It’s been a busy week here on the site! I just wrapped up the fourth new piece this week, and it’s been a blast having some time to get some content posted.
Three of the four pieces are football-related, including the first In The Booth article. I’m really excited about this series, because I’m one of the few people who considers presentation in sports video games to be an important thing. Commentary, stat lines, instant replays, and other bells and whistles that borrow from television broadcasts have always caught my eye, going all the way back to the EASN days. For the next article in the series, I’m looking to talk about ESPN NFL Primetime 2002 from Konami— a game that I believe laid the groundwork for Visual Concepts to perfect in its ESPN sports titles for SEGA in 2003 and 2004. (I’ll be covering the 2K games down the line, as well.)
Two other pieces that went up this week are new installments of After Further Review, covering John Madden Football and Super High Impact for the Super NES. With the 25th anniversary of the launch of the Super NES in North America being celebrated later this month, I wanted to cover a few sports games for the console. If time allows, I’m hoping to do more of these by month’s end. There’s plenty of Super NES sports games to cover, including some non-Madden football games which would be perfect for discussing as we’re now into NFL Preseason mode. Tecmo Super Bowl, NFL Quarterback Club, Pro Quarterback, Super NES Play Action Football, Konami NFL Football, Capcom’s MVP Football… and the list goes on. If there’s a football game for the Super NES that you’d like me to consider for After Further Review, feel free to drop a comment below. I can’t guarantee that I’ll cover it, but suggestions are always welcome– and I’ll credit you in the piece, if you like, for recommending it!
The last of the four pieces that went up this week was a new installment of Coin Toss, talking about Track & Field. I know that it’s rather trite to bring up Track & Field during the Olympics, but it was nice to break up the flurry of football-related content… and Track & Field has a special place in my heart. If you haven’t read the piece yet, I don’t want to spoil it, but you’ll find out why the game meant a lot to me as a kid with few tokens to spend. The next Coin Toss piece will revolve around a Midway arcade sports game. You might be able to guess what it is!
In other news, my summer classes are complete and I’ll have a bit more time to work on content for the site– at least for the next 2-3 weeks, as I’ll also be working on getting back into the workforce for September. I do have new content ideas lined up, starting with what I mentioned earlier, along with other things floating around in my creative mind. I can’t guarantee that the rest of August will have 4-5 new things a week, but I definitely have the material to fill at least the next few weeks. Videos, unfortunately, are still on hiatus due to the tropical heat and humidity that Mother Nature has been pumping into Southern New England most of this month. I’m hoping that I’ll be able to get back in front of the camera more in September.
I mentioned the 25th anniversary of the Super NES earlier, and I’m happy to announce that I’ve written a piece celebrating the occasion for my friends at Retroware. It will hopefully be going up soon. I may do something similar here, though I’m not sure how I’ll approach it just yet. The Super NES and I have a lot of history; I got my console in late 1991 at age 19, and it was a big part of my early adult life. I really wanted to shoot a video and share some personal memories of the console, but heat and humidity have made that quite difficult. Maybe it’ll be sports game-related, maybe not… but it’s a significant anniversary and one that I’d like to honor here, as well.
And, finally, speaking of Retroware– I want to remind everyone about RetroWorld Expo. October 15th isn’t that far away, and the event is shaping up to be even more amazing than last year’s debut. The guest list is stacked, including appearances by Pat the NES Punk, Gamester81, The Gaming Historian, The Game Chasers, Pixel Dan, a host of awesome people from the Retroware family (Eric Lappe, Banjo Guy Ollie, site founders John D & Lance, and who knows who else), and more to be announced. Tickets for the two-day event are on sale now, with two-day admissions or single-day admissions for Saturday or Sunday. There’s also going to be musical guests, an assortment of vendors selling games and consoles, arcade games, console games, and a whole lot more. I’ll be with the Retroware crew, and I sincerely hope to see many of you there.
Look for more new content in the coming days. For now, I’m taking the rest of the weekend off to relax and recharge. As always, thanks so much for checking out the site. Take care!