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Slán go Fóill

It has been almost two years since I started Renzokuken Gaming. In that time, I’ve reviewed 106 games, awarded 34 Ham Awards, 3 Golden Ham Awards, written 93 posts and recorded 7 videos. I also had help from Davide at the beginning. I tried to cover different topics as well as provide “quick” reviews. At … Continue Reading Slán go Fóill

Sleeping Dogs and Sleepless Nights

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What is a Retro Game?

Retro gaming has seen a boom in recent years. Players happy to relive their childhood, new players looking to experience games they may have missed and speculators looking to turn a quick profit have all helped to grow their popularity (and price). Retro games have also influenced several indie developers, with games like Cosmic Star … Continue Reading What is a Retro Game?

“Rare” Video Games?

Once a year I like to buy some of the more pricier games on my Wishlist. Often, I would get a work bonus and buy more expensive games. In the past I’ve gotten Castlevania Symphony of The Night, Phantasy Star IV and Suikoden. This year, I went with Golden Axe Warrior and Star Ocean The … Continue Reading “Rare” Video Games?

Bad Video Games

Well, after two videos I’ve decided to go back to writing. It only took a while to do so but here we are. And what better topic to write about than bad video games. There’s just something fascinating about awful video games. Of course, opinions are very subjective. Some people may really like a particular … Continue Reading Bad Video Games

The Sixth Generation

Well, here we are at long last. This is the final entry in my “Generations” posts and also my final regular blog post for 2021. Rocky’s Advent Calendar starts next Wednesday and there’s also Rocky’s Reviews for November (December technically will fall into 2022). I wanted to focus on the Third to the Sixth Generations … Continue Reading The Sixth Generation

The Fifth Generation

After trying something a little different for the Xbox 20th Anniversary, I thought I’d go back to my comfort zone of writing this week… not like my writing is particularly good or anything but, oh well. As usual, I will only be covering consoles that I’ve played. There’s an extra one this time but I’m … Continue Reading The Fifth Generation

The Fourth Generation

Here we are at part two of my “Generations” month and this time we’re looking at the Sega Mega Drive and Super Nintendo. Again, I’ll only be looking at consoles and games that I’ve played. It’s a bit of a shame because there are so many great games from this system that I haven’t had … Continue Reading The Fourth Generation

The Third Generation

Well, we’re heading towards the end of 2021 and in a few weeks we’ll be into Rocky’s Gaming Advent Calendar. For the next four Sunday’s I thought I’d do something a little different and talk about some of my favourite games from the third generation right up to the sixth generation of gaming. I may … Continue Reading The Third Generation

Spooky Moments in Video Games

Well, the witching hour is finally among us. Children will be knocking on doors dressed up as their favourite characters to collect sweets, adults will dress up in a range of creepy, sexy and Squid Game outfits, Rocky will go as Fred Flintstone. So much fun. Of course, Halloween is also associated with the spookier … Continue Reading Spooky Moments in Video Games

The Difficulty Question

The long-awaited Metroid Dread finally hit store shelves this week. Fans of the series were excited to see Samus return in a new 2.5D adventure. The Switch game received overwhelmingly positive reviews thanks to its style, gameplay and story. Of course, with reviews there is always a bit of criticism and Metroid Dread was no … Continue Reading The Difficulty Question

The Best Game Ever?

IGN recently ran a poll for the best video game of all time. God of War (2018) would come out on top, pipping Grand Theft Auto V to the title. There were some strange choices available. Sega games were greatly underrepresented and there was a significant recency bias, shown by the two finalists being games … Continue Reading The Best Game Ever?

Building A Collection

For those of you who follow me on Twitter, you’re probably familiar with the “wardrobe”. For those not familiar, as a way to save space I converted a wardrobe in my spare room to shelving for games. It keeps them neat and tidy, as well as hidden from anyone who visits. I covered my games … Continue Reading Building A Collection

Defunct Franchises

As part of Sony’s State of Play, we were treated to a host of exciting upcoming games, from Spider-Man 2 to God of War: Ragnarok. One game really stood out for me and that was Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Remake. This follows on the back of a recent announcement regarding a Dead … Continue Reading Defunct Franchises

Watching Video Games

While I enjoy playing games across many different genres, I also enjoy watching other people make content related to video games. It’s an odd thing when you break it down; enjoying people playing video games, a medium that itself is interactive. Yet, I do enjoy taking a break every now and again and just enjoying … Continue Reading Watching Video Games

Super Mario Kart

Today, Mario Kart is one of Nintendo’s most beloved franchises. Appearing on nearly every Nintendo console as well as in arcades and on mobile, the series’ reach is phenomenal. It has given us a variety of racers, from Mario favourites such as Luigi, Peach, Bowser and, of course, Mario, to other series mainstays such as … Continue Reading Super Mario Kart

RPG Greatness

A few weeks ago, during my Final Fantasy X post, I mentioned that I had planned to write about RPGs. A few other things popped up in the meantime but I’ve finally gotten around to it. No doubt you’ve figured out by now I love RPGs, especially JRPGs. I did name my blog after a … Continue Reading RPG Greatness

