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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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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 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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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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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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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”

Ubisoft E3 Presentation – E3 2018

2018 has already been a huge year for Ubisoft, having finally repelled the hostile takeover attempt by Vivendi. This is coming off of a year in which the financial successes of Assassin’s Creed Origins, Ghost Recon: Wildlands, and For Honor and the critical success of Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle have buoyed the prospects the company to new heights.

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