Retro Gaming, Parenting and Streaming

Hi there! My name’s Gareth, also known as the 16-Bit Dad. I’m a first-time father to an Autistic daughter, a retro game collector and a Twitch streamer.

On this blog, you can find retro gaming reviews and top 7 lists, as well as help and advice for both first-time parents and Autism Parents. You can also find out everything you need to know about my Twitch streams!


Retro Gaming & Parenting Posts

Are you looking for some awesome retro gaming reviews? Or maybe you’re here to read some honest and open articles about raising an Autistic child? Then click here to read my latest retro gaming and parenting posts!

Retro Gaming Twitch Stream

Looking for information about my Twitch streams? Or are you trying to find a new retro gaming streamer to watch? Whichever the case may be, you can find all of the info you need about my streams & the 16-Bit Dad community by clicking below!

Click one of the streamers to view their stream!

From retro games to modern games, the 16-Bit Dad Twitch channel cover all aspects of the gaming sphere. If you’re looking for a calm and casual streamer as opposed to all of those over the top reaction, then come and join us! With a focus on an inclusive and welcoming community, you’re bound to make some awesome friends too.

Stream Schedule

  • Thursday – Shadow Hearts
  • Friday – Final Fantasy
  • Saturday – Valkyria Chronicles Remastered
  • Sunday – Weekly Retro Showcase

Please note: streams start at 10:45pm UK time

The Weekly Retro Showcase game is chosen at random each week from a Master List that everyone in the community Discord is able to add to.

Best Places To Watch Dota 2

Best Places To Watch Dota 2

Recently, I wrote about the Massive Online Battle Arena game called Dota 2 (here), and how you can get started with playing this huge eSports game. However, not everyone wants to actually try and get actively involved in competitive gaming. Instead, you may prefer to...

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Why Is eSports Growing So Fast?

Why Is eSports Growing So Fast?

Read any gaming website or magazine and you’ll see stories about the tremendous growth of eSports. Competitive play is nothing new to the world of video gaming but organised eSports have exploded in popularity in recent years. Let’s take a look at some of the biggest...

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How to Keep Your Child Safe From Internet Risks

How to Keep Your Child Safe From Internet Risks

The internet has become a significant part of our lives. Literally, anything you want to know can be found on the internet. The internet is critical, no doubt about that, but there are things that we as parents do not want our kids to know for one reason or another,...

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Getting Started With Dota 2

Getting Started With Dota 2

So recently, I had a look at League of Legends for the first time (you can read about that here), so I thought I'd take a look at its biggest competitor; Dota 2. I've started to enjoy watching more Massive Online Battle Arena games, although that's probably a bit late...

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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!


Help spread the awareness of Autism and support the amazing National Autistic Society through my JustGiving page! Click the button below to find out more!


Winner – Digital & Tech – UK Blog Awards 2018

Winner – Best Gaming Blog – UK Blog Awards 2019
UK Retro Gaming Blogs
Rated 3rd Best UK Retro Gaming Blog by Feedburner
TOTS100 - UK Parent Blogs