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About Me:


I'm a former 1Up blogger (Jamie Writes Bad Reviews) seeking a new place to call "home". Many of my 1Up friends have migrated to this place and I decided to come on over as well.

I really enjoy playing my favorite old retro games and writing reviews for them. That's what got me into blogging in the first place. I hope make new friends on Pixlbit and hopefully catch up with old 1Up buddies.

If you like classic games as much as I do, then follow me!

Favorite Games:


Dragon Quest XI, Dragon Quest V, Tetris Effect, Metroid II, Kirby's Dream Course, Kirby Super Star, Sonic the Hedgehog 1-3 + Sonic and Knuckles, Rocket Knight Adventures, Crash Bandicoot 1-3, Crash Team Racing, Spyro the Dragon (and it's PS4 remake), Ape Escape, Final Fantasy VII, Grandia, and many, many more!

Favorite Music:


Drum & Bass, House, Folk, Classical



Latest Posts

Xevious Review Rewind

A Game Changer

Every time I play Xevious on one of Namco’s "museum" compilations, I can’t help but reminisce about the time when I first discovered the game in 1992 on the Atari 7800 (a system which also familiarized me with other Namco classics outside of Pac-Man). Back then, our family couldn’t afford the Super NES or Sega Genesis. So, in a move of what I think was out of pity, a friend of ours gave us her 7800 with a huge bag full of games. While rummaging through the cartridges, I came across the little oddity known as Xevious. It was probably the first game I had heard of that started with an “X”, and the name intrigued me. I quickly fell in love with the unique enemy designs and mysterious land structures peppered throughout the game.

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Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride Review Rewind

Family Matters

August of this year will mark the 20th anniversary since Dragon Quest was introduced in the US. With 10 core sequels and many spin-offs since then, you’d think an RPG fan such as myself would be well-versed in the series by now. But in reality, my Dragon Quest knowledge over the years has only been cursory at best. I got started about eight years ago when I completed Dragon Warrior (the series’ name in the US until 2005), and I’m currently nearly halfway through the massive adventure that is Dragon Quest XI. My depth of familiarity with the series pretty much ends there. Or at least it did until I recently finished Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride- a Nintendo DS remake of the beloved Super Famicom original.

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Dragon Warrior Review Rewind

This RPG is a real grind. No dragon your feet here.

If there’s one thing I absolutely adore about Dragon Warrior (aka Dragon Quest), it’s how much its subtle charms have influenced each sequel to come after it. There’s just something special about playing the latest game in the series (currently Dragon Quest XI) and still hearing the familiar sound cues of attacking an enemy, taking a hit, or the brief but satisfying victory chime and level-up fanfare. Additionally, the character designs by Akira Toriyama (Dragon Ball creator and illustrator) give a visual continuity throughout each game. Without question, the Dragon Quest series has laid down some deep roots that all started here. But although it's a beloved first entry for nostalgic fans of the series, newcomers might not warm up to certain gameplay elements that weren't refined until much later.

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