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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

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

Patrick Hope: Remembering a localization company

January 20, 2014 in Uncategorized

This may come as a shock, but video games used to have really poor translations when they were brought over from Japan.
Whether due to a lack of staff or lack of interest in a good translation, many games in the 8-bit and 16-bit eras fell victim to …continue reading on thedickinsonpress.com

Patrick Hope: Remembering a localization company

January 20, 2014 in Uncategorized

This may come as a shock, but video games used to have really poor translations when they were brought over from Japan.
Whether due to a lack of staff or lack of interest in a good translation, many games in the 8-bit and 16-bit eras fell victim to …continue reading on thedickinsonpress.com

Patrick Hope: Start the New Year with No More Heroes

January 20, 2014 in Uncategorized

January is usually considered one of the weakest times for video game releases. The holiday season is done and publishers know games aren’t going to be a very high priority for consumers for a few months.
This means that we don’t see a lot of hi…continue reading on thedickinsonpress.com