Approaching Adolescence: Or How Paperboy Spoke to my 12-Year-Old Self

Spring of 1985 was a dark time for video games.

The Nintendo Entertainment System was still 6 months from seeing the light of day in the United States. Atari mania and Pac-Man fever felt like ages ago thanks to the shift away from home console gaming towards computer gaming. But arcades were still active as THE place to play games that could still wow and astonish gamers hungry for the next big thing […]

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K.C. Munchkin – Odyssey²/Videopac

“How many Munchies can your Munchkin munch before your Munchkin’s all munched out????”

That is the question posed on the box of the controversial (at the time) Odyssey²/Videopac game, K.C. Munchkin. That question also serves as a succinct synopsis of a game with an interesting history.

Designed & programmed by Ed Averett and released for the Odyssey²/Videopac in 1981, K.C. Munchkin is, in essence, a Pac-Man clone […]

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Retro Gaming Archives – Winter/Spring 1984

1984 was a tough year for video gaming releases.

For many of us it was just another year and the words “video”, “game” and “crash” were never uttered consecutively. There was still a plethora of Atari, Intellivision and Colecovision consoles and games available in toy stores across the United States, Europe and other parts of the world. The advent of home computer gaming was as mainstream as it had ever been […]

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Super Metroid – SNES

Today, Super Metroid is not only considered one of the best games for the Super Nintendo, but one of the best games ever made.

When I bought my copy back in 1994, I really didn’t know what to expect. I was no longer a subscriber to Nintendo Power, so I didn’t have the luxury of Pak-Watch (I know that probably didn’t still exist in 1994) to tell me it was coming. All I can recall is I was browsing the SNES section of my local Best Buy when I noticed there was a new Metroid game available […]

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System Spotlight – Nintendo Entertainment System (NES)

I am not going to bore anyone with previously well documented historical details, facts, stats and the like for Nintendo’s first home gaming console, the Nintendo Entertainment System.

There are hundred of blogs, webpages, YouTube channels and even hardcover books devoted to this iconic console. Everyone already understands the NES’s impact on video gaming, the reviving of the home video game market and the plethora of iconic games that have stood the test of time 30 years or more after their release […]

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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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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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