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Retro Thoughts: Early Gaming Memories



As a child of the 80s, [born in ’81] I was really sad as a kid that I didn’t have an Atari. I missed out on that craze, but thankfully there was an arcade where I could play some of those hits the way they were “meant” to be played. But when the NES dropped, I was fortunate enough to get one. Like a lot of kids I knew, we were poor and couldn’t get a ton of games. So everyone had to be picky. I had a few really good titles like Batman, Metroid, Super Mario Bros./Duck Hunt. But I wanted Final Fantasy. I didn’t get it until much later. But I was talking to a friend the other day and we were reminiscing about fond video game memories.

And for me, one of the greatest of my earliest childhood, one of the first, was Dragon Warrior 1. It was given away in Nintendo Power, and none of my friends wanted it so I wound up with two or three copies. I fell in love with RPGs right there on the spot. Challenging, brightly colored, a fantasy RPG franchise that would only grow and grow. One of my fondest memories was scouring this game to learn its secrets and figure the most efficient way to get to/beat the Dragon Lord. I got there, FINALLY, after what feels like an eternity. I decided to join him after he asked, and what happened? The screen locked up! I was so sad! Was it on purpose? I had not saved in so long. . . took me six months to come back to it.

So my question is this: Do you have a childhood gaming memory that comes to mind? Why not leave it below?


Night In The Woods

Night in the Woods is an exploration of both story and character when Mae returns home from college to lead an aimless life once again and reconnect with old friends, available for the PlayStation 4, Linux, Mac, and Windows.


Dusk Approaches: The passage of time has changed the way things used to be.

Talk the Talk: Converse with the varied and unique characters inhabiting Possum Springs.

Something Amiss: There’s something out there, something making the nights cold and the trees rustle.

Mirror’s Edge Catalyst

Mirror’s Edge Catalyst is a first person platformer focused on high speeds and gorgeous views achieved through good hand eye coordination for the difficult but satisfying maneuvers, available for Xbox One, the PlayStation 4, and Windows.


Hardcore Parkour: Freerun across rooftops of towering heights at alarming speeds.

Freedom isn’t Free: Fight your oppressors in the name of equality.

Gotta Go Fast: Utilize momentum to make breathtaking jumps or to take down relentless security.

Civilization VI

Civilization VI is the sequel to the popular world building strategy game by Sid Meier and 2K Games. Similar to the original titles, players will attempt to build an empire that will stand the test of time, while offering new ways to engage with your world such as cities that can now be physically expanded across the map, active research in technology and culture, and dealing with competing leaders that will pursue their own agendas based on their historical traits.


Expansive Empires: Each city spans multiple tiles so you can custom build your cities to take full advantage of the local terrain.

Combined Arms: Support units can now be embedded with other units, like anti-tank support with infantry, or a warrior with settlers.

Enhanced Multiplayer: Players can now cooperate and compete with your friends in a wide variety of situations all designed to be easily completed in a single session.

Easier learning curve: Civilization VI provides veteran players new ways to build and tune their civilization for the greatest chance of success. New tutorial systems introduce new players to the underlying concepts so they can easily get started.

Bottom Tier News Update:


Shameless Promotion Time! For those of you don’t know, I [Ragachak] am one-half of Bottom Tier with ColtronXL, a Youtube channel partnered with MMOHuts/OnRPG. We do Let’s Plays mostly, whatever is on our minds at the time, and review videos for the sites when called to give our opinions on things! Not always popular or even agreed upon but so what?  But I wanted to take this time to announce one or two things coming up!


  • Weekly Battleborn series: This one’s going to be a bit weird since we filmed the first two episodes at once.  We’re going to be doing weekly videos for MMOHuts/OnRPG, focused on new characters, as well as highlighting other characters in particular missions, going through all of them. There will also likely be special guests! Right now we’ve booked the cosplayer Missyeru! Whenever she’s free, anyway.
  • TMNT: Mutants in Manhattan:  I mentioned how this is going to get buried, and it makes me sad. This is just for funsies, and we hope you guys check it out.

Where can you find more you might ask?  RIGHT HERE.

Empire: Revenant

Empire: Revenant is a free-to-play strategy browser game using a turn based system that utilizes figures from ancient history and mythology to engage in epic PvE & PvP battles. In Empire: Revenant players can manage their very own empire consisting of different types of units, heroes, and a variety of types of conflicts to take part in. Do you think you can handle the responsibility of running an entire empire?


Hire Heroes: Unlock new types of historical and mythological heroes to command as you progress, further strengthening your ranks.

Defend or Attack: You will need to decide the best way to fend off your foes. Sometimes this might be by launching an offensive strike and other times you may find it the best strategy to simply defend your base.

Various Battles: The Challenge Tower, Final Stand, Pitched Battles, Frontier Defense, Monster Tower and more will provide you with endless challenges.

Guilds and Factions: Guild versus guild challenges and faction versus faction warfare will take battles to an even larger scale.