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I’m addicted to taking my retro everywhere

Two years ago now, Blaze’s Evercade ushered in a new era for retro gaming fans who were sick of going through emulation over and over again and wanted to bring back the classic games like yesteryear. In physical format, dedicated boxes, with instruction manuals and as many extras as possible. Evercare carried it out with a very interesting portable console and hundreds of licensed games, and its success even led to a desktop version.

My retro laptops and me

I have a peculiar love relationship with portable systems that run retro games. When I get my hands on a new system to carry in my pocket, it’s the first thing I think about: are there classic compilations? Is it easy to emulate, and if so is it worth it? It’s no small feat: already at the time of the first Gameboy, I was inevitably attracted to adaptations of games from the past. The titles I tasted there are countless, but let’s just say that I enjoyed ‘R-Type’ or ‘Double Dragon’, despite not being the same as the classic arcade games.

Since then I have tried countless laptops and retro games were always the touchstone, which helped me decide on one or the other. The legendary GP2X console (and its many variants before it, although this incarnation was my favorite) emulated all sorts of old systems with ease. And I played the compilations of PSP classics (those from Capcom today are very widespread, but they started there, to which those from companies like Taito, Sega, or Midway were added) almost more than any other title in the console’s catalog. sony pocket.

My last revelation has been, of course, the Steam Deck: I already told here how it turns out that yes, everything is fine, but I’m not going to put ‘God of War Ragnarök’ on Valve’s laptop, no matter how much the machine I can with it. I use it for indies and, of course, emulation of already ousted systems. The quality of the screen and the versatility of the console is giving me great moments of ‘International Karate +’ at full throttle.

In the same way that I tell you that I like to play retro pocket classics, I also tell you that I fervently defend tube TVs and original machines, and my space and my constant grease are difficult for me to have them ready. And yet, there’s something special about carrying your favorite classics in your pocket everywhere you go.

For a while, I carried a Game Boy Advance Micro, which fit in my pocket, with a ‘Pac-Man Collection cartridge and a ‘Super Mario World cartridge, both perfect ports of the classics for Nintendo’s lower case. Just to make sure that I could, at any time, be able to play some of my fetish games. In the subway, in silly moments. Those were times before the infinite somatization of social networks, of course.

And it’s not just about resorting to infallible games -not to put “perfect”, or as young people say, “10/10”-, but about keeping your favorite games close. There is a strange comfort in the retro portable, a bit of claiming that you are not going to get into a ‘Far Cry 6’ in a spare time, but that withering game of ‘Bruce Lee’ while you wait for the chard to cook, that one at best gives you the best time of the day.

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