Console Shock Podcast 112: Classic System Bundles and Pack-Ins

Retro and current gen gaming chat, with Trev and Stu, its the Console Shockcast! As kids we used to drool over the console/computer bundle packs we would see on shop shelves or in magazine ads.

What you got in a particular bundle could help determine which side of the video game war you ended up on.

How important were bundles back in the day, and which ones do we remember the most?

– DKOldies and “not for resale” bundle copies of games in shops.

– Is everyone who could be intro retro gaming already involved in the hobby? – Anniversaries of consoles from the 2010’s making us feel old!

– The arcade machine experience in the UK, seasides and chippies!

– Was the Street Fighter 2 or Super Mario World bundle the system seller for the SNES in the UK.

– The 1990 TMNT bundle giving the NES a foothold in the UK market.

– The importance of the PS1 ‘Demo 1’ disc in PlayStation bundles.

– Sega Saturn bundles, or the lack of them!

– Customised bundle packaging art vs. a sticker on the generic console box.

Intro/Outro Music – Lightning Strikes (Stage 1) – Raiden III (2005) – Arcade, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2 – Composer(s): Go Sato, Yuji Takemitsu, Yuka Sakamoto, Akira Sato

Console Shock Podcast 111: The Problem with The Retro Problem

Retro and current gen gaming chat, with Trev and Stu, its the Console Shockcast! Recently there’s been trend of retro gaming YouTubers talking about the “The Retro Problem”, initially started by RGT85. UK gaming magazine legend Jaz Rignall wasn’t impressed with the thumbnails of grumpy people sitting in front of game collections and voiced such disdain on his Twitter. Is there a “retro problem”?

Is it something worth talking about, or a storm in a teacup?

Trev and Stu deep dive into the points made by RGT85 in the latest Shockcast.

– Some thoughts on DKOldies and the controversy surrounding them.

– Stu talks about Atomic Heart.

– Gatekeeping within the retro gaming community. The real retro problem?

– Nostalgia for old games and consoles becoming a thing in the late 90s.

– Game Boy comes to the Nintendo Switch Online service! –

Stu gets his hands on a Mega Everdrive X7!

– A slight segue into the dying days of the Mega Drive and its two Premier Manager games from 1995 and 96. Intro/Outro Music – Act 1-1 and 2-2 Theme – Ultraverse Prime (1994) – Sega CD – Composer(s): Tim Follin, Geoff Follin