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The Perfect Holiday Gift Ideas for Retro Gamers

Buying gifts for your loved ones is not an easy task. You have to know what really tickles their fancy so that you know your gift will be appreciated. This is especially true with family or friends who have hobbies or interests that are unique and interesting. An example of this unusual hobby is the love for retro games, video game titles from the 80s and 90s. Some people prefer these types of games due to the nostalgia they bring. The latest releases of video games are awesome but some people prefer the simplistic and familiar game mechanics of classic games. Whatever the reason may be, there is no denying that old school games are here to stay. Retro Games The obvious choice to get a retro gamer this holiday would be to buy retro games for them. This will certainly make them happy regardless if they get to play the...
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BadAss PS1 Fighting Games! Our Toughest All Time Titles

Tekken_3 The Best PS1 Fighting Games!

Whether you’re throwing a hadouken from the other end of the screen or exchanging roundhouse kicks and fists at close range, there’s something about the mano-a-mano combat that fighting games deliver that is incredibly intense, challenging and fun at the same time.  

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10 Remarkable PlayStation RPGs, PS1 Games You Must Play!


The PS1 had some of the most memorable RPG games in history. Beautiful graphics, complex narratives and a wealth of content to explore were hallmarks of several of the genre’s classics that came out on the PS1.

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The Best Retro Horror Video Games


At the OSGV, we are huge fans of two things – retro games and horror.

Which is why it should come as absolutely no surprise that some of our favorite games of all time are horror games!
Today, we are going to take a look back at some horror gaming classics.  Don't miss out on our picks for some of the best games to play on Halloweeen.

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Why You Should Buy Video Games from The Old School Game Vault


Dear reader, since you are on this page, allow us to make a few assumptions about you. You are a connoisseur.

Your childhood was awesome because you spent it with Mario, Zelda and games without 15-minute cinematics. You are tired of the escalating graphics and shaders arms race and long for a simpler time when games were about gameplay and fun.

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Best Gaming Franchises of All-Time: Final Fantasy


It is hard to think of a role-playing series that is more iconic than the Japanese phenomenon Final Fantasy. A brainchild of Hironobo Sakaguchi, an ex-developer from Squaresoft/Square Enix, Final Fantasy initially took shape as a frantic attempt to carve a niche in the massively competitive games industry.  

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Best Gaming Franchises of All-Time: Pokémon


Pokémon is one of the most iconic franchises of our time. The cute pocket monsters in this colorful universe have been around for over two decades at this point, and new entries continue to add more amazing characters to the already massive roster.  

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The Best Gaming Franchises of All Time: Sonic The Hedgehog


Have you ever wished you could run super-fast? But not just fast – blazingly, ridiculously fast? Of course you have – you are a gamer. 

And therefore, it’s no surprise that you have either enjoyed a Sonic game or know someone who has enjoyed turning into a ball and dashing through the Green Hill Zone.

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The Best Gaming Franchises of All-Time Castlevania


Any time a series inspires an entire genre of games, you know they’re doing something right. One half of the inspiration behind the ever-popular Metroidvania genre of games, Castlevania does a lot of things well and arguably includes the most battles against Count Dracula featured in any gaming series.

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The 10 Best Super Nintendo PRG Games of All Time


Today, we are going to take a look at some more classic RPGs from the Super Nintendo stable. At The Old School Game Vault, we are fond of RPGs and it would make us happy if you the reader can discover some of the games that gave us so many happy memories growing up.

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How to Spot Counterfeit N64 Carts / Fake Nintendo 64 Games


The first thing I do when I encounter any expensive game is looking for serial numbers. For Nintendo 64 games look in the cartridge slot. On authentic games, if you look in the groves of the N64 game you see some numbering in the slots. 

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What to know about Buying Retro Video Games Online?


There are few ways to look at this nowadays.  Either you’re a retro video game fan who enjoys playing with emulators.  Or you’re a retro video game fan that enjoys playing with the original software. 

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Super Mario. Everything You Need to Know


Are you a fan of Super Mario Bros, then you got to check out the history and what made this such an epic gaming Franchise.  This article was written by the nice folks over at, so head over and check them out!  They are a great spot for reviews, news and fantastic gaming blogs!

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YELP is Wrong! The Old School Game Vault is [OPEN] Reviews


Updated: 02/01/2019

For years Yelp has been frustrating business all across the country.  Yet again, this stupid company won't show our reviews on their platform. 

Now yelp states The Old School Game Vault is closed, which is wrong.

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10 Unforgettable Nintendo NES RPGs, Games You Must Play!


For those of us who were young when the NES first hit markets, it represents a childhood filled with countless gaming memories. Finally beating the last level on Super Mario Bros, giggling maniacally as we shot down ducks in Duck Hunt and nearly tossing the controller after a single bullet grazed my leg and killed me in contra.

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The Variations & Reasoning of Nintendo NES Cartridge Screws


The Nintendo Entertainment System’s reputation as the home console of the’80s has only been burnished over time. And as its notoriety has increased in retro game circles, little myths and legends have popped up that capture the attention of gamers of that era. 

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How to Spot Counterfeit / Fake Super Nintendo Games - SNES


Recently we obtained a box of some really Rare Super Nintendo titles.  At first glance it was pretty obvious to tell these games where not authentic.  Below are points about how to spot these fake/ counterfeit "reproduction" SNES Games.

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The Complete Original Nintendo NES Label / Seal Guide


The late 1970s saw the release of the Atari 2600 and the rise of the home gaming console. But by the early 1980s, it crashed and burned. This was due mostly to gamers’ frustration at sub-par games (“E.T. The Extra Terrestrial,” anyone?). The sentiment effectively killed the home-console market.

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The Myth and Rarity Behind Blockbuster Exclusive Video Games


The newer generation of gamers may not remember Blockbuster Video. However, for those of us of a certain age the rental behemoth is almost impossible to forget. There was a time about 20 years ago when Blockbuster was as ubiquitous as McDonalds.

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What Are The Expansion Ports Under A NES And N64 Used For?

Nintendo 64DD Disc Drive

These days, game systems come with all kinds of I/O ports—USB, HDMI, Ethernet, Optical Audio and more. These portals are used to do everything from log online to connect digital cameras.

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