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10 Reasons why Midwest Gaming Classic is the Best Gaming Expo

Midwest Gaming Classic is an annual tradition in Milwaukee, WI, that brings so many of us together. Here’s a quick look on why I love it so much.

Milwaukee, located on the shores of Lake Michigan in Wisconsin, is a vibrant city renowned for its rich history, diverse culture, and dynamic urban landscape. As the largest city in the state, Milwaukee offers a blend of industrial heritage and modern innovation, with iconic breweries like MillerCoors and Pabst Brewing Company reflecting its legacy as a brewing powerhouse. The city is also celebrated for its thriving arts scene, highlighted by institutions such as the Milwaukee Art Museum and the Harley-Davidson Museum, as well as a lively performing arts community. Visitors and locals alike enjoy exploring the city’s historic neighborhoods like the Third Ward and Brady Street, bustling with eclectic shops, trendy restaurants, and lively entertainment venues. With an array of festivals, including the world-famous Summerfest, and a strong sense of community pride, Milwaukee exudes a unique charm that captivates all who visit.

The First Omen – Movie Review

The birth of evil is explored in a surprisingly good legacy prequel to the 1976 horror classic The Omen.

“The Omen,” directed by Richard Donner (of Superman the Movie 1978 fame), is a chilling horror film that follows American diplomat Robert Thorn and his wife, Katherine, who unknowingly adopt a young boy named Damien after their own child dies at birth. As Damien grows older, disturbing events begin to unfold, hinting at his sinister and supernatural nature. When a series of tragic deaths surround Damien, Robert delves into the dark secrets surrounding his son’s true identity, discovering that Damien is the Antichrist destined to bring about the apocalypse. Filled with ominous atmosphere, unsettling imagery, and a haunting score by Jerry Goldsmith, “The Omen” is a timeless classic that remains a pinnacle of the horror genre, leaving audiences gripped with fear and fascination.

Stay online with the Nintendo 3DS and WiiU after today!

On April 8 2024, all Nintendo Network online services for the Nintendo Wii U and Nintendo 3DS will be shut down, but it does not mean you don’t need to stop playing online games. This is all thanks to Pretendo – the community developed Nintendo Network online replacement which is free and open source for everyone to enjoy. All you need is a hacked 3ds or WiiU and about 30 minutes of your time to get set up. In today’s episode we take a closer look at the Pretendo service and its features.

Top 10 Nintendo 3DS Games

The Top 10 Nintendo 3DS games can vary depending on personal preferences and opinions, but here’s a list of titles that are often considered among the best:

1. “The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D” – A remastered version of the classic Nintendo 64 title, offering improved graphics and new features for the 3DS.
2. “Pokémon Sun and Moon” (and its enhanced version “Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon”) – Critically acclaimed entries in the Pokémon series featuring new Pokémon, mechanics, and an engaging storyline set in the Alola region.
3. “Super Mario 3D Land” – A platformer that combines the classic 2D side-scrolling gameplay with 3D elements, featuring innovative level design and charming visuals.
4. “Animal Crossing: New Leaf” – A relaxing life simulation game where players manage a village inhabited by anthropomorphic animals, engaging in various activities like fishing, bug catching, and decorating.
5. “Fire Emblem Awakening” – A tactical role-playing game renowned for its deep strategy, compelling characters, and engaging story, which revitalized the Fire Emblem series on the 3DS.
6. “Bravely Default” – A classic-style RPG with modern twists, featuring a unique battle system, rich storytelling, and beautifully crafted visuals.
7. “Mario Kart 7” – The seventh installment in the iconic racing series, offering addictive gameplay, a variety of tracks, and customizable karts.
8. “Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate” – A challenging action RPG where players hunt down and battle formidable monsters in a vast and immersive world.
9. “Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon” – A sequel to the GameCube classic, Luigi’s Mansion, featuring puzzle-solving gameplay and ghost-catching mechanics.
10. “Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask” (and other titles in the Professor Layton series) – Puzzle-adventure games with captivating mysteries, charming characters, and brain-teasing puzzles to solve.

