Kill your double in Nintendo’s Urban Champion

This was the last article I wrote for Examiner.com.¬† Three more were planned and/or drafted, but were never posted at Examiner.com.¬† At some point in the future, I will finish them and post them here. Originally published at Examiner.com on February 18, 2014. There’s a terrible stigma that comes with a thing being called “classic”. Continue reading “Kill your double in Nintendo’s Urban Champion”

Fiction vs. Reality: Farmville vs. SimCity

This article was meant to be the start of a series I’d have called “Fiction vs. Reality”, where I would take a hyper-realistic game and compare it to a game with a similar theme but rife with fantasy elements.  Of course, that never came into being–but maybe I’ll resurrect the idea here, on this blog.Continue reading “Fiction vs. Reality: Farmville vs. SimCity”

Mega Man Examiner Article Double Feature

“Rockman” becomes a rock opera thanks to the talented Protomen Sadly, it takes about 100 years for the Protomen to write, record, and release new music, so a third act (new album) hasn’t yet been released.  But, one is indeed on the horizon I hear, and should be coming soon.  As long as the qualityContinue reading “Mega Man Examiner Article Double Feature”

Holy Thanksgiving, Batman!

I’m posting this article out of order (it’s actually the twelfth Examiner.com article I posted), but since it’s a Thanksgiving article, the reasoning for this should be obvious–since today is Thanksgiving. I don’t know what originally gave me the idea to write a Batman article for Thanksgiving, though I think it was probably because IContinue reading “Holy Thanksgiving, Batman!”

Offensive Stereotypes? In my classic games?! It’s more likely than you think!

The story that starts this second Throwback Thursday Examiner.com article is 100% true.  At the time, I thought the guy was insane for placing Italians above…well, above every other “minority” currently competing in the Oppression Olympics.  Little has changed over the last ten years (fourteen or fifteen if I consider the time since I trulyContinue reading “Offensive Stereotypes? In my classic games?! It’s more likely than you think!”

Classic Gaming 101: Where can I buy classic games in Cleveland?

This first Throwback Thursday entry, another article written for Examiner.com, came about after I received an email (a form email sent to all writers, not a personalized email indicating that anyone on staff had any actual notion or knowledge of my work) mentioning that I might get more readers if I did something with aContinue reading “Classic Gaming 101: Where can I buy classic games in Cleveland?”

Gobble some balls with Namco’s Pac-Man

As you can no doubt tell by the sophomoric title, this article marks the exact point at which I stopped fully caring about what Examiner.com wanted (as what they wanted didn’t pay anyway), and started to do whatever it was I felt like doing. Oddly, people seemed to like it. Originally published at Examiner.com onContinue reading “Gobble some balls with Namco’s Pac-Man”

Namco’s Dig Dug: An arcade classic remains so after all these years

So, a bunch of people read the Moonwalker article, and I was riding high. It had been several years since I actually got paid for writing something, and though money wasn’t (and still isn’t, for I love the craft itself) a motivating factor, it felt good to think that finally my talents would be recognizedContinue reading “Namco’s Dig Dug: An arcade classic remains so after all these years”

Remembering the King of Pop: A look back at Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker for the Sega Genesis

So, this article started out as a review of the game and quickly turned into an opportunity to celebrate the life of an artist I greatly respected (as an unbelievably talented transcendent musician, if nothing else).  Because this was meant to be a genuine work of praise, I let my voice come through much moreContinue reading “Remembering the King of Pop: A look back at Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker for the Sega Genesis”

This Week in Wii: Sega’s Fantasy Zone 2 comes to the Virtual Console

This article was the first piece I’d written for Examiner.com, and was thus my “audition” piece. As a writer, I find I have two speeds: “Me” and “not me.” That is to say, I either insert a great deal of my voice into my work, or I write as a talking head who might asContinue reading “This Week in Wii: Sega’s Fantasy Zone 2 comes to the Virtual Console”