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The Best of GemuBaka in 2019

After refocusing and establishing an actual “brand” in April 2018, GemuBaka has seen modest growth since that point. The 2020 new year rang in after passing 1,000 followers on Twitter, meaning 2019 was a success with most of my personal goals. Overall, GemuBaka is a fledgling brand that is a hobby for me, but that […]

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Trocadero SEGAWorld London

You know those embarrassing situations where your parents pull out the old photo binders to show other people? Well, that recently worked in my favor for once. On a recent visit to my parents’, my mother leafed through a binder I had chronicling high school, and, low and behold, I had preserved a 1997 printing […]

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Fighting Zangief in Street Fighter II

Sparked by a recent Twitter post, there was a discussion on what the easiest Street Fighter II CPU AI is to fight. While you can learn the AI ticks all around, I’ve always felt Zangief’s AI was the easiest to grasp across the board with Ryu. Playing as either Ryu or Ken, it seems Zangief […]

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Retro Achiever Game #54: TMNT Hyperstone Heist

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were a huge part of the arcade scene as calendars flipped over into the 1990s, and I’ve detailed before how important Konami’s 1989 release of TMNT was to me. We later received a version of the game on the Nintendo Entertainment System, but the smashed-down product into an 8-bit cart […]

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Media from the 2019 Pinball Expo

The 2019 Pinball Expo was held in Wheeling, IL, last week, and, while it was my first time at the event, this year marked its 35th anniversary. True to the event’s namesake, there was a plethora of pinball at the event, giving me a chance to soak in some things I haven’t had a chance […]

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Galloping Ghost Swap Meet (Video)

In late September, my wife and I attended the most recent video game swap meet held by Galloping Ghost Arcade, as hosted by the Galloping Ghost Productions office. The room was pleasantly packed with vendors offering a variety of goods – some were fun staples, while others were obscure curiosities. At the end of the […]

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The Curious Case of Castle of Illusion Scoring

I’ve participated in the RGB (@RetroGameBrews) High Score program on Twitter for the past couple of years, and, entering season 3, we’re tackling a lineup of SEGA Genesis game titles. The RGBHighScore series features 10 games (season one was NES, season two was SNES), which award points to qualify for an end-of-season tournament/elimination round. Season […]

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A night of fierce Virtual On matches

I’ve posted about Level 419 a few times, and I was recently able to head out to the location with my good friend KC1313. The arcade has a very nice Virtual On: Cyber Troopers 2-player setup, and it tends to catch the attention of many of the location’s patrons. Even my older son insisted on […]

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Busted speed tech: Thunder’s test of strength

Back in 1999, there was a game mechanic so busted, even myself as a teenager had to sit back and think – “Holy crap, this is broken.” Pro wrestling was at its peak, and I had to soak in every wrestling game I could, good or bad. THQ’s PlayStation One release of WCW/NWO Thunder was […]

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The timeless World Heroes and speedruns

The next 12 Hour Challenge event for speedrunning has been announced, putting us approximately one year from the previous summer event. Last year, I threw my hat into the ring to play World Heroes for a total of 12 hours, and since the original arcade release of the game was 27 years ago today, I […]

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