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Nostalgia Nerd
Peter Leigh holding Silver Play button
Personal information
BornPeter Leigh
OccupationPresenter, Author
YouTube information
Years active2015—present
Total views61 million
Associated acts
  • Octavius King
  • Did You Know Gaming
  • Ashens
  • Kim Justice
  • Mr. Biffo
  • Slopes Game Room
  • LGR (Lazy Game Reviews)
YouTube Silver Play Button 2.svg 100,000 subscribers
Updated 3 June 2021

Peter Leigh, more commonly known by the alias Nostalgia Nerd, is a British presenter, YouTuber, author and Twitch streamer,[1] who documents and specialises in ageing technology and software. First appearing on YouTube in 2014,[2] he routinely explores forgotten computers and the technology surrounding them with a passionate style. Often specialising in historical documentaries[3], but also delving into technical explanations[4][5]. Leigh also ventures into modern[6], mystery, explanation and more frivolous tech videos, with a humorous style and British wit.

His most recent book, Nostalgia Nerd's Retro Tech[7], spent several months as an Amazon best-seller.[8]

As of June 2021, his main YouTube channel has 408,000 subscribers[2] and 640 videos.[9]

Early life and education[edit]

Leigh was born in Norwich, England in the early '80s. The youngest of two siblings, he spent much of his childhood besotted by British micros such as the ZX Spectrum[10], BBC Micro and models from further afield, including the Commodore 64.[11] For education, he attended Cromer High School, before studying Business Law and ICT at Paston College.[12] He previously worked as a Lead Program Developer,[12] and ran a web development business in 2012.[13]


Leigh first began producing YouTube videos in 2014, under the alias of RetroBait.[14] He created the Nostalgia Nerd channel shortly after and began creating videos as a part-time hobby.[15] His early videos ranged from unboxing old tech to game reviews, before moving to depth system histories which propelled the channel forward. These are created in a documentary style, focused on the histories of various computer systems and consoles from the past.

In 2017, Leigh moved full-time to YouTube production.[15] He cited that due to the timescale involved with research, editing and production, along with the desire to improve quality and historical accuracy; continuing his parallel career of website development alongside video production, would be detrimental to both pursuits;[13] and preferring to put focus into video creation.[16]

In 2018, Leigh appeared on Mexican television showcasing the retro computing scene in the UK.[17] In the same year, he appeared in several episodes of the KickStarter backed web series, Digitiser the Show, as himself.[18]

In 2018, Leigh wrote the book, The Nostalgia Nerd's Retro Tech. This was published in November 2018[19][20] by Ilex Press.[21] To date, it has sold approximately 50,000 copies[22][8], and appeared in various scholar related texts[23][24].

Leigh has appeared as a guest on numerous national press[25] publications, as well as UK radio shows, advocating retro technology. One of which was Chris Goreham's BBC Radio Norfolk breakfast show, where he discussed the mystery of the Elm Hill fossilised keyboard in Norwich.[26]

On 3 February 2021, Leigh appeared on the UK based Channel 4 Television show, Steph's Packed Lunch[27][28], discussing vintage computers and their value.[29]

He frequently appears as a guest speaker at retro themed events, including Play Expo[30][31] by Replay Events, as well as a Primark retro themed clothing event alongside Pac-Man record holder, Jon Stoodley[32][33].[34] He is set to appear at the One Life Left Video Games Convention in 2022.[35]

As of February 2021, Leigh has collaborated with several other significant producers, including LGR,[36] Ashens,[37] Did You Know Gaming,[38] Octav1us King and Slopes Game Room. He also co-hosts The Octanerdle podcast[39] with Octavius King.

Personal life[edit]

Peter Leigh in 2020

As of 2021, Leigh lives in Norwich, Norfolk.[40] He has two children[15][13] who have appeared in older videos.


Year Title Notes
2017 Attack of the Flickering Skeletons (Stuart Ashen)[41] Contributor
2018 The Nostalgia Nerd's Retro Tech[42]



Year Title Role Notes
2021 Steph's Packed Lunch Himself Discussing the revival of vintage computers, their use and how much they're worth


Year Title Role Notes
2020 Ashens and the Polybius Heist Tech supplier Credited
2021 Odd Pod: The Movie... kinda[43] Nostalgia Nerd Upcoming film based on The Odd Pod show

Web series[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2017 LGR: Choosing a Retro Gaming PC Himself 1 episode, guest
2018 Blockbusters: Video Games & The Internet Himself Panellist on the YouTube channel, Ashens
2018 Digitiser: The Show Himself
2018 Barshens Himself 1 episode
2019 Digitiser Live[44][45] Himself
2019 Did you Know Gaming Narrator 1 episode


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  5. "You're telling me that Sonic the Hedgehog was faster in America!?". TechnoBuffalo. 2016-10-08. Retrieved 2021-06-04.
  6. "New ZX Spectrum Next computer unboxed". Geeky Gadgets. 2020-03-04. Retrieved 2021-06-04.
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  25. Perlman, Elisabeth. "Computer nerds go nuts for an Acorn". ISSN 0140-0460. Retrieved 2021-06-04.
  26. Moxon, Daniel. "Mystery solved! Origin of Norwich keyboard revealed". Norwich Evening News. Retrieved 2020-06-23.
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  30. YOUTUBERS OF RETRO GAMING Play Expo 2020 - Octavius, Kim Justice, Nostalgia Nerd, Top Hat, DJ Slopes, retrieved 2021-04-09
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  39. "Octanerdle". octanerdle.com. Retrieved 2021-04-08.
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  41. Ashen, Stuart (2017). Attack of the flickering skeletons : more terrible old games that you've probably never heard of. London. ISBN 978-1-78352-413-6. OCLC 1014210249. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  42. Leigh, Peter (2018). The nostalgia nerd's retro tech : computers, consoles & games : all the greatest old systems from Atari to Xbox. London. ISBN 1-78157-570-3. OCLC 1027135150. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
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