Video Games

A PixelatedPop Project: What A Maneuver!

It was only a matter of time until I concocted a wrestling themed project.

Video Game Review: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Arcade Game (NES)

After the success of Konami's superb TMNT arcade game in 1989, the company was quick to right the wrongs of the first Turtles NES release.  So, in 1990, Ultra Games (a Konami publisher) ported the arcade game to the NES and dubbed it Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Arcade Game.  Just so you know, I'm old...so I remember when the arcade game was wheeled into restaurants and Wal-Marts everywhere.

Video Game Review: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (NES)

Throughout the late eighties and early nineties, children everywhere were completely engrossed in the universe of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  The Ninja Turtles' humble beginning started in the pulpy pages of graphic novels.  Once the Turtles progressed to action figures, turtle fever swept the country.  From there, a cartoon was produced (by the astounding DIC Entertainment), and thousands of products were slathered with the mugs of the four turtles.   As awesome as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are, not every piece of Turtles merchandise was "tubular."

20 Greatest Klassic Mortal Kombat Fatalities

The time had finally come.  All of the hype buzzing around the schoolyard about the simplistic yet brutal arcade smash Mortal Kombat was about to come to a head as my tingling eight-year-old hands cradled the oversized Sega Genesis controller.  There my on-screen avatar stood, the elusive Sub-Zero, before my fading opponent, the brash Hollywood movie star Johnny Cage, as I eagerly entered the button combination -- forward, down, forward, high punch.  With a swift uppercut, Sub-Zero's chilled fist took with it Cage's head, causing poor Johnny's spinal cord to dangle in the air like a wet spaghetti noodle.  I sat awe-struck, repelled but amazed, and I knew at that point that Mortal Kombat would soon join the ranks of some of the most cherished franchises in video game history...

Video Game Review: The Walking Dead: The Game (XBOX 360)

Like the endless masses of shuffling undead inhabiting its universe, the fanbase of The Walking Dead is one of eternal hunger.  Always ready to consume the franchise's latest installment regardless of the medium, whether it be in the comics or on the hit television series, followers of the sudden pop culture phenomenon are in for a treat with The Walking Dead: The Game.  The XBOX 360 version was released in five downloadable episodes from April to November 2012 (along with a retail version containing the full game in December) and was an instant homerun for developers Telltale Games.  A mighty step up from previous releases Back to the Future: The Game and Jurassic Park: The Game, the result might not be everyone's cup of tea, but even the most jaded gamer won't be able to deny that The Walking Dead: The Game evokes some true emotions in its players, an accomplishment that very few video games have ever truly achieved...