Sophia Kowalczyk

PHOTOS: RetroGameCon, 11/08/14

PHOTOS: RetroGameCon, 11/08/14

New Yorkers with an affinity for retro video games gathered at The Oncenter in Syracuse and plugged in for the second annual RetroGameCon on Saturday, Nov. 8. The day was filled with various gaming panels, vendors, console and “Magic: The Gathering” tournaments, remixed game music by DJ Silenze, arts and crafts for children, and basket […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Mutant League Football’ made the sport fun (and evil) for non-‘Madden’ fans

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Mutant League Football’ made the sport fun (and evil) for non-‘Madden’ fans

It’s no secret to my friends and fellow gamers – I’m not a big fan of the Sega Genesis. I never owned one as a kid, and only through friends did I get introduced to some of the games for it. Later, when I began collecting, I always went for those games I knew about, […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: The nostalgic joys of finding an original ‘Ms. Pac-Man’ arcade machine

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: The nostalgic joys of finding an original ‘Ms. Pac-Man’ arcade machine

It had been a long time since I had visited Tony’s Pizza (1137 Main St., Peckville), too long for someone who had fallen in love with their amazing pizza when introduced to it by my loving fiancée a few years ago. There’s something about pizza with sauce on top of the cheese that just has […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Déjà Vu’ is a lost detective game NES fans should uncover

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Déjà Vu’ is a lost detective game NES fans should uncover

The term “hidden gem” is something that was once reserved for items of interest in all forms of entertainment that were actually something special, something different for the consumer. However, nowadays it seems like it’s two words that are tossed around all too frequently. As in all uses of the term, it’s all a matter […]

 Chris Hughes

VIDEO GAME REVIEW: Hey! Listen! ‘Hyrule Warriors’ is addictive tribute to Zelda franchise

VIDEO GAME REVIEW: Hey! Listen! ‘Hyrule Warriors’ is addictive tribute to Zelda franchise

They say admitting you have a problem is the first step to overcoming it. Well, my name is Chris, and I’m addicted to “Hyrule Warriors.” Having never played a “Dynasty Warriors” title or spinoff of the popular hack-and-slash franchise before, I can admit that I wasn’t initially drawn to the gameplay displayed in its all […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Super Punch-Out!!’ is an underrated sequel worth another shot

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Super Punch-Out!!’ is an underrated sequel worth another shot

There are a lot of things that make me feel old, from old photographs to classic Saturday morning cartoon shows, but I think for me personally it’s that feeling I get when I start up a classic game and realize, as is the case with today’s subject matter, that it has been 20 years since […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: Everything old is new again in ‘NES Remix’

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: Everything old is new again in ‘NES Remix’

Recently, I was reading an article in Game Informer magazine where the author was talking about games that never should have been remade for more modern systems, discussing how so many things that made the original games great were seemingly lost in translation somewhere, and I agreed with a large portion of what was said […]

 Chris Hughes

VIDEO GAME REVIEW: Electrifying puzzle-platformer ‘Teslagrad’ is a welcome challenge

The hand-drawn graphics of “Teslagrad” are what initially drew me to the game, but the satisfaction of overcoming its charming-yet-wonderfully-difficult puzzles is what kept me playing. This is the unexpectedly challenging platformer you never knew you wanted. With just over 30 minutes clocked in the game, I had died countless times while poorly traversing chasms […]

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