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Noiseland Arcade

A Look at The Simpsons Arcade Game Hello, internet! I’m excited about this new post because I’m about to combine two of my absolute favorite things: video games and The Simpsons. Now, there are a lot of Simpsons-related games out there, and most of them are crap, but I’m going to focus on one of the good ones, the best one actually. And that one is The Simpsons Arcade Game! If you thought I was…

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The Doom of Nostalgia

Nostalgia. Some people think of it as a dirty word; the rose-colored glasses we put on to justify our sometimes good and sometimes questionable taste. I’ve been thinking about this topic ever since I was on the Inside the Gamer podcast (which you should totally check out). On the podcast, I wondered what had happened to all of the arcade sports games, because I thought they were so much fun and I preferred them to…

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Run Silent: The World of Subsims

Ahoy there, mates! Get small and baton down those hatches because we are about to scratch the surface on one of my absolute favorite videogame genres: the u-boat simulator! Patience is the Key In the world of subsims, you’re the captain of a u-boat (another word for a German submarine) during WW2. Your job is to order your men around the Atlantic Ocean until you come across some enemy ships to sink. Your mission is…

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Cavalcade of Holiday Horror: ObsCure

I don’t know what it is about Christmas time that gets me in the horror mood. Maybe it’s all the joy? For some reason, December is the month where I bust out the horror movies, whip out a scary novel, or throw in a good horror game. So in honor of that strange tradition, I will be making at least one horror related post for the month of December, starting…now. Don’t stay out too late…

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An Exercise in Futility

Trying to Beat Goldeneye 007 over the Weekend Just recently, I stumbled upon my Nintendo 64 (N64) sitting in a box at my parent’s house. I grabbed it and my roommates and I set it up at our place. We dug out the games and scoured over them until we came upon the mother lode: Goldeneye 007. The memories came flooding back. All those days and nights wasting away my childhood trying to beat one…

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Story and Video Games: The Debate

Which is more important in a videogame, story or gameplay? This is an old question that has been sparking debate for a while. Even though I’m a story guy through and through, I find this debate to be trivial and somewhat outdated. Despite this, I still read articles (especially with VR capabilities coming out) that gameplay is king and always will be, or that nothing can beat a good story and that story is the…

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Story and Video Games: An Overview

Story in video games is a funny thing. It’s something people often say is less important and should come second to gameplay. While I don’t entirely disagree, I think they are downplaying an important aspect of games. Story enhances the game immensely and critical to immersing the player into a different world. Story in games has evolved significantly in 20 years. Not that narrative in games wasn’t already complex, just look at any Final Fantasy…

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The Legend of the Legend of Zelda

My first introduction to The Legend of Zelda was sometime in the early 90’s when I played A Link to the Past at my cousin’s house. It piqued my interest immediately and is still my favorite game in the franchise. I love this game. The freedom and exploration was something I’ve never seen before. There’s RPG elements, numerous and varied weapons and items, and expertly crafted dungeons and puzzles. It’s almost the perfect game and…

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What Makes Game Stores So Great?

A great game store is a place you can hang out in and feel welcome. It’s one of the few places where you can spend countless hours, browsing and playing, and not feel like an imposition. Every game store (especially the mom and pop ones) has their own unique feel. I’m going to tell you about one of my favorites. Gaming Abroad I used to live and work in Seoul, South Korea. A lot of…