Rich Howells

REVIEW/PHOTOS: Lifer reunion in Wilkes-Barre brings back memories and underrated music

REVIEW/PHOTOS: Lifer reunion in Wilkes-Barre brings back memories and underrated music

For an hour and a half on Friday, Aug. 24, three former bandmates, a guest bassist, and a capacity crowd at Bart & Urby’s in Wilkes-Barre stepped back in time nearly 20 years to relive the era of nu metal and a special time in the Northeastern Pennsylvania music scene when bars and clubs were […]

 Guest Contributor

REVIEW/PHOTOS: Scranton’s Menzingers deliver Clash-style punk show at Musikfest Café in Bethlehem

REVIEW/PHOTOS: Scranton’s Menzingers deliver Clash-style punk show at Musikfest Café in Bethlehem

In recent times, punk bands have gravitated toward two styles – speedy thrash and Ramones-style poppy punk. But the style that really pushed punk forward to the masses, and which is all but missing today, was that of The Clash. It also was fast and hard, but had a deeper musical sensibility and lyrical content. […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: Though simple, ‘Keystone Kapers’ is criminally addictive on Atari 2600

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: Though simple, ‘Keystone Kapers’ is criminally addictive on Atari 2600

To those who didn’t grow up with the Atari 2600, it can be easy to dismiss a large part of the library as a complete joke. The idea that many of these games not only entertained us but helped develop our love of video games seems like something a lover of “Fortnite” could not understand, […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: Swing by Atari’s ‘Jungle Hunt,’ but don’t plan on a long expedition

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: Swing by Atari’s ‘Jungle Hunt,’ but don’t plan on a long expedition

In the world of video games, sometimes things just don’t go according to plan and you need to be able to improvise to keep the ball rolling, as it were. This was especially the case for today’s topic for Turn to Channel 3’s “Atari August” – “Jungle Hunt!” Initially called “Jungle Boy” and then “Jungle […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: Atari’s ‘Missile Command’ is a blocky blast from gaming’s past

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: Atari’s ‘Missile Command’ is a blocky blast from gaming’s past

To me, one of the greatest things about video games are those moments and games that unite us, those titles that are still undeniably good and fun to play now, some three decades plus later. This month on Turn to Channel 3, we’re going to take a look at a few of these fine specimens […]

 Jason Riedmiller

CONCERT REVIEW: Cabinet makes triumphant hometown return to Peach Music Festival in Scranton

CONCERT REVIEW: Cabinet makes triumphant hometown return to Peach Music Festival in Scranton

When Cabinet began their “indefinite hiatus” following their New Year’s Eve show at the F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre, it seemed that the popular Scranton/Wilkes-Barre jamgrass band would break a streak. Cabinet may be the only band to have played every Peach Music Festival since its inception in 2012. They are definitely the only group […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: Uncover ‘Sly Spy’ for some Bond-style secret agent action

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: Uncover ‘Sly Spy’ for some Bond-style secret agent action

Today, we finish this month of action titles with one that may have slipped under the radars of a lot of gamers, especially those who were not frequenting their local arcades back in the day. Now having a resurgence under the series of Johnny Turbo Data East collection games on the Nintendo Switch, we find […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: Hunt down ‘Super Spy Hunter’ and enjoy this souped-up NES sequel

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: Hunt down ‘Super Spy Hunter’ and enjoy this souped-up NES sequel

Even as a kid, I always found it confusing that any game with the word “super” in it would appear on any other console but the Super Nintendo but, in most cases, I was also super amazed, super grateful, and very entertained. Today, as we continue with this month of action-packed retro games, we go […]

 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 […]

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