Academic: The Early History of Women in Video Games

Femicom currently is chronicling the NES and Famicom’s contributions to female representation in video games — with mostly dubious results — but I wanted to examine the years leading up to that console’s release. I feel that looking into the genesis of the medium and how women were initially portrayed as both in-game characters and…

Opinions: The Ninja Warriors vs Ninja Saviors – Perfecting an Idea

Taito’s 1987 arcade beat-em-up The Ninja Warriors is a game that had a better idea than it did a final game. The entire premise is intriguing enough — the country has been in mired in a dystopic regime by President Banglar, and a resistance has been battling against his tyranny. Its leader, Mulk, has been…

Opinions: Bottom 25 Games – 24) Haunted Castle

24) Haunted Castle (Arcade, Konami, 1988) If you’ve looked at my top 111, you know I value Castlevania as a series quite highly. Aria of Sorrow is in the top 10, Symphony in the top 20, and Rondo in the top 50. I’ve even proclaimed it my favorite franchise in gaming! So it pains me…

Opinions: Konami IS READYING COMPS! Let’s Discuss!

In what might be the quickest turnaround from me writing speculation posts to actual confirmation posts, Konami just revealed that they are releasing several digital 8-packs of their back catalog this year for their 50th anniversary. As of today there are three on tap: one full of arcade titles, one of Castlevania, and one of Contra (with a…

Music: Five of my Top 100 VGM from All Over the Map

All right, we’re down to the last 10 songs on my Top 100 VGM! I’m going to work to get this finished this weekend, so expect the last five tomorrow! Chicago: Stealth, Perfect Dark, Grant Kirkhope, N64, Rare, 2001 For me this is one of the best “stealth” songs I’ve ever come across. And it…

Opinion: Bottom 25 Games – 19) Avenger (Arcade)

19) Avenger (Arcade, Capcom, 1987) Capcom certainly was not slouching in attempting new approaches to game design back in the 1980s. However, there were a few duds along the way, and Avenger is another example of the company swinging and missing, much like Trojan and the original Street Fighter. In this case, it’s tackling a…

Opinion: Bottom 25 Games – 15) Street Fighter (Arcade)

15) Street Fighter (Arcade, Capcom, 1987) Street Fighter desperately tried to evolve the one-on-one fighting genre to the next level, but its controls prevent it from that lofty aspiration. Unlike Way of the Exploding Fist or Epyx International Karate, Capcom’s first effort initially removed the button press to initiate an attack for a two joystick…