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Patrick Hope: ‘Xenosaga:’ German words are fun!

July 7, 2014 in Uncategorized

In a gaming climate populated by sequels and copycats, there’s always going to be something admirable about games that absolutely swing for the fences by trying something crazy. And that’s what “Xenosaga” tries, or tried to do.
Back in 1998,…continue reading on thedickinsonpress.com

Patrick Hope: The ancients must be crazy

June 30, 2014 in Uncategorized

Happy Canada Day, everyone! In honor of the national holiday of America, Jr., we’re going to be looking at a game from a Canadian studio, the Ontario-based Silicon Knights.
Sadly, Silicon Knights is now defunct thanks to a copyright infringement l…continue reading on thedickinsonpress.com

Patrick Hope: Its contents will help you on your way

June 2, 2014 in Uncategorized

After a month on characters, we’re back to our regularly scheduled programming here at Welcome to Bonus Stage. Actually, that’s not quite true. This week, in honor of the wedding of Our Town’s esteemed editor/Grand Poo-bah/Generalissimo, we’r…continue reading on thedickinsonpress.com

Patrick Hope: Dream a little dream of Mars

April 21, 2014 in Uncategorized

It’s Earth Day, which is one of those holidays where the jokes kind of write themselves. Oh? There’s already a humor column on that? Well, that makes this a bit easier. Here at Welcome to Bonus Stage, we’re going to celebrate the only way we kn…continue reading on thedickinsonpress.com

Patrick Hope: ‘Dark Souls II’ offers challenges

March 25, 2014 in Uncategorized

I have a bit of an, oh, let’s call it an idiosyncrasy while playing games. Whenever I’m fighting any boss that has a visible life bar and I’m preparing for what I think will be the final blow, I say “Die for me, (insert boss name here)!”
S…continue reading on thedickinsonpress.com

Patrick Hope: ‘Dark Souls II’ offers challenges

March 25, 2014 in Uncategorized

I have a bit of an, oh, let’s call it an idiosyncrasy while playing games. Whenever I’m fighting any boss that has a visible life bar and I’m preparing for what I think will be the final blow, I say “Die for me, (insert boss name here)!”
S…continue reading on thedickinsonpress.com

Patrick Hope: Mega Man X series great as a whole

February 10, 2014 in Uncategorized

One of the first columns I ever wrote for Welcome to Bonus Stage was about Mega Man 7, the only main series entry on the Super Nintendo.
In that column, I mentioned how Mega Man 7 was also inferior to Mega Man X, the first game in a new spinoff seri…continue reading on thedickinsonpress.com

Patrick Hope: Nintendo cartridge sends spike through video game collecting market

February 3, 2014 in Uncategorized

Video game collecting isn’t exactly the most mainstream hobby out there. In terms of collecting prestige, it falls somewhere in between stamps — poor philatelists get no respect — and vintage cars.
To be perfectly honest, most people don’t e…continue reading on thedickinsonpress.com

Patrick Hope: Snatcher a spectacular game for lackluster Sega CD system

January 27, 2014 in Uncategorized

The Sega CD has an absolutely terrible reputation among gamers. There is a reason for this. Most of its games are extremely bad.
Sega decided to double down on full-motion video (FMV) games, which were like interactive movies, and produced what seem…continue reading on thedickinsonpress.com

Patrick Hope: Which Wild West game is the best?

January 20, 2014 in Uncategorized

The Old West is one of the most romanticized aspects in all of American history. Entire genres of movies and books are devoted to it. It spawned its own music genre. There is even an historical theory about how the expansion of the frontier influence…continue reading on thedickinsonpress.com