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Come and take us on say Canvey computer geeks
2:30pm Wednesday 4th July 2012 in Castle Point
TWO self-confessed computer geeks are taking their love of gaming to the next level.
Bobby Dixon and Lawrence Quayle, from Linne Road, Canvey, have amassed thousands of games on 60 different consoles, and will now invite the public to take them on.
The odd couple have been part of record-breaking gaming sessions and aren’t scared to show their support for certain computer characters, such as those from the Mario Bros franchise.
However, despite the dodgy looks from time to time, the pair have turned their passion into a business and run Retro Lords, a retro gaming business that offers unique gaming days to other computer buffs.
Lawrence, 24, said: “You should see some of the looks we get on the train to the gaming conventions dressed as Mario and Luigi. People think we’re mad or that we are brothers.”
Retro Lords was set up last summer after the housemates realised they should put their knowledge and piles of games to use and they plan to host a convention called Seven Gener- ations at the Monico on Canvey, on September 1.
That will feature games consoles from as early as the Seventies.
Lawrence said: “We have the earliest consoles, including the Binatone, Spectrum, Atari and Master System before we arrive at the later Playstation, Xbox and Nintendo consoles.
“When I played Final Fantasy VII on the Playstation it took my breath away because of the graphics advances and gameplay.”
Bobby, who has lived on Canvey all his life, also has a claim to fame in the gaming world and appears in the Guinness Book of Records.
Bobby, 24, who teaches IT and Gaming at Seevic College, said: “We went to the Games Expo East Kent event and took part in the world record attempt for the biggest game of PONG.
There were 256 people in the competition and I won. So I am the winner of the biggest PONG tournament ever.”
Lawrence added: “We may be geeks, but we have a passion and love what we do.
“We are happy.”
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