i’m a bit behind on posts so i thought i’d throw a shout out to hardcore gaming 101. i’ve mentioned the site several times in passing already when reviewing games (in fact, including my last post, which was on altered beast), but i thought i’d spotlight it because even better than their interesting overviews of individual games they have great surveys of a fair number of series. i’m really not quite sure what qualifies as “hardcore” gaming, but their articles on series make for particularly great time wastage because they’re extensive with a great level of detail: comparisons of the various versions of the same game accompanied by screenshots, chronological descriptions of all of the games in the series so you can see how the series has evolved (including obscure japanese-only releases), and a look at spinoff games and media, including anime. their focus is on retro, lesser-known titles with an emphasis on action-oriented games, and even the articles on really obscure games make for great reading. any of their articles is well-worth reading, but this one on the fire emblem series and this one on the puyo puyo series will get ya started. yeah! hardcore!