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: ‘Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time’ continues to make beautiful music today

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time’ continues to make beautiful music today

September has arrived, gamers, and here on Turn to Channel 3, that means we are going to celebrate a gaming console that is one of the most beloved in the history of Nintendo – one that not only has countless customers of mine knocking on my door for any new arrivals, but also the last […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Manhattan Project’ is totally TMNT’s most underrated adventure

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Manhattan Project’ is totally TMNT’s most underrated adventure

It never ceases to amaze me that there are still gamers out there unaware of the fact that many of their favorite series did indeed have a third or possibly even a fourth installment. A great case in point is today’s topic here on the last edition of Turn to Channel 3 for the month […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins’ is classic Game Boy gold

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins’ is classic Game Boy gold

“Patience” and “loyalty” are not two words that dedicated fans of a game franchise like to hear. Chances are this is in relation to a game release date delay or fans in an uproar over the last incarnation of a game’s vast library. Most of these staunch critics probably feel the game really missed the […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘ToeJam & Earl’ is totally ’90s, but just as funky today

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘ToeJam & Earl’ is totally ’90s, but just as funky today

If only to this blogger, the phrases “changing the face of gaming” or “changing the way we play games” are two that are thrown around way too often, usually without regard or logical truth to whether or not those games deserve those accolades. In the 1990s, however, the gaming world was still trying to figure […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Adventure Island’ is enjoyable, but doesn’t reach its platforming peers

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Adventure Island’ is enjoyable, but doesn’t reach its platforming peers

Welcome to yet another Turn to Channel 3, and man, can you believe it’s already August? In time, many will be returning to school, while others, like myself, will be laughing at them because I no longer have to do that (re: I can’t afford to). With that in mind, I bring you four games […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘ClayFighter’ broke the fighting game mold in fun and silly ways

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘ClayFighter’ broke the fighting game mold in fun and silly ways

Video games are very similar to other forms of entertainment in that no one really knows what will stick, live on through the years, or simply fall flat, never to be heard of again. There are no certainties in video games. What may seem like a surefire hit is quickly overlooked, while the most ridiculous […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: Don’t overlook ‘Beyond Oasis’ as a classic RPG the second time around

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: Don’t overlook ‘Beyond Oasis’ as a classic RPG the second time around

Whenever I’m in the middle of a debate about the quality of a classic game, one of the things I mention quite often is that those games would be successful regardless of what console they were on. These are the titles that have undeniable charm, quality, and lasting impact on the industry as a whole, […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Growl’ is the wildlife-saving beat ’em up game you didn’t know you needed

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Growl’ is the wildlife-saving beat ’em up game you didn’t know you needed

Here at Turn to Channel 3, I’m all about those games that may or may not have had something controversial in it, depending on your opinion. Certainly we’ve all heard about those legendary lightning rod games that changed the face of the industry or even played a role in creating or fine-tuning the video game […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Super Dodge Ball’ is a super fun direct hit on the NES

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Super Dodge Ball’ is a super fun direct hit on the NES

As a kid in North Scranton, I was lucky to live in a time where it was safe to be outside, enjoying games of football, baseball, basketball, and kickball, just to name a few. Despite this, there were still moments where I spent a lot of time indoors when I probably should have been outside […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Galaga’ will always beam gamers into arcade memories

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Galaga’ will always beam gamers into arcade memories

It’s difficult to explain to my nephews Ryan and Reid how awesome arcades were for me, as neither can truly understand how an arcade without the latest “Skylanders,” “Disney Infinity,” or LEGO-inspired title could be fun or entertaining in the least, but such is the folly of youth. What’s more, I think many young gamers […]

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