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Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch

I had seen a lot of forum posts raving about “Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch“, as well as its placement on some top ten lists. So I decided to pick it up when it hit the $20, “PS3 Greatest Hits”, price point. Read more of this post

Card Dice

My six year old got a deck of cards recently, and has enjoyed playing some of the classics with me (War, Go Fish). He also got his hands on a pair of dice, which he enjoys rolling (half for the sound, I’m sure). Yesterday, he asked me to teach him a new card game. Since he has been working on addition at school, I figured I’d combine the two into a game that would help him memorize some of the addition table. We haven’t come up with a name for it, yet, but after a few iterations, here is the game we came up with. Read more of this post

Game Library

Based on the number of posts I’ve written since I started this blog, one might wonder what kind of gaming experience I have. Quite a lot, it turns out – so much, in fact, that I barely have time to write about the games I’m playing! A quick snapshot of my library includes: Read more of this post

Crash Bandicoot: The Death of Cortex

We moved about a year ago. One of the results of this is that some of the PS2 cables got lost in a box, somewhere. Chris was pretty bummed about not being able to play his games, but the novelty of the new house and town dulled his loss. Never-the-less, every couple of months he would ask me about setting the console back up for him – even after he got an Xbox 360 and access to some new games! A few weeks ago Read more of this post

Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex

A few months ago, I decided to dig into my PS2 collection for a good game for Chris to move on to. He’d already played “SSX” and “Smuggler’s Run” to death, both of which had pretty simple control schemes (he could have a fun experience using just the joysticks, and was starting to pick up some of the more advanced moves, such as the tricks in “SSX”). Since he is 4 1/2, Read more of this post

Dante’s Inferno

I’m about two-third’s of the way through “Dante’s Inferno” (Divine Edition, PS3, $19.99) and find the game to be very engaging. The premise is that you are Dante, a soldier from the Crusades who defeats Death and then battles his way down through the nine circles of Hell to redeem his wife. The game is filled with quotes and scenes from the first part of Dante Alighieri’s epic poem “Divine Comedy“, “Inferno“. Read more of this post


I love the SSX snowboarding series of games, and have purchased every one made. Unfortunately, there have been no new ones published since before the PS3 went on sale 4-5 years ago. For someone Chris’ age, they have a very simple control scheme – you basically move the control stick to steer the player character down the hill. Even this limited amount of game-play is great, as the controls, visuals, and sense of speed are very enjoyable. Read more of this post

Playstation 2

I figured I would get my 4 year-old son, Chris, started on some PS2 games for a number of reasons. The console had been sitting in a box for years, as my current Playstation gaming is on the PS3. The machine is hooked up to a standard television, so there is no conflict with the HD consoles for which output device to use, and the PS2 serves as a DVD player for that TV. The controller is basically the same as the PS3’s, Read more of this post

Some Background

Hello, my name is Tom, and I’m a video gamer. I haven’t played a video game for 16 hours. I started playing games in the early 80’s on the Atari 400 (my high school bought some), and took their BASIC programming class when they first offered it. I then took over the Z80 PC my dad brought home from his office, not only playing, but also writing some games Read more of this post