On Saturday 25th August 2018, I attended the 8-Bit Norwich – Retro Games Evening, at the One Life Left – Gaming Cafe in Norwich. The free event was organized by the Norwich Retro Gamers, and featured lots of 8-bit machines, such as the Sinclair Spectrum, Commodore 64, BBC Micro, Amstrad 6128, Toshiba MSX, Atari 800XL and Atari 7800. There was also other machines to play such as the Sega Dreamcast, Panasonic 3DO, Sega Master System II, Nintendo Vitual Boy, NES and SNES.
Nintendo Virtual Boy
First, I tried out the Nintendo Vitual Boy – which was Nintendo’s first attempt at a virtual reality headset (back in the 90’s!) and unfortuntely didn’t do so well. Until now, I had never tried one before and was rather excited to see what it’s like. Luke at the cafe suggested I try out Tetris, and so I had a go at playing this on the Virtual Boy. Straight away, I was hooked! this game on the Virtual Boy is so damn addictive, I almost felt glued to my seat and struggled to move away from it.
If it wasn’t for the fact that my neck was starting to hurt after a while of using it, I would of happily played on the Virtual Boy all night!
I did manage to set a new high-score on Tetris for the Virtual Boy, and was quite proud of my achivement. I might even have to get one for myself… if I’m ever able to obtain one! these are usually quite expensive and hard to find – so I will most likely be waiting a while to buy one.
Many thanks to Ed Jackman at Last Level Games for kindly letting me try out his Nintendo Virtual Boy!
After trying out the Virtual Boy, I played Commando on the Atari 800XL, which is a really fun 8-bit arcade shooter game.
Another system I’ve never used before was the Amstrad 6128, which was avaliable for eveyone to try out. There were plenty of old school 8-bit titles and homebrew games to try out, and decided to play some of them. One of my most favourite games on this was Batman by Ocean Software, and really enjoyed playing it!
Sinclair ZX Spectrum
There were 2 Sinclair ZX Spectrum’s on display at the 8-Bit Norwich event – the first was an orange ZX Spectrum owned by Michael Ware (Flashbang Studio) who kindly lent it for the evening, to demo the latest build of Warhawk and the amazing ‘Baggers In Space’ as well. The other was a regular looking ZX Spectrum.
The normal Sinclair ZX Spectrum on display that evening looks exactly like the one my Dad has at home, which I have always thought looks so damn cool!
The Panasonic 3DO drawed a lot of attention that evening, and was lucky enough to try it out for myself. There was only 1 game to play on it, which was Road Rash – a motorcycle racing game made by Electronic Arts. I found the game quite fun to play, and will definitely be picking up a copy in the near future to play.
Sega Master System II
Lastly, I got to play Double Dragon and Sonic the Hedgehog on the Sega Master System II – Both were really good fun to play!
I had a really great time at 8-Bit Norwich, and was nice to meet and chat with other retro gamers there. There were plenty of retro games and systems on display, along with homebrew games to try out. I look forward to the next event, and would definitely reccomend that any retro gamers in Norwich, or the surrounding area come along and check it out!