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Hallmark Ornament, Xbox Outage, Uncharted 3

On 08/28/2019 at 09:43 PM by KnightDriver

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I found out about a new Hallmark Keepsake arcade cabinet ornament and had to have it. Then Xbox live went down and I couldn't play Metro 2033 Redux, so I played Uncharted 3 on PS4 instead. 

Defender arcade cabinet keepsake Hallmark ornament: I loved the Donkey Kong cabinet they made last year, so when I heard there was a Defender one for this year I couldn't resist. Here's a pic:


It's very detailed and exactly like the real one. It even plays a short sound bite from the actual game if you press one of the buttons on the control board. It comes with 3 tiny coin sized batteries. It's $22 but I think it's worth it. It looks great. 

Xbox Outage: I got online but my friend didn't and then suddenly I got kicked off too. So I got a little bit of time with Metro 2033 but not much. Funny, that without internet, I can't sign in to my account. At least, I don't think so. I didn't want to play without recording achievements and such so I switched to my PS4.

Uncharted 3: I played Uncharted 3 the rest of the time and got very far in the game. It's amazing how well this game stitched together cut scenes with gameplay. You never feel like you're taken out of the game. It feels like a long interactive movie. All the gameplay elements work great: shooting, hand-to-hand fighting, climbing and puzzles. I almost got stuck on one puzzle but finally figured it out. This game still looks great too. Voice acting is top notch as well. I'm really enjoying it. I hope to finish it tomorrow. I can't believe there are two more games in the series I never played. I have some catching up to do. 




08/29/2019 at 01:24 AM

I have the DK ornamemt. DK is my favorite arcade game of all time. It's one of my most played Switch games.

I just wish WB would release the actual Defender, Joust, and the rest of the Midway library on to Switch/PS4.


08/29/2019 at 11:37 AM

I really miss Game Room on Xbox 360, that virtual arcade space with tons of Atari and Konami arcade games as well as home console games from Atari and Intellivision. I want another one of those virtual spaces on all consoles. 

Matt Snee Staff Writer

08/29/2019 at 09:45 AM

that ornament is pretty damn amazing. They should do one for Missile Command or Asteroids. 


08/29/2019 at 11:29 AM

Yeah, I was just looking up the top ten selling arcade games on to see what they might put out next. Here's the list:

1. Pac-Man
2. Space Invaders
3. Street Fighter II/Championship Edition
4. Ms. Pac-Man
5. NBA Jam
6. Defender
7. Asteroids
8. Mortal Kombat II
9. Mortal Kombat
10. Donkey Kong

I want a Xevious cabinet and a dozen others not on this list. 

Cary Woodham

08/29/2019 at 11:37 AM

Hallmark did Pac-Man and Galaga cabinet ornaments a few years ago.


08/29/2019 at 11:53 PM

Whaaaaat?! I'm going to have to look those up. 

Matt Snee Staff Writer

08/29/2019 at 02:28 PM

I want Tempest!


08/29/2019 at 11:51 PM

I have a vivid memory of exactly where I played that game for the first time. Really unique game when it came out. 

Cary Woodham

08/29/2019 at 11:17 AM

I got that Defender ornament, along with a Bowser and Princess Peach ornament.  In October, they're releasing Mario & Pihrana Plant ornaments, and I hope to get those then along with a DuckTales lunchbox ornament.  Once I do and it gets closer to Christmas, I plan to write an article about them at


08/29/2019 at 11:21 AM

Great! These ornaments by Hallmark look fantastic, as good as amiibos. I look forward to your article. 

I didn't know they were still releasing more. I'll have to keep an eye on it for more cabinets. 

Cary Woodham

08/29/2019 at 11:23 AM

Well they aren't releasing any more cabinets this year.  According to the catalog I have.  But maybe next year if they still have the license.


08/29/2019 at 11:24 AM

Waaaa! Or rather, thanks for that because I shouldn't be spending anything right now. 

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