12 / 27 / 2019

And we'll conclude the year with a couple of offbeat platformers - Adventures of Cookie and Cream (PS2, 2/5) is an early game from the team that would eventually bring the world Dark Souls, and Wario Land 2 (GBC, 3/5) sees Wario cuck and chuck Mario from his own franchise and take over. Wa ha!

Also, Important Scientific Data for 2019:

  • # of games reviewed: 82
  • Platforms most frequently played: PC, Gamecube
  • Best games played this year: Timesplitters: Future Perfect (Gamecube), Shenmue III (PC), Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour (Gamecube)
  • Worst games played this year: Dick Tracy (Amiga), Sonic Drift (Game Gear), Mad Gear (Arcade) 
  • Lotta Capcom stinkers in general this year for some reason
  • Only got to two NES and two SNES games this year. Howbowdah.

See ya next year!

12 / 20 / 2019

This is it ... don't get scared now! For the Xmas update we'll give Die Hard a rest for a year, 'cause I think we've just about run out of games. Plenty of Home Alone (SNES, 2/5) left to crack into though ... also, Sint Nicolaas (PC, 3/5) which is a surprisingly good indie platformer.

Also, please enjoy the new Toasty Winter Mood playlist, perfect for huddling indoors as the snow falls during your holiday season.

12 / 17 / 2019

I'm still making little additions to the Shenmue 3 FAQ here and there, but it's mostly done for now as I've finished up a second playthrough and nothing new really turned up. Today we transition from the wholesome Eastern philosophical world of Ryo Hazuki to the degeneracy of the modern decadent West.

One night in Apple City makes a Nard Man fumble with 7 Sins (PS2, 2/5), in which you play as a serial seducer who dry-humps 'em and dumps 'em. Also, the adventures of PP Hammer and his Pneumatic Weapon (Amiga, 3/5).

12 / 8 / 2019

Whew ... Shenmue 3 review (PC, 4/5) is finally ready. What a journey this series has been.

The Shenmue 3 FAQ is also still being updated, as I slowly replay the game to try to unearth as many secrets as possible!

11 / 29 / 2019

Just a quickie update as Shangmoo the 3 is eating up all my leisure time, but I'm at least doing something productive by putting together a Shenmue 3 FAQ since there isn't really one good central source of information in text form yet. This will be updated over time.

11 / 22 / 2019

I've been waiting a decade-and-a-half for it, so you know I've been going at Shenmue 3 since it became available Tuesday morning ... but, because I've been been waiting a decade-and-a-half for it, I'm taking my sweet-ass time with it and the review could be some weeks off. I'm basically live-Tweeting it as I go though, or at least live-shitposting.

Anyway. The show must go on here. Muscarine (Amiga, 2/5) is an indie adventure game from a time long before that sort of thing was commercially viable, or even a concept. And for the Amiga no less! And Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box (Nintendo DS, 3/5) is the second adventure for the top-hatted gent who is always in the company of a kid who isn't his.

11 / 14 / 2019

It's pew pew arm cannons all over the place today with Mega Man 64 (N64, 2/5) and Metroid: Confrontation (PC, 3/5).

11 / 08 / 2019

Questionable sports today with Mario Superstar Baseball (Gamecube, 3/5) and Sega Casino (DS, 2/5).

11 / 01 / 2019

The leaves are changing, a pleasant nip is in the air, and naturally one's thoughts turn toward obsolete handheld kart racing. We are right on top of it today with Mario Kart DS (3/5), which had revolutionary multiplayer features in its day but has not held up tremendously well, and Sonic Drift (Game Gear, 1/5), a rather confusing release from Sega.

10 / 29 / 2019

For this spooOOOoooOOooky HelloweEEeeen update, we're looking at the two former exclusive Resident Evil games for the Gamecube (now also available for PC and modern consoles as of a couple years ago). That would be series prequel Resident Evil Zero (2/5), and the remake of the original Resident Evil (2/5).

10 / 23 / 2019

Disappointing 2D shewty shewters with 3D graphical elements today with Silpheed (Sega CD, 2/5) and G-LOC: Air Battle (Arcade, 2/5). Huzzah!

10 / 16 / 2019

It's a day of disappointing animu-themed games with the original Valis (Turbografx CD, 2/5) and Lufia: The Legend Returns (Game Boy Color, 2/5).

