Farm-Fresh balanceYMMVTransmit blueRadarWikEd fancyquotesQuotes • (Emoticon happyFunnyHeartHeartwarmingSilk award star gold 3Awesome) • RefridgeratorFridgeGroupCharactersScript editFanfic RecsSkull0Nightmare FuelRsz 1rsz 2rsz 1shout-out iconShout OutMagnifierPlotGota iconoTear JerkerBug-silkHeadscratchersHelpTriviaWMGFilmRoll-smallRecapRainbowHo YayPhoto linkImage LinksNyan-Cat-OriginalMemesHaiku-wide-iconHaikuLaconic

Hardcore Gaming 101 is a video game overview site run by Kurt Kalata that is dedicated to cult classics and the obscure. Founded in 2004, it looks at everything from the classics, to Japanese import games, to long-forgotten arcade quarter munchers, to homebrew, to pure garbage and the utterly insane. The site also takes a look at the output of various companies like Compile, Toaplan, Eighting Raizing, Nippon Ichi and Irem, and the various Licensed Games of Capcom and Konami. The overviews are quite image intensive, and tend to run on to some strange tangents. It is also one of the few places you'll find someone defending the Zelda CD-i games.

The site updates roughly every week. For real this time. Honest.

Game series and individual games reviewed:

Licensed Game franchise overviews:

Your Weekly Kusoge (brief reviews):

Tropes common to the writeups include:


  1. Yes, this doesn't count as obscure. It's a reprint of a Final Fantasy recap done on another site by one of the forum mods. As of this writing, it only goes up to five (although it goes further on that other site).
Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.