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Gamers’ Library: Missile Commander by Tony Temple

After receiving this book as a gift last Christmas, it recently finally reached the top of my reading stack, and I’ve just finished it. Missile Commander is many things: history, tech manual, biography, and some crazy stories. And it’s a book that needed to happen.

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The Pre-order Game

Love playing video games? And collecting them too? Well the game-playing doesn’t have to stop when you run out of lives — if you wanna roll the dice on winning and losing some more, why not try pre-ordering your next game?

Okay, that sounds like cynical snark right out of the gate. But I was thinking about this as I’m looking at pre-ordering a title I’m really looking forward to, and realizing that just pre-ordering a new game can be — well, a game in itself.

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Arcade Visit: Heroes Venture, Two Rivers WI

The city of Two Rivers, Wisconsin is a smallish town with a population just shy of 12,000. Only an hour’s drive east from Retro Game SuperHyper HQ, “T’rivers” (as we ‘Sconnies call it) is a popular beach destination in the summer, with its location on the shores of beautiful Lake Michigan. It also lays claim to being the birthplace of the ice cream sundae — a claim which is disputed by Ithaca, New York, which makes the same bold statement.

Two Rivers also happens to be the place where I saw 13 goddamn Atomiswave cabinets in a row. THIRTEEN.

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FINISHED in 2022! (Updated 9/1/22)

This worked out pretty well last year, so with 2022 upon us, it’s time to start a new list! As with 2021’s list, new entries will be added to the top. There’s plenty to play, so let’s get busy:

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Arcade Pilgrimage: Aftershock Classic Arcade, Madison, Wisconsin

This visit has been a long time coming, in more ways than one. Aftershock Classic Arcade is a new game room that’s actually been around for over 20 years. Confused? Sure you are! That’s why I’m here to tell you all about it.

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Arcade Pilgrimage Redux: Pinball Hall of Fame, Las Vegas Revisited

For the first time here on Retro Game SuperHyper, I’m revisiting an arcade that I’ve featured before! Of course today I’m talking about the Pinball Hall of Fame in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Midwest Gaming Classic 2022!

After a three-year wait to get back to a normal schedule, Midwest Gaming Classic returned to Milwaukee, Wisconsin in full force this year. Having canceled the event in 2020 because…well, because 2020, then postponing the usual spring weekend in 2021 from April to November because…well, because 2020 again, April 28-30, 2022 finally saw MGC back in action the way we remember it from the Before Times.

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FINISHED in 2021! (Final update: 12/31/21)

A lot of gamers keep lists of all the games they’ve finished throughout each year. That’s something I’ve always kinda-sorta intended to do, but I’ve tried to keep them all in my head, and at my advanced age (I’m all of forty-damn-seven), that’s nearly impossible for my withered old brain.

So since the beginning of the year, I figured I could keep track of them right here in a blog post, which I continually updated throughout the year. The latest games were added to the top. (I did not include re-playing old games I’ve already finished, like, say, Super Metroid or Mega Man.)

With the final update on New Year’s Eve, I ended up finishing 15 games in 2021. It’s not a lot by some standards, but considering how busy I’ve been with “real life,” I’m fairly pleased with that count, especially considering there are a couple long RPGs on the list. Hopefully 2022 will bring an even longer list, but for now, here’s a look at my year in gaming:

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Never Say Never

Just the other day, the Nintendo Direct broadcast on the 23rd of September, 2021, my mind was blown clean out of my skull by Square Enix’s surprise announcement of Actraiser Renaissance, a remake of one of my all-time favorite, put-on-a-pedestal games, Actraiser for the Super NES. Making the news that much more nuclear was the uranium cherry on top: the game was available THAT DAY.

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The Next Big Little Thing

Having fallen prey to the Mini game machine phenomenon, I have pretty much now wholeheartedly given myself over to just being a sucker for almost all of it.

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Dragon’s Lair Replicade: The RGSH Test

Spoiler alert: If you’ve watched my unboxing video or followed my Instagram or read my Tweets or been anywhere near me since it came out, you know that I absolutely freakin’ LOVE LOVE LOVE this machine. So if you came here looking for someone to drag it through the mud(men), go put your quarter in someone else’s blog, because I’m about to gush over this thing like the lava geyser in the electric cage scene.

HI, I’m TJ and I’m a Dragon’s Lair fanboy.

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URGENT: Las Vegas Pinball Hall of Fame Needs Our Help! UPDATE: FUNDED!!

The Pinball Hall of Fame — my personal favorite thing to do in Las Vegas, as I wrote about years ago — is in a bit of a pickle right now, and they need our help!

https://fb.watch/34j2RQCTru/

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