the ultra mega super column

A Week Ago In A Galaxy One, One State Away…

If you are nerd-type person, then there is an excellent chance you have a collection of a lot of stuff from a favorite thing, like a comic or a video game or a movie series. If it is a massive collection of sports memorabilia, you might actually be a jock-type person, but who am I […] Read more


Black Friday Has Changed

If there is any contemporary event the most closely resembles the apocalypse it’s Black Friday or some horrific disaster that I’m belittling by making that joke. Though he’s hung up his one armed leather jacket, Jim was once the Mad Max of Black Friday. Here he relives one of his greatest moves.   -ben   […] Read more


Choose Your Own Apocalypse

WHICH APOCALYPSE IS RIGHT FOR YOU? In the video game universe, sometimes you’re trying to prevent an apocalypse and other times you’re surviving one. What is amazing is just how many creative and exciting ways to experience end of civilization as we know it. What apocalypse should you be playing right now?     ZOMBIES […] Read more


Overcoming My Own Personal Jill Sandwich

In the 90s, I worked at a small mom & pop game store in Orlando by the name of Video Game Trader. It was a fascinating time for the industry as games gradually moved to disc format, allowing for more content, larger play worlds, full-motion video and… characters that talk. There had been some speech […] Read more


The Best Thing About Destiny

A lot has been said about the much hyped game Destiny. And, while it never much peaked his interest, this week Jim finally succumbs to the peer pressure and plays the new game with some old friends. Here’s Jim.    I will confess here: I was never much of a Halo player. I am also […] Read more



Akihabara Electric Town Comes Home

Getting married is a rite of passage. Rites of passages usually signify a transition from one life stage to another. But, not always. Jim may have grown older but has defined growing up his own way. He’s been a toy-tech, the voice of Optimus Prime and Cobra Commander and has played more video games than […] Read more



Kitten-Proof Gaming

Longtime readers of DWH know that I am most certainly a cat person. However, the recent adoption of a particularly curious and persistent kitten has made gaming a bit more… difficult. In the past, my cats always went after stuff on screen. Indy ruined the “Licker smashing through two-way mirror” scene in Resident Evil 2 […] Read more


WELCOME TO MY ARCADE. IF I HAD ONE.

There’s a small scene in X-Men: Days Of Future Past where Quicksilver plays Pong against himself. The weird thing is that instead of falling into the background as a sight gag, I thought, “Wow, that cabinet is in great shape. I wonder if it’s real?” I’d like to think that the producers found an actual […] Read more


PLAYING GAMES WITH YOUR NON-GAMER SIGNIFICANT OTHER

There are several happy gaming couples out there. They play co-op, camp out for consoles together, trade Pokémon with each other and go on raids together. This article is not for them. This is for people like me who are the lone gamer in a relationship. My wife Karin used to play games, ranging from […] Read more