As I sit here at my desk pretending to do work that matters, I find my thoughts woozily drifting off to to the stars of 2183 and interstellar space travel. Sipping my green shake in my N7 hoodie, I fondly remember my expedition with Garrus, Wrex, and most importantly Commander Sheppard. Ten years have passed, and still the journey is as fresh as the day I started.
With Mass Effect: Andromeda released earlier this year, the Mass Effect series celebrates a Continue reading
RPGs have long been a staple of the hardcore geek/nerd. Some people think this started with Dungeons & Dragons. In the current incarnation this may be true. Although I’m not sure of what or how, something tells me there has to have been Continue reading
Once again I attended my personal favorite gaming convention, Total Confusion. Mostly, I love it because it is purist gaming at its best. I always make it a point to try some new things and play some other things that I just plain enjoy. However, this time was special for me.
Man I loved those Choose Your Own Adventure books. They were like the gateway drug into Role Playing Games. When you’re the weird loner kid in grade-school, you haven’t quite gotten the confidence yet to bond with the other weird loner kids. So what did you do? You found other RPGs to play yourself, like the Lone Wolf books (still some of my favorites) and of course, Steve Jackson’s (the OG SJ, co-founder of Games Workshop and Lionhead Studios) SORCERY! series.
These days, most of these books are rather hard to find. The few out there who have decent copies are hesitant to part with them at any price. Who could blame them? These were better than solitaire!
Now, thanks to Steve Jackson himself, and Inkle Studios, we can relive the original SORCERY! series on Android and iOS devices!!
The Sorcery! gamebook series was an epic project which took up a significant portion of my life between 1983-1985. I have always wanted it to be brought up to date with 21st Century technology. But only with the right developer. In entrusting Sorcery! digital future to inkle I am confident they will not only be able to convert the original adventure faithfully to digital formats but also that they will take it beyond the original into new realms. Those who have seen their re-working of the Frankenstein story will know what I mean. This is not just a straight translation of the original books to iOS. This will be a brand new Sorcery! experience.
What did my girlfriend want for her birthday? A Sega Genesis. I’m so happy. Unfortunately, my Generation 1 system disappeared a long time ago. It never stopped working but I think I loaned it away and never got it back. Therefore, I Ebay’d a new one (Generation 1 of course).
I knew that I saved some of my cartridges for a reason including the epic Phantasy Star series (my favorites). However, I had two problems.
1) The beloved Phantasy Star 1 was not a Genesis game. It was made from the precursor, Sega Master System (SMS).
Best game ever made.
2) Phantasy Star 1 was released in the US in 1988. I bought it immediately. Therefore, in this little plastic container was a 25 year-old battery! I just hoped it wasn’t leaking all over the printed circuit board (PCB) by this time.