Who is behind Retro Games Collector?
Jan01

Who is behind Retro Games Collector?

Retro Games Collector is the brainchild of Ant Harper from the West Midlands in the UK. He has been an avid video gamer from the age of 6 or 7 when he started out on the slippery slope of visiting arcades with his father in seaside resorts whilst on summer holidays and being seduced into giving up his pocket money to the shiny new cabinets. Playing on electromechanical games such as Jet Rocket, Killer Shark and Grand Prix and the newfangled microchip based games such as Gunfight, Lunar Lander, Night Driver, Asteroids, Pong, Space Invaders, Battlezone, Scramble, Frogger and Defender sparked his interest in home computing and video gaming. One Christmas morning in the early 80s he got what he had pestered his parents for – a home computer. It was only a humble Sinclair ZX81 with a wobbly 16K RamPack and a few games (PSS Frogger, Fantasy Games by Sinclair and a copy of a GulpMan by Campbell Systems) but it was the start of something that hasn’t ended to this day… 36 years of gaming, many 10 pence pieces, countless consoles, computers and years later here we are and he now an extensive retro gaming and Sinclair computer collection years in the making. You will now find him doing battle on Xbox Live (Battlefield 3, Gears of War 3), trash talking with the best of them but still finding time to dust off his Atari VCS, Intellivision and ColecoVision for a spot of good old cartridge-based retro gaming. Oh, and his father now plays Nintendo...

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What is Retro Games Collector?
Jan01

What is Retro Games Collector?

Retro Games Collector is a one-stop resource for all those like me, who have a passion for playing on and collecting retro gaming hardware, software and associated paraphernalia. Some collectors concentrate on a certain manufacturer such as Sega or Commodore and collect anything and everything to do with their chosen marque. I fall into this category as I collect anything Sinclair related. Others zero in on a particular machine, such as the Oric Atmos or Commodore 64 and collect only things that relate to that particular computer. Many are just casual collectors who are just after a fix of retro gaming after years of playing modern machines and realising that sometimes gameplay is more important than how a game looks. If you fall into any of the categories above, have an interest in retro gaming, retro games collecting or just want to see what all this ‘retro games’ fuss is all about – hopefully this blog will become the place for you. I welcome any guest articles or even regular contributions, if you wish to write a piece for the site just get in touch. Ant Harper – Retro Games Collector Twitter: @RetroGamesColl Instagram: http://instagram.com/retrogamescollector YouTube: http://youtube.com/retrogamescollector Facebook:...

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