Retrogaming Blogs: A Look at What Else is Out There

Matt Barton's picture

If there's one thing you can say about the internet, it's that it has all the information you need and too much more. Everyday I check my Google Reader, where I have some hundred odd feeds related to gaming, tech, science, and just cool stuff like Digg and YouTube. It would take hours to go through all the links that accrue in there daily, so I've become quite efficient at scanning headlines for interesting material. Eventually, I've noticed that I only tend to really pay attention to 10 or so blogs, so I thought I'd give you my list and ask you to compare it to yours. These blogs aren't all limited strictly to retrogaming, but I daresay that anyone who enjoys retrogaming will probably enjoy them.

Game Set Watch. If you like Armchair Arcade, there's no reason I can imagine why you wouldn't also like GSW. This site always has interesting posts about gaming from all eras, and news about old stuff is not neglected. Plus, you tend to get more commentary about news than other sites. The site is also easy to navigate and free of clutter.

Kotaku and Joystiq. Kotaku is a real smörgåsbord of relevant and often irreverent news and game-related gossip. There's almost always something here of interest to a retrogamer, plus anyone can appreciate the rampant satire and colorful graphics. It's not where I'd go for in-depth coverage, and they desperately need better fact-checking, but it's an entertaining site. Joystiq and Kotaku seem to go hand-in-hand. The sites are very similar in terms of content and tone, though Joystiq seems to be a bit simpler and less glitzy. Destructoid is another blog in this genre, but it's even more irreverent and often downright unsafe for work.

Slashdot. Slashdot used to be the blog's killer app, but now that everybody and their grandma knows about it, it's lost some of its hip factor. It also suffers from a very badly behaved bunch of commentators. Nevertheless, it's a great place to learn about cool new stuff, and the games section almost always has something relevant for retrogaming.

Engadget and Gizmodo. These two techie blogs are great places to learn about new gadgets, robots, electronics, and pretty much anything else that appeals to the average geek. These sites get updated pretty frequently, and some of the stuff is available only in Asia, but I've never been disappointed by a trip to these blogs.

RetroBlast!. This site has plenty of exciting stuff for retrogamers, including video reviews and MAME news. If you haven't seen their Coin-OP TV, you should really check it out. I've often wondered why these guys haven't tried to partner up with us!

Retrogaming with RacketBoy. This site is usually a good place to pick up recent news concerning retrogaming, such as new products for the Dreamcast or deals on home arcade equipment. It's not exactly "deep," but posts do tend to get lots of comments. Again, I'm surprised we haven't been contacted by Racketboy to do some cross-site promotions.

Next-Generation. Again, there's more stuff here than retrogaming, but this site has managed to pull together some very great writers who churn out top-quality feature articles. The writer here to look out for is Eric-Jon Rossel Waugh. He's yet to write a bad piece in my opinion.

Adventure Classic Gaming. ACG is my favorite site for adventure gaming, period. It's loaded with reviews of classic and modern adventure games, and the editor (Philip Jong) is very knowledgeable about the topic. Personally, I think it's the best adventure gaming site out there, and I'm not just saying that because they publish my stuff.

Gameology. If you're interested in more academic approaches to gaming, you'll appreciate Gameology. The authors here are good about reviewing new academic books on gaming and addressing contemporary issues very deeply indeed. The editor (Zach Whalen) is always working to make the site more accessible and useful for not only academics but anyone interested in the more serious side of gaming. If you're in any way interested in making an academic career out of gaming, Gameology should be your homepage.

There, that's done it--those are the sites I visit most often in my quest for new retrogeek nonsense. Please, share your own links and let us know what blogs and other sites you visit on a daily basis!