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: ‘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 […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘NHL ’94’ earned its reputation as an all-time best sports game

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘NHL ’94’ earned its reputation as an all-time best sports game

When sports titles are regarded as the best of the best, even after decades of advances in technology, the key I believe is how much fun you had and can still have playing this game. Every single year, sports fans gobble up titles that, aside from roster updates and perhaps graphical advances, don’t offer much […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: Nintendo’s ‘Tecmo Super Bowl’ still scores like Bo Jackson 26 years later

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: Nintendo’s ‘Tecmo Super Bowl’ still scores like Bo Jackson 26 years later

Perhaps the most asked question of developers of retro classics would be why they feel their game has endured throughout the years? Why are there still legions of gamers looking to purchase and enjoy these games 20, sometimes 30, years later? If I had to guess, I would say that a game that has a […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘NBA Jam: Tournament Edition’ is a flaming slam dunk, even for non-sports fans

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘NBA Jam: Tournament Edition’ is a flaming slam dunk, even for non-sports fans

One of the most peculiar genres as it relates to my particular video game store in Mayfield has to be sports titles. There is no in between. There are either gamers who flat out can’t stand them or those who only collect sports titles (which, since most are incredibly inexpensive, must be pretty easy). I, […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: TurboGrafx-16’s ‘Magical Chase’ is a crazy ride with a crazier price tag

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: TurboGrafx-16’s ‘Magical Chase’ is a crazy ride with a crazier price tag

One of the more persistent debates both in my shop in Mayfield and within the retro gaming community is whether or not games that are now worth hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars are actually worth the money. In simpler terms, if you’re going to shell out that kind of money, is the game even […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: Wartime action and campy story make ‘Bloody Wolf’ a blast

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: Wartime action and campy story make ‘Bloody Wolf’ a blast

Gaming, like movies, books, and music, has genres, and even sub-genres that have been created, discovered, and built upon for decades now. If you’re developing a game for any of these, you need to do whatever you can to make your game stand out from the pack. Did today’s pick for Turn to Channel 3 […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Battle Royale’ is short and cheesy fun for classic wrestling fans

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Battle Royale’ is short and cheesy fun for classic wrestling fans

My fondness for the TurboGrafx-16 comes from my childhood attachment to it. During a time when you were either a Nintendo fan or an early Sega Genesis follower, the TurboGrafx-16 offered you an alternative and almost a bridge between the 8-bit and 16-bit eras of gaming. It still bothers me to this day that so […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Air Zonk’ shows the crazy creativity of TurboGrafx-16 games

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Air Zonk’ shows the crazy creativity of TurboGrafx-16 games

Obviously with my shop, I get a lot of questions about my own retro gaming collection and, in truth, it isn’t some vast room of thousands of games because I only buy the games I’m actually going to sit and play, so I am the furthest thing from a collector. However, I have a sweet […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Breakers’ isn’t groundbreaking, but it’s more than a ‘Street Fighter’ clone

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Breakers’ isn’t groundbreaking, but it’s more than a ‘Street Fighter’ clone

The 1990s arcade scene was largely ruled by beat ‘em ups and fighting games, the latter building some of gaming’s most prominent franchises in the genre. But, as with all genres, there are those that are overlooked, dubbed pretenders to the throne and buried under so many copies or near copies of the more well-known […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Root Beer Tapper’ serves up fast-paced arcade fun

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Root Beer Tapper’ serves up fast-paced arcade fun

In nearly five years of running my small business of selling video games, one of the constant conversations I have is about the simplicity of the classics versus all the bells and whistles of today’s modern games, and today’s topic here on Turn to Channel 3 is really about what I feel every good game […]