Two things I didn’t know about this game: 1) It actually uses the same game engine as the Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater franchise, and 2) Activision held a contest to cast the kid skaters in the game! Not only is that a great way to involve the kid skater, but it’s a damn fine game engine as a backbone. While note as long lasting as, say, THPS3, DESA is a great skating game, and much better than Tony’s recent debacles. As a much more approachable version of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater for a younger audience, Disney’s Extreme Skate Adventure comes, surprisingly, recommended!
What can you get for $10 these days? Two five dollar footlongs at Subway, at least until Thursday. Half of a T-shirt? Maybe some cheap flatware from Wal-Mart? This week I determined that $10 can net you more than some lame cutlery or fast food. It can be six video games! Sure, it’s not six of the newest games, but it’s six video games that can suck up way more time than some silly sandwich.
Last week at Sony’s PlayStation Meeting in New York, the Japaneses company officially announced the PlayStation 4. No longer ruled by just speculation, we received plenty of details about the next generation of gaming from Sony. While there are many questions still left unanswered, many rumors were validated or debunked. Here’s the rundown from the press event. Welcome to the next generation of video games! Read the rest of this entry »
While I was growing up, I subscribed to Tips & Tricks magazine. Like most kids I was drawn in with the last half of magazine being dedicated to cheat codes and hints for all my games. Even better was when they pushed out one of their “Code Books” which ditched every written article entirely to house just these cheats. While I was a fan of the codes, I would pretty much read the magazine front to back because there wasn’t any internet in our house to occupy my time otherwise, so this was my only means of gaming related news each month. Being into fighting games since Mortal Kombat II, I was attracted to the one or two page monthly feature ranking the best fighting game players in the US and the rest of the world. These were names that you still hear today, like Ricky Ortiz, Justin Wong, and the phenomenon that is Daigo Umehara. One thing I noticed about some of these players was their location: California. Specifically Sunnyvale, California. In my mind I pegged the cute sounding city as a Mecca for video game arcade fighting. As luck would have it, I happened to fall in love with a girl who lives five minutes away from Sunnyvale, and on top of that we’re looking to move to that exact city! On a recent visit I was able to stop in an arcade that has been on my radar since the Tips & Tricks days as a place the pros played: Golfland USA. The arcade scene is not what it used to be in the 90s and early 2000s, but Golfland has done its best to retain the good ol’ years of the video arcade. Read the rest of this entry »
It should be no surprise that thrift shops like Goodwill and Salvation Army are locations to hunt for games: I’ve already talked of them in the past. If looking for the cheapest deals on video games, consoles, accessories, and everything in between, then thrift stores should become your new hangout of choice. Not only do these store sell games, they sell games on the cheap, regardless of rarity, popular price, and condition. A good deal of luck will play a role in whether or not you walk out the finger-smudged sliding glass doors with a gem in your hand or with nothing at all, but for a game collector on a budget, thrift shops need to be on your radar.
The Recurring Bosscast is back at ya with Episode 009!
As always it’s all about the games! As Sony sets itself up to launch the next console in its PlayStation family, Jett, Mat, and I take a look back at all the best and worst moments in the life of the PS3.
Jett has almost moved to his new new place, Laura and myself have found a place that will work for us in California, and Mat has had a slow life the past two weeks.
While the arcade game is a classic in every sense of the word, Frogger on the PS1 is as far from a classic as one can get. If you’re one that can’t stand animal, or in this case reptilian, cruelty, then you should avoid this game at all costs.
This week was planned. I thought to myself, “Jason, you’re gonna go out there, find some cheap-ass games, and you’re going to buy them.” I actually decided this. Usually I refrain from splurging on games like this, convincing myself I don’t need the game, even if it is $3, which many of these games were (if not less). But I was in a buying mood, and, thankfully, many places were in the selling spirit! And wouldn’t you know it, there were even some surprises in this week’s roundup!
The absolute worst thing that can ever happen to a collector! Fake games, pirated games, or bootleg games, whatever you prefer to call them, they’re all bad. Thankfully, there are plenty of simple tips to have in mind when looking for a game’s authenticity!