Wishing You All A Geeky Xmas

We may not be wearing our nerdy Christmas jumpers, you know, coz it’s bloody hot here, but we still thought we’d take this opportunity to wish you all an awesomely geeky, safe and fun Christmas!

Hope Santa can drag himself away from playing pinball and deliver presents to all the good folks out there.

On behalf of the ausretrogamer team, Merry Christmas!


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?

image source: Merchoid


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

Tomica Star Wars: Star Cars Darth Vader Carrier

If you are a Star Wars fan and are struggling to find stuff to add to your Christmas wishlist, then you are in luck! Cross out whatever is number one on your current wishlist and add the awesome Tomica Star Wars Star Cars Darth Vader carrier truck!

As you can see from the product photos, this truck is one mean looking vehicle – you can finally be driving on the dark side of the force! If you want your truck to carry cargo, you may want to add the Tomica Star Wars vehicles to your list too.

Hit Amazon now and grab yourself some cool Star Wars gear for Xmas!

This is one truck than can lure us to the dark side of the force!

You can carry some pretty cool vehicles

You better back off!

Unloading the precious cargo

Fill your truck with these cool Tomica Star Wars cars!

image source: Amazon


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: IgniteMotion.com 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)


msausretrogamerMs. ausretrogamer
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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Press Play On Tape: Xmas Shenanigans

PPOT_eps9Ho, Ho, Ho, Merry Christmas! It’s just Daz and Alex for the final episode of Press Play On Tape for 2015 – it’s so strange that it’s just them two! Before there is any sitting on Santa’s knee and looking into his big red sack, the lads get all misty-eyed in their reflection of the year that was and then get excited about the year that will be. Alex gets excited about a few Kickstarters coming to fruition, while Daz gets excited about the unknown!

Press play on tape one final time for 2015 to hear the lads reminisce about their favourite old Xmas magazine issues and what they wish Santa will leave under the Christmas tree for them. Oh yeh, they even ask the audience what they wish Santa will bring them this Christmas! So be merry, stay safe and enjoy!

PRESS PLAY ON TAPE podcasts are available on iTunes and Podbean.