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As TVs manufacturers tell us we need 8K TVs (we don't) when I don't even own any 4K movies, gamers are getting many great ways to play our favorite old games on modern TVs. FPGA-based game consoles are playing our old cartridges and firing out pixels via HDMI. We still love our old Sony CRT, but retro gaming is keeping pace with new tech.

October 2020 Retro Gaming Articles:

October 16, 2020 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Analogue brings FPGA tech to NEC's TurboGrafX video game consoles in a single unit - the Duo

Analogue Duo
The TurboGraphX got the “mini” treatment this past year and Analogue is bringing it's full power to market with no emulation!
As analogue churns through retro gaming's best hardware, they leave an indelible mark of excellence. Their latest feat is the Analogue Duo a console that plays nearly all of NEC's gaming software from Hucards to CDs.

The Duo offers an original cartridge slot, controller port and CD-ROM drive, giving it compatibility with all game formats: Hucards, TurboChips, and CD-ROM. This compatibility also includes original hardware and accessories. It will be interesting to see how many are available when they pre-order next year. Their Gameboy product sold out in minutes, yet their SNES console is still available. It's an odd business model from my consumer standpoint.

Analogue began making some really high end insane game consoles, Notably the Nt a sexy NES clone driven by an FPGA. I love their subsequent SNES and Genesis releases, again via FPGA using no emulation. Now they have breached NEC territory with an all encompassing TurboGraphX console, the Analogue Duo.

I've always been fascinated by the NEC consoles, but never owned one until several years ago. I have very few games, but have always heard gamers rave about these consoles and the games. A TurboGrafX Mini was released, which gives this game library a modern day boost for those who may not have known about it. This is an interesting choice for Analogue and I'm excited to see it in action... if I can get one. Here's hoping it isn't a limited release that sells out in three minutes!
October 14, 2020 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Eddie Van Halen tribute at the 2020 Billboard Music Awards

The guitar legend was an inspiration to many musicians from all genres of music.
During the music awards show, host Kelly Clarkson honored the late Van Halen guitarist among other entertainers who died this year. Eddie Van Halen, aged 65, died last week (Oct. 6) following a battle with throat cancer.

Eddie Van Halen tribute at the 2020 Billboard Music Awards

Clarkson continued, "And just a few days ago, a true giant was taken from us, Eddie Van Halen. He was a legendary guitarist, an amazing musician and an incredible songwriter. Five years ago, he brought his band to the Billboard Music Awards stage in Las Vegas for one of their rare live TV performances. And what made that moment even more special is that he was joined by his son, Wolfgang. That moment is one that all who saw it will always remember."

Eddie Van Halen tribute at the 2020 Billboard Music Awards
October 14, 2020 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Netflix is debuting their K-pop documentary BlackPink Light Up the Sky tonight

The record-shattering Korean girl band BLACKPINK tell their story
BlackPink is undeniably popular and and Netflix has created a documentary that seems more of a behind-the-scenes look at the band and some recent concerts. It doesn't delve into K-pop and how it differs from what we're accustomed to in the US. It's much different than the US music industry who finds a girl with a lot of Instagram followers and turns her into a success for the benefit of those atop the music industry. The members of BlackPink auditioned and trained for years before taking a public stage. It seems like a much more competitive scenario. The documentary focuses on the girls and takes a playful look at how the band came to be. I suspect there's a whole lot more to the live-in academy they attend in order to become a star in a band such as BlackPink.

Once BlackPink appeared at Coachella, big things were destined to happen for them. But as soon as the uproar died down, they disappeared from the public eye. No longer were they making US talk show and late night show rounds. They were back to Korea and off the radar in the US entertainment realm.

A new full-length album reignited them here along with a barrage of social media. They deserve all their successa and I hope we get more insights into pop music in Korea.

BlackPink Light Up the Sky
October 6, 2020 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Guitar legend and song writer Eddie Van Halen passed away at age 65 after his battle with cancer

EVH is the most influential guitarist of my life and leaves behind a legacy of amazing music that transformed Rock and Roll!
As a kid, I lit up every time a new Van Halen album was released. Eddie Van Halen made me want to play a guitar. As an adult, I light up every time I hear a Van Halen song. Music is such a powerful medium and EVH knew how to maximize every note!

Eddie Van Halen