10 / 10 / 2019

Exploring further along some of the Mario franchise side branches today with Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time (DS, 3/5), the sequel to the action-RPG Superstar Saga, and Super Mario Land 3: Wario Land (Game Boy, 4/5), which was the big coming-out party for Wario and his own franchise.

10 / 5 / 2019

Man, rasslin' is really in the air right now. AEW just debuted on national TV, WWE is televising NXT to compete with it, and now Sportscenter is reporting that Bork Lazer's reign of terror may finally be ended by Dad Bod CAW. Exciting times.

Today's update celebrates the more mutated aspects of The Business with Ultimate MUSCLE (Gamecube, 3/5), an early 2000s revival of the little pink rubber wrestling toys that only '80s kids will remember, and Mutant Fighter (Arcade, 2/5), in which hard-working minotaurs and dragons are forced to rassle to the death for the entertainment of the millionaire and billionaire class.

09 / 27 / 2019

Hangin' belly is an elite intimidation move in any confrontation, just ask your neighborhood hairy bikers.

Racing of the outlaw variety today with Mad Gear (Arcade, 1/5), rather poor spiritual follow-up to Bump n' Jump, and Harley-Davidson: The Road to Sturgis (PC, 2/5), a grand turismo of the United States that will teach you zen and the art of motorcycle wipeouts.

09 / 20 / 2019

GAHAHAHAHA! Two Rance games in one year? Yes, it's a surprise attack with Kichikuou Rance (PC, 3/5) today, aka Brutal King Rance. I decided to speed up to this one since it's the first game in the series to incorporate strategy elements, which is why I got into it in the first place ... it isn't like Suikoden (probably because Suikoden was released the same year ya might think) but it borrows from Koei strategy games of the '90s and it's still far more interesting than anything else in the series thus far.

Also, oddball German maze chase game / arcade peep show Mad Donna (Arcade, 2/5).

09 / 14 / 2019

No theme for today, just whatever for reviews. Legend of Zelda: The Phantom Hourglass (DS, 3/5), one of the red-headed stepchildren of the Zelda franchise, and Animal Wars (MSX, 3/5), which is a really dramatic name for what turns out to basically be dodgeball.

09 / 06 / 2019

Today, two games about making fantasy worlds gradually appear from the wasteland with Legend of Mana (PS1, 3/5) and Elvenar (Browser, 3/5).

Also, a rambling editorial about Chappelle's Sticks and Stones and the cultural response that has not one thing to do with vidya, but I pay for the website and that's what I felt like writing yesterday so tuff titz.

09 / 02 / 2019

Whew! Violent Fighting To Come Again to internet gaming circles. Let's cool it out and relax in here with the soothing pastel watercolors and the unexpected reggae beats of the Kirby games. Kirby: Canvas Curse (DS, 2/5) and Kirby's Dreamland 2 (Game Boy, 3/5) are on the menu today.

08 / 29 / 2019

Welp. Summer's still here, so I guess the time is right for fighting in the street? Let's take advantage of this opportunity with Fatal Fury 2 (Arcade, 3/5), the game that basically set the table for SNK's run of fighting game glory in the 1990s, and Street Fighting Man (PC, 2/5), a weirdo isometric beat-em-up for late '80s PCs.

08 / 24 / 2019

In the waning days of summer, let's enjoy some outdoor sports. Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour (Gamecube, 4/5) is a personal favorite of mine. Mario Tennis (Game Boy Color, 3/5) is definitely not bad and packs a lot of content into that little cartridge, but I feel like it was trying to do a little too much.

08 / 18 / 2019

Today's theme: games that really pissed me off to no end!

I'm sure I'll make many new friends and inspire fan mail with a very negative review of Killer7 (Gamecube, 1/5). Also, 10 Second Ninja X (PC, 2/5), which I promise is not a sex game.

08 / 12 / 2019

We continue our annual plod through the Rance games with Rance 4: Legacy of the Sect (PC, 2/5). So I looked at the chronology and apparently if I skip two dumb-looking side games, the next one is actually where the Perv Suikoden stuff starts? Maybe we'll finally get to that next year.

Also, just to make sure somebody gets #Triggered and tries to fire up a social media lynch mob for a good #Cancelling (good luck, I'm behind 7 Nobody Cares About This Sites), we've got this obscure PC demo from 2003 called Night of the Raving Feminist (PC, NR). If you're about to scour it for political talking points, well ... spoiler alert, you'll be disappointed.

