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Welcome to Defunct Games, an unexpectedly complicated website with a love for classic games, old school magazines, sarcastic jabs, cheesy box art and awful advertising. We have been skewering the video games industry since 2001, and would like to introduce you to the thousands of reviews, features, articles and comedy pieces that populate this website. You never know what you'll find when you visit Defunct Games.

Contrary to what you might have heard, this site was not created to be a shrine to retro video games. Instead, Defunct Games was designed with a single goal: To promote game consoles that had been abandoned, forgotten and ignored. We created the site to give voice to systems like the Atari Jaguar, Neo Geo Pocket and TurboGrafx-16. These were consoles that never caught on with the mainstream and were largely left to die. The titles these systems played were the true defunct games.

These days, Defunct Games is about more than just neglected consoles. We've turned a passion for game culture into a unique site that offers everything from old magazine reviews to charts detailing your favorite character's life expectancy. With several dozen shows, we've built up a collection of features that is unlike anything else on the internet. Let every other website report the news, because Defunct Games is far more interested in writing features that will still be worth reading a decade later.

Although our focus was originally directed at defunct consoles, we've slowly started reviewing games for the more popular retro devices, including the Sega Genesis and Nintendo Entertainment System. In 2005, we began publishing reviews for the "modern" game systems, and we continue to provide entertaining write-ups about titles on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PS Vita. But unlike most other websites and magazines, our reviews put these modern games in proper context.

While not our main focus, Defunct Games has taken steps to add more audio and video content. We encourage everybody to discover Interview Reenactment, where we recreate some of the greatest print interviews of all time. And don't forget our video content, which is as diverse as The Black Sheep, Great Moments in Bad Acting and The 29 Questionable Power-Ups of Christmas. These are shows you won't find anywhere else, and we're constantly trying new ideas that will surprise even the most cynical gamer.

Defunct Games is far from perfect. As a critic, I might give the site a B-. The look is dated and it's full of compatibility issues. We don't have exciting message boards, reader blogs and other amenities that popular the larger websites. Our message is occasionally fuzzy and we aren't able to review every major release that comes out. If you're looking for news and Let's Play videos featuring Call of Duty, then you should go somewhere else, because that's not what we do here.

As admittedly broken as this site is, we do feel it is worth the effort. We offer the types of articles you won't find anywhere else. You never know what you're going to get from one day to the next, and we guarantee you'll learn something new from time to time. Or maybe you won't. Either way, we are confident that there's enough of a reason to visit Defunct Games each and every day. Hope to see you there.

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