A retro gamer’s games – my interview with a fellow blogger

My guest Harjit and his kids

If you have always wondered what a retro gamer’s games are, then I have got something for you: below is my interview with Harjit, owner of Retrogamingtribe.

I am going to keep this one short, but before getting to the meat, I really need to thank my guest for the time and effort he spent answering my questions. It was supposed to be an interview, but he actually turned it into a collection of short retro stories.

Props, kudos and hats off Harjit, you are a genuinely nice guy and your retro culture is huge!

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1. So welcome, fellow retro-er! Please introduce yourself to RGL’s readers.

Hi everybody, I am so glad to be here. Thanks, Andrew for the opportunity.

So, let us start with the basics.

My name is Harjit.

Age… Cough Cough 44!

(In a AA meeting style) I too am inflicted with being tagged as a ‘Retro-Gamer’, and – as previously mentioned – I am also the owner of the site Retrogamingtribe

Like most retro gamers, I have a great fondness of everything retro. Retro Music, Retro Movies, Retro TV, Retro Tech, Cars… I could go on and on!

All I listen to in the car is a radio station called ‘Absolute 80’s’. So much so that my 2 kids know the words to classic 80’s tracks that people twice their age have no idea about Haha!

Anything from the 80’s, early 90’s and I am all ears

2. What was the first video game you ever played?

Thro' the Wall, a videogame for Sinclair ZX Spectrum

Harjit’s first video game ever played: Thro’ the wall (1982)

If including electronic games, my first foray into gaming was a game I got as a Christmas Present in the early 1980’s called ‘Gunfighters’ By Gakken Electronics

Gunfighters was a cowboy shooting handheld / table-top game. The aim was to simply fire shots at the cowboy opposite and to dodge the shots coming from his direction.

Stand, crouch or lay down on the ground to make sure you did not get hit. I am sure there was a cactus in the way somewhere too not unlike the barriers in Space Invaders.

Two things I remember quite vividly to this day about that game.

1) The key to the wardrobe where this Christmas present was being stored before being wrapped up ( I knew Santa did not exist, clever kid you see!) went missing and was not found until after Christmas. I would love to tell you that I opened up that present on Christmas Day beaming ear to ear but sadly that was not the case. 🙁

2) On the last day of school term we got to take in a game to play with. Let us just say I lived that day…Like a god! Everyone wanted to have a go on the thing… The cute girls got to have a few more plays than the boys 😉

The first game I ever played on a home based screen system was ‘Thro’ The Wall’. This title was the first game on the Horizons bundles starter cassette with every new Sinclair ZX Spectrum. It was basically a simple knock out all the bricks in the wall ‘Breakout’ style game which had me on the thing for hours!

3. What about the first gaming system you ever owned?

My first gaming system – if you can call it a gaming system – was a 16K (Yes, 16 kilobytes!) Rubber Keyed, Sinclair ZX Spectrum. It was bought used by my Dad from a friend at his work. It already had a Bunch of games for it and a WH Smith tape recorder.

The Sinclair ZX Spectrum

Sinclair ZX Spectrum

4. Were you an arcade gamer? If you were, what about your favourite titles back in the 80s / 90s?

I cannot really say I was an arcade gamer. I do not honestly know why? Maybe I was too young in the early 80’s to be venturing out to the Arcades.

I remember playing on a few but will have been when visiting the seaside with my parents and brother rather than going into town with friends.

I am kinda glad in a way. I would have only spent money we did not have. I have always been really sensible, so even as a kid I would have rather saved up and bought something to use at home, rather than plough the cash into a machine and walk away.

From the machines I do remember playing they would have to be Out-Run, Operation Wolf, Daytona to name a few. I was lucky enough to try the G-LOC R360 rotating machine once, which was fun!

I always steered (mind the pun) towards the driving games and still do to this day.

5. I am going to name a few video game genres: please tell me your favourite retro title for each of them:

A) Adventure – Actraiser – Nintendo Super Famicom

B) Platform – Too many to mention but for me it is Manic Miner – ZX Spectrum

C) Puzzle Games – Tetris – Nintendo Gameboy Original

Tetris arcade version

The one and only Tetris!

