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GAMES: Shadow of the Colossus


You find yourself in a forbidden land, and the girl you love lay comatose in an ancient temple.  A mysterious beam of light tells you that you must bring down the sixteen skyscraper-sized beasts that populate the region in order to wake her.  You hop on your trusty horse, Agro, and get to work.

Shadow of the Colossus for Playstation 2 is a fairly simple game.  There’s one objective–kill the designated colossus.  The challenge is in scaling the giant beasts and finding the hidden weak points on their bodies as they struggle to shake you off.  These bosses are living, breathing puzzles, and each requires a different way of thinking to defeat.  The game is absolutely fantastic at conveying the difference in size between you and your opponent as you cling to their fur hundreds of yards in the air.

This was a game Brandon decided to play from start to finish, and it was one of the few games that we all sat and watched the entire time.  Whether you’re playing or not, you definitely feel the tension that each colossus presents the player with.  It’s easy to call Shadow of the Colossus a classic of post-2000’s gaming, and it is certainly a gem in our collection.

GAMES: Building a Console Arcade


Dark rooms.  Stained floors.  The faint smell of nachos and teenage shame.  These are all things that come to mind when thinking of the classic American arcade.  At The Cave, we’ve tried to put together an arcade of our own with a large collection of gaming consoles, accessories, and CRT televisions.

We have legacy systems such as the Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis, Nintendo 64, and Sega Dreamcast.  We also have a pair of Playstation 2 systems, a Nintendo Gamecube, and a pair of Microsoft Xbox systems for the approaching-legacy division.  We have a total of four Xbox 360 systems and a Nintendo Wii serving as our more modern era collection.  Games for these systems are beginning to approach 250 in number.  As for televisions, we have 4 CRT televisions and an HDTV.

The beauty of our unconventional arcade is that it is a combination of all of our collections.  All of our tastes in games come together in the collection, allowing whoever stops by to experience what we feel is the best in gaming.  From the weird and wacky Katamari Damacy to the party classic Rock Band, you will certainly find a game to love among the stacks of cases.  And though the smell of nachos is replaced by the smell of grass on a lawnmower, the spirit of the classic American arcade is alive and well in the games half of The Cave.