My Top Five Retro Games You Really Must Play

I’ve been playing video games since I was a 5 year old little girl, I was even lucky enough to have a BBC Micro at my school and some of my friends had games consoles I didn’t own so we’d go around to each others houses just to play a variety of games. But that was over 20 years ago and over that time I’ve played some amazing gets as well as some not so great games. So I thought I’d make a list of five retro games that I think everyone should at least have a go at playing. I’m going to keep away from Mario and Sonic games because they are already pretty well known and played by most people so here we go!

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Alex Kidd in Miracle World (SEGA Master System)
This has to be my most loved retro game out there. Alex was originally the mascot for SEGA, well unofficially as mascots weren’t even considered back then. He could pack a punch and people knew it too, with one French magazine giving this video game a 99% rating and Sega Pro giving it a 95%. Not bad for Alex’s first video game. This game was put in as a built-in game for the Master System 2 and would easily become the first video game many children would play in the late 80’s and early 90’s. However this changed when Sonic was given the mascot crown and Alex was taken out of future Master System 2 consoles and replaced with the Sonic the Hedgehog built-in instead. It is still a worthwhile video game to play with a very catchy theme song, fun levels and interesting baddies.

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Kirby’s Adventure (NES)
I love Kirby and all the Kirby games, infact my first Gameboy game was Kirby’s Dreamland which I was going to put on this list but I wanted to keep this as consoles and perhaps do a handheld list another time. Kirby is adorable, you cannot ignore that. But don’t let the cuteness fool you for Kirby can fight back and save the day. Kirby games are usually fairly similar in some way and often include eating, food and sucking up baddies. Basically Kirby’s power is his mouth. This game was out on the NES and a late-generation game for the system. This meant to used the power of the NES to it’s full potential and for a game on the NES it looks pretty darn good! It was awarded Best NES Game of 1993 and reviewers loved it. And you will too so give it a try!

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Super Bomberman 3 (SNES)
Now this is an interesting one because for those of you in America you’ll be weeping because this game never made it over there. Sorry! I did play many of the Super Bomberman games (yes Super Bomberman, I didn’t get to play the original Bomberman games) but this one always grabbed me. Perhaps it’s because of the cute Louies that caught my interest. But if you are unable to get hold of this game then I’d say Mega Bomberman for the Mega Drive/Genesis is just as enjoyable. And I don’t just mean because it never came out in America, but also because Super Bomberman 3 can sell for stupid amount of money on eBay whilst Mega Bomberman sells for a lot less, so don’t pick what you can afford! Also if you got friends who are in to retro games as well this is a great game to get them together and have a good time.

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Mortal Kombat 3 (Various)
This is on my list for a few reasons. For one it’s a game that came out on so many platforms can so pretty much anyone could buy it whether they owned a SNES, Mega Drive (Genesis) or were just handheld owners, anyone could play this game pretty much. But that’s also another reason I have this on my list. Anyone could play this no matter what age you were. My friend had this on his SNES (American cartridge, which I thought was amazing and mind blowing) and there was a lot of blood, awful fatalities and pretty nasty stuff that kids of our age probably shouldn’t be seeing or playing. And this game is why we have our rating system, in the UK and Europe we have the PEGI rating whilst in the USA they have the ESRB. These were pretty much created thanks to the home console version of Mortal Kombat (and a few other games but this was brought up in court a lot) and so I think it is well worth playing as it’s part of video gaming history. And trust me, the pixelated blood and gore doesn’t make you want to kill people. Because blood isn’t made of little squares, funnily enough.

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Disney’s Aladdin (SNES/Mega Drive)
This was really hard as I was stuck between this and The Lion King, but there had to be at least one Disney game on my retro list. Both are awesome Disney games but there’s some levels in Aladdin that just stand out more compared to The Lion King. Now I played the Mega Drive version (Sorry I was a SEGA gal) and having seen the SNES version I kinda have to say the Mega Drive is way cooler. But I know Nintendo fans prefer the SNES version, so I’d suggest you look them up first or just get the one for the console you already own. This is the Virgin Games one I’m talking about, who also made a bunch of other Disney games which were also pretty fantastic. Remember the movie? Remember the main scenes of the movie? Picture yourself being part of those moments and playing them as a levels in a game. That is how Virgin Games got this game so perfect. There’s a level made out to “You Ain’t Never Had a Friend Like Me” scene and the music (whilst limited to what the consoles could play back then) was amazing! Remember when Aladdin rides Carpet away from the rushing lava? That’s a level and oh my god it’s intense! Seriously why are you still reading this, go find this game and play it. Now!

