Category Archives: videogames

When Play is Too Much Work

One of the things I loved the most about classic console video games was the “second quest” feature that many of the best games had. The original Super Mario Bros., after you beat it for the first time, then proceeded to offer you the chance to go through the game all over again, and even though the levels were laid out in the exact same way, the enemies were changed to make the game even harder to get through. Back when programming space was extremely…

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Mega Muffed

One of the reasons I bought myself a television a few weeks ago was because I wanted to get back to video gaming. I’ve never been much of a computer gamer, I haven’t found that many games for tablets/smartphones that I actually want to play, and I’d been dragging my Playstation 3 around with me since I left Toledo, waiting to find something to hook it up to so I could start playing the classic games I downloaded onto it back when I first got…

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I’ll Always Be a Toys “R” Us Kid

As Toys ‘R’ Us Closes Up Shop, Small Business Are Left to Fend for Themselves (inc.com) How vulture capitalists ate Toys ‘R’ Us (theweek.com) I was part of the generation that was the prime target of one of the first regulation repeals of the Reagan Administration. For a long time, the FCC had a policy stating that cartoons couldn’t serve to just advertise toys, and although many skirmishes had been fought between the FCC and corporate America over this policy — most notably with ABC’s Hot…

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The Normalization of Rape Threats and Death Threats

The only guide to Gamergate you will ever need to read (Washington Post) Why #Gamergate won’t die (CNN.com) There’s nothing like stating opinions online to show you the problems of socializing on the Internet. A little over two decades ago, shortly after I first got regular Internet access when I went to college for the first time, I got involved in professional wrestling discussions online because I’d never had a real-life group of friends to talk about wrestling with. One thing led to another, and I ended…

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Kefka’s Million Deaths is a Statistic

Dancing Mad: How a Video Game Character Came to be the Standard by Which I Measure All Villains (The Mary Sue) SPOILER WARNING: This blog gives away major plot elements of the video games Final Fantasy IV, Final Fantasy VI and Final Fantasy VII. It is a truth universally acknowledged, that the gaming world will be forever divided into two camps: Those who believe Final Fantasy VII is the greatest video game of all time, and those who are wrong. Okay, that’s more than a…

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