FlowingMindspin cut his teeth on beating up Generic Dudes and icing zombies while he was growing up in the early '90s. After he turned all of the thugs in River City into honor students he found himself drawn to the more in-depth experiences gaming had to offer. Now a huge JRPG buff with a soft spot for the classics that filled his youth with joy (and anger... so much anger), he's turned to the wonder that is the Internet to spew vitriol and wax nostalgic.

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An Era Long Forgotten


Since Fatsquatch has been reminiscing about MMOs out of the gate here, my mind has begun to wander back to a simpler time. A time when the only way to access the Internet in my area was with a blazing 56K connection. A time when our computer which rocked Windows 98, a 4 GB hard drive, and 32 MB of RAM was the envy of all of my friends. A time when all I really wanted to do was find games to play online with other people… that were free, of course.

So, About MGS3: Snake Eater…


Since I’ve never been a huge fan of the Metal Gear games, Brad Hates Games’ write-up almost turned me off from this title completely.  If my curiosity hadn’t gotten the best of me, I’d have missed out on one hell of a gaming experience, and that would’ve been a shame.

Thoughts on the PSP


I really didn’t think I’d have much to say when the details of the PSP launch were revealed, but now that I see what Sony is planning on doing I’m quite dumbfounded. They’re either extremely confident that the system will sell despite the DS’s sales already exceeding even the most optimistic expectations, or they (like Nintendo) don’t think the two systems are competing with each other.

The original Nintendo DS design



Sprung for the Nintendo DS

Dating sims have been a popular genre in Japan for many years, but have yet to find their niche in the U.S. market. If Ubisoft had published Sprung (Nintendo DS) stateside with the intention of breaking new ground, they certainly picked the wrong title to do it with.

Gaming: Just a Fad?


Mario vs. Sonic by Tom Pollock Jr.I’ve always been one who likes to look to the positive side of things while remaining realistic.  While the majority of old-school gamers like myself have been damning the latest generation of consoles (and some of the consoles preceding the current big three), I’ve tried to faithfully sit by and enjoy what the companies have thrown at me.  Lately, though, I’ve been thrust into a few situations that have made me reconsider gaming as a whole, and whether or not I’ve just been wasting the last 15 years or so of my life pursuing something that’s just not going to be fun at some point.  Up until recently, I couldn’t imagine a life without video games; now I’m seriously considering one.

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