Welcome to Retro Injection!

Updated: Dec 31, 2019

This was my view, as I typed the following tripe.

Retro Injection didn't exist yesterday. Well, that's not entirely true. The content was here, but it was housed under a different name: For its first six months, the site was called The '80s Never Died. I came up with the moniker when I had no idea about search engine optimization. While my features were fantastic, I failed to get found.

I Didn't Factor In:

Confusion would ensue about "words or numbers" when communicating the site's name;

The apostrophe (or lack thereof in the URL) would pose issues;

I would want to discuss topics from the '90s.

All of this seems painfully obvious now, but I was just excited to start. It's okay to laugh at me.

Now, every article has been revised with a consistent format, every link has been redone and photos long invisible to Google have been captioned. The homepage was also recipient to a different layout. "New look, same great taste," as they say. Creating Retro Injection consumed my entire day yesterday, and I can't believe I mustered the motivation to write this "Grand Re-opening" spiel. The only casualty was a minute-long puff piece from January, due to YouTube issues.

Unless you're one of the lucky few on my initial mailing list, you've got six months of top-notch content to peruse! I've included a few of my favorite articles to get you started. It was a tough call on what to include without being overwhelming, but these pieces offer a good cross-section of the blog. (This article serves essentially the same purpose as one of those lame "clip" episodes of a sitcom.)

Here's a retrospective of one of the most-loved Happy Meal promotion of all time, the New Food Changeables. Spoiler alert: There's even a stop-motion movie, directed by my wife! (You'll see her around the site.)

Clicking here will catapult you to my first "big" project for the blog. It was also a lesson in perseverance, as the website editor crashed when the article was almost complete, and I had to re-write from memory. Come along on a road trip, which chronicles the former locations of video stores. It's only semi-depressing!

Including this arcade review almost feels like a cheat, as it's one of the site's most recent articles. I'm throwing it in because contributing writer Luke Worle called it my "magnum opus," and who am I to downplay flattery?

I want to keep your thrill of discovery intact, so I'll leave it at that. Become a member of the site, and get notified of new content!


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Dave Fife, a child of the '80s, is the driving force behind retroinjection.com. A nostalgia blog focusing on the pop culture of the '80s and '90s, Retro Injection places an emphasis on movie reviews, classic video games and vintage toys, and conducts celebrity interviews.

An authority on the 1980s and a member of the Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, Dave is the creator of the acclaimed documentary, Time-Out: History of a Small-Town Arcade. He also wrote the forward to the breakdance movie book, There's No Stopping Us/ The Untold Story of Breakin': From Australia to Venice Beach by Tony and Doug Pichaloff. Mr. Fife is a member of the Arizona Ghostbusters.


The New York Times revised an article pertaining to the Super Mario character after Dave sent them a correction. At that point, he was just showing off.

Reach Dave for a guaranteed response via dafifeproductions@yahoo.com, or use the site's chat button on the lower right. If you've read this far, you might as well check out Retro Injection's media kit.



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