Turn to Channel 3

Tune in to NEPA Scene’s gaming column, Turn to Channel 3, every Thursday for new perspectives on retro gaming as well as fresh twists on the classics.

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Gaplus’ is more than a ‘Galaga’ sequel – it’s a worthy challenge

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Gaplus’ is more than a ‘Galaga’ sequel – it’s a worthy challenge

One of the coolest things about owning a game shop is hearing about a customer’s all-time favorite game – and the fact that sometimes it’s a game often regarded as not just tough, but ultra tough. Gamers can have a love/hate relationship with some of their games and, for yours truly, we’re going to look […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: PS2’s ‘The Sims 2’ is still addicting over a decade later

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: PS2’s ‘The Sims 2’ is still addicting over a decade later

To me, the very best video games are those you don’t expect to become addicted to so quickly. I can still fondly remember when “The Sims” came on the scene and I felt like I couldn’t get into it, or perhaps I was afraid of the rabbit hole I’d stumble down if I did. When […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Bucky O’Hare’ is a tough but well-made NES gem

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Bucky O’Hare’ is a tough but well-made NES gem

Once before, I reviewed “Bucky O’Hare,” the game that folks seemed to have overlooked in the arcades, and I strongly encourage you to play it if you love Konami beat ‘em ups, but today we’re hopping over to Bucky’s other adventure on the Nintendo Entertainment System – a game that was given to me as […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: PS2’s ‘Hot Shots Golf 3’ can make everybody a golf fan

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: PS2’s ‘Hot Shots Golf 3’ can make everybody a golf fan

Earlier this week, your scribe celebrated his 37th birthday and, man, there’s still something so awesome about going to an arcade, picking up DVDs of some of my favorite old school cartoons and television shows and, of course, getting new games to play. This brings me to this month, where I’ll feature some of my […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: Batman games could only get better after ‘Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker’

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: Batman games could only get better after ‘Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker’

Sometimes games that are labeled terrible don’t start out that way, or at least we want to believe that they were created with the best of intentions. What is most interesting to me is how games based on movie or television licenses are often so terribly made when, at least to this writer, it seems […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: Climbing ‘Deadly Towers’ will make gamers want to jump off

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: Climbing ‘Deadly Towers’ will make gamers want to jump off

You know, when I’m reviewing a game sometimes, even during this month of truly terrible and awful games, there can be some disagreements among gamers as to the quality or lack thereof of a certain title. However, today’s topic of review on Turn to Channel 3 is not just universally loathed by gamers, but is […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: Asthma is somehow made worse with ‘Bronkie the Bronchiasaurus’

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: Asthma is somehow made worse with ‘Bronkie the Bronchiasaurus’

During this month in past years, I reviewed games that illustrated the fact that religion and video games just don’t mix. In addition, I also discussed how educational games focused on one distinct message just don’t resonate with gamers and are often remembered as downright laughable. Today on Turn to Channel 3, we take a […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Adventures of Mighty Max’ is a mightily frustrating relic of ’90s toys

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Adventures of Mighty Max’ is a mightily frustrating relic of ’90s toys

Sometimes there just isn’t any way to sugarcoat the truth or lessen the blow of playing some truly terrible games. Thankfully, most of the time, I am not subjected to such atrocities, but once a year, against my better judgment, I play some of the most awful games ever developed in the history of video […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Extra Innings’ packs extra fun into simple SNES baseball game

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Extra Innings’ packs extra fun into simple SNES baseball game

Truth be told, whether they are collectors or retro gamers who are making a purchase and taking it home to enjoy, most customers visiting my store in Mayfield have a set game plan of what they are looking for. However, from time to time, they’re not so sure or they are looking for something new, […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Little League Baseball: Championship Series’ is a Williamsport winner

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Little League Baseball: Championship Series’ is a Williamsport winner

There’s a lot of things I love about being a small business owner selling pieces of gaming history and nostalgia, each distinct to whomever comes through my doors. Sure, seeing eyes light up over the more popular titles is always cool, but there’s something to be said about the games you don’t expect people to […]

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