Listmas 2017: 7 Games I Played 20+ Years After Their Release

In the Duck’s previous Listmas post, I listed a group of games that I played 10-19 years after their release dates.  Now we’re getting into the really retro stuff, which were released a whopping two decades before my sorry self finally got around to playing them.  For clarification, this list does not include the original…

Listmas 2017: 6 Games I Played 10-19 Years After Their Release

As punctual as the Duck is when it comes to appointments and meeting deadlines, I am often horrendously late when it comes to games.  In fact, in recent years, I think I have spent more time playing catch-up than I have actually enjoying recent titles.  Out of curiosity, I thought it would be fun to…

Listmas 2017: 5 Games That Kicked My Butt

With Christmas arriving in just a few more weeks, it seems like a time to be positive.  To be filled with holiday cheer and good will towards men and women and little children alike.  Even so, I’ve never been the most optimistic person out there, so inevitably my thoughts turn to things like…the games that…

What is Your Gaming Pet Peeve?

Pet peeves.  We all have them, and they come in all shapes and sizes.  Many involve ordinary, everyday life.  Maybe you don’t like when people walk on your carpet without taking their shoes off.  Maybe you get really irritated when people leave their shopping carts in the middle of the aisle at the grocery store. …

FFV and the Joy of Feeling Competent

I have mentioned it from time to time, but over the last few years, I’ve been trying to catch up on a whole bunch of retro games I had missed.  And at this point, I’m largely done.  Sure, there are definitely more retro games out there that I should play one day, but as for…

How Retro Can You Go: A Discussion of Spooniness

There are some gamers who openly admit that they have no desire to play older games because they prefer the more advanced, better looking games of today.  There are others who say that gameplay is the only thing that matters, so if a game is good, no matter how old it is, they will play…

The Apparent Science of RPGs

A good number of years ago, I bought Final Fantasy Anthology and Final Fantasy Chronicles for the PS1 in order to play Final Fantasy VI and Chrono Trigger.  The other games that came in these mini-collections were Final Fantasy IV and V.  While I had always been interested in FFVI and onward, I never heard…

Suffering from a Nostalgia Deficiency

Today, dear readers, we will be taking a look at the effect nostalgia plays in our gaming, but from a different angle….  As you may or may not be aware, I have been trying to catch up with the old classics from the SNES, namely Final Fantasy VI, Chrono Trigger, Super Metroid, EarthBound, and Super…

Day 9: Saddest Game Scene

I haven’t done this in a while, but you can bet that when I start to resort to the 100 theme challenge and the 30 day gaming topic…um, thingy for blog post topics, I’m running out of ideas.  You’re welcome for the honesty.  Ahem, today’s 30 day video game topic is #9, the saddest game…

What Makes a Game a Sequel?

I recently played and beat Chrono Cross, and let me tell you, it was quite a struggle. Due to a leveling up system where you really only level up when you beat a boss or when you fight the first few enemies after a boss, I had lots of frustration trying to defeat enemies that…