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Review: Nintendo Switch Pro Controller

The Skeptical Geek gets asked a lot (A LOT) about Bluetooth controllers. My response is always the same: I haven't yet found a BT controller that I can recommend to my customers with a clear conscience. After experimenting with the Switch Pro Controller from Nintendo,...

Review: Retro-Bit Wireless Genesis Controller

Review: Retro-Bit Wireless Genesis Controller

The Skeptical Geek loves his SNES and Xbox style controllers. They're comfortable, reliable and work across a variety of different systems. Most importantly, I can get them reliably wholesale. In some ways, though, they don't translate all that well to Genesis games,...

Review: Hyperkin Trooper II Atari 2600 Joystick

Review: Hyperkin Trooper II Atari 2600 Joystick

The Skeptical Geek gets asked a lot about Atari style joysticks. For those of us old enough to remember the first generation of video games, the Atari 2600 was it. It was the NES or PlayStation of its time. My friends and I spend untold hours on arcade ports like...

Review: 8Bitdo Arcade Stick

Review: 8Bitdo Arcade Stick

As many of you may know, the Skeptical Geek loves joystick controllers. I was a child of the arcades, before home video games were a reality, and even my first home system, the Atari 2600, had a joystick controller. I had a joystick for my NES, one for my Genesis, and...

Review: Atari Arcade Fightstick

Review: Atari Arcade Fightstick

Recently a customer emailed me and asked about the potential compatibility of the Atari Arcade Fightstick. I had actually never heard of the device, so I went on Amazon, looked it up and ordered one. Turns out it is a device offered by Micro Center, which if you don't...

Play Duck Hunt on Your Retro Box

Play Duck Hunt on Your Retro Box

Ever since I started this project, I have been asked about how to play Duck Hunt for NES on the Retro Box. I have always replied that there was no way to do this, because no one had yet invented a light gun for NES games that would work on a modern flat screen....

Joystick Review: Mayflash F300 Arcade Fight Stick

Joystick Review: Mayflash F300 Arcade Fight Stick

Something my customers are always asking me for is joystick controllers, especially fans of classic arcade games. There is something about the feel of real arcade style controllers that a gamepad, no matter how good, cannot duplicate. Now the best joystick on the...

Intellivision Tips

Intellivision Tips

The Intellivision was a terrific system at the time, with visuals far better than other consoles on the market, and a remarkably good sound chip. The controller, however was very confusing with a number pad that does not translate well to modern game pads. There do...

New cases and color options

New cases and color options

I have never been a huge fan of the plastic cases that I currently use for the Retro Box. However, when I started this business, they were the best I could get, for the budget I had, and I could get them reliably wholesale. In the past few months, the price of some of...

2 New Joystick Reviews

2 New Joystick Reviews

A lost of people ask me about joystick controllers for their retro box. The ones I offer on the website are a good value for the price, but there are many other available. I have been experimenting with two of them, and I am here to give you my impressions. The first...

Patrick Ferre - The Skeptical Geek

Patrick Ferre - The Skeptical Geek

The Skeptical Geek has been in love with video games since the first Space Invaders machine came to his local mall when he was 12. Knowing he was witnessing the birth of something incredible, he proceeded to tell all the adults in his life that this was going to change the world. Naturally,they all thought he was insane.

A software engineer by trade, the SKG build the first Retro Boxes for himself and his roommate just to have a way to play all his favorite games on his big screen TV. It occurred to him that this could be a viable business idea,when people close to him started asking where they could buy one. Thus, SKG Retrogaming was born.