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Retro Review: Tron (Arcade)

Release Date: 1982 Developer: Bally Midway Manufacturing Co., Inc. Publisher: Bally Midway Manufacturing Co., Inc. Arcade is king! Disney is an absolute monster nowadays. In addition to their own IPs and those belonging to the uber-animators at Pixar, the acquisitions of Marvel and Lucasfilms have given the House than Mickey Built access to a vast treasure trove of marketable content. Back in 1982...[Read More]

Loot Box Economy: Bullshit Reality

My Digital Crack mates are diametrically opposed to my stance on loot boxes. Their stance is in response to my disdain of their existence in Overwatch. Big Lou himself has tried to talk me down from my ledge, trying to convince me that the loot boxes are “just cosmetic.” They’re not as big of a deal because of that. Not too long ago, the developers of Middle-Earth: Shadow of War introduced loot bo...[Read More]

The Day One Conundrum: No Man’s Sky Update and New Release Purchases

Don’t worry. I’ll wait. Grumpy Joe and I are good friends. We may jab at each other in podcasts and in real life, but we respect each other’s points of view. He sees me as the grizzled gaming veteran; I see him as indicative of the new gaming generation. The respect is begrudging but real. Still, Grumpy Joe has a major beef with me. And he is wrong. And it’s because of No Man’s Sky. Hi...[Read More]

Middle Earth: Shadow of War Microtransactions

You go to hell! You go to hell and you die! After the absolute delight that was Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor, I was actually looking forward to the upcoming sequel. The trailers and written materials for Middle Earth: Shadow of War certainly had me intrigued. The inclusion of smarter Ogres in the Nemesis System that had more fleshed-out personalities and strengths/weaknesses sounded great. Plus ...[Read More]

SEGA Genesis Flashback Review

Bad Flashback Gaming as an entertainment medium has only gained relevance in recent years. It’s hard for many to grasp this, but video games are a relatively new medium. The first video game, Pong, made its debut in 1972, only 45 years ago. For reference, movies got their start in the 1890s and television was first tinkered with in 1927. Gaming is a young medium that spent its first years labeled ...[Read More]

Retro Review: Night Trap (SEGA CD)

Release Date: October 15, 1992 Developer: Digital Pictures Publisher: SEGA No. Just…no. Night Trap: 25th Anniversary Edition just got an August 11th date for the physical PlayStation 4 release. The PS4 and PC will see a digital release on August 15th. Many people, including Digital Crack Podcast mate Dv310per – a smart and thoughtful fellow gamer who is nevertheless wrong – are excited about...[Read More]

Personal Top 5 – NES Music

When I did my personal Top 5 for old-school anime, the thought of a running gimmick was born. I wanted to go through my past and figure what was my top five for other things. I figured, if I’m gonna do a tired old trick, I’m running the bitch into the ground! To be honest, I didn’t come to that conclusion in such a vulgar way. I did think I’d run with a tired gimmick, but I’d do it for selfish rea...[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]

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