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PACMAN!

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Moderator John here. I'm a sucker for Pac-Man. Always have been, always will be. The game caught my attention as a child when we went to the local Pizza Hut on special occasions. Sometimes for a birthday and sometimes when we got good grades in school. And sometimes on Sunday evenings when my brothers and I had behaved well that week / mom didn't feel like cooking. We could enjoy the pizza, coca-cola, and enjoy the small arcade area in the restaurant. Because back then, Pizza Hut was a restaurant, not a pizza chain.
Of course, the one that grabbed my attention, and would be the bane of quarters for years to come, was Pac-Man. But this arcade unit was a cocktail version of Pac-Man, and was a style of arcade cabinet I had never seen before.

The fact that you could eat pizza, drink soda, and play Pac-Man blew my tiny little 8 year old brain into pac-pellet sized pieces. It started a life-long love of Pac-Man and the series as a whole. While these days I prefer the more fast paced M…

Cinema Sundays - Sonic the Hedgehog OVA (1996)

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"Grandpa, tell me about the console wars."
"Ah, yes sonny, that was many years ago, when ghosts were in hi-c and pepsi was clear..."

"Tell me sonny...what year is it?"
"2016."
For those of us who grew up in the early 1990s, this was our war. Yes, we had the post-apocalyptic world of Crossfire to look forward to and our attention would later turn to digipets and arguing over which Pokemon version was best, Red, Blue, or Yellow. (Wait...are we sure it isn't the 1990s?) But, until those days arrived, we had the ultimate console war. Sega Genesis vs. Nintendo. You were in one camp or another. You discussed and debated the virtues of zelda, toejam and earl, vectorman, donkey kong, golden axe, and more as you used games, gameplay, graphics, sound, and speed to make your case. Of course, the Sega fans always had 'Blast Processing' as the ace up their sleeve to make the Nintenkids look foolish in the assertions.

But if speed was your argument, yo…

Mortal Kombat X and Street Fighter Miniatures Game

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New has been relatively sparse regarding the upcoming miniatures game by Jasco Games. After their success with the Megaman Board Game, Jasco Games announced at the GAMA Trade Show in early 2016 their new video game board game tie in, with Mortal Kombat X and Street Fighter getting the treatment this time around.
Despite the announcement and buzz surrounding the Universal Tactics system they are using to dictate gameplay in this miniatures system and license tie-ins, Jasco Games has said little about this system in the following months, with little more known in the 3rd quarter of 2016 than in the 1st quarter.
(Bison disapproves of your slacking, Jasco Games!)
What is known is that the first wave of miniatures for this new Fighting/Universal Tactics will be Street Fighter. Jasco Games stated that an initial estimate of 30 fully painted miniatures will be available during the kickstarter for the Street Fighter Miniatures Game. Further, they stated that the game will be specifically tailore…

Cinema Sundays - Street Fighter: The Movie

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(Now that we have that out of the way)

Street Fighter (1994)

Ah, yes. The halcyon days of 1994. Jurassic Park had been released the summer before, leaving everyone obsessed with dinosaurs, mosquitoes, and Jeff Goldblum.  (Because Spielberg felt America needed this)

In 1993 also left Americans watching dinosaurs in the release of Super Mario Brothers in theaters, the first big blockbuster adaptation of a video game title. Yes, in the early 1990s America was dino-movie crazy and the more dinosaurs the better.
(Tell me again why you're nostalgic for the 90s?)
Wait...how did I get here? Oh, right. Street Fighter. 1993 saw our favorite plumbers fight King Koopa on the big screen (I swear that is what the movie is about). This saw studios, writers, and companies looking at video games in a new light: $_$. So, as the Super Mario Brothers came and went, Capcom began looking into developing a movie based on one of their own franchises: Street Fighter.
Capcom decided on a writer who was known for …