D) Role-playing games? – If you can class this as a role-playing game then North & South – Commodore Amiga

E) Sports Games – Daley Thomson’s Decathlon – ZX Spectrum

F) Soccer/Football – Super Formation Soccer – Nintendo Super Famicom (Played this until my thumbs were flat and shiny)

G) Racing Games – Lotus Challenge – Commodore Amiga

Lotus Challenge on the Amiga

Sadly, I cannot post a picture for each game, but Lotus Challenge deserves to be featured. A true retro gem!

H) Any other games whose genre I did not mention?

Would be a crime not to mention these…

Beat ‘em Up – Final Fight – Nintendo Super Famicom

Shoot ‘em Up – Area 88 / UN.Squadron – Nintendo Super Famicom

6. While growing up, what gaming system did you have the most fun with? Are you still a regular gamer?

This is a tough one! I really cannot separate these three machines. I love them all!

Sinclair ZX Spectrum, Commodore Amiga A500, * Nintendo Super Famicom.
I would love to sit down every evening and chill with a beer and a game but you know what they say, life is what happens when you are busy making other plans!

The ZX Spectrum needs attention and I will not play spectrum games on an emulator on a large LED TV, it just would not do it justice. So that is work in progress.

The Amiga, I have it in working condition but I just do not have the space for it to be rigged up all the time, so it spends a lot of its life in its box. Kinda work in progress too!

The Nintendo Super Famicom gets the most use. It is the most plug and play and the instant load times help. That just works! It gets set up most weekends for a blast! So yes, it gets regular use.

I actually have 2 of them for reasons only retro gamers know hahaha!

7. Do you play online or with your friends/family members or kids?

Shock… Horror! I have never played a game online! I have always been a casual gamer. Never taken it too seriously which is probably why I prefer a good racer or shoot’em up where I can pick it up and put it down. I never was the type of kid who would try and complete a game. Either I was too lazy or I had to put that joystick down when The A-Team or Knight Rider was on the box.

When the console does get fired up it is generally with my 10 and 11 year old kids who love playing the games which graphically cannot match the likes of Fortnite or Forza 4 but they are fun and that is what it is all about. The current fave is Super Pang!

Gaming nights generally involve a projector too to make it even more fun! 🙂

8. What is/are your finest memory/memories related to video games?

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So much nostalgia…

There are loads but will keep them short and sweet. More than happy to cover in more detail in the future if anyone is interested.

1) Getting my Sinclair ZX Spectrum and renting games from our local library, they also had a colour laser photocopier so would copy the inlays there too!

2) Being the kid whose parents had a great Hi-Fi and could copy any game… Purely for backup purposes mind…. I always owned the game 😉

3) Getting the Screen Gems Commodore Amiga Bundle for my birthday in the early 90’s

4) Playing with the big boys at 14 years old. Running a mail order company while still at school selling consoles and games to the gamers of the U.K! Importing consoles from the U.S & Japan.

I remember setting my alarm clock for the early hours so I could phone through my orders for stock, absolutely Crazy!! I very recently found the advert we placed in the gaming mags after searching high and low for it online. Makes real good reading!

It also meant I have had at some point nearly every console there was at the time!

5) Having my Nintendo Super Famicom imported from Japan just after release date. Mine and my friends both ordered at the same time we thought to be one of the first ones in the country!

9. What prompted you to start a retro gaming blog?

I wanted to reach people. I wanted to have something that would provide a service to anyone who wanted to take a moment to read and listen. We have all got some great stories. Not enough of us share it though.

Originally I started a finance blog.

After a while I remembered why it is I do not practice as a financial planner (which is what I am qualified in)… Because it absolutely bores me to death!

I was finding excuses not to write articles, not to work on my site and had no passion for it whatsoever!

I would be sat in front of my computer ready to write and instead would find myself on Ebay looking at what retro goodies I could bid on.

Surely I could combine the two!

