Archive for the Classic Gaming Category

On Nintendo 64

Posted in Classic Gaming on September 5, 2009 by Matt

I found this on Digg this morning, and thought it was a great article on the Nintendo 64. The initial picture of the evolution of Nintendo’s game console controllers is great. It gave me a few brief giggles for sure.

This article really makes me want to go and play some Goldeneye. I played that game so damn much. I am sure everyone that has played it, played it a lot and knows what I am talking about. It was the first game that I had an obsession with shooting enemies in the crotch. *thumbs up*

I really need to get my hands on a copy of Gauntlet Legends. When I have that, it’ll be time to invite four buddies over to drink and hack thousands of enemies down. Until we break our controllers. Those evil…awesome…horrible…controllers.

In reference to the control sticks, I had never had any problems with them hurting my thumb or ever breaking. I played my Nintendo 64 a ton, and never had an issue. I never had an issue with cartidges not working either. Never had to blow in them. I guess I must have kept things clean enough.

Maybe I’ll play some Nintendo 64 this morning…


Console Wars

Posted in Classic Gaming, News on August 28, 2009 by Matt

I just finished reading an article on the top 5 console wars. Reading about these console wars really brings back some memories. Essentially the memories of me buying all of these consoles (well, other than the Sega Saturn, which I don’t think I ever saw one in a store), and playing all of the wonderful games (like when I played Mortal Kombat for the first time). It’s a good article for those who have been around for all of the console wars, and even for those that weren’t. Hopefully it’ll inspire some of the younger generations to keep an eye out and try some of the older games.

#5. Nintendo 64 vs. Sony Playstation vs. Sega Saturn
Sony clearly won this battle. I will admit that. But, most of my gaming memories from this era belong to the Nintendo 64. Games such as Golden Eye 007, Mario 64 (which blew my mind the first time I played it), Gauntlet Legends, Star Fox, Perfect Dark, and Rogue Squadron. So many great games, both single player and multiplayer. I recall that for a friend’s birthday, we just all sat around for the entire day playing Gauntlet 4 players. Loved it. Such an addictive game. I miss the days of 4 player split screen. *sigh*

The Sega Saturn holds no memories for me, since I never fucking found one!

Sony has some memories for me as well, like when I played Gex, and Tekken for the first time. Crash Bandicoot as competition for Nintendo’s Super Mario 64. So many games. Oh, and Medal of Honor when it first came out.

#4. Nintendo DS vs. Sony PSP
This battle is still going, but unfortunately it has already been won. There’s no way in hell the PSP is going to defeat the DS. The article points out some insane ads that Sony released for the PSP. I couldn’t believe the one add shown below. What the hell was Sony thinking!?

#3. Nintendo Game Boy vs. Sega Game Gear
Alright, in all seriousness, do I even need to talk about these? The Game Gear was awesome, but the Game Boy was still my first hand held love (shut up you sick fucks, I was only…10 or 11 when I finally had enough money for a Game Boy). I purchased my Game Boy at Canadian Tire. Back in the day, yes, Canadian Tire did sell games. I remember purchasing quite a few games there. The Game Gear had potential, but I never saw enough games that came out that were really any good. Sonic was all I really remember. The Game Boy had Tetris with it to begin with, and then were were games like Donkey Kong Land, Super Mario Land, and Pokemon. Then the variants of the system, with the Colour, Pocket and Micro. The Game Boy was also cheaper and used less batteries. I don’t see how it could have went any other way.

#2. Sony Playstation 2 vs. Microsoft’s X-Box vs. Nintendo Game Cube
I refused to buy an X-Box in the last generation. Something about Microsoft being complete evil, and Halo having so much fucking hype that it turned me off from it. I hated Halo, and still do. I did find guilty pleasure in playing it occasionally though, since everyone had it. I was forced to play, I swear!

The Game Cube really didn’t have all that many games that caught my interest back then, that I really remember. Of course now I know there are quite a few good games for it. I guess I never really looked hard enough before. I really didn’t realize the power of the Game Cube until I saw Resident Evil 4. That game knocked me on my ass.

Sony defeated the competition again in this war. Going on the success of the original Playstation, and continuing successful game franchises like Tekken and Gran Turismo, nothing really had much chance. I’ll have to agree with the article on that for sure. Hell, the Playstation 2 is still going. It’s almost made it through two generations now. That is insane.

This is where the console games went online and the split screen era began to die. Was not happy, considering my lack of broadband.

#1. Super Nintendo vs. Sega Genesis
Nintendo just finished owning with the original NES against Sega’s Master System, but Sega wasn’t out. They came back, and gave Nintendo a healthy fight (in my mind). A lot of games came out cross platform, and you could always tell who was a Nintendo fan and who was a Sega fan. This generation is where fan boys started to go at it. I really only leaned towards Sega, because they weren’t as geared towards censoring the games as much as Nintendo was. Mortal Kombat being the prime example. If you were to buy that game, you’d get the Sega version.

The Super Nintendo won, obviously. So many good games came out for it. Chrono Trigger, Killer Instinct, Super Street Fight II Turbo, Clay Fighter, Final Fantasy, Legend of Mana, Doom and Wolfenstien (just a mention since it was a big game back in the day when id software was coming into view), Donkey Kong Country, and a slew of other fine games. About the only game I recall being really fond of for the Genesis back then was Cyborg Justice. I would have also mentioned Splatter House 2 and 3, but I didn’t hear about those games back then. Streets of Rage also noted. It just wasn’t quite enough.

