Ausretrogamer is Six Years Old

Ausretrogamer launched six years ago today! We’re not doing a whole lot to celebrate, unless eating cupcakes and doughnuts counts as a celebration – but we didn’t want to let the day pass without some sort of acknowledgement. It would be an understatement to say that the retro gaming scene is a tad different today than when we launched in January 2012. Back then there was no NES or SNES Classic Minis nor was there a PAX event in Australia.

The retro gaming community has grown in leaps and bounds with its momentum showing no slowdown – long may it continue to be this way. In fact, if we can blow our own horn for a moment, we’ve set new traffic records on ausretrogamer in 2017 – and we have all of you awesome peeps to thank for that!

We at ausretrogamer are not planning on stopping anytime soon. Your enthusiasm and excitement for retro gaming and its limitless possibilities is what keeps us motivated to keep on going. Who knows what the next six years will bring, but rest assured, we will keep doing what we do as long as you keep reading and engaging with us on social media. Thanks heaps!

 

Electrifying the 80s

What a way to start the new year with these awesome 80s metal posters from the ‘Electrifying the 80s‘ collection via Displate!

There are 14 metal posters in the Electrifying the 80s collection that will make your eyes pop! Here are a few to whet your 80s loving appetite…

image source: Displate

 

Oz Comic-Con Melbourne 2017: Unleashing Our Inner Geek

If you missed out on Oz Comic-Con Melbourne 2017, then don’t fret, we are here to unleash your inner geek with these very cool photos!

To say we can’t wait for Oz Comic-Con 2018 would be a great understatement.

Let’s do this!

The new old order

Another great turnout!

Where to begin? That is the million dollar question…

The Dude abides

The Force is strong with this lot

Go Go Gadget Cosplay!

The detail is amazing!

The Doctor may be regenerating!

Ms ausretrogamer finds the Tardis!

We knew it wouldn’t take long to find Pikachu *wink*

Do you want to build a snowman?

Lego Spyro!

Chomp, chomp, chomp – Lego Pac-Man (photo source: Sean Tagg)

Melbourne Lego User Group (MUGs) represent!

Lego science!

Lego Super Mario Bros.

The legendary couple!

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He has been upgraded

Glide to the PAX Challenge 

In space no one can hear you scream

MOTU Classics!

Bumped into some cool peeps from Retro Domination (Matt and Tim)!

Perfect welcome mat for our Fun Factory

It’s dangerous to go alone! Take this.

Found the retro gaming loot!

Why is Nintendo loot always behind glass? *wink*

Whoa!

Winter has come!

Choose your weapon!

The great wall of Pop!

Whoa, Halo!

BB-8 made a friend

Who you gonna call?

Where is Han?

Wow, Wonder Woman!

Walkers everywhere!

Sanic and Josh (photo source: Sean Tagg)

Henry and the Fallout crew (photo source: Sean Tagg)

Marvel Star Wars!

Snootchie Bootchies

Another great wall – the scribble wall

A smiling (awesome) Hellboy

And the Oz Comic-Con Melbourne Cosplay winner is, Kayla Jean… (photo source: Guy ‘Yug’ Blomberg)

Till next year…

 

Oz Comic-Con Melbourne 2017 Ticket Giveaway!

*** THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED ***

Hey peeps, Oz Comic-Con is coming to Melbourne on July 1 and 2!

Thanks to the awesome folks at Oz Comic-Con, we are thrilled to be giving away two double 2-day passes. So what do you need to do to win this fantastic prize?

Simply subscribe to our newsletter, then email us at [email protected] to confirm your entry. We’ll be choosing the two lucky winners at random on Monday, June 26 (entries close at midday)! Oh yeah, one final bit of info, you will need to find your own way (and accommodation) to Melbourne.

CLAIMING TICKETS
At the conclusion of the giveaway, the winners details will be provided to Oz Comic-Con. The winners names will then be placed on the door list at the Media Check-In Desk, where they will be able to collect their wristbands for entry. If the winners are outside of Melbourne, then they are responsible for their own transport and accommodation.

If you need any convincing, just check out the highlights from Oz Comic-Con Melbourne 2016.

image source: Oz Comic-Con

 

Supanova Temptations

If checking out the wonderful roster of TV stars and the awesome cosplay wasn’t enough, Supanova Pop Culture Expo (in Melbourne) hit the trifecta this past weekend by tempting its visitors with cool gear, from comics, novels, animation cels, action figures to Game Of Thrones leggings – let’s just say that there was something for everyone!

