Retroist Means - Vic Sage

What The Retroist Means To Me By Vic Sage

With 2016 all but at an end. I’m sure like many of you there is a sense of fatigue – a welcoming of the closing of the year. Which is certainly why I felt it best today to avoid the negative. Embrace not the cynicism – however easy that option is but instead talk about what The Retroist means to me.

[Via] Steve Sharp

What The Retroist means to me.

You would think that for a person that can write over a thousand words on Dr. Doom it would be easier. On the contrary trying to put my feelings for The Retroist site down is proving rather taxing.

The first thing that comes to mind when I think of The Retroist site is – acceptance. Moreover how I found a community that embraces the very things I cherish. Movies, video games, cartoons and more.
Retroist Means to Me - Buckaroo Banzai
An all-encompassing understanding that what I might find extremely neat. Will in addition ring true with many of you as well. I hadn’t realized I was missing this in my own life until I was allowed to join the site back in 2010. Certainly my friends would listen about my love of things past but they didn’t have the same yearning to discuss it. It was when I began sharing on this site, I learned I wasn’t quite as alone in my appreciation of things nostalgic as I thought.

One of my first articles for The Retroist was a review of the Atari 2600 port of Nintendo’s Popeye. In fact it was the wish for an Atari 2600 version of Kolchak: The Night Stalker that landed me a spot here on the site!
kolchak-atari 2600

Friends, back in 2009 I had decided to throw my hat into the blogging ring. I came up with a place on the internet entitled In my youth, victory was a power pellet. The whole point of the blog in fact was a place to avoid clogging up the e-mail of my friends. Like sharing my excitement over Brickshelf’s LEGO Predator bust!

Image courtesy of Brickshelf.

Thanks to a post on my blog about that non-existent Kolchak: The Night Stalker Atari 2600 cartridge, the Retroist invited me to write for the site. No demands where made on what I could discuss beyond it being a family friendly site as well as having something to do with things retro. I’m not sure I can properly describe the joy I felt at being welcomed by not just the readership but my fellow writers. Many that I would quickly become friends with and still chat on Facebook to this day.

Equally important was how the Retroist treated me when I joined full time. I was absolutely naive, friends. No one had taken the time to explain that you should give credit when sharing artwork or videos. And how overwhelming it all seemed back then. I didn’t know a thing about embedding videos or adding links and such. Every single day, the Retroist would patiently explain the way a blogger should behave. Not once did he lose his temper with me nor anyone who was contributing to the site.

But what does The Retroist mean to me?
The Retroist is quite simply my extended and global online Family. Without a doubt the community here is one of the best. Appreciating the joy of simply sharing the things that are of interest from the past. I cherish it, I truly do. I’ll never be able to properly thank the Retroist for letting me experience that.

Without the Retroist paving the way with his 202 podcasts. I never would have had the guts to attempt Saturday Frights, Retro Radio Memories, Projectionist’s Sinister Tales of Terror, or the Diary of an Arcade Employee podcasts. Every step of the way…the Retroist was there to guide me. Along with others, helping to craft the podcasts so that The Retroist site had more to offer.

At last count there were 14,312 posts on The Retroist. Just between you and me, I believe the Retroist himself has been doing some pruning. As I recall a couple of months back it was in the 20,000 range. Furthermore I’ve been fortunate enough to contribute 3,001 of those posts. Not one time has the Retroist asked for help covering the costs of paying the server fees.

What The Retroist means to me!


I’m kind of rambling here. But in all honesty The Retroist feels like my home – where I belong. Thanks to the site I have found my place in the world where I can be creative…and myself. I think you will see from the earlier posts today by Allison Venezio, Gary Burton, RetroArt and the Nerdy Blogger. They all feel the same. I want to thank them for agreeing to this little tribute today to The Retroist site. As well as to all of you for visiting every day – enjoying what all of us writers have to talk about and share.

Most importantly I want to thank the Retroist. For his mentoring but more importantly for his friendship and letting me be much more than I would be if I wasn’t writing on The Retroist. Thanks for six wonderful years, my friend – I’m looking forward to what we the site holds in 2017.

“Is this going to be a pinball table, Sir, or another bughunt?”

Hot on the heels of the announcement just a few days ago of the upcoming Alien Day on the 26th of this month is Zen Studios commercial for their pretty awesome set of three digital tables inspired by the Alien film universe.

Aliens Pinball 1 - Zen Studios

This commercial is for the table based on James Cameron’s 1986 film and the press release gives us some insight on what we can expect:
“Join Ellen Ripley as she confronts her nightmares and help the Colonial Marines rid LV-426 of its Alien infestation in Aliens Pinball
Watch out for the merciless Alien stalking you on the Alien: Isolation pinball table
Defeat Xenomorphs and rise in Yautja society on the Alien vs. Predator table
Original iconic voiceovers and sound effects from films and videogames set in the ALIENS Universe
Leaderboards, score tracking, exciting social features, and more!
The Aliens vs. Pinball pack will be released on Xbox One, Xbox 360, PSN, Steam, Windows 10, Mac, iOS, Android and Amazon on April 26th.”

[Via] Zen Studios

The other two tables in the pack are based off 2004’s Aliens vs. Predator…

All images courtesy of Zen Studio.

All images courtesy of Zen Studio.

Alien vs Predator - Zen Studios

…and the third is from Sega’s Alien: Isolation from 2014!

Alien Isolation - Zen Studios

I am quite excited about these tables from Zen Studios but I know which one I’m most eager to play…

Super-Team Family Presents… Robotman and RoboCop

Robotman and Robocop

I was browsing through the many images filling my Pinterest wall this morning and I noticed a series of “team-up” images for comics. Iron Man and James Bond, Snoopy Vs. Enemy Ace and many more interesting but unlikely creations.

Following the links in the images brought me to Super-Team Family… The Lost Issues, a website dedicated to the greatest team-ups that never happened… but should have! And what a site! There are more than 1000 team-ups to view in this blog, and all appear to have been created by Ross Pearsall.

Presented above is my favourite of his RoboCop mashups with Alex Murphy and Cliff Steele pairing for The Ultron Ultimatum! Robocop also has fun with Batman, Spider-Man and The Thing in other covers.

Below are a couple of other covers to get you hooked. Aquaman and Godzilla and Conan Versus Predator are both comics that I would definitely read!

Super Team Family

For more of the same, check out Super-Team Family… The Lost Issues.

My 80’s Film Icons

80's Icons

Every once in a while, I’ll try my hand at creating something artistic. Because I grew up in the 80’s, my inspiration is often that decade and, in my most recent efforts, I focused on some of the film characters that I grew up with.

Specifically, I thought about the iconic characters that I wasn’t supposed to grow up with. The likes of RoboCop, The Terminator, Predator and others like Rambo should not have influenced me because I wasn’t old enough to watch them! Yet of course I watched them, these viewings were essential for my younger self and I’ll be forever grateful that my parents turned a blind eye.

Robocop and Co

Presented here is a Retroist exclusive – the above image has been created solely for this site to honour my favourite of the three characters – Robocop!