The Rising Cost of Gaming

On the 6th of August 2021, it was announced that the record for the most expensive video game ever had been broken. A sealed copy of Super Mario Bros, a 9.8 graded copy, was sold to an anonymous bidder for $2 million dollars. It was the third time in two months the record had been … Continue Reading The Rising Cost of Gaming

Sizzling Summers

I’m sat here in my games room, slowly roasting from the inside out due to the sun. I’m trying to contemplate whether to play Wild Arms and slowly melt into a puddle of sweat or lie on the sofa in the sitting room, which is a lot cooler. I was going to write about my … Continue Reading Sizzling Summers

Football Frenzy

Well, we’re finally here. The Final of Euro 2020 is tonight. It’s a little late as a result of the pandemic but it’s finally arrived. England will be seeking their first European Championship while Italy is chasing their second. No doubt it’ll be a riveting match. In other football news, today also saw the conclusion … Continue Reading Football Frenzy

Remaking Classics

Sitting here, blasting my way through DOOM (2016) and it got me thinking about remakes. DOOM isn’t a remake but the return to the high intensity, gory action got me thinking about other games that received a remake. Remakes themselves aren’t a new thing. We’ve seen Metal Gear Solid and Resident Evil receive remakes on … Continue Reading Remaking Classics

Rocky’s Summer Fun

We finally have our annual week of good weather which can only mean one thing: summer is here. In the next few weeks, schools will finish up (some have already finished for the summer here), and many are looking forward to going away. While we can’t go on foreign holidays, we can still take a … Continue Reading Rocky’s Summer Fun

The Games I Missed

Well, I’m back after a week off. With “May Madness” over, its time to delve back into video games. I thought what better post to start with than with one about the games I missed out on growing up. Obviously, this is a very broad topic as I missed out on a tonne of great … Continue Reading The Games I Missed

The Den

Well, here we are, the end of our “May Madness”. I’ve written about Lego, The Beano and Studio Ghibli across the last few weeks. Next week I’ll be going back to video games but for now, there’s one more non-video game post to cover. I’ve decided to go with something very Irish, something that was … Continue Reading The Den

The Beano: Menacingly Good Fun

On the 30th of July 1938, a children’s comic from a Dundee publisher would make its debut. This weekly comic would become one of the most successful and longest running comics in British history. It introduced readers to all sorts of wacky characters including Big Eggo, Minnie the Minx, Lord Snooty, The Bash Street Kids, … Continue Reading The Beano: Menacingly Good Fun

Lego: Building Dreams

For the month of May, I’ve decided to write about some of my other, non-video game related interests. Don’t worry, there are two new Rocky’s Reviews coming and they have nothing to do with Formula 1 (but one does have to do with Lego!). I prefer to finish a game before writing a review on … Continue Reading Lego: Building Dreams

Pokémon: Gotta Catch’Em All

During the late 90s and early 2000s, Pokémon was everywhere. There were trading cards, a tv show, movies and, of course, video games. The original Pokémon games were released in Japan in 1996 before making their way across to our shores in 1999. Originally, players could choose between Pokémon Red and Blue, with each game … Continue Reading Pokémon: Gotta Catch’Em All

Video Game Magazines

Today, we can obtain all sorts of information on video games through the internet. Want to know about an upcoming game? Sites like IGN, Giant Bomb and Kotaku will have all sorts of features and reviews. Blog posts are full of fun information from players experiences to artwork and even recommended lists. Metacritic compiles reviews … Continue Reading Video Game Magazines

Rental Memories

Ah rental stores, they feel like such a distant memory now. In the days of Netflix, Disney+ and Game Pass, they seem like such a strange concept and yet there was a time when they were the best way to access new games and films. Growing up, there were two rental stores near where I … Continue Reading Rental Memories

Disney In Gaming

Last August I wrote about great video games that were based on movies (From Cinema to Console). One of the issues I had was trying to limit the amount of Disney games that appeared in the list. Disney almost always seems to escape the mantra of “terrible licenced game” and over the course of many … Continue Reading Disney In Gaming

My Gaming Challenge

In June 2019 I returned home. For the previous five years I had worked in London. During my time there, my gaming collection ballooned. Games in England, especially retro games, were significantly cheaper than in Ireland. I picked up systems such as the Sega Master System, Sega Mega Drive, Sega Saturn, Sega Dreamcast, PlayStation, PlayStation … Continue Reading My Gaming Challenge

Glitches In Me Britches

Ah video game glitches and bugs, they’ve been with us from the very beginning and will probably be around for a very long time. In older games, if you encountered a bug or a glitch, you would have to hope that it wasn’t a game breaking one. Nowadays, these can be patched (or made worse, … Continue Reading Glitches In Me Britches

Digital v Physical

A new generation of consoles are upon us. Both Sony and Microsoft have released two versions of their new systems, one with a disc slot and one without. The digital only versions of the consoles are at a cheaper price making them more accessible to gamers. In both the seventh and eight generation of consoles, … Continue Reading Digital v Physical

