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June 2018 Retro Gaming Article


June 13, 2018 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Retroblox → Polymega - Playmaji is back with their modular retro clone console

Playmaji modular retro console
I like the idea of this modular hardware clone console allowing users to buy modules for the game carts they own.
I first heard about this modular console in February 2017. At the time they going by the named Retroblox and were a few months away from launching a Kickstarter campaign. They disappeared and re-emerged as Polymega.

They showed their concept at last year's E3 and again this year - under the name Playmaji. I love the modular concept that lets me buy only the modules I need. I'd love the SNES and anything Atari, but I don't have many TurboGrafX games, so I wouldn't need that module. Pretty slick.

The base module which has a disc drive (unsure what platforms are supported) and one module will cost $250 with each additional module being $60. I'm interested to see what comes of this project. It's a cool idea, but I'm not sure most retro gamers are willing to pay that much for a console. Currently Atari is trying to fund their new VCS console for #300 and have raised over $2.5 million on Indiegogo.

This console has been revised after it's initial showing last year. I'm curious to see more specs. Their social media seems to point at their original Polymega website even though I don't see any Playmaji branding as of this writing.

I'm hoping this project evolves into a retail product as it's another bold step in keeping retro gaming relevant (and possible) in the modern era. As much as we love our aging vintage game consoles, they won't last forever. But a lust for retro gaming is forever!

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