Engaging An Autistic Child With A Super Mario Matching Game
One of the things that I’ve noticed with my daughter is that she gets bored of her toys extremely quickly! And by that, I don’t mean the typical “playing for 3 days and then losing interest”; she will play with a new toy for about an hour or so and then often, never touch it...
Autism Parent Resources – An Ever-Growing List
Ever since my daughter got her Autism diagnosis, my wife and I have been looking into different resources and advice for Autism Parents. There’s a lot of information out there, as it happens, which we didn’t really expect. However, this just makes it more difficult. To use an outdated phrase; you can’t see the forest...
Dear Autism Parents, It’s Not Your Fault
For anyone who has read this blog for a while now, you’ll know that every now and then I write an article that’s more about getting something off my chest, rather than looking at retro games. This is one such post. My wife and I are still getting used to being “autism parents”. It’s something...
The Good, The Bad and the Frustrating – Our Latest Experience With WizzAir
We’re going to have a slightly different post this time, but as this blog is a great way for me to let my thoughts out, I’m going to do just that! As you may know, my family have been on holiday for the last couple of weeks, visiting my wife’s parents and sister. In order...
What I Do To Stay Calm and Relaxed As A Dad
One thing that I’ve noticed since becoming a parent (but most certainly not an adult) is that you really need to remain as calm and stress-free as possible. Not for yourself, mind you, but for your kids. By staying calm and relaxed, you’ll find that you are able to bond with your children far better....
Preparing Your Car Tyres For Spring
It’s around that time again, where the weather starts to change and us Brits just keep complaining about it. Spring is coming, and whilst that doesn’t sound as good in a Sean Bean style voice, it’s still the case, and that means that road conditions will change too. This has gotten me thinking, since a...
Pour Over Coffee Makers Help to Restore Peace, Find Tranquillity
The taste of coffee uplifts the mind and body. The taste immerses senses into a world full of possibilities. We embark on a journey with each sip, each cup of our favourite coffee. Is there scope to improve or indulge at a deeper level the way we brew our morning or evening coffee? The evolution...
How to Get Your Toddler to Brush and Floss
Brushing and flossing in toddlers is as important as it is for adults. Most parents assume that the teeth are temporary and hence as such no specific dental care or routine may be needed. If you are also in such a category, you are mistaken. Neglecting dental hygiene can cause long term problems in kids...
A Dad’s Indulgence Can Be A Healthy Thing From Time To Time
When was the last time you treated yourself? We mean really treated yourself. Of course, Mums have a lot on their plate, especially if acting in a stay-at-home capacity. We would be lesser without them. But of course, sometimes, the Dad needs to be celebrated too. For that, it can be important to give yourself...
How To Still Get Me Time When You’re A Parent
Of all the unexpected surprises that adulthood brings, one is the way that time seems to evaporate. When you have work, family commitments and little people to look after, it can be really hard to make time for the things you love. And whether it’s squeezing in a strength training session, catching up with friends...

Hello there! I’m Gareth, the 16-Bit Dad; a retro gaming blogger, Twitch Streamer and Autism Parent. With a focus on great games, a wonderful Stream community and help for other Autism Parents, I review games, play them with the community and share my learnings about Autism!

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The Zoo Race Review
  • 15th January 2020
Timesplitters Review
  • 7th January 2020
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night Review
XIII (PS2) Review
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