Backloggd – The Letterboxd for Videogames

My videogame profile on Backloggd is here: todd_russell Backloggd profile

Forgive a little history here, momentarily we’ll get to Backloggd (https://www.backloggd.com/)

Before this website was started, we used Letterboxd to track the movies we were watching. We still use the site every day, tracking all the movies we watch, rewatch and review. Late last year we started doing full text reviews here for movies seen in theaters, but a shorter review still appears on Letterboxd.

We’re still looking for something like Letterboxd that does TV shows. Have a suggestion? Let us know in the comments. We post all TV show reviews here currently and a list (in progress, updated periodically) is available here: TV Series Reviews.

Theaters: April 16, 2021

Since there are movie and TV tie-in videgames, including Mortal Kombat which comes out in 2021 (and looks pretty good from the trailers), we also cover videogames here. However, there are way more videogames that have nothing to do with movies and TV shows. We wanted to use something like Letterboxd, and maybe you do too, hence this post, to track our videogaming.

Enter Backloggd. Completely FREE to use — just like Letterboxd — for all the features you need including game journals, logging, reviews, lists (!) and more. The one feature I don’t see available is any way to export the data you’ve created like Letterboxd. I’m hoping this is available somewhere, somehow (it’s not as of this writing, but is on their site roadmap wishlist here), because if you spend a bunch of time adding and tracking games you own and/or play and the site goes belly up, you should be able to export your data and take it elsewhere. To your own site, another site, whatever. Letterboxd has that feature and it remains one of the reasons we keep using it. We’re essentially future-proofed if the site decides to do something like this:

vpinball.com shut down around April 1, 2021 and it doesn’t appear to be an April Fool’s joke

Anyway, one list I’m assembling are for the AtGames Legends Ultimate (ALU) v1.1 arcade (see: Arcade and Console Videogaming Heaven – Legends Ultimate Arcade). There are 300+ licensed games included, some of which I played a long, long time ago, some played in arcades, some on various console systems through the years and most I’ve never played. Wanted to add more detail on the games discovered for the first time, played, including notes for personal strategies developed and possibly even reviews of the games I play more extensively. Not really interested in the reviews part yet, but rather just to have some place to record notes on the games played, as well as the time spent playing these games. This will help me better develop a favorites list and be able to talk about these games with others interested in buying the ALU.

Since we also own the Legends Gamer Pro, I also compiled a list of those games: AtGames Legends Gamer Pro – GAMES Included List.

For other customers of these systems, this makes it easy to explore these games in greater detail, as the systems don’t tell you very much about the games themselves. You can simply click on the titles and play, but where do you record your personal notes, strategies, gaming tips, etc? You can use tools like Excel Spreadsheets or Google Docs or, well, Backloggd. This way if you’re friends ask what videogames you’re playing, you just point them to your Backloggd page.

Backloggd doesn’t do everything it could and should yet, however.

I’ve noticed one (glaring, really) weakness for Backloggd is that it doesn’t seem to have much in the way of video pinball represented in the database. This means I won’t be able to make a list for our most recent purchase: the AtGames Legends Pinball (ALP). I’m sure there is a way like Letterboxd to add games that aren’t in the database, so I fully plan to investigate that feature in the future. They seem to use IGDB.com as a source and I do see how to add games there, so that might be the ticket. Anybody who knows more detail about this process, please feel free to educate and inform us in the comments below.

Will coverage for videogames expand at this site? Probably, yes. I see how movies and TV shows have become important properties for videogames, so it seems only natural to explore that path in greater depth. Also, playing videogames is a more active hobby than watching movies and TV. It’s healthy and good to stay more active. This doesn’t mean that movies will take a backseat to videogames, here, but it does mean the site will become a little broader. Maybe 😉

Thank you for reading!

Arcade and Console Videogaming Heaven – Legends Ultimate Arcade

Right up there with our passion for movies is videogames. We don’t talk a whole lot about gaming here, but we’re huge game fans. Arcades, consoles, portable, you name it.

