Hotel Dusk. More Hotel Dusk, please.
Sega did mini consoles before mini consoles were cool. For well over a decade you’ve been able to buy plug-and-play Sega machines filled with Genesis classics. Of course, they all pretty much sucked, full of emulation problems and mediocre games. But the Genesis Mini is almost here, and it’s ready to restore Sega’s…
Danielle Smith has spent half a million dollars on rare video games, most of it in the last nine months. And she’s just getting started.
I didn’t know I needed more Contra III in my life until I started playing Blazing Chrome.
In the last paragraph you say that dissonance was a theme of the game. Would you do so far as to say there’s a certain harmony in that?
For years, the “Barrier Skip” was the holy grail of speedrunning tricks. The trick, which would allow passage through a seemingly impenetrable barrier in The Wind Waker, became a reality in the HD version in 2017. Meanwhile, the trick still couldn’t be performed in the original GameCube “SD” version. A new glitch has…
In 1989, Japanese developer/publisher Sunsoft revealed The Terminator, an NES game based on the hit 1984 Arnold Schwarzenegger film. One year later, after Sunsoft lost the movie rights, the game was modified and released as generic sci-fi platformer Journey to Silius. Video game history and preservation site Gaming…
Recently I’ve been binge-watching FX’s Marvel universe show Legion. I don’t really care for superhero stuff, but the show’s portrayal of mental illness has its hooks in me, in particular how everyone says the main character’s name so much.
You have not truly lived until you’ve watched speedrunner MitchFlowerPower play through Grand Poo World 2, one of the most brilliant and devious takes on Super Mario World I’ve ever seen. Mitch’s genius platforming was just one highlight of this year’s excellent Summer Games Done Quick marathon.
I watched the no death speedrun of SOR2 and saw that there was a way to avoid throwing damage that I never knew about in all the hours I sunk into that game and I was fuming.
I would love to see speedruns of Strider ( god I loved that game, but could not beat it to save a burning village) Batman, and Ninja Gaiden 1-3. To this day I can get to the final boss of every NG NES game but cannot beat the game :(
I didn't beat Blaster Master till I was 18, a full ten years after it came out. The trick is to get to the area 5 boss with a fully-powered gun - that was the thing that always held me back.
Rygar in particular falls into my list of favorite NES games alongside The Battle of Olympus, Zelda II, Faxanadu and Goonies II
blaster master was almost impossible to beat.
I feel like this article was written specifically for me! Jackal, Karnov, Rygar and Zelda II are a few of my most fav NES games. Quirky gems that (along with the standard classics) really helped define what types of games the NES had. I don’t know that I’ve ever been as angry at a video game as the I was the time I…
One of the reason AGDQ and SGDQ work so well is when there is a good couch commentary team. Ive seen amazing runs and games made terrible by the commentary, and generic runs made epic by who is on the mic. Ive even sat through the 9-10 hour FF runs (i didnt marathom but they did), because the team.was so good.
Peter - thanks so much for the informative and truly fun articles this weekend.
I would like to congratulate you on writing such an interesting article.
Stopping at my desk, omw to the living room to search for a Blaster Master speedrun to watch while I made coffee, this article was at the top of my feed.I had not yet at all indicated to google or the internet in general that this was my intent. Weird!
I try to play Super Mario Bros. 2 every spring. The game’s bright colors, whimsical level design, and obsession with weeding make it feel right at home around the time of the the vernal equinox, and it’s also one of the easiest to pick up and play. It’s not as challenging as the original Super Mario Bros. but not as…