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The Last Official Release: 3DO – Creature Shock (1996)

Following on from the last instalment of The Last Official Release in which the Panasonic CD-i was featured, I thought it would be fitting to delve into another facet of Panasonics gaming endeavours. While Panasonic did manufacture the console known as the 3DO...

Video Game Trading Card Spotlight – Dan Wolfe

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Dan Wolfe, who is displayed on card number 738, from the Superstars of 2014.  Dan is currently second on the NES game Bubble Bobble with a score of 1,747,020.   Dan is a super fan of the classic console systems such as Nintendo...

Daze Before Christmas: Claus and Anti-Claus

Outside of his work delivering toys to the children of the world, it is fairly common knowledge that Santa Claus is something of a superhero. Don’t believe me? Then clearly you’ve never seen 1964’s classic film “Santa Claus Conquers the Martians.” Stop everything you...

The Story of Tetris | Gaming Historian

Daze Before Christmas: Claus and Anti-Claus

Outside of his work delivering toys to the children of the world, it is fairly common knowledge that Santa Claus is something of a superhero. Don’t believe me? Then clearly you’ve never seen 1964’s classic film “Santa Claus Conquers the Martians.” Stop everything you...

The Odd Release History of Metal Gear

Nintendo entered the home console market amidst the Video Game Crash of 1983. Two years later, they found themselves dominating the market with their Nintendo Entertainment System. Feeling justifiably cautious at the time, quality control was a cornerstone of...

Jazz Jackrabbit: Holiday Hare

The holidays are a special time, a season for family, warm fires, and (as we explored last week) lemmings. However, lemmings are not the only small, fuzzy animal to be featured in a holiday video game. Far from from it! The jackrabbit is also a member of that elite...

Christmas Lemmings!

It’s the holiday season and I haven’t written about a Commodore game in a bit, so let’s mash the two things together, shall we? When you think of beloved holiday traditions, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Directing a herd of lemmings to safety through a...

RIP Joel West

Bezerk Champion, Star of Chasing Ghosts, and a dear friend of mine passed away today.   I will miss his kindness and love for the gaming industry.  He was a huge help in the Walter Day Trading card project as well as helping sell merchandise for charity and other...

An Overview of Special-Colored Game Cartridges

Video game cartridges have a long and interesting history. It’s hard to say how long that history will ultimately be, given that Nintendo will likely make cartridges for the Switch over the next several years. Today, I would like to examine one of my favorite aspects...