Growing Up In Arcades: 1979-1989

Growing Up In Arcades: 1979-1989 is a beautiful collection of retro photos on flickr of, you guessed it, 1980’s arcades. Most photos have been contributed by Kevin R ‘Rad Arcade’.

A look back at the arcades that consumed much of our time and quarters back in the 80s. Looking for scans of vintage games in the wild. So if you have old arcade or Chuck E. Cheese birthday pics, dig ’em up! They belong here.’

Spend some time admiring the games (note the pleasing lack of redemption machines), the fashion, the smiles and the colours – great memories! Also, don’t forget to add a few of your own pics. Here are a handful photos to whet your appetite, but be sure to visit flickr to see the whole collection.

‘Pizza’ submitted by Ray Conrado
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‘Mark’s 7th Birthday Party’ submitted by Aaron Caldwell
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‘Broadway in S.F.’ submitted by James Aaron Dillon
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‘Hangin’ with my friends at lunch’ submitted by Elwood Rose
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‘Soviet Pre-Video Games’ submitted by Ben Madison
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‘Time Out Tunnel’ submitted by Kevin R
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‘Pinball’ submitted by Kevin R
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‘Fun Terminal’ submitted by Kevin Rfun terminal

‘Pinball’ submitted by Sulaco99
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‘Pool Arcade’ submitted by Kevin R
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Source: Growing Up In Arcades: 1979-1989 on flickr

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msausretrogamerMs. ausretrogamer
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Super Mario World Transformed Into Flappy Bird

SMW FB featuredGet ready to be amazed, Seth Bling has transformed Super Mario World into Flappy Bird using only SNES hardware. Seth made use of glitches to inject code (written by p4plus2) and claims this is ‘the first time a human has ever completed this kind of exploit‘ – amazing!

Find out just how he did it in this neat video (or watch the whole process via the Twitch livestream archive, or check out the code injection notes).

Source: SethBling via Laughing Squid

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

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2016 Reset C64 4KB Game Coding Competition

ResetC64Comp_TitleDust off the C64 and grab that ideas pad where you scribbled down your game design all those years ago, as you now have the opportunity to enter the 2016 Reset C64 4KB game coding competition, AKAthe Reset Crap Game Compo!

This is going to be one mega CRAPTASTIC comp! Say what? Crap game comp? What gives? My game will be awesome! Relax, don’t get precious about it, the theme of the comp is craptastic, so the crappier the game, the better chance you have at being crowned the winner.

For those of you that want the lowdown on how to enter, just be aware that your game must not be greater than 4 kilobytes in size. Oh yeah, your game can (and should) be ludicrous, awful, bonkers and downright outrageous. The main aim is to have fun. So once you have your crap game done, make sure you email it to the Reset editor by no later than October 1 2016! So go on, get cracking, ahem, we mean coding!

For a complete list of the rules and regulations, go here.  This Reset competition is proudly sponsored by:

There will be awesome prizes, including Reset physical issues for the top three winning entrants!

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PIK3A: Raspberry Pi 3 IKEA Cocktail Tables

PIK3A featuredThere’s no better IKEA hack than a retrogaming IKEA hack, and these fantastic ‘PIK3A’ Raspberry Pi 3 IKEA cocktail arcade tables are the best! Even better, you can make your own by following spannerspencer’s detailed instructions on the element14 website (PIK3A mark I and PIK3A mark II).

The PIK3A mark I
PIK3A B

The PIK3A mark II
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PIK3A II

Sources: element14 via @mattgillard, and element 14

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msausretrogamerMs. ausretrogamer
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‘Player Two’: Videogames Can Be A Spiritual Experience

Player Two is a short film by John Wikstrom based on a YouTube comment by 00WARTHERAPY00 on the PBS Game/Show ‘Can Video Games Be A Spiritual Experience?‘ episode. This beautiful film tells the touching story of a boy discovering a ghost driver of his father’s fastest lap in RalliSport Challenge on an old Xbox console years after his death.

Source: John Wikstrom on Vimeo via Laughing Squid

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msausretrogamerMs. ausretrogamer
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Donkey Kong In Real Life

featuredHave you ever wondered what Donkey Kong would look like in real life? Of course you have. Well wonder no more, Banks shows us exactly what it would be like – and it’s awesome!

Want more? Watch Tetris in real life or the making of  the Donkey Kong in Real Life video.

Source: MyNameIsBanks via Cheezburger

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msausretrogamerMs. ausretrogamer
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Supa Cosplay at Supanova Expo Melbourne 2016

We love watching cosplay – the wigs, the makeup, the lycra, the armor, the props – wow! We especially love seeing the amazing variety of characters and interpretations people come up with. Well, our fellow Melbournians did us proud at the recent Supanova Expo, here are our cosplay highlights from the 2016 Supanova Pop Culture Expo Melbourne.

Amazing dwarf makeup – we think this was done by the Weta Workshop
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Kool Kylo Ren Kosplay
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This – This is Negan, and he is awesome
(surprisingly, this was the only Negan we came across)
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A stunning display at the Torb and Reiner booth
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Punky Bowser
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Ready… Fight!
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Welcome to Silent Hill – quick, where’s my Rock Drill?!
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So much Star Wars
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Boba Link: The Zeldalorian bounty hunter
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The steampunk elf king
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You might be a king or a little street sweeper, but sooner or later you dance with the reaper
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Wow – Fallen Captain, Destiny
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Marvel-ous cosplay by David Cunning a.k.a. Delta one cosplayDSCF1039

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msausretrogamerMs. ausretrogamer
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