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A Warrior Nun's Most Difficult Adversary

Posted by Areala, 12 June 2016 - - - - - - · 819 views

The above song, "Santa Monica," comes from Savage Garden's self-titled debut album. It's the final track. Chances are, unless you're a huge fan of the band, you've never heard it. It got no radio play, there was no official music video, it's just one of those songs the world glosses over. It's also the one...

Game Difficulty - What Makes You Play Again?

Posted by Areala, in Video Games, Playstation 3, Survival Horror 09 February 2016 - - - - - - · 951 views

Game Difficulty - What Makes You Play Again? Retromags member Softballchic and I spend a lot of time talking most nights, and it's often about video games: what we like, what we dislike, and what we're really good at. Last night the topic of achievements/trophies came up. On the PS3/Vita/PS4 model, acquiring every other trophy in a game rewards you with a final achievement, a Platinum trophy, which...

Five Horror Films That Were Ahead of Their Times

Posted by Areala, in Film Fun 02 August 2015 - - - - - - · 1,839 views
horror films, opinion
The recent death of "Rowdy" Roddy Piper, who starred in such memorable films as "They Live" and such immemorable ones as "Hell Comes to Frog Town" and "Sci-Fighter", really got me thinking about movies that were ahead of their time in one way or another. So I'm not boring my readers to death, I'm restricting myself to the five best examples that I believe...

Going (PS) Home One Last Time

Posted by Areala, 05 June 2015 - - - - - - · 1,522 views

There are a couple of Retromags members on my PS3 friends list, but I'm not sure if you all knew that outside of blasting Necromorphs in Dead Space, or ruling the city streets in Saint's Row, I spent an awful lot of time in Sony's online avatar-based virtual world called PlayStation Home. If any of my readers e...

Another Year Passes

Posted by Areala, 09 November 2014 - - - - - - · 4,286 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...

Happy Father's Day, Daddy

Posted by Areala, 16 June 2013 - - - - - - · 1,041 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...

A Clive Barker Gaming Mystery

Posted by Areala, in Video Games, PC Gaming, Adventure 06 February 2013 - - - - - - · 1,413 views
clive barker, horror, adventure and 5 more...
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...

Gaiares - Can You Say 'Mullet'?

Posted by Areala, in Genesis/Mega Drive, Video Games, Magazines 06 February 2013 - - - - - - · 1,379 views
gaiares, genesis, sega, shooter and 2 more...
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...

Fifty Shades of Pissed Off

Posted by Areala, in Playstation 3, Video Games, WTF?! 06 February 2013 - - - - - - · 736 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...

Resident Evil Prototype Preview

Posted by Areala, in Adventure, Magazines, Playstation, Survival Horror 30 January 2013 - * * * * * · 5,140 views
resident evil, egm, magazine and 4 more...
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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