Retro

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In the first few minutes of Final Fantasy 6, just when you think you've got a sense of the game's rhythm, everything changes. Your amnesiac hero Terra, who you've been controlling for half an hour and are probably assuming will be your protagonist for the long haul, falls down a hole and passes out. And then you meet this guy.

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And literally one minute after posting, astrogirl nailed yesterday's game as Wizball. Maybe I've been going a little too easy on you all this week. So let's see how we go today.

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Portal 2's GLaDOS, the game's coolly sadistic robot narrator, wanted me to hate my co-op partner. In corporate lingo pulled from a dystopian HR manual, she warned that Portal 2's levels are lethal unless my teammate and I trust, respect and communicate with each other. "Naturally this will pose an interesting challenge for one of you," she said, "given the other's performance so far."

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Crotchdot was the first out of the gate - quite quickly, I might add - with Stunt Car Racer for yesterday's ScribbleTaku. And he was right - it was the Ski Jump track. Geoff Crammond really did make some amazing titles back in the day. I had a bit of trouble getting Grand Prix 2 to work recently, but maybe I'll take another stab soon.

Anyway, it's time for a new game.

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Byuu, a revered SNES emulator developer and game archivist, had a plan. With the help of an avid collector from Europe, he would archive hundreds of SNES games, some of which are exceedingly rare. Unfortunately, that plan recently hit the skids when a package worth thousands of dollars went missing in the mail.

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With some 30 years of video gaming history now behind us, there's never been a greater choice of retro games to dig back into, whether it's on your smartphone or a classic console rebooted for modern times. For the more serious seekers of gaming nostalgia, there are plenty of hands-on projects you can attempt yourself, and these are some of the best we've found. So prep your wallet, brush up on your coding and handyman skills, and get ready to build.

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Hello! I'm back. And we haven't had a ScribbleTaku for a few days. Let's fix that up right now.