So I ditched the site and started my retro gaming blog.
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10. What is the goal of Retrogamingtribe?

To help people re-live the games of their youth!

I love looking at this old stuff. I am a great believer in if you like something, then surely there are other people out there who like that stuff too! When you share that stuff on social media it is amazing the number of comments you get, which proves that point.

I like to think big but it is the people who are listening and reading that will determine how that goes and on how that path is carved.

Anything I would buy as a retro-er, we would love to supply to other like-minded retro-ers.

Retrogamingtribe's homepage

Retrogamingtribe’s homepage

11. Last but not least, any future plans or secret wishes?

Wishes? A machine that creates more hours in the day maybe Hahaha.

Seriously though, plans are to get back the machines I had but no longer own. Nintendo Gameboy classic, an Atari Lynx, a PC Engine Turbografx16 among others.

I would not mind giving a few consoles I never owned a spin too. A Nintendo 64, Sega Dreamcast and an Atari ST of all things.

I really need to spend some time setting it all up and make it look amazing like some of the rooms you see… I Would love to know how long they spend dusting their spaces!

For Retrogamingtribe? To be more structured and not to end up looking at retro things to buy when I should be getting stuff done Haha!

Thanks a lot for having me on your blog. It has been both, a pleasure and an honour to answer your questions.
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About Andrew A.

Andrew is the founder and owner of RetroGamingLoft. He considers himself a natural-born gamer and is on a mission to keep our younger gaming years alive through the medium of Retro Stories. His event recount includes hopes, dreams, broken joysticks, magic, nostalgia and another final boss defeated.

30 thoughts on “A retro gamer’s games – my interview with a fellow blogger

  1. Whitedove1

    Hello Andrew, I absolutely love what I read in this insightful interview because it is full of great information. Retrogaming is fascinating and interesting to me and your guest Harjit does know his stuff!. I so much love gaming,i do this even when am stressed up. I play game with family and also online, my favorite game is Nintendo series. I would bookmark this website to read more about gaming. Best regards 

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    1. Andrew A. Post author

      Hello WhiteDove and thanks for your comment. I am glad you appreciated my interview and I thank you on behalf of Harjit too.
      Stay tuned, big things are coming! 🙂

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  2. Bob

    I absolutely loved this article. It is amazing while reading this all the games that I played that were also mentioned. The one thing about me that is different was that my brothers and I used to go to the local sandwich shop and play the arcade games they had there. But, wow you brought back some memories for me. I used to play Galaga, Space Invaders and the occasional pinball game. I still remember all the sounds effects in my minds eye. Awesome article!

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    1. Andrew A. Post author

      Hello Bob and thanks for dropping by.
      I have similar memories (I too was an arcade gamer), but it was very refreshing to read a console gamer’s memories and recollections.
      Thanks again for your nice comment, stay tuned for more retro posts!

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  3. Josie

    What a riveting interview and discussion from Harjit! I love the energy in which he describes his passion for retro games, but also how he describes wanting to help people re-live games from their youth. I wasn’t a big gamer as a child, but one can absolutely always enjoy a trip down memory lane!!

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    1. Andrew A. Post author

      Hello Josie and thanks for your comment.
      Well, we can never turn down a trip down memory lane… I am really glad that Harjit accepted to take this interview: he does have a story to tell and his blog is a blast!
      Thanks again for stopping by, stay tuned for more retro interviews.

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  4. LABULO FUNMILAYO

    You always have good humor in your posts. So much fun and easy to read! I wasn’t really a fan of game from childhood but when I met my husband in high school ,he made me fell in love with gaming. Most times we play it together , ever since then have been an addict of gaming. I really enjoyed your interview with your guest Harjit. He is a very talented man,have actually come across some of his games and they are really amazing. I love your post and I appreciate the effort you gather to put this post together.

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    1. Andrew A. Post author

      Hello Labulo and thanks for your comment, your words are very encouraging. 🙂
      I try to do my best to entertain my readers, but I have to say this time was easier than usual, thanks to Harjit’s charisma.
      Thanks again for your stopping by, stay tuned for more retro posts!