So there you  go, those are my five retro games that I think you should go and play. I tried to pick a mixture of games although several are platformers because that was what was popular back then. But I hope you like my choice of games and if you have played any of these what were your thoughts? Do you have five you would recommend? Comment below, would love to hear them!

Interview with YouTuber TycerX

Today I get a lovely interview with TycerX, a Gaming YouTuber who will be at Minevention on 12th September. As well as Minecraft videos he also plays Steam games and recently hit 70,000 subscribers. Read on to get to know more!

You are the owner of Area 32, a charity fundraising Minecraft series. What made you start it up in the first place?
Good question! I started up the series Area32 after the success of Area31. Me and my friend Myles  had previously been part of a Minecraft War based livestream where a group of us YouTubers streamed for 2 hours starting from nothing to having full nukes and weaponry!! Me and Myles wanted to convert this format into a video series that had a charity aspect, hence we ended up at Area31 and 32! However it wouldn’t of got to where it is now without the support of everyone on the series!

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You play modded Minecraft, what has been your favourite mod so far and are there any mods you’d recommend players wishing to dip into modded Minecraft?
Ooo gosh, that’s a tricky question. I have used a lot of mods, however the one I’ve dabbled in the most is Mekanism. It’s pretty easy to get into and allows you to do alot of awesome things in the game, flying, underwater breathing and more!

How long have you been gaming for and what was your first video game?
I have been gaming since I was 13! My first video game was Pokemon Sapphire. I was out with my dad who was getting some things from B&Q, I was very bored and started looking around and found Pokemon Sapphire lodged under a piece of wood on the floor :P. I didn’t own a gameboy, however a few weeks later I got access to one and that’s where it all started :O

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Are there any YouTubers that you look up to or have helped you in some way?
I’m grateful to everyone I’ve had the chance to meet and work with on youtube, on and off camera. There is alot of things that people don’t see off camera that goes on to keep youtube channels running! I started youtube after I discovered the Yogscast and their series ‘Shadow of Israphel‘ a well worth series I do recommend!

Finally… Minevention is coming soon! Tell the readers why you think they should come to the event and is there anyone you hope to meet?
Come! Just do it, as Shia would say! But in all seriousness, if you’re a fan of any YouTubers there you should come along! It’s going to be an awesome day with lots of exciting panels!
I’m personally excited to meet everyone there, both friends and fans! I’ve yet to meet Jimmy-Solidarity Gaming in person, Myles and more.  It’s going to be epic having 5 members of the Area 32 team there! But overall meeting friends that I’ve made over the years!

Many thanks to TycerX for taking the time to answer some questions. Remember he and many other well known YouTubers will be at Minevention on 12th September.

Is My Son a “Nerd”?

So a few days ago my son went to a local park and met some older boys. Not much older, they were between 7-11 years old. Well they seemed nice enough and he told them how he plays Minecraft and Destiny and how he’s level 32. One boy says “are ya a nerd?” giggling to his mate then saying “go on, say you’re a nerd!”.

Is my son a nerd for liking video games in the modern age where it’s socially accepted that kids play games and don’t feel they have to hide this hobby from everyone in fear of being bullied?

Is my son a nerd because he is quite bright even though these lads probably know how to multiply and my son has only mastered halves and quarters?

Is my son a nerd because he needs glasses to fix is lazy eye which is not his fault and will probably end up requiring surgery?

Neither seems like a fair reason to call a 5 year old a “nerd”. Or perhaps I should be proud.

He likes video games and plays with his mummy and daddy, if that makes him a nerd then good on him.

He is a clever young boy and doing well in his class and even amazed his teacher at school, if that makes him a nerd then good on him.

He wears glasses like a large portion of children these days do for various reasons and doesn’t refuse to wear them, if that makes him a nerd then good on him.

If he’s a nerd for any of those reasons then I am proud of him for being a nerd. After all, why should the word “nerd” be considered a bad thing?