About This Site
is a place for news and reviews about all things related to retrogaming.
What's retrogaming, you ask? Well, thanks to a dedicated group of hobbists,
programmers, and preservationists, it is still possible to play practically
any video game ever created, even games that were written for computer
or arcade systems that are no longer available (thanks to the use of emulators,
which recreate virtually the old hardware on more modern computing equipment).
Other enthusiasts have worked to preserve the original
pinball machines and other coin-operated machines once found in the arcades.
Retrogaming, at least for me, is a never-ending quest to reproduce the
joy of playing those old videogames, pinball machines, and other coin-operated
entertainments as they were originally experienced in the arcades, whether
through preservation or emulation.
RetroBlast is designed as a resource for the home arcade
enthusiast — there are reviews to help with purchase decisions,
“How-To” articles, retrogaming news, and more. Through both
written reviews and videos, RetroBlast is designed to help both the novice
and the expert retrogamer build the gameroom of their dreams.
Founder and Editor
Kevin is the owner and publisher of GameRoom
Magazine, and an avid retrogaming enthusiast, particularly
of arcade video games and pinballs. He created RetroBlast nearly
three years ago as a way to document and share his experiences
in his never-ending quest to create the perfect "home arcade,"
full of both classic arcade and pinball games as well as modern
reproductions of the arcade experience.
Kevin's current home arcade consists of the
MAMEframe II, a MAME arcade cabinet capable of playing over 4,000
arcade videogames, a Quasicade 2 arcade system (an advanced arcade
cabinet designed for consoles such as the XBox), a 1996 Bally
"Attack from Mars" pinball, a 1993 Bally "Twilight
Zone" pinball, a 1992 Bally “Doctor Who” pinball,
and several Pachinko and Pachislo machines. More machines are
Growing up walking distance from Coney Island
in Brooklyn it was pretty much a given that Mitch would end up
loving video games. Having spent countless hours pumping quarters
into the boardwalk arcades and buying the various consoles over
the years he still dreamt of someday owning a real arcade machine.
Having discovered MAME™ about 3 years ago his new hobby
grew into a true obsession and Mitch is now the proud owner of
a kit built cocktail machine, rebuilt Stargate stand up (both
running MAME™) and now more recently 3 Japanese Pachislo
Slot machines (Metal Slug, Tekken and Jet Set Radio).
Jonathan, who grew up in Jamestown, ND, has
been playing arcade games since before he could walk. Jonathan
now lives in Fargo, ND and travels extensively as a professional
sign salesman. Pac-Man has always been, by far, his favorite video
game, and has even earned him the famed nickname. Through Coin-Op
TV Jonathan has found a new creative outlet and the chance to
reach millions of other arcade enthusiasts.
James Hills is a long time fan of video games
in all formats - PC, Coin-Op, Handheld and Console. During college,
his passion for video games mixed with
his passion for history.
James discovered MAME in the late '90s at a
friend's house, but it wasn't until the past two years that he
became obsessed with playing, restoring and promoting classic
arcade games. James currently enjoys playing classic games through
MAME on a cocktail table and a home-brew upright cabinet. One
day he will finish restoring an Operation Wolf cabinet that currently
resides in his garage.
In his "free
time", while not playing games or write about them, James
runs a marketing and public relations agency dedicated to promoting
small business owners - especially those in the coin-op and home
Contributing Writer / ODIN CMS Administrator
Ron is a Software Engineer for a scientific
instrumentation company in the subburbs of Philly, PA, who discovered
MAME in the mid-90s while supposedly
studying for finals.
Once out of college he found himself with a
bit of extra time and income, and realized that a MAME cabinet
would be the best way to get rid of both. His current cabinet
is a cut-corner Dynamo running MAME via an Ultimarc J-Pac and
ArcadeVGA. Among his favorite games are Kung Fu Master, Track
& Field, and most of the Street Fighter series.
In his increasingly
rare spare time that isn't used up by gaming, he enjoys disc golf and directing amateur special-effect-laden short films,
and vows to one day own an Indiana Jones pinball machine (if he
can only con his lovely and infinitely-patient wife Karen into
it, that is).
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any of the reviews, or anything else that you think we might be able
to help you with, please don't hesitate to email us — just click
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