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Walter Day’s Greatest Fear, Music, and Video Games

Walter Day is best known as being the founder of Twin Galaxies, the oldest video game scorekeeping and adjudication service. He is also the creator of e-sports and has often been called “The Patron Saint of Video Games.” While his dedication to find, verify, and catalog video game world records led to a decades-long partnership with Guinness World Records, Walter’s one true, unrequited love is with music. At the age of 71, his greatest fear is not fulfilling the dream of bringing his music to life. Since 1985 these songs have been bottled up inside him, and Walter is determined to make sure his music comes to fruition. Over the course of two days Walter and I had a personal and profound discussion. In the process, we became friends. I hope you enjoy the interview below. Walter is a special person who has already accomplished a great deal, yet I have a feeling the best is yet to come.

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Review – The Elder Scrolls: Call To Arms

The Elder Scrolls is one of my favorite video game series of all time. I enjoy all entries in this franchise, including the spinoffs and The Elder Scrolls Online. While many of The Elder Scrolls games have been successful, Skyrim is the one that practically everyone knows. The fifth entry in the series, it has sold over 30 million copies across various systems since its release in 2011. This summer I completed the main quest in this game, along with numerous side quests, on the Nintendo Switch. I also sunk more than 150 hours into The Elder Scrolls Online on my PC – which is an excellent game that I highly recommend. When I read that Skyrim’s open world was coming to a tabletop game created by Modiphius, entitled The Elder Scrolls: Call to Arms, I was intrigued.

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Classic Home Video Games by Brett Weiss

Brett Weiss has written countless books about retro video games, including the SNES Omnibus Volume 1 & Volume 2, as well as The 100 Greatest Console Video Games: 1977-1987. His upcoming NES Omnibus: Volume 1 was a runaway success on Kickstarter, and I look forward to checking out the final version in the months to come. Brett’s Classic Home Video Games trilogy of books is one of his most popular. Covering 1972 to 1990, these books take a look at some of the most influential systems and games that defined numerous generations.

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The 100 Greatest Console Video Games: 1977-1987

Gamers like myself love to debate what should be included on lists of the greatest video games of all time. Various media publications capitalize on this by creating lists, mainly to get people to click through and engage. But sometimes a slideshow on a website or a YouTube video isn’t sufficient. Sometimes you want to take a deep dive into a top-100 video game list, immersing yourself in the experience in a more satisfying way. Moreover, many of these lists completely ignore anything from before 1985, which is when the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) rocked the world with its accessibility and plethora of great games. For these reasons and more Brett Weiss’ The 100 Greatest Console Video Games: 1977-1987 is a book you should read.

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The Infernal City & Lord of Souls

For more than 25 years, the Elder Scrolls has been one of the most popular and influential video game series in existence. Its success has resulted in its lore permeating numerous mediums, including books. In 2012, one year after the release of the incredibly popular video game Skyrim, two novels were published: The Infernal City and Lord of Souls, both by Greg Keyes. These books are a singular narrative split across two books, making for an intricate and compelling tale steeped in Elder Scrolls lore.

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Tales Of Tamriel, Book I: The Land

If you haven’t already done so, make sure to read and watch my reviews of The Skyrim Library: Volume I, Volume II, and Volume III. Titan Books, the same publisher that brought us The Skyrim Library, has two additional books celebrating the lore of The Elder Scrolls. The first one — Tales of Tamriel, Book I: The Land — builds on the excellence of the original trilogy by collecting lore books from The Elder Scrolls Online, and it’s a phenomenal way to ensconce yourself in the rich history and culture of this celebrated video game franchise. Watch my video review below for all of the details and to get a glimpse of what’s inside.

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Nintendo Switch Review: What The Golf?

Do you hate golf? Great! Then you’re going to love What The Golf? for Nintendo Switch. Made by Triband, I first played What The Golf? as part of my Apple Arcade free trial in 2019, and it was easily one of my favorite games among the available offerings. The quirky music, charming art style, and one-of-a-kind premise is something to behold. This game will make you smile, laugh, and say, “Just one more round!” It’s addictive, casual gaming at its finest, and I’m thrilled that it has come to Nintendo Switch.

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The Skyrim Library, Volume III: The Arcane

This is the third and final book in The Skyrim Library trilogy. Make sure to check out my reviews for Volume I and Volume II. Just like the first two books, this one is excellent! This entry focuses on magica, religion, and more. Watch my video review below for all of the details on The Skyrim Library, Volume III: The Arcane.

The Skyrim Library, Volume II: Man, Mer & Beast

I recently reviewed The Skyrim Library, Volume I: The Histories. Volume II in this trilogy of books is entitled Man, Mer & Beast. As you’ll see in my video review below, this entry in the series focuses on races, creatures and beasts, warfare, and factions in Skyrim. If you’re a fan of Skyrim or the Elder Scrolls, this book — The Skyrim Library, Volume II: Man, Mer & Beast — is another excellent compilation of lore books from one of the best selling RPGs of all time. Watch my video review for my full thoughts on this book, and enjoy!

 

The Skyrim Library, Volume I: The Histories

Do you love Skyrim? Then you need to check out The Skyrim Library, a trilogy of books compiling in-game lore books from Skyrim. Watch my video review below of The Skyrim Library, Volume 1: The Histories. And stay tuned for my reviews of volumes two and three in this series, as well as more Elder Scrolls goodness in the weeks and months to come.

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