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

“Repetitive” Means Different Things to Different Gamers

In games such as Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, there can be a lot of repetition in combat.

Having played video games for as long as I have, there is no doubt that I encounter the sentiment that “I’ve done this before.” I’ve gone through many turn-based battles, battled on a ton of multiplayer maps, traversed many dungeons, explored open worlds, taken on a smorgasbord of main and side quests, fought through a wide array of arcade modes, beaten a whole bunch of levels, built up my deck collection of cards, and played just about every type of sports game you could imagine. When it comes to gaming, there isn’t much I haven’t seen. That is why when I read reviews and impressions that refer to a game as being “repetitive,” I’m always looking for clarification as to the word’s intended meaning within the particular content that it is mentioned. For me, video games in general feature a significant amount of repetition. And repetition isn’t always a bad thing. Continue Reading

IN THE NEWS: PlayStation Showcase Thoughts

Greetings everyone. I’m about a week and a few days late, but I did want to acknowledge the PlayStation Showcase that took place on September 9 and some of the big news that came out of that event. Overall, I felt that this was a very effective showing for PlayStation. The nearly 45-minute video that you can view above shows off some heavy-hitting titles that cover a decent range of genres. So regardless of the type of gamer that you are, there was likely something within the PlayStation Showcase that would have caught your attention. And if you’ve been on the fence like I have with moving on to a PS5 or Xbox Series X/S, the PlayStation exclusives may factor in your decision. Continue Reading

Why Scarlet Nexus & Hitman 3 Lead the Pack for My GOTY

Scarlet Nexus and Hitman 3 are the two best games I’ve played in 2021 so far.

From the moment I saw it, I had a hunch that Scarlet Nexus was going to be a great game. The whole idea of battles using psycho-kinesis within an anime-like world with a cool story to boot sounded like a winner from the start. Scarlet Nexus was one of just two games that I pre-ordered this year, the other being Persona 5 Strikers. Yes, Persona 5 Strikers is not in the title, but it still was a solid title. Yet Scarlet Nexus was just on another level for me. It is a game I was very excited about before release and it exceeded the hype. If I had to pick a Game of the Year right now, Scarlet Nexus would be one of two top contenders. The other is Hitman 3, which I will get to a bit later in the post. Continue Reading

Celebrating Some Cool Milestones Reached Over the Weekend

My YouTube subscriber count finally crossed over into triple-digits on Saturday.

Today’s post is more of a short update. I just wanted to inform all of you of some cool milestones that both this blog and YouTube channel reached on Saturday. The “IN THE NEWS” post two days ago marked the 200th post on the main website. On the same day, I reached 100 subscribers on YouTube. This was such an exciting way to kick off the weekend. I’m appreciative of everyone who has taken the time to check out either platform. Continue Reading

IN THE NEWS: The Best Sports Mod Ever Created is Back

Young Michael Jordan soars over everyone in the NBA 2K14 Ultimate Base Roster Mod.

Yes! Yes! Yes! After a hiatus, the best sports mod in PC gaming is back as HAWK23 made his return online and re-uploaded his fantastic Ultimate Base Roster (UBR) mod for NBA 2K14. It was unfortunate that I had to point several people towards the Ultimate Roster Base (URB) mod by skodam for the past several months because of the unavailability of the UBR mod. This isn’t intended to be a knock against skodam’s work. It’s just that I have always preferred the UBR mod. Needless to say, HAWK23’s return was a pleasant surprise last month. Yeah, the news is a bit old by now but because I was away last month, I wasn’t able to post on it sooner. Continue Reading