Opinions: A Dual Life Perspective – 1st Half 2020

Well. 2020 sure has been….something. The real has been exhausting, to be sure. I’ve felt like it’s been mostly a rollercoaster of event after event after event — and most of those events have been life-changing. When the year began, work felt like a marathon sprint with no end in sight. Just incredibly busy and…

Opinions: What is the best Mini Console?

6/11/2020 Update – The TurboGrafx Mini has been released, evaluated and added to this article. I thought it might be interesting to see how each of the Minis I have compare against each other. I kept the math simple; I added up each “grade” and divided the total against the full amount of games per…

Opinion: Let’s Rank the TG16 Mini – Part 5

Welcome to Part 5! Let’s finish up our ranking with a look at the last ten titles on the PC Engine! Seirei Senshi Spriggan Good to see some Compile love end up on the TG16 Mini — as one of the legends in the 80s shooter scene with Zanac, Guardic and The Guardian Legend/Guardic Gaiden,…

Opinion: Let’s Rank the TG16 Mini – Part 4

Welcome to Part 4! Let’s continue looking through the PC Engine titles. Dragon Spirit It’s been a while since I played the arcade version of this game, but I feel like this might be the definitive way to play Dragon Spirit? The game is very responsive, the fantasy trappings are novel, and the soundtrack is…

Opinion: Let’s Rank the TG16 Mini – Part 3

Welcome to Part 3! We’ll finish the TG16 titles this time, and begin looking at the PC Engine titles. Splatterhouse Namco’s brawler Splatterhouse left an impression on me when I first played the arcade original last year — namely, it grossed me out and I had to walk away from it lest I get nauseous,…

Opinion: Let’s Rank the TG16 Mini – Part 2

Welcome to Part 2! Ten more titles from the TG16 side of things — next time, we’ll finish these up and start on the PC Engine titles. Neutopia (also on PC Engine) This is a rather blatant Legend of Zelda clone, down to the use of bombs to open up secret passages! Despite the fragrant…

Opinion: Let’s Rank the TG16 Mini – Part 1

Okay, let’s tackle the latest mini console to hit …well, virtual shelves: the Turbografx 16 Mini! With 52 unique games (not counting the cute minigame easter eggs, arcade arrangements and Japanese versions of US games featured on the Mini) to cover, this is going to take a while! Compared to the Super NES and Genesis,…

Archives: The Looking Back Series – 2001 – 2004

When LVLs. became a thing, I thought it might be interesting to go through each year of my life and do a little write up on both the events that transpired per 365.25 days, as well as reflect on games that came out that particular year to award it the “best of that year”. Considering…