[RetroConsole] 25 years of PlayStation


The story of the present and the future of the video games starts today. Or better started today 25 years ago when on December 3rd, 1994 in Japan the PlayStation was first unveiled, a console with which an outsider – a huge outsider – like Sony capitalized the failed cooperation with Nintendo, revolutionizing, maybe unexpectedly,…

[RetroConsole] 40 years of APF Imagination Machine


Do you remember the good old times of the consoles full of peripherals tot try to cacth up with the technology and with the competitors? The times of the consoles that looked like the Megazord from the Power Rangers with all those things attached to the real console? No? So refresh your memory with the…

[RetroConsole] 25 years of Sega Saturn!


There’s something magically nostalgic in the end of Sega as a hardware developer, something that only who owned a Saturn and even more a Dreamcast can understand. The decline of Sega began actually with the Saturn itself, a console surely not fo forget and with a range of software that the nostalgics find still enjoyable…

[RetroConsole] The Italian Job: 45 years of Zanussi Ping-O-Tronic


Well, yes, even Italy has had its own share in the history of gaming consoles. Beyond the more famous and more important (qualitative-wise) contribute we gave to the history of home computers thanks to Olivetti, our engineers in the ealy 70s managed to sneak into the world of Pong clones with a console that got…

[RetroConsole] 30 years of Genesis, 30 years of Mega Drive


Sega has already announced its shiny new mini console, due to be released in September, so there’s no better time than today to celebrate the Mega Drive, released in North America, as Genesis 30 years ago today, August 14th, 1989. Sega ha da tempo annunciato la sua nuova scintillante mini console che verrà rilasciata a settembre,…

[RetroConsole] 40 years of Magnavox Odyssey² a.k.a. Philips Videopac


Hello guys, Today we talk about another little pice of history, widely forgotten and stuck in the middle of the fight between Atari 2600 and the other competitors (mainly Mattel IntelliVision and later ColecoVision) and killed by 1983 crash. It’s the Magnavox Odyssey², also known in its european iteration as Philips Videopac, a curious attempt made…

[RetroConsole] Sega Dreamcast


Many gamers beside videogames have other passions. One of mine is Formula 1. I watch it since I was a kid, I never miss an event and I’ve studied carefully the history of the sport. To all of you that follow also Formula 1, today I want to talk about the Gilles Villeneuve of the…

[RetroConsole] Atari Jaguar


To many non-gamers Atari is nothing short of an obscure word, and that’s probably because the company, once flagship of an entire industry, died when most of them weren’t in this world. Atari died as a console manufactured in the middle of the 90s and today we celebrate its  swan song. The console that had…

[RetroConsole] Game Boy Color


Hello guys, With the success of the smartphone it seems normal today to have the possibility to play while you’re away from home, but there was a time (I talk especially to the yougest among you) that having an handheld device was something new. After the debut of the GameBoy in 1989, Nintendo decided to…

[RetroConsole] 3DO


It looks like early autumn is the perfect season to release unsuccessful consoles, especially if you’re in 1993. After last month post about the Amiga CD32, today we “celebrate” another unlucky console that turns 25. It was another attempt to ride the wave of the new CD technology and this time the responsible of the…

[RetroConsole] Amiga CD32


Hello again with another post of the column [RetroConsole]. Today I’ll talk about another unlucky system that probably relied too much on the prestige of the company who made it. This is the day of the Amiga CD32, the last attempt made by Commodore to enter the console market. The console has been released exactly…