Favorite Nintendo Game: Super Metroid

In thinking about choosing my most favorite Nintendo game, I tried to come up with reasons to NOT pick Super Metroid. Super Metroid didn’t immediately affect the gaming world as much as, say, Super Mario Bros. 3. Super Metroid didn’t outdo more popular franchise titles in its release year (1994), like, say, Final Fantasy VI….

Cary’s Top 10 Video Game Songs

Bringing Resonance month to a close, and following on The Duck of Indeed’s heels (do ducks have heels?), it’s time for me to offer up ten of my most favorite video game songs…of the moment. I add that qualifier there because, there’s always something new to explore when it comes to game music. While the…

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…

Resonance: Two Favorite Songs to Soothe a Troubled Mind

Upon completing my post from last week in which I referenced the soundtrack to Red Dead Redemption, I immediately had to listen to it again. I remain amazed at just how cohesive and brilliant it is in all its “Old West” mimicry. And, as much as it made me want to roam the prairies of…

Top 5: Most Emotional Gaming Moments

I’ve never been one to get overly demonstrative with my games, but I was recently reminded of just how powerful a single event in a game can be. Whether it’s a moment that makes you laugh, makes you cry, or makes you scream out in joy or anger, great games have them.  Sometimes our reactions…

What Makes Super Metroid Great: 21 Years Later

The waning health of my Super Nintendo has been a double-edged sword.  On one hand, it is quite a sad day indeed when one of your oldest consoles begins to die.  (Well, characters disappearing is definitely a nuisance, to say the least.)  Plus, now I need to hunt down a used one, still in working…

Six Favorite Gaming Secrets…Or Maybe Five?

All month long, United We Game is celebrating secrets, hoaxes, and trickery in games with a new writing challenge. Click here for the details and join in the fun! I’m not much of an artist when it comes to discovering secrets in games. While it seems that some players are imbued with a magical honing…

We need more etecoons and dachoras in games

The following post originally appear on Geek Force Network, May 24, 2013. Media substitutions have been made in accordance with UWG’s guidelines. Well, not literally. But bear with me here… (And keep reading if that title makes no sense. I swear it will.) I’ve been on something of a Metroid kick lately. Between writing about…

#Listmas2014: The Ol’ Replay List

tImage by Flickr user: cinz (cc) Merry Listmas everyone! So psyched to be doing this again! Strange thinking that we’re almost at the end of 2014 isn’t it? This year just flew by in a whirlwind of high-profile releases and just as many controversies. Bugged launches and disappointments abounded this latter half of the year, and while…

Giving Thanks for (Seven) Video Games

Here in the states, we’re in the throes of another turkey day. Happy Thanksgiving! Or, happy Thursday! However you are spending today, I hope you are enjoying it. I, for one, am looking forward to spending a little quality time with family and a lot of quality time with games. (Or…maybe that’s the other way…