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2:54 PM on 06.08.2013

Why I Love Game Center CX

Finally get past the second episode of Game of Thrones to see what my family, friends, and coworkers are all talking about? Nah, Game Center CX episode 67 please. I seriously canít get enough of this show. Iíve put about as ...   read

12:02 PM on 05.26.2013

Exploring Philadelphia in Video Games

The first goal you are presented with is jumping over three abandoned cars. You manually set the position of the ramps, the person who issued the challenge nonchalantly tells you to go for it, and soon you're easily hopping...   read

11:58 AM on 05.04.2013

Headache Heroes - A Brand New Gaming Webshow

Headache Heroes has officially launched with two episodes! In our first challenge, we attempt to save Tails from an early grave in Sonic the Hedgehog 2. Yeah, it doesn't go well. Neither does simply starting up our co-op ga...   read

11:10 AM on 04.04.2013

The Legend of Ritos 'n Dew

Ritos 'n Dew (2010) was a weekly webshow in the style of Continue? and Game Grumps that featured playthroughs of retro video games and commentary by the titular stars, nicknamed Ritos and Dew. Discontinued after only 3 month...   read

3:12 PM on 12.20.2012

My Birth Year in Gaming: 1988

I've been reminiscing on where I fit on the human timeline thanks to all of these cool 25th Anniversary celebrations going on for series like Mega Man, Street Fighter, and Final Fantasy lately. Lots of people say how they fe...   read

2:33 PM on 12.13.2012

My Top 5 Games of the Year List

I think Game of the Year lists are pretty fun so I thought I'd make one of my own! 5. Journey This game made me feel: sentimental. I also feel like a jerk. I only played Journey completely through once, everything that can...   read

4:43 AM on 12.11.2012

Gaming Culture is in Our Hands

I long for the day when entire 4-block street lengths become dedicated avenues to appreciate, craft, play, and buy video games, much like like Philadelphia's Fabric Row is for textiles. I long for the day when I can turn on ...   read

2:45 AM on 11.13.2012

Barista Gamer Blues

I am not a suitable fit for my occupation. As a barista, I'm supposed to care about conversation more than cleanliness or even coffee. It was a struggle to adapt to this sort of work having only one job prior, and even then I...   read

3:39 PM on 07.10.2012

Mega Man 9's "Concrete Jungle": The Insistent Energy of Hyper Chipmusic

Years into my insatiable appreciation of hyper and intensely melodic chipmusic, I return to my origins and wonder why Concrete Man's stage from Mega Man 9 was so special to me - and what it meant for gameplay. (Originally pos...   read

4:41 AM on 06.12.2012

Samus Aran: A Figure of Power, Not Sex

If you want to acknowledge Samus Aran of the Metroid series as the original and most badass female heroine in video games, RESPECT DAT ARMOR, not dat ass. Zero Suit Samus is the worst idea Nintendo has ever had for a char...   read

12:14 AM on 05.22.2012

Headaches, Mindbend, and Zen: Reveling in Death

I explore playing retro-themed platformers as a means of enlightenment. I never used to get headaches. Only the rarest ones would come and go throughout my childhood and teen years, usually only due to not eating or sleepin...   read

6:19 PM on 07.18.2011

Need for Peace: Spiritual moments in a hyper arcade racer

I rented Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit for the Xbox 360 because I like the Burnout series and the original series. I enjoyed over 20 hours of over-the-top racing and cop pursuit action, typically never dropping a car below 100 ...   read

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