The Old Skooler

(Casey Allred)


My nickname was given to me in college from my love of retro gaming. I have been an avid gamer since the days of the Atari 2600, lived through the Golden Age of Games, and I proudly refer to myself as an ĎAnti-Fanboyí believing all video game consoles, for better and for worse, have their place in history. It is with this belief I decided to create the website to voice my opinion on games from all consoles over the years. Everything from the golden classics, the modern hits, the gems that were overlooked in their time, and even the bombs and failures from all game generations.

Table Top Games:

I grew up in a family that played several board games to pass the time, and I still enjoy a game of Monopoly or Risk now and again. However I also grew up under the impression that RPG games like Dungeons and Dragons carried with them the stereotypical nerd, and as such never played them. That is until my college days where I sat in on a few D&D sessions being played by the original Game Club. I learned to appreciate the game from within the circle, and grew to love the storytelling and use of luck and skill it took to really play the game. Since then, I have branched out to try many different types of table top games, and learned to make my own opinion of a game after playing it myself.


I worked at a movie theater for a few years of my life, and during that time I really started to love movies even more than I already did. When you get to see movies for free, you tend to watch a lot of them, which I did. I have always been a fan of horror films, loving classics such as Frankenstein and Dracula, and growing up in the 80ís when slasher films were a dime a dozen. However, I can sit through almost any type of movie and enjoy it for what it is, everything from the most mind blowing action to dramatic tearjerkers.


Music has always been a huge part of my life. I am the son of a music teacher, and was raised with a deeply embedded love of almost all kinds of music. Iíve been part of a couple choirs in my time, and was part of a short lived ska band in high school. I love pretty much all kinds of music, everything from Bach to The Beatles, Mozart to Manowar, and almost everything else in-between.


I am not a very big comic book reader, but I do have a selection I love. My comic book reading began in the mid 90ís when I was introduced to The Mask. I was a fan of the movie, and decided to check out the comic, only to find out the comic was much better. Since then, I have picked up the occasional comic book when one strikes my fancy.


In my junior high and high school days I picked up a few novels, but was never a very avid reader. I was quite fond of Michael Crichton and read most of his books up until his death. Outside of that, and books I was assigned to read, I didnít branch out much.


I was a huge fan of the Saturday Morning and after school Cartoons in the 80ís and 90ís. GI Joe, Garfield, Scooby Doo, The Real Ghosbusters, Bravestar, Future-cops, Transformers, The Turtles, X-Men, Duck TalesÖThe list goes on and on. Many-a-morning were spent with me sitting with an oversized bowl of cereal in my PJís, the glow of the TV the only light. I like to revisit these days with the release of many of these shows coming out on DVD.


The cartoon market was flooded with several Anime shows in the 80ís, but none stand out more in my mind than Voltron. This was one of the few Anime shows I remember actually enjoying form my childhood. I was never into Dragonball or Sailor Moon, and Akira and Vampire Hunter D were out of my age range. It wasnít until 1998 that I would rediscover Anime with Cowboy Bebop. I discovered pretty quickly how much ridiculous Anime was out there, and became rather selective of what I watched. Anime is not my strong point, but there are ones out there I thoroughly enjoyed, and I still keep my eyes open for those gems swimming in a sea of animated bizarreness.


Ah yes, the sitcoms of the 80ís and 90ís. Who doesnít remember the TGIF lineup with shows like Step by Step, Perfect Strangers, and Family Matters? Or the Primetime shows like Coach, Cheers, and Night Court? And donít forget spinoffs like Frasier and Wings. Some of these shows are long forgotten in the minds of those who grew up with them, or not even known by younger generations. I hope to remind you of some of those nostalgic memories as we progress here.