We love video-games. Games are fun. They can take you to far-off worlds and let you shoot down entire space fleets; they allow you to find ways to save mankind or ways to quash it, and they let you play the hero, or the villain. For many of us they have helped define our childhoods, or even led us to our careers. But what video game console or system do you most fondly remember? Which gaming hardware deserves its place as the best of all time? It's a topic of fierce debate, so we invited the readers of Retro Gamer magazine to vote for the greatest video game consoles and systems of all time, and are delighted to present the results below.Love Retro Games?Subscribe to Retro Gamer magazine in print and digital for unrivalled features, interviews and retrospectives on classic games and hardware.We asked Retro Gamer readers to rank their top ten favourite gaming systems of all-time - not just the best retro consoles on-sale today, like the PS Classic or SNES Classic Mini - with 94 systems … [Read more...] about The 30 best video game consoles and systems of all time
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While many people from around the world enjoy the Persona games today, the series’ roots can actually be traced all the way back to a region-locked Shin Megami Tensei game for the Super Famicom and PlayStation that never left Japan: Shin Megami Tensei If…. That being said, western players can finally experience the full game in English for the first time, as a complete fan translation for Shin Megami Tensei If… was finally released today. This translation project has roots as far back as 2012, but AGTP was finally able to release it today after a long and tumultuous process. As for the game itself, Shin Megami Tensei If… starts with a student named Hazama dragging his entire school into the Expanse when he tries to summon a demon, becoming the Demon Emperor as a result. Throughout the game, the protagonist navigates the labyrinthine school, fighting demons with the help of classmates with the ultimate hope of escaping. From the premise alone, … [Read more...] about Shin Megami Tensei If English Fan Translation Finally Complete and Available to Download
EmuParadise, for 18 years a go-to site for emulators and ROMs to play hard-to-find, if not ancient video games, announced last week that it would no longer offer its vast library of ROMs. The legal exposure, the site’s founder said, was simply too great a risk to himself and those who have supported EmuParadise’s efforts. Though EmuParadise did not name Nintendo, much less any legal threat from the console-maker, as the reason, many have tied that company’s vigilance and willingness to take legal action to this development, which seems like another setback to ROMs, emulation and video games preservation. What’s going on? Who’s to blame? What is the solution, if any? We’ll try to explain all of the issues in play here — some going on for decades — and why emulation is about more than snagging free copies of old games. What happened, exactly? On Wednesday, MasJ, who founded EmuParadise in 2000, announced that all links to download ROMs … [Read more...] about A major hosting site took down all its ROMs. What’s going on?
File photo: The first recovered Atari cartridge and packaging recovered from the old Alamogordo landfill are shown in Alamogordo, New Mexico, April 26, 2014. (REUTERS/Mark Wilson) Some of the best video games ever were made ages ago. Super Metroid, Planescape: Torment, Deus Ex, and hundreds of other amazing games were produced for platforms that don't really exist anymore. They were made for systems that used cartridges and PCs that ran Windows 95. Some have aged well and some haven't, but they've all made their mark on video game history. Unfortunately, you can't easily play them in their original forms on current systems. Consoles stopped using cartridges many moons ago, and what worked on Pentium-era Windows 95 PCs baffle Core i7-era Windows 10 machines. Add an unsettling trend of dismissiveness in archiving classic games and you run into the very real risk that some of the best video games ever will some day be lost, or remain just out of reach. Fortunately, you have … [Read more...] about How to play retro video games
For those of you who want to skip to the news , here’s a quick rundown of the new features and options included in the SNES Classic: Save points cache at least one minute’s worth of gameplay, so you can go back to the most advantageous place before starting over. You can choose your own border frames, which also change color during key gameplay moments. As with the NES Classic, the system has three display modes: 4:3, Pixel Perfect and CRT. A demo mode option includes footage from your own gameplay saves. Last week, I drove into San Francisco to get some hands on time with the Super Nintendo Classic. During a meeting held at an office for Nintendo’s PR agency, I got to mess around with the miniature hardware, something my colleagues did back in June and wrote about at length. This meeting was more about how the operating system and home screens work, especially in comparison to the NES Classic, which was launched last year to great commercial success. I … [Read more...] about Hands on with the SNES Classic’s cool new features, and Star Fox 2