Hayden Yale

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Child of the 80's. Born, raised and living in the Cheshire countryside, England. Lover of fan art, especially if it is based on my childhood heroes from Masters of the Universe, Thundercats, Transformers and TMNT. Penchant for almost anything retro, especially movies, games and art.

Have you played Cannon Fodder in Color?

War has never been so much fun. That’s a controversial way to start a Retroist post, so imagine the uproar when a little video game called Cannon Fodder used it to maximum effect back in 1993! Cannon Fodder from Sensible Software rocked Great Britain, baiting the British media into advertising […]

What the SMEG is a SMEGAZINE?

And if you don’t know what a SMEG is… Sensible readers amongst you might guess that a smegazine is the PR exercise of the high-end Italian appliance-maker Smeg. It isn’t. The British readers amongst you will almost certainly jump to a conclusion about the mining ship “Red Dwarf” and her […]

Star Trek at 25

The Star Trek franchise celebrates its 50th birthday in 2016 which is an incredible achievement when you consider how embedded within pop culture the brand is. I’d wager that most people have a good knowledge of the characters, the ships, the races and even a little of the shows’ phrases […]

Gilbert – Escape from Drill

There are probably very few readers who recognise Gilbert, the slimy (snotty) green alien who appeared in the UK’s Get Fresh TV show. Gilbert and co-presenter “Gaz Top” were a regular feature of my Saturday mornings for a few years but my memories of these two odd-balls are not as […]

Strider’s Many Faces

My obsession with Capcom’s Play System (CPS-1) arcade hardware has taken me from Nemo to Strider and with it a lot of research about my new favourite game. Something that stood out very quickly to me whilst browsing various artwork for the game was the character art for the hero […]

Capcom’s Nemo

I’ve become a little obsessed lately with the Capcom Play System, an arcade board which can be easily emulated on my recently acquired Wikipad Android tablet. Many of the games on the system are well known to me; Ghouls ‘n Ghosts, Strider, UN Squadron and Street Figher 2 all started […]

The Casio PV-16 MSX Computer

I was recently browsing through the Flickr photostream of user JINsMac and came across this very lovely looking computer. Back in 1983 when this was released, home computers really only came in two colours – black or beige – so a bright red machine with cute “chicklet” keys and a […]

The Nightmare of Knightmare

Enter, stranger, to a world where you are a sightless dungeoneer who must embark on a medieval quest, guided only by friends who must rely on 80’s era CGI and a friendly Saxon Knight called Treguard of Dunshelm. Just writing the sentence above sends shivers down my spine, such was […]