Before Nintendo released the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1985, the video game industry crashed. Hard! Atari had allowed the market to be flooded with too many games, and the straw that broke the camel’s back was the release of E.T. The game was hastily put together by a rushed programmer who wasn’t able to put […]Read More Mario: The Most Important Character Ever Created in Video Games
Video games are largely a visual medium; it is half the name of the industry after all. However, just as the visuals of a game can play a key role in your immersion in its world, so can the soundtrack. For some people, a good soundtrack can make or break a form of entertainment. I’m […]Read More Listen to Your Game: The Importance of Music and Sound in Video Games
Back in 1994, I didn’t even know this game came out. I was ten years old, and this game completely missed my radar. I didn’t get very many games per year, maybe one or two around Christmas time and my birthday, and I was mostly playing sports games like NHL ’95 or WWF Monday Night […]Read More Retro Grade: Super Metroid Review
As reported by Jason Schreier of Kotaku, Nintendo is releasing the SNES Classic on September 29 of this year. It will come with 21 games – most of which I didn’t get to play as a kid – two controllers, an HDMI cable, and will cost $80. We will get one previously unreleased game: Star […]Read More Get Hyped: SNES Classic announced!!!
Pretty much since the Summer of Arcade on Xbox Live Arcade back in 2008 highlighted digital-only titles like Braid and Castle Crashers, the video game industry has slowly – sometimes painfully – been shifting toward an all-digital future. There are quite a few different ways to look at this; in theory, this should reduce the […]Read More The great video game debate: Physical vs. Digital
Hello world! If you’re reading this, welcome to The Joyful Gamer blog. My name is Ryan and I’ve been an avid gamer for as long as I can remember. I love the adventures they take me on, the experiences I’ve had with friends and family while playing them, and the challenges and memorable moments they’ve […]Read More My first blog! E3 2017 Predictions