On Tower Defense pt 1.

Tower defense games are fun!  Of those that I’ve put serious time into, my favorite so far has been Defense Grid.  This genre seems to be pretty dormant these days, sadly.  In my mind, even though there has been lots of variations and great games, there is only so many ways this genre can be presented.  Even the new PixelJunk Monsters 2 is only receiving middling reviews.

I don’t have any ideas on how to revitalize the genre.  But my familiarity with some of its games has given me some ideas Continue reading “On Tower Defense pt 1.”


YouTube Channel Highlight – Retro Nonsense

I love YouTube as a platform and I am a big fan of lots of the more popular creators on it.  But as a very small channel, I feel like I’ll find more kinship with other newer or less known creators.  I’ve spent some time this week trying to find some of these channels and look at what they offer.  I was able to check out Retro Nonsense, specifically the first episode of his series Stuck in the 80’s.  It was a fun and funny watch.  He’s created a really good format and it definitely oiled my nostalgia gears.  I haven’t watched his other content yet, but I’ll pay close attention to new episodes in this series.  If you find other videos on his channel you liked, let me know about them and tell him I sent you.


Sentimental Value.

I feel, at least for me, that some part of being a collector of things is the attached sentimental value.  This isn’t true of all aspects of every type of collection I have, but I know it is a big part of the oldest pieces of my video game collection.

Colecovision with Adam

My first video game console (and home computer) was the Colecovision plus Adam.  It was a family gift Continue reading “Sentimental Value.”

YouTube Channel Highlight – Crt-Hero

Ok, this one is a little different.  Meet Crt-Hero, a game collecting/comedy channel that I found by his Game Room Ideas video.  Not exactly family friendly, hovering somewhere in the grey area between hilarious and cringe.  He may not be the hero YouTube needs, but he might be the hero YouTube deserves.  In all seriousness though, I like this ‘how to’ playlist and the channel’s overall style.  If you’d like to see something on the quirkier side, be sure to check him out.  Tell him I sent you.


The myth of the lonely gamer.

The following post reflects my personal experiences and feelings and may not represent yours.

Gaming can and should be a social hobby.  Probably like you, many of my fondest video gaming memories involve gatherings of friends enjoying each other’s company while trying to best them at everything on screen.  While some gaming stigmas still exist, video gaming as a hobby has Continue reading “The myth of the lonely gamer.”

Quest for the Nintendo Switch (Hybrid History)

The Nintendo Switch was released world wide on March 3rd, 2017.  Due to extenuating circumstances, I wasn’t able to order one until August 17, 2017, over five months later.  As I explained in a previous post, having to do without when it comes to my video gaming habit can make me a little manic.  My curiosity can override my patience and I have to fill in the experience gap.  Fortunately for me, the unique features at the forefront of the Nintendo Switch are much easier to grasp than the more nebulous idea of motion controls.  And most of these gaming innovations were available piecemeal through other methods through gaming’s history.

Hybrid console

Nintendo describes the Switch as a Continue reading “Quest for the Nintendo Switch (Hybrid History)”

Quest for the Wii Experience! (Flashback 2007)

The Nintendo Wii was released in North America on November 19th, 2006.  It was an immediate hit with the public and was in short supply for months after launch.  I wasn’t able to secure my own until May 13th, 2007, six months later.

The launch window had many interesting titles, but with the exception of Wii Sports, no killer app.  I was endlessly curious about what this new era in motion controls would bring, but week after week, there were no systems available.  But I’m a fairly patient person.  As I waited, I was mostly cool, calm, and collected.  But one weekend, the promise for what was to come was screaming too loudly in my ear.  I HAD to somehow experience what the Wii had to offer NOW.

I broke down some of the unique features that the Wii offered.

  1. Controller with 1:1 screen pointing
  2. Controller with sense of 3D space relative to screen
  3. Motion controlled gaming

Using my accumulated video game collection, Continue reading “Quest for the Wii Experience! (Flashback 2007)”