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I am a major fan of nostalgia. On this page, you’ll find links to my posts about classic video games, stories I’ve written, and a healthy heap of my most recent hobby – crayon art! If you like what you see, I encourage you to “like” my posts, leave a reply, and subscribe/follow this section so you can stay up-to-date with my latest content!

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Marker Art #44: Lemmings

My first experience with Lemmings was at a friend’s house (yes, the same friend where I accidentally borrowed Chrono Trigger), and it was something that held our attention far more than it should have. I loved the challenge of trying to manage all these brainless creatures as they marched carelessly toward their goal (or impendingContinue reading “Marker Art #44: Lemmings”


Marker Art #40: Excitebike

Designed by the legendary Shigeru Miyamoto, Excitebike (1985) was one of the very first launch titles for the original Nintendo Entertainment System. I learned recently that this game’s engine was a key component for Miyamoto’s team in the development of Super Mario Bros. Namely, Mario’s ability to accelerate from a walk to a run wasContinue reading “Marker Art #40: Excitebike”




Marker Art #31: Rush

Rush first appeared as Mega Man’s faithful canine companion in Mega Man 3 for the original Nintendo Entertainment System in 1990 (JP). His primary function was to help Mega Man reach high ledges by turning into a coil that would add some spring to the blue bomber’s jump. Later upgrades in the same game wouldContinue reading “Marker Art #31: Rush”





It’s Good To Be The King: Royalty in Games

King me! Legendary kings like Hrothgar and King Arthur have been appearing in literature as early as the 9th-century, and the oral histories of these types of characters reach even further back in time. The Greeks had Zeus, Norse mythology had Odin, and Middle-earth had Aragorn. It wasn’t long before people were creating their ownContinue reading “It’s Good To Be The King: Royalty in Games”


Crayon Art #16: Bosses of Super Mario Bros 2 (USA)

I’ve always had a special affinity for Super Mario Bros 2 (USA), and I even place it within the top five of my favorite Mario games. In particular, I really appreciated the game’s uniqueness, the ability to play as four different characters each with their own individual attributes, and the atypical storyline that expanded onContinue reading “Crayon Art #16: Bosses of Super Mario Bros 2 (USA)”


Hoppin’ Down The Bunny Trail: Rabbits in Games

Hippity-hoppity, Easter’s on its way! After you find your basket and eat way too many chocolate covered rabbits, hop on down the bunny trail with me as we take a look at the Top Ten instances of hares in video games! It’s lagomorphin’ time! 10. RobbitJumping Flash! (Playstation, 1995) The “first platform video game inContinue reading “Hoppin’ Down The Bunny Trail: Rabbits in Games”









Crayon Art #7: Punch Out

Whether you faced Mr. Dream or Mike Tyson himself, Punch Out for the original Nintendo Entertainment System remains one of the most memorable games of the time. Released in 1987, you control Little Mac, a 17-year-old kid from the Bronx who “loves nothing better than a tough challenge” (according to the instruction manual). Well, aContinue reading “Crayon Art #7: Punch Out”






Cartoons/Characters Referenced in the New “Space Jam: A New Legacy” Trailer

I just watched the trailer for “Space Jam: A New Legacy,” and holy cow they are cramming a lot of characters in there! Here’s a list of all the ones that I happened to catch. Can you find any others? Let me know in the comments! Superman Gandalf King Kong  Iron Giant Gossamer Foghorn LeghornContinue reading “Cartoons/Characters Referenced in the New “Space Jam: A New Legacy” Trailer”





Happy 35th

“Shhhh!” he hushed loudly, turning to the crowd of rowdy bikers. “I’m trying to use the phone!” The bikers did NOT like being told what to do. Who was this guy in his neat, grey suit with a tiny red bowtie? Silently and slowly, they all stood and started to approach the little dweeb. “DidContinue reading “Happy 35th”



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