Star Video

Submitted by b on Wed, 08/01/2018 - 09:22

Nearby to one of the places I lived when I was growing up is a parking lot. 

Not very exciting, I know, but before it was a parking lot it was an abandoned church, and before it was an abandoned church it was a place called Star Video, which was, as you might have been able to guess, a video rental store.

Remixing the NES

Submitted by b on Wed, 07/18/2018 - 08:57

It should be pretty obvious looking around here that I like old video games (I also like new video games sometimes), so I decided to pick up a copy of Ultimate NES Remix the other day to get my old game fix. I had played the first two NES Remix games on the Wii U, so I kind of knew what to expect going in.

Electronic Pocket Arcade

Submitted by b on Thu, 07/05/2018 - 09:37

I was walking through my local Five Below (and if you don't have a Five Below in your area, it's basically like a Dollar Tree, except that things cost less than five dollars (if you don't have a Dollar Tree, it's like a thrift store, but they sell lower quality stuff, and everything costs a dollar or less)), and a little electronic gadget caught my eye. It was a little device with a keychain on it that promised that you got 100 games for $3. That's a pretty good game to dollar ratio, so I bought it. I mean, just look at this thing!

AverMedia ET111

Submitted by b on Tue, 06/26/2018 - 09:57

In my ongoing quest to find a decent USB capture device for my old consoles that doesn't cost a fortune (although, once I've tested a bunch of these, I might end up spending as much as I would have on one of the expensive ones, so I have that going for me), I decided to try the AverMedia ET111. I figured that since I was already using an AverMedia product that they should work together in harmony and everything would be wonderful.

I was almost right.

(Don't) Press Start To Play

Submitted by b on Mon, 06/18/2018 - 13:20

It's a little bit slow on the video front right now since I'm in the middle of a massive set of self-inflicted computer issues on my home network, and the computer I was using to capture video is currently sitting in pieces (I've tried capturing video with it anyway, but it's being stubborn).

In the meantime, I thought I'd talk a little bit about a book I came across recently, the attention-grabbing Press Start To Play.

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Learning to love the backlog

Submitted by b on Tue, 06/12/2018 - 12:40

My backlog is huge. I stopped counting a while ago because it was getting kind of depressing seeing the number of games that I had bought, but had done nothing with. I tried all kinds of methods to slow its growth, too. I registered an account at the Backloggery (and then never checked it again), I made myself a deal that I couldn't buy a new game until I had finished at least one of my old ones (which lasted all of six months), and so on. But none of them stuck (sales on digital storefronts are a heckuva thing).

Palamedes without the manual

Submitted by b on Mon, 06/04/2018 - 12:16

I'm terrible at Palamedes. It's one of those games that I hadn't even really heard of in the NES's heyday, but it kept popping up in lists of Nintendo games that I'd see once in a while. Not that it was ever a Top X game or an X Worst game or anything, it just sort of was there on rarity guides and such, and I never really gave it much thought.