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12:37 PM on 01.10.2013

I Can Count to Nine: A Journey through Dragon Quest - Part 2

I choose to take a lack of people yelling at me to stop as encouragement! Here is my writeup of Dragon Quest II. TWO Dragon Quest II (SFC) What, you want party members? What kind of luxury RPG series do you think this is? ...   read

2:37 PM on 01.09.2013

I Can Count to Nine: A Journey through Dragon Quest - Part 1

In late 2010 to early 2011, a friend and I played through all nine Dragon Quest games together in sequence, and I did a little writeup on GameFAQs. I was reading back through it and found it amusing, so I thought I'd post it ...   read

5:43 PM on 05.12.2011

1001games Part 5: 1983 - The Crash and the ZX Spectrum

1983 was the year of the famous North American video game crash. Going into the year, there were many competing consoles; by 1984, they were all gone. A glut of consoles, overall poor quality of games and high profile duds ...   read

5:11 PM on 04.25.2011

What are games about, really?

The other day it occurred to me what we mean when we speak of what a game is "about," and how it differs from the explanations of other media. I think that part of the reason that the discussion of games as art is so contenti...   read

7:46 PM on 04.24.2011

1001games Part 4: 1982

Dig Dug painting by Brock Davis I wouldn't say 1982 was quite the year 1981 was for arcades, but what year was? It still featured some great classics like Joust, Dig Dug and Q*Bert. 0033. Gravitar (Arcade) For me, the b...   read

3:57 PM on 04.14.2011

1001games Part 3: 1981

1981 featured some fantastic arcade releases, including household name classics Galaga, Donkey Kong, Ms. Pac-Man and Frogger, so it's appropriate that this year in the book is almost entirely arcade games. The one exception...   read

1:07 PM on 04.07.2011

1001games Part 2: 1980

I was able to cover the 1970s section in just one post, but in the 80s, gaming really took off, so from here on out, posts will cover at best one year. 1980 (the "dark mists of time" according to the text) was a big year fo...   read

3:34 PM on 04.02.2011

1001games Part 1: The 1970s

Welcome to my new blog series, 1001games. And yes, that's one thousand and one, not 9 in binary. You see, a while ago I got this book, 1001 Games You Must Play Before You Die, edited by Tony Mott. I really admire this thick t...   read

3:59 PM on 03.31.2011

Copyright is a scale, not a hammer: In defense of consumers' rights

When it comes to copyright and consumers' rights, there are some things I've been meaning to get off my chest for a long time. It's really the comments on websites like that have spurred me to write this. You ...   read

5:19 PM on 03.31.2010

What's in a number: Why Sonic 4 is kind of important, for better or worse

Since Sega announced Sonic the Hedgehog 4, a lot of people have been talking about it. Some people are very excited. Some people are very angry. A lot of people say, "Why should I care?" These people say that it's just anothe...   read

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