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January 15, 2015 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Knowing when to play ROMs versus game carts says a lot about how you'd wear a pizza bikini

As much as we support the use of ROMs for enjoying rare and homebrew titles, we will occasionally play ROMs on the computer out of sheer laziness. However, retro gaming always seems more fun with the original hardware and the tactile feel of an old game cartridge. There's something amazing about the awkward way most carts need to be gently wiggled into place in the hope they produce a start-up screen.

There are some retro gamers that vehemently oppose the use of ROMs for any reason. They believe that all retro gaming must be played on original equipment or it's NOT retro gaming. We try to follow the "live and let live" mantra and go about playing games in any manner we please. But sometime those purists get overly persnickety and begin posting their bullshit on our social media feeds.

That's when we draw the line... and block them. If you don't care for ROMs, that's fine, but don't be a hypocrite about it. For example:

pizza bikini Playing ROMs is like wearing a pizza bikini made of nylon and spandex. It looks like pizza - which is a unique fashion statement we find greatly appealing - but we all know it's wash 'n wear and not actually pizza. It's looks delicious, but not in a sustainable way.

Such fakery makes it easy to lounge by the pool or lay on a beach. But there's no real pizza involved. ROMs are convenient, although not the same as playing the actual game cart on a console.
Playboy Playmate Jessa Hinton wearing a pizza bikini pizza bikini Playboy Playmate Jessa Hinton demonstrates the true nature of retro gaming in all it's authentic grandeur by wearing a pizza bikini fabricated from actual pizza. Old video games are best when played on console.

We see the value of both ROMs and original hardware with dusty game cartridges. If you prefer one or the other, that's fine, but if you want to go off on an angry tirade on our social media accounts... you'd better be prepared to wear a pizza bikini. A REAL pizza bikini!

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