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  5. Felicity

    It nice reading this conducted article from your guest Harjit. It really lovely to read about his experiences with retrogames. I am also lover of retrogames it is really fun-filled while growing up playing the Nintendo games in the mid 90s.Kudos to a Harjit a man of 44 still in love with retrogames. Great job.

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    1. Andrew A. Post author

      Hello Felicity, thanks for taking time to read my interview with Harjit.
      He is one of a kind when it comes to retro stuff and the pleasure and the honour to feature him on my blog was all mine.
      Thanks again for your comment, I hope you keep following my retro stories!

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  6. Alblue

    Thanks Andrew for interviewing a retro gamer. I remember to be an avid arcade gamer in the 90s, so reading some retro gaming experience from 80’s generation does make me interested to see what type of game they like to play. It’s awesome there are so many genre for retro games. My favorite one for home console retro gaming is Tetris and Super Mario Bros. This interview just make feel so nostalgic 🙂

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    1. Andrew A. Post author

      Hello Allblue, thanks for your nice comment.
      I also felt nostalgic when reading Harjit’s recollections. I plan to take some time to dig into some of the games that he mentioned, looks like I missed a few gems along the way.
      Stay tuned for more retro posts! 🙂

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  7. Precious

    You are not the only one who loves everything retro. I also loves retro games. I have been an addict of retrogames and it almost brought me distractions in the things I was doing but now I am done. I am going back to my retro games which I abandoned for sometime now. Though mine is bad already but I will have to purchase a brand new one soon.

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    1. Andrew A. Post author

      Hello Precious and thanks for leaving a comment.
      Always glad to talk to a fellow retro gamer and even gladder to hear you are going to resume your passion.
      May I ask you what console you are fancying buying?
      Stay tuned for more retro posts! 🙂

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  8. SIlkySoso

    Hey Andrew, 

    I really enjoyed reading your article. Like many other retro things, remembering games from the past really warm up my heart. There are many people who enjoy playing retro games that practically teleport them to a simpler time. I especially like what Harjit said about his financial planning blog. It bored him to death so he dedicated his time to his true passion, retro gaming.

    Lovely article, lovely memories.

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    1. Andrew A. Post author

      Hello SilkySoso and thanks for stopping by.
      Yeah , we can safely say that retro gaming is a way of life. And right as you said, remembering and also reliving do warm our hearts.
      Passion is what makes us smile and keep a positive attitude in life, that is why it is of fundamental importance to carve out some time to do what we really like.
      Thanks again for your comment, please stay tuned for more retro stories!

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  9. Idara

    My first retro was Contra star, i also played Mario and the popular Tetris, Nintendo 64 and the portable Gameboy were the consoles. I struggle to remember the names of a lot of the games because as my memory can serve me, when computers debuted one was onto the future stuff. The retro culture is part of the world’s gaming history and should be kept alive so the future generations can see how much everything has evolved. Thanks Andrew for the interview and thanks Harjit for your informative answers.

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    1. Andrew A. Post author

      Hello Idara and thanks for your comment.
      Here I am, this is my mission: to keep our younger gaming years alive! No need to thank me, I am doing what I like and I am having a lot of fun in the process!
      Stay tuned for more retro stories, I have got something in the pipeline that you will certainly appreciate! 🙂

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  10. Ranao

    Hello Andrew,

    Really amazing and excellent talk with Harjit about his retrogaming life. Indeed passion is everything if we have to live a real life.
    When we became matured playing games seems wasting our time. But the truth is I always became helpless to stop playing the game. Of course in my android. Though I’m not a regular player and don’t play many games. Still, love to play few. Love reading your post and enjoy a lot. Thanks for sharing this wonderful interview.
    Regards,
    Ranao.

    Warm wishes,
    Ranao.

