Welcome to Arcade Nirvana – my musings on life, the universe and videogames

Running on empty

There’s a lot of chatter at the moment about learning to “live with Covid” and I don’t really know how to process this concept. See, a year ago I had a sore throat, which eventually developed into a mild annoying cough and then went away. I took a Covid test when the cough developed, but…

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Fathers. Days.

It’s Father’s Day today and none of my children have sent me a card or brought me breakfast in bed or anything. I couldn’t be happier. It’s not just that it’s a bullshit excuse for a day – a prototype “but when is it international MEN’s day eh?”, although that’s part of it I suppose.…

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Back in the saddle

It is unlikely that any of us will ever forget 2020/21 – two years which have seen the worst nightmares of science fiction plague stories largely come true. Some have weathered the storm better than others, some will not have weathered the storm at all, but all of us have been changed by it. As…

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Why I Love… Space Invaders

I only really have one story, I suspect that most of us do really. Everything that I have every done, every decision made, every friendship made (and lost) and everything that has lead me to where I am now can be seen as merely an echo of, or a reaction against, that story. It’s why…

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Bummer Man

London may not be to everyone’s taste, but I for one love living in a city where all-night bagel bars snuggle up to bring-your-own-alcohol curry places and bring-your-own-food beer places all against the backdrop of the City. I love the history of London, I love the streets of London and I love the sheer bloody-minded…

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Why I Love… GunPey

Let’s get straight to the point here – Gunpey is the best game you have never played, on the best system you’ve never heard of. No arguments, no returns. The system first – it should be crap. Produced on the cheap by Bandai exclusively for the Japanese market and focused on delivering the definitive Digimon…

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Ooh. Political.

You don’t pay attention to politics when you’re a kid do you. It’s all skateboards and videogames and nicking sweets from Woolworths and Billy’s Boots and going down the park isn’t it? Not for this kid, not in these times. It’s 1979, and I’m asking my mother why she isn’t voting for Maggie Thatcher? They’re…

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Arcade Parinirvana?

As those of you with long memories, or access to an internet archive, may know I have been collecting video arcade games for pretty much twenty years. It’s been a game of many highs, and a few lows. A hobby that has survived three children, four homes and a divorce. Through it all, I have somehow…

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What I think about when I talk about Videogames…

You’ll have noticed that I don’t actually play as many games as a gaming blogger probably should. But that’s okay. Really. I’m not really here to play videogames, much as I’d like to, I’m here because… Well, that’s a good question isn’t it? What are  videogames then, and specifically what are they to me? Videogames…

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So, What’re ya playin?

I started a new job a little while back. It’s always an odd time – you don’t really know the people you work with yet, who’s good for a beer on Friday, what to talk about at the tea point, how much do I have to pretend to know about football in order to fit…

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