Tricks, Treats, and Feats: Getting Tricky with Banjo-Tooie

As far as gaming goes, trick or treating can take on a whole new meaning.  Gaming’s a treat, especially when you’ve got a few tricks up your sleeve.  The longer you’ve been playing a game, the more likely you’ll have some tricks that will help to make the game a bit easier, and there are…

Tricks, Treats, and Feats: The Gyrocopter and Philmobile

            If you were to go trick or treating, I bet you’d be mighty surprised if, rather than candy, you were given the keys to a car.  While such a thing would probably not be all that exciting to a young child, who would surely rather a candy bar or peanut butter cup, a vehicle…

The Epic Tale of How the Duck Brought the Banjo Games to Youtube

We’re a bit over two years into our Youtube channel.  Starting out, there were certain games that were a big priority for me, even if recording them wasn’t always the easiest thing to do.  Two games that were high on my list were Banjo-Kazooie and Tooie, which, long story short, are coming to our Youtube…

Unforgettable: Grunty’s Furnace Fun

I feel a golden age of gaming coincided with Rareware’s golden age during the 90’s.  For me, the really good span of years for video games was between 1994-2000.  Odds are, you know what I’m talking about, as I know we have a good number of readers here who love the Donkey Kong Country and…

Age Doesn’t Make a Game Dated

It was thanks to Cary’s recent post, Playing Games Past Their Prime, that I had a revelation concerning a few questions I had been asking as of late.  It largely boils down to: why do some old games feel dated, while others from the same era do not?  Furthermore, how is it that even new…

Listmas 2016: Eight of the Chilliest Songs in Gaming

With Listmas taking place in the chilly grip of wintertime, it’s only natural that some of our lists reflect this icy time of year.  We’ve already covered snowy levels and chilly characters in past years, so it’s high time we discussed eight chilly songs that will surely have you buttoning up your coats and seeking…

Listmas 2016: An Ode to Sidekicks

In this season of giving and good will towards all, it would only be fair for at least one Listmas list to give some attention to the oft under-appreciated sidekicks of gaming.  It can be easy for said sidekicks to get lost within the shadow of the more famed hero of the game, but that…

Day 13: A Game I’ve Played More Than Five Times

Ah, back to the 30-day video game topics.  Despite the obvious implication that this is only supposed to span the course of roughly a month, these posts have been taking me years to get through.  Well, better get back to it.  Right now, we’re only on day 13.  The topic: a game I’ve played more…

Day 12: A Game Everyone Should Play

I am slowly making my way through the 30 days of video game topics I started…probably a few years ago, and today we have finally reached…number 12.  I’m not even halfway done yet!  Yikes!  Well, this topic involves a game everyone should play, and I had to put careful consideration into which one I would…

Resonance: Mining Melancholy

I had to check several times to make sure no one had already written about this one, as Mining Melancholy might possibly be one of the most brilliant songs in a game that already has plenty of amazing tracks.  As expected, Mining Melancholy is found in every mine level of Donkey Kong Country 2.  As…

Kazooie Vs. Tooie

Two of my favorite games of all time are the original Banjo-Kazooie games for the Nintendo 64.  I started off with Tooie and played the original afterward, and for the longest time, I firmly believed that Banjo-Tooie was the better of the two.  It was a time when I believed bigger was better, and Banjo-Tooie…

Growing Up as a Gamer and Why I Don’t Enjoy DK64 Anymore

As the years go by, our tastes change.  We grow out of cartoons and toy cars and dolls, and we become, well, more sophisticated, in a way.  Video games are no exception.  For many of us, we end up looking over our game collections years later and finding games that, while we loved them as…