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 #003

Written by Aidy.

Date: 23rd May 2014
Tournament: GoldenEye (Nintendo 64)
Tournament Winner: Unknown

Riding high from the previous retro nights we decided to mix things up a bit and make an entire weekend out of this one and put on a whole three days worth of retro gaming and talks that celebrated the past, present and future of the UK video games industry. Mike James from the my all time favourite podcast 'Retrogaming Roundup' was in attendance for this one and kindly hosted all of the panels that ran during the day on Saturday and Sunday.

The Friday night was a similar format to the previous retro nights but heavy on the UK games with the likes of Golden Eye, Jet Set Willy and Worms.

Retro Video Game Night #002

Written by Aidy.

Date: 21st February 2014
Tournament: Pac-Man Vs (Nintendo GameCube)
Tournament Winner: Matt

Due to the success of the first Retro Video Game Night we decided to make it a regular thing and put one on every quarter. This was also the night where Ian Guebert's transformation into the "Games Master" took place since I had a T-Shirt made with this written on the back and possibly one of the worst Sega Master System games printed on the front. Anyone else remember ALF? Thought not. This has since become an ongoing joke and each year Ian get's a new T-Shirt with a rubbish Sega Master System game printed on the front.

The ALF t-shirt was signed by everyone at the museum and given away as a tournament prize at Christmas, which started another tradition.

Retro Video Game Night #001

Written by Aidy.

Date: 25th October 2013
Tournament: California Games (Sega Master System) & Super Bomber Man 3 (SNES)
Californian Games Tournament Winner: Craig Turner
Super Bomber Man 3 Winner: Chris

This was the first ever Retro Video Game Night at the Centre for Computing History and it was surprising how word got out and we actually had a pretty decent turn out. We persuaded a local burger van to come along, put out a load of extra gaming consoles, distributed some flyers around Cambridge and everything actually went pretty well.

Ian and myself probably went a little bit over the top with the gaming competitions though and had two separate tournaments plus a series of high score competitions dotted around the museum. After that we came to the conclusion that one tournament was enough.