Ryan Davis (1979 - 2013)

Written by Dave.

Ryan Davis

We were struck by the news this week that Giant Bomb senior editor Ryan Davis passed away last week. After coming out of university, I started to get back into gaming in some haphazard way. After working a terrible job at a popular high street entertainment retailer, I was unemployed and bored, games were the best place to spend my time in between applying for jobs.

I remembered discussing video gaming with a friend a few months previous and the name Giant Bomb came up. Around Christmas of 2009 I started downloading their podcast. Every week since then I've been listening to the staff of Giant Bomb on my commute - Their personalities made the gaming part of the show secondary and hearing tales of food, Coke Freestyle machines and being misquoted by newspapers became my favorite parts of the show.

Listening to their recommendations made me pick up some games I would have never heard of otherwise. After recommending the podcast to Aidy (in an effort to get him into the 21st Century of gaming) he got just as hooked as I did. Wait until I tell him that Buckner and Garcia wrote a song about the site!

After hearing of his untimely passing at the age of just 34, many people said they felt as if they'd lost a friend. It’s going to be strange not hearing his voice whilst driving to work. Watching and listening to the material he was involved with inspired me to stop being lazy and to do more dumb stuff with video, podcasts and people.

We pass on our sincere condolences to Ryan’s wife, friends and family.

Silicon Dreams

Written by Aidy.

It seems like only yesterday that we were living it up at Revival and entertaining punters with an 8-Track copy of our album and a CRT television. Well we're doing it all again at another expo next month! 

Silicon Dreams is taking place from the 5th to 7th July and we'll be there for the Saturday and Sunday. Come and say hello, it's going to be a great weekend for retro-enthusiasts. We've heard, on good authority, that Steve Furber (part of the original Acorn team and the character that Dave plays in our music video) is going to be doing a talk on the Sunday.

www.silicondreams.org.uk

Bespoke Arcades

Written by Aidy.

Dave and myself headed into London today to check out Bespoke Arcade's new show room. We spent a good couple of hours drinking coffee, playing on their arcade cabinets and chatting about all things game related with their Web Developer/marketing bod Vagish Vela. Vagish was kind enough to invite us down to try out their new cabinets and even gave us a cheeky tour of the workshop.

CGE Adventures

Written by Aidy.

It’s been in the making for a while now but it’s finally here! The Retrogaming Roundup crew have officially released their very own Atari 2600 game ‘CGE Adventures’. The game’s based on events that transpired at the Classic Gaming Expo several years ago when a deaf guy stole a spindle of CDs from their booth. The irony of this incident along with a whole host of running gags, that should be familiar to regular listeners of the show, have been worked into this Adventure-esque video game.

You take control of the deaf CD thief himself and your objective is to swipe the spindle of CDs from the Retrogaming Roundup booth and exit the building safely. Sounds simple enough but with the LVPD, the show hosts and even Elvis (to name but a few enemies) out to get you this isn’t as easy as you’d think. Luckily there’s Crazy Carl the custodian randomly wondering around and dropping items on the floor that can help you along the way.

So where do the British IBM fit into all of this?

Remember the good old days when Buckner and Garcia were dominating the charts with Pac-man Fever? Of course you do! Well those days are back (sort of). We were asked to do an original song in homage of CGE Adventures and after a brief stint at Half-Ton Studios we came up with a video game inspired track complete with arcade sound effects. The new song simply entitled ‘CGE Adventures’ is now available from the Retrogaming Roundup website in return for a donation amount of your choosing. 100% of which will go straight back into the podcast and will help the guys out with hosting fees etc. It’s a great podcast and well worth chucking a coins there way!

Get it here!