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Toys Of The 80s: The Top 100 Toys That Dominated Your Childhood

Carl Jackson May 3, 2021

Light Gun Lives: 10 Games That Ruled The Light Gun Genre

Carl Jackson May 4, 2021

Madballs: 10 Awesome Orbs From The Original Toyline

Carl Jackson May 11, 2021

Eighties Fantasy Movies You Must See Before You Die

Carl Jackson May 14, 2021

Captain Planet And The Planeteers: The Reboot The World Needs Right Now

Carl Jackson May 12, 2021

Terror Claws Skeletor Toy Focus

Carl Jackson May 6, 2021

Celebrity Cartoons That Should Never Have Happened

Carl Jackson May 5, 2021

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1991 Movie Stars Boxset Appears Then Vanishes

Carl Jackson March 2, 2021

7 Ingredients For Essential Nineties Sunday Night TV

Carl Jackson May 10, 2021

From Dangermouse To Duckula: The History Of Cosgrove Hall Films

Carl Jackson May 13, 2021

The Top 10 Micro Machine Collections Ever Released

admin May 7, 2021

Most Expensive N64 Games That You Can Only Dream of Owning

admin April 13, 2020

Sega Genesis RPGS Top Five

admin April 10, 2020

Streets of Rage Vinyl Soundtrack Review

admin April 7, 2020

Ten Rare NES Games That Could Possibly Be in Your Collection

admin April 8, 2020

Ten Rare Sega Genesis Games (Mega Drive for the Brits).

admin April 6, 2020

Ten Rare Gamecube Games You May Have in Your Collection

admin April 3, 2020

Top Ten Most Iconic Street Fighter 2 Moves

admin April 2, 2020

Street Fighter 2 Champion Edition and Why It Is So Important

admin March 30, 2020

Neo Geo Cup ’98

admin March 26, 2020

Best Turbografx 16 Games

admin March 25, 2020

Best Games for Sega CD

admin March 23, 2020

Classic Video Game Producer T Shirts You Need to Wear This Summer

admin March 24, 2020

Super Mario Bros Retro History

Dean Terry March 19, 2020

Top Ten Retro Gaming Joysticks

admin March 16, 2020

Sonic The Hedgehog Movie Review

Johnny Norris March 9, 2020

Capcom Fight Games: Top Ten Characters That Need to Join Street Fighter.

admin March 13, 2020

Sega Saturn Game List – Five Must Have Games on a Saturn Mini

admin March 9, 2020

Retro Video Game Music Tie In’s. When Rock Stars Make Terrible Games.

admin March 4, 2020

Insert Coin Documentary -The History of Midway Trailer Revealed

admin February 25, 2020

Retrospective Review – 1941,1942 and 1943 Arcade Game Series.

admin February 26, 2020

Five Games That Have to Be on a Sega Dreamcast Mini

admin March 2, 2020

New Atari VCS set for March Release

admin February 24, 2020

Atari Shock – The Video Game Market Crash of 1983

admin February 21, 2020

The R Zone Console and When Tiger Electronics Took on the Game Boy One Headband at a Time.

admin February 19, 2020

Whats Going on With Netflix? Transatlantic TV and How Gaming Is the Last Bastion of Time and Place.

admin February 17, 2020

Five Obscure Handheld Consoles

Carl Jackson February 13, 2020

Beat Em Up Games – The Tangled History of the Side Scroller

admin February 15, 2020

Super Mario Kart 64 – Reviewed

Charlie Robbins February 10, 2020

Five old consoles that time forgot

admin January 27, 2020

The Weird World of Vintage Video Games…in underwear

admin January 29, 2020

Five Fighting ‘Hidden Gem’ Retro Video Games

admin February 3, 2020

Wonderboy in Monsterland

admin February 5, 2020

Streets of Rage 4. Five things you need to know!

admin January 24, 2020

Golden Axe Vinyl Soundtrack by Data Discs

admin January 22, 2020

Royal Mail Video Game Stamps – A run down of the British games featured

admin January 20, 2020

The Sonic the Hedgehog Movie and Why I Will be Watching.

Johnny Norris January 15, 2020

The History of Playstation

admin January 13, 2020

Commodore 64 Computer at 38. A History.

admin January 1, 2020

Final Fantasy VII remake and why we need it

Johnny Norris January 6, 2020


Dean Terry January 8, 2020

Gaming Advertising. The Time Sega Met Viz. Part 1.

Dean Terry January 2, 2020

Yoko Shimomura

admin December 12, 2019

The Problem with Pit-Fighter

admin December 10, 2019

Sega Saturn at 25

admin December 3, 2019

Atari Breakout Games. A Classic History.

admin November 27, 2019

What was the TurboGraphx-16 PC Engine?

admin November 26, 2019

Worst Video Games Ever? Superman 64

admin November 19, 2019

Best Wrestling Games. Top 30 Covers.

admin November 11, 2019

8 Bit Bastards. Joshua Mason Author Interview.

admin October 27, 2019

Galaga Arcade Machine. Retrospective Review.

admin October 19, 2019

Super Book – RK Games List

admin April 1, 2020

Top Arcade Machines for Home and Office

Carl Jackson October 15, 2019

Forgotten consoles: The Super Book RK

admin April 1, 2020

Pokemon Nintendo 64 Review. Stadium Rules.

admin October 12, 2019

Retro Gaming Airbnb

admin September 28, 2019

Dizzy: The Egg Who Would Be King

admin September 22, 2019

Neo Geo Bios: Discovering the Best Games for Neo Geo

Carl Jackson September 21, 2019

G.I. Joe The Arcade Game

admin July 31, 2019

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!