Thursday, 10 November 2016

Playstation 4 VR - Unboxing, Setup and First Impressions

I just got my hands on the new Sony Playstation VR headset!  Here's an unboxing, set up and my first impressions of the most hyped console accessory of the year!


Play Expo Manchester 2016 - Retro Gaming Show Report

This weekend I went to the mighty Play Expo show in Manchester.

Here's a quick tour of the show floor, and some previews of new games such as Jon Hare's Sociable Soccer (successor to Sensible Soccer), Jeff Minter's new project and a first look at the ZX Spectrum Next!


New £5 Note Can Play Vinyl Records

I heard that it was possible to listen to vinyl records using one of the new plastic British £5 notes, but does it work? Time to test it out!


Virtual Reality from 1992 on a Commodore Amiga (Virtuality VR)

Ravi from our Retro Hour Podcast had a go on a Virtuality VR system from 1992 at Play Expo, Manchester.

The system is based around a Commodore Amiga 3000 running some custom hardware.  It was a common sight in arcades back in the early-mid 90s here in the UK.

The game is called: Exorex (1991)

More info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virtuality_(gaming)


How To Emulate Amiga on Raspberry Pi - Amibian Tutorial

Amibian is everything you need to transform your Raspberry Pi 3 into an Amiga.  In this tutorial, I'll show you how it works, and how to set it up!

Amibian Download: http://gunkrist79.wixsite.com/amibian
Win32DiskImager: https://sourceforge.net/projects/win32diskimager/
SD Card Formatter: https://www.sdcard.org/downloads/formatter_4/
Kickstart ROMs: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.cloanto.amigaforever.essentials


Blocky Skies (2016 Amiga Game) Review

Blocky Skies is a free new game for the classic Amiga, running on everything from a 512K Amiga 500, up.  I take a look at it, and see how well it plays!

Download Website: http://blockyskies.com/

My retro gaming podcast: http://theretrohour.com


Chris Huelsbeck Interview - The Retro Hour Podcast - Episode 27

Just a little taster of my weekly podcast, get it every Friday from http://theretrohour.com

We chat to legendary C64 and Amiga musician, Chris Huelsbeck - the man behind classic game soundtracks like Turrican 2, R-Type and The Great Giana Sisters!

Chris' website:  http://www.huelsbeck.com/


 

What's new in FriendUP Beta 4? - With David Pleasance and Hogne Titlestad

I hang out with David Pleasance and Hogne Titlestad from FriendUP for a catch up, and to find out how beta 4 and the first 1.0 version of the platform is progressing!

FriendUP website: http://friendos.com

Vampire 2 Review - The Fastest Amiga Ever?!

The Vampire 2 is an incredibly fast FPGA accelerator for the Commodore Amiga 600, pushing it to speeds and power far beyond what was previously possible.

But how good is it, and what can it do?

Vampire 2 websites: http://www.apollo-accelerators.com/ http://www.kipper2k.com/accel600.html 

My retro gaming podcast: http://theretrohour.com

 

My Xbox One Game Collection - Summer 2016

Me in modern gaming shocker! I often get requests to show some of my current gen systems and games, so here's a look at my current Xbox One physical game collection.

 

Saturday, 16 April 2016

Commodore Amiga 500 CD-ROM (A570) - Oddware

The A570 (originally A690) was an external CD-ROM drive released for the Commodore Amiga 500 in 1992, after many delays it was released after the A500 was discontinued! I take a look at the drive.

Tanks Furry - New 2016 Amiga Game

Ravi and I check out a brand new Amiga game, 'Tanks Furry' - is it the ultimate Amiga party game?

Top 8 Uses For a PPC Mac in 2016

Apple moved away from the platform ten years ago, but are there any legitimate uses for a PowerPC PC Mac in 2016?

New Raspberry Pi 3 (2016) Review - Unboxing and Tutorial

The new Raspberry Pi 3 is here! But what's new, and how good is it? I give you an overview, unboxing and setup tutorial on the latest low-cost ARM based machine.

FriendUP Update with David Pleasance & Hogne Titlestad

The Amiga-inspired FriendUP platform is about to reach Beta 2.0, what can we expect from it? We also find out their latest developments, and how is David Pleasance finding his new role, one month in?

Amiga Racer - New 2016 Amiga Game!

Amiga Racer is a brand new racing game, inspired by classics such as Lotus Turbo Challenge and Outrun. As someone who has always loved 2D racers, what do I make of it?

Commodore 16 and Games Review

I take a look at the ill-fated Commodore 16. Released in 1984, it was considered one of Commodore's biggest flops, but is it actually any good?

Commodore UK's David Pleasance and Colin Proudfoot Join FriendUP

I catch up with Commodore UK's former joint-MDs to reveal why they have joined the new FriendUP platform, and how they plan to take the Amiga's legacy forward!

Atari ST (1989) Computer System Review

It's no secret that I love the Amiga, but how will I rate its arch-rival, the Atari ST?!


Wednesday, 20 January 2016

The Retro Hour - Episode 1 (Allister Brimble Interview)

Welcome to our first episode of The Retro Hour!

This week Dan and Ravi discuss the latest news in retro gaming and technology. Plus, a fascinating interview with legendary gaming musician Allister Brimble!

 Topic Links:

Dreamcast 2 trends on Facebook: bit.ly/1mz1ocu 
Sega Mega Drive Sales Surge 400% at Argos: bit.ly/1PQftvG
Amiga WHDLoad is now FREE: bit.ly/1RghRPQ
Atari ST CosmosEX Expansion: on.fb.me/1OVDOTR 
Amiga Vampire 2 FPGA: www.majsta.com/
New Coeloco Console? : bit.ly/22aZzTw
GAME back in the retro market: bit.ly/1kXx4XD
FF7 Remake split up into episodes: bit.ly/1K6qEvW
Atari ST Almost Ran Unix: bit.ly/1RtPhuK

Allister Brimble's homepage: www.orchestralmedia.co.uk/
The Amiga Works: www.amigaworks.com/
 

My New Retro Gaming/Technology Podcast

I'd love to know what you think of our new retro gaming audio podcast! - In the first episode, we chat to Amiga music legend Allister Brimble (Mortal Kombat, Alien Breed, Body Blows etc.)

Website: http://www.theretrohour.com/
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/the-retro-hour
iTunes: https://itun.es/gb/a3m-_.c

Let's Play Amiga Games at Christmas

It's the week before Christmas, so let's play some old-skool Amiga games and drink festive wine!

Amiga Forever 2016 Review (Amiga Emulator)

I take a look at the latest version of the Commodore Amiga emulation suite for PCs, which lets you run Amiga games and software and AmigaOS 4.1 on a PC.


Philips CD-i System Review (1991)

I take a look at the ill-fated Philips CDI which was supposed to change the world in 1991, but ended up losing its creator over $1billion.

Atari Jaguar 64-Bit & Jaguar CD Review (1993 System)

The Atari Jaguar was Atari's last ever console, and generally considered to be one of the biggest disasters in the history of gaming, but is the reputation deserved?


The Amiga in 2015 and Beyond - Trevor Dickinson A-Eon Interview

I catch up with Trevor Dickinson from A-Eon about the AmigaOne X1000 project, AmigaOS 4 and the future of the system.  Plus, his memories and why he fell in love with the original Amiga machines.

Commodore UK Boss David Pleasance Interview 2015

A fascinating, in-depth chat with the former (and final) managing director of Commodore UK, David Pleasance.  David gives the inside story of the glory days and the demise of Commodore, and how he tried to save the Amiga.