For reference, we’ve either played or bought the vast majority of home console gaming systems for the last 30+ years. We’ve survived Microsoft’s red rings of death on the Xbox 360 (7 of those machines we burned through, true story) and enjoyed all incarnation of the Playstation (with one exception, keep reading), loved the early onset NES, SNES, N64, Wii, Switch, Sega Genesis and its various incarnations, a bunch of Atari systems (2600 through Jaguar), Colecovision and even some offbeat systems like 3DO and my personal favorite for 2D fighting games: Neo Geo. We’ve also played or owned many portable gaming systems, clearly we love the hobby.

That said, it’s a bit odd that the newest game systems, Sony PS5 and Microsoft Xbox S are not on our immediate radar — we’re normally looking very forward to buying the newest game system and playing some new games. We just don’t have that urge with the most current generation. Sure, we’ll likely play or buy one or both of them eventually, but not likely this holiday season.

However, another system that was an immediate purchase when we found it in stock at Sam’s Club again (see top image): Legend Ultimate Arcade. We kept refreshing that product page and on 11/14 it showed as available to order. A couple hours later it was out of stock again.

Our middle son recently was interested in buying an arcade game machine for his new home. I didn’t hesitate to show him the system I’ve been tracking online: AtGames Legend Ultimate Arcade. He bought it right away, it shipped a week later and it took us under 30 minutes to assemble.

Legends Ultimate is the world’s first connected arcade. Legends Ultimate includes 300 of favorite licensed arcade and console games in an expandable, full-size arcade machine designed for players of all ages, skill levels and play preferences. Featuring cloud gaming functionality, hundreds of top titles with access to countless more, connectivity, arcade-quality controls, and customized game integration options–play your favorite games the way you want on this amazing platform.

Legends Ultimate Arcade – Sam’s Club

For our grandchildren, this arcade system was love at first sight.

For videogame fans, especially old school arcade fans, this system is the real deal. It might very well be our most favorite system we’ve ever purchased, because it’s like all systems in one unit. You can even stream next generation systems and PC to the full standup arcade system and use the controls.

If you’re a gamer, this should be on your radar. We don’t review videogames or arcade systems here as of this writing, but if we did, this would be rated highly and recommended.

Cobra Kai: The Karate Kid Saga Continues Videogame Coming in October

Have you watched Cobra Kai [FIRST LOOK] on Netflix yet?

If you like the original Karate Kid movie, it’s about as good as you can get without Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita) in the cast. I mean, Johnny Lawrence and Daniel Larusso 34 years later still having a grudge? We’ve now seen the first two seasons and, yes, we definitely recommend binging this ASAP.

Video games based on movies and TV shows are usually garbage, but this one looks like and old school 2D brawler and seems to be following the TV show first two seasons pretty closely from the trailer below.

Titled ‘Cobra Kai: The Karate Kid Saga Continues’, the game is a side-scrolling brawler based on the show (which launched on Netflix recently, having previously been available on YouTube), featuring RPG-style progression, 2-player co-op, and a cast of characters from the excellent Cobra Kai TV series.

Cobra Kai: The Karate Kid Saga Continues Coming in October – Playstation 4, PlayStation 3 News At PlaystationTrophies.org

Check out the trailer:

I don’t play many videogames, but I’ve always like 2D fighters like the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles arcade game was a 4-player 2D fighter and I plunked more than a few quarters into that.

The company Arcade 1UP has been making some awesome 3/4 size arcade cabinets and selling through retailers like Best Buy and Amazon for $450. Some come with special game stools for another $80. There are included risers that make it full size as well. Assembly is required but it sounds like it’s not too intense, taking a couple hours to put together.

The TMNT cabinet looks just like the arcade. You can quickly find these for purchase by searching for Arcade1UP at BestBuy.com, Amazon and other retailers.

Cobra Kai: The Karate Kid Saga Continues will be available for PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch on October 27, 2020.