July 6, 2020

My parents are not really video game people, especially my mother. (Somehow, some way, I became the arcade guy I am in spite of this fact.) But there was and is one game that my entire family has always been able to enjoy together—and you’re reading it about it.

            For that reason, I’ve always considered Buzz! Junior: Jungle Party the ultimate party game. My family and I have made a point to play it at least a few times a year for somewhere in the neighborhood of a decade, so I couldn’t...

June 24, 2020

I received The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron Boy Genius: Jet Fusion for Christmas in 2017. I asked my parents for the game knowing full well that it was never particularly well-received—and that it might end up being a bit of a letdown.

            We all know the stigma surrounded license games. Of course, there are good reasons that the stigma exists, but I’ve always enjoyed expanding my horizons. I like looking for the good in offbeat stuff.

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June 18, 2020

Today’s review is something a little different—something I hope you’ll enjoy.  Way back in January/February of 2017, I reviewed what is, to date, Raw Thrills’ first and only licensed kart racer: Nicktoons Nitro. And for whatever reason—maybe I thought I was being too negative?—I never published the post.

            Now, with three additional years of writing experience on my hand, I’ve come back to that review and revised it to meet my current standards, Plus, since I’ve had the opportunity...

June 12, 2020

Believe or not, I’d consider myself a fan of Golden Tee Golf. While I don’t play very often—nor do I specifically seek it out—I’ll hardly ever pass up an 18-hole game if I see a cab in the wild.

            I usually don’t play mobile games, seeing as how most of them are awful. But when I heard there was a mobile version of Golden Tee on the market, I was tentatively interested, even if the title’s free-to-play nature wasn’t exactly reassuring....

June 1, 2020

For a long time now, I’ve been of the mind that it’s time for the arcade industry to charge head-on into the Internet Age. If our sector is to have any hope of competing with home consoles, we need to adopt many of their online quality-of-life features—or else face extinction.

            Third-party companies have picked up the slack where the major manufacturers have fumbled. One prominent example is Aurcade, a website dedicated to helping arcade enthusiast tracks games, locations, and scores....

May 25, 2020

I’ve said it before, and I’ll probably say it again in the future: I love 3D platformers. For a multitude of reasons, the genre tickles my fancy like few others can. So, in the pursuit of more 3D platformers to play, I picked up Pac-Man World 2.

            Released in 2002 for PlayStation 2, Nintendo Gamecube, Xbox, and PC, Pac-Man World 2 is the action-packed successor to the titular dot-addict’s first 3D outing on the original Sony console....

May 11, 2020

With the advent of Exa-Arcadia and its swelling line-up of indie games, I’ve recently become much more invested in the world of independent development. There are a lot of really, really special games out there that unfortunately don’t always receive all the praise that they deserve.

            With that in mind, I’m on a mission to highlight some fantastic indie games (arcade or otherwise) through reviews on my blog. Today, I’m starting with the immensely charming Switch ‘N’ Shoot for the Ninte...

March 25, 2020

There was once a time where Sega was hailed as the gold standard of arcade gaming. To many this reputation was primarily earned throughout the 1990s when the developer churned out hit after hit—everything from Daytona USA to The House of the Dead. While I’d argue that pedigree was carried into early 2000s, I don’t feel any enthusiasm for the Sega arcade machine of 2020.

            Thankfully, there still exist pockets of ‘90s Sega goodness in the world. One of these locations is the Walmart “Gam...

January 13, 2020

Those of you who follow my blog should undoubtedly be aware of my unwavering support for the independent arcade game manufacturer. In an industry full of bland rail shooters and drivers from the same handful of companies over and over again, it’s a true breath of fresh air to see new talent emerge. Indie studios listen to the players, making the kind of “traditional” video game experiences we’ve been begging for for ages. Killer Queen, Cosmotrons, Tipsy Raccoons, and, yes, Skycurser...I love ‘em...

February 4, 2019

From the very first day it was revealed in January 2018, House of the Dead: Scarlet Dawn had been my personal hype demon. I had always wanted to experience the renowned zombie-shooting series, and the fifth installment would give me just the opportunity I so desired. I wanted—no, needed—to play this game. And when it was announced that Scarlet Dawn units would be gracing every Dave and Buster’s in the country, I knew the magic would finally be attainable. In October 2018, I made it my sole missi...

January 9, 2019

Hey there, people. For my first review since Halo: Fireteam Raven way back in August of 2018, I’m sure many of you were expecting a different House of the Dead game. Perhaps a more…recent release. But time, as we all know, is real hard to come by these days, and this is what I played. Reviews are super-duper fun, but boy-howdy are they time-consuming. It's not that I don't want to write them; it's simply easier to write commentary on recent news. I do, however, promise to publish lengthier, more...

August 27, 2018

Hey there, everybody. I really procrastinated with this week’s article. I could not, for the life of me, figure out what to write about. But hey, I guess I found a winner in the end, didn’t I? Plus, it’s my first-ever hardware review, which is special because…it’s not just a game, I guess. Since it’s the first, I don’t have a preexisting format to follow. I suppose I’ll just dive in and see what happens.

For those not in the know, Dance Pad Mania, as their website boldly claims, is “The #1 websit...

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