Is Nintendo the Greatest Developer of All Time? Aug01

Is Nintendo the Greatest Developer of All Time?

Recently, IGN ran a feature on the top 50 video game makers. This list was done in typical annoying IGN style, releasing 10 a day as a click-through list. The rest of the list isn’t important, all that does matter for this post is that they named Nintendo number 1. If you’re like me, your reaction would be, “of course they are, was there any doubt? This is like Rolling Stone magazine releasing a list of the Top 50 Greatest Rock and Roll bands of all time and listing the Beatles number 1.” Be that as it may, I knew we have some Stew Over editors that disagree with IGN (and the sane world)’s choice. What follows...

The Great Hot Dog Project: Panama City, Panama May23

The Great Hot Dog Project: Panama City, Panama

[This is the first in a running sequence featuring an International take on one of Jim’s favorite street foods: The Chicago Style Hot Dog. A snappy sandwich which can be considered a 400 calorie snack or the cornerstone of a typical Chicago lunch from 1983: two hot dogs, a...

Greatest Game of 1997: GoldenEye 64

Right in this box is where we considered uploading Tyler’s video review of GoldenEye 64.   Much like his video review of Super Mario Kart, we decided not to post it because we don’t want to contribute to the overall # of atrocities on the internet. BUT INSTEAD WE HAVE A...

San Juan del Surf, Nicaragua Apr05

San Juan del Surf, Nicaragua

[I am currently taking a year off from the daily grind and traveling the world. This is the second in a series of articles about my travels. For today’s article, I detail my first attempts at surfing in Nicaragua.] OK, technically this place is called San Juan del Sur – but...

Tales from the Deep: My First Scuba Dives Mar26

Tales from the Deep: My First Scuba Dives

[I am currently taking a year off from the daily grind and traveling the world. This is the first in a series of articles about my travels. For today’s article, I detail my first deep sea dive in Belize.] After getting scuba certified with Frenchie’s, a dive shop 1/2 block...

Macro Photography for Your SLR Mar19

Macro Photography for Your SLR

Macrophotography: Macrophotography is close-up photography, usually of very small subjects. Modern use of Macro Photography refers to a finished photograph of a subject at greater than life size. The macro world is an entirely new universe, not easily penetrated with the naked eye....

Greatest Game of 1992: Super Mario Kart

Right in this box is exactly where we considered uploading Tyler’s video review of Super Mario Kart.   After much debate, we collectively decided not to post it because we wanted to spare everyone on the internet from its pure, highly concentrated and boundless awfulness...

Greatest Game of 1987: The Legend of Zelda

I maintain that The Legend of Zelda is the greatest game of all time when measured relative to the circumstances and time period of its release. The game brought the most engaging and story-rich genre, the action RPG, to the video gaming masses. Zelda’s complexity was unmatched...

Greatest Game of 1986: Arkanoid

“THE TIME AND ERA OF THIS STORY IS UNKNOWN. AFTER THE MOTHERSHIP “ARKANOID” WAS DESTROYED, A SPACECRAFT “VAUS” SCRAMBLED AWAY FROM IT. BUT ONLY TO BE TRAPPED IN SPACE WARPED BY SOMEONE……..” You are commander of the spaceship VAUS....

Top Ten Chicago Activities: Part 2 Jan19

Top Ten Chicago Activities: Part 2

Yesterday, I talked about five of my favorite activities to do in Chicago. Today I take a look at my Top 5. 5. Chicago Sport and Social If you’ve never been on an intramural team while living in Chicago, what the heck else are you doing? Chicago Sport and Social organizes...

Top 10 Chicago Activities: Part 1 Jan18

Top 10 Chicago Activities: Part 1

I’ve lived near Chicago my whole life and in Chicago for almost 5 years now in an awesome neighborhood (despite being overly yuppie / jock / gay if I am allowed to stereotype in politically incorrect ways) called Lakeview. I’ve loved every second of living in the city,...

Retire Early, Enjoy Life Now Dec06

Retire Early, Enjoy Life Now

I have wanted to retire early since I first tasted the awful flavor of working (for someone else), but eventually I realized that retirement isn’t what I ultimately want.  Not your traditional retirement, anyway, defined as follows: Retirement: Growing old and sitting on your ass in Florida waiting to die, eating the blue plate special for dinner at 4 pm at the strip mall diner. – Oxford English Dictionary.  No thanks, OUT on that. I am an optimist, but I know that old age and the hyperbolic scenario described above are conditions that even optimism won’t save me from, so I am rethinking retirement as an end-of-life...

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