The End of A Generation

Well the next generation is upon us. Across the globe people are sinking their teeth into Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla, Yakuza: Like A Dragon and Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War on the latest hardware from Sony and Microsoft. Of course, the eight generation isn’t over (I’m just being dramatic) but it … Continue Reading The End of A Generation

Mass Effect: A Galactic Adventure

I’m a little bit late to the N7 Day party (I’m always late) but yesterday brought us some excellent news. At long last, the original Mass Effect Trilogy is getting a remaster. This of course means that new players can experience Commander Shepard’s fantastic adventure as he tries to stop the Reapers. It wasn’t Bioware’s … Continue Reading Mass Effect: A Galactic Adventure

Yakuza Season

Earlier this week, I finally finished Yakuza 6: The Song of Life. It had taken me just over five months to play through Kiryu’s saga but I loved almost every minute of it. Back in April, I had just finished Final Fantasy VII: Remake. I wanted to take a short break from narrative driven games … Continue Reading Yakuza Season

Super Mario Super Memories

In 1981, a Japanese company would release an arcade game starring a giant gorilla. This addictive platformer, known as Donkey Kong, would be a massive success. You played as Jumpman as he attempted to rescue Pauline while dodging obstacles (often thrown by the titular character). Jumpman would later be called Mario, a character you may … Continue Reading Super Mario Super Memories

Musical Fanfare

I previously talked about how a good story can elevate a game but it is not the only thing can make a game memorable. Music and the sound effects can also help us to become immersed in the world. Of course, game-play is still king, after all if you had an excellent soundtrack but an … Continue Reading Musical Fanfare

PlayStation at 25

The original PlayStation celebrates its 25th Anniversary in North America and Europe this month. Inspired by Steady Sphere’s YouTube video on PlayStation Memories, I though I’d put together a collection of my own. I had the Sega Master System, Sega Mega Drive and Super Nintendo before it, but nothing captured me quite like the original … Continue Reading PlayStation at 25

Davide Plays – Hollow Knight

Nintendo Switch – 2017 Hallow Knight is a side scrolling-action platformer were the player controls a tiny bug–warrior called “The Vessel (or Ghost)”. You explore a huge and dangerous insect-kingdom called Hallownest, fighting horrible monsters and learning amazing abilities that will help in your adventure. I would like to point out that the Nintendo Switch physical … Continue Reading Davide Plays – Hollow Knight

From Cinema to Console

The Scott Pilgrim vs. the World film celebrated its tenth anniversary two weeks ago (or in the case of Ireland, it’ll be next week) and it got me thinking about the Ubisoft game and how much fun it was. Sadly, the game is no longer available but hopefully this’ll change someday. I then started to … Continue Reading From Cinema to Console

Building My Games Room

I moved in to my current house in August of last year. As it’s a rented accommodation, I didn’t really have a lot of space to play with since the landlord still had a lot of things here. During the 5 years I spent in London, my collection grew but it had to be placed … Continue Reading Building My Games Room

The Power of a Good Story

Before I start, I just want to point out this post has spoilers for the following games: Final Fantasy II Final Fantasy VIII Final Fantasy X Final Fantasy XIII Final Fantasy VII Remake Metal Gear Solid Metal Gear Solid 3 Policenauts Resident Evil Spec Ops: The Line The Last of Us As video games develop, … Continue Reading The Power of a Good Story

Multiplayer Madness

It’s amazing the bonds we can forge through video games, whether it’s through local multiplayer with friends or online gaming with people half a world away. I have many memories of staying up late with friends playing N64 classics such as GoldenEye and WWE No Mercy. While not the biggest online player, I have made … Continue Reading Multiplayer Madness

Retro Game Hunting In Ireland

Retro gaming seems to be as popular as ever. Prices are continuously rising and in certain countries, games stores dedicated to retro gaming are popping up. During my travels, I’ve found them in London, Southend, Paris, Florence and across California and Nevada (I even wrote about my trip here). Having lived in London for several … Continue Reading Retro Game Hunting In Ireland

20 Games I Need to Play

Not too long ago, I posted a few games that I owned but never played under the hashtag #50GamesINeedToPlay. It originally started as something to do during lockdown and I never thought I would actually get through the list during the initial restrictions period. Out of that original list, I’ve managed to play two of … Continue Reading 20 Games I Need to Play

A Fantasy Like No Other

The year is 1998, I’m flicking through a gaming magazine and I reach the review section. It’s just a list of games with scores and a point or two. I can’t remember what magazine but they would do full reviews and then at the back have a quick summary of past reviews. I was scrolling … Continue Reading A Fantasy Like No Other

An American Gaming Roadtrip

In August of 2018, my wife and I took a road trip starting at San Francisco, California, and ending in Las Vegas, Nevada. I call it a “gaming roadtrip”, she calls it a “honeymoon”. Each to their own, I suppose. Along the way I stopped at some interesting video game stores and bought some retro … Continue Reading An American Gaming Roadtrip


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