Category: Video Games

Review – Dead or Alive: Xtreme 2

Review – Dead or Alive: Xtreme 2

Lisa had been our partner in volleyball for the entire two week vacation, and in that time, she had never removed her thong bikini. We doubted that she, and indeed, any of the girls, had packed anything aside from bathing suits for the trip. We discussed the state of that apparel, nestled firmly between her …

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Console Command – Virtual Boy

Console Command – Virtual Boy

The 90’s were a weird time for video games, when you actually go back and think about it. Most people in the west choose to remember the Sega Genesis’ battle with the Super Nintendo, then later the Sony Playstation vs. the Nintendo 64. That’s a simple way to remember the 90’s console market, but when …

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Review – Coffee Crisis

Review – Coffee Crisis

The beat-’em-up genre is one of the simplest formulas in gaming. During the early 90’s, following the release of Final Fight in the arcades, the genre exploded and found itself host to all manner of licensed tie ins. If you had a super-hero, action movie, or mascot that you needed to cram into an interactive …

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Review – Never Stop Sneakin’

Review – Never Stop Sneakin’

I have a pretty severe distaste for Metal Gear Solid, but I will readily admit that it is stylish, which is probably a big factor in its lasting popularity. It copied its MSX predecessors’ palette of cool blues and greys, giving it a cold and sterile appearance, then bloated it out into full 3D. It …

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Review – Army Men: World War: Land Sea Air

Review – Army Men: World War: Land Sea Air

When I was younger, I owned an N64. I had access to a Playstation through a friend, but still missed out on the Playstation exclusive Army Men: World War games, so my former experience with them is relegated to magazine advertisements. This made the sub-series rather confusing, since they each came out with the World War subtitle, …

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Review – Ghostbusters (NES)

Review – Ghostbusters (NES)

Out of the small handful of non-gaming franchises that I can claim to be a fan of, Ghostbusters is easily the one that I’m most enamored with. I built my own replica proton pack in high school, I’ve donned a flightsuit for many Hallowe’en nights, and my apartment is littered with related merch. I’ve read …

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Read-only Memories – Animal Crossing

Read-only Memories – Animal Crossing

Lost in the mists of gaming trivia is the useless fact that Animal Crossing and Star Fox Adventures were released for Gamecube a week apart in 2002: September 15th and 23rd, respectively. I don’t recall what day it was that I found myself in that Zellers, playing the demo kiosk for Star Fox Adventures. I …

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Review – Metal Gear (NES)

Review – Metal Gear (NES)

Metal Gear on the NES seems to have suffered the strange fate of a tarnished reputation. It was once unquestionably considered a classic, and while to some it still is, it’s simply not held up in the same light. This may be due to the growing awareness that the NES version of Metal Gear is …

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Review – Zak McKracken and the Alien Mindbenders

Review – Zak McKracken and the Alien Mindbenders

One of the first genre journeys I recall embarking on as a retro gaming hobbyist was an exploration of the LucasArts adventure catalogue. During that time, I dug through a scattered assortment of titles, but burned out earlier than I would have liked. I found new favourites in games like The Secret of Monkey Island, …

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Review – Maniac Mansion

Review – Maniac Mansion

Whenever I explore a new facet of video games, I have a tendency to go in hard. If there’s some revered series or sub-genre that I’ve yet to touch, I’ll dive right in from the beginning and blow through as many titles as possible before my endurance is expended. So of course I had a …

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