On Wednesday 1st August, couple of guys from the community and I were lucky enough to be able to attend a retro themed gaming night being held by Retro World Birmingham.
Retro fans from all over the area swarmed upon the store to take part in a series of challenges and competitions, and maybe snap up a few bargains in the process. Attendees took part in tournaments on Mario Kart and Street Fighter II on the SNES, a score challenge on Asteroids on the Atari 7800 and a timed based challenge on Sonic the Hedgehog on the Mega Drive.
Although a small affair, with it being the first event held with an attendance of around 50, gamers of all ages enjoyed the chance to step back in time and relive some of the glory days of gaming. As well as by myself, Midlife Gamer was well represented by EpicToneDog, TheBoyMatt and JayceStokes (who was victorious in the Asteroids challenge).
Located just outside the city centre in the Digbeth area of Birmingham, Retro World is a store dedicated to all things retro, from artwork to figurines, but gaming is the real focus of the store. The walls are covered with Mega Drive, Master system and SNES games, display cases are packed with cartridges of all shapes and sizes and shelving units overflow with PS1, PS2, PSP and Dreamcast titles.
The plan is for this to become a regular event, with Rob and the crew happy to take on board any suggestions for future events. The next event is pencilled in for Wednesday October 3rd so mark it in your diaries if you fancy showing off your retro skills. If you have any enquiries or suggestions you can contact rob via Twitter @MyRetroShop online at http://www.entertainmentworld.co.uk or via phone on 0121 7425625.