Here is our collection of video rants, raves & opinions about classic video games, retro gaming and the video game industry that has spawned around us all. It's one thing to blog - it's quite another to stand in front of a camera and shout about stuff. We dig that! :)
Ignoring the fact that Nintendo botched this launch promoting more disappointment than retro gaming, WalMart seemingly hoards stock from launch-day to sell the following week. Many of the units purchased went straight to eBay for hundreds of dollars. What sort of marketing strategy is this?
As fans parsed patent filings, desperate to seek info about Nintendo's NX console many gamers were eager to hear from Nintendo themselves. Rather than an official statement or gathering with a follow-up Q&A session, they sent a trailer. Behold the Switch.
With a modern design and button layout, the multitude of options on the Retro Fighters NES controller is a welcome addition to our retro gaming collection. Outfitted with analog sticks, triggers, and shoulder buttons, you'll find new comfort in playing all your favorite games on the NES or ROMS on your computer.
The massive engagement with Pokemon Go saw millions of downloads and spurred companies to re-evaluate the success potential of mobile gaming platforms. From gaming-centric websites to the local evening newscast, Pokemon Go was on everyone's radar... even investors. In fact, many investors bought Nintendo stock not realizing Pokemon Go was not their creation.
Second to chronologically come to market with a Toy-To-Life game, Disney Infinity held a lot of promise because of the amazing IPs they own. I was excited to see Nightmare Before Christmas, Marvel, and Star Wars take Infinity in bold directions. Instead, they closed it down and walked away. How Can Disney not make money on a Star Wars game?
I could expound on video games (aka: rant & rave) from the comfort of my couch, wrapped in a bathrobe, with a cup of coffee in my hand. And I'd love to, but there's a feeling of vulnerability that leaves me wanting to "hide" a little bit.
We began thinking about how to present our foul-mouthed video ravings and concluded that we needed some sort of table on which to put gaming consoles and other gaming detritus we wanted to discuss. It had to be something flexible enough to display large and/or multiple items as well as be functional (ie: something to hide behind. This is a boner-free show, after all).
Being a fan of unconventional shapes, I wanted to try something oddly angular that might be more eye-catching than conventional tables. For flexibility, I built it with a removable facing so we could change things up and not get too staid. After cutting the final template, we looked at it and pondered what to do about the seemingly useless space which we are much to artistically challenged to properly fill. What could we put there...
A television!! Fuck yeah! We decided to cut a hole and drop a cheap flatscreen TV into that void and use it to animate our logo, play game footage and random flicks from the beloved 80's. Using the template from our Twitter avatar, we made an stencil for spray painting the jagged outline in hot pink to match our blue & pink logo colors. We also made a few blanks so we can swap out the TV with little effort.
Would you believe a single king-size bed sheet wasn't large enough to fill a 16:9 aspect ratio while managing to fit in our splendid TV insert? The last thing we wanted to waste money on was a backdrop, so the biggest challenge was finding 2 matching king-size sheets at the dollar store. They had some really nice ones, but not two sets - shit! Hence the burgundy ones seen in our videos. As soon as a new shipment of defective, but aptly colored, sheets arrive we'll be sure to spruce up the set with a new background. We might even iron it periodically so we don't look like we "set up shop" in a laundromat.
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We're excited to bring you some low-budget retro gaming entertainment. We've gamed long enough to know a few things and we're never short on opinions. Hopefully you'll tag along for our rants, complaining and the occasional interesting tidbit. We'll post our videos to this page, but we encourage you to subscribe to our 8 Bit Central YouTube Channel.