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Retro Video Games, Vinyl Records, and Other Nostalgia

The 8-bit Friday Diaries – September 27, 2019

A Boy and His Blob (Wii) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐- First of all I’m going to say that this is one of the best looking and beautifully well done games I’ve ever seen. The animation is beyond top notch, and plays smoothly while conveying the innocent and wondrous world A Boy and His Blob occurs in.

Minefaire Chicago 19’

It’s hard to believe it’s been 8 years since Minecraft hit the internet and became a true gaming sensation worldwide, especially among young players. Although the game has had its challengers such as Roblox, Fortnite and others, it’s proven its… Continue Reading →

The 8-bit Friday Diaries – September 20th, 2019

Armored Core V: Verdict Day (Xbox 360) ⭐⭐⭐ – I’ve heard a lot about the Armored Core games, and this is my first foray into the franchise.I have to say I’m not impressed overall, other mech games in the same vein like the Front Mission franchise are a lot more engaging in storyline, and even better in gameplay. Know keep in mind I don’t know much else about the Armored Core series, so perhaps I’m passing judgement to early since it seems to be a fan favorite with a cult following.

System Saturdays: Getting to know the PSP

System Saturdays: Getting to know the PSP It’s hard to believe it’s been nearly two months since I attended Video Game Summit. Of course looking outside I see the weather getting a little gloomy and the temperatures a little cooler,… Continue Reading →

The 8-bit Friday Diaries – September 13, 2019

Well, another week and more games to be played This Weekends Buys: Otomedius Excellent (360) – The XBox 360 has reached a point in its life when some of the more obscure titles are beginning to surface, leading to some… Continue Reading →

The 8-bit Friday Diaries – September 6, 2019

Ok, it’s been forever since I wrote one of these last. To be honest I’ve had a few job changes since I wrote my last 8-bit Friday Dairy article in August of 2017. Lets just say that I’ve bought a… Continue Reading →

Video Game Summit 19’

My eldest son commented the other day that, “I was the man who knew when all the ‘Cons’ were”. To which case I felt a little baffled, but as I thought about it I realized I’d been to three different… Continue Reading →

80’s Talk: Summoning Richard Simmons

Richard Simmons, is one of those pop culture characters that screams 1980’s. He was highly energetic, eccentric, colorful, made his own music videos, and had a talk show, all the qualifications for being an 80’s icon. On top of that he was a staple of 80’s talk and game shows, and was known to drive Johnny Carson and David Letterman nuts with his manic personality. Last but not least of course, to be completely 80’s, he had his own exercise videos on par with Jane Fonda and her very 80’s aerobic videos.

2019 Gamers News Years Resolutions

2018 gaming wise hasn’t been one of my finest years, and compared to previous years my game purchases and consumption of said games, hasn’t been the highest. I did add an Intellivision, Colecovision, CD-i, and Odyssey 2 to my collection,… Continue Reading →

  Solo despite being a relatively good Star Wars film had been bogged down in controversy, long before it even hit theaters. This controversy, and Disney’s unwillingness to drop the advertising money on the film it truly deserved, gave potential… Continue Reading →

Death of a Retro-Gaming Store

It was June 2nd, 2018, and I jumped out of my car to get a photo of the TNT Games marquee on the run-down strip malls street sign. It’s all that’s left of the store, since they seemed to go… Continue Reading →

System Saturday’s: Intellivision – Is it Really Better than the Atari 2600?

There is an old adage “History is Written by the Victors!”. It’s meant to imply that history, and how things are generally remembered, may be swayed by those who came out on top. That is unless, you dig a little… Continue Reading →

Midwest Gaming Classics 2018 – Attack of the New Venue

It’s Monday April 16th, it’s 8:30 at night and it’s been 27.5 hours since MGC 2018 ended. I was lucky enough to stay all the way till it’s official end at 5PM yesterday, but only thanks in part to an… Continue Reading →

Top Ten Star Wars Toys We’d Like to See Made

As Christmas draws near it’s not unusual for memories of toys past to creep into our minds. They may be good memories of toys we loved, bad memories of toys we didn’t want, and some are…well let’s just say not… Continue Reading →

Trekking Through Games: Star Trek: Strategic Operations Simulator

Star Trek has received at least one title on many video game consoles for last 40 years now. It’s a testament to the shows enduring legacy, as well as its fan base. These are fans who let the shows originality… Continue Reading →

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