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: ‘Animal Crossing’ is charming, though a bit tedious with age

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Animal Crossing’ is charming, though a bit tedious with age

Not everyone has a fondness for their college days. It could be from a poor experience with everything from living in a dorm to trying to actually learn something, and I, for one, feel bad for those individuals. Luckily, your faithful scribe has some fond memories from my four-year stint at Keystone College, and a […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Shenmue’ hasn’t always been appreciated, but it’s worth another look

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Shenmue’ hasn’t always been appreciated, but it’s worth another look

One of the things I always get asked relating to Turn to Channel 3 is how I schedule the games I review or what makes a game worthy of being reviewed. To be honest, it isn’t always as easy as it seems. Oh, sure, choosing those games that seemingly everyone knows is always a tried-and-true […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: Unlock the ‘Secret of Mana’ and find a groundbreaking RPG

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: Unlock the ‘Secret of Mana’ and find a groundbreaking RPG

2016 is officially in full swing here at Turn to Channel 3, and as we begin the year, I’m going to be looking at some games that were, without question, game-changers for their respective genres or consoles they appeared on, so join me for “A Month of Game-Changers,” won’t you? We begin with a game […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: The enduring wizardry of ‘Super Mario Bros. 3’

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: The enduring wizardry of ‘Super Mario Bros. 3’

Well, another year has come and gone, so while we look forward to bigger and better things in 2016, here at Turn to Channel 3, we will be taking one last look at a game that most definitely shaped many Christmas mornings and gave quite the headache to parents who were tired of their kids […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘The Legend of Zelda’ lives on as a truly legendary game

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘The Legend of Zelda’ lives on as a truly legendary game

Chances are that by the time you get to read this fine article, you will either be nestled in your bed (like good little children!) or just enjoying some time around the Christmas tree with the lights down, a glass of eggnog in your hand, perhaps by a roaring fireplace. That sounds nice, doesn’t it? […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!!’ continues to be a knockout classic

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!!’ continues to be a knockout classic

When you’re someone like me, going through life having either played or at least heard of so many different video games, it is easy to forget some things from time to time, such as high scores, the first tough boss you ever defeated, or that one hidden secret you found before so many of your […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Ninja Gaiden II’ is worth a broken NES controller (or two)

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Ninja Gaiden II’ is worth a broken NES controller (or two)

In a way comparable to other firsts in your life – your first job, your first car and, yes, your first love – gamers often reminisce about the very first game that challenged them in a way that both brings back fond memories and digs up some painful ones as well, almost like shellshock as […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Maniac Mansion’ is the cult classic you should have grown up with

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Maniac Mansion’ is the cult classic you should have grown up with

Christmas time is obviously here in Northeastern Pennsylvania, and as I am wont to do, I often think back to the holiday seasons of the past, those great mornings when you’d wake up and hopefully find those video games and consoles you were pining for all year underneath the tree. Well, this month, during “A […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Turtles in Time’ is as radical now as it was in TMNT’s heyday

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Turtles in Time’ is as radical now as it was in TMNT’s heyday

It was quite the daunting task to come up with a game for this, the Thanksgiving edition of Turn to Channel 3, when contemplating just what game I am the most thankful for when choosing the four games to review this month, but the more I discussed it among friends and family, the more I […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Mega Man X’ was the 16-bit upgrade the franchise needed

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Mega Man X’ was the 16-bit upgrade the franchise needed

Here at Turn to Channel 3, the opinions presented here are just that – opinions – and should never be taken too seriously or as “the law” as far as retro video games go. More often than not, as with anything we are passionate about, we find ourselves involved in debates within the varying opinions […]

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