Retro Video Game Night

Retro Video Game Night is a quarterly retro gaming night that I used to help organise with Ian Guebert aka "The Games Master" and the fine folk at the Centre for Computing History in Cambridge. I'm a bit too busy to be involved with the organisation these days but it's still happening and you can get the latest dates and info from the Centre for Computing History's website.

Here you can find information and photos of the previous nights, tournament winners and the games we played back when I was involved.

Upcoming Nights

Retro Video Game Night (Christmas Edition) - Friday 7th December 2018

Retro Video Game Night #008

Written by Aidy.

Date: 25th September 2015
Tournament: Micro Machines V3 (Sony PlayStation)
Tournament Winner: Tom Scott

Summer's over and we're easing our way back into the winter months once again. This particular retro night saw our first ever repeat tournament winner. Tom Scott, who won Ian's shirt at the Christmas 2014 retro night playing Bishi Bashi, won this evening's Micro Machines tournament. I think this is the busiest I've ever seen the 80s classroom for one of Ian's gaming tournaments.

I also brought along a modded version of Gimpy Bomber that you control with a foot pedal.

Retro Video Game Night #007

Written by Aidy.

Date: 26th June 2015
Tournament: Sega Rally (Sega Saturn)
Tournament Winner: Ben Unwin

The summer retro nights always feel a bit strange. Might be a personal preference but eating burgers and playing video games always feels more natural when it's dark outside.

This was a pretty popular night never the less and one lucky individual walked away with a boxed Commodore Amiga that he won in the raffle.

Retro Video Game Night #006

Written by Aidy.

Date: 6th March 2015
Tournament: Track 'n' Field (Sony PlayStation)
Tournament Winner: Mr Jim

First Retro Gaming Night of 2015. Ian kicked off the new year with a Track 'n' Field tournament.

The main room featured a whole load of gun/zapper games. It also felt like Alex Kidd was due a come back so I got him out of retirement and put him on the flyers.

Retro Video Game Night #005

Written by Aidy.

Date: 12th December 2014 (Christmas Edition!)
Tournament: Bishi Bashi (Sony PlayStation)
Tournament Winner: Tom Scott

Our first ever Christmas themed retro night and the start of a great tradition! Winning the shirt off the Games Master's back. Everyone at the museum signed Ian's ALF t-shirt and the winner of Bishi Bashi took it home along with some other prizes.

Jason made a Christmas tree out of a pile of VDUs, we had Christmas music playing in the main room and a whole load of Christmas themed games for people to play. One of my personal highlights however was when Lord Conrad turned up with free beer for everyone fresh from the Lord Conrad Brewery.

Retro Video Game Night #004

Written by Aidy.

Date: 22nd August 2014
Tournament: Mario Kart 64 (Nintendo 64)
Tournament Winner: Unknown

Ian the Games Master did a Mario Kart 64 tournament for this one in the 80s classroom, there was networked Doom taking place in the front room and a whole load of stuff going on in the main room including Bad Influence and Games Master (the other one) being projected onto the wall.

We also had Utopian World of Sandwiches in attendance with their creation Chompy Chomp Chomp.