Talking about all of these old consoles and games makes me want to play some old games again. Maybe once I am done finishing up Batman: Arkham Asylum, I will do some gaming on my older consoles for a change.

PSN games update, June 11, 2009

Posted in Classic Gaming, In The Mail/Purchased Items, New Releases on June 11, 2009 by Laynix

I forgot to mention the PSN games that I recently acquired, so I will now.

First of all, I bought Trash Panic. I watched a video about it and it looked awesome, and after playing it, it is. The game basically involves the player throwing objects into a trash can until you run out of objects. You can slam them down to break them, which creates more room and allows you to stuff more objects into the can. Near the end of the level there is a boss, which is just a large object that you must break within 10 seconds or you lose. The other ways to lose are not having enough space left in the can or by knocking 3 things out of the can and on to the floor. This game is great and I highly recommend it for $5.

The other game I bought (which was last Thursday by the way) is Wolfenstein 3D. I quickly played the first level when I downloaded it and I haven’t played it since. It’s the same Wolfenstein 3D that came out in 1992, and it’s great and well worth $5, especially with trophies and unlockables for the new Wolfenstein game that is coming out later this year.

The third game is CellFactor: Psychokinetic Wars, which Brock bought, and it’s pretty good. It’s a FPS that is very similar to Unreal Tournament. I played it for about 15 minutes and stopped, but I will play it again. It’s fun. Brock really likes it, but there are better games I have to play.

And the fourth game, another game that Brock just bought today, is Bomberman Ultra. It’s great. It’s the classic Bomberman style that can be played online.

Mail For April 7, 2009 (Alien vs Predator For The Atari Jaguar!)

Posted in Classic Gaming, In The Mail/Purchased Items on April 7, 2009 by Matt

Today I received a game that I have wanted since it’s release for the Atari Jaguar. It is Alien vs Predator.

This is a first-person shooter that is set in the Aliens and Predator universe. A USCM ship has docked with an alien infested ship and is subsequently overrun with aliens. A predator ship also docks with the USCM ship in an effort to hunt down and retrieve the skull of an alien queen. Your mission depends on which species you pick ( Alien, Marine or Predator). The marine’s objective is to escape, the alien’s objective is to kill everything, and the predator’s task is to locate and kill the alien queen for the trophy kill.

I played the game as each for a few minutes and decided that the controls are going to need some time to get used to. It’s a bit difficult and it feels a bit slow. Strafing while firing is tough due to the layout of the controls. The overlays help a little bit for remembering the controls, but it’s still difficult to move my fingers to certain buttons quick enough to be worth trying.

The graphics are as good as I expected. They are pretty much Doom caliber, but a tiny bit better. It’s dark where it needs to be and enemies can sometimes sneak up on you. I haven’t had the pleasure of using the predator’s heat vision yet. I am curious to see how it looks.

There is no music, and the sound effects are about as good as you’d expect from a game this old. The alien screams and predator sounds are there. *thumbs up*

I will definitely be playing this game a lot, considering the love I had for the PC version and my semi-obsession with Aliens and Predator in general. I will give more opinions when I am finished the game.

Mail For March 25, 2009

Posted in Classic Gaming, In The Mail/Purchased Items on March 25, 2009 by Matt

I received two more games today.

I received Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee for the Playstation. The game disc itself is in decent shape with minor scratches. The game manual is alright as well. The jewel case came in crappy condition. The front of the case come right off, and it is cracked in a couple of spots. I really would be more upset with this, but I have extra jewel cases from some older cds that I can replace it with. I am not sure if the ebay seller will receive a negative for this yet. I will have to think about it. This game took over a month to reach me. Fail.

The other game is Battletoads for the Game Boy. When I was young, I played this game religiously. Like it’s NES counterpart, this game is really quite difficult to beat. I never have beat it. I don’t really ever plan to, but we’ll see. It arrived pretty fast, and the game is in good condition. A very minor mark on the game’s sticker that is hardly visible is the only thing wrong with it.

I expect more mail tomorrow. Hopefully some more Turbo Grafx games come in. 🙂

The Mail For March 12, 2009

Posted in Classic Gaming, In The Mail/Purchased Items on March 12, 2009 by Matt

Just a quick post on the mail today.

I received Operation C for the GameBoy in the mail today. This game is essentially Contra for the GameBoy. I used to play this game a lot when I was a kid. I’d sit down and play through the game over and over. It’s a very fun game.

The game came with a security sensor stuck to the back and was a bit dirty. After taking off the security sensor and cleaning the game up a bit, I stuck it in and it works fine. Overall a very good purchase for $10.

It’s Monday, And This Is What I Bought This Morning.

Posted in Classic Gaming, In The Mail/Purchased Items on March 9, 2009 by Matt

This morning, before leaving work, a woman I work with brought in her old Turbo Grafx 16 with her to sell to me. It came in the box, with the styrofoam inserts, and with 4 games.

The 4 games were King of Casino (she had left it in the Turbo Grafx with no case or sleeve, by accident), Power Golf, Military Madness, and Fantasy Zone. All the games, unless otherwise noted, came with their cases and sleeves in great condition.

The Turbo Grafx 16 and the controller only have a few minor scuffs on them. The power cable and RF cable are fine, other than a bit of white stuff that is on the power cord. Looks like plaster maybe, but not sure.

The box has wear and a bit of tear on it. It’s in alright condition, but not wonderful. The box inserts are torn on one side, but otherwise are fine. It also included the Turbo Grafx 16’s instruction manual and a game guide.

That’s all for today. I am tired right now. Sleep may over ride gaming tonight. I hope not.