Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Retropalooza Houston

Retropalooza Houston was this past weekend, April 30 and May 1. I had a blast selling games, hanging out with friends (including Pat the NES Punk), and in general being surrounded with gaming goodness. Props to Billy and Jay, the Game Chasers, for putting on a successful show.
The highlight of the weekend for me was meeting this kid and his dad. The kid, who is "on the autism spectrum" and is easily distracted, discovered his dad's original Atari 2600 recently and has been obsessed with it. From the conversation we had, and from listening to them talk to each other, it's obvious they have been bonding over playing the games that dad grew up with and that the kid likes "better than PlayStation." He's a sharp kid (he was rattling off video game stats like crazy), but dad said he can hardly get him to read, so he bought a copy of my first book, which the kid seemed eager to own--they immediately began looking up titles they had played recently and ones that were for sale that they didn't know much about. Not only was it fun meeting them, it was gratifying to know that my book just might help the kid discover the love of reading.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

HoldSquare Nation Podcast #6 - Retropalooza - Battleborn - Call of Duty - Favorite Super Power

HoldSquare Nation Podcast #6!

Join outlawcurtis and myself for this week's HoldSquare Nation Podcast as we discuss Retropalooza Houston, Battleborn, God of War, Call of Duty, Pat the NES Punk, our favorite super power, and more.

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Monday, April 25, 2016

HoldSquare Nation Podcast #5 - Prince - Borderlands 3 - Pinball

Join outlawcurtis and myself for this week's HoldSquare Nation Podcast as we discuss the passing of , PAX East, , , and pinball hustling.

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Sunday, April 24, 2016

Captain Cartridge Reviews the Video Games - My Failed Book Attempt from the Mid-1990s

During the mid-1990s, after I failed to get the Fort Worth Star-Telegram interested in a weekly or monthly column about video games, I worked up a proposal for a prospective book called "Captain Cartridge Reviews the  Video Games." It was to be a -type book, but, obviously, covering video games instead of movies. The book was to cover the current systems of the time, such as the  and . Probably the  as well.

I wrote up a pitch and a few sample pages, some of which you can read below. Unfortunately (or fortunately, considering these are pretty bad), I couldn't get a publisher interested in the project, despite a number of attempts. I was working at Waldenbooks at the time, and it pre-dates my work for the All Game Guide.

I'm not sure why I didn't go ahead and self-publish the book--probably because self-publishing in the pre-Amazon world was more expensive and more difficult. Anyway, if you want to see one of my baby steps to getting a book published, check out this crude, early attempt.



Thursday, April 21, 2016

The Most Famous Prince in the History of Comic Books

RIP Prince, one of the greatest, flashiest, most influential rock stars of all time. And one heck of a guitar player.

Back in 2008, I wrote an article about for #27. The article also appears in my Retro Pop Culture book.


Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Retropalooza Houston

I'll be at Retropalooza Houston April 30 and May 1, selling games, collectibles, my books, and more.

Other vendors will be there as well, of course, plus a number of notable YouTubers, including Pat the NES Punk, The Gaming Historian, and The Game Chasers.

Click HERE for more info.
Click on the flyer for a closer look!

HOLDSQUARE NATION - Videogame Podcast - Episode #4

New episode of HoldSquare Videogame Podcast!

Join outlawcurtis and myself as we discuss , Dark Souls 3, Doom, , the Intellivision, The Rolling Stones, Uncharted 4, Hot Pockets and more, from Atari to PlayStation 4!

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