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A March visit to Level 419

Just before the social distancing mandates set in, I was able to take in a fresh visit to Level 419 arcade in Northwood, Ohio, which allowed me to gather more media and get my hands on a few more rhythm game titles that are new to the area. First up is an updated walkthrough of […]

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A breakdown of the canceled Vicious Circle (arcade)

On my Twitch channel, there have been a couple of times that I’ve shared my experience with the unreleased game Vicious Circle while playing MAME-emulated arcade titles. I’ve put several hours into breaking the game down and discovering hidden fatality moves, and now I’m finally getting into sharing that knowledge, as requested. Vicious Circle is […]

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The April Fool’s Gauntlet: 5 Wrestling Speedruns

A recent WedNESday post on Twitter featured LJN’s WWF: King of the Ring, and upon digging into the game a bit, I find it could be mashed through in short order. Sure enough, others have embarked on that same journey, and the Speedrun.com page features multiple attempts at the game’s King of the Ring mode […]

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Retro Achiever Game #55: Convoy no Nazo

As a child, all of my Transformers video game experience came from the Commodore 64 attempt at the franchise, The Battle to Save the Earth. I knew a few others who had the game, and I gave it a couple of tries, but ultimately came away unfulfilled because I didn’t fully understand how the game […]

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Speedrunning on the Lex Express

Over the past couple of years, I can’t name a game I’ve sunk more time into than Midway’s WWF: Wrestlemania, usually billed as Wrestlemania the Arcade Game due to its more-accessible console ports. I was a big fan of the WWF (now WWE) through most of the 1990s, so, from the get-go, I had a […]

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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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