Carl Houghton

THE FUNSTOCK ADVENT CALENDAR – DECEMBER 3RD – TRIPLE TEAMS

On the 3rd day of Christmas, retro gaming gave to me… heroic triples! We always remember the solo heroes, and sometimes duos who’ve stood the test of time, but...

THE FUNSTOCK ADVENT CALENDAR – DECEMBER 2nd – 2D PLATFORMERS

Day 2 of our festive celebration of all things retro, and I think we need to check out the whole 2D platforming deal! Made big in the 80s with Nintendo leading the...

THE FUNSTOCK ADVENT CALENDAR – DECEMBER 1st – SINGLE PLAYERS

Let’s celebrate Christmas with our own little advent calendar, with a little nod to the things we all know and love about retro gaming! To start off with our 1st...

Hobos With a Good Heart

Bums. They’re everywhere. Big ones, small ones, some get in the way while others keep themselves to themselves. Some are brash, others loud, but at the end of the day,...

Nintendo Gameboy – The Essential Collection

The Gameboy… with the technology inside it’s little non-descript frame, it should never have made the impact it did. It didn’t have the guts that the Atari Lynx...

Off to the Cupboard With You Now Cuphead

I haven’t played Cuphead, but by god I can’t wait to. It looks gorgeous with that classic cartoon look about it, and considering how cute it looks, the challenge...

SEGA Mega Drive – The Essential Collection

Mega Drive, Genesis, Nomad, they’re all the same really. They all play the best of what Sega and its friends were offering back in the early to mid 90s.  It always...

ALF – WTF WEDNESDAY

For the uninitiated out there, ALF was a very popular kids TV show in the US. Not the UK, the US. Let’s get this straight, us Brits know crap when we see it, and ALF...

Growing Up – The Harsh Reality that Ignorance is Bliss

I was browsing a particular favourite message board of mine the other day, and the topic at hand was related to SNES games which seemed really difficult when you were a...

Control Me – A Look At Retro Gaming Controllers

I’m not one to do ‘TOP 10’ lists. It’s too easy. It’s all subjective so rather than truly offer anything definitive, it becomes a list which provokes both...

Forward to the Past – The Pains of 90s Technology

A few things happened recently which made me rue both classic and modern technology. My 4yr old recently became OBSESSED with the classic Sonic the Hedgehog series....

You Remind Me of the Babies in Video Games

By the time this article is posted, my second child will finally be here. The little bugger was 2 weeks overdue, but he finally arrived, and it was during this extended...

Where I Stand With Nintendo.

Nintendo has had such an odd turn of the century. The Past They started the year 2000 with the tail-end of the Nintendo 64s five year run, and it had been a good one....

Football Games – 35 Years of the Beautiful Game: Pt.2, The Managers

We can barely manage our own lives these days, so what makes us want to manage a football team? It’s all you hear about in the papers. Scorn, praise, hatred, respect,...

Football Games – 35 Years of the Beautiful Game: Pt.1, The Players

Football games come in two guises; action, and management. The action, of course, puts you right in the middle of it. You’re playing as the whole team, sometimes just...

Wrestling Games: Through The Eyes Of A 90s Teenager

My first PPV was Summerslam 1991 , I got to watch it on VHS, and I was HOOKED. It seemed so real to me. The Mountie getting banged up in the slammer! Hulk and Warrior...

10 Games Coming Out In 2017 That You Need To Look Out For!

So 2017, we have a big console year ahead of us. Nintendo is following up the uneventful Wii U with the upcoming Switch which at the moment.  It could be showing one...

Best Shopkeepers In Video Games – It’s Just Business!

Best Shopkeepers In Video Games! Back in the good ol’ pre-3D gaming days, if you ever wanted to buy in-game items from a shop, you’d always have to deal with a...