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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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Atari XPensive

Atari recently announced the next releases in their XP series of physical game cartridges for the original Atari 2600 console. If you think you’re reading that wrong, let me reiterate — yes, Atari is making 2600 cartridges again.

This time, however, they are probably not ultimately destined for a bargain bin or a landfill.

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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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Raising Act Renaissance

One of the most well-established facts about me on this blog is that I LOVE ACTRAISER. So it should a surprise to nobody that I flat-out lost my mind when the September 23, 2021 Nintendo Direct surprised us all with the announcment of Actraiser Renaissance.

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Back From the Dread

As a “Metroid guy,” I want so badly to write about Metroid Dread. I have lots of thoughts about the game and what it means for the series as a whole. But how do I tackle it?

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RGSH Fanzine Issue #5 Update

Normally in mid-January, I’m flooding my social media outlets with excited sneak peeks and preview hype for the new issue of the Retro Game SuperHyper fanzine. If you’re one of those who looks forward to the ‘zine each year, you might be eagerly awaiting issue 5! But you also may have noticed this year that I’ve been abnormally quiet on the subject. Unfortunately, the reason for that is that I am nowhere near done with issue 5 and I’ll be missing my self-imposed mid-January deadline by a mile.

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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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