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As a game franchise, Star Wars has had a kind of rough ride the last several years. If you aren’t aware of the history, long story short, when Disney bought LucasFilm and all the properties that came with it, they essentially shuttered LucasArts, the game company that made or published pretty much all the Star Wars games up to that point. Some were great, some were middling, some were downright awful, but it was truly the end of an era and given the moneymaking machine Star Wars is, an era most probably thought would never actually come to an end.

Disney didn’t want to stop Star Wars games from being made however, they just wanted to have someone else do the hard work and sit back and collect money, and hey who could blame them. …


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Disney and Christmas are a pretty natural combination. Heck one of my favorite holiday experiences ever was going to Disney World in 2018 right after Thanksgiving and holiday celebrations at the park were in full swing. Video games and Christmas are an equally natural combination, simply because often people who like video games either get them as gifts around this time or buy them for themselves on sale, etc. and even with the hustle and bustle of the holiday season there usually seems to be some downtime to get some game time in.

Despite this, there aren’t a ton of games that are based around Christmas and even fewer based on holiday films and then at most a handful specifically based on Disney Christmas films. …


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Marvel’s Avengers has been out since September without much in the way of new content. Now, if it had just been a 15 hour or so single-player game that obviously wouldn’t be an issue. However, Marvel’s Avengers is supposed to be a game that theoretically you play for months, possibly even years and that’s hard to justify without a steady flow of new content.

This wasn’t initially the plan, of course. There was set to be a pretty significant content drop seemingly once a month with a new hero and new storyline content to go with it. First up was Kate Bishop, the successor to original master Archer Hawkey aka Clint Barton. Unfortunately, that got pushed all the way back to well, now and players have been mostly spinning their wheels. …


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It’s official, the next-gen is truly here. Though hard to find the next set of consoles from Sony and Microsoft are out there somewhere (I honestly still can’t believe I managed to snag a PS5 myself frankly) and though Nintendo hasn’t been following the traditional console model for a while, the Switch is pretty much their current generation and has been out for a couple of years already.

So with what is generally considered the 8th generation of consoles winding down (though it still seems like they’ll be getting noteworthy releases for the next year or so), it seems like a good time to look back at the best games based on Disney IP of this last generation. Not many games bearing core Disney characters were released but we had ports of classic games, stuff from Star Wars and Marvel, so there’s plenty to choose from. All in all, it was a pretty good generation of gaming for Disney fans. …


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Kingdom Hearts is a super popular series, but also has up until recently been an incredibly hard one to keep up with, and not just because the series has had so many twists and turns it makes Hideo Kojima games seem easy to follow. It’s been going for eighteen(!) years, across various platforms with games jumping back and forth all over the timeline. And they matter, they all matter. …


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The holidays and video games. While most holidays in the winter season have been around far longer than this relatively young medium, the two have been intrinsically linked together for decades. Certainly, a lot of that has to do with the tradition of often receiving games and consoles on a given holiday, but also a lot of people have favorite games they return to during this time year after year. Some have a wintery element to them, some actually have some sort of holiday element intrinsic to the game (i.e. …


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Well here we are, just over two months after the release of Square Enix’s Marvel’s Avengers and things are honestly looking kinda grim. …


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Hey all. Making something you are passionate about and keeping dedicated to it no matter what else is going on in your life can be incredibly tough even if your life is going pretty ok atm. It’s easy to get distracted, feel like it’s not working, not enough of success by whatever qualifications you deem successful etc.

I started Main Street Electrical Arcade nearly a year ago with just a Twitter account. It wasn’t my first attempt at a creative endeavor, it wasn’t my fifth. …


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I want to start off this column by saying I really love the Kingdom Hearts series. I say this while fully admitting its flaws. The Gummi Ship sucks, the story is a lot of nonsense, the women of the series absolutely get the short shrift, especially Kairi. But I’ve been into the series from day one, I’ve beaten the majority of the games, my PS4 has a Kingdom Hearts theme, I’ve owned multiple versions of the games, etc. I have spent a lot of time and money investing in Kingdom Hearts.

After finishing Kingdom Hearts III, we all know it was going to be awhile to we got to see the next entry, be it a proper numbered entry or some side story thing. Though I had dabbled in mobile games here and there it wasn’t really until I started this project last year that I really decided to more fully explore the world of mobile games and have it be something I was at least kept a casual level of interest in, because hey that’s where a lot of Disney’s games are these days. You’ll rarely find games starring Mickey Mouse and his friends on the traditional console platforms, mobile is pretty much where it’s at. …


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So despite the amount of Avengers-related content on this blog lately, I promise this will not be all Avengers, all the time. But that’s sort of the nature of this blog; only so many Disney-related games come out every year, so when a really big one launches, I’m going to write about it a lot. Marvel’s Avengers is a huge game with ongoing content so expect me to write about it regularly for a while at least as often as there are major updates with characters and story-expansions and so on.

So very early this morning, I finished the single-player campaign of Square Enix’s Marvel’s Avengers developed by Crystal Dynamics. As I have not really messed around in the multi-player and post-game content much I won’t really be writing this as a full-on review of the product in its entirety, this will be a review of the 15ish hours I spent playing the single-player and doing a little side stuff, what I will most likely do is post a separate review of the post-game/multi-player content in the next week or so after I’ve had ample time to play around with it. But even if you only touched the single-player, it’s very obvious that Marvel’s Avengers is a game very much at odds with itself. The desire is clearly there to make a compelling single-player experience and in that they mostly succeed, despite the more Destiny-like and other multi-player aspects along with some puzzling UI implementations trying to ruin that experience. …

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