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Locally Developed Arcade Game Galactic Battleground Comes to Can Can Wonderland

In 1981 the world was introduced to Galaga. The game is synonymous with the classic arcade setup: the flashing lights, the adrenaline, the 8-bit music, the euphoric trance of just one more game. Understanding and craving that nostalgia were the local developers of Slackerz Inc., who created an homage to Galaga called Galactic Battleground—fittingly housed in full arcade-cabinet glory. The key difference, though, is the way the game is played through its core PvP mechanic. “Galactic Battleground is best...

Cuphead Combines Eye Candy and Brutal Difficulty

Cuphead is one of the most unique games to grace us with its anticipated release recently. Despite delays and a complicated development processes, it delivered on its promises; a mix of unforgiving difficulty and eye candy, this game is both beautiful and frustrating. It is not for the faint of heart, and some gamers may end up curled up in a corner. Drawing inspiration from 1930s animation, Cuphead looks like a Saturday-morning cartoon you might watch . . . on...

The Comic Book Story of Video Games Tells the History of Video Games with Graphic-Novel Style

For me and many who follow Twin Cities Geek, video games have been a part of life from an early age. I recall how one day—shortly after my dad introduced me to Star Wars—I came downstairs to find him running our new Nintendo Entertainment System. The familiar Star Wars theme was playing on our television, albeit in a synthesized form rendered by the NES cartridge and accompanied by an 8-bit version of the film’s opening crawl. Thus, in a...

The Rock, Paper, Shotgun Podcast Speaks Volumes for PC Gaming

UK website Rock, Paper, Shotgun is one of the few outlets that focus purely on PC gaming. Its writers don’t necessarily focus on breaking news, instead putting their talents toward spotlighting games. Its podcast of the same name follows the same formula, with a rotating roster of hosts who put a lot of heart into their content. If you are looking for something focused on current PC games (AAA and indie), this may be the podcast for you. It...

The Your Parents Basement Podcast Is Filled with Comedic ’90s Nostalgia

Your Parents Basement reviews older video games, mainly from the 1990s. Introducing the podcast by reading from game manuals with comedic flair, the three hosts (Steve, Todd, and Huell) play off one another through the entire podcast, giving the audience satire through out. They focus mainly on games that they have nostalgia for. Whether the game is good or bad, they reminisce about their experiences. One of the best segments from the podcast is the reading of the game...

Soundtrack Sunday: Vagrant Story

Vagrant Story is, in my opinion, one of the most underrated video games to date. It was an action RPG released by SquareSoft (now Square Enix) in the spring of 2000, and there were a couple of remarkable things about it. First and foremost was the localization, specifically the dialogue: Vagrant Story takes place in a pseudomedieval setting, and the writing follows suit. Instead of being a straightforward translation from the original Japanese script, it was heavily and thoughtfully...

Minneapolis’s Geeks without God Podcast Is Unapologetically Fun

It is uncommon for a podcast to discuss more than one main subject. It is even more uncommon for one to do it successfully. One of the few that do is Geeks without God, a Minneapolis-based podcast that consists of uncensored, intelligent discussion of all things geeky and political. Hosts Molly, Nick, and Tim have great chemistry and are knowledgeable about their subjects. The episodes aren’t regurgitations of information or political rants; they show obvious passion for their interests...

The Player One Podcast Is for the Gamers

Podcasts are one of the best ways to keep up with gaming news, and out of the hundreds of them that litter the Internet, the Player One Podcast is one of the most polished. Each week, former game journalists Chris, Greg, Phil, and Mike team up to (as they put it) “talk about console/portable/PC games, babies, and the meaning of life.” Clocking around an hour each episode, they go over news, talk about what games they have been playing,...

Understand this Crazy World a Little Better with the Power of Video Games

“Fantasy is not divorced from our world. It is a lens through which we explore it.” —Rhianna Pratchett Log into Facebook, hop onto Twitter, skim the headlines, and one thing is clear: the world is on fire. Everyone seems to be posting about current events, a nonstop stream of news articles and opinions, personal anecdotes and memes. As they should be. As stressful as it can be to feel bombarded by what seems to be an endless tidal wave of insanity...

Gamer’s Rhapsody 2016 Struggles with a New Venue and New Problems

Gamer’s Rhapsody 3 was, as one could infer, the third go of a convention focused on the art and music of video gaming. As the red-rings-on-my-face target audience for this convention, I’ve been following this con closely, including enthusiastically reviewing last year’s event. The Midwest has a lot to offer nerds of all flavors, but those of us who are die-hard fans of the elements of gaming often overlooked—scores, sound effects, script writing, character design, background art—the idea of...
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