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Another Year Passes

Posted by Areala , 09 November 2014 - - - - - - · 180 views

Holy crap, it's been well over a year since my last blog post.  How on earth does that happen?   I guess 2014 just got away from me, that's all.  There's really nothing else I can say beyond that.  I haven't abandoned the blog or anything, I just don't have all that much to say about gaming at the moment.
 
Most of my work he...


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Happy Father's Day, Daddy

Posted by Areala , 16 June 2013 - - - - - - · 403 views

Dear Daddy,
 
I hope it's OK that I call you 'Daddy' because it's all you ever heard me call you when I was a little girl.  I suck at buying cards, so this letter will have to suffice.  Basically, I just wanted to let you know that I love you, I hope everything is well, and that I've been trying my best to be the sort of kid you'd be proud...


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A Clive Barker Gaming Mystery

Posted by Areala , in Video Games, PC Gaming, Adventure 06 February 2013 - - - - - - · 744 views
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A Clive Barker Gaming Mystery Magazine demographics often come into play when deciding what ads agencies will submit to a particular publication.  In the case of this ad, which came from the very first issue of Next Generation magazine in 1995, their attempt to reach an older, more mature audience meant they got stuff that wouldn't fly in the pages of EGM or GamePro, which were t...


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Gaiares - Can You Say 'Mullet'?

Posted by Areala , in Genesis/Mega Drive, Video Games, Magazines 06 February 2013 - - - - - - · 706 views
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Gaiares - Can You Say 'Mullet'? One of the best things about flipping through old magazines is, of course, the ads.  Doesn't matter whether you're looking at EGM or National Geographic, the ads always hold up a mirror to the culture of the time period.  Advertisers know that twenty years later, neither anyone's going to care about the way an ad looks, nor will they be mocked f...


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Fifty Shades of Pissed Off

Posted by Areala , in Playstation 3, Video Games, WTF?! 06 February 2013 - - - - - - · 460 views

My PS3 suffered the Yellow Light of Death problem today about an hour into my playtime of the Silent Hill HD Collection which I had just purchased today.  *sigh* Skyrim FINALLY gets its DLC released on the PS3 this coming week, and for the first week it's available, Bethesda is offering it at 50% off to apologize for taking it so long to get her...


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Resident Evil Prototype Preview

Posted by Areala , in Adventure, Magazines, Playstation, Survival Horror 30 January 2013 - * * * * * · 3,005 views
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Resident Evil Prototype Preview Even if you played the daylights out of Resident Evil, even if you can beat the game handily with an S-ranking and one hand tied behind your back, you've never seen Resident Evil quite like this... EGM previewed the original Resident Evil for the Playstation back in issue #75 in their "Next Wave" column.  This was over two years before the game...


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[Let's Read] - Nintendo Power #11

Posted by Areala , in Game Boy, Lets Read, Magazines, NES 12 January 2013 - - - - - - · 1,276 views
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[Let's Read] - Nintendo Power #11 I didn't make the connection until just now, but the cover to NP#11 is obviously an homage to the original clay modeled cover of the premier issue. We're now nearly two years into Nintendo Power's run but their momentum is only building from here on out. If you need to ask why, just take a look at that cover again: they're talking about the biggest, most...


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So Close, Yet So Far - Fireteam Rogue

Posted by Areala , in Video Games, Super Nintendo, Magazines, Genesis/Mega Drive, Action 31 October 2012 - - - - - - · 646 views
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So Close, Yet So Far - Fireteam Rogue Digging through the collection, I unearthed this gem discussing a really awesome-looking game being developed by Accolade for the Genesis and Super Nintendo.  I'm pretty familiar with the bulk of the Super Nintendo library, but I didn't remember ever seeing this title on the market.  Was it yet another unreleased game previewed by EGM, this time in...


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EGM - A Day In The Life

Posted by Areala , in WTF?!, Video Games, Magazines 20 October 2012 - - - - - - · 553 views
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EGM - A Day In The Life Every so often, the magazines from back in the day would give us a peek behind the scenes so that the rest of us would know (or at least have a vaguely better idea) what those weirdos whose names all appeared on the masthead at the front of the magazine did for the magazine besides the obvious.

So for their 50th issue, EGM treated us to a four-page spread...


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Gunpei Yokoi: September 10, 1941 - October 4, 1997

Posted by Areala , in Video Games, NES, Magazines, Game Boy 04 October 2012 - - - - - - · 708 views
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Gunpei Yokoi: September 10, 1941 - October 4, 1997 Today marks the fifteenth anniversary of Gunpei Yokoi's death.

Many things we take for granted in the gaming world today can be tracked back to this man, including the cross-shaped directional pad (NES), portable gaming systems (Game Boy), and Metroid (every freakin' Nintendo system except the N64).

Not bad for a janitor.

Yokoi was a simple...






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