Honorable Mention (personal favorite): Kirby: Planet Robobot. In “Kirby: Planet Robobot,” players join the lovable pink puffball Kirby on an exciting adventure as he faces off against an invading army of robotic enemies threatening Dream Land. Armed with his signature ability to inhale enemies and copy their powers, Kirby sets out to thwart the mechanized menace. This installment introduces the Robobot Armor, a powerful suit that Kirby can pilot to gain new abilities and overcome obstacles with its versatile arsenal. With vibrant visuals, charming characters, and inventive level design, “Kirby: Planet Robobot” offers a delightful blend of classic Kirby gameplay and fresh mechanics, making it a standout entry in the beloved series.

13 NEW Switch Game Releases This Week! Slap ’em Ups! #LetsGetPhysical

NEW Switch game Physical releases this week! Shoot em ups and slap em ups! Everything a Switch collector needs to know.

GOLAZO! 2 DELUXE (EU)
Tadpole Treble (Premium Edition Games)
Söldner X Complete Collection (Play Asia)
The Wreck (Red Art Games)
Nightmare Reaper (Super Rare Games)
Rose & Camellia Collection (Limited Run)
The Dragoness: Command of the Flame (probably English)
Hatsumira -From The Future Undying- (English)
Slave Zero X [Limited Edition]

The Nintendo Switch is a versatile hybrid gaming console released by Nintendo, offering both traditional home console gaming and portable handheld functionality in a single device. Its innovative design features a tablet-like screen that can be docked for TV play or used on-the-go with detachable Joy-Con controllers that provide unique motion-sensing capabilities. The Switch boasts a diverse library of games spanning from first-party Nintendo titles like “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild” and “Super Mario Odyssey” to a wide array of third-party offerings. Its emphasis on local multiplayer and social gaming experiences, coupled with its portable nature, has made it a beloved choice for gamers of all ages and preferences.

Restoring a 1997 Gateway PC! Windows 95 Pentium 2 Desktop (LGR)

I got this nifty Gateway 2000 desktop from the 90s and don’t know much about it! Except that it cost $2,649 when it was new. So let’s dive into the G6-233M with its Pentium II MMX 233MHz and see what else is inside, what’s broken or missing, and what needs repair and cleaning and such.

Gateway, Inc., formerly known as Gateway 2000, was a prominent American computer hardware company that emerged in 1985 in Sioux City, Iowa. Founded by Ted Waitt and Mike Hammond, Gateway initially started as a small operation in Waitt’s family barn but quickly grew into a major player in the PC market. Gateway gained recognition for its direct sales model, allowing customers to purchase computers directly from the company through catalogs and later online. This approach, coupled with their distinctive cow-spotted packaging, helped Gateway carve out a niche in the fiercely competitive personal computer industry.

Throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, Gateway experienced significant growth and became one of the top PC manufacturers in the United States. The company expanded its product lineup beyond desktops to include laptops, servers, monitors, and computer accessories. Gateway’s consumer-friendly branding and emphasis on customer service further endeared it to consumers. However, as the PC market evolved and competition intensified, Gateway faced challenges, including declining sales and financial difficulties. In 2007, the company was acquired by Acer Inc., marking the end of an era for one of the iconic brands of the PC industry.

Bringing Alpha Protocol back from the dead (GOG Behind the Scenes Documentary)

Alpha Protocol is an action role-playing game developed by Obsidian Entertainment and published by Sega. Released in 2010, the game follows the story of Michael Thorton, a highly skilled secret agent working for a clandestine organization known as Alpha Protocol. Set in a contemporary world of espionage, conspiracy, and political intrigue, the game offers players a dynamic narrative experience driven by choices and consequences.

Players assume the role of Thorton as he navigates through various missions across the globe, from bustling cities to remote locations, to uncover a global conspiracy threatening world stability. The game features a robust dialogue system that allows players to shape Thorton’s personality and relationships with other characters through their choices and actions. These choices have significant repercussions, influencing the game’s narrative direction, alliances, and outcomes.

