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March 2018 Retro Gaming Article

March 2, 2018 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

The video games loomed, but books were a key element to my surviving the 3-day power outage

I expected to play some of my various battery-powered handhelds, but books won over my time during this outage.
As the wind picked up and the rain began to come down, my Friday ended at a company function involving a very cool bowling bistro. So, I left a nice spread of food to brave the downpour. My commute home should have taken an hour, but it took me three hours to get home... and I had to walk the last quater mile through hurricane force winds. It was a crazy night to say the least.

Lanes Bowl & Bistro It was a shame to leave all this food and have to fight weather and traffic to get home, but the storm was brewing so out I went. Trees were down everywhere and I had to keep altering my route to get to my house. In the end I had to park down the street and climb over a tree that had fallen across my street, in order to get home. Once home and dry, I realized a tree had snapped and was laying on my roof. It was a sleepless night to say the least.

When I woke up the next day - still with no power - I quickly reacquainted myself with the enormous number of things I enjoy duing that require electricity. I had a fair charge in my Nintendo Switch and 2DS as well as a number of handhelds I could always put batteries into. However, I wanted to use my daylight hours to catch up on a few comic series.

I went for Scooby Apocalypse, which I've enjoyed but fell far behind on. After a bit of catch-up, I had a yearning to read Edgar Cantero's Meddling Kids - a book I'd seen (and bought instantly) at Barnes & Noble not long ago. It takes the Mystery Gang, shuffles their character traits, and sends them off on an adventure to solve a mystery.

I fell into the plot hard and the pages kept going. I spent much of Saturday reading and continued into the night via candle-light until I'd finished the whole novel. It's a really fun book that pays homage to the Mystery Gang we grew up with, while delivering an adult story.

Meddling Kids novel Sure, I played a few games here and there, but Cantero's novel really kept me engaged. I dug through my AtGames SEGA Handheld to see what goodies exist within. I didn't have a Genesis when it was first released. So, it was fun to delve into some of the built-in titles. But Meddling Kids roped me in!

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