cawley handed me a few custom MVS boxes, Ultimate Body Blows and a number of other Amiga CD32 goodies. As per usual, Daz surprised me with a boxed (Last) Ninja 3 for the C64 and the equally awesome, Dracula – The Undead for the Atari Lynx. However, the biggest surprise came from Mr. Mark Cassar. Without any fanfare, Mark handed me an awesome custom-made ausretrogamer C64 t-shirt. To say I was rapt, would be a great understatement!

Since the new games room has now officially been opened, I hope to host many more retro gaming parties with great friends. Game on!

The calm before the retro gaming storm!
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Pizzas, Drinks and great company = perfect ingredients for a party
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Matt having a crack at the Pin*Bot high score!
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The great Mark Cassar taking a swing on the Neo Geo!
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Daz showing the boys his flipper skills!
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The next generation of retro gamers
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The awesome gifts! I have been spoiled.
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