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posted "Playing God" about Populous DS [NintendoDS].   August 13
Playing God
There's a genre of video games referred to as god games, so named because they let the players take absolute power over the world. The granddaddy of t
posted "A Pointless Quest" about Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies.   February 23
A Pointless Quest
Dragon Quest has been the pioneering name in RPGs since the 80's. In fact, Dragon Quest was the series that codified a lot of the little, established
posted "Burning Rubber" about Burnout 2: Point of Impact.   January 01
Burning Rubber
I have a quick confession to make: I don't like the Gran Turismo series. Now, that's not to say I have anything against it. By all means, the entire s
commented on review of Dante's Inferno, ""I have waited an eternity for this emancipation!!"".   November 22, 2013
posted "Sinister for the Difficulty" about Sinistron.   August 15, 2013
Sinister for the Difficulty
In the great race of space bad guys in video games who are all out to destroy the Earth, the Sinistron is unique. Instead of being an entire squadron
posted "Kong is King in This Country" about Donkey Kong Country [Game Boy Advance].   July 24, 2013
Kong is King in This Country
Bowser fights Mario. It's a long-established fact of life in video games. There's an entire new generation of kids being raised now for whom it's such
posted "Definitely Stormy" about Alien Storm [Wii].   July 10, 2013
Definitely Stormy
I'll be blunt right off: Golden Axe is overrated! It has clunky mechanics and bugs which were difficult to excuse back when it was a new-fangled arcad
posted "The First Mario Game" about Donkey Kong.   June 19, 2013
The First Mario Game
If you're not familiar with the video game version of the old King Kong scenario, you're a sorry excuse of a gamer. Donkey Kong is one of those truly
posted "The First Modern Video Game Controller - Primitive as Hell" about NES controller.   June 03, 2013
The First Modern Video Game Controller -
Today we know the NES Controller as the controller that defined video game controllers for all time. While the deceptively simple controller has a des
posted "A Three-Pronged Controller for a Three-Pronged Person" about N64 controller.   June 02, 2013
A Three-Pronged Controller for a Three-P
Pros: The grip is very natural      Cons: The d-pad is nothing but a decoration      The Bottom Line: This con
posted "The Pill" about Super NES Controller.   June 02, 2013
The Pill
Pros: Plastic isn't wasted...    Cons: ...Because the controller is small and feels like a pill    The Bottom
posted "You're in Kong Land, Now!" about Donkey Kong Land.   May 09, 2013
You're in Kong Land, Now!
When Donkey Kong Country became a huge, runaway hit for the Super NES (as if it could ever have been a failure), you had to know more was right down t
commented on review of Chrono Cross, "A Great Game On Its Own".   March 21, 2013
posted "Weapon of Choice" about Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal.   January 13, 2013
Weapon of Choice
My favorite thought about playing the original Ratchet and Clank was, "Finally, an actually, honest to god mind numbing action title!" Thankfully, it
posted "A Short Tribute to a Trail Blazer" about Sega Genesis.   September 09, 2012
A Short Tribute to a Trail Blazer
Ah, I remember the good old days, sitting in front of the TV, playing the old Sega Genesis, awesome games like Sonic the Hedgehog, Shining Force 2, an
posted "Turbo Zelda" about Neutopia [Wii].   July 11, 2012
Turbo Zelda
Here's something fun to try next time you're in Seattle: When you run into Bill Gates on the streets, bet him a couple billion dollars that he can't t
commented on review of Sonic the Hedgehog 2, "The Blue Blur is back in his best game. 94%".   June 22, 2012
posted "Laying the Smacketh Down" about Knights of the Round.   March 01, 2012
Laying the Smacketh Down
You may recall that in Monty Python's take on the story of King Arthur and the Holy Grail, Arthur got into an argument with a snooty French castle kee
posted "Led Zeppelin vs. the DMV: Tonight on Robot Wars" about Steel Empire.   January 21, 2012
Led Zeppelin vs. the DMV: Tonight on Rob
Remember the good old days of very early 16-bit gaming? (pause for brief nostalgic flashback) Back then, people didn't automatically associate the wor
posted "Kung Fu Gets a Graphic Update" about China Warrior [Wii].   January 18, 2012
Kung Fu Gets a Graphic Update
China Warrior occupies a unique place in the annals of video game history: In performing some research prior to writing this review, I learned China W
posted "Not Even Bronze" about Golden Axe.   November 13, 2011
Not Even Bronze
Way back in the infancy of post-crash video gaming, the old warriors and wizards motif meant only a few things: A typical hack abd slash adventure gam
posted "I Can't Coach it, nor do I Particularly want to" about All-Pro Football 2K8 [Xbox360].   November 06, 2011
I Can't Coach it, nor do I Particularly
I recently read an article which said that EA Sports grabbed exclusivity rights to the NFL license mostly because the NFL said it was going to stop al
posted "The Blue Blur is Gone and Not Returning" about Sonic Rush [NintendoDS].   October 27, 2011
The Blue Blur is Gone and Not Returning
There are two kinds of Sonic the Hedgehog fans in the world: Those who believe the Blue Blur's best work was in the 16-bit days, and those who were bo
posted "Kiddie Contra: The Revenge" about Gunstar Super Heroes [Game Boy Advance].   October 25, 2011
Kiddie Contra: The Revenge
It's the level design, stupid.     Gunstar Super Heroes is a notoriously short game which was released in an era in which longer g
posted "Let's Take This Outside!" about Street Fighter II: Special Champion Edition.   October 22, 2011
Let's Take This Outside!
It's tough to imagine what gaming might be today without Street Fighter II. Street Fighter II was a milestone. This was the game that introduced the c
posted "Shooting Up" about Nanostray 2 [NintendoDS].   October 02, 2011
Shooting Up
Prepare for old-school two-dimensional shooting game action! That is to say, prepare to die over and over again while hacking through levels with litt
posted "Taking it to the Front Lines with Star Wars" about Star Wars: Battlefront [PS2].   August 28, 2011
Taking it to the Front Lines with Star W
Be honest: You wanted to partake in the excellent land walker battle scene on Hoth from The Empire Strikes Back the second you saw it, didn't you? Wel
posted "The Worst Pack-in Video Game Ever" about Keith Courage in Alpha Zones.   July 28, 2011
The Worst Pack-in Video Game Ever
Here's a quick question: What's the worst pack-in video game of all-time? I imagine Sega consoles have their detractors in this category. After all, t
posted "Killshots" about Zero Tolerance.   July 18, 2011
What we have here is a prime example of why console FPSs were considered inferior to PC FPSs for so long. After playing Zero Tolerance one time, one w
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