Has online gaming changed on the PlayStation from PS2-PS4?
Dec23

Has online gaming changed on the PlayStation from PS2-PS4?

Hi fellow Retro Heads. Firstly, an apology – I’m not sure I can classify this post as ‘strictly retro’ as I’m going to be mentioning current gen consoles as well (only back two generations I promise). There is something about online gaming that takes me back and I have the same nostalgic feeling that I have for my Master System. As someone who in recent years has ritually purchased every release CoD have thrust upon me and put more hours than I care to remember into games like Black Ops and Modern Warfare 3,  I now find myself just putting them on having a couple of rounds and switching off my system whether I’m playing well or not. It appears the draw to me putting hours in has gone. I had thought that maybe it is I’m now the wrong side of 30 and I just don’t get the time, maybe it’s because my mates and I no longer have same systems… but even back when we all had PS3s everyone seemed to put in more hours and enjoy the games more than I did. So what had changed for me? Well to answer that question I need to take you back to where my online gaming started. Unlike many I’d never had experience of online gaming till the PS2 and a game called SOCOM: NAVY SEALS. Many of you reading this probably had years more experience of online gaming via PC;  I was lucky if I could buy a PC that ran the latest football manager not that I was poor, although I’m still not a millionaire, the price of a good gaming PC Vs a PS2 and my Friday Night drinking fund was only going to produce one winner; and it wasn’t Bill Gates. So what was it about online PS2 gaming that drew me in? SOCOM: NAVY SEALS. At the time I still lived at my parent’s house (so did my much older brother, which is even more sad). We both owned a PS2, because anyone with a sibling knows that sharing is just a myth invented by hippies and people without children, and our own copy of said game. It was no brainer that when we got back from a night at the pub drunken online gaming while eating a kebab from the local late night ecoli dealer was on the cards. It brought good banter to the house and plenty of arguments that we both laugh about now… Sometimes. But it wasn’t just me and my brother who seemed to play together; We joined a clan known then as the [S-A] which stood for...

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Confessions of a Car Boot Addict – Part 1
Oct29

Confessions of a Car Boot Addict – Part 1

I have read so many articles and viewed a whole load of YouTube videos on “Finds,  Rants and Tips” on retro game hunting in the wild i.e. car boot sales and charity shops (flea markets and thrift stores for any American readers), that I thought maybe I should share my experience of this matter, as there seems to be a lack of opinion from the UK hunters. First of all I must make it clear that this is my first attempt at writing anything that will be viewed by anyone other than myself, bar the odd social media post, since I left school some 15 years ago, so bear with me as I go… So where to start? My name’s Dana and I’m a 31 year old guy and I am based in the West Midlands. My on/off flirtation with retro gaming began when I got my first home computer as a child – the Amstrad CPC 464 and moved on through the years, like many others to the the present day machines. It was then I felt that after the hype of buying the next generation console wore off I would decide I’d rather be playing something from two or three previous generations, which is where it all began. Luckily for me, my partner has now allowed the games room at our home to exist. One of the main buzzes I get from retro game playing and collecting is the whole hunt involved in finding them. Although there are two great retro gaming shops in my local area, and more and more starting to pop up on local markets along with good old Ebay, I feel that I am somewhat cheating myself in building my collection. That’s not to denigrate people who do, as I on occasion I have purchased from said places and often getting really good deals, but I’d say at least 80% of my collection has been acquired by the good old car boot sale. I think it’s that bit of gamble where I could go and find very little or I could just stumble on something great at unbelievable prices that makes the process more enjoyable. I’ve been hunting regularly, attending at least two boot sales a week, for around 18 months, and after seeing what people have to say and show on various online collectors groups I’m a part of, I’d say I do quite well;  if you’ve got someone calling you the ‘Car Boot Master’ you must be doing something right. I’d like to add I’m not someone who just goes and buys everything video game related regardless of what it is,...

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