Ice Climber

Submitted by b on Wed, 08/29/2018 - 10:00

A long time ago (in video game years, at least) I got a call from my mom during Summer Break. One of her coworkers was apparently getting rid of some NES games that they didn't want, and she wanted to know if I had heard of a game called 'Ice Climbers'. I was a pretty big Nintendo fan... but I hadn't. Since the Internet wasn't really a thing that I had any access to, and since a lot of those old 'black label' NES games were released and out of stores before I got my first NES, it's not super-surprising that I hadn't heard of it. I didn't think much more about it for a lot of years.

Testing the KanexPro Composite to HDMI converter by playing Star Trek

Submitted by b on Wed, 08/22/2018 - 07:45

It's time for me to try out another converter. This time it's the KanexPro Composite/S-Video to 4K HDMI Converter. I also chose to use the NES Star Trek game as my test game for this one, which might have been an error. You can check out the video below, but the audio is a little low. I'd like to say that this was on purpose to protect your ears from the eardrum rending tones of the worst rendition of the Star Trek theme I've ever heard, but the truth is that PulseAudio is ridiculous to try and configure, so I (surprisingly!) didn't get it set correctly.

Ninja Gaiden

Submitted by b on Wed, 08/15/2018 - 09:30

Ninja Gaiden, the NES Ninja Gaiden, has a rep. It's tough, it's unfair, it's wonky, and it's got great music and cutscenes. I don't remember exactly how I got my hands on a copy back during the summer of 198X, but I did, and I ended up spending a lot of time with it.

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!