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Review: Mayflash Arcade Stick F300 Elite

Review: Mayflash Arcade Stick F300 Elite

Mayflash is a company that makes really awesome joysticks for Retro Boxes. Well, OK, they work on PCs and consoles, etc. but in my mind, they are made specifically for my little toys. I did a review on this device's big brother a few years ago,...

Review: Hyperkin Scout Bluetooth Controller

Review: Hyperkin Scout Bluetooth Controller

The Skeptical Geek has been saying for years that he has not found a Bluetooth controller that he can recommend to his customers with a clean conscience. Well never let it be said that the Geek is unwilling to be proven wrong. Allow me to present to you the Hyperkin...

Review: AimTrak Light Gun

Review: AimTrak Light Gun

Since the day the Skeptical Geek went into business, people have been asking for a light gun option for games like Duck Hunt. I have been telling people all along that there were currently no options available, but that a mouse worked well for almost all gun games. I...

Missing Sounds in Arcade Games

Missing Sounds in Arcade Games

It has come to my attention recently that a small number of games in the Arcade section are missing some or all of the sound effects. Examples include the sound of Donkey Kong stomping during the opening animation, and the sound of your ship exploding in Galaga. I...

Review: Nintendo Switch Pro Controller

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...

Patrick Ferre - The Grandpa

Patrick Ferre - The Grandpa

Grandpa Gaming, formerly known as 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, Grandpa 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. Because of his silver hair people started calling him Grandpa Gaming as a joke. It eventually occurred to him that this was an easier name to remember, and decided to rebrand as Grandpa Gaming of Las Vegas.