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On New Year’s Eve I made the daring assertion on Twitter that my New Year decision was to get myself a Vectrex. I’ve for a while now thought {that a} Vectrex would look magnificent in my retro gaming room in order 2016 attracts on we will see how profitable my decision goes.

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My foremost drawback will probably be the price of the system as a result of as at all times what I see pretty much as good worth for cash could appear a bit extreme to my good spouse. This is comprehensible actually when you might have different commitments as most of us do like mortgages & clothes our youngsters amongst different essential issues.

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The drawback is although from my viewpoint as soon as I begin wanting the hunt attracts me in whether or not it’s a Vectrex or a Commodore 64 Mastertronic title that I may be wanting so as to add to my assortment. It’s an excellent job my higher half is extra dedicated to clothes the kids as if it was left to me we might have a fully excellent retro gaming assortment that I let my children play with while they complain that their ill-fitting summer time garments get a bit chilly in February!

Anyway we will see what occurs with my Vectrex ambitions.

What the Vectrex proudly owning dream has additionally lead me to consider is my present assortment & what I needs to be trying to do general retro recreation smart this 12 months. Here are my sketchy plans for 2016:

Sega Mega Drive Games

I’ve determined to deal with beginning the 12 months by increasing my Sega Mega Drive assortment with a view to including video games I cherished again within the day. So for the time being I’m video games I used to personal, rented or missed out on again within the day.

Retro Gaming Plans For 2016

I discover Mega Drive video games fairly pleasing to purchase as you’ll be able to usually discover a discount should you hunt round on EBay & they’re usually fairly priced should you put a little bit of time into wanting round.

Commodore 64

I like taking part in on my C64C however I’ve discovered prior to now that purchasing video games may be very hit and miss. The foremost drawback is that you’re normally shopping for untested video games that are at all times a little bit of a raffle even when they’re low-cost.

I’ve introduced bundles prior to now & there are at all times some that you could’t get to load. So what I’ve determined to this 12 months is to get a couple of titles that I really need the bodily copies of & additionally get an SD card reader.

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This will imply that I can play nearly something while slowly including to my C64 video games assortment with particular titles & keep it up accumulating Hit Squad titles.

Retro Gaming Events

Last 12 months I went as much as Play Blackpool & attended on the Saturday while having a financial institution vacation weekend break with my household.

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I had an important day & wish to attend once more however my spouse isn’t too eager on one other weekend journey so if I do go I must go solo. The solely factor placing me off for the time being is the gap to journey because it took about 5 hours final 12 months with a cease so we’ll see.

More near house although (about 25 minutes by automobile) is the Centre for Computing History in Cambridge & as at all times their retro gaming nights will probably be nice enjoyable.

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In May they may also be having a night with Ocean Software that includes Simon Butler, Mark Jones and Stephen Thompson & that is undoubtedly proper up my alley.

Car Boots

Last 12 months I went to a few automobile boot gross sales early on in spring all on the identical day & I used to be put proper off.

What few retro gaming gadgets I did discover had been tatty & the costs had been simply foolish to be sincere. From there I had some success on EBay, native Facebook promoting pages & some native 2nd hand outlets so I didn’t trouble once more. I’ll attempt once more this 12 months as I’ve a Car Boot actually up the street each different Sunday so this 12 months I’ll change into a good climate customer & see what occurs.

Nintendo Entertainment System

I play NES video games on a regular basis through emulation & Punch Out is one in every of my favorite video games of all time. So actually I have to get one other NES in some unspecified time in the future. What could get in the best way of this would be the Vectrex hunt however hopefully in some unspecified time in the future this 12 months I’ll discover one at a good value with a couple of respectable video games. I

have actually nice reminiscences of my authentic NES (which died on me a few years in the past). If anybody out there’s trying to do away with one be at liberty to get in contact.

Get To the Seaside More Often

Why chances are you’ll ask? Well simply to get some arcade time actually. I like arcades (though they nowhere close to as nice as within the early 90’s golden age), my children love arcades & my spouse enjoys them too.

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You can as a rule discover a minimum of a Sega Rally cab someplace & probably some older titles too & while you’re accomplished you’ll be able to have fish n chips or an ice cream. Happy days. I’m positive different stuff will crop up all through 2016 that distracts me from the above however a minimum of I’ve a tough plan for this 12 months.

I feel the largest problem for lots of people now’s that the recognition of the whole lot retro has pushed up costs & this seems to be like persevering with for fairly a while but.


I’ve struggled with shopping for SNES video games as a consequence of costs being fairly excessive & it is rather onerous nonetheless to discover a real discount. All I’d say is suppose a bit outdoors of the field, verify Facebook promoting pages ( I not too long ago missed a SNES with 10 video games that offered for £15!!!), discover some native 2nd hand/commerce kind outlets or just simply discuss to folks you realize as you by no means know what may be caught in somebody’s loft.

Hope you loved this & do be at liberty to share your retro gaming plans for 2016 too.


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