The battle to dominate gaming in front of our TV’s has raged since the birth of video games in the 80’s. With the release of the classic mini consoles reliving these gaming memories and catching up on classics that you might have missed has never been so much fun, or simpler. Many of the biggest names of the 80’s and early 90’s are present NES, SNES, Sega MegaDrive, Commodore 64 and the soon to be released PlayStation.
Retro gaming is all the rage at the moment, and while Sony may be late to the retro game it has turned up to a knife fight with a 44 magnum. Mind you turning up well armed when going to war with Nintendo is not a bad strategy.
The PlayStation Classic is Sony’s latest weapon in the console wars and this mini marvel will be packing 20 games pre-loaded and ready to rumble. Only 5 of games have been officially announced thus far; Final Fantasy VII, Jumping Flash, Ridge Racer Type 4, Tekken 3 and Wild Arms. The remaining 15 are the subject of much speculation and you can bet Sony will trickle feed the announcements of the remaining games to us as the release date edges nearer, building the marketing momentum. The number of wish lists floating around the web is evidence that it is already working. Here at Highpants we have just one wish, Gran Tourismo.
If like us you love DIY, retro gaming and want to tinker with a Pi then there is one project that combines them all, and is well worth considering, the PiCade X HAT. The 2018 update of this excellent do it yourself project provides a relatively simple build that produces an incredibly cool result, an awesome desktop retro arcade gaming machine complete with arcade joystick and display that fits into a little cabinet worthy of even the grandest man cave.
The Commodore Amiga is one of many iconic computers to dot our rich computing past, especially for children of the 80’s. Fans of the iconic Amiga have been excited of late with talk of a new accelerator that is turning dusty old Amiga hardware into blisteringly fast internet connected retro gaming machines.
The fastest running Amiga hardware on the planet at the moment is a Vampire II equipped Amiga 500 or 600. The Vampire A600 V2 and the A500 V2+ accelerator kits are transforming the slowest of all the Amiga’s into retro gaming legends, one card at a time.
Gaming loving gadget maker Love Hulten has released the dedicated gamers dream toy, the steam punk inspired R-Kaid-R retro gaming console. The limited edition toy is expensive but delivers the ultimate retro arcade experience in spades.
Under the hood MAME, Sega and Nintendo emulators run from within the R-Kard-R’s custom operating system. A copy of Cave Story is included and other arcade classics can be played on the 8inch 800×600 integrated screen. The controls are pure old school arcade with a solid metal joystick and large heavy duty buttons. The only obvious down side is the price, being limited edition (only 50 for each of the 5 colors) you might expect it to be expensive but $3,400 might shock many wallets back into pockets.
Presented for your viewing pleasure is the video that proves old video games never die, they go to the arcade emulated heaven that is the R-Kaid-R. Sit back, relax and remember that flashback memories are always better than the reality.
The latest stunningly cool idea to emerge from Kickstarter.com is a humble USB keyboard, the Qwerkywriter a keyboard with old world charm. With 1 day to go till funding and having already met their goal the future looks bright for this stylized typer.
The Qwerky is a beautiful blending of old and new, the vintage round key caps give the keyboard a vintage typewriter look while the latest mechanical switches provide a modern feel, the new. Hooking the digital typewriter up to computers and tablets will eventually be via Bluetooth but at the moment the first models are USB. The built in tablet stand and return bar round off the retro look.
Qwerkytoys hope to have the finished product available July 2015, with the keyboard costing $289. Check out the Kickstarter link below for more information.
Presented for your viewing pleasure is the demonstration of an old timey keyboard that’s been wired for a modern world, a keyboard that is the height of design and function. Now all we need is a steam punk computer to go with the keyboard and the time machine is complete. Sit back, relax and enjoy this preview of a future trip down memory lane.