The Micro Museum – Ramsgate (Kent, UK)

Just a quick update to give a plug to a relatively new local retro gaming resource in Kent.
I popped along to The Micro Museum in Ramsgate yesterday.

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What a great place.

Very helpful and knowledgeable proprietor who is happily willing to regale the stories of how he acquired all of the kit, most of it rescued and bought home on the back of a 250cc motorbike – Imagine that with an Osbourne 1!!!
For a couple of quid you will spend an hour or so walking around pointing and stating: Got… got... got… WANT… got…
So nice to see our beloved machines in an open environment for everyone to appreciate, rather than cooped up in our spare room & lofts :)
Pop along if you are nearby, or even if you have to travel a bit, it’s worth it.

Ramsgate is a lovely little coastal town in Kent with a beautiful Harbour, beaches and Victorian sea front. Make a day of it during the Summer   :)

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Update: After GEEK 2015

GEEK 2015 was very disappointing for me. I know it is not a Retrogaming show per se, but it’s roots are firmly grounded in such things. It’s what made it popular and what made it what it is, to me at least.
This year was more Xbox One that Amiga A500. In fact there wasn’t a single ‘real’ computer in the house. Not a Sinclair, not a Commodore, not a BBC… very very disappointing.

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Now, I don’t want to in any way discourage any sort of Retrogaming events, but the organisers should understand that it’s not all about consoles.
If it appears to be the way this show is going then I am unlikely to even attend next year :(

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GEEK 2015

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It’s that time of Year again… time to get your GEEK ON!

Game Expo East Kent is a retrogaming extravaganza that lands towards the end of February every Year.

A feast of games machines to play with, to your hearts content. My Ticket is booked for the Saturday…

Like retrogaming? Live in Kent? you have no excuse… GO GEEK!  :)

For more info head over to

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So many games… so little time…

Can’t believe it’s been nearly a Year since I posted anything retrogaming related, but it’s been a busy year and now I’ve got time again.

I picked up this sexy monster off of ebay today:-



But that’s just a clunky old original Xbox I hear you say!

NO! this is no ordinary Xbox, I have discovered the beauty that is CoinOPS!

Thousands, and I mean THOUSANDS of arcade/console and old school gaming machines are emulated in this awesome little package, bolted on to XBMC.

Naturally the first game I headed for was StarForce… the greatest arcade shooter ever designed, okay apart from Defender or Salamander or R-Type… okay well I just think it’s up there anyway :)

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A perfect arcade conversion. Smooth, silky graphics and sound… hours and hours of high scoring fun.

As I was in the S’s I noticed StarBlade. I haven’t played this since the arcades in the 80’s, but what a beautiful game. Fantastic speech synthesis too, for the time.




Staying on the S’s I had to have a go at Smash TV…

BINGO! more great fun.

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So yeah it took me most of the day just to get through a handful of games, just another few thousand to go.

Would highly recommend you google the CoinOPS emulators. I looks like these guys put a shedload of time to make this thing look so good, and to make it so easy for us to re-live our youth.

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F1 Masters Grand Prix Racing – Brands Hatch – 25th May 2014

Retro of a different kind this time… retro F1 racing.

Another passion in my life is F1, I love it. From a very young age, even before owning an Atari 2600, I can remember watching Formula 1. So I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to visit the home of Grand Prix racing at Brands Hatch and hear these original classic beasts make the most awesome sounds possible, echoing through the historic woodlands and bringing poetry to my ears.

Here’s some photographs of the great day out – Enjoy :)

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Saturday on the C64

Fired up the little beige wonder today and had some fun :)

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Commodore C64 on the Amiga.

I picked up a random bit of kit from fleabay today. A Commodore C64 emulator that runs of a real Amiga. Here it is on my A1200.

Kinda funky :)

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From little Acorns grow…

Sweet little underrated computers…  :)

Fired up my Electron this week, added a Plus 1 Interface and a shedload of games. Loving it so far!

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Adopted another Commodore baby…

Okay she wasn’t the hottest chick at a party… but it is kinda cool.

Got myself a CDTV, basically an A500 in a sexy dress :)

Gonna be fun!

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Quicksilva… sexy software!

Picked up a whole batch of Quicksilva games off the bay this week, to add to the collection. They made some great games but they are worth collecting just for the sexy artwork :)


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And now they are tucked away in their very own retro-80’s tape case :D

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