As we walked around the main hall of Supanova, we found ourselves stopping at each stall and taking a good hard look at what wares were available for purchase. The temptation was strong to buy everything in sight, but we had to be mindful of that dreaded credit card sitting in our back pocket.

There were plenty of items we would have loved to had taken home, but for now, we’ll just reminisce about them…

We stood and stared at these for hours! Well, ok, we stared for minutes!
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Tada! The (evil) Doctor is in da house!
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Shoot that Well Walker in the head!
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It is Judgement Day! The menacing T800 is coming to get us!
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Flipping the bird at Iron Man
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Wanna go back to ’85?
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Where do we even start?!
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The most evil bust in the universe!
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The most evil statue in the universe!
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Let’s bag this, Mario!
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Magic mushroom?
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Look who we ran into!
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House Targaryen!
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We bet on House Stark!
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Oo’er, nice framed Zelda artwork!
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Oh man, Care Bears and Strawberry Shortcake! Now that’s a blast from the past!
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Whoa! Where is Jabba The Hutt?
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More Star Wars goodness!
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Where do we even start here? Oh look, it’s Daryl Dixon!
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We might need a few bags here! *wink*
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Conquering Oz Comic-Con Melbourne 2015

OzComicCon_logoOz Comic-Con Melbourne 2015 has been conquered – and wow, what a weekend it was! The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre was brimming with artists, cool exhibitors (including Beta Bar, Gametraders Highpoint, Little LandsClassic Comics, Hammerspace Games, and The 501st Legion), awesome cosplay, a full program of speakers / panels / workshops (across 5 stages!) and, of course,  photos and autographs with the plethora of TV and film megastars (e.g. Bruce Campbell, David Wenham, Jewel Staite, Jason Momoa, Amber Benson, David Hewlett).

Look out for the next Oz Comic-Cons in Brisbane (19-20 September 2015) and Sydney (26-27 September 2015), but in the meantime let’s re-live Melbourne’s pop-culture extravaganza in fifty photos – we hope you feel like you’re there!

The crowd gathers for Oz Comic-Con Melbourne 2015!
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Got our media passes – let’s go!
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Ms ausretrogamer & ausretrogamer excited to be in attendance!
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Make it so Number 1
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Eat your heart out, Khaleesi
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Rocket! Yeah!
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The merchandise was too enticing!
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Jon Snow comes back to life
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Comics galore at the Classic Comics stand
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Shut up and take my photo!
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Cosplay from all over the universe
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Button mashing time!
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Foxy!
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Let’s get the credit card ready!
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For your next cosplay event
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The Gaming Zone was abuzz!
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Even The Joker found time to play some games
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A proud Whovian in a beautiful self-made TARDIS dress!
Join the Doctor Who Club of Victoria

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Gaming merch!
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The Great Wall Of Pop!
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Cels for sale!
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Hulk smash pins!
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Arcade and pinball represent, baby!
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Look Bones, it’s Batman!
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I’m a Mawg. Half-man, half-dog. I’m my own best friend.
(Note: The ears moved on this awesome costume!)

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Warcraft heroes taking it easy
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Hey Jabba, how much do you want for that carbonite Han Solo?
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Say Death Star!
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Star Wars Legion: 501st Terror Australis Garrison
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Rebel Pilot and Co-Pilot in training
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Refuel with one of these retro energy drinks!
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Let’s see how big this phone box is……
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The silence is deafening at this disco!
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If it bleeds, we can kill it!
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Great Wall Of Mugs!
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Old-school style!
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We’ll take them all, thank you.
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Grab this hero for hire
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Hi Mr Campbell, can I have your autograph?
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Release your inner lead foot
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The Brits have invaded!
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A LEGO Marvel Comics extravaganza!
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Don’t mess with me
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Na na na na na na na na Brickman!
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To the Batmobile!
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Lego Super Mario under Lego Abbey Road 
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Donkey Kong terrarium by Little Lands
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Super Mario Sisters!
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Get your retro on! – Quarries Of Scred by Noble Kale (Hammerspace Games)
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Till next time……..
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It’s On Like Oz Comic-Con

OZComicCon_3As the excitement builds for this weekend’s Oz Comic-Con at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, the ausretrogamer crew are giddy with anticipation of the geeky awesomeness to come! Being our first Oz Comic-Con, we can’t wait to immerse ourselves in all things pop-culture – from TV and film guests, to great cosplay and cars from movies, it’s going to be huge.

For those of you that cannot be there in person, we will be keeping you up to date on social media using #OzComicCon, so make sure you tune in!

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image source: Oz Comic-Con