The 12 Days of Geeks-Mas Day 4: Video Games
For our fourth installment of the 12 Days of Geeks-Mas we are bring to you those things that are so near to our hearts. Whether they come in 8 bit or 64, the only word that I have to describe them is JOY…Thats right, we bring you Video Games!
The Retron 3
Basically, if you’re a retro gamer, this is all you need. It allows you to play Nintendo, Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis games on one console. This is great because it allows you to not have to plug and unplug each system or deal with their own stupid late 80s/early 90s wiring set ups every time you want to play it. Honestly, what more could you ask for? It’s got the big 3 from that era. You can find it online at Amazon or most video game stores that sell old games.
Word of the wise, don’t bother with the controllers that come with Retron. They are “wireless” and will work for each individual system but they awful. You are much better off using the original controllers or the replicas they make.
MARTIAN LUTHOR KANG THE 117th
I’d like to GIVE you a gift via this article. The gift of friendship… If you have a smartphone and a finger, download the Draw Something application and send your login to email@example.com post-haste. It is the gift of friendship, the gift of fun… the gift of creative expression. Sure, an app is not the traditional video game, but for the geek on the go it’s a great way to get a fix when time allows.
Hey guys, Arthur here giving you some goodies you may want to grab for that special someone in your life…mainly me. Under normal circumstances, I would recommend Borderlands 2, but since I have lost many hours of my life already,and have a two parter scheduled on that, I am going to go in a different direction. I recently got back into playing Super Nintendo games, specifically Super Mario World, and it seriously reminded me of why I originally got into playing games. The sheer glee and satisfaction factor. Now don’t misunderstand, I love new games as much as the next person, but they sometimes now feel more like work rather than fun. It was nice to sit back and enjoy running through levels and saying goodbye to Yoshi as he falls down a chasm, sacrificing himself to save my skin from a difficult jump. I’m sorry little buddy, but please no eye contact next time. I don’t think my heart could take it. So for this year, i wholeheartedly recommend getting that special person a bit of childhood nostalgia.
Super Mario World
The sheer amount of fun you will have with this game is amazing. You will never feel like it is too easy, but never feel like it is too hard either. The controls are perfect, and everything feels crisp and smooth. The music however will honestly make you feel like a kid again. Those upbeat tunes and graceful melodies will have you humming the notes all day without thinking about it. I honestly cannot recommend it enough.
Bonus: I know it may be difficult finding a copy of super nintendo games, however, there are ways. Throw back stores have been popping up all over the place selling older/retro games and systems. If you find one, and they have it, pick up Super Mario World, and if you have enough money, grab Link To The Past, Super Metroid, and Secret of Mana. You’ll thank me later.
OK. Time to move back into the present day. It has been a pretty decent year in terms of games. We had big releases and some underground titles getting their time to shine. Indie game development has been gaining quite a bit of ground with Steam and GOG.com letting people download user made games or popular titles from their websites. I splurged a bit this year and grabbed a few. For this one, I will recommend two really amazing games that you may not have heard of, but you should definitely take a look.
Haunting, emotional, and black and white. This game will honestly leave you feeling like you want more and more titles like it to be released. It is a side scrolling puzzle/platformer that will test your brain power and also your reflex skills. I played this game for 3 days straight, beating it multiple times and just having so much fun. The only thing I will say as a downer would be the length. It clocks out at about 5-6 hours, but it never feels like it. As soon as you get to the end, you will be salivating for more. Also, its dirt cheap so you can’t get too upset. Get it. Love it. Your Welcome.
This game is amazing. If you have ever played Minecraft and wondered what it would be like in 2D, well here you go. No joke, i literally spent 5 hours one day just digging straight down to see what i could find, establishing little make-shift shelters and homes as i delved deeper underground. The mines and open earth you dig through are teaming with monsters, gems, ore, and surprises. You can build whatever you want, but it is slightly limited due to it not being in 3D. However, I enjoyed this game more than Minecraft as I didn’t feel like I had to invest hours upon hours to feel a sense of adventure and accomplishment. I was gifted this game by a wonderful person on Reddit, and have been playing it ever since. Dig the dug. Mine the mine, and build with skill. You’ll have so much fun picking away at the earth with your trusty pickaxe.
