Video game collecting is a full-fledged hobby. In the past 4 years, prices and demand of retro video games (any game prior to Playstation 3/Xbox 360) has been climbing and shows no sign of slowing down. As game developers try to come out with the latest and greatest, people STILL go back and play games that are 5, 10 Geteven 30 years old on their original hardware.

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Alundra was released on December 31st 1997 in North America by Working Designs. This is one of my favorite games for the Playstation because it’s similar to Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, but it has much more complex puzzles and the story line is darker. It has the same basic action RPG mechanics – you hack and slash enemies and have a drop down menu where you can equip weapons, items and spells to use in real time. The game is linear with some optional quests, but there’s no level up process or grindingwhich is nice.

The UI was similar to Legend of Zelda, but the art style was more complex

The UI was similar to Legend of Zelda, but the art style was more complex

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9/9/99 – Sega Dreamcast hit the North American market with much fanfare. It was truly a next gen console that obliterated the competition. Playstation and Nintendo 64 were aged considerably compared to the Dreamcast. The system had a built in modem for online capabilities, an available keyboard and web browser. Futureproof they said. The framerate on the games was very smooth and the new controller, although bulky, allowed for a new memory card known as the Virtual Memory Unit (VMU for short). The VMU allowed you to take a mini game with you so that you could play on the go. The Dreamcast also had 4 controller ports for local multiplayer. It was ahead of its time and did everything right. But its demise was planned well in advance by Sony who announced that the bigger, faster, DVD playing Playstation 2 would be releasing November of 2000.

A simple iconic design

A simple iconic design

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Jurassic World is coming out today. Now depending on if you’re a fan of the old series or looking to see if Chris Pratt is going to take his shirt off, you might be interested in playing some games based on the series. The 1994 Jurassic Park film has amassed billions of dollars and also had tons of marketing tie ins. Jurassic World is said to be more like the book and that has people excited. Not to mention trained raptors and huge dinosaurs eating everyone. Good times.

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The Chicago Blackhawks are playing Tampa Bay in the Stanley Cup finals. As a person who doesn’t care about hockey but cares about Chicago, this is exciting to see the Hawks in another Stanley Cup final because Chicago hasn’t had a winning dynasty team since Michael Jordan and the Bulls.

Of course in the mid 1990s, Chicago Hockey was non existent. The team’s owner prohibited televised home games, hiked ticket prices and the team was terrible. No one except the hard core fans cared about the Blackhawks so I didn’t either. But I cared about the next best thing – Video game hockey.

Again, back in my day, video game sports were the best back in the 90s. The simulation was there but it was still easy to pick up and play. The best pick up and play hockey game was Mutant League Hockey.

Made by EA in 1994, this game had everything you could want in a hockey game and more. It had silly team names which were spoofs of official teams, different species of players like skeletons, robots and trolls, and also different arenas that you could interact with. One arena had spikes on the wall that you could get hooked on and your player would bleed out. For a 10 year old, this game was amazing.

The coach gave great peptalks

The coach gave great peptalks

If you scored from behind the second line, the goal was worth two. If you needed to take your goalie out to add an extra player on the ice, the goal was replaced with a giant monster that would attempt to stop the puck from getting in. If it did go in, the mouth would explode leaving guts all over the place. If your player got too close, it would eat you and spit out the bones. At the end of each period a slug zamboni would come along and clean up the ice.

complete with mutant babes

complete with mutant babes

The gameplay is similar to EA’s official sports title NHL Hockey but obviously this has a much greater arcade element to it and doesn’t take itself seriously. The game has yet to see any type of sequel and is one of those hard to get Genesis games because of the nostalgia + greatness factor.

If you have the means to get it, I highly suggest you pick it up. You won’t be disappointed.

I’ve been working at a local video game store every Saturday for the past eight months. I have always wanted to work in a video game store and thought it would be a great experience. I found the job completely by chance. I was purchasing a copy of Kingdom Hearts and waiting for it to be resurfaced when I overheard the manager talking about how they were looking for someone to work over the weekends, but the search was difficult given the pool of candidates. I spoke up and confirmed that they were hiring part time – they were, but only weekends. I said that was great since I have a full time job during the week and the weekends were free for me. The manager asked to see a resume, I went home and printed one off and turned it in later that day.

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