Nostalgia

Nostalgia

Why Pokémon Gen 2 is the heart and soul of the franchise

Since they were released in 1999 (Japan) and 2000(US), Pokemon Silver, Gold and Crystal have shaped the franchise in more ways than I think we recognize sometimes. If you have any love for Pokemon, take a trip with me and let’s pay tribute to the games that truly built some of the best features in the series.

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Why BioWare’s Jade Empire is ripe for a sequel

Fifteen years ago, we were treated to BioWare’s first original title, Jade Empire. While many gameplay elements were borrowed from BioWare’s 2003 hit, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, what set Jade Empire apart was its focus on martial arts combat and magic as well as a colorful setting and story derived from Chinese mythology.

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A retrospective of The Simpsons: Hit & Run

I can’t tell whether I’m tired of the remakes (or endless rumors of remakes) that we seem to get every week. On the one hand, there have been some incredible remakes, like the Final Fantasy 7 remake. On the other hand, we’ve been disappointed by the unadulterated disaster that was Warcraft 3: Reforged. That’s why talk of a possible remake of The Simpsons: Hit and Run is both exciting and terrifying.

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How Mario Kart 64 became the gold standard for 90s kids and arcade bars

By Alex Alusheff There’s nothing worse than being struck by a blue shell in Mario Kart. Unless it’s being struck by your older brother after you blue-shelled him. We drained a lot of hours into Mario Kart 64 for the Nintendo 64 when we were kids. The game was released in 1996, when I was 6 and my brother was 8, right around the time our brotherly love dissolved into a bitter rivalry. In a…