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The Best of GemuBaka in 2022

I spent 2022 quite differently than 2021, opting to greatly reduce my travels for the year, and this resulted in a shift in GemuBaka’s content. I’ve spent time since 2020 making plans to greatly ease off my use of social media, and this has fully kicked in for 2023. The motivation behind that is in […]

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Combing Through the Pages: Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine Issue #1

Every now and again, I think about how the debut issue of the Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine rolled out with a “Ghost in the Shell” cover. I always keep this among a group of sleeved and protected magazines. Even though this likely isn’t all that valuable compared to something like Nintendo Power #1, I have […]

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70 Years of Geese! – A tribute to Young Geese Howard

“Die like your father, you pin-headed son of an icecream maker.” – Geese Howard, now 70 years young as of Jan. 23, 2023. I’ve spent the past few years marking Geese Howard’s birthday on Twitter, usually highlighted by his Fatal Fury challenge quote that could only come from a 1990s U.S. SNK game translation. It’s […]

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The 2022 “Year-end ‘kuso’ combo festival”

As much as I’ve soured on social media over the past couple of years, I still love a good fighting game combo tag.  The first favorite I found a few years ago was #日めくり即死ぬ – summed up as a 100% damage combo tag. More literally translated, that tag was started by a Japanese player who […]

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The Street Fighter 6 beta from the eyes of a novice

I predominately keep my focus on older fighting games, because the arcade format still intrigues me to this very day. Still, when one of the most popular fighting franchises in the world gears up for a sequel, it’s difficult to ignore it. Doubly so for Capcom’s Street Fighter 6, as the company looks to move […]

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Santa Claus grapples in WCW Nitro

Inland Productions produced two WCW Wrestling video games for the PlayStation, and I have documented quite well how a single change can completely flip the gameplay of WCW/NWO Thunder. While WCW Nitro isn’t quite as feature rich as its sequel, the gameplay is a little more strait-laced. More importantly for December, though, WCW Nitro is […]

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The Birth of Bemani: Beatmania turns 25

GemuBaka readers and viewers will have likely seen the occasional piece on music and rhythm games, but these have largely fixated on more recent arcade releases. Those with a keen eye on my Round One videos will have noticed short clips of game play on Konami’s beat mania IIDX – which is now on its […]

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The joys of X-Men (arcade) JAA

Konami’s 1992 arcade release X-Men probably doesn’t need much of an introduction. It was during that year that I happened to be in our area arcade, and someone had abandoned a game of X-Men arcade, leaving Nightcrawler to idle on the screen. I took over the free game, and I was HOOKED. I should have […]

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I bought a Warzard VHS tape

Surfing through Japanese sales sites, one of the keywords I always search for is ウォーザード – Capcom’s Warzard, known in the United States as Red Earth. Despite my continual musings on social media and my video content on the series, it seems I’ve never actually written about the game for GemuBaka. Warzard is something that […]

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The search for a social media identity

Despite any shortcomings social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter or YouTube and more may have, one thing is clear – they remain at the top because they execute their main function better than the rest. I’ve spent a few years eyeing some alternatives to social media’s heaviest hitters to see if I might be […]

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