Snoopy’s Silly Sports Spectacular (NES)

Snoopy’s Silly Sports Spectacular (NES)

Snoopy’s Silly Sports Spectacular was developed and published by Kemco in April 1990, the game features Charlie Brown’s best pal in a variety of short minigames that aren’t really sports, definitely aren’t spectacular, but are undeniably silly. It’s a game I remembered renting as a kid and having a good time playing with my sister. We fought a lot, so any game with competitive two-player that would make us mad at each other was always a big hit. I found the game at local game store Sudden Impact a few years ago and had to snag it. I’m glad I did!

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2018 is a Literal Garbage Fire but At Least Pizza Ranch is Back

2018 is a Literal Garbage Fire but At Least Pizza Ranch is Back

Let’s be honest, unless you’re an asshole 2018 hasn’t had very much good news to go around. All most of us reasonable people can do while we wait for either things to get better or for the universe to mercifully implode in on itself is to bury our feelings in creature comforts that make us feel as safe and warm and full of pizza as we did when we were naught but children. My friends, I am absolutely delighted to inform you that my, and probably someone else’s, prayers have been answered and we can relive the wild 90s with the return of Pizza Ranch.

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Getting More Out of Fewer Games

Getting More Out of Fewer Games

My daughter is 15 months old now. Things like time and money are at an all-time premium in my life, which is not a situation that lends itself well to playing lots of video games, my pastime of choice before I fell in love with chasing a screaming gremlin around my house so she doesn’t slam her fingers in the kitchen drawer again.

It’s funny how quickly you can adapt to huge life changes like this. Sure, I’m exhausted all the time and broke most of the time but I’ve really come to love and appreciate My New Normal. I don’t really miss all the time I used to spend playing games, which probably sounds crazy, especially if my mom is reading this. What having so little free time and money to spend on games has done has actually gotten me back to a point that I’ve been wanting to get back to for years – really appreciating everything I’m playing.

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Closing the Curtain on YouTube

Closing the Curtain on YouTube

Today, five years to the day of when I officially launched the first episode of The Backlog, I’m publishing my final video and hanging it all up.

I know this is confusing based on what I’ve been saying on Twitter since I posted that teaser a week ago. I said The Backlog was BACK BAYBEE and we’d have a new channel and be kickin’ butt all over again. Unfortunately, this was another instance of me getting overexcited and announcing plans before they’re really thought through. You’d think I’d have learned my lesson by now.

The plan was to start it all over again, right where it originally began with Trog! for NES. Instead, I’m ending back where I started and to be honest I like how that feels much better.

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Pepsi Fire Review: You’ll Spit Hot Fire

Pepsi Fire Review: You’ll Spit Hot Fire

Summer is in full swing and we’re all looking for ways to beat the heat. Brands are our friends, and our pals at Pepsico have our backs with a new soda that’s the equivalent of someone shoving a hand grenade stuffed full of Hot Tamales candy into your gullet and pulling the pin.

A little bit of background info on me: I’m a huge soda guy. It’s my biggest vice. I don’t much care for alcohol and I’ve never smoked or done drugs. When I come home from work on a Friday night soda is the thing I want to crave to help me unwind and relax. Does that make me sound super weird and lame? Probably. Who cares. Let’s move on.

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In Defense of Final Fantasy XII’s Battle System

In Defense of Final Fantasy XII’s Battle System

Today is basically Christmas Eve, because tomorrow will mark the day Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age, the remastered version the secret best Final Fantasy game, will be released for the PlayStation 4. It boasts fancy new graphics in the H-est of Ds, an orchestral soundtrack and an expanded Job system that was previously exclusive to the Japan-only rerelease of the original game, Final Fantasy XII International Zodiac Job System.

To say I love Final Fantasy XII is a bit of an understatement. I’ve been known to shout from the Twitter rooftops about how much I love composer Hitoshi Sakimoto’s work and the soundtrack for Final Fantasy XII is just sublime. The game’s soundtrack has a very distinctive, ethereal arrangement of strings and winds that’s so awe-inspiringly beautiful that I just want to swim in it.

I’m listening to the soundtrack as I write this and I think I’ve said the phrase “God I’m so happy” about twenty times, no joke. Ask my wife.

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Ecto Cooler, One Year Later

Ecto Cooler, One Year Later

When Ecto Cooler returned for a brief period last year it was nothing short of magical. Even though I wasn’t the hugest Ghostbusters fan as a kid (which, honestly, baffles me to this day) Ecto Cooler was THE flavor of Hi-C that I wanted in my school lunch. Tasting it again two decades later and immediately recognizing it, as if seeing an old friend, was something I’ll never forget.

It wasn’t the perfect relaunch, though. It was damn near impossible to find in stores which meant you had to fight the online crowds whenever the cans came in stock on Amazon. My wife was the MVP that one fateful day.

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The Super Fantastic SpaceKappa E3 2017 Wrapup!

The Super Fantastic SpaceKappa E3 2017 Wrapup!

It’s E3 again, that magical time of year when hype takes over and we’re all kids on Christmas morning. The entire gaming industry gathers in Los Angeles to wow us, amaze us and work us into a frothing fervor as we throw money at our computers, desperate to buy video games that don’t exist yet.

It’s a yearly tradition of mine to take time off from work so I can enjoy all the press conferences and let myself really get lost ~in the moment~ and this year was no exception! With pizza rolls and Code Red in hand I waited with the giddiness of Homer Simpson finding an overturned Duff truck to see what I’m gonna be playing over the next couple of years.

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It’s Okay if a Game Isn’t For You

It’s Okay if a Game Isn’t For You

Mario and Rabbids, together at last! Two great tastes even better together, like peanut butter and getting hit by a bus.

Yeah, one of the worst kept gaming secrets of 2017 was finally sorta kinda confirmed when key art and documents for Mario & Rabbids Kingdom Battle for the Nintendo Switch hit the internet last week.  Of course, as is tradition, sarcasm and snark were the overwhelming sentiment on Twitter Dot Com.

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My Heart’s Truest Wish

My Heart’s Truest Wish

If I were ever to win the lottery and be Filthy Stinkin’ Rich I’d do a lot of good things with all that lettuce. Buy up medical and student loan debt and tell people they’re off the hook. Donate to charities. Create affordable housing. Stuff like that. But when it comes to selfish things I’d do for myself I already know what my heart’s truest wish is.

I’d get a 100% accurate replica built of Princess Peach’s castle from Super Mario 64.

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