Welcome to the Video Gaming Portal

The pull down menus at the top of the page link to a variety of gaming resources.

Hello and welcome to the site where you will find a wealth of video gaming information and resources that are just clicks away. What this website represents is my knowledge and experience I’ve gained from more than 35 years of gaming. From the old school arcades and the Atari 2600 to the PC and the Nintendo Switch I play on today, I have enjoyed gaming ever since I first experienced it in the early 1980s. This love continues to endure to this day. Continue Reading

IN THE NEWS: PlayStation Finally Catches Nintendo

Mat Piscatella’s latest report indicated the PlayStation 5 finally edged out the Nintendo Switch for best-selling console in September.

I have been thinking recently of how Sony is doing a tremendous job with the current direction of its PlayStation brand. Even without any real data, I could tell that the PlayStation 5 is gaming’s hottest new video game system with a gaming lineup that will have it be prosperous for years to come. At this point, the best exclusives in console gaming can be found on the PS4 and PS5. I’ve felt for quite a while that Nintendo has been very conservative in its approach of constantly relying on its tried and true brands instead of taking some much-needed risks to stay ahead of its competition. As a result, I knew the day was coming when Nintendo would be eventually unseated from its top position in console gaming. And according to The NPR Group’s Mat Piscatella’s report from this past Monday, it happened last month. We now have the real data. Continue Reading

Tokyo Xanadu EX+ Deserves to be Noticed

Tokyo Xanadu eX+ is a great action RPG from Nihon Falcom.

I don’t know why I waited so long to play this game. Tokyo Xanadu eX+ is a Japanese role-playing title that has some similarities to the latest Persona games but does more than enough to establish its own identity as a terrific game. Developed and published by the same company (Nihon Falcom) behind The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel and Y’s series, I finally jumped into this game during the summer not knowing what to expect. I had read both glowing and uncomplimentary reviews on Tokyo Xanadu eX+ but just decided to take a chance on it because it seemed it would be something up my alley. When it comes to gaming, my instincts are typically spot on. Continue Reading

A Mistake Some Gamers Make

Credit: Blizzard
Warcraft III: Reforged left a bad taste in the mouths of many Warcraft fans.

Not every game that we’re interested in is made for you or me. I believe that this is a reality we must accept to spend more time enjoying the games that we love and less time fuming over what we want games to be. There is a difference between games that are so bad that they are unplayable versus games that are not our preference. It’s important to understand this difference so that we don’t get trapped in an endless cycle of negativity that takes away the fun of what gaming is supposed to be. One of the biggest examples I’ve seen where anticipation leads to great disappointment is when a beloved game receives the “Remaster” or “Remake” treatment. Continue Reading

Building Towards Something Better

With it being a slower gaming news week, I thought it would be a great opportunity to give an update on the progress with the TVGA website and also the TVGA YouTube Channel. If you have followed this blog throughout the year, you’ll remember that I took a month off in August. That choice had ramifications both for the blog and YouTube channel, but it was a choice that I do not regret. My weekly viewership for this blog took a significant hit due to the lack of content. But I am thankful that I’ve still been able to maintain my followers (89). Even now in October, I have not been able to get back to the amount of views that I had in July. Yet YouTube has been an entirely different story.  Continue Reading

Updates, Updates, and More Updates

Almost every time I log into Steam, I’m greeted by update prompts for multiple games.

There are a lot of things I overlook when it comes to video gaming. But two of the things that I still find myself annoyed with, even though I know they aren’t going to change, are game patches and system updates. I went through the Atari 2600, Nintendo Entertainment System, Super Nintendo Entertainment System, Nintendo 64, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, SEGA Dreamcast, and PlayStation 2 before I hit 25 years old. And the great thing about all of those systems was that no downloads were necessary. No system updates. No game updates. When you bought a game and came home, you were able to play it right away. And then online gaming came to consoles which then brought with it many of the same things that were already happening in PC gaming. Continue Reading