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Jamie Alston Staff Writer Go to Blog   See All Comments  

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

EarthBound Review Rewind

The RPG that wasn’t afraid to get weird.

Remember that silly old trope in teen movies where the nerdy “plain Jane” character magically becomes super attractive just by removing her glasses? It was a bit like that with EarthBound- an RPG that was largely ignored when released on the Super NES in its twilight years. Nintendo’s ill-conceived ad campaign telling the player that “this game stinks” didn’t do it any favors either. The game’s overtly humorous kid-friendly facade was unusual for its time and quickly written off as ugly and boring by all but the most accepting of RPG fans. But thanks to the positive praise in gaming forums years later, it picked up steam and eventually became lauded as one of the best on the Super NES. Much like the bespectacled character in every 90s teen comedy, it was as if EarthBound removed its glasses. Nothing was different about it- just our perception of what was already there.

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Tetris Review Rewind

A game that needs no introduction; this review does, however.

As it so happened, the Game Boy was the perfect present, as my older brother found out when he graduated from middle school. After the party was over and everyone had gone home, mom and dad came downstairs with a just one more wrapped present. I still remember the brother opening the box and joyfully exclaiming “It’s a Game Boy”! Since Tetris came packaged with it, we wasted no time playing that Russian puzzle game for years to come. It was the perfect game to complement the perfect present.

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Qix Review Rewind

The original Geometry Wars

My earliest memory of Qix began sometime in the mid-90s when I saw it listed in a Funcoland price sheet (remember those?) and thought it was pronounced “quicks”. As a kid, I thought it was a rule that all words spelled with a “Q” had to be pronounced with the qu inflection. But years of expanded vocabulary eventually proved me wrong. In short, the game’s title is pronounced “kicks”- because I suppose the developer Taito wanted you to get your kicks playing Qix. See what they did there?

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