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  1. Hey, what was your biggest game collecting mistake? Here's one of my big regrets: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qoNc3hTA2pU&t=5s Thanks for watching!
  2. Thanks! Yeah, I like the VCS version as well. And I made it to screen 37 on the ColecoVision.
  3. Hey, I did a countdown of my 50 favorite retro games of all time over on YouTube if anyone wants to check it out. It's a pretty eclectic list, so some of your favorites probably aren't on there. It seems most people these days are calling the 6th generation and back retro. I typically go by 5th generation and back, but I began with 6th in the video since that seems to be the prevailing opinion. Regardless, it was a lot of fun coming up with the list, but a painful process because I had to leave out so many great games.
  4. My last comments on the subject: The stories are obviously authentic. I've been doing this long enough to know. That's fine. Book sales are very good. Again, I've been told not to collaborate or appear at conventions with a variety of people, including certain writers, convention programmers, YouTubers, arcade champions, and website hosts, because of various accusations, but I can't mediate everyone's disputes.
  5. My reputation is fine. He has very interesting stories to tell about playing his friend's console when they were kids. So far so good. I've been at this for a very long time: gaming since 1975, professional gaming writer since 1997, first book published in 2007. But I can't please everyone or mediate everyone's disputes. So, peace out.
  6. I'm fully aware of who Kieren Hawken is He shared some nostalgic stories of playing the NES when he was growing up. They are authentic and really good. Great comparisons to the computer versions. I've been told not to collaborate with various writers, convention programmers, YouTubers, arcade champions, website hosts, and others, but I stay out of the drama. I accepted his stories because they are good. He worked with Bitmap Books as well. Here is a paraphrasing of what they said when asked about his work: "I have no reason to question any of the work Kieren presented to me. It was all of the highest quality and more than met my expectations. I have no personal problems with him and he's acted in professional manner throughout the project. As far as I am concerned he has nothing to answer for and will not be answering any questions regarding our relationship."
  7. My forthcoming book, The NES Omnibus Vol. 1 A-L, is now on Kickstarter! If you'd like to check out sample pages, perks and more, click here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/brettweissnes1/nes-omnibus-vol-1-a-l-deluxe-hardcover-nintendo-book?ref=user_menu Featuring a robust, hugely entertaining, 1,200-word foreword by The Goldbergs creator and producer Adam F. Goldberg, The NES Omnibus Vol. 1 (A-L) is the follow-up to the critically acclaimed two-volume SNES Omnibus set. Like those books, this one will be well over 400 pages, feature more than 2,000 full-color photos and more than 220,000 words, and boast the writing of numerous industry pros and personalities who tell their nostalgic stories (some funny, some sad, all memorable) of playing games on the respective Nintendo console. Featured contributing story writers include "8-Bit" Eric Perez, John "Gamester81" Lester, "The Immortal" John Hancock, David Warhol (legendary Intellivision programmer), Steve Woita (noted Atari, Genesis, and PS1 programmer), Sean Tiedeman (director of The King of the Arcades), Greg Sewart (former Previews and Reviews Editor for Electronic Gaming Monthly), Shane Stein (the Executive Producer of The Game Chasers Movie), Patrick Hickey Jr. (voice actor and author of The Minds Behind the Games series), and Ken Horowitz (author of The Sega Arcade Revolution and Playing at the Next Level), among many other content creators. This book takes a detailed look at EVERY U.S. release for the NES from A to L, and each of the more than 350 games featured gets at least one full page of text and images, including gameplay synopses, history, reviews, box art, screenshots, release data, developer and publisher info, and quotes from vintage magazines. There are colorful ads from various classic magazines as well. Plus, I share my memories of playing many of the games. I got my NES for Christmas in 1987 and have been playing it on a regular basis ever since! While every game is guaranteed at least one full page of coverage, more than 35 of the more popular titles, such as Baseball Stars, Castlevania, Donkey Kong, Double Dragon, Dragon Warrior, Final Fantasy, Ghosts ’n Goblins, and Kirby’s Adventure, get two pages! And The Legend of Zelda is spread out over three beautiful pages! Plus, the book will have a stunning centerfold featuring all your favorite NES characters by Old School Gamer Magazine illustrator Thor Thorvaldson. This is a big, durable, beautifully bound book with professional production values. Schiffer Publishing did a great job on my SNES Omnibus books, and The NES Omnibus is looking fantastic as well! The Nintendo NES is one of the most iconic video game systems of all time, resurrecting the home console industry during the mid-’80s and offering some of the most enjoyable and exciting gaming experiences ever created, from shooters to RPGs to platformers and beyond. This deluxe hardcover book pays considerable respect to the console many of you guys and gals grew up playing and still enjoy today. Every game, no matter how obscure or mainstream, gets the full treatment. The book is a walk down memory lane for older gamers and a great history lesson for younger folks. And it's entertaining for everyone! In addition to writing an overview of every game in the book, I also provided a foreword detailing my history with the NES, as well as the history of the console itself. In the back of the book, there’s an essay on the infamous Power Glove controller by Zoe K. Howard as well as one on the Comic Book Games of the NES by Blair Farrell. Every Kickstarter backer will get their name in the book as a special thank you, and there are other cool rewards for backers as well. Thanks for supporting me on this grand adventure!
  8. Hi, I've uploaded a video preview of my forthcoming NES book if you guys and gals would like to take a look. I'd love to have feedback either here or in YouTube comments. Watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CamuXAXok4s&t=9s Thanks!
  9. Like a lot of Intellivision fans, I was hoping the Amico would have a cartridge slot for playing old games when I first heard about the console. The more I've thought about, the more I think it would have been a bad idea for the success of the system:
  10. I recently interviewed Activision co-founder Jim Levy if anyone wants to check it out: http://www.brettweisswords.com/2020/05/interview-with-activision-co-founder.html
  11. Check out my crazy collection of vintage video game paperbacks from the 70s, 80s and 90s:
  12. Have any of you read Rob Strangman's amazing book, Memoirs of a Virtual Caveman? You can get a digital copy of the book and tons of other perks by signing up for my Patreon page for just $3 per month. Check it out here: https://www.patreon.com/brettweiss From Amazon: Join veteran gamer, video game fansite webmaster, and born storyteller, Rob Strangman, as he takes you on a tour of some of the most defining moments in video game history as seen through his eyes. From the fall of Atari to the emergence of the Sony PlayStation and beyond, Rob relates tales of the adventures that were had during the golden age of gaming. Rob also discusses his experiences with importing, the "gamer" stereotype, and shares his opinions on the current state of gaming. While Rob may have been the original "Virtual Caveman," he certainly wasn't the only one. Included here are many other stories and contributions from gamers both young and old. Also within these pages you will find interviews with many of the gaming industry's veterans: David Crane, Howard Scott Warshaw, Martin Alessi, Yuzo Koshiro, Kouichi "Isuke" Yotsui and more. Find it on Amazon here: https://www.amazon.com/Memoirs-Virtual-Caveman-Rob-Strangman/dp/131210483X/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=memoirs+caveman&qid=1588643103&s=books&sr=1-1
  13. NEW VIDEO -- Should You Criticize a Gaming Console You Haven't Played? Watch here:
  14. Yeah, something like Ultimate Qix, but better would be super cool. Wizard of Wor rocks!
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