Opinion: The Dreamcast was delightfully quirky

I apologize for the delay on this one; blame Metroid. Sega’s swansong console left one lasting legacy before it was snuffed out; it was home to a very bizarre and delightful collection of games from a wide range of developers. And the majority of the kookier titles were from the auspices of Sega themselves, firing…

Opinion: Street Fighter is 30 years old today!

30 years ago the original Street Fighter made its debut in Japanese arcades. Now while that effort wasn’t really all that great, the sequel more than made up for it and the series has been going on strong ever since. It’s really remarkable how Street Fighter II rewrote the arcade narrative. Beat em ups and…

Opinion: Legend of Zelda is 30 years old today!

On August 22, 1987, Nintendo of America released The Legend of Zelda, one of the most sophisticated and complex pieces of software yet released at the time — easily on the NES/Famicom, at least. Shigeru Miyamoto and his team created an incredible franchise that continues to impress, innovate and inspire gamers, artists, musicians, and the…

12 YEARS OF LVLS SPECIAL ILLUSTRATION

Here we are on August 6th, the anniversary of this crazy expedition of blogging about games! Now I did say yesterday I’ve been at this for 16 years, but Lvl. did not start until 2005, making this particular project 12 years old. And if you’re relatively new to my content, this sketch will probably not…

Happy 15th Anniversary LVLS!

On August 6th, 2001, I put up my first website, Wildcat Online, on Tripod’s services. LVLS came from those humble (and immature) origins, and thus it is the 15th anniversary of this little operation. Hard to believe! Man. It’s come a long way…and yet, in some ways, it has returned to its roots as being…

Site News: 7 Years with WordPress

Apparently a couple days ago my blogging efforts here at WordPress reached the seven year milestone! Wow! Overall, I’m very pleased to have relocated here from my old Tripod sites those seven years ago — both in terms of necessity and in terms of ease of use. LVLs. was the original, so it’s sort of…