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    1. Andrew A. Post author

      Hello Ranao, thanks for your kind words.
      As far as I am concerned, the day I stopped playing, I would immediately get old. So, I will never ever get rid of my special weapon to fight the ageing process! 😉
      I am glad you liked my interview, but again, all credit goes to Harjit… He is a very cool dude!
      Stay tuned for more retro stories! 🙂

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  11. Radeetalam

    Hello Andrew,

    It was really nice to read your article. I found the interview very interesting. Retro trends are always attractive for me. I like retro games so that liked your post very much. Whenever I hear the words “retro games”, the moment reminds me my childhood. A nice walk down memory lane through the eyes of a genuine retro gamer like Harjit.

    Thank you so much for such a nice post. Keep publishing more interviews. 🙂

    Radeet

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    1. Andrew A. Post author

      Hello Radeetalam and thanks for your nice comment.
      I am glad you enjoyed my interview with Harjit and I can guarantee it is not going to be a one-off. I have many ideas and many projects in the pipeline and keeping on interviewing retro gamer I look up to is certainly one of my priorities for my blog.
      Thanks again for stopping by and stay retro! 🙂

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  12. Henry

    Hi Andrew. Thank you for inviting Harjit to your site and writting this interview. It has brought back many memories. And there are a couple of games mentioned here that I also enjoyed.

    I agree with Harjit’s final message. If we have a site that is boring for us. That writing blogs in it are really difficult, chances are that our readers will feel the same way when reading. It’s better to say goodbye to a site like that and start a site we really enjoy. And our readers will also have a good time, as we have reading this interview.

    Thank you very much!

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    1. Andrew A. Post author

      Hello Henry, thanks for dropping by.
      I am glad you appreciated my interview with Harjit and I agree with you:do what you like if you want others to like it too. For one thing, I could have never started a MMO or a healthy food blog. While I deeply respect both subjects – and have some understanding of them – they are just not my cup of tea. I would only bore my readers to death or better said, I would only bore myself, given that nobody would take time to read my posts. 😀
      Seriously, I am grateful for your comment and I hope you keep coming for more retro stories. 🙂

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  13. Augusta

    It’s fascinating learning new things. Thank you, for me, this is my first hearing retro gamers. Awesome! I couldn’t believe that the game gunfighter was almost 4 decades. 

    These are great memories, your interviewees had right from their young age.  This is indeed a great interview you conduct. Many of us have gotten about our teenage years and what we did then. We are so preoccupied with the worries of today and tomorrow. Thanks again for an opportunity to sit back and recollect those old memories.

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    1. Andrew A. Post author

      Hello Augusta, thanks for your comment.
      Your words make me particularly proud, as the goal of my blog is to bring back good memories and keep them alive.
      I would be really glad if you kept on following my blog. Stay retro, it is good for your health! 😉

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  14. roxydog1312

    Great interview!  I guess I would describe myself as a retro gamer.  I like games like tetris.  The one I play on my phone the most is a variation of brick blaster or some such.  I just can’t get into those games that look like you’re watching a movie.  Anyway, it was a fun look back.  Oh, and I really liked the game Lemmings.  You don’t see that anywhere in modern form.  Thanks for the great post!

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    1. Andrew A. Post author

      Hello Roxy and thanks for dropping by.
      It is always a great pleasure when fellow retro gamers take time to read my post and leave a comment.
      Lemmings is one of my favourite Amiga games ever, and you know what, it is the first video game ever that I played with my beloved wife. So I guess it will always have a special place in my heart… At least once a year, we have to play it together (I will let you guess on what day).
      Very many thanks for your comment, I hope you keep coming for more retro stories! 🙂

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  15. Paul Kely

    Hi Andrew, I love reading Harjit’s interview about Retro games. I’m a crazy man in the game. I also like retro games. This is very inspirational for game lovers like me. You should continue to publish more interviews like this on your blog. Thank you very much for such an amazing interview to be posted on your blog.

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    1. Andrew A. Post author

      Hello Paul and thanks for your comment.
      Yeah, interviews are a lot of fun and I plan on publishing more of them.
      I am glad you appreciated it so much, Harjit is a definitely great entertainer. I suggest that you also take a look at his blog, I am sure you will find as much interesting.
      Happy (retro) gaming! 😉

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