08 / 06 / 2019

Into the trippy animu future that surely awaits us all today with Infinite Space (DS, 2/5), a mushing together of visual novel and RPG with Battleship Galactica or Space Captain Clamato or something, and Twinbee (NES, 3/5), Konami's pioneering cute-em-up.

07 / 31 / 2019

It's the grim and the weird today with Heart of Darkness (PS1, 2/5), Eric Chahi's spiritual follow-up to Out Of This World that kinda belly-flopped in spite of a big budget, and Freeway Mutant (PC, 3/5), a game that was the polar opposite in terms of development circumstances yet I felt turned out to be more fun to actually play.

07 / 24 / 2019

Got some offbeat, obscure adventure games today with the experimental and artsy Quake II mod Gravity Bone (PC, NR) and the forgotten but very original (and fun) Amiga prospectin' game Lost Dutchman Mine (3/5).

07 / 18 / 2019

Alright, hope you like space, because you get more space. Star Trek Online (PC, 3/5) is an MMO I've been curious about for awhile ... not curious enough to play until now though since I'm not exactly what you would call a Trekkie. It's not bad, but it is showing its age and is definitely obtuse and clunky in spots. Wing Commander 2 (PC, 4/5) is a personal nostalgic favorite that I still feel holds up pretty well in spite of its aged pseudo-3D, and a lot of modern games could take lessons in cinematic storytelling from it.

07 / 10 / 2019

Get ready to flail your sword wildly! It's a fantasy hack-a-thon day as we check out this well-regarded fan-made Golden Axe prequel called Golden Axe Myth (PC, 3/5) and finally get around to trying out the Turbo / PC Engine CD version of Ys 3 (3/5) after all these years.

07 / 05 / 2019

Whew, survived another July Forf. Be happy you don't have to deal with this alien menace every year, rest of the world. Anyway, now it's off into space to cruise for green ladies. Adventures in the Galaxy of Fantabulous Wonderment (PC, 4/5) is a freeware Yahtzee joint that merges Space Quest with the space trading games of the Elite lineage, while Halley Wars (Game Gear, 3/5) is just a pretty decent little shooter that time forgot.

06 / 26 / 2019

You know what, the host CMS is breaking random stuff yet again and I'm too heated to come up with witty text for today's update. It's RPG/SRPG and kinda dark in nature, ambitious freeware Suikoden-alike Exit Fate (PC, 4/5) and an oddball follow-up to Valkyrie Profile called Covenant of the Plume (DS, 2/5). Gotta get out of here for a while, I don't need to start my morning with my blood pressure through the roof.

06 / 06 / 2019 

Whew! For today's update, the Skill-Based Gambling subsection of the Gaming For A Living mega-article is finally complete! The final additions were sections for Ticket Redemption and Claw Games and Single-Player Skill-Based Casino Games. Of course, the article will be updated over time, but the basic framework is finally done.

05 / 31 / 2019

Oof! Yikes! I can't believe it's been since like mid-2018 since we had a problematic, patriarchal update. This is it, chief! We're gonna really unpack the intersectionality of arcade shooter Excelsior (2/5) and dating-puzzle hybrid HuniePop (PC, 3/5) in today's update.

05 / 24 / 2019

"Illanich-Uleninov-Parmesan-Parmesan-NinjaTurtle " ... oh hullo, don't mind me, just experimenting with dark magick. While I'm summoning up this Eldritch abomination to cleanse the world you can check out our new reviews of Eternal Darkness (Gamecube, 4/5), much beloved pioneer of "sanity systems" in horror games, and this Elvira remake (PC, NR) that is incomplete but looks very promising.

05 / 14 / 2019

Well ... I'm guessing most people are not particularly stoked on swords n' sorcery right at this particular moment. So let's head in the other direction .... TO THE FUTURE! We'll be safe there ... at least for now. Anyway, Timesplitters: Future Perfect (Gamecube, 5/5) is low-key one of the best FPS games ever made, while Tacoma (PC, 3/5) is the rare "walking simulator" that actually delivers with a good story, characters and environment.

05 / 04 / 2019

It's open world anarchy in the gaming today with Saints Row 2 (PC, 3/5) and Mad Max (NES, 1/5)

04 / 19 / 2019

Draxin' them sklounts today with Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (PC, 4/5) and Rescue: The Embassy Mission (NES, 2/5).

