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Posted on Oct 18th 2020 at 08:00:00 AM by (slackur)
Posted under Door Kickers Action Squad


It is interesting when I reflect on action movies; once a perpetual staple of the entertainment diet of my youth, as I got older I wasn't as interested in them as much.  Ditto the buddy-cop genre; I have fun with a good movie but over the last couple of decades I enjoy a video game version much more.  Given my affinity towards co-op gaming in general it is a natural fit, and one of my recently discovered favorites is Door Kickers: Action Squad.



Continue reading Door Kickers: Action Squad



Posted on Sep 18th 2020 at 08:00:00 AM by (slackur)
Posted under Ghost of Tsushima


All pics taken from the official site

I don't play many open world games.  My weekly gaming time is usually spent in multiplayer or in one-hour sessions during bike workouts.  Thus a vast, open gaming experience (that often includes tons of mini-quests and various collectibles stretching for dozens of hours) is just not for me in this particular phase of life.  There have been exceptions; I think Horizon: Zero Dawn is one of the best games of the current generation.  Even when I decide to sit down with an open world game it takes a lot for me to be able to see it to the end.  Tsushima has been out for almost two months, and although I've played it pretty much since release, I just now finished it.  This means such a game must have really been worth it, and I do definitely recommend Ghost of Tsushima, though with some caveats.



Continue reading Thoughts on Ghost of Tsushima



Posted on Aug 15th 2020 at 08:00:00 AM by (slackur)
Posted under Save States, Mini Consoles, Emulation, Evercade, if save states were in real life sports would be so dull


Bonus points if you recognize this OG save state device.

Any gamer who has played for a few decades knows the moment; you pick up a favorite from your childhood, a game you put a ton of time into long ago, and now you seem to have lost all skill you once possessed.  Maybe your reflexes are strangely different from half a lifetime ago, or you've spent so much time playing other types of games that a particular skill-set has just withered.  Either way, gamers my age and older likely know the sad realization of trying to replay an old favorite and just hitting a brick wall.


Continue reading The Saving Grace Of Save States



Posted on Jul 18th 2020 at 08:00:00 AM by (slackur)
Posted under Evercade


I've had time to give this new system the full run-down at this point. While I'm somewhat philosophically opposed to giving an outright 'review,' I thought it may be worth sharing my take on it.  I'm not delving too much into the technical aspects (which are widely available and the nuances debated) but rather sharing my impressions and thoughts.  I hope this write-up helps those interested!



Continue reading Thoughts On The Evercade and The First Ten Carts



Posted on Jun 19th 2020 at 08:00:00 AM by (slackur)
Posted under Perspective, James, Fire Keeper



"Welcome to the bonfire, Unkindled One. I am a Fire Keeper. I tend to the flame, and tend to thee. The Lords have left their thrones, and must be deliver'd to them. To this end, I am at thy side."

I have a friend I'll call "James".  James is a fire keeper, though his own flame is fading.  He is a real person, and this account is factual except the name for the sake of his privacy.  James is an older gentleman who lives by himself out in the country, only a few miles from our house.  He lives a mostly solitary life, a literal hermit in the woods.  He has lived this way for many years, most recently in a home-made yurt.


Continue reading Thoughts On Perspective



Posted on May 16th 2020 at 08:00:00 AM by (slackur)
Posted under Switch, Streets of Rage 4, Panzer Dragon Remake


Insert obvious Nintendon't and Genesisn't joke here

The Switch keeps taking my attention.  I play other systems, I really do!  Yes, there are other fantastic games not on the Switch to play right now, such as Persona 5 Royal, Final Fantasy VII Remake, and Doom Eternal.  Our current situation requires a person to sit inside with a lot of free time, and this is a pretty great gaming season to do so!  There are some epic (and incredibly time consuming) titles out right now, but personally I've found myself drawn to the Sega properties on Nintendo's excellent machine.  As a gamer who fondly remembers the "console wars" between Nintendo and Sega, I still shake my head at being able to both write that sentence and mean it.  It didn't even occur to me until this week that most of what I've played lately on my Switch were originally from Sega, but sure enough here we are:


Continue reading Nobody does SEGA like Nintendo



Posted on Apr 18th 2020 at 08:00:00 AM by (slackur)
Posted under Gaming, COVID 19, Neo Geo Mini, TurboGrafx Mini, Evercade


Should have suspected survival in the future requires extensive use of Imperial Shuttles.

By now you have probably read quite a few gaming articles (including on here) about how folks are doing during these tough times.  In light of this moment, there were a handful of topics I tossed about when considering what to expand into a full write-up, and ultimately it seemed best just to take a few ideas and breathe them out a bit.  While this may read more like a journal entry, or really a series of rambling and disjointed thoughts instead of a concentrated article, it is my hope that constructively sharing thoughts right now may be more useful and connecting than one of my gaming lists or reviews.  Well, more helpful to me at least. Tongue


Continue reading Thoughts On Gaming, Mental Health, And The COVID 19 Moment



Posted on Mar 18th 2020 at 08:00:00 AM by (slackur)
Posted under How To Survive, Video Games, Tetris 99, Words With Friends,


Image from Wikipedia

Well gang, it looks like many if not most of us will be hanging out at home a lot more for the foreseeable future.  I'll have you know I did warn my Beloved about all of that Plague, Inc. she was playing last year.  In all seriousness, I do hope everyone stays safe and calm and healthy.  Since much of the world is in some form of lock-down and many of us are looking at more screen time than expected, I wanted to share some suggestions on how our family is planning to ride out the upcoming season (and how gaming helps.)


