Guest Blog by Alan G @GretzkiAL
Well the time is nearly upon us again and I have to admit it I feel a little more prepared for it this year. Yes folks that's right the Christmas holidays are nearly here and if you're anything like me, you are hoping that one of many video game titles out at the moment will be joining you at same stage over the festive period. In doing so, we must make the most of the purchases that love ones/dodgy looking gaming Santa’s from a UK chain of video game shops have gifted to us - and for some of us the origin of this yearly influence of tradition is set somewhere in the last century. However before thinking this narrative is about the number of Christmas consoles I received on a yearly basis it is not, as this constantly eluded me up until only last year, so this is more of a personal muse into my gaming existence.
Guest Blog by Jason @
In late October 1987 I noticed a curious white box was released on to the Japanese market, the “PC Engine” as it was named by NEC was an unusual little console that was 14cm X 14cm square to be precise, around the size of a bag of crisps to the layman. It was tiny compared to the competition.
With 8K RAM, 64K video RAM plus a custom Hudson soft 8bit processor plus a single joypad connection it was a fantastic games console that would go on to have a massive cult following and eventually outsell the Nintendo Super Famicom in Japan, Now that’s saying something!
I’d first read about this machine in C&VG after they did a small article on it, showcasing some of the forthcoming titles on it such as RType, Victory Run and The Kung fu (terrible name). I was immediately drawn to the machine for one thing only... R-Type!, being a massive arcade player and huge fan of the IREM game I pretty much decided there and then I had to own one, I wasn’t sure how I’d go about this but my mind was set.
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