Just in time for the hottest days of summer comes DEFUNCT GAMES DECIDES, the brand new show that attempts to resolve some of video gaming's biggest arguments. Join us for new episodes every Tuesday and Thursday, and let us know if you agree with our decisions. From box art to game mascots to popular franchises, no topic is off limits. It all begins with one of the oldest rivalries of them all: PAC-MAN VS. MS. PAC-MAN. And then come back on Thursday when we compare the WORLD OF ILLUSION cover art!
Five Things You Didn't Know About Nintendo Power!
For many of us, Nintendo Power was the gateway drug to harder video game magazines. With its eye-catching cover designs and an emphasis on detailed strategy guides, Nintendo Power toed the line between informative news source and wildly biased propaganda machine. No matter where you come down on this long-running [Read More]
Five Oversized Facts About Shaq Fu
Released in 1994, Shaq Fu is one of the most baffling video games of all time. This 2D fighter sees one of the NBA's most famous basketball players fighting otherworldly monsters. These days you're likely to see Shaq Fu on snarky "Worst Of" lists. Much like music and music, this game proves that Shaq wasn't afraid to dive head first into every form of entertainment imaginable. Now where is the Shaq TV show? [Read More]
Five Facts About Rolling Thunder!
Namco released three games over the course of seven years. The original arcade game was released in 1986, shortly followed by a port for the Nintendo Entertainment System. Rolling Thunder 2 hit arcades in 1990 and then later ported to the Sega Genesis. Rolling Thunder 3 is a console-exclusive, released in 1993 for the Genesis. Rolling Thunder is the story of a spy with an incredible set of legs. He and his World Crime Police Organization [Read More]
Pit Fighter (Genesis)
What Did Critics Say Back in 1991?
June 27, 2014:
Street Fighter II may have popularized one-on-one fighting games, but Pit-Fighter took it one step further with a three-person melee. It featured a kick boxer, a wrestler and martial arts expert, all fighting for cash prizes in an underground fight club. It's an interesting concept, but were critics interested in this Sega Genesis [Read More]
Phantasy Star IV (Genesis)
What Did Critics Say in 1995?
June 6, 2014:
Phantasy Star IV was not just the End of the Millennium, but also the final 16-bit entry in the role-playing series. And with a $100 asking price, the end came with a steep barrier for entry. Were critics able to get over the high price and enjoy Phantasy Star IV, or did they turn on this long-running series? We dig through old [Read More]
Sonic CD (Sega CD)
What Did the Critics Say in 1994?
April 09, 2014 :
For years, Sonic CD was considered the lost game in the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise. Originally released on the Sega CD, this Sonic sequel sold well on a system that almost nobody owned. And despite numerous 16-bit compilations, Sonic CD was never given its due. All that changed in 2011, when Sega finally [Read More]