Items tagged with retro gaming

We've reported on handheld gaming systems quite a bit recently thanks to the boom in the market spurred by the success of the Steam Deck. Products from pre-existing vendors like Ayaneo, GPD, and OneNotebook have been battling with newer machines from larger OEMs like Asus, Lenovo, and most recently, MSI. Today's... Read more...
AYANEO Retro Mini PC AM01: Starting at $149 Ayaneo's first-ever mini-PCs sport a cute retro aesthetic and good-enough performance for desktop use or casual and retro gaming.   Cute Macintosh Throwback Aesthetics Efficient & Nearly Silent Operation Capable Desktop Performance Accessible Pricing Power-Limited... Read more...
The original Doom and Doom II games have a rich and thriving mod community that continues to this day. The title just celebrated its 30th anniversary yesterday, and to commemorate the occasion, one of the very best "megawads" of all time—that's community parlance for a level set with a full game's worth of maps—has... Read more...
In an age where video games look near photo-realistic, it is easy to forget where it all began. The days when arcades were where kids hung out for hours on end and Atari was king. Thankfully, there are still ways to go back in time, virtually at least, and feel the nostalgia of those early games with retro... Read more...
You hear it said all the time: one of the best reasons to own a Steam Deck is for emulating classic games. The Steam Deck is fundamentally a PC, but despite this, you'll rarely hear anyone talk about playing classic PC games on it. The reason is simple: the Steam Deck's primary controls are gamepad-based, and enjoying... Read more...
If you're reading HotHardware, there's a solid chance that you recall a time when device makers were going completely insane with the designs of their hardware. Just about everything now is a very boring slab or block with inoffensively-rounded corners and a neutral color scheme, but around the turn of the millennium... Read more...
A Redditor has shared a video showcasing an exquisitely made palm sized retro-PC. The ‘desktop’ looks very much like one of the beige machines we used to covet back in the 90s, alongside a vivid ‘Sony Trinitron’ CRT. However, the true scale of this design is shown by the placement of a penny, and we also see this cute... Read more...
By my count, there are about a million ways to satiate your appetite for retro gaming, be it through emulation on modern hardware or re-releases of old school systems with features adapted for today. Make that a million and one, actually—the current possessor of the Atari brand has teamed up with PLAION to release the... Read more...
My Arcade is teaming up with Atari to launch the Atari Gamestation Pro, a sleek console with hundreds of delightfully retro games built in, made easily playable on modern TVs and monitors. Obviously there have been multiple attempts to capitalize on Atari nostalgia, though according to My Arcade, this is the first... Read more...
A video gaming enthusiast has overclocked a Super Game Boy. In case you are not familiar with this device, a Super Game Boy (SGB) is a Game Boy (GB) in a cartridge format. It fits into a Super Nintendo (SNES) and allows gamers to enjoy Game Boy games on the big screen. The ancient gaming device features a custom... Read more...
Microsoft's purchase of Activision-Blizzard is practically a done deal at this point, and while it does result in the formation of a gargantuan gaming juggernaut the likes of which the world has hardly seen, there are some good things that could feasibly come out of the conglomerate entity. Microsoft's game publishing... Read more...
The iconic McDonald's character Grimace celebrated his 52nd birthday earlier this week (feel old yet?). The hamburger chain has decided to earn geeky PR points by using this occasion to launch a brand new Game Boy Color game. While the retro platform choice might be confusing, it is good to see that the full game is... Read more...
If you are of a certain age, it is almost guaranteed that you played Pac-Man in the arcade at some point—and probably quite a bit of it, too. Pac-Man was a fever that swept the nation in early 1980s, and millions of people put hundreds of millions of quarters into the machines across the US. There was even a hit song... Read more...
We love new tech and gaming, but we cannot ignore our roots. As such, it's not a surprise to many when we say that we also love retro. We get excited when we hear about a new remaster of a classic game, especially when it's a remaster of a title in the legendary Castlevania series. It may not be from Konami, but a fan... Read more...
If you're reading this HotHardware, chances are good that you're someone who enjoys getting information from written articles as opposed to just videos. It's also likely that have enjoyed computing as a topic in general for many years. If those two things are true, you might just be in the target audience for Celso... Read more...
The original Game Boy is one of the longest-lived and most-beloved video game systems in history, but it has the same limitation as most handheld game systems: no video out. That means that speedrunners and streamers have to find hacky workarounds if they want to broadcast their gameplay to others. YouTuber Sebastian... Read more...
Gamers of the late 1980s, and all the way into late 2012, will no doubt remember the awesomeness that was Nintendo Power. If you, like many of us here at HotHardware, remember flipping through the pages of Nintendo Power, you'll probably be excited to learn that high-resolution digitals scans of every single issue are... Read more...
Ever feel like there's just not enough support for classic hardware or even reproductions of them on PC? Valve seems to think so too because as of the July 27th update to Steam there is now support for all Nintendo Online classic controllers, and more. Valve's attempt at making Steam as universal as possible... Read more...
Were you around for the heyday of Windows 98? PC gamers were slow to adopt Windows 95 because the conventional game design paradigm of talking directly to the hardware was a big no-no in the new operating system. However, in the not-quite-three years between the release of Windows 95 and Windows 98, both PC hardware... Read more...
There is some very exciting news for classic Nintendo fans today. The long running project known as SNESManuals.com has reached a major milestone. It has finally gathered a scan for every known English language manual for games released on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES). Good stuff. Documentation... Read more...
Do you have a DOS box? No, no, not the excellent DOS emulator software—I'm talking about a dedicated older PC for DOS software. Mostly popular among retro gamers, building a DOS box is a tricky task in 2022 as much of the necessary hardware has shuffled off to the great e-waste landfill in the sky. Among the rarest... Read more...
It has been 50 years since Atari was founded in 1972. So, what better way to celebrate that milestone than a brand new game that pays homage to many of Atari's original classics? A new game by Quebec based studio, iLLOGIKA, is not just a tribute to many classic Atari games, but also an upgrade to many of them as... Read more...
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