Burning Hearts and Iron Curtains: Rocky IV and Cold War Propaganda

The appeal of Rocky Balboa is his status as a flawed everyman.

Back in 1976, director John G. Avildsen gave us the perfect underdog story. Backed up by an Oscar-winning screenplay by Stallone, Rocky was about community and togetherness, shining a sympathetic light on the poor and downtrodden and reminding us that, given the right attitude and determination, anything is possible. It also spoke of family values and the importance of perspective. Stallone was a revelation as the movie’s titular hero, a reluctant thug-for-high whose friendship with an insular store clerk set him on the path to self-discovery […]

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NBA Jam: Tournament Edition (SNES)

The key ingredient that allows a game to stand the test of time is playability, and NBA Jam: Tournament Editon has it in abundance.

Back in 1994, the Super Nintendo had long since usurped the Sega Genesis/Mega Drive as the world’s most popular home video console, introducing a whole host of stellar titles which went a step further in bringing the arcade arenas to the comfort of your very own living room […]

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Mike Tyson’s Punch Out!! – NES

‘He’s Hurt Me Doc!’…..  ‘Join the Nintendo Fun Club Today Mac.’

Doc really didn’t seem to know what he was doing when it came to coaching and training beyond late night jogs in lower Manhattan, and providing sometimes useful advice between rounds. He probably also should have been reprimanded for putting a tiny 17 year old boxer up against grown men twice his age and weight […]

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