Get Your Geeky Christmas Sweaters On

Ah Christmas 🎅, it’s only when we see these awesome geeky sweaters that we wish it was cold down here instead of the furnace-like warmth we endure every year (Ed: We’ll take a warm Xmas over a cold one any day of the year!).

So, which Christmas sweater will you don for this festive season – the superhero, the pop culture geek or the hardcore gamer?

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A Very Skeletor Christmas

“Skeletor is BACK and there is only one thing he wants for Christmas.”

Source: Brock’s Dubs via Laughing Squid


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Home Alone – 8 Bit Cinema

“Ho-Ho-Ho-Home Alone returns as a retro action-packed arcade game for your holiday cheer! So sit back, relax, stir up some hot cocoa, and watch little McAllister cause some mayhem. Happy Holidays!”

Source: CineFix via Laughing Squid


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Co-founder, editor and writer 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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The Great Christmas Video Game Gifts Wish Book Of 1992

Christmas is always a great time. We associate good times with family and friends, holidays, and obviously the gifts (giving and receiving!).

Let’s not pretend though, as kids, we loved Christmas for one thing, the presents! It was also around this time that retailers would bombard us with their catalogues, tempting us to load up our wish-lists with all matter of toys, electronic gadgets and video gaming items. We would pore over these catalogues, circling items and then leaving the catalogues in a prominent spot in the hope that our loved ones would notice.

If you loved (still love) looking at catalogues, then let us take you back to the 1992 Christmas Sears, Roebuck & Co. ‘The Great American Wish Book’ – yep, this catalogue is a 830+ page book!

Let’s see what is inside this hefty catalogue!

We wish for a Game Boy!

Or do we wish for a Sega Game gear?

Ah yeh, of course we wish for an Atari Lynx!

Which console to circle – the NES?

Or maybe the TurboGrafx-16 (aka: American PC-Engine)?

Maybe we should go for the 16-bit beasts, like the Sega Mega Drive?

Or the mighty Super Nintendo!

We also need games!

Lots of games!

Whoa, a new computer!

A new computer will need some software and a few peripherals!

See, we told you the NES isn’t just a games machine! We can learn to play the piano!

Pfft, who needs smartwatches!

Whoa, arcade pinball action!

Oh wow, you could save $200 on the Philips CD-i! What a bargain!

The only way to listen to music while on the move!

If we buy a console, we need a CRT TV to play it on! Circle that too!

For those that want to video record their play!

Lego should be on the list, always!

Reading material is good for Christams

Yeh, why not!

A certain Mr Panek would love this TMNT madness!

Please Santa, I want a Jet Wave too!


Retro Gaming Christmas Gifts Under $50

Are you on a tight budget this Christmas? If so, we have put together a list of retro gaming gifts that won’t break the bank. No matter your gaming allegiance, we have something for everyone!

Get your Christmas gift ideas pad out and start taking notes!

Hit up Kmart (Australia) for some cool retro gaming inspired t-shirts for under $15!

If you want to play your Sega Saturn NTSC games on your PAL machine, then you need this – Action Replay 4M Auto Plus

One for the Atari Fans – the beautiful Art Of Atari book

We can’t leave out the Nintendo book fans – Good Nintentions 1985 | Color Edition: The Definitive Unauthorized Guide to Nintendo’s NES Launch (Volume 2)

One for the arcade junkies that love their history – Hardcore Gaming 101 Presents: Data East Arcade Classics

When it comes to attire, we got Sega Sonic fans covered – Sonic tank top (Kmart Australia)

Stuff the Christmas stocking with some Zelda gear – Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword Link Action Figure

Get the family (or your friends) together for some friendly UNO Super Mario game

May the force be with you this Christmas – Tomica Star Wars Star Cars Darth Vader Truck

Not quite retro, but it is an awesome shoot’em up – SÖLDNER-X 2: Final Prototype

Wanna use your PS3, PS4 or Wii U controllers on your NES? Then you need this – 8Bitdo Retro Receiver for NES

If you prefer to use newer NES style controller, then you gotta grab – the 8Bitdo NES30 GamePad

Keep your 3DS XL safe from pocket monsters – Pokemon Monster Ball

NOTE: All items listed are under $50 and exclude shipping costs

Wishing You A Geeky Xmas And Nerdy New Year

Dear retrogaming friends, wishing you a very geeky Christmas and nerdy New Year! Please enjoy these awesome Christmas trees as we hit the peak of the festive season, and seriously – best wishes to you and your family for a safe and happy holiday period.

An amazing Pac-Man Christmas tree
pac-man tree(Source: via Technabob)

C is for Cookie Monster Christmas tree
cookie monster tree(Source: enhydralutris45 on imgur)

Christmas in 8-bit8 bit tree(Source: via HyperVocal)

Have a super Christmas!
super mario tree
(Source: LighterCases on Etsy)

10 Points for whoever put together this beautiful Hogwarts Christmas tree
harry potter tree
(Source: via Nerdist)

dalek tree(Source: via Geekrant)

The Christmas cake is a lie
portal tree(Source: via TheGrue)

Minecraft IRL is perfect for making Christmas trees, but don’t forget to build a chimney too!
minecraft tree(Source: on YouTube)

Oh LEGO tree, oh LEGO tree…
lego tree(Source: SMH)

The festive spirit is strong with this one
Star Wars Tree(Source: The Daily Mail)


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Co-founder, editor and writer 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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The Twelve Gifts Of Christmas

Xmas_Gifts_HDR“On the First day of Christmas my true love sent to me”, No, no, no! There will be no ‘The Twelve Days Of Christmas’ singing here, thank you. With Christmas just around the corner, we thought we would ease the gift buying burden by giving you ‘The Twelve Gift Ideas For Christmas’ to help you get something special for your really cool geeky / nerdy partner.

Forget about going out to the local shopping centre and battling for a car park only to get frustrated when you can’t find anything suitable. We are here to make this Christmas shopping period a pleasant experience from the comfort of your own home and one where your partner will thank you for the awesome gift (Ed: don’t you mean gifts!)!

Enough chatter, as promised, here are The Twelve Gifts of Christmas!

Star Wars: The Original Topps Trading Card Series, Volume One – Just in time for the Force Awakens!

If they are Zelda fans, then this 2.5″ 8-Bit Link Action Figure will tickle their fancy

But if they are a Donkey Kong kinda guy or gal, then they’ll go ape over this!

Secure their DS / 3DS with a retro NES inspired case

Sega fans rejoice! Plug and play the Sega Nano on any TV (with composite connectivity)
There should always be a Masters Of The Universe gift under the Christmas tree

If clothing is preferred, then nothing says cool like a C64 tee

Bookworms partners will love this Commodore book!

Can’t afford a real Intellivision? Then the Intellivision Flashback is the next best thing!

Or maybe they are a ColecoVision type of gamer…

Forget forking out thousands for an arcade machine, grab them a My-Arcade mini retro machine!
And if you really want to spoil him or her, get them the ultimate handheld emulation system, the GPD XD

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