BurgerTime – Colecovision, Intellivision, Arcade

Data East’s BurgerTime was one of my go-to arcade games as a kid.

I dug the concept of controlling the frantic and portly chef Peter Pepper, moving up, down and left and right across the stages, or dropping ingredients (buns, lettuce, tomatoes, burgers, etc.) down from above by walking over them to make hamburgers at the bottom of the screen […]

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Sonic the Hedgehog – Sega Genesis/Mega Drive

Blast processing. Sega had it, Nintendo didn’t. I had no idea what it was and most other kids didn’t either.

Of course, we now know it was a made up term used by the Sega marketing department, but that didn’t matter to us in 1991. All we knew was that there was this blue hedgehog named Sonic spinning around loop-the-loops and blazing around the screen at speeds unseen before. Commercials don’t lie, right? […]

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Retro Gaming Archives – Fall 1987

The year was 1987. I was a young boy obsessed with video games, horror films and MTV. Arcades were still extremely popular hangouts for me and my friends. The Nintendo Entertainment System was all the rage in my town, and I was on the verge of getting my own that December. The Sega Master System was also in stores in 1987, but definitely playing catch-up due to the NES’s head start and exclusive titles […]

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Resident Evil: Code Veronica – Sega Dreamcast

“Said the spider to the fly. How do you wish to die?”

The survival horror genre has been around for about 20 years now, and 3D gaming really opened up the possibilities for creating environments that are desolate, creepy and downright frightening, and in 2000, the Sega Dreamcast benefited from the increased interest in this style of gameplay with the release of Capcom’s Resident Evil: Code Veronica […]

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Splatterhouse – Turbografx-16/PC Engine

Do you want head smashing, gut splashing, grotesque monstrosity pummeling action this Halloween? If the answer is yes (and of course it is), then Splatterhouse is your game of choice.

Splatterhouse is a diabolical, gruesomely violent game for the Turbografx-16/PC Engine based on the Namco beat ’em up arcade title of the same name. There were two direct sequels made for the Sega Genesis/Mega Drive, but the TG-16/PC Engine has the one and only original […]

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Adventure – Atari VCS 2600

Grandson: Grandpa, what were fantasy-adventure games like back when you were young? Way back in 1979?

Grandpa: Well, sonny, there was this one particular game on the Atari VCS called Adventure that was kind of like your own grandpappy but in video game form. Today we may show our age and may not look too impressive anymore but when we were young we were quite the catch. We also managed to sire a bunch of young ‘uns for better or worse (no offense to you sonny […]

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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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Night Trap – Sega/Mega CD

Full motion video games, or FMV’s for short, were all the (short lived) rage back in the early 90s.

CD technology had been around for a few years in the music industry, but, by 1992, it was finally mainstream to the point where just about everyone had traded in their cassettes for CDs. The same was becoming true for the video game industry as well […]

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Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (Sony PlayStation)

It’s impossible to hurl too many superlatives at Castlevania: Symphony of the Night because it deserves each and every one of them. Is it the best PlayStation game ever made? Is it the best game of the 1990s? Is it the best game ever? These are legitimate questions that gamers and fans of the title have been asking themselves and others since its release in 1997.

I’ve been a huge fan of the Castlevania series since the original on the NES and have been playing any version I can get my hands on ever since […]

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Space Invaders (Atari VCS/2600)

It has been well documented that Space Invaders was a quarter-hogging phenomenon back in the late 1970’s, and Atari catapulted themselves into 1st place during the early home console wars when they procured the rights to port it on their Video Computer System in 1980.

I’m not sure I can emphasise just how important Space Invaders was in drawing people to arcade gaming in the late 70’s and again when it sold consoles for Atari upon its home release in 1980. Arguably the very first “killer app” […]

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