We spoke to Richard Tewkesbury - Organiser of RetroActive..Based in Leicester they Host A Wide Range Of Retro Gaming And Modern Gaming Events And Tournaments Across the Country.
RetroActive have a Massive Collection Of Consoles And Games to bring to the party!
What has been best thing about your days at RetroActive so far?
Showcasing my collection for people to enjoy - I love doing that and making people happy.
As kids we first grew up with an Oric 1 computer 16k of pure power - but it did have an amazing game called Harrier Attack on it which blew my mind when I was about 6! We then had a C64 which we used to love and play Robocop, Burgertime and Chase HQ 2 - then it was an upgrade to an Atari ST which had some amazing games on it . I loved playing Super Cars 2, Speedball 2 and there was a wicked version of Double Dragon on it as well . 90's arcades were big at this time and we went away with our Grandparents each summer to Weymouth where my love of Arcades Blossomed - TMNT, Simpsons, Mortal Kombat, Streetfighter 2, Roadblasters, Assault, Final Fight, Smash TV and even crappy Pit Fighter!
We played them all to death - with £7 a day pocket money on holiday which was 70 credits at the Arcades - just about enough to complete Simpsons 4 player, that baby used to rob you blind! Good times : ) I also had a Gameboy at this point which used to be glued to my hand - Mario Land, Solar striker, F1 race and Kung Fu were my favourites. When it came out, I then moved onto the Megadrive - Streets of Rage 2, Mortal Kombat and Golden Axe were my favourites. Once i got a part time job I ploughed all my cash into getting a PC Engine Turbo Duo. I built up a massive collection of games including some of my favourites; Gunhead, Splatterhouse and Jackie Chan - but I traded all these in for a Neo Geo AES back in the day when they were £1100 to buy - a mental feat to buy one at 18yrs old but i did it inc Art Of Fighting 2 the day it came out for a mer £275 ouch! - then I moved back to the SNES with classics like Rogue Squadron, Rock and Roll Racing and F-Zero - then really I went through all the rest of the consoles, i could go on for about an hour so i'll leave it there!
If you could be a video game character who would it be?!
Mike Haggar from Final Fight - he's totally badass!
What is gaming all about for you?
Getting all the old consoles and games I had as a kid back together and finding out hidden gems of video gaming that i never knew about.
Have you ever been overseas (US and Japan) and if so whats the gaming scene over there like
I've been to the US a few times i went last summer and brought back 30kg's of gaming goodness back! - gaming and retro gaming is big over there, the nes and snes are soooo massive but it seems that everyone hates the genesis/ megadrive though, so there's some sega bargains to be had! every city you go to always has 2 or 3 gaming stores and theres always retro in each one - shame england isn't the same - one day i'll head over to Japan and man am i going to spend a load of cash there lol i'm going to need some massive suit cases!
Don't get me wrong I love my 360 and online gaming - but I think consoles and games in a way have lost there magic a bit - I'm glad i grew up when i did I've seen video gaming from the start to today and not just ending up thinking video gaming is Fifa and COD. I miss the magic of the mental sega console add-on days and the Sega and Nintendo console wars - video games have got bigger and alot better in ways but sometimes you just want to pick up a game for 10 minutes and thats what modern gaming is missing it I feel.
GamesYouLoved Where do you see the future of retrogaming in the UK and the world?
What's it like running all the activity at RetroActive?
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