Classic Gaming at PAX Aus 2014

PAXAUS2014_HdrHey PAX Aus peeps! Maps are now available for the 2014 event! Make sure you come around to our Classic Gaming area for a nostalgic hit.

For those of you that like panels, you can catch a few of us from Retrospekt, Retro Domination and yours truly at the Best retro video games you’ve probably never played panel on Saturday, November 1st at 11:00am in the Kookaburra Theatre. Oh yeah, Weird And Retro has a couple of awesome panels too, so be there or be a pixelated square!

PAX Aus 2014: October 31 – November 2, 2014 at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre.

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Blast From the Past: Nintendo Interactive Store Displays


Ah, the Nintendo of old. How I miss thee, when times were simpler and there was no Microsoft nor Sony. There is always room in my heart for Nintendo, as they have endured through thick and thin in this video gaming business that is now on par with Hollywood.

So let’s take a trip down memory lane, some 22 years ago and see how Nintendo presented their wares to the retail fraternity. Golly gosh those interactive display units were awesome!

source: PenguinNintendoAge

Urban Legend: The Atari Burial Site

atari-landfillWhat are your plans for April 26? You want to be part of a historic event? Do you love Atari folklore? Then make your travel arrangements to the Alamogordo Landfill in New Mexico (USA) and watch the Fuel Entertainment and Xbox Entertainment Studios production team excavate the landfill to search for some Atari treasure. What will they dig up – will it just be E.T cartridges or just a mangled mess of plastic junk? I do wonder. Perhaps we should let sleeping dogs lie. Better still, read the Atari Inc. – Business Is Fun book instead, it will save you from travelling to New Mexico.

What do you think about this landfill excavation event?

Alamogordo Landfill Excavation Details:

Saturday, April 26, 2014
9:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Alamogordo Landfill
4276 Highway 54 S
Alamogordo, NM 88310

image source: GotGame 

Espionage Gallery: ARCADE ALLSTARS


Espionage Gallery Presents : ARCADE ALLSTARS

Espionage is teaming up with Retrospekt and AVCon to bring you ARCADE ALLSTARS! Featuring a lineup of 60 Australian Artists from Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane all in this one massive exhibition.

Arcade Allstars features works based on nostalgic games, retro consoles and general 8-bit awesomeness. Featuring some favourites from Pac-Man, Pokemon, Mega Man, Mario and Zelda.

On the night there will be table top arcade games, NES, SNES and Sega Mega Drive will be set up with games to play. 8-Bit chiptunes will also be provided by local chiptune artists 8175.

During the exhibition, Espionage will also host a freeplay gaming and cosplay night (Friday December 13) as well as a Street Fighter and Mario Kart tournament (Thursday December 19) with prizes for the best cosplay and tournament winner!

What better way to celebrate the end of a great year at Espionage! So come on down for a drink and pick-up some art that would make a perfect Christmas present for any child at heart.

The Arcade Allstars Group Exhibition is on at the Espionage Gallery from December 12 2013 to December 21 2013.


Retro Gaming: The Unloved

One man’s trash, is another man’s treasure. Or so the saying goes. For those that consider their items as being worthless, especially retro gaming gear, I guarantee they would be considered quite valuable by someone else – someone else just like me!

Have you ever rescued an old piece of video gaming or related item from the side of the road or a garage sale?


Found on the side of the road: Sega Dreamcast Kiosk


A Taito cocktail table screaming for some love


Trash or Treasure: A drum machine left to fend for itself.


Rescued: One Space Invaders cabinet that was in need of a loving home


CRT TV #1: Don’t people understand, you need this to play Duck Hunt!


A restoration project waiting to happen!


CRT TV #2: Heartbreaking


Show some respect to the Uzi mounted Operation Wolf


CRT TV #3: There should be a law against this abuse!

1993: Violent Video Games Edition

If you thought that the ‘violence in video games’ argument was new, think again. There has been a propensity of ill-informed media to report and sensationalise on the violence in video games. If you don’t believe me, check out this Fox News report from 1993.

source: Lawless Law

Classic Moments: IK+

I knew I should have got the smaller sized pants!

It’s not much fun getting caught with your pants down, especially in public. It’s also not a good idea to drop your dacks willingly in any situation. It’s just not socially acceptable. However in a video game,  that’s a different story.

Archer Maclean’s smash hit sequel to International Karate, IK+ improved on its predecessor in many ways – from the visuals, gameplay aspects, to the built in Easter eggs!

IK+ gave the player the opportunity to mess with their fighters in amusing ways – by making them drop their trousers! The trouser drop was performed by pressing the S and E keys together on the keyboard. The expression on the fighters’ faces when they realised they had been caught with their pants down was priceless. Truly a classic moment in video gaming.