What Is Digital Press?
In 1991 Digital Press began as a bi-monthly newsletter reaching out to classic videogame players and collectors. Shortly after the shocking discovery that "we were not alone", a team of experts was formed to create the Video Game Collectors Guide, a price and rarity guide akin to Beckett's for baseball card collectors, but with an encyclopedic, informative, sometimes entertaining slant on the games.
In 1997 Digital Press joined the world wide web and formed the Retrogaming Roundtable, one of classic gaming's busiest places to discuss classic gaming. The original site, including The Roundtable, continues to run and is a tremendous resource for information, documentation, and archives.
Between 1991 and 2004, Digital Press published several books as well as a videogame-themed dance music CD (performed by Tony Fox NYC), a ColecoVision game (Ms. Space Fury by Daniel Bienvenu), and over 60 editions of the originating fanzine. The paper fanzine is still produced, albeit infrequently, to this day.
In 2005 the retail store in Clifton, NJ opened, bringing together fans of classic gaming with fans of this week's releases. Since opening it has been used as the backdrop for a Capital One "What's In Your Wallet?" commercial, as a site for TruTV's "Impractical Jokers", and as a stage for James "The Angry Video Game Nerd" and the videogame tribute band "Descendants of Erdrick".
Today, the shop is home to monthly NAVA (North Atlantic Videogame Aficionados) meetings which are open to the general public, and can host private birthday parties or social gatherings. Contact us for details.
Meet The Staff
DP co-founder and slave master Joe Santulli has been playing videogames since they hit the home scene in the 1970's. Since then he's been hopelessly addicted. He claims to own just about every system - domestic and import - that there is, and well over 10,000 unique games. Time NOT spent playing videogames is dedicated to archiving or writing about videogames. When he's not doing that, he's thinking about archiving or writing about videogames. You may also find him at Classic Gaming Expo in Las Vegas (he's an organizer) or in the yet-to-be-built Videogame History Museum (he's a founder).
Nick fits the classic stereotype of playing games from a very young age, having started with the NES. From there, he gradually picked up on anything he could. Even with working at the store, being a full time student, and having a writing position where I write and review fighting games, he still manages to get some nice relaxing gaming time in. Some of Nick's favorite genres are 2D fighting games and shmups, with notable entries being the DoDonPachi series developed by Cave, and more or less anything Street Fighter or Rival Schools related from Capcom. If you start talking about either, he's likely to not be able to shut up for a good while, so be prepared! That's not to say he doesn't enjoy a good game of Magical Drop or sitting through a good RPG once in a while, though. As far as favorite consoles go, he chooses the Dreamcast, hands down. Variety is the spice of life, and that little white console had so much of it to offer.
Nick also handles just about all of the shipping that comes out of the store via eBay as well as occasionally popping upstairs to the sales floor every once in a while. If you buy something on eBay, it's almost definitely going to be packaged up and sent out through Nick!
Married, proud mom of two girls, ages 10 and 8 who are avid videogamers. Joe’s sister and half-owner of his very first videogame system (Atari 2600). Michele worked 14 years in Corporate America, ending as Executive Assistant to the President of Global Scientific Affairs for a major NJ pharmaceutical company. She's also a die-hard Farmville player and resident “DP Mom”. Michele specializes in store aesthetics and special projects - for example, she was responsible for the renovation of DP’s internet gaming area/art gallery.
Frankie Viturello is a life-long video game enthusiast. Frankie caught the bug in 1982 thanks to the majesty and wonder of the Atari 2600 and annual summers spent at The Jersey Shore in a bygone era where arcades featuring Pac-Man, Donkey Kong and Dragon's Lair were bigger draws than any local Italian-American television personalities. He's a self-professed Dragon's Lair aficionado and Nintendo Game & Watch obsessive but Frankie's passion for gaming on all platforms transcends any company allegiances so expect him to be aware of and immersed in anything and everything that the hobby makes available.
Gabriel is a computer technician and an all around gamer. The two passions have long co-existed for him and he helps serve the stores technical needs. Gabriel is responsible for putting together the computer that currently resides in the amazing Digital Press racing cabinet. He is also a member of the illustrious Digital Press podcast crew. When not gaming, Gabriel can usually be found tinkering on a computer or other any electronic device.
Loves the Metal Gear franchise.
Addicted to Pokemon.
Loves videogames. Also snakes.
Well-known horde sympathizer.
Believes that Kirby rules this universe.
Josh has been in the web development field for over 7 years now, working to keep his "web dev" knowledge sharply tuned. He's the reason you love or hate the DPVideogames website (he accepts all types of feedback!), and can usually be found off coding a new feature with a nice cup of tea at the ready. If not busy working, you'll probably find him lighting people on fire in Team Fortress 2.