Welcome to the RETROGAMER web site! Thanks for visiting, I hope it jogs some nostalgic memories.
So what is this site all about? RETROGAMER is a printed fanzine
published in Liverpool, UK which is dedicated to classic video games.
The zine's definition of classic is any old game (basically 8-bit
and 1980's) that made you forget the time or ate all your money
at the arcade.
The editor of RETROGAMER, Keith Ainsworth, also wrote
the monthly retro page in professional UK magazine Computer
and Video Games through 1998. He has also appeared on BBC
television talking about the coin-op Space Invaders.
RETROGAMER covers video game consoles, home computers and the coin-ops themselves. It has features on the companies who made the games, the individuals who programmed them and articles on popular games and series of games.
Retrogamer is the best retro read around. A complete set will
tell you everything you'll ever need to know about classic games.
I'm very proud to say our site gained the I.C.When
Eye Site Award a couple of years back. This is awarded to
exceptional sites that support classic video games and computers.
Please click on the logo and check out the other winners. I am
in very good company indeed.
The page recently gained a recommendation from thearcades.com.
This is a directory, a bit like Yahoo, but more focused on gaming.
Clicking on the icon will take you there.
To act as a taste of what is in an issue this site contains
two articles from past issues of RETROGAMER (on Ultimate Play the Game
and the Atari VCS) and a Matthew "Manic Miner" Smith article exclusive
to this web page.
The latest additions are some photos of certain items from my collection. These things aren't for sale, they are just to make your mouth water!
The history of the Stamper brothers work on the Sinclair
Spectrum computer as Ultimate Play The Game appeared in
issue two of RETROGAMER.
They produced a series of games of unrivalled
quality for the Spectrum in the mid Eighties. Game fans in the UK
will know who they are immediately but for those readers from
further away you will known them as RARE.
RARE, of course produced lots of quality Nintendo NES games,
the Donkey Kong Country series and more recently Goldeneye, Perfect Dark and
Banjo Tooie for the N64. You can find out more about Jet Pac
the hidden Spectrum game in DK64 and how Rare started
For the details of what has been in each issue of RETROGAMER go to the the back issues section.
Who says RETROGAMER is the best retro mag? Loads of people! There have been many excellent reviews in the professional game press. Here are five example reviews for you to peruse. NMS (Nintendo Magazine System) changed it's name slightly to Nintendo Magazine when the N64 was released, the reviews are from the January 96, April 96 and August 96 issues. The Super Play review (sadly they're no longer with us) is from Jan 96 and the N64 Magazine review from February 1998.
RETROGAMER has had a home on the web since 1996. The contents of
this site are copyright Keith Ainsworth. Keith wrote all the words
and produced most of the pictures. The design and look of this site
is by William Chiu at Connect ([email protected]). The original
version of this site was coded by Mark Ramsay and bits of his work
may still be present.
The "pictures from the collection" were created by scanning
some high quality photographs taken by Denis Shiel. Below is a
pic of Denis acting perfectly normal. You can contact him on
Thanks to everyone who contributed to RETROGAMER in the
last 5 years. Their enthusiasm and knowledge is what made it
the best. If you have any suggestions on how to improve this
site please let me know. Any comments or questions please e-mail
[email protected] Write now and
I'll get back to you within two days.
finish off I'll just give you the meaning of life.
Happiness is derived from four points...
strongly supportive social network
extrovert and positive
Keith Ainsworth 2001