(🔒) BREAKING: Mark your calendar—a 30-year debate among gamers just ended. RETRO has now published the largest-ever poll of retro gaming experts on the most hotly contested question in gaming history: "What's the best NES game ever?" 424 games are ranked. retrostack.substack.com/p/the-consensu…
(PS) If you don't have a RETRO subscription yet, you can get an annual subscription—through this Tuesday, November 30—for 30% off (just $2.90/month for a year). retrostack.substack.com/p/the-first-ev…
(PS2) I figured I'd highlight a few of my personal favorites out of the 424 NES games ranked by 100 experts at the link above—as I may not have quite their expertise, but I do know a lot about the NES. So here's a trip down memory lane; let me know if any of these strike a chord:
đź”° #115 | FELIX THE CAT
đź”° #154 | R.C. PRO AM II
đź”° #199 | MAPPY-LAND

Give me ten minutes and I will try to convince you that this deceptively simple, childish, cartoony game is almost as good—and as deep and nuanced—as Super Mario Brothers 2.
đź”° #199 | TOTALLY RAD

Once you realize the writing in this game is 100% tongue-in-cheek, you break through to a full appreciation of its merits.
đź”° #251 | BANANA PRINCE

This is one of the many amazing NES games that was never released in the United States—it came out only in Japan and Germany—but is now playable for free on your phone. RETRO has an expert ranking of a few hundred such NES games.
đź”° #1 in Homebrews | WITCH N' WIZ

RETRO will debut a rolling Top 25 NES Homebrews ranking soon. These are indie aftermarket games released in just the last 5 years. That's right, there's a bustling market of new NES games that's only getting more amazing.
(PS3) I've got about 150 "favorite" NES games, so I only noted a few ones here. Already thinking of the ones whose ranking I didn't post! OVER HORIZON, POWER BLADE, SHATTERHAND, GUN-NAC, GUN.SMOKE, SHADOW OF THE NINJA, CONQUEST OF THE CRYSTAL PALACE, the list just goes on and on!

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I often disagree with Bill, and disagree with some of this. I think he oscillates between pretending the far left and the Democratic Party are synonymous and acknowledging they're not. The Democratic Party is diverse; it's the *GOP* that made its fringe the whole of its project.
(PS) What idiot conservatives like Scott Adams are missing in trumpeting this video is that Maher *is* a classical liberal, and *is* saying that the Democratic Party's *policies* are where most of the country is—including, yes, the white Heartland.

The issue is, paradoxically...
(PS2) ...that folks like Maher conflating the Democratic Party and its left-most fringe is *precisely* the problem the party faces. Why? Because a party can't control all its fringes—unless it's an authoritarian party like the GOP—but it *can* ask people to focus on its policies.
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If this insurrectionist leader thinks this will stop me from reporting on her ongoing seditious attempts to destroy American democracy, she is wrong.
(PS) Note that the tweet by this person that I attacked in the strongest possible terms—pre-block—was one in which she urged her far-right insurrectionist followers to “be like Kyle,” i.e. armed vigilantes.
(PS2) But I'm sure she was also unnerved by my revelation that members of Trump's January 5 Trump International Hotel war room are political donors of hers.

She is an Oath Keeper, a sponsor of domestic terrorist Ali Alexander, and a clear and present danger to the United States.
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(1 of 2) I hope everyone is screenshotting the statements being made today by top Republicans and far-rght demagogues. It won't be long before someone in the antifa movement brings an AR-15 to a Proud Boys or Oath Keeper event and starts shooting if someone throws a plastic bag.
(2 of 2) This is precisely why—unlike Republican leaders and unlike far-right demagogues—those of us who believe in peace and the rule of law are urging all parties to stay away from protests in which they are not participating, and to by no means go to such protests while armed.
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This is the result that most criminal defense attorneys have been saying we would see since the beginning of the trial. Take that for what it's worth, which may be absolutely nothing. I know a lot of people are upset and hurting right now over this verdict.
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