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Worth Playing vol. 6: The Brawler Bunch

Double Dragon II ArtBrawlers, beat-em ups, side-scrollers (to an extent), and just plain arcade. Whatever you label the genre one thing is for sure: there are a ton of them out there!

Since I started playing video games on the NES there have been side-scrolling beat-em ups. My beginnings were with the Double Dragon series on the NES, which then evolved into the Genesis classics Golden Axe I and II. The love affair took off from there, with every generation producing unique and worthwhile entries in the genre. Though there has been a decline with the recent consoles, a spare brawler rises out of the ashes of nostalgia and captures my heart all over again. The following games aren’t in any sort of order. They’re all just games that are entirely worth your time.

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A World of Games Update

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I’m proud to announce that A World of Games, my Tumblr blog featuring photos and videos of all the arcades I visit, has been completely redone! A new theme, tons of new photos, and a sleeker presentation mean you’ll be viewing the arcade scene in style! Be sure to check it out, follow, and enjoy!

Here’s a sneak peak at some of the new content. I recently visited Santa Cruz, California. Specifically the famed Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, where they had plenty of old time (and some new) arcade games. I suppose I should have expected as much from a location founded over 100 years ago! Reminisce and have fun!

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Laters,
Jsick

 
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Posted by on 06/21/2013 in Randomness, Retro

 

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Mario and Donkey Kong’s Decades Long Battle

Mario and Donkey KongMario and Donkey Kong.
Two names synonomous with video games that have been around since before many gamers can even remember. Whether it’s Donkey Kong running through a jungle, Mario jumping over barrels, or the two of them racing go-karts, the Nintendo mascots have been locked in competition since the beginning of the Japanese game company’s storied history.
Since the release of 1981’s arcade classic title Donkey Kong, an oversized gorilla and an Italian plumber have been going at it for decades. Let’s take a look back at each and every video game featuring the duo going head-to-head. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Review: Capcom Arcade Cabinet

Capcom Arcade Cabinet ArtCapcom is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. Thirty years of video games from one of the world’s most well known game developers. In those three decades we’ve seen bona fide classics including Street Fighter, Mega Man, Resident Evil, Devil May Cry, and that’s only naming a few. What better way to honor Capcom’s storied history than by reliving some of the Japanese company’s earliest arcade titles? Capcom Arcade Cabinet is no mere collection of retro arcade games, but rather a platform to rekindle the feeling of being in an arcade in the 80s as well as open up these classic games for a new generation to enjoy. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on 03/10/2013 in Playstation 3, Retro

 

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Worth Playing vol. 5: The Remake Rendition

Ken HD ComparisonThe remake.
It’s been around for years and it has become more common for a developer or publisher to remake or re-release their titles for a new generation to play and enjoy. Many of these games are vanilla ports of their original versions but there are a few that I can say are better than their originals. Needless to say these games are worth your time and will leave you feeling both excited and nostalgic.

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Yearly Roundup: 2012

New Games (8-26-12)Another year draws to a close and 2013 is right in front of us. What better way to look back on the year that was 2012 than reliving each and every game purchase of the year! You may recall last year I did something very similar at the end of the year, but this time around it’s a bit more special. 2012 was Slick Gaming’s first full calendar year being a live blog (a feat I still can’t grasp entirely). That means a lot of things, like more posts and features than before, but it also means an entire year’s worth of new games chronicled in the Sunday Roundup feature. Let’s start out in January and take a look back at the year in games! Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Mega Man: Let the Games Begin

Mega Man: Let the Games Begin collects the first four volumes of the Archie Comics periodical Mega Man comics. There are many differences between this series and the manga series also starring the Blue Bomber, but both have their endearing qualities. After months of searching I’ve finally found this trade paperback edition of the series and am going to totally spoil the entire series for you all. But you know what? It’s totally awesome even if you already know what’s going to happen.

 

 

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Posted by on 04/19/2012 in Randomness, Retro

 

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What Your Favorite Video Games Say About You

Castlevania: You love killing all demonic creatures and have a thing for whips.

Left 4 Dead: You think zombies are alright and welcome the apocalypse if it means you can blast the living dead to pieces with a shotgun.

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Gaming Tunes You’ve Gotta Hear

I’ve got an experiment for you. Try and find me any gamer that doesn’t have at least one strong memory about the soundtrack of a game. You can’t do it. As endearing as the story in many a Final Fantasy, or the excellent gameplay of titles like Uncharted 2 and Super Mario Bros. 3, music in games has left an undeniable impact on gamers. Whether it’s the blips and bleeps of the Atari 2600, the MIDI music from the SNES, or the fully orchestrated masterpieces heard in the current generation of consoles, music has played an ever important role in shaping a video game. I want to take this time to share some of my personal favorites from my gaming past. I highly encourage you to sit back, pump up the volume, and bask in the warmth that a finely tuned gaming song can give you.

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Know Your Roots: My Earliest Gaming Memories

Everyone has one. That one game that you recall as being your first video game. The game that holds your earliest memory for all the games you’ve played. For some it might be something insignificant, like Math Blaster that you played while in school. For others it could be something totally different, like Halo 2 at at party with friends. But no matter what, if you consider yourself a gamer, then there is a game (or a few games) that will always be your first and earliest games ever. I had fun looking back at mine and wanted to share them (and a little of my childhood) with you.

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Posted by on 03/20/2012 in Game Boy, Retro

 

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