Life Lessons From Video Games: Falling Out of Love with Street Fighter?

  I’m not the kind to brag about my video game accomplishments.  Mostly because I’m very casual and don’t play games to “be the best.”  But I can say, quite unabashedly, I’m good at Street Fighter II in all its iterations. It comes from having no life outside my Sega Genesis as an adolescent and really …

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Life Lessons from Video Games: Every Day Video Game Influences

Video gaming has affected modern culture in strange ways. Many of the more recent ways spring from online/multiplayer culture, but surprisingly the games I grew up with, the ones from the 80s and 90s, have had a lingering effect. Things I do day-to-day still show the touch of the 8-32 bit era and just recently …

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Life Lessons from Video Games: Finding a Good Player 2 in a Beat em Up World!

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these, but a recent conversation with my muse of a RevPub partner provided inspiration.  A lot of stock is placed on “multiplayer” in video games nowadays.  I admit, I don’t care for the feature for one simple reason: Anonymity.  Playing a game online to me is …

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Life Lessons from Video Games Versus Mode: Bonus Stage!

While Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat were locked in deadly battle for arcade supremacy other franchises came and went on the console market.  TMNT Tournament Fighters, Clayfighter, and the dreaded Shaq-Fu all appeared to take advantage of the fighting game popularity. One franchise stood out to me and, though it’s vanished into retro-obscurity, it is …

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Life Lessons from Video Games Versus Mode: SFII v MK Finale!

There are two kinds of people in this world: those who prefer Street Fighter and those who prefer Mortal Kombat.  Yes we can love them both, but if you were stuck on a desert island which would you prefer?  We all have an answer.   This will be no surprise, I’m a Street Fighter person. Part …

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Life Lessons from Video Games Versus Mode: Mortal Kombat

Mortal Kombat…  I admit I never played Mortal Kombat in the arcades when the cabinet first came out (though I remember it took some of the crowd away from my SFII cabinet at the skating rink…) What got my attention with this game were two things: word of mouth and the ad campaign. I was …

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