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Playstation Agony, Part 4: Mary-Kate and Ashley: Magical Mystery Mall

“Just saw the stats on last week’s column,” Carl said, cornering me on the way out the front door. “Got an explanation?” “Surprised me too,” I said. “Who knew we had that many Dukes of Hazzard fans? Good thing for me you put it in the bag. Couldn’t have made my quota of candy bar […]

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PlayStation Agony, Part 1: The Simpsons Wrestling

When Carl, the man I perceive as the primary antagonist in my life as a video game character, used a sledgehammer to defeat the lock on my door, my heart slid into my colon. “Time to pay the piper,” he said, holding up a paper shopping bag. “Donald Trump will be president, therefore you lost the […]

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Revenge of the License: Alien Trilogy

One of iD Software’s initial ideas for Doom was to make a first-person shooter set in the world of James Cameron’s ‘Aliens’. When a licensing deal couldn’t be worked out between iD and 20th Century Fox, Carmack and Romero’s team fell back on a more generic ‘space marine kills everything’ setting, and an FPS classic […]

Fan Mod Adds Double Dragon II Bosses Everywhere

The original Double Dragon II was not all that easy to beat.  To add to the complications in beating this brawler, you did not see the whole game if you played on an easier difficulty.  This was cool for the hardcore players but also kind of a rip off to those that were not quite […]

Acclaim Closes Their Doors – Today in Retro Gaming – September 1st, 2004

Old school game publishers going out of business is never fun to write about.  With Acclaim though it is kind of bittersweet.  While they held some of the best licenses of whatever generation of console we are talking about, they would also universally phone in the quality of the underlying game.  For many, they made games […]

Sega Genesis Scooby Doo Mystery Spanish Translation Released

I like to keep our friends that speak other languages in the loop of new releases.  For instance, Spanish speaking readers may be interested in Scooby Doo Mystery for the Sega Genesis- a game that was previously only available in English.  This is a traditional point and click adventure game, now available to Spanish gamers […]

Thoughts on Collectorvision Brand Acquisitions

Oh boy. Here we go again. Whenever a retro game developer/publisher makes a move there are people who see the worst in any forward movement. Collectorvision and its recent acquisition of classic brand names is one such move coming under scrutiny. Horrifying visions of cash grabs and sequel soul sucking abound. Can avarice be their […]

Vanishing Point Burns Rubber in Cars, Trucks and SUVs on Playstation – Today in History – February 5th, 2001

Racing games are a staple of gaming.  We saw them in the early days on the Atari 2600 in Night Driver.  We saw them propel forward in the 8-Bit days with Rad Racer on NES.  16-Bit gave us great titles like Outrun and Super Hang-On while 32-Bit heralded in the age of the “Racer” series […]

Revenge of the License: Bart & the Beanstalk (GB)

Let’s play pretend. You’re a highly-paid, highly-intelligent defense lawyer. You specialize in helping people accused of doing bad things to clear their names. But today, while sitting in your office preparing briefs, a bizarre new case drops in your lap, one which could set a precedent for not only legal but gaming history as well. […]

10 Classics that Let You Build Your Own Levels before Super Mario Maker

To say Super Mario Maker is a smash hit release is quite an understatement.  The 2D sandbox game had reached a million units sold worldwide in about 20 days, according to reports.  This is interesting considering the hell Nintendo constantly gets for the Wii U, something that goes back to the Nintendo 64 days and […]


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