Gaming: It’s Not a Lifestyle, It’s a Hobby

I decided to do a quick post as I was inspired by a blog entry over at PlayingWithThoughts. In said entry, Dylan describes his plans for the upcoming month, putting gaming on hold, in favor of other scholarly pursuits. In particular, exercise, reading, and writing. I think this is absolutely terrific and something that a …

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The Most OVERRATED Video Games, According to Some Guy on the Internet

I've got a confession: I've played a lot of video games in my life. I think it's safe to assume that you, Mr. or Mrs. Reader, are in the same boat, or at least you've got a sizable interest in them. Over the years, I'm sure if you haven't played that many games, you've heard a …

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More Games I Want to Play on the Switch, Hyper-Unrealistic Edition!

Hey! Listen! I published my very first guest post on The Well-Red Mage, about a great game on the 3DS called Ever Oasis! If you enjoy reading long reviews, you should definitely go check it out. Afterwards, come back to this page and read on for something totally unrelated! Prior to the launch of the Switch, I …

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Elemental Challenge Day Eighteen: Sports

The topic of the day is: Sports Games! What are your favorites? I had to go with the original Backyard Baseball as it really changed the sports game landscape for me, but there are plenty more great choices. Read all about it on the Well-Red Mage’s Elemental Challenge: Day 18!

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This is what happens when national pastimes collide. Today we’re talking about Sports games, what are essentially games about games. Several of us do more than our fair share of contributing to the stereotype that gamers are nerds who don’t like sports, but the fact is that video games based on football, baseball, hockey, basketball, and so on have been around since the dawn of gaming. For many people, these are gateway games into the digital universe with rules they already know and understand. For others, these are just reminders of a lack of athletic ability and general disinterest in the sports scene.

Regardless of what faction you personally fall into or if neither boot fits, the fact is that there are a lot of similarities between hardcore gamers and hardcore sports fans: generally speaking, both are extremely dedicated, both look down on the other, both are interested in…

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The Toughest Levels to 3-Star in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe + Bonus Tips

If you've been following my Twitter account recently, you may have noticed some mildly frustrated posts with screenshots pertaining to my 3-Star quest in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. Starting with Mario Kart DS, players have been awarded a star rating following the conclusion of each Grand Prix. Generally speaking, earning a 3-star rating means that …

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Let’s Talk Video Game Manuals, and 3 of my Favorites!

Ahh - the video game manual! Never has something so great been accompanied by something even greater. Peanut butter and jelly? Ha! Total snooze-fest! Steak and potatoes? Yeah, ok, like that ever caught on! But the video game and the video game manual? Folks, we have our winner. In 2017 it really is a lost art form, …

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Pokemon Pearl: The Solo Run – Growing Up (part 3)

Continuing our journey through the Sinnoh region, Munchkin and I have been getting along swimmingly! And in that way I mean that the Water-type Pokemon is absolutely demolishing everything in her swim lane. Following some trouble with Gardenia, we sought out the next gym leader, Maylene, owner and operator of the Fighting-based gym (so kind …

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RETROspectives, part 2: The Secret Island of Dr. Quandary (1992)

Welcome to the second edition in a three-part series called RETROspectives! In this series, I am taking a look back at three terrific games from my childhood that encapsulated all the fond memories I have from my earliest days of gaming. If you haven't read part one, fear not, as they are not connected in …

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Pokemon Pearl: The Solo Run – Ken the Bridge Troll (part 2)

It's been a few more days of Munchkin and my journey to throw the ring into Mount D-- take out the gym leaders of the Sinnoh region! Following a brief partnership with Cheryl, we made our way throughout Eterna Forest in our quest for the second gym badge in Eterna City. It was on a …

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The Quandary with Owning Multiple Nintendo 3DS Consoles

I’m a man who likes choices. I get tired of seeing the same thing day after day - while I hate change generally speaking, things that I use every single day can really use some freshening up sometimes. I sometimes like a change of scenery, in other words. Sometimes, a small change in my day-to-day …

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The Breath of the Wild Critique: The Burnout Phase (part 3/4)

Continuing my rant on Breath of the Wild, here is part 3, finally. In the last installment, we talked about the exhaustion that slowly began to occur from exploring, collectibles, eating and cooking, as well as some more positive words about the durability system. If you haven't read the previous two preceding posts yet, I …

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Pokemon Pearl: The Solo Piplup Run – Munchkin’s Journey Begins (part 1)

Given the good news about Pokemon at the Nintendo E3 Presentation earlier today, I figured it was as good a time as ever to put together a write-up of my latest foray into the franchise. Read on! I have a confession. I get nostalgic about things and then buy stuff. You could say.. my nostalgia …

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E3 2017 – My Hopes, Dreams, and Everything in Betweams

I've read tons of these E3 wish lists, and read all kinds of crazy demands. But there's something to be said about having completely unrealistic expectations. Ya gotta dream big, right? Now I'm not a Playstation guy aside from the Vita which is dead as far as Sony's concerned, and I don't care about VR …

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Pokémon Direct: My Hopes, Dreams, and Everything In Between

Word on the street is that we're to receive a Pokémon Direct tomorrow morning! And it couldn't have come at a better time, let me tell you. For one, I've been getting a real nostalgic Pokemon itch for the past few weeks, and this might just be the scratch I'm needed! What could possibly be in store …

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