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…

Super Mario World: Conquering my Nemesis (I Hope)

The old-school Mario games have always been the bane of my existence as a gamer.  When I first started working through my parents’ collection of Super Nintendo games many years ago, each game gave me varying levels of challenge.  Over the course of a year or two, I would eventually finish some games and progress…

Nintendo confirms SNES Classic pre-orders to open this month

Nintendo recently confirmed that the SNES classic will be available for pre-order later this month. In a move to address the recent confusion surrounding pre-orders for the already popular SNES classic, Nintendo announced on their Facebook page that the console would indeed be made available for pre-order in late August. In the event that you…

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…

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…

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…

Zelda-Ween: Unintentionally Spooky…Chickens?

Ah, here we are, already in the final week of Zelda-Ween.  Anytime I get to recount my experiences with this wonderful series is a good time indeed, even if it involves the many things that have scared me down the years.  This week’s topic, however, forced me to put some extra thought into what I…

Zelda-Ween: Top 3 Creepy Dungeons

Last week, we discussed the many spooky enemies that reside in the land of Hyrule (or Termina, as the case may be).  Well, oftentimes, creepy creatures live in creepy places, and when you think of scary locations in the Zelda series, more often than not you think of the dungeons these games are known for. …

Zelda-Ween: Top 5 Most Notable Scary Enemies

Even though The Legend of Zelda series doesn’t typically come to mind when you think of horror, I’m sure all fans of the series have noticed that these games have more than their fair share of creepy creatures.  In fact, whenever I think about scary enemies in video games, more often than not, my thoughts…