Remember the Arcade movie from 1994? No? Well it’s a good thing I’m here to fell you all about it. It’s about an evil Arcade machine (named ARACDE!) that will steal your soul if you lose it’s game while no one is looking. John Delancy is Arcade’s creator, Seth Green is in a bit part, and the main character must deal with her mother’s suicide while trying to warn her friends about the evil Arcade! Plus, I’ll tell you about the vast differences between the original cut and graphics of the film compared to the original.
Most books for kids only do one thing; have you read the lines from beginning to end. Well, how are we going to keep those kids interested in books? We make them Interactive! Clue: Who Killed Mr. Body, was the first in a series of books that contained mini-mysteries that yo uread, and then you had to figure out which of the 6 characters did the crime. Can we figure out the mysteries that were originally intended for children?
My next video is up. This list is my personal Top 10 Infectious Video Game Music! And when I say Top 10 Video Games, I really only mean Nintendo and Super Nintendo, as that’s all I grew up with. Yes, both Top 10 lists are all Pre-2000, like the format of my show. Delve into the songs that still auto-play in my brain.
I was mad I messed up the Battletoads / Double Dragon music in my video, as the Dark Queen stage is my favorite song and the one I. I also regret not putting in the Bubble Bobble song from when the first level starts. Anyway, enough put downs; I hope you enjoyed the video.
I’m back to making some videos. One of the first new videos I’ve created is Top 10 Unresolved TV Cliffhangers. I run down 10 TV shows that ended on a cliffhanger that I watched growing up, and then the story was never resolved because the show was cancelled (much to my sadness and/or anger). All of the items on this list were shows that came on before the year 2000. So, have a look and enjoy the video.
Murphy’s Media Memories returns. Now, I will be making sure to get 8 episodes out each year, preferably every March through October, with any Top 10 lists or small bonus episodes in-between.
Now, see my gateway into the Transformers Universe, a children’s book from 1984 that does a horrible job of connecting text to art, in what should be an important factor in a picture book. I do a brief run-down of all the Transformer characters in the TV show to show you just how off the book is when it comes to it’s characters. Also, I look at the 2nd Marvel Hardcover book to see just what my younger self missed out on.
Finishing out the last of the Spider-Man Anniversary issues, I look at Spectacular Spider-Man 189 & 200, which examines Peter Parker (Spider-Man), Harry Osborn (The Green Goblin) & Mary Jane’s relationships to each other, and ultimately leads to Harry Osborns death. Surprisingly, there are many allusions to child and spousal abuse that are really serious that I was surprised Marvel let go through when I read these again.
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Spider-Man is celebrating 50 years in comics (well, not Spider-Man, but Doctor Octopus inside Spider-Man’s body is celebrating it), but do you want to know what happened on Spider-Man’s 30th Anniversary? These are 4 different comic books, all are one-shot stories that attempt to get people interested in Spider-Man and his supporting characters, while also producing stories about how Spider-Man’s powers work and showing his origin for new readers. These are the great stories inside the hologram covers of the Spider-Man 30th Anniversary comics.
Jaws was the first video game I ever played. I remember it fondly from when I was around 5-6 years old, and I describe that story in the video. I run through briefly the game mechanics and how my friend and I experienced this game at the time, then pick it up for the first time since 1986 and see if I can figure it out and beat it now that my brain has developed more intelligence and many decades worth of video game reflexes. In addition, I will take you through the other 5 Jaws games that were made.
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This month’s episode is about the best-selling children’s book series, Bunnicula: A Rabbit Tale of Mystery. I read a few excerpts from the book and show you how Bunnicula spun into many different series. Also, I’ll look at the cartoon and show you just how vastly different it is from the original book. Plus, did you know it’s been made into many different stage plays?
For the latest Murphy’s Media Memories, I transfered an old VHS tape I had and uploaded it to the world. Welcome to the world of 1985, where you can learn about Halley’s Comet (if you are a kid). So, just how is this low-budget direct-to-video 80’s edutainment? Let’s find out.
If you want to watch the original video in it’s entirety, you can watch it below: