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Outside is Overrated Episode Eight – Best Games of 2018

Tom welcomes Hobby Box Burns to OiO, and the charismatic duo discuss gaming gifts, disappointments from the past year and the best games of 2018.

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Final Fantasy Challenge – FF1

At a couple points throughout my gaming history I had tried to play Final Fantasy I. I thought I had made decent progress into the story, and I was excited to kick of 2019’s Final Fantasy Challenge with the original title.

This classic was originally released in 1987 on the Nintendo Entertainment System. As a well-known advocate of forsaking retro games to play modern classics, how would this old-school tale strike me?

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Review: They Shall Not Grow Old

Rogue Hippo’s Review Score: 9

I know it’s a tough sell to get people excited to see a World War I documentary in 3D at the movie theater; but damnit, I’m going to try. Continue reading “Review: They Shall Not Grow Old”

Tom’s Triumphs – Beating the Best of 2018

Hello, I’m new here.

My name is Tom, and I have a full-time job, a baby, an amazing wife, a gaming website and a podcast. I have decided to write a recurring column, so uh, here we are. Thanks for spending some precious leisure time on my site. I assure you, if you click to continue reading and stick with me all the way to the end, you will be rewarded handsomely.

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Outside is Overrated Episode Seven – Evaluating a (SNES) Classic

Tom and Brian discuss their thoughts on the timeless debate of Sega vs. Nintendo, and their hands-on impressions of the SNES Classic.

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2018 in Review – Babies Are a Lot of Work

Gaming has been a personal passion since the first time I saw an arcade in a mall. I have owned every major console released since the Sega Genesis, with the exception of the original XBox. For me, a Saturday spent playing video or board games with my wife or a few close friends would always be more appealing than a night out. Gaming is, and always will be a part of me.

So what happens when a hardcore gamer brings life into the world? Would my gaming self cease to exist, buried in a cavalcade of dirty cloth diapers? Would the world be forced to evolve without my tsunami of treachery and weiner jokes?

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Gloomhaven Gets Overrated

Some board games are fun. Some board games are long. And then there is Gloomhaven, the face-melting Euro-style game by Cephalofair Games. It’s a lot like Leonardo DiCaprio – it’s one of the biggest stars in the board gaming world, it’s got a lot of depth and it always brings quality.

I recently had a chance to sit in on a friend’s session, and came away with a healthy respect for the breadth and depth of the game. I expected it to be similar to Dungeons and Dragons (D&D) with parties working together to complete quests while slowly increasing in power. Most of my preconceptions turned out to be off the mark.

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Review: Venom

Tom Awesome’s Review Score: 8.25

What do you get when you pair an alien parasite with a blackballed investigative reporter and strip away the title character’s traditional backstory and all other trappings of the Marvel universe? A surprisingly fun action film with a couple outstanding performances.

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Former MLB Pitcher on Balancing Career and Gaming

Steve Johnson is a recently retired right-handed pitcher who amassed a 6-1 record and a 4.26 ERA over 76 major league innings in parts of four seasons with the Baltimore Orioles and Seattle Mariners. The Baltimore native is the son of a successful pitcher on one of the best pitching staffs in the history of Major League Baseball (Dave Johnson). An avid gamer, Johnson recently took some time to talk about balancing his passion for video games with the demands of being a professional athlete.

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