In terms of gameplay, Alpha Protocol combines elements of stealth, combat, and role-playing. Players can approach missions using stealthy tactics, utilizing gadgets and espionage skills to evade enemies and accomplish objectives covertly, or engage in intense gunfights and hand-to-hand combat when stealth fails. The game features a deep progression system, allowing players to customize Thorton’s skills, abilities, and equipment to suit their preferred playstyle.

Despite receiving mixed reviews upon release, Alpha Protocol has garnered a cult following for its ambitious narrative design, branching storyline, and player agency. Its emphasis on player choice and consequence, along with its dynamic dialogue system, set it apart as a unique and memorable entry in the action RPG genre, offering players a captivating journey through the shadowy world of international espionage.

Metal Jesus here and I’m back again.

In the bizarrely brilliant film titled Metal Jesus: The Movie, we’re thrust into a world where the line between reality and absurdity is as blurry as a melted Rubik’s Cube. Metal Jesus, sporting a shiny metallic mullet, plays the titular character, a renegade time-traveling rockstar from the future who zips through dimensions in a spaceship shaped like a giant Gibson Les Paul.

Metal Jesus, armed with an Ace Frehley signature electric guitar that shoots laser beams and a wardrobe straight out of a 1970s Rush concert, embarks on a quest to save the universe from a malevolent army of sentient disco balls led by the nefarious EDM Emperor.

But things take a turn when Metal Jesus crash-lands on a planet inhabited by sentient Nintendo Amiibos and must confront his greatest challenge yet: convincing them to join his intergalactic battle against the EDM Empire. To make matters worse the population is divided between the Amiibos and the Disney Infinity characters. They are at war. And as Hellboy once said “War never changes”.

Along the way, Metal Jesus forms an unlikely alliance with a group of rebellious talking llamas, learns the secrets of time travel from a wise old toaster oven, and engages in epic guitar battles with the EDM Emperor’s minions, who groove so hard they threaten to tear a hole in the fabric of spacetime itself. Daft Punk and Joe Satriani provide the epic movie soundtrack.

Filled with psychedelic visuals, absurd humor, and enough neon to make a cyberpunk rave blush, Metal Jesus: The Movie is a mind-bending journey through the weirdest corners of the cosmos that will leave you questioning reality, existence, and whether or not cheeseburgers can really talk.

“día de los Inocentes” – Zardoz

The ATARI 400 mini review – Is it worth $120?!

The 400 Mini is a small version of the classic Atari 8bit computer and includes support for 400/800, XL and XE computer series, and the 5200 home console. It comes pre-installed with 25+ classic Atari games, the ability to play your own games and a new THECXSTICK joystick. Check out my review! More info: https://retrogames.biz/products/the400-mini/

The Atari line of 8-bit computers, introduced in the late 1970s and early 1980s, played a crucial role in shaping the personal computing landscape. The series began with the Atari 400 and Atari 800 in 1979, featuring a custom-made 6502-based chipset designed by Jay Miner. These machines boasted impressive graphics and sound capabilities for their time, making them popular for both gaming and productivity tasks. The computers were renowned for their distinctive industrial design, featuring a sleek, wedge-shaped casing with a membrane keyboard. Additionally, the Atari 400 and 800 were among the first home computers to include custom hardware for graphics and sound, which allowed for more advanced gaming experiences compared to other contemporary systems.

The Atari 8-bit line continued to evolve with subsequent models such as the Atari 600XL, 800XL, and 130XE, offering improvements in memory capacity, peripheral support, and compatibility with software and hardware expansions. These machines gained a dedicated following among hobbyists, educators, and gamers, with a wide range of software titles available, including popular games like “Pac-Man,” “Donkey Kong,” and “Star Raiders.” Despite facing stiff competition from other home computer manufacturers such as Commodore and Apple, the Atari 8-bit line remained relevant well into the mid-1980s, leaving a lasting legacy in the history of personal computing.