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Cease and Desist – Parodies and Infringement in Video Games

Much of the video game industry was the Wild West during the 80s, particularly in Japan. Since it wasn’t regulated

Monster Pro Wrestling

As wrestling video games grew in popularity in the early 90s (largely thanks to the Fire Pro Wrestling series, at

Paladin (Dark Age of JRPGs)

Paladin (or “The Paladin“, as written in-game) is an early action-RPG released by Bothtec in 1985. Various Japanese sites indicate

Wild Riders

Sega/Wow Entertainments’s Wild Riders is part of the company’s long line of intense arcade racing games, but it’s got a

Cool Riders

Cool Riders looks and feels a lot like OutRunners, one of the sequels to OutRun, except it features motorcycles rather

HG101 at the Long Island Retro Gaming Expo and A Video Game Con

The Long Island Retro Gaming Expo is this weekend, on Saturday and Sunday, August 11th and 12th. Myself and Xerxes

Ninja Emaki

Capcom’s 1985 release Commando basically defined the overhead run-and-gun arcade genre, with many other similar games (particularly Ikari Warriors) also re-using

Cross-Series Cameo: Adol in Lunar: The Silver Star

Video game publishers occasionally cross-reference competitors titles in cheeky ways, though sometimes have to be done subtly to avoid copyright

Zwei: The Ilvard Insurrection

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Zwei!!

Zwei II (also known as Zwei: The Ilvard Insurrection for its English release) was released seven years after the original,

Riglas (Dark Age of JRPGs)

Most RPGs of the 80s utilized an overhead view or a first person perspective, while a select few (such as

Japanese Video Game Obscurities Update: Games That Didn’t Make The Cut

In the last update, I posted the finalized list of games featured in this book. If you’re wondering what happened

SegaSonic The Hedgehog

This entry is part 8 of 22 in the series Sonic the Hedgehog

Sonic the Hedgehog was revealed to the gaming audience in 1991, and defined Sega for years to come. However, there

Weird 2 (Dark Age of JRPGs)

I thought a game named Weird 2 would be an interesting game to cover for this column…but nope! It’s actually

Sonic Mania

This entry is part 7 of 22 in the series Sonic the Hedgehog

Despite being some of the most popular games in the Genesis, the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise really floundered after the

Overseas Sequels

The cultural appeal of certain video games can vary greatly around the world, sometimes having vastly different receptions based on