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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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Review: The Meg

Rogue Hippo’s Review Score: 5

It’s hard to screw up a movie about a giant shark.  Movie-goers are willing to forgo quality acting and writing for some good old-fashioned shark carnage.  Somehow, The Meg failed to deliver even that. Continue reading “Review: The Meg”

Preview: Overlord

Somehow the upcoming World War II movie Overlord completely evaded my radar until I stumbled on the trailer today.  Watch it:

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Killer Queen: The Arcade Phenomenon is Also Coming to the Switch

Joysticks.  Button-mashing.  Five on five battles.  Collect the berries.  Ride the snail.  Kill the queen.  Get the power-up and win the game.  Can Killer Queen return the video game arcade to it’s former glory?  Lets find out. Continue reading “Killer Queen: The Arcade Phenomenon is Also Coming to the Switch”

PlayStation Live Media Showcase – E3 2018

When you’re the top dog, it can be easy to become complacent. This generation, PlayStation has been soaring off of one of the greatest conferences in history during E3 2013 when they announced the PlayStation 4 (PS4).  Since then, they’ve had many solid performances as well as a couple of killer, crowd pleasing conferences at E3 2015 and 2016.

Now, Sony is coming off of the successful releases of multiple long-gestating exclusive games, and has at least four more big-guns in the hopper. But, what can they do to keep that momentum going? Continue reading “PlayStation Live Media Showcase – E3 2018”

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