Marker Art #22: Kid Icarus

1987 was a great time to be alive if you were a Nintendo fan. Mega Man, Contra, Wizards & Warriors, Final Fantasy, and Punch-Out were just a handful of magnificent selections that players had from which to choose in a market that wasn’t yet competing with next year’s Sega Genesis. Kid Icarus came to theContinue reading “Marker Art #22: Kid Icarus”

*Marker* Art #19 & 20: Dragon Warrior & StarTropics

Once again grabbing my Ohuhu markers and a couple of 4×4″ pieces of canvas, I decided this time to sketch out some pixel art of characters from two of my favorite games, Dragon Warrior (Originally Dragon Quest, NES, 1987) and StarTropics (NES, 1990). For the latter, I chose to use the sprite from the series’Continue reading “*Marker* Art #19 & 20: Dragon Warrior & StarTropics”

50th Post: Most Mentioned Games

Can you believe it?! 50 posts! I launched my website in the late summer of 2019 and began publishing regular blog posts at the beginning of 2020. It all started with my idea to create monthly themed Top Ten lists about video games based on some sort of pun (Jam-uary, Food-uary, Blarch, Ape-ril, etc.). OfContinue reading “50th Post: Most Mentioned Games”

You Are Mine: Mine Carts in Games

I’m not sure what exactly inspired me to write this article, but driving through the beautiful mountains of Wyoming has certainly helped. Every once in awhile, I’ll spot an old tunnel carved out of the side of a mountain and wonder where that tunnel might lead. Many of these tunnels have railroad attached to them,Continue reading “You Are Mine: Mine Carts in Games”

Crayon Art #10: Star Fox

The original Star Fox game was released for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System in February of 1993. It was groundbreaking in that it was the first game to use the “Super FX Chip” to create 3D graphics on a console known for 2D sidescrollers or “Mode 7” effects. Nearly 30 years later, the series isContinue reading “Crayon Art #10: Star Fox”

My Gaming Year in Review (2021)

Starting in about 2005, I decided to keep track of every video game I had ever beaten including the date and time of completion. I would even make notes about how the game was completed and added details like the difficulty level or percentage rates if applicable. I used my memory to recall games IContinue reading “My Gaming Year in Review (2021)”

A Day in the Life of a Zergling

In high school, StarCraft was one of my most-played computer games alongside other online multiplayer favorites like Counterstrike and Worms 2. I can still recall the first time that I discovered the game. My friend and I had been up all night drinking cream soda and playing another Blizzard classic, Warcraft 2, when we suddenlyContinue reading “A Day in the Life of a Zergling”

Nose-vember: Noses in Games

10) Dr. Eggman (first appeared in Sonic the Hedgehog; Sega 1991) Growing up, I always knew him as Dr. Robotnik, but in Japan, apparently, he was always Dr. Eggman.  I was today year’s old when I learned that Eggman’s name actually is a reference to “I Am The Walrus” by The Beatles.  Why did theContinue reading “Nose-vember: Noses in Games”

Goodness Gracious: Fire in Games

The other night, I was driving to a friend’s house when I saw the unthinkable. A wildfire in the area had grown large enough where I could easily see its glow on the horizon. Dark clouds of smoke rose above it. I’ve always thought that the “bad things” are far away from me, but thereContinue reading “Goodness Gracious: Fire in Games”

Octo-ber: Octopus in Games

Welcome to Octo-ber!  This month, we deep-sea dive for the top ten appearances of octopi in video games!  I actually came up with this idea last November, but since it was already past October at the time, it didn’t feel right to follow through with the project.  So, I decided that I needed to dedicateContinue reading “Octo-ber: Octopus in Games”