Super Mario Bros. 3: Chasing airships in arcades, pizza parlors and at the movies

This is an incredible piece. I feel the sudden urge to watch the Wizard and play SMB 3!

Nostalgia Ward

Many gamers’ first hands-on experience with Super Mario Bros. 3 was playing it on a friend’s NES or, for the very fortunate, ripping the shrink wrap off your very own Game Pak’s cardboard box.

Mine was actually in an arcade at Knott’s Berry Farm. It was a fleeting flirtation with a game I had, thus far, only ogled in previews on the pages of Nintendo Power magazine. I don’t think I even finished that familiar, yet warped, World 1-1 before I was dragged away to be reminded that we were on an expensive theme park vacation.

Mastering flight with the Raccoon Suit’s tail? Forget about it!

Then there was The Wizard, a movie starring Fred Savage, Beau Bridges and Christian Slater, which seemed to exist only to market Nintendo’s later generation of NES games and accessories. Our favorite video game lyricist, Brentalfloss, explains:

But despite all the movie hype, magazine…

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Remembering Tom Petty

b04fd9aab2eccaac649fb64d12fb27ad_400x400.jpegI must apologize for the radio silence on this page for the past few weeks. Things have been a bit busy.  Sometimes, the waiting really is the hardest part.

I learned of Tom Petty’s passing this past Monday and became inspired to write an article about it for Nerdvana:

https://nerdvanamedia.com/music/tom-petty-remembrance/122116/

Tom’s music meant a great deal to me and I’m sad to see him gone. I’d love to hear from anyone who wants to discuss this great musician and his legacy.

His story is amazing and I can recommend several albums to new listeners. Tom was a champion of consumer rights and other causes and he never backed down.

He spent a career running down that dream and in the end, it finally led him home.

Anyhow, I would love to hear your thoughts, both here and at Nerdvana.

Until next time, keep listing to good music, enjoying the company of his friends and lead the most positive existence you can. The world needs more of that.

Nerdvana Media turns Ten Years Old Today

About three months ago, I contributed my first article to Nerdvana. The feature – over 2,000 words chronicling my experience with the Nintendo Wii U version of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – set up what became a regular gig as a retro gaming contributor. Since then, I’ve branched out into covering more topics – such as Dungeons & Dragons – and have begun working on another project, soon to be unveiled.

As of today, I am officially an intern on the site. I’m very happy to be working on Nerdvana and invite everyone to join me in congratulating the site on its ten year anniversary. It’s an amazing place to write for, visit and read. We’re hoping to provide a bigger mulitmedia experience in the future and appreciate the support of the community.

My most recent articles cover Virtual Reality and can be found in the links below. I intend to write more about VR and AR in the future, so stay tuned for that!

Virtual Reality and the Music Industry
The Impact of Ready Player One and the Future of Virtual Reality
Interactive Media and Virtual Reality in Science Fiction

Here’s the first Nerdvana News Update, as well, which I’m excited to share with the world: Hey Listen! The Nerdvana News Update.

We hope you’ll join us over at Nerdvana and let us know what you think.

What I’ve been up to Lately Part 2

I figured I’d drop by and let everyone know what I’ve been up to lately. Well, the short answer is: lots of stuff, both online and in real life.

I’ve been writing quite extensively about virtual reality lately and decided I’d like to study its history, use and application in the future.

I also finished 12,000 words in my NaNaWriMo novel, which is exciting.

I’ve also been working with Nerdvana Media and setting up a media company in conjunction with them (more on that soon).

Here is my most recent story for Nerdvana, which I’m quite proud of: The Impact of Ready Player One and the Future of Virtual Reality.

Speaking of reading, writing and virtual reality: Stephen King’s “IT” in VR is a thing.

I also watched the Netflix Original Series Bojack Horseman from start-to-finish and began the long, arduous process of organizing my vinyl collection. Oh, and did I mention I may be published soon? To that end, I’ve decided this blog will be dedicated to my writing career and things pertaining to it, rather than attempting to encompass a variety of topics.

Things are going quite well and I’ll be updating this blog more often with NaNoWriMo stuff, my own flash fiction and more.

What I’ve been up to lately

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Alucard needs a cup of coffee…

Hello, I figured I’d write an update about what I’ve been up to lately.  In between writing about books for this site and working on my own novel for Camp NaNoWriMo,  I am a frequent writer and contributor for the excellent site, Nerdvana. Below are links to several articles I’ve written for that site, with more to come soon. I hope anyone who reads this blog will check them out, (hopefully) like them and share as much as possible. I’m always interested in feedback as well, so let me know what you think.

Here we go:

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild features:

Last Breath of a Console

The DLC has Landed

A Review of the Castlevania Netflix series

My Castlevania Retrospective
Part 1 – Dracula Rises
Part 2 – Dark Symphony
Part 3 – Circle, Lament and Harmony
Part 4 – Portraits of Sorrow
Part 5 – Dracula Rises no More
Part 6 – Resurrection

Check them out and let me know what you think!

Coming soon, I’ll have my thoughts on Jack L. Chalker’s Midnight at the Well of Souls, Terry Pratchett & Stephen Baxter’s The Long Earth and another NaNoWriMo Progress Report and look for more Nerdvana articles in the future (sign up for the site; it’s pretty awesome). Thanks for reading and stay tuned!

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