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The Big Gaming History 101 Halloween Post

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Halloween is here!  This weekend many of us will celebrate by playing games that scare us, watch horror movies, and depending on lifestyle/age either be getting drunk at parties where people are dressed in slutty outfits or taking kids in much more appropriate outfits out to get candy.  To get you in the mood, here are a bunch of items from our archive that you should definitely check out:


Halloween Rarities: Check out our list of a handful of little known horror titles that we love.  Be sure to click on the various links in the article as all of our links are for additional content only found here on our site.

Great Retro Halloween Games That Aren’t Scary: Don’t like to be freaked out and jumpy all Halloween?  Here are a handful of themed titles that won’t have you up late at night or turning on all of the lights.

Castlevania Retrospective: Are you familiar with the Belmont family and one of Konami’s most beloved franchises of all time?  This article will get you caught on up on the origins, the titles, and even offers sub-articles on each game.

The Countdown Horror Obscura: Jam runs through a bunch of obscure horror titles you may either not be aware of or don’t necessarily consider of the horror genre.  Learn about a bunch of games you may have never heard of.


Silent Hill 2 Game Club: Fred isn’t great at re-telling this story, as many fans have justifiably pointed out.  Despite this fact, listeners claim this is a great club to listen to because it’s purely from the perspective of a person who had never played Silent Hill 2 and was recounting it’s effective moments fresh and for the first time.

The History of Survival Horror: Learn the roots of probably the strongest gaming horror genre.

Obscure Survival Horror: You’ve played Silent Hill and crushed Resident Evil, but have you ever played Overblood?  This and a handful of other more obscure survival horror titles are accounted.

I Have No Mouse and I Must Scream: We bring in guest Kole Ross from the Watch Out For Fireballs podcast to discuss point-and-click horror titles.

Scared Stupid: Games that scared the s**t out of us.


Retro Game Night – Splatterhouse: A 2D brawler platformer set in a haunted house where you play as basically Jason Voorhies?  What, there’s also a chibi version for NES?  Check them out.

Retro Game Challenge – Ghosts’n Goblins:Fred tries to beat Ghosts’n Goblins for the NES, one of the hardest games on the console.  Can he do it?

Condemned: Criminal Origins Longplay: See the entire game, commentary free, in 1080p.

Resident Evil 2 Version Comparison: The most popular Resident Evil title is dissected in its many ports.

Let’s Play Michigan: Report from Hell: Developed by Grasshopper Manufacture, led by Suda51, and exclusive to the PS2 only in Europe and Japan.  This ultra rare title has some unique ideas.

Written by Fred Rojas

October 28, 2016 at 11:00 am

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New Podcast: Horror 101 – Episode 0

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What is Horror 101? Why it’s the new horror movie podcast from Fred and Jam of Gaming History 101. This show will be a separate format, topic, and feed from the traditional show, but what better way to give a sneak peek than a brief introduction on the main feed? In this first episode Fred introduces you to the format, why the show is happening, what you can expect, and a brief history on the types of horror that existed each decade until the flood gates opened in the late 70s/early 80s.

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Written by Fred Rojas

October 7, 2016 at 10:00 pm

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Great Retro Halloween Games That Aren’t Scary

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Happy Halloween to all of our lovely retro readers.  All month we’ve been chatting about horror gaming, ominous dark rooms, and I’ve been spending one moment in Silent Hill and the next running from the Slenderman.  I thought it might be fun to finally offer some retro Halloween gaming for the timid, nervous, screaming little scaredy cats out there.  Yep, you read that correctly, here’s a list of fun Halloween videos games that aren’t intended to scare you.

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Written by Fred Rojas

October 31, 2012 at 2:12 pm