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Amazon 2021 Holiday Gift Guide

Amazon has started sending out its 2021 Holiday Gift Guide. I received mine nearly two months before Christmas. What’s inside? Watch my video below to find out.

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A Conversation With Atari And Chuck E. Cheese Founder Nolan Bushnell

It’s not often that I get to interview someone who was a driving force behind the formation of an industry, so I was honored to have the opportunity to do just that when I spoke with Nolan Bushnell. One of the founding fathers of video games, Nolan created the iconic and enduring company, Atari. He also founded Chuck E. Cheese, yet another revolutionary business that influenced millions of people. Today, Nolan is focused on fixing education with his newest entrepreneurial endeavor, lernip. It was an honor and pleasure to speak with such an intelligent, influential, and insightful maverick. I hope you enjoy our discussion.

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Audible Review: The Ultimate History of Video Games

I love video games, and I’ve read many books about the history of gaming. The Ultimate History of Video Games by Steven L. Kent is the best one available. The Audible version is more than 20 hours long, and it’s filled with interviews with industry luminaries, fascinating stories, and more content than you can shake a joystick at.

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The Elder Scrolls — Zaneta’s Chronicles, Part One: Vvardenfell

Having sunk hundreds of hours into various video games in The Elder Scrolls franchise, I’m a massive fan of this series. Therefore, I’m always looking for different ways to immerse myself in the world that is The Elder Scrolls, whether it be through the soundtracks, tabletop games, or novels. With this in mind, I was eager to read The Elder Scrolls — Zaneta’s Chronicles, Part One: Vvardenfell by A.L. Zuniga. This book is the first in a trilogy about a character named Zaneta, and it is set in The Elder Scrolls’ universe.

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Audible Review: Masters Of Doom

Masters of Doom, read by Wil Wheaton, is a fascinating journey down memory lane for video game fans like myself who have played the various entries in the blockbuster Doom and Quake franchises. Hearing about the technological advancements and forward-thinking approach employed by the makers of these games, not to mention how large some egos got in the process, was enlightening.

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Review — Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion’s Revenge

I’ve been a fan of Mortal Kombat my entire life. I remember playing the original games on Super Nintendo, and then, eventually, on PlayStation, followed by Gamecube, Nintendo Switch, and PC, not to mention handheld versions too. I also have vivid memories of playing Mortal Kombat 4 on an arcade machine when it came out, and I was blown away by the new 3D look that the franchise had adopted. These video games have consistently capture my attention, and I’ve always found them to be more intriguing than Street Fighter. Therefore, I was more than happy to fire up Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion’s Revenge. Read on for my review of this animated film set in the MK universe.

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Audible Review: Super Mario

I grew up with the Nintendo Entertainment System and the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, so I have a soft spot for Nintendo. I’m still a big-time gamer and play my Nintendo Switch on a regular basis. I even run Nintendo Philly Meetup, a local group of gamers in Philadelphia who meet up (right now, virtually) to play Nintendo Switch together. So, I was interested in checking out the audiobook Super Mario by Jeff Ryan.

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Audible Review: Waking Nightmare

The best video games excel at worldbuilding, which means they create an environment for the play that is consistent, rich, and unified. The Elder Scrolls, The Witcher, Resident Evil, and Super Mario Bros. are perfect examples of this. The video game franchises that take this a step further do so by allowing that world to exist in multiple mediums, such as books. One that has explored the literary space exceptionally well is Hello Neighbor, and I recently finished the second book in this popular young adult novel series entitled Waking Nightmare.

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Review: RetroMania Wrestling

RetroMania Wrestling, the official sequel to WrestleFest, is now available! Just this week it was released on Nintendo Switch, and I’ve been playing it on my PC via Steam. If you’re a fan of pick-up-and-play arcade wrestling video games, then this is the one for you!

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Video Review — SNES Omnibus: Volume 2

I previously did a written review of the SNES Omnibus: Volume 2, but I figured why not also do a video review? This way you get a look inside this treasure trove of retro gaming history, so you can see for yourself what makes it so special. Watch my video review below, and make sure to snag a copy of this excellent book!

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