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.

My Favourite Controllers of All Time

My Favourite Controllers of All Time

Over the years, there have been so many different controller variations and designs. Some have been a success, and others have been downright weird... I'm looking at you, Nintendo 64 controller. However, as I have made clear so many times on here and on Twitter, I...

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Why I Now Love The Switch

Why I Now Love The Switch

I've been a PlayStation guy for years. Not in the sense that I would bash the people who liked other consoles, but only in the sense that the PlayStation had the games that I enjoyed the most. My first long term console was the original PlayStation, and then the PS2,...

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Kirby Super Star Ultra (DS) Review

Kirby Super Star Ultra (DS) Review

Welcome to the very first Weekly Showcase Rundown! I'm going to start off by explaining what this series of articles is going to be, as it is going to be an ongoing thing. Therefore, it is probably a good idea for you to know what you are reading, wouldn't you agree?...

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Retro Game Market Survival Guide

Retro Game Market Survival Guide

There are so many retro gaming events and markets going on around the United Kingdom, with the Doncaster Retro Game Market being the next one at the time of writing this. They are great events where you can find so many hidden gems and amazing games. However, because...

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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