Got me one of those Super Nintendo Classics

18 10 2017

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So launch day came for the Super Nintendo Classic Mini and instead of heading out to the local Walmart I managed to sleep in until 7 am, the time it opens. I pretty much forgot about getting one, at least on day one, and instead bought myself a copy of the amazing (and infuriatingly hard), Cuphead. After playing that for a few hours I decided to take a little sanity break and was browsing Facebook when I noticed a post saying Amazon had them in stock. Taking a shot I headed there, hit the one click buy button, and found myself the owner of one of these cool units. And bonus: I paid regular, non douche-bag reseller prices! It took a few days to get here, but shipping was free via Prime.

After having it for over a week now, I have to say that this is a sweet piece of

20171005_122349.jpggaming kit. With twenty-one classic and mostly classic games, it’s not a bad deal for $99 Canadian. That becomes an even better deal if you decide to take the plunge and apply the very easy hack that allows you to add additional games (roms).

Folks, don’t bother paying reseller prices for this device, but if you see it at regular prices (and you probably will – Nintendo says they are making plenty of them), get it, because it’s awesome!





Just me Playing a Bit of Wolfenstein 3D

17 05 2017

I’ve been playing a lot of the 2009 Wolfenstein game on the XBOX 360 lately, but have been a little frustrated on the last level. I decided to take a little break from that and play a bit of the 1992 classic, Wolfenstein 3D.

Here is episode 1, level one and episode 1 level, 10 the secret level. This shows you where every guard, secret and treasure is. There are not many games where I can do this, so I hope you enjoy!

Episode 1 – Level 1

Episode 1 – Level 1- The Secret Level





Working My Way Through The Call of Duty Campaigns

19 04 2017

Hello my fine feathered imaginary Internet friends!!! I hope you are all doing well this Spring day.

So I thought I would update you all on my current gaming accomplishments. I have been working my way through the Call of Duty titles that I own on the XBOX platforms. Completed so far are Call of Duty 2, Call of Duty 2 – Big Red One (the most underrated Call of Duty title in my opinion), Call of Duty 3 and as mentioned in my last blog post, Call of Duty: World at War. I have started the campaign of Call of Duty Black Ops. I have also started the campaign on Call of Duty 4 – Modern Warfare. And just because, I purchased Call of Duty: Their Finest Hour for the original XBOX via EBay, and am awaiting it’s arrival.

I have to say that I have really been enjoying this stint of Call of Duty gaming, and despite most of these titles being quite old, I found that for the most part the games and the game play held up admirably. The lack of a run button in the earlier titles took a lot of getting used to – if I actually did get used to it, but I got by. I found myself enjoying the the non player characters (NPCs) that I was sidled up with – especially in Call of Duty 2 – Big Red One, where you are the same character, with the same group of guys through the whole campaign. you kind of build a virtual bond with these guys…

So yeah, that’s what I’ve been doin and am doing at the moment. What about you? Why not leave a comment below and let me know if you’re a Call of Duty fan and what your favourite title and/or moments are from the  series.

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Holy Crap: I Finished the Campaign in Call of Duty – World at War

25 03 2017

33485952842_a46ecf331b_z_dMan… I have to post here more often.

So, while it may have taken me seven or eight years, but I have finally gotten around to completing the campaign in Call of Duty – World at War. Having been recently been added to the backwards compatible titles for XBOX ONE, the game has recently been brought back into the limelight somewhat.

For those that are not aware of it, World at War was the last Call of Duty title to take place in World War 2 and the third Call of Duty title developed by the folks at Treyarch. This is the game that quickly became (and remained), my favourite of the series. Yet despite being my favourite, I barely touched the campaign, having been sucked into the online game play.  It wasn’t until earlier this month, when I agreed to play some multiplayer campaign with some of my fellow old fart gamer friends that I decided that I needed to revisit the game’s campaign.

Man-o-man, am I glad I did. The game is intense and engrossing. The campaign has moments of brutality one moment and and elation the next. The graphics, at least to these tired eyes, still look good for a game pushing nine years of age. The pace is frenetic… This is war – the final pushes in the West and East for the allies.

This is such a good  game…





Something Crazy Happened: I Completed a Game. Rebel Galaxy Rocked

22 10 2016

Holy crap folks, I did something I almost never do: I played a game to completion. Not since Gears of War 2 (and never before), have I completed the main campaign/story line of a game. In fact, with most games I never play more than fifteen or twenty minutes before never playing them again. It’s both weird and cool to be saying that I have just completed Rebel Galaxy on the PlayStation 4. Actually, I did something bigger: I managed to complete every single Trophy (on XBOX they call them achievements), as well as the main story line. For me this is absolutely unheard of.

Rebel Galaxy is a space combat/piracy/trading/exploration game by the two person studio, Double Damage Games. To me the game feels like I’m Han Solo in something like the Firefly universe – a great combination. You start with a beat up old ship and a mission and go from there. As you gain credits you update your ship and load outs as needed/wanted. There is the main story line as well as countless side missions that earn you credit and gain you points with (or lose points with) various factions in the game depending on who you’re helping and who you’re blasting. You get to choose whether you want ally yourself on the side of the “good guys” (Citizens, the Militia and the Traders) or a Space Pirate. Admittedly it doesn’t have the deepest of story lines, and the game is played on a two dimensional field (a little weird for a space game), but damn it, this game is fun. Also, it’s only freakin’ twenty dollars, and if you have a PlayStation 4 and are a PlayStation Plus member, you may have it already, as it was the give away for Plus members in August, 2016. It might not be for everyone, but if you want to zip around space and blast enemy ships out of existence, then Rebel Galaxy might be for you. You can probably get through the game in about sixty hours, but I stretched it out because I was having such a good time that I didn’t want the fun to end. I say give it a try.