Continue reading Tips On Keeping Calm And Gaming On



Posted on Feb 17th 2020 at 08:00:00 AM by (slackur)
Posted under Liar Princess and the Blind Prince, Co op, Platforming, puzzle, PS4, Switch, oh shoot the game is bugged oh wait no, the prince is hidden behind a tree


-All images from Nintendo.com-

I have a few friends, including my own Beloved, who enjoy watching certain (usually story-focused) games while I play.  I figured I'd pick one to highlight for Valentine's Day, and it turns out I just finished Liar Princess and the Blind Prince.  While the game does fit into such a mold and might make a great experience for a couple (although the game is not necessarily romantic in theme) there are a handful of caveats that should be highlighted that keep this game from being a perfectly polished hidden gem.


Continue reading A Valentine Suggestion: The Liar Princess and the Blind Prince



Posted on Jan 16th 2020 at 08:00:00 AM by (slackur)
Posted under Switch couch coop


It is the 20's and there is time for Kla- er, couch cooperative gaming!


Hi gang, and welcome to 2020!  Wow, it is so weird (when you are my age) to realize we are finally here, and it looks very little like what all those books, movies, and games told us the future would be like.  Some stuff, like VR and autonomous cars, aren't quite where we thought they would be, but we do all pretty much carry around a Star Trek Tricorder in our pockets that we use to look at cat pictures, so there is that.

For my first write-up of the year (or decade, depending on how you decide to measure it, I know the "official" start is next year but we are all going to hear that we are in the 20s now) I figured I'd make a fun little update list of the excellent couch-cooperative Switch games we recently enjoyed.  The Christmas/New Year break gave us some great gaming opportunities and couch-coop is a perfect way to get various skill levels able to play simultaneously.

This list is laughably by no means comprehensive, but does reflect games we play at our place and can personally vouch for. 


Continue reading Nintendo Switch Couch Co-Op Update



Posted on Dec 21st 2019 at 08:00:00 AM by (slackur)
Posted under Tetris 99


2019 has been an excellent year for great game releases.  Death Stranding, Control, A Plague Tale, Bloodstained, Super Mario Maker 2, Tetris Effect, The Ninja Saviors: Return of the Warriors, Gears 5, River City Girls, and lots of other titles made their way into our collection this year and were greatly enjoyed.  But as the title gives away, the game I give highest kudos too this year is definitely Tetris 99.


Continue reading My GOTY for 2019 is... Tetris 99



Posted on Nov 17th 2019 at 08:00:00 AM by (slackur)
Posted under Death Stranding, Hideo Kojima


I'm not interested in reviewing Death Stranding for various reasons, but I would like to share some thoughts about it.

Some creative works are impossible to separate from their creators, being indelibly linked by distinctive fingerprints.  Steven Spielberg, the Beatles, Neal Gaiman, Shigeru Myamoto.  Hideo Kojima will always be known as the respected creator of the Metal Gear series, but he has many less popular works that clearly bear his unique mark.

If you are interested in Death Stranding, the best way to judge if it is for you is not likely to be found in typical review numbers.  Rather, I'd start with the question, "Do you like Hideo Kojima's other work?"  And not simply Metal Gear, but the tone and exploration of his work more broadly.  What are your reactions to Snatcher, Zone of the Enders, Boktai, and even P.T.?
That would be the best way to know if his new, ambitious project is something worth your time.


Continue reading Non-Spoilery Thoughts On Death Stranding



Posted on Oct 14th 2019 at 08:00:00 AM by (slackur)
Posted under When to call it quits for sanity and enjoyment


image from wikipedia

I'm stuck on a boss in The Messenger.  This little bit of information is unlikely to sway any political elections, and on my own scale of importance from one to five it gets a solid "meh" and a shrug.

What this irreverent trivia represents, however, is a mite bit deeper.



Continue reading Time, Age, Gaming, Difficulty. Sadly Not A Multiple Choice Question.



Posted on Sep 16th 2019 at 08:00:00 AM by (slackur)
Posted under Video Game Depot, Alaska


Somehow they misspelled slackur as C-a-b-e-l-a.  Easy to do.

Summer has been quite the whirlwind for my family.  Two retro game conventions (one debuting a testing table), family vacations, and various projects kept us quite busy.  But the beginning of August held the best event we planned; an Alaska trip for my Beloved and I's 20th wedding anniversary!  What does that have to do with video games?  Surely the frozen north holds little for us gamers, right?



Continue reading When In Alaska...



Posted on Aug 13th 2019 at 08:00:00 AM by (slackur)
Posted under Test Station, CCAG


I promised an update about how the Cleveland Classic Console and Arcade Gaming Show (CCAG) inaugural Test Station went.



Continue reading The Test Was A Success


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
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