Month: June 2019

“Essay Twenty-Seven: Not All Who Wander Are Lost Underworld — EarthBound and Aristophanes”

In terms of historical and literary precursors here, EarthBound’s Lost Underworld clearly owes something to conventions established in the Hollow Earth sci-fi subgenre, starting back with Jules Verne again, his Journey to the Center of the Earth, and to Arthur Conan Doyle, with his Up-esque plateau of un-extinct dinosaurs in The Lost World.

The Weekend Wizard Inn: June 28th, 2019

Greetings, fellow travelers! The Weekend Wizard Inn is open for business, so grab a seat and discuss what’s in your gaming quest log for the next few days. Maybe even do so over a piping bowl of ogre blood stew, a roasted giant’s toe, or a cool mug of our freshest snail ale! There’s a great spot over near the fire with some of your fellow mages, and it appears a purple-robed fella with a… creepy mask is waving you over! 

Retro Thunderdome – Ninja Gaiden (NES) vs Castlevania (NES)

At first glance, the participants in today’s struggle for digital dominance couldn’t be more different. In one corner, you have a Gothic-themed horror game and in other, a high flying ninja revenge quest. But a deep dive into these 8-bit classics reveal eerie similarities in design, control, and difficulty. How do these titles stack up in the crucible of Thunderdome examination?