Whether you like Tim Rogers’ work or not, there is one thing everyone can agree on. When Tim Rogers reviews or looks at a video game, Tim Rogers does it with excruciating thoroughness. His longform review of Dragon Quest XI for Kotaku is what ultimately swayed me to buy that game. In 2020, Rogers began Action Button, a YouTube channel and Patreon with a list of games to cover with a positive bent.
Action Button’s latest video is a nearly 3-hour review of Pac-Man. Three. Hour. Review. Of. Pac. Man. Yes.
As a devout Pac-fan myself (my handle on the information superhighway has been “SuperPac” since 1994), I couldn’t help but check it out. The video is split into chapters and it’s probably best to consume this in multiple sittings over a few days’ time. As I watched I began to question my own Pac-knowledge. While I have played Pac-Man a “lot,” I did not know things like after a certain stage in the game, power pellets no longer turn the ghosts into fleeing purple sprites. And I definitely had no idea that people who attempt “perfect” games of Pac-Man can find places in the maze where they can sit for whole MINUTES without colliding with a ghost.
Though the runtime is 3 hours, he’s not talking about just Pac-Man for the entire thing. There are many digressions and tangents into other games, stories about renting games, Tim’s first console experience, Libble Rabble, and a list of top Namco video game names to name but a few. Overall, definitely worth a watch and I like that Tim is producing videos with a positive spin on YouTube. This is something we need more of, and I can say fairly definitively that Rogers is sure to deliver in the future.