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What is Updownleftrightastart? I hear you cry. As well as the greatest cheat code known to man, the one that was emblazoned on my brain since childhood, it is also the name of our website. The online store and blog for all things retro gaming. Collected by gamer geeks, for gamer geeks.

So what is updownleftrightastart? Basically a lot of stuff you don’t need but just have to have.

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My name is Carl. I am British but live in Hungary with my wife and two cats. My time is spent collecting toys, retro games and playing guitar in a Clash tribute band. I have a love of Arcade machines and own a stunning Neo Geo cabinet that takes up most of the room in my apartment.

Sega Mega Drive/Genesis is my main passion but I am currently on a rebirth with the Neo Geo (obviously I could never afford one as a kid) and a weird fascination with the PC Engine/Turbographx. I think I may also have set the world record for getting a headache on a Virtua Boy, coming in at well under 10 minutes before needing a lay down.


Hi, my name is Charlie, I’m from Oxford, UK, and I am a retro gaming collector and reviewer.

From an early age I’ve been passionate about gaming. I grew up with various Nintendo consoles and have always been interested in the large variety of products that the gaming industry has created over the last half-century. I have been increasing my collection over the last three years and currently own 16 consoles from Nintendo, Sega, Sony, Microsoft, and Atari, as well as more unusual pieces. I enjoy playing video games, I believe it’s a great means of escapism where you can live a completely different life of your choosing, from being a hardened soldier serving on the front lines to a purple dragon living in a fantasy world. The possibilities are endless. I also work in the retro gaming industry, working at an independent retailer that specialises in selling retro games and consoles.

I’m currently studying the Nintendo 64 and the Gamecube, and what was to result in some of Nintendo’s most difficult years. I believe in knowing the what but also the why and how behind the history of gaming, and I look forward to sharing my experiences with you guys!