As I sit here and type this it’s difficult for me to believe that the Nintendo 64 is celebrating it’s 20th anniversary. I began buying retro video games when the N64 was still being actively sold on store shelves and was considered contemporary. Now the Nintendo 64 itself is considered retro which makes me feel … More Nintendo 64: 20th Anniversary!
The late 1990’s was a special time in video game history. The gaming industry was maturing, two dimensional graphics gave way to 3D worlds, technology was giving gamers experiences they never would have thought was possible previously, and there was intense competition between established game companies and a powerful newcomer. For me personally the late … More Summer of ’98 Part V: Video Games
I was a latecomer to FPS games. While the world was addicted to Doom and it’s various spinoffs and clones I didn’t own a PC that could handle anything close to those specs and none of my friends at the time even owned a PC. So while the rest of the “mature” gamers in the … More Star Wars: Dark Forces (LucasArts, 1995)
When I was in middle school I would make sport of searching the house around Christmas time in an effort to uncover my gifts prior to the big day. Perhaps I’m just not big on surprises but I would make it my quest to find as many presents as possible and enjoyed the foreknowledge of … More Star Wars: Shadows Over Christmas
I’m not the biggest Bond fan out there. In fact I’d say I’m nowhere in the vicinity of being considered a mega fan. Since I was introduced to the franchise though Goldeneye and later became a fan through the Goldeneye video game I have thoroughly enjoyed the franchise and would catch the films on TV every … More BOND 50 (MGM, 2012)
When the Nintendo 64 was released it blew people away with the groundbreaking Super Mario 64 and the graphically impressive Pilotwings 64. Unfortunately that was the ENTIRE launch lineup; two games. Back in those early days of the Nintendo 64 it seemed like console owners were constantly waiting for the next release while enduring one … More GoldenEye 007 (N64, 1997)
GoldenEye is the most important Bond movie in recent history. License to Kill, the previous Bond film, was thrown into the commercial buzzsaw that was Summer 1989, running against Batman, Ghostbusters II and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Lost in the shuffle, it was the lowest grossing Bond film domestically to that point. Usually, … More GoldenEye (United Artists, 1995)
I picked my Nintendo 64 up in the summer of 1997 after saving my grass cutting money for several months. After blowing through classics like Super Mario 64 and Mario Kart 64 it was time for a new addition to my game library. In the autumn of 1997 I went to a party at a … More Wave Race 64 (N64, 1996)