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[Updated 1/1/2022]

I started this blog mainly out of my interests in retro gaming especially retro handhelds and documenting their history. The blog is non-corporate, and non-commercial in nature and I consider it to be a hobby. This blog primarily focuses on budget retro handhelds (emulation & emulators) but will touch on all things gaming and all things retro.

My favorite all-time video game franchises are Kirby,  Assassin's Creed, Madden, Final Fantasy, Star Ocean, Metroid, Fallout, Elder Scrolls, Phantasy Star, Sonic The Hedgehog, Fire Emblem, Halo, Disgaea , The Legend of Zelda & Mega Tensei. 

I tend to play games from all genres, but prefer JRPGs & SRPGs over most. 

Related Social Media

Twitter@RKezins (1,117 followers)

Follow Me on Reddit (3,927 Karma)

Sub-Reddits I Started and Mod

r/rg351v (2,000 Followers)

r/MiyooMini (184 Followers)

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*Took a break from the blogging world from 2010-2020.

1st Year Stats (12/2020-12/2022): 102k Views

Prior Freelance Writing Experience

Freelance News Editor/Graphic Artist, Snizek Media 2003-2010 New York, NY
• Operated and edited my own website from 2008-2010.
• Published articles on dozens of sites including and Digital Media Buzz.
• Gained extensive knowledge of social media marketing.
• Provided graphic art services to numerous clients including Ben & Jerry's.

News Editor/Marketing Assistant, Ziff Davis Media 2007-2008 New York, NY
• Responsible for gaining new assets on a daily basis.
• Authored approximately 25 articles per week for the 1Up Network.
• Gained valuable marketing experience.
• Edited articles from other team members.

Writer, 2006-2007 New York, NY
• Collaborated with team members to meet objectives and missions on time and efficiently.
• Gained valuable experience working with a diverse community.
• Published articles that got front page exposure on weekly.
• In addition to writing, I provided numerous marketing related services.

Related Education:

AAS Marketing/Graphic Design


Popular 30 Days

Miyoo Mini Review (Micro Retro Game Handheld)

[UPDATE 1/10/22: The 4th official update from Miyoo drastically improves the screen and audio. The score I'd say now should be updated to 8.5/10.  They are tough to find,  so definitely keep an eye out on the next Miyoo restock.] [UPDATE 12/28: The 3rd Update from Miyoo moderately improves audio issues and RetroArch settings now take effect, so improvements have happened.  It looks like Miyoo used some code from Shaun Inman's work in the new update (without anyone knowing)]  *Using Update 20211226, I'm upgrading my Score on the Miyoo Mini from a 7.8/10 to a 8/10 .  Hopefully we see even more improvements in the near future...There are issues with RA Autosaves crashing games and an assortment of oddities but the latest firmware is an improvement. Some good CFW is really needed. Also appears some emulators are not utilizing screen resolution yet as they are using upscaling to the resolution, but the scaling looks a LOT better now.   *NOTE: If Updating at the moment, be sure t

Review: Retroid Pocket 2 Plus (RP2+) (Retro Game Handheld)

Retroid Pocket 2 Plus $99 Retroid Pocket 2 Plus (RP2+) Initial Review Model: Indigo (GameCube Inspired) Pre-Ordered: 10/30/2021 Shipped: 12/16/2021 Received: 1/5/2022 Initial Review: 1/12/2022 Price Paid: $99 + Shipping Overall Initial Score: 9.3/10 (A) (Price Weighted Very Heavily with all Grades). I plan to revisit this review within a couple months with further findings and as new options become available for the device. This is an initial review based on one long week of heavy use. In the realm of "budget" handhelds, the RP2+ now officially replaces the Anbernic RG351V as my favorite budget option. The 351V was my favorite for the vast majority of 2021. It will be very tough to beat the value of the RP2+ in 2022.  The Good 👍Significantly improved Saturn, Dreamcast, DS & N64 Performance!! 👍Improved Buttons 👍Drastically Improved Firmware/UI 👍No More Retroid OS 👍Setup Is Easy The Bad 👎Right Slider Is Awful 👎Screen Is "Meh" In

Retroid Pocket 2 Plus: First In-Depth Look by Taki (YouTube)

Screenshot from Taki's RP2 Plus Video (YouTube) If you have any interest in the Retroid Pocket 2 Plus ($99), you definitely need to check out Taki's latest in-depth YouTube video! The stock Firmware looks like a huge improvement this time around and it should be a lot easier to setup than the original RP2 which was on the difficult side for setup. Add in improved buttons, a drastically more powerful processor, Android 9 optimization, and a touchscreen, I really don't see any reason to not buy this handheld at $99.  For $99 ... at least on paper, this is the best thing that has happened in the budget priced handheld realm in a while...  The RP2 Plus can be pre-ordered now for $99 + Shipping! Units are expected to ship out by December.

Retroid Pocket 2 Plus Available To Order (Pre-Order) Now

The Retroid Pocket 2 Plus (2.5) and PCB Upgrade ordering is now live! **This could end up being the best value buy in handheld gaming at $99. My only disappointment at the moment is that it was not stated that this would be a pre-order. I was under the impression like most people that the orders would be ready to go today. It's still a great deal but there was a lack of communication issue when it came to the release... It looks like orders will physically ship out at the end of November or early December.  To keep things simple, I put in an order for an assembled Retroid Pocket 2 Plus for $99 + $12 Shipping. I'll probably also order a PCB Upgrade at some point too. My initial order is in the books so now it's just a waiting game. Giving the current state of shipping system in the US (which is a disaster), I don't expect to have one in my hands until late December.  To upgrade your existing original RP2, the price would be $65 for t

PowKiddy A30 Review

PowKiddy A30 Review Ordered: December 1 2021 Received: December 11 2021 Price Paid: $53.48 including shipping (free) + taxes on AliExpress. Overall Score: 4/10 (Stock Setup) The PowKiddy looks cool and has a fun Game Boy Advance retro aesthetic, but that's about it. Anyone hoping for an improvement over the TrimUI Model S (PowKiddy A66) will likely be disappointed unless custom OS workarounds become available. The result is a handheld that looks "ok" but functionality is pretty limited.  The saddest part about the PowKiddy A30 is that it looks good and wasn't that far away from being a good buy. PowKiddy seems to just crank out handheld after handheld but doesn't take the time to make them good... The Good   👍It looks nice, so makes for a decent shelf collectable.  👍For a near Micro-sized handheld, it's still a comfortable size for extended sessions.  T