Kotaku is Wrong on Emulation, But Where’s the Line?

Emulation is a hot topic these days. Some people think you should never emulate games, but others believe that it is excusable in specific circumstances.  That begs the question, where’s the line between “bad” emulation and “good” emulation? Recently, Kotaku stumbled into the topic and touched off a bit of a firestorm, stoking the conversation around emulation. It’s a complex issue to be sure, and … Continue reading Kotaku is Wrong on Emulation, But Where’s the Line?

15 SNES Games That Still Hold Up Today

The Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) came out at just the right time to take advantage of the burgeoning acceptance of home consoles and video games as a whole. As a result, video game developers took chances, expanded the types of video games they released, and provided the SNES with an incredible library of games.  Although the SNES boasted some of the most memorable video … Continue reading 15 SNES Games That Still Hold Up Today

13 Spooky Sega Genesis Games for the Halloween Season

Fall is right around the corner and you need to inoculate yourself against the fear of the encroaching darkness and decay of the winter months. That means it’s time to break out your hoodies and cardigans, watch the foliage turn different colors, grab a pumpkin latte, and break out the spooky retro games. Doctor’s orders.  As someone who grew up playing the Sega Genesis (the … Continue reading 13 Spooky Sega Genesis Games for the Halloween Season

Video Game Collecting is Dead and Wata Killed it

WataGate has been exposed. But some think retrogaming is already dead. Here at The Ghetto Gamer, we believe that gaming—and retro gaming in particular—should be a hobby that anybody can enjoy, even if they don’t have a lot of money. Unfortunately the new trend of having games “graded” by Wata Games, and then attempting to sell them for a small fortune, has turned game collecting … Continue reading Video Game Collecting is Dead and Wata Killed it

The Best MMOs For When You Finally Quit World of Warcraft

Blizzard is going through some stuff right now, and people are seeing the writing on the wall— World of Warcraft might not be the best game in which to invest your time at the moment.  Blizzard’s president just departed, content creators are apparently dragging their feet, and World of Warcraft Shadowlands is taking flak like Snowden from Catch-22.  It’s only natural if you start looking … Continue reading The Best MMOs For When You Finally Quit World of Warcraft

World of Warcraft Will Endure This ‘Perfect Storm’

Why Activision Blizzard’s Latest Situation Is Not the End of WoW  I’ve heard the term “World of Warcraft killer” attached to so many games and situations over the years that I practically have semantic satiation. When entire listicles of games billed as a “WoW killers” have failed to produce that result, it’s clear the term has lost some meaning. Once again, media outlets and other … Continue reading World of Warcraft Will Endure This ‘Perfect Storm’

The Five Types of People Crawling Back to Blizzard for Diablo 2: Resurrected

Diablo II: Resurrected is almost here, and many fans of the first game, myself included, are going to put aside our collective disappointment with Blizzard to come back and pour our “precious” lives away into this time sink.  Think about that for a second. We are willing to buy and play a game (with a $40 price tag) that only received a new coat of … Continue reading The Five Types of People Crawling Back to Blizzard for Diablo 2: Resurrected

We Might See the Death of Twitch–and Maybe That’s a Good Thing

Most of us would be lying if we said we didn’t fantasize about playing games for a living but is Twitch really the best platform in which to live out our dreams? Twitch certainly does have huge viewership potential as well as fun and unique ways for viewers to interact with the channel. However, it’s no secret live streamers all across the globe have a … Continue reading We Might See the Death of Twitch–and Maybe That’s a Good Thing

Forced Scarcity in Gaming – Ripping Off Fans with FOMO and Market Manipulation

With new console and PC part sales on the rise, you have likely heard of the scarcity problem the tech industry is facing right now. Let me be the first to say that finding and purchasing a PlayStation 5 is nearly impossible, and it doesn’t look like this will be changing anytime soon. All of this frustration can lead to fear of never owning a … Continue reading Forced Scarcity in Gaming – Ripping Off Fans with FOMO and Market Manipulation

The State of the Video Gaming Industry

Video games have been providing amusement for both children and adults for decades. They’ve come a long way since the early days of computer games and the original Nintendo and Atari consoles. Video games have gotten more lifelike than ever before, with pixelated graphics and restricted acoustics becoming a distant past. Video games improve in tandem with technological advancements. Immense growth is currently being witnessed … Continue reading The State of the Video Gaming Industry