Review – Shadowrun (Genesis)

Review – Shadowrun (Genesis)

Beginning as a pen-and-paper RPG in 1989, Shadowrun was followed by a strange scattershot of games based on the license in the early 90’s. Its bizarre and tantalizing mix of fantasy magic and cyberpunk technology graced three (or, like, two and a half) consoles in the 90’s: the SNES in 1993, the Genesis in 1994, …

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Review – Dead or Alive: Xtreme Beach Volleyball

Review – Dead or Alive: Xtreme Beach Volleyball

I remember when Dead or Alive: Xtreme Beach Volleyball landed on the Xbox, back in ’03. I was still in high school, but even amongst my more testosterone bloated friends, there wasn’t much interest. Ogling digital females was just considered kind of sad in the circles I ran with, it was equated to a guy …

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Review – Shadowrun (SNES)

Review – Shadowrun (SNES)

As someone who identifies as a geek, the Shadowrun universe is undeniably tantalizing. The result of marrying Tolkien-esque fantasy with Bladerunner-esque cyberpunk is simultaneously tacky and irresistible. Massive trolls and monolithic corporations, mages and hackers, dragons and cybernetic enhancements; it’s the nerd singularity. It’s only lacking space travel, which I think it actually has a …

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Review – The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind

Review – The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind

Once upon a time, just before I set off to college, I got the itch to play an RPG. I had either The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind or Neverwinter Nights in mind, and I ended up choosing the former. It set off a love affair that I still won’t shut up about to this day. …

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Review – Karate Kid (NES)

Review – Karate Kid (NES)

I’ve never seen Karate Kid, nor its sequel. I get a lot of references from the movies, but that’s about it. Don’t look at me like that, I’m just not a movie person. Maybe I’ll get around to it one day. So why am I playing Karate Kid on the NES? Same reason I play …

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Review – The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall

Review – The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall

It’s unfortunate that The Elder Scrolls: Arena didn’t exactly fill my gravy boat, but then, despite it being the first in a venerable series of games, I’ve never heard anyone refer to it as their favourite title in said series. Its sequel, The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall, on the other hand, I’ve heard come up …

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Review – Monster in My Pocket

Review – Monster in My Pocket

For those of you who are not well versed in the pop culture of the early 90’s, Monster in My Pocket was a short lived attempt at a multi-media franchise. It never really caught on, which is a shame. Someone obviously had high hopes for the full Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle treatment, with multiple series …

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Review – The Elder Scrolls: Arena

Review – The Elder Scrolls: Arena

If you tell the wrong gamer that you’ve only played the Fallout games past Bethesda Softwork’s 3rd entry, you’ll elicit a scoff. That’s because they liked it before it was cool, and it was way better back before Bethesda came in and mucked everything up. To be fair to those jerks, both Fallout 1 and …

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Game Complaint Department’s Game of the Year 2017

Game Complaint Department’s Game of the Year 2017

2017 may very well have been the best year in video games since 1998 saw the release of several landmark titles like Half-Life, Star Craft, and Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. While the year likely won’t go down in history as influential as 1998, for hobbyists who have grown accustomed to wading through a …

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3 Games for the Christmas Season

3 Games for the Christmas Season

While I don’t have much stake in the religious side of the Christmas holiday, I enjoy the consumer side of things. One could deconstruct the event and pull out all the evils that exist within it, from borrowed cultural traditions to completely obvious ploys to get people to spend more, but when you get past …

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