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1. Playing Retro Games > Hacks 1–14: Introduction

Hacks 1–14: Introduction

Ain’t nothin’ like the real thing, baby. While many if not most retro gaming hackers are getting their classic console fix through emulation these days, who can resist the allure of a wood grain–paneled Atari 2600? The satisfying rubbery feel of the joystick and candy-like single button? Ripping out the cartridge when you lose and throwing it across the room, knowing that its sturdy design will keep it intact even after it crashes into the wall?

In this chapter, we’ll cover the ins and outs of playing original retro game consoles. You’ll learn how to buy many different classic systems and how to set them up once you’ve got them home. There are even hacks on finding retro games from Japan and, once you have them, tricking your American consoles into playing them.


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