04 / 13 / 2019

Today's updates are the colorful MMORPG MapleStory 2 (PC, 3/5) and the addition of a pachinko section to the Gaming For A Living: Skill-Based Gambling mega-article.

04 / 04 / 2019

Got a little Falcom Fest going today with Dragon Slayer: The Legend of Heroes (Turbo CD, 3/5) and Ys Typing Tutor (PC, 2/5). The former was Falcom's first turn-based console RPG and was the foundation for what is now the modern Legend of Heroes series. The latter is a goofball little mini-game excised from Zwei!! and made into a stand-alone executable by a fan; Falcom seems to have meant it as a riff on Sega's Typing of the Dead.

03 / 24 / 2019

♫ Fiiiiiyah Em-ba-leeem ♫ ... oh hullo. Today we're looking at Nintendo's mobile venture Fire Emblem Heroes (Android, 3/5), and we also have a mini-feature for anyone who might be interested in emulating Android games on a computer.

03 / 15 / 2019

One of the big things I've been wanting to do with this site is to switch up to more of a focus on gaming feature articles, especially on topics that aren't really covered elsewhere. In that spirit, today we have a retrospective look at the greatest gaming rock that you (probably) didn't know about - The Naoto Shibata Project: Requiem for the Forgotten Riffs. Big Castlevania and Snatcher fans may have encountered these tracks at some point, but may not be aware of the full scope of these arrangements or the cool histories of the musicians behind them. So that's what that's all about.

Want a review too? Have a review too. A-Jax (Arcade, 2/5) is ... well, not one of Konami's greater arcade moments, but Shibata did the game's decent soundtrack right with a rockin' arrangement so it's joining the archives today.

02 / 08 / 2019

Adding on to the skill-based gaming article today with a new poker section, plus a review of Lucky's Casino Adventure (PC, 3/5) which was a fairly ambitious gambling game for its time yet has all but disappeared from existence at this point.

01 / 24 / 2019

Unearthing a couple of arcade sports obscurities today. Beach Festival World Championship 1997 (1/5) comes to us from Comad, a Korean publisher best known for their "adult" games full of pirated assets. Fear not if at work or out in public, though, as this one is PG. Then there's Super Basketball (2/5), Konami's first attempt at hoop dreams before moving on to Double Dribble a couple of years later.

01 / 15 / 2019

Man, if you slap a yellow trenchcoat and hat on Robert Mueller, you basically have Dick Tracy. The lantern-jawed two-fisted detective finally gets repped on the site today with Dick Tracy (Amiga, 1/5) and Dick Tracy: The Crime-Solving Adventure (Amiga, 3/5). The first game is a typical Titusbomb, but the second one was actually a kind of interesting and ambitious open-worldy type of game with adventure elements.

We have more to offer than just Yellow Dick, however. Today I am pleased to unveil the next segment of the Gaming For A Living mega-article, Skill-Based Gambling. I had originally planned to finish the whole page for this update, but once I got into it I found all sorts of new rabbit holes and interesting stuff, and it quickly turned into a whopper. So I did the first couple of sections of the page in the interest of a timely update, with the rest of the sections coming with future updates.

01 / 07 / 2019

The big site cleanup I've been working on is finally done. Still having image posting issues, but hopefully everything else is a lot smoother and nicer-looking around the site.

And for our update we have all kinds of angels in the outfield with League of Angels 3 (Browser, 2/5) and Tropical Angel (Arcade, 2/5).

01 / 01 / 2019

Welp. Here we go.

Trying to get off to a fast start in this newest of years with significant updates to the Gaming For a Living mega-article, specifically the kosher and not-as-kosher MMO "real money trading" moneymakers. The former adds sections for two new games, and the latter has been totally reformatted/streamlined and has had a bunch of new game information added.

You might also note a crispy new look around here for the new year. Bear with us in case of little hiccups for the next couple weeks or so as I arrange and test out everything under this updated content management system, but I think everything is working as it should be at this point.

Finally, why not some reviews. And why not some arcade racing games to get us off to a roaring start in 2019. Power Drift (NR) and Outrunners (4/5) were the second generation of racers in Yu Suzuki's "Super Scaler" arcade lineage, and worthy follow-ups to Hang-On and Outrun running on better hardware.