This is Your Extra Life

This Is Your (Extra) Life: ‘Trap’ped In History

by Ryan Bateson August 26, 2012
Every gamer has been the victim of a bad game. Not just a good game gone wrong… I mean a truly bad game. I remember telling my parents in the early 1990s that I was going to take a cartoon-style mallet to my copy of Broderbund’s Raid on Bungeling Bay. (I don’t care that the […]

This Is Your (Extra) Life: Hidden in Mario’s Shadows

by Ryan Bateson July 13, 2012
Every family has one. The aunt who brings a new, younger boyfriend every time the family gets together. The cousin who dies his long hair jet black and listens to death metal even though everyone knows he can barely kill a bug. The brother who can’t get over the fact that it’s not 1977 and […]

This Is Your Extra Life: BLEEP That BLOOP

by Ryan Bateson March 4, 2012
Believe it or not, there was once a world without video games. Settle down, settle down, those dark ages are long gone. But yes, once upon a time, waaaaaaaaaaay back in the early 1970s, back before early modern conveniences like cell phones, the Internet, Pretzel M&Ms, oxygen, and fire, there were no video games. Two […]