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Monday, 23 November 2020 16:56

Monsters of the Midway – ‘Insert Coin’

For a lot of us, our tastes crystallize somewhat in our youth. That’s not to say that what we like doesn’t evolve – it absolutely does – so much as we retain a deep affection for those things that we loved at a certain age. The stuff we were into when we were 12, 13, 14 years old is cemented into us.

Think about it. The music you loved, the TV shows, the movies, the video games – you still have feelings for it all. The songs you can’t help but sing along to when they come on. Your favorite cast on “SNL.” The movies you can still quote by heart. The Nintendo or Sega games you could still beat in your sleep. It’s all still in there.

Now, this is all a long-winded way of saying that “Insert Coin,” the new documentary written and directed by Joshua Tsui, has captured a moment in time to which I personally am still very much connected. The film, which tells the story of the arcade renaissance of the early/mid-1990s through the lens of the legendary game-maker Midway, delves into a world that will look very familiar to my fellow late Gen X/early millennial peeps.

“Insert Coin” celebrates those heady days by speaking to many of the people who made it happen, the people who found a way to move with the times; instead of trying to push back against the blossoming world of console gaming, they found ways to turn the arcade experience into something that consoles of the time simply could not match.

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Wednesday, 21 February 2018 11:47

Celtics Check-in – Third Quarter

It shouldn’t be any sort of surprise that the Celtics have cooled off considerably since their blazing hot start to the season. This was never going to be a team that demonstrated that kind of dominance over the course of an entire year; the inevitable regression plus the elevation of performance by other teams has changed the dynamic of the conference considerably.

Going into the All-Star break – the NBA season’s “midway point” even though it’s essentially three-quarters over - Boston’s record sat at 40-19. It’s a solid record, though they’ve been overtaken for the Eastern Conference lead by the surging Toronto Raptors and have a reenergized Cleveland Cavaliers quad nipping at their heels.

The Celtics have been decidedly meh since the season’s actual midpoint – they’ve managed a .500 record (a notch below that, really). They’ve maintained their defensive strength (albeit not to the extremes of their early season performance), but their offense has dipped significantly. There’s no reason to panic – we knew that this team wasn’t going to win 60 – but there are some causes for concern.

Still, this is a very good team. They’re well-coached and are led by an elite talent. No one is going to want to face this group in the playoffs.

Let’s check in.

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Wednesday, 18 April 2012 16:07

Do A Barrel Roll!

The curious effect of gaming

I've been finding myself listening to Brentalfloss, a chap on YouTube who has made name for himself by adding lyrics to classic game melodies. As much as I destroyed the value of nostalgia a few weeks ago, it seems my current existential crisis is driving me more and more toward my memories for some sort of relief from the worries of adulthood. In light of this, listening to young master Floss sing about Bubble Man's feelings on fighting Mega Man is staving off the encroaching insanity from planning a wedding and a life with my future wife. It's like the best parts of my childhood are gathering their strength to help me in this war we call 'moving on with your life.'

How could video games have this kind of an effect on my psyche, you ask?

Well, as Ricky Ricardo would say, I got some 'splainin' to do.

Video gaming isn't just a hobby, it's a culture. It gets in your blood, just like baseball, basketball, football and family businesses, carves its way into your heart, and you get a little smile remembering times spent with your favorite games. How many of you have ever walked out onto a Little League field and reminisced about your childhood games? How many of you have watched your kid's soccer game, and you blink, and for a split second, you're still out there, playing with such passion and single-minded joy?

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