As much as I love original hardware and playing old games, sometimes I just want to sit down in front of an HDTV and play an old game with no hassle. This want for a quick solution to retro gaming in HD led me down a path of clone consoles and emulation machines. My use case is probably ideal for the clone console market. I have a ton of cartridges and games readily available to pop into a system. …

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Golf games translate well to the video game space. At this point the Hot Shots Golf series (Everybody’s Golf) and Golden Tee define the genre, but Neo Turf Masters used to be the pinnacle of the genre in the arcades in 1996. Neo Turf Masters was later ported in 1999 to the Neo Geo Pocket. Handheld ports of Arcade sports games can be hit or miss, but it has been done well before (NBA Jam handheld ports) and SNK really hit an eagle with Neo Turf Masters for the Neo Geo Pocket Color (also available on Switch now). …

Let’s take a look at Tecmo Super Bowl for the Playstation 1. This was the last Tecmo football game to have the official NFL license. It was not loved when it came out but I think history should look more fondly on the game than it does. Tecmo Super Bowl came out during an onslaught of American Football games. It was competing with NFL Gameday and Madden Football, as well as Konami’s Full Contact Football. Tecmo Super Bowl came out in 1996 with rosters based on the ‘94–95 season. This game came out during a tumultuous time for me, the…

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I love sports video games. They are important. I am writing this today because it is very difficult to have meaningful dialogue about sports games. It’s an odd segment of gaming discourse and media. On one hand, sports games comprise the biggest releases every year. Look up FIFA and NBA2k, people may complain about those series but that hasn’t stopped sales. On the other hand, gaming discourse as a whole refuses to acknowledge sports game in any meaningful way (minus a few sites and journalist). Sports game fans are also different and seem to fall into a few categories. You…

On Thanksgiving eve something wonderful happened. Ron Funches, Professional Wrestling, and gaming nostalgia all came together in one of the most unexpectedly fun moments of 2020 (for me). G4tv had a holiday special reuniting former hosts and introducing the new face of the channel.

G4tv

G4tv was an ahead-of-hits time television station aimed at an audience of video game playing young adults. This channel was an edgier take and rebrand of Tech TV. As G4 ran it’s course it can be looked back on as a more refined focused precursor to Spike TV. G4tv had programming such as Cinematech, where they…

Madden NFL 2005 existed in a space where Madden Football was competing with 2K’s ESPN NFL 2K5 and the war was heated. Full disclosure, I am an NFL 2K die hard fan. I spent my entire Freshman year in college Playing NFL 2K5 with my floor in college and genuinely think it’s the best football simulation ever created from top to bottom. But that doesn’t mean Madden wasn’t a banger that year.

Madden for Playstation 2 that year was a special release. It had a special edition that included extra video features, a Trivia game and some retro play modes…

Game collecting has been booming since the pandemic started. Even before the pandemic the retro gaming scene has been on quite the come-up but right now things are pretty wild. One of the weird things that happens with video games is that certain games unexpectedly get pricey. I try to not to spend more than sixty dollars on any game purchase (which makes the new generation’s 70 dollar price tag less than ideal). The thought of buying an old Gameboy Advance game for sixty dollars is perplexing to a lot of people but I look at it the same I…

It’s all in the title. I have literally not felt this way in decades. I wake up in the morning and don’t even care who the Browns play this Sunday because I think we can win. I also know we can lose and still be over .500! I’ve dreamed of this moment for so long. Every once in a while I would secretly pretend I had a Patriots shirt on and pucker my lip, lift my pinkie and wax poetic about how “we’re a good football team but the real season starts in the playoffs” and then spend five minutes…

Someday?

I am a Christian. I love the Cleveland Browns. I don’t ask for much. I don’t pray for money. I am not a believer in prosperity gospel…..but every once in a while I do ask God for a Browns win. Well…no. I ask God for the Browns to look respectable. I don’t want to put too much pressure on the Almighty by asking for a Browns victory.

You don’t need to tell me how unimportant professional football is in the grand scheme of life. It’s irrelevant especially during a pandemic and the other unprecedented issues facing our world today …

I want people to be able to achieve their dreams. In the United States, a lot of people dream of playing professional football. American Football is unique because there aren’t a lot of avenues to go pro outside of the NFL. The CFL has been a steady pro football league but other options like the AFL, NFL Europe, XFL, USFL, and more have all died. Compared to the options basketball has globally to be played professionally, American football is lagging far behind. That’s why I loved the Arena Football League, it was a league where professional dreams could come true…

James Cosby

My education is in Counseling (M. Ed). I love the Browns, Knicks, Retro Gaming, and Pro Wrestling. I've been a student affairs professional for a decade.

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