So… what did I do at the weekend? Oh yes, on Friday Spencer and I threw the Oldschool Gaming small rig (C64 with Turbo Chameleon, Atari 800XL with SIO2SD and A600HD with CF conversion) into the back of his car along with his four player Daytona USA emulation set-up and pootled down to Wolverhampton for Revival 2014 at the Dunstall Park race course. Like you do…
As with the previous Revival, the event took place over two halls in an L shape and this time we were set up in the room where the two met. Spencer was running the Racing Zone and I was there to help out and provide a couple of indie 8- and 16-bit games next to Pocket Studios (who are Kickstarting a reboot of Saboteur based on team member Clive Townsend’s original Spectum code) quite literally under the indie gaming banner (there was one hanging from the door frame that decided to jump for it just as we were shutting down the machines on the Sunday!)
There were a few games running on my stand over the course of the weekend including Commando Arcade on the C64 and my own Atari 8-bit blasters Callisto and Battle Eagle, but the Amiga conversion of Flappy Bird, Twenty Forty Eight on the Atari 8-bit and C64 Canabalt were particularly popular for some reason.
These events are always a fantastic chance to meet up with old friends (including quite a few people who I only get to see at retro gaming events or chat to online) and meet new people that I can
talk at talk to about new games on the 8- and 16-bit systems or indeed anything else retro-related. A couple of random highlights were watching two small boys play the sit down Ridge Racer coin-op with one steering and the other working the pedals, getting hold of a Diddy Kong plushie for Sue and the cosplaying photo shoot for the Revival game Revival Survival where some of the people who kickstarted the project dressed up as their in-game characters and “menaced” Craig Turner.
In fact the only down sides to the entire weekend are the myriad aches and pains I’m bravely suffering this morning and having All I Want by The Offspring on constant loop in my head, the latter being caused by prolonged exposure to a Crazy Taxi on free play. On the plus side, I developed something of an irrational attachment with Racing Hero and Super Chase…
…simply because they were the two machines in the Racing Zone area that didn’t have a proper free play mode so I spent the two days feeding them “coins”. As always, here’s a gallery of photographs taken before and during the event which probably give a better idea of how much fun was had at Revival than can be achieved with words at the point and “normal” services will recover when I do.