The Odd Release History of Metal Gear

Nintendo entered the home console market amidst the Video Game Crash of 1983. Two years later, they found themselves dominating the market with their Nintendo Entertainment System. Feeling justifiably cautious at the time, quality control was a cornerstone of...

Jazz Jackrabbit: Holiday Hare

The holidays are a special time, a season for family, warm fires, and (as we explored last week) lemmings. However, lemmings are not the only small, fuzzy animal to be featured in a holiday video game. Far from from it! The jackrabbit is also a member of that elite...

Christmas Lemmings!

It’s the holiday season and I haven’t written about a Commodore game in a bit, so let’s mash the two things together, shall we? When you think of beloved holiday traditions, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Directing a herd of lemmings to safety through a...

RIP Joel West

Bezerk Champion, Star of Chasing Ghosts, and a dear friend of mine passed away today.   I will miss his kindness and love for the gaming industry.  He was a huge help in the Walter Day Trading card project as well as helping sell merchandise for charity and other...

An Overview of Special-Colored Game Cartridges

Video game cartridges have a long and interesting history. It’s hard to say how long that history will ultimately be, given that Nintendo will likely make cartridges for the Switch over the next several years. Today, I would like to examine one of my favorite aspects...

The Last Official Release: CD-i – Solar Crusade (1999)

Here we are, back again, for The Last Official Release. Welcome. Within these words, we delve into the world of the last official games released for your favourite consoles. I’ve long since run through the major players from the 5th generation and downwards, so as the...

Ji-Wen Tsao and Shark! Shark!

A few years ago, Sprout Games published Feeding Frenzy. In 2006, a sequel was released by PopCap Games (the company behind games like Plants Vs. Zombies and Peggle). In the game, you played as a fish feeding on other fish. The more you ate, the larger you got. Of...

Crazy Controllers – The Super Pad 64

Games have to be controlled with something, whether it’s a mouse and keyboard, a good old joystick, or a modern, two-stick gamepad. In the first of a new series, we’ll look at some of the weird, unwieldy, or just plain bad controllers used by gamers both young and...

Astrosmash and the Blue Sky Rangers

Some things are instantly addictive. One sweet taste and you’re immediately hooked for life. No, I’m not talking about anything illicit. I’m talking about things like Cap’n Crunch with Crunch Berries, Lay’s Potato Chips (Betcha can’t eat just one!), and Astrosmash for...

EON to Release MK-II of its Popular GCHD Adapter

Back in January, a company new to the aftermarket retro hardware scene, Eon, released the GCHD. This allowed native 480p video output on the GameCube via HDMI – something elusive to the console since Nintendo’s component adapter is relatively uncommon. They’re also...

Whomping Worms On the Intellivision

A few months ago, I read a horror novel titled, “The Conqueror Worms” by Brian Keane. It tells the story of a world overrun by massive, worm-like creatures that are brought to the earth’s surface after a never ending deluge of rain. The book was the first of a series,...

Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker

Stepping into Free Play Richardson is a bit like having access to a time machine that can transport me to my childhood. The experience starts the instant you step in the front door. Pulsing, synth heavy New Wave blares through the building, playing songs like “Space...