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Squareboy vs Bullies: Arena Edition on Nintendo Switch

Squareboy vs Bullies: Arena Edition is now available for Nintendo Switch! This $4.99 indie game is an old school beat ’em up by Rohan Narang that follows the titular Squareboy and his quest for justice. It features retro pixel art graphics and 14 different chiptune tracks. If you’re looking for a way to kill some time in between Nintendo’s epic first-party offerings, this game is worth checking out.

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Ultimate Nintendo: Guide To The NES Library

Ultimate Nintendo: Guide to the NES Library 1985-1995 is an expansive and thorough look at one of the greatest video game libraries of all time – the Nintendo Entertainment System. This 450 page book covers all licensed and unlicensed games released during the system’s lifespan, and features information and reviews on hundreds of classic (and not so classic) 8-bit games.

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Stellar Cabaret At The Arden

The cast of Cabaret with John Jarboe as Emcee, Center. Photo by Mark Garvin.

The Arden Theatre is kicking off its 30th anniversary season in a big way – with a scintillating production of Cabaret! The show runs through October 22 and is one that shouldn’t be missed. It’s the 180th production by The Arden Theatre, and this version of the show uses the Roundabout Theatre Company’s 1998 revival script.

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The God Of Thunder Speaks: Catching Up With Gene Simmons

Photo by Mark Weiss.

Within the past year, I’ve had the amazing opportunity to interview Gene Simmons twice! Since we last spoke, he announced The Vault, which is a 150-song box set, chronicling 50 years of unreleased demos and outtakes, housed in a 38-pound safe. Starting in January, Gene is hand-delivering these vaults for $2,000 each to fans across the world. If you spend $25,000 you can be an executive producer of The Vault and spend an hour with Gene in a recording studio. Or, for $50,000 Gene will come to your house for a two-hour party and you can invite up to 25 friends to take part in the festivities. I’m not buying The Vault because it’s way out of my price range and wheeling home one of these behemoths is a surefire way to upset my wife. However, if you’re interested in learning more about The Vault, you can do so at GeneSimmonsVault.com.

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Catching Up With Dionne Warwick

Photo by David Vance.

I recently had the opportunity to catch up with the five-time Grammy award-winning pop icon Dionne Warwick. In addition to having a career that has spanned more than 50 years filled with hit singles and timeless albums, Dionne is the 2017 recipient of the Marian Anderson Award. This prestigious honor is bestowed upon critically acclaimed artists who have impacted society in a positive way, either through their work or their support for an important cause. Dionne has achieved both in myriad ways. I’m thrilled she’s receiving this well-deserved honor, and I look forward to being at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia on November 14 when she receives the Marian Anderson Award.

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Book Review: Exposed by Lisa Scottoline

On my honeymoon I finished reading the latest thriller by Lisa Scottoline, Exposed, and it was highly entertaining. As with many of Lisa’s books, this one centers on an ethical dilemma. It also spends a lot of time on interpersonal relationships, which many thriller writers fail to do. It’s one of the reasons why Lisa is so good at her craft – she takes the time to develop characters so readers are more invested in the outcome. By the end of the book, I was definitely fully engaged in what was going on, and the last twist was so surprising I read it twice. While Corrupted still remains my favorite book by this talented author, Exposed is absolutely worth reading – even if you’re not on your honeymoon.

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36 Fragments of Midnight for Nintendo Switch

36 Fragments of Midnight is a new indie game for Nintendo Switch, and it only costs $2.99. It’s a procedurally-generated platform game, where you have to avoid deadly lasers, as well as circular saws and spikes to collect all of the Fragments. It’s an enjoyable little game with a unique art style that is a good way to kill a few minutes.

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Author Interview: Jason Pinter

Jason Pinter is one of my favorite authors. He’s an excellent writer who has written numerous internationally best-selling books. And, he’s also the founder and publisher of Polis Books, an independent publishing company he launched in 2013 following positions in editorial and marketing at Warner Books, Random House, St. Martin’s Press and Grove/Atlantic and the Mysterious Press.

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WWE Absolutely Everything You Need to Know

DK Publishing is back with another new hardcover WWE book. This one is called WWE Absolutely Everything You Need to Know. Watch my video review below to determine whether or not this book is worth picking up.

Playing With Super Power: Nintendo Super NES Classics

Yesterday the Super Nintendo Classic was released, as was its companion book: Playing With Super Power: Nintendo Super NES Classics. This book, published by Prima Games, is available in both hardcover and paperback editions. Watch my video review below for my thoughts on this retro read.

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