It is that time once again! To change the battery in our smoke detectors? To swap out the baking soda in the fridge? To dust off our collections of Pez dispensers? NOOOOO! Ok, well maybe but I am speaking to the greatest spectacle on the internet today. That’s right. It is that time of year once again when Review a Bad Game Day rises from its slumber to feed on the despair caused by the worst games the world has to offer.
Every year, 1 More Castle hosts Review a Bad Game Day. Gamers from all over the internet combine to post reviews of games that are totally offensive to one or more senses. It doesn’t matter whether you contribute to 1 More Castle, your own personal blog, another gaming website, or nowhere at all. This is an open invite to all gamers everywhere. Options will be available to link to your work elsewhere or post directly on the site. Also, your game does NOT have to be universally accepted as a bad game. If it is bad to you, tell us about it.
Review a Bad Game Day will be held this year on August 8, 2014. That means that you have less than a month to get to reviewin’. Go pick your games, force your way through them, and prepare to warn all of us of their horror on August 8. When the time comes, we will open up the submission forms on reviewabadgameday.com. In the meantime, go check out the site to see reviews of horrible games from the previous years. It is your privilege, NAY, your duty to warn us all of these relics from the underworld. The citizens of Earth are counting on you.
So a few weeks ago, I announced my new project, Game Overkill. As of today, you officially have 3 weeks left to send me your lists. For those of you unfamiliar with what I’m talking about, I have asked everyone who wishes to participate to send me a list of every single video game they think everyone should play at least once to create a kind of retro gamer-sourced greatest games list. Here are the rules: Read More
Ah, 1 More Castle! Finally! Most of you have probably seen me roaming about the site quite frequently, I assume my arrival doesn’t come as much of a surprise. As a gaming enthusiast and hobbyist blogger, I had been thinking of creating a series for this wonderful site, but, despite my creative endeavors, no idea came to mind, until now.
I’ve been analyzing a lot of successful websites, looking for what 1 More Castle might be missing. To be honest, the website is already full of content: The professional reviews of the Retro Critic, Genesis Moss, Alex Weiss, Chris Carboni and Tom Hall, the showcasing of little known games by Joe Walker and Alana Dunitz, the entertainment provided by the podcast, the rants of Joshua Caleb, the Countdowns of Eric Vole, the musings of Dustin Faber and Zack Smith and the incredibly hard-working hands-on journalism team of GMZ (I am probably forgetting someone), what could 1 More Castle possibly lack?
Hello there. Eric Bailey, friendly neighborhood Editor-In-Chief here, with a nifty bit of news that will affect 1MC’s direction moving forward.
I remember attending Midwest Gaming Classic way back in March of 2013 and having a particular conversation with some fellow gamers there. With me was Eric Hunter, our audio engineer for the podcast. Those whom we spoke to were actually surprised at our age. There we were, in our 20s, discussing old video games. “You’re so young!” they said.
First of all, I’m not here to announce the triumphant return of Atari Poop. I’m here to ask all of you for some help with my feature here on 1MoreCastle.
After a short Twitter project where people sent me their favourite albums, which I then listened to while sharing my thoughts, I realised that I’d listened to a lot of music I never would have and it was an amazing experience. Almost immediately, I knew I wanted to something similar with video games, but much, much bigger.
1 More Castle was launched on May 28th, 2012 along with our bannered WordPress theme, proudly emblazoned with the hip online badge of honour: “beta”. While this didn’t start off as a point of ironic humor, as the months dragged on with no updates to the theme, I started to feel the unfulfilled promise of “beta” weighing down on me.
Wanna work for GMZ? Here’s your once in a lifetime opportunity!
1 More Castle is 1 year old!
Woohoo! Party on!
Yes, it is true: Late last May, this collaborative retro gaming website launched, and it has been quite a ride ever since.
Who knows what the future will hold? I am excited to find out.
In the meantime, though, please leave a comment in celebration of 1MoreCastle.com turning 1 year old.
Sign our birthday card!
Over the weekend of March 23-24 2013, Bailey and Hunter, the two Erics, podcast co-hosts, were able to enjoy the Midwest Gaming Classic in Milwaukee (pics or it didn’t happen) on behalf of 1 More Castle. We had a ton of fun introducing kids to NES games for the first time, playing lots of arcade cabinets, shaking hands, and meeting lots of like-minded gamers.
But we had an ulterior motive, too: While we were there, the Retroids podcast network announced that 1 More Podcastle is joining up with them! We got to do a live introduction and everything, alongside AddedXP, the other new podcast on the Retroids network. When we were initially asked if we wanted to join, it really seemed like a no-brainer decision, one with plenty of benefits and no consequences. I can now say that any hesitation I had with joining Retroids was eased by the warm welcome we received from “Trickman” Terry and Ken “Sushi-X” (Retroids founders, whom savvy retro folks may remember as former writers for Electronic Gaming Monthly magazine), along with Joel, the network manager, who even let us sit in on a live podcast recording for his A Band Of Gamers show.
So, just to be clear: 1 More Podcastle is now a part of the Retroids podcast network.
One of my favorite types of moment at the Castle is when we can finally reveal fun stuff we have been working on behind-the-scenes for a while. The recent release of the Android app was one example, and there will be more to come (even relatively soon), but I am excited to say that today is one of those days we get to reveal some shiny new developments.
[ Editor's Note: The contest is now closed. -- Eric. ]
Let’s keep this short and simple: One week ago, 1 More Castle launched. And it was great. And it continues to be great.
So to celebrate, we are giving stuff away! For free! As part of a contest!
At this point, you may be wondering: What are you giving away? How can I enter this wonderful contest?
The player is sitting on the living room carpet, hunched forward with wide eyes and intent concentration. The 8-bit protagonist on the softly glowing screen is running across the pixelated landscape, dodging projectiles and defeating enemies with ease. Every glorious beep and bloop serves as an overture to what feels like inevitable victory.
“Honey,” a female figure suddenly, quietly interrupts from the hallway in a halted, raspy tone. “It’s late. You should go to bed,” the player’s mom gently urges, her silhouette barely discernible against the dim backdrop of the walls behind her.
The player’s focus is unwavering. Thumbs flit from button to button, leaning on precise directional angles, the controller softly clicking and slightly angling with each press. The hero persists, champion of another realm, bent on saving the world and rescuing the princess, on triumphing over evil, on fulfilling a noble purpose no mere mortal could ever appreciate.
“Just a minute mom,” the player sharply hisses in return; not meaning any disrespect, but honed in on the mission at hand. Lives are in the balance. “Just one more castle…”
To put it in simple words: We love old video games.