Game Of The Week: Halo 3

March 24, 2008

halo3Since I just got my Xbox 360 for Valentine’s Day this year, I was a little late to the Halo 3 party.  No matter – I knew once I got the console, that Halo 3 would be one of the first titles I would pick up.  With so many great games on all of my systems – it still took me awhile to open and jump into the game.  Well I made up for that this weeked. Read more

Retro Wednesday: Pac Man

March 19, 2008

pac manThis is the little yellow guy who really put video games on the map and made the joystick a household name.  Pac Man changed the arcade game landscape in 1981 giving us something beyond your typical space-shooter like Asteroids and Space Invaders.  Pac Man was so popular that it spawned a bevy of licenced products, including toys, watches, bed linens, and of course a Saturday morning cartoon. Read more

Game Of The Week: Loco Roco

March 17, 2008

loco rocoI bought Loco Roco on the advice of the sales person at GameStop.  I really needed a fun PSP game that wouldn’t hurt my eyes like Burnout Legends.  A lot of times handheld games can be hit or miss, but Loco Roco is definitely a hit! Read more

Retro Wednesday: Space Invaders

March 12, 2008

space invadersIn 1977 my parents got me and my brother an Atari 2600.  It came with 2 controllers and the game Combat.  My parents also bought us Space Invaders.  That Christmas morning changed my life forever.  From that point on I would love video games and always be surrounded by them. Read more

Game of the Week: Burnout Paradise

March 10, 2008

Burnout ParadiseThis week I’m concentrating on Burnout Paradise.  I’m a big fan of the Burnout series. I’ve owned or rented each of the previous versions.  Nothing feels better than tearing though the streets catching air, drifting, and causing hugh crashes. Read more

In Play: Fight Night Round 3; Guitar Hero 3

March 6, 2008

Fight Night Round 3

Started career mode with my fighter, Long “The Beast” Duck, a 5’10″ welterweight.  I set the attributes Read more

Over 30 Review: Call of Duty 4

March 5, 2008

Call of Duty 4The First Person Shooter (FPS) is one of my favorite game genres.  I played Wolfenstein 3D in college and even bought a brand new 486 PC system in ’93 just so I could play Doom II. Read more

Retro Wednesday: Dig Dug

March 5, 2008

Dig DugDig Dug was my favorite arcade game in the 80′s.  It was such a simple concept, but it made for hours of fun as it ingested $100s of dollars of my tokens!

The action in Dig Dug starts out slow and simple but picks up very quickly.  You are armed with a pump and apparently some sort of digging apparatus.  You can freely walk through the dirt vertically and horizontally creating tunnels.  Your job is to rid the area of the monsters by pumping them up until they explode.  Some of the monsters are trapped in small encased tunnels – but they will phase through the dirt to attack you.  Your reflexes have to be quick and your puzzle/maze abilities up to par to make it to the later rounds.  The other weapon you have are a number of rocks spread throughout the playfield.  By luring the Pookas and Fygars to a tall vertical tunnel under a rock you can smash a group of them for extra points. 

Dig DugIn later rounds you get more monsters and they get a lot faster.  The key to mastering the arcade was the double pump and release.  It took several pumps – 5-6 to kill a monster.  This took time and when you had multiple monsters after you, there was no way to pump each one to explosion.  However, when you pumped them a few times they would be suspended in the air while the air left their bodies for a few seconds.  This would allow you to release and then attach your hose to another monster and pump it up for an explosion.  But you had to watch out, because the Fygars would cook you with their flame breath!

I haven’t seen an upright Dig Dug machine for many years. However, you Xbox 360 owners can relive one of the great games of the 80′s on Xbox Live.  It’s a perfect port of the arcade version, with a few Achievements thrown in to keep it interesting.

Games like Dig Dug, Mr. Doo and others like them took the idea of the Pac Man maze a step further.  By digging your own maze and then hunting the monsters, these games allowed players to be more aggressive, in a slapstick cartoon sort of way.   The console had the classic layout of the joystick and one button.  In fact, the button was only on the right so I would cross my hands so that I could use my right hand on the joystick and my left on the button.  Ah, such memories!

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Meet The Gamer-Evolved

March 3, 2008

Gamer-EvolvedHi guys!  My name is Brian.  I’m 35 years old and I’ve been playing video games since I was 3 or 4.  The first game I ever played was Pong.  It was brown and came with two controllers that had these levers on them.  My brother and I would play for hours.  When I was 5, my parents bought us an Atari 2600 and it was all over after that.

Over the years, I’ve spent untold hundreds (maybe thousands) of dollars in arcades playing games like Dig Dug, Pac-Man, Popeye, Mr. Doo, Street Fighter, and even Mortal Kombat!  I’ve also owned a number of PCs and console game systems.  I didn’t own all the biggies – but I certantly played on all of them.   Atari 2600, 5200, ColecoVision, Intellivision, NES, Super NES, Nintendo 64, Geneses, DreamCast, PS-One, PS2, PS3, Xbox, and Xbox 360.  I’ve also owned several PCs and played a number of PC classics – from the original MS Flight Simulator to Crysis.

This blog is my attempt to bring my knowledge of games to the world and also be a voice to us older gamers who love games and can afford to buy them.  I’ll try my best to navigate you away from the trash games and towards the ones worth you paying full price. 

I’m a shoot from the hip kind of guy so you’ll find my posts half stream of conscious and half planned out.  Above all else, I’m here to have fun – and I hope you are too.  If you love games, you’ll love becoming a Gamer-Evolved!

Game of the Week: Fight Night – Round 3

March 3, 2008

fightnight3.jpgThis week’s GOTW is Fight Night Round 3.  I just purchased this game used from the GameStop at the mall on the advice of one of my closest friends.  I’ve never been a big fan of the boxing games, although that is more from a lack of being around them than not actually enjoying the game play.  Read more