Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Metal Gear Solid’ remains a solid stealth game even with dated graphics

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Metal Gear Solid’ remains a solid stealth game even with dated graphics

I think the most difficult part of being a video game developer is realizing when your established franchise needs a reboot and, more importantly, just what that should entail. Today’s topic on Turn to Channel 3 is largely considered one of the greatest examples of doing so the right way, ushering a whole new generation […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: NES rolled out a decent spy action game with ‘Rolling Thunder’

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: NES rolled out a decent spy action game with ‘Rolling Thunder’

Ah yes, July – a month of heat, fireworks, and tons of summer fun, so that’s why we are going to look at some explosive action games here on Turn to Channel 3 and see if they still pack a punch all these years later. We begin the month with the Nintendo Entertainment System adaptation […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Contra Force’ is a forced entry in an otherwise solid game franchise

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Contra Force’ is a forced entry in an otherwise solid game franchise

One of the more hilarious discussions I have on a daily basis with customers is about why certain games carry a higher price tag than others. While explaining certain games that are both popular and more difficult to obtain, it makes a lot of sense to them, but sometimes we are discussing a game that […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: Sega Genesis’ ‘Contra: Hard Corps’ gives Nintendo games a run for their money

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: Sega Genesis’ ‘Contra: Hard Corps’ gives Nintendo games a run for their money

It’s no secret to those who know me (or those who read this column regularly) that I’m not a really big fan of the Sega Genesis. Now before you come at me, bro, just know this largely has to do with not having the console as a kid and being a huge RPG fan during […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Contra III: The Alien Wars’ is a monster hardware and gameplay upgrade

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Contra III: The Alien Wars’ is a monster hardware and gameplay upgrade

Regardless of what console it is, when an established franchise makes that leap to the next generation of gaming, the results aren’t always pleasant. However, it seems that if developers do their homework and find out what the best uses of this new technology are, then chances are the next incarnation of their beloved franchise […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: Difficult and destructive, ‘Super C’ ups the ante of the NES classic

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: Difficult and destructive, ‘Super C’ ups the ante of the NES classic

Certainly “Super Mario Bros.,” “The Legend of Zelda,” and “Mega Man” are three of the most well-known key pieces in making the original Nintendo Entertainment System the success that it was, but what about those supporting titles that also carved their own niche in the success of this console and beyond? What about those franchises […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Final Fight 3’ puts up a good fight but falls short in the franchise

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Final Fight 3’ puts up a good fight but falls short in the franchise

Like movies, there are often debates over whether or not sequels, and perhaps even other entries in a series, are better than the original. With younger gamers getting more and more intro retro titles, discovering old series for the first time, there is certainly a belief that a third installment of a game is better […]

 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 […]

 Mathew Dapkins

MASSIVE BEER REVIEWS: Big Apple breweries brew huge Imperial IPA with All Royal Everything

Beer: All Royal Everything (Kings Edition) Brewery: Other Half Brewing Company and Mikkeller Brewing NYC Style: Double IPA Age: 2018 ABV: 10.50% Brooklyn’s Other Half Brewing and Flushing’s Mikkeller Brewing (with roots in Denmark) put all their cards on the table for All Royal Everything (Kings Edition), an Imperial IPA brewed in New York City […]

 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 […]

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