There ya have it! I could give you more, but I’m sure my fellow geeks will cover almost all grounds for this Axemas. I hope you all have a good holiday, and let us know what geeky things you get this year!!
I’m mostly a console gamer, and tend to play a lot of FPS type games, so this holiday season I’m sticking with a classic franchise not only because that’s what I’m playing now, but also because it’s such a solid play: Halo 4
The a crazy amount of customization available for your multiplayer avatar and straight forward, unstoppable action make this such an enjoyably game. You don’t even need to touch the single player mode to enjoy it, because the multiplayer is so much fun. If you know someone who like shooting at stuff until it dies or kills you first, then grab ’em a copy of Halo 4.
Not all games have to be big name expensive affairs. Sometimes a gamer on a budget needs a little love too. Luckily with iPhones and iPads slowly taking the mobile gaming world, there’s a ton of great low priced games available if you’re looking get just a little token of your affection for soemone this year. One bargain of a game available at the iTunes App Store that I’m hooked on right now is the 8 bit version of Manos: The Hands of Fate.
In case you’re not familiar with Manos, it’s quite possibly one of the worst movies ever laid down on film. There’s an absolutely classic episode of Mystery Science Theater dedicated to Manos that is required viewing if you’re a fan of the show. The game is based on the movie and it’s a retro, NES throwback jump and shoot platformer. If you’re a fan of this train wreck of a movie, then this game is a must play for you! There’s a ton of characters, levels, and bosses stright out of the movie. The game music is even based on the films score! You may be thinking “But with PS3’s and XBoxes, why would anyone want to play an old looking game?” If ypu are thinking that, then you’re a dumbass. This game is fantastically fun and SUPER hard! It’s easy to pick up and play though and is a fantastic nod to the old school style of NES gaming. If this game were an actual NES game, I would easily rank it among my favorite. It’s so retro, that the app icon even looks like an old NES game cover!
LEGO (Insert Franchise Here)
Although many of my Evil Geek brethren are hardcore gamers, I’m more of a casual player myself. As a kid I regularly had a system all the way up to the PS2 and X-Box but I didn’t jump on the next-fen game bandwagon right away. I have a 360 and a Wii, both used from family members for $50. I can throw down in Halo like the next guy because Goldeneye roots and skills are there forever, but I don’t play any of the big games regularly. With that said, I really love the Lego franchise games! I won’t lie, the Lego games are somewhat childish, but a ton of fun. There are a handful of properties that they work with, but each one is quality. The Star Wars games are vast and explored both the universes from the movies and the Clone Wars. Indiana Jones got the treatment too, and its just fun to see scenes that you love from your favorite moves re-created in the Lego universe. If you’ve read anything from me, then it would be safe for one to expect that I’m a big fan of the Lego Batman games! The first one was pretty cool because you could play at the Bat-Family or the Villains and the newest one is titled Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes but it should just be called Lego Justice League because you get to play as GL, Wonder Woman, Supes, and The Flash! Also, don’t forget about Lego Lord of the Rings, Lego Pirates of the Caribbean and Lego Harry Potter too! LOTR is on my list this year. Lego also got the rights to TMNT and Avengers this past year, so we’ll probably see games with them as a focus soon too! All in all, the Lego games provide a fun experience that allow you to pick them up and play whenever and also put them down without feeling like you invested too much time to not get to the next checkpoint, they aren’t proprietary to any platform and they’re a ton of fun for the casual gamer who has geek roots!
Remember to come back tomorrow for The 12 Days of Geeks-Mas Day 5: Toys
Seasons Greetings Nerds!
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Posted on December 15, 2012, in Geekology, Geeks-Mas, Recommendations, Video Games and tagged Gamers, Games, Halo 4, Legos, Mario, Nintendo, Retro Gaming, Retron, Super Nintendo. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.