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Thursday, March 9, 2017

The Retro Life - The Super Berry Brings Back Your Favorite Games

Today's games are a little different than some grew up with.  Today, games are super immersive, almost surreal worlds that can be played across the globe with 1000's of participants, roles, avatars and strategies.  There are virtual reality goggles that can literally pull you in and check you out of reality for a while.  You can be a superhero, you can lead legions.  You can connect with other gamers in ways never imagined.




James Saville
There was a time however, when games were a little more simple.  Me?  I kind of got lost in the mix about the first time a Playstation came along.  I was and Atari guy.  Yes, my gaming ability seemed to draw to a close when the controller was more than a stick and a button.  I guess that says something about me.  As games evolved, beginning with the long forgotten Magnavox Odyssey in 1972, to the Atari 2600, then the NES, PlayStation, Game Boy and on and on the level of play has increased as well as the skills needed to play them.  Some people dropped off the register with games.

Well, if you long for the days of just controlling one character on a quest to grab coins, save a princess or just drive around in a car, there's a new way to relive all the golden days of gaming and enjoy some downtime with a Super Berry!

Super Berry is the brain child of local tech geek and all around awesome guy James Saville.  He's found a way to cram all the games you loved as a youngin' into a small device that can run on a single screen or your home network.  What games you ask?  Well,  Atari 2600, 7800, GameGear, Game Boy, Game Boy Advance, Game Boy Color, Genesis, NES, and SNES.  Pretty good start hey?  Think of all the Christmas mornings and birthdays you had hoped for just one or two of those games?  Now, they are all there.

I won't pretend to understand how it all works, but I did catch up with James to talk about the gadget and try to learn a little more!  Take a listen to our chat below!




Wow.  I am glad when it comes to techy stuff, there are people like James that get it.  Not only do they get it, they find ways to make what's old, new again and share the ability to play a retro game or, share some gaming time with your kids who might just be baffled at how to work a controller that's only got a button and a stick.  (The controller actually does have more functions, but we're trying not to complicate things here :) .  If you'd like to know more, click on the Super Berry logo below and get in touch with James.







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  2. This looks like he just branded the open source retro-pi.

    https://retropie.org.uk/

    This is a product of many developers around the world, so I wouldn't call it a brain child of James. It's a collection of emulators that have been in development for years. I have one that I've built, myself.

    This doesn't compare directly to the NES classic, as the games contained on the classic are licensed through Nintendo, whereas this, and any other retro-pi are not licensed (most likely pirated off the internet). To remain legal, James would have to be selling these without any games, and the owner would have to pirate the ROMs themselves off of the internet.

    I just wanted to mention the legality of all this ... you might want to watch yourself on this one ...

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