Uncle Willy

He has been playing video games for longer than he would like to admit, and is passionate about all retro games and systems. He also goes to bars with an NES controller hoping that entering the Konami code will give him thirty chances with the drunk chick at the bar. His interests include vodka, old-school games, women, vodka, and women gamers who drink vodka.

Personal Top 5: Anime Series

It’s been a while since I’ve written anything substantive on this site that wasn’t about E3. I have a lot to say about a lot of things, but I decided that I would write about a subject I’ve only lightly broached until now: anime. I have the distinct pleasure of saying I raised two proper otaku. My son and my daughter are very versed in anime, to the point they have surpassed me. Trust me when I sa...[Read More]

Retro Review: Road & Track Presents The Need for Speed (3DO)

Release Date: 1994 Developer: Electronic Arts Canada Publisher: Electronic Arts, Inc. I feel the need… The Need for Speed series is the longest-running video game racing series. It’s a very successful series, boasting sales of over 150 million copies across multiple generations of consoles. As a fan of the racing genre, I have cut my teeth on many entries in the venerable series. There have been t...[Read More]

Ataribox: Much Ado about Something…Maybe

A horse in search of a cart? Sometimes I overthink shit. It happens a lot when video games are involved. Especially retro games. You know, Retro Gaming Specialist and all. The Atari Video Computer System was my first real gaming console, not a gussied-up Pong box like my Telstar Ranger. I was gifted a VCS for Christmas one year. If I told you the exact year, it’d be a wild-ass guess. Let’s say it ...[Read More]

Retro Game Oddities: Street Fighter “Sequels”

Ha-WHO-ken! (This is a new series that will look at odd dealings in video games. Hopefully, this will be a weekly series. Considering who’s writing it, however, that remains to be seen!) Way back in 1987, Capcom released Street Fighter in the arcades. I’ve spoken about the game before. Short version: it isn’t all that hot. Slightly longer version: player one is Ryu only, player two is Ken on...[Read More]

E3 2017 Impressions: Nintendo Spotlight

Woo-hoo! Just like years past, Nintendo didn’t hold a formal conference at E3. Instead, it aired Nintendo Spotlight, a series of pre-recorded segments that highlight whatever games they have coming down the pipe. Personally, I’m not mad at the break from the norm. The conferences are just overly-choreographed bullshit shows anyway. At least with Nintendo, the bullshit is rehearsed and edited. That...[Read More]

E3 2017 Impressions: Sony Conference

Now with fishing! Another long one. I sure could use a drink… Microsoft had itself one impressive conference the day before. Its Xbox One X was the most anticipated announcement of E3 and they trotted out a very respectable slate of games. The onus was on Sony to respond, and many of us at Digital Crack wanted to know how they would. Their response was…curious. Sony has its own stable of heavy hit...[Read More]

E3 2017: Days Gone

Zombies…yay… I’ve already had my fill of zombie games. During E3 2016, tidbits of Days Gone were shown. It was short on info and heavy on the undead. I dismissed it. Lo and behold, Days Gone makes a more substantial appearance – with actual gameplay – during E3 2017. I’m still bored of zombies – called freakers here – but I’m listening. The gameplay trailer shows some of th...[Read More]

E3 2017: Marvel’s Spider-Man

“Hi. Is this the flight to Newark?” Here we go… Before we go on, just know that I am THAT guy. I’m the Marvel-head who obsesses about all Marvel-related minutiae. If the slightest thing doesn’t line up with the official continuity, I get butt-hurt. Naturally, the MCU drives me bonkers, even though I’ve generally enjoyed the movies thus far. I really don’t do it with malice; it’s a refl...[Read More]

E3 2017: God of War

“Wait here…I will handle this.” God of War made its debut during last year’s E3. Punisher officially squee’d while viewing the trailer last year. At PlayStation Live, I’d like to believe Punisher squee’d some more. This year’s presentation showed more of the spectacle combat the series is known for. The perspective change doesn’t affect Kratos’s brutality one bit. Using his Mjoln...[Read More]

E3 2017: Detroit: Become Human

Now with more emotions! I’m severely torn on this one. On the one hand, Detroit: Become Human looks like a technical and storytelling tour-de-force. On the other hand, it’s developed by Quantic Dream, David Cage’s studio. David Cage is…polarizing. Look, I’m not denying the man’s talent. Fahrenheit, Beyond: Two Souls, and Heavy Rain are all storytelling marvels. When David Cage wants to tell a stor...[Read More]

E3 2017 Impressions: Ubisoft Conference

Vive la France! This was strange territory for me. For the first time in a few years, Aisha Tyler was not going to emcee the Ubisoft conference. I know she’s a polarizing person, but I grew to really appreciate her level of cringe. Without her, I have to depend on Ubisoft to step up. And I don’t like their level of cringe. Aisha, come back to me! Past that, I had little expectations from the ladie...[Read More]

E3 2017 Impressions: Bethesda Conference

Now in VR! After the doctoral theses that was the Microsoft conference (over 6400 words before I had to get the snippers), I was happy to tackle something shorter. Enter Bethesda and their conference. I honestly had very little idea what to expect from them. The day before, amazon.de put up a listing for Wolfenstein ahead of time, so I figured that would be mentioned. I also knew that Fallout VR a...[Read More]

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