What's old is new again; rediscover retro video games and explore vintage-inspired reboots of the all-time classics.
'Mario Bros.' Review
Mario Bros., not to be confused with the 1985 Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) game Super Mario Bros., was a platform game developed for arcades and by Nintendo in July 1983. I wasn't born around the time it was released. In 2016, Mario Bros. was one of 30 games included in the NES Classic. When I first played it, it was so much different than the other Mario games I've played in the past. It was not an easy game and the phases got difficult as the game progressed.
10 Catchiest Songs from Video Games
Video games have been a growing medium since the late 70s, from the 8-bit masterpieces to cinematic glories. As the graphics have been evolving, so did the music and it has provided our ears with listening pleasures. Music adds great atmosphere to games and this list will celebrate some of the catchiest games in video games that stay in your mind even long after you’ve played the games.
Kids These Days Will Never Know: Part One
As a kid growing up in Arlington, Texas, life and times were much simpler and easier. I'm a lover of nostalgia and appreciate the things that I was surrounded with. Every day, I daydream that I'm in an 80s or 90s tv show, video game, or movie. I'm going to share some things I've experienced and had as a kid that kids today never knew about. It's going to be broken down in five separate parts and 20 items in total, in no particular order.
A-lister Video Games That Are Still Relevant
You may think that video games are retro or old-school, but there are more adaptations of video games now than there were 30 years ago! When you think of video games you may think of Pac Man, Super Mario, or The Legend of Zelda, but did you know there is more than just one game to these game series? Living up to its title, all three of these game series are still relevant today. Millions of people all around the world still play Pac Man, Super Mario, and Legend of Zelda. And they don’t just play just the original game. There are multiple games in each series. Pac Man, for example, has over 10 different adaptations, the Legend of Zelda has over 25 and Super Mario has 250 plus! So still relevant means, more installments? Sometimes yes and sometimes no. More installments do mean a continuation of the series, thus gaining more players but it does not necessarily mean it’s relevant. Relevant means still used as of today, still known. Hundreds of thousands of people are still interested in these franchises but not just for the original game; which is ok because for the newer installments, people are still interested. If the original game never got a sequel or new installment, the game most likely would have only been successful for a short time. Classmate Lennon Beckman says, “It really depends on the audience and the game. The Sonic franchise, for example, is known for adding new ideas but keeping the same style, which happened to lose a lot of its audience.”
'Air Fortress' on the NES
Air Fortress is an interesting game to say the least. I recall first playing it when I was like 8. My uncle had borrowed it from a friend of his. For whatever reason, we called it Space Man, so when I went looking for it as an adult, I had no idea what the hell I was looking for.
- Top Story - April 2018
I happened upon this crazy game in an arcade during my youth. I studied this game for a bit, and saw that this game was way different than anything else in the arcade, or on any system for that matter. For one thing, you weren't the hero, but rather, a giant monster. It looked like a King Kong or Godzilla movie, with soldiers shooting at the monsters from the building that were just begging to be leveled. Rampage was definitely a diamond in the rough.
5 Games That Need to Be on Current Gen Consoles
1. 'The Simpsons: Hit & Run' Hit & Run released on the 16th of September 2003. Developed by Radical Entertainment and was available on all relevant platforms at the time, those platforms being Sony’s PlayStation 2, Nintendo's GameCube and Microsoft’s Xbox. Hit & Run did later come to PC in November of the same year.
Trojan for the NES
Trojan was released by Capcom on the NES in North America waaay back in 1987. There was a previous version released as an arcade machine the year before. I have no clue why this game is even called Trojan. I might’ve called it Wastelands or Badlands.
The 10 Best... Err... Least Bad LJN Games
Hello, and welcome back to Silver Linings, where I find the positives in the forgotten, the maligned, and the VERY despised.
My Love of Retro Gaming
The 80s: the decade that retro games were popular and enjoyable. The first game system that I had laid my hands on was the beloved Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). It belonged to my father and I was mesmerized by it. My love of retro gaming started back in 1989 and I saw this awesome game console that had a few games and a great accessory called the NES Zapper. I was eager to try this electronic light gun accessory. The very first game I have played on the NES was Super Mario Bros. Unfortunately, I never made it past World 1-1. So I played a game called Duck Hunt, which required the NES Zapper. Growing up, I wanted to shoot the laughing dog so bad. Almost 30 years later, I still haven't done it. Every time that I would miss shooting the ducks, it would laugh at me. By the early 1990s, I knew that playing video games was something that I was good at. It was a hobby that I can enjoy. The NES is and will always be my first love, but I have played many games on different gaming systems. To this day, my favorite NES games are the following: Super Mario Bros./Duck Hunt, Contra, Super Contra, Bubble Bobble, Ninja Gaiden, Super Mario Bros. 3, Tecmo Bowl, Galaga, StarTropics, Wrath of the Black Manta, Pac-Man 1943: The Battle of Midway, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Arcade Game.
Classic Video Games on the iPhone You Can Play
Most of our childhood consisted of the damn best video games in history. From Galaga to Tetris and Pac-Man, these are the video games that made our childhood so great. Kids these days truly don't understand how exciting it was to finally get the long block in Tetris after piling and piling the other blocks on top of each other. And they certainly don't understand the feeling when the frog finally crosses the street in Frogger. It's little things like these that always remind us why these video games are the greatest.
Computer Games - Comfort or Addiction?
My mother played solitaire. She had four children, a husband, and a part time job, but whenever she had what is laughingly called a “spare moment” she would sit at the dining room table with a deck of cards. Klondike, Free Cell, Pyramid—she played them all.