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: ‘Space Dungeon’ is an arcade shoot ’em up done right on the Atari 5200

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Space Dungeon’ is an arcade shoot ’em up done right on the Atari 5200

I’m not one to simply take the words of other critics to heart. If I’m told, in this case, that a game is the “best game on the Atari 5200,” I’m not going to accept that as truth and be done with it, oh no. I owe it to you, loyal readers, to discover whether […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: Worse than ‘E.T.,’ ‘Pac-Man’ is a hard pill to swallow on Atari 2600

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: Worse than ‘E.T.,’ ‘Pac-Man’ is a hard pill to swallow on Atari 2600

Touching upon it last week, today I am reviewing what I feel is the worst game on the Atari 2600 and is, if only in my opinion, more responsible for the video game market crash of 1983 than “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial,” which gets the bad rap reserved for today’s subject matter – “Pac-Man!” But “Pac-Man” […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: While ‘E.T.’ was an infamous flop, it isn’t the worst Atari game

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: While ‘E.T.’ was an infamous flop, it isn’t the worst Atari game

This month will be quite an interesting one for Turn to Channel 3 as we take a look at some games that can be enjoyed (or not) on various Atari consoles. With the mysterious Ataribox marking the return of that brand to the video game business, I thought that now would be a great time […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Metal Slug: 1st Mission’ fits tank-sized fun into Neo Geo Pocket

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Metal Slug: 1st Mission’ fits tank-sized fun into Neo Geo Pocket

So there’s something to be said for a guy who is already thinking ahead to August’s reviews before July is even over. Yours truly definitely had a bit of a brain fart prior to this review, so my apologies to that. My boss here puts up with my lunacy at times and mankind as a […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: Dive into ‘Deep Duck Trouble’ for classic platforming with Donald Duck

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: Dive into ‘Deep Duck Trouble’ for classic platforming with Donald Duck

Whether it is from a parent or just another shop customer who grew up with the games I did, I am often reminded of how complicated modern games are these days. In the same vein, I am often informed that modern games are too easy and thus are not as much fun. This may seem […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Alice in Wonderland’ isn’t so wonderful on the Game Boy Color

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Alice in Wonderland’ isn’t so wonderful on the Game Boy Color

I really enjoy what I do because, whether it’s reviewing games for Turn to Channel 3 or running my business in Mayfield, there is always the opportunity to come across a game I have never seen or heard of in my life, and seeing something, even something 10, 15, or 20 years old for the […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Kwirk’ is a quirky, addictive early Game Boy puzzler

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Kwirk’ is a quirky, addictive early Game Boy puzzler

In this, the month of July, here on Turn to Channel 3, we are going to look at some games on retro handhelds of the past. We begin today with a game on the original Game Boy that is both simplistic in design and yet addictively challenging, but does it still hold up all these […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Highway 2000’ drove Sega Saturn to its limits and crashed

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Highway 2000’ drove Sega Saturn to its limits and crashed

Within a gaming genre, sometimes pushing the envelope has to happen in order to compete against the heavy hitters and, with that, the hardware’s limits are also pushed to the max. This can result in some great progress and success, but it can also show a developer’s inability to hang with the big boys. Today, […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: Sega Saturn’s ‘Fighters Megamix’ mixed things up to keep fighting fresh

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: Sega Saturn’s ‘Fighters Megamix’ mixed things up to keep fighting fresh

Sometimes we just want it all as gamers, don’t we? We had “Mario Kart 8,” but we needed a deluxe version just to feel as if we have a more complete game. I guess there’s nothing worse than feeling unsatisfied as a gamer, and smart companies comply with our wishes. In this installment of Turn […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: Sega Saturn’s ‘Dragon Force’ is a strategically hidden gem

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: Sega Saturn’s ‘Dragon Force’ is a strategically hidden gem

One of my favorite things to do, whether in writing these reviews or running my store in Mayfield, is shedding light on some hidden gems and, today, we’re going to do just that. In the short lifespan of the Sega Saturn, there are a ton of games that slipped under the radar, but not all […]

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