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    I've been gaming since the days of Pong and still own a working Atari 2600. I tend to ramble on about retro games, whether they be board games, video games or PC games. Sometimes I digress. Decades after earning it, I'm finally putting the skills I learned while completing my history degree from the University of Victoria to good use. Or so I think. If you're into classic old school gaming, this blog is for you!

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World-Wide Review a Bad Game Day is Approaching!

The world-wide phenomena called Review a Bad Game Day is nearing! On August 8, 2012, check out what can only be described as game reviewers’ version of self-flagellation, as throngs of game reviewers from around the globe will each tackle a game that they regard as so putrid that it needs to be singled out and served up as an example for others.  As one of the culprits whose dark dreams brought this concept forward, this blog will be participating in the madness. Mark your calendars, and steel yourselves for the onslaught that will be Review a Bad Game Day!

Review a Bad Game Day will be a bit like this…


Review a Bad Game Day Movement Gathers Momentum

Everyone who’s ever been a game player on any kind of gaming platform has experienced the bile-inducing wonder of a terribly made game. These are the games that made you want to send the offending game media through the wood chipper Fargo-style, and made you question the sanity and intelligence of the development team that produced such an epic piece of gaming garbage.  Wouldn’t it be nice if a group of game reviewers got together and presented their bad game experiences to the entire gamerverse?  And what if they all decided to do it on a single day?

Wouldn’t that be fun?

Mark your calendars, as already 45 game reviewers have signed on to participate in Review a Bad Game Day, scheduled for August 8, 2012.  There will be plenty of laughs, tears, and complete gaming fail for all involved!

Check out the press release from Eric Bailey, Chicago Vintage Video Games Examiner contributor, for more information (including how to add your own website to the event)!

ReBlog: Obsolete Comic Reviews at OGR

I forgot to link to my inaugural post at oldgamereviewer.com, where I am putting my old comic book collection to work as a source for Obsolete Comic Reviews.  It’s a bit of a departure from what I normally write, but I still hope to write a few more over the next few months!  This time I tackle a classic 1970s four issue run from DC Comics’ Batman title, entitled, “Where Where You The Night The Batman Died?”  Starring Two-Face, The Riddler, Catwoman, The Joker, Lex Luthor, and appearances by most of the Dark Knight’s cast of villains, it’s an interesting series.  The link is HERE.

ReBlog: Hyperkin Introduces a Handheld SNES Compatible Gaming System

Hyperkin has produced some interesting retrogaming machines, bringing back the joy of gaming with classic NES and Genesis cartridges on handheld gaming systems.  Now Hyperkin has announced that they are working on a Super Nintendo version – the SupaBoy –  to add to their retrogaming lineup!

Jorge at oldschooljunkie.com has a great writeup on the system; check it out here! http://bit.ly/ekaYlr

ReBlog: Super Mario Bros. X is a Retrogamer’s Dream!

From the supermariobros.org website:

Super Mario Bros. X 1.3 is a massive Mario fan game that blends elements from Super Mario 1, 2, 3 and World. It has many power ups, such as the Ice Flower, Hammer Suit,Tanooki Suit, Kuribo’s shoe, The Billy Gun, and Yoshi. You can also play the game with a friend in the 2 player co-op mode, were the screen seamlessly splits and combines as the players separate and rejoin.

This fangame is most notable for it’s extensive level editor that allows you to create almost any kind of level that you can imagine. The real time editor lets you edit the level while playing it! You can also create your own episode using either the SMB3 or SMW styled world map, or you can create a Mario 64 style hub level and have the players collect stars to advance.

Check it out here! http://www.supermariobrothers.org/smbx/

ReBlog: Today in Gaming History

Hard to imagine, but HeyPoorPlayer.com reminds us that it’s true: the gamers’ friend Blizzard Entertainment released the Internet addiction World of WarCraft on November 23, 2004, marking today its six year anniversary.  Six years later they boast over 12 million subscribers, and are the gold standard for MMORPGs.  Happy Birthday, WoW!

Read more at HeyPoorPlayer.com: LINK

ReBlog: Running Doom on a TI-83+ calculator

Every so often someone does something so full of awesome that you just want to give them a trophy.  That trophy goes today to the person who decided to whip up a Doom engine on his TI-83+ graphing calculator.  Yes, you read that correctly: a 6 MHz, 24K RAM device you use to solve your advanced math equations.  Click on the link to learn more on how it was done! (Link to gamedev.net)