Forgotten Gem: Call of Duty 2 – The Big Red One on the Original XBOX

22 07 2016

Yesterday I started playing Call of Duty 2 Big Red One (BRO) on the original XBOX. Released in 2005, BRO was development house Treyarch’s first entry into the Call of Duty universe. You may be more familiar with Treyarch’s later, hugely successful Call of Duty titles, World at War and the Black Ops series. Let me say right off, if you are a fan of Call of Duty: World at War, then you owe it to yourself to play BRO.

Despite having Call of Duty 2 in the title, this is a completely separate game made by a completely different team. This game tells the story of a real group of American soldiers that went by the name “The Big Red One” – a title they got due to the red armbands they wore to identify their group. Unlike most Call of Duty titles, you play as the same character throughout the game (except in a few airplane scenes/missions). If you loved Call of Duty: World at War, you should like this. It really feel like, to me at least, a prototype of World at War. While more primitive than later titles for later consoles, this game feels like they just about had it all nailed down. Not as pretty as the later releases (come on, this is an old system now), it’s still gripping, and the story is damn good. Hell, the cut scenes are actually interesting. With me not being a fan of Infinity Ward’s Call of Duty titles, it is nice to know that even at the beginning, Treyarch was doing Call of Duty games well.

So, if you are looking for something different to play while you are waiting for Battlefield 1 to be released (don’t lie – you know you’re getting Battlefield 1), why not look for this baby on Ebay and give it a shot. Nice bonus: it will play on your XBOX 360 (you still have your 360 don’t you?).

Check out some of my game play footage below:





Kiss Colexions.com Goodbye

23 10 2015

Game over ColexionsWell it looks like it is time for us to say goodbye to what was for the longest time my favourite gaming site on the net, colexions.com. I found colexions quite some time ago when I was searching for some way to to catalogue my growing retro gaming collection. I joined this then tiny community of like minded collectors, and aside from a weird time when there was an issue with the site’s URL, I’ve been a member since. Created and curated by Corey Buckner, a guy that quickly became a personal friend, colexions brought together some great folks. Heck, it even eventually became what I was looking for when I found the site: a way to catalogue my collection. Then there were the “Show and Tells” where a bunch of us would get together via Google hangouts and show off our collections and talk about gaming and other collecting topics, and generally have a great time. I met some great people and made a few good friends there. Unfortunately a change in management led to a change in the overall feel of the place. It didn’t feel as fun anymore so I started hanging out there less and less. That said, I never gave up on it, I just didn’t hangout as much.

Earlier this week I noticed the site wasn’t loading, but just thought it was a server issue. Well, after a few days it was announced that the site was no more. This is unfortunate, as it was a good place for a long time. I don’t know exactly why Corey decided to shut the site down, but I have a few ideas that I will keep to myself as they are nothing but conjecture. Ganx, the “President” of the site made some general statements regarding the end of colexions that gave no clarity, though to be fair, I believe that Corey may have not told him. I will say that Ganx telling the now ex members of the colexions community to look at ourselves when trying to figure out the reason as to why Corey may have shuttered the site was asinine. Ganx, you won me over as a friend a long time ago, but lost that when I realized how much of what we all were hearing was nothing but smoke and mirrors. There’s the mirror you should look into.





Some Game Play Videos I’ve Recorded Over The Last Few Weeks

6 05 2015

I have been a bad blogger and completely ignored this blog for too freakin’ long. I’ll try to be better, but no promises…

In the meantime, though, here are some game play videos that I have recorded over the last few weeks.

Donkey Kong For the Gameboy

NHL 94 For The Sega Genesis

NHL 94 “Anniversary Mode” In NHL 14 (PS3)

 

Hope you enjoy the videos!





The Top Ten Toy Lines Of The 60’s through 2000 (And More) According to Watch Mojo

3 01 2015

I subscribe to Watchmojo’s Youtube channel due to my love of trivia. Well they also manage to combine my love of lists with my love of toys on there series of Best Toy Lines of various decades. If you got some time to spare, check them out below and don’t forget to subscribe to watchmojo’s channel.

Top 10 Toy Lines of the 1960s

 

Top 10 Toy Lines of the 1970s

Top 10 Toy Lines of the 1980s

Top 10 Toy Lines of the 1990s

Top 10 Toy Lines of the 2000s

Top 10 Toy Lines of All Time





Woohoo! Master System Thrift Store Score

11 12 2014

I decided to check out a big thrift store this afternoon while waiting for my car’s oil change to be completed in the off chance I might snag some retro gaming stuff on the cheap. I walked though the place, checking out all the usual sots like the glass display where they put the stuff that’s more likely to be stolen. There was a baby blue DS Lite that they wanted $30 for, as well as two copies of Tetris for the Gameboy which they were asking a reasonable $3 for. I have a couple of them already so I wasn’t interested. I decided to head to the back of the store where they have the TVs and other electronics. I have been lucky here before, snagging a TurboDuo for $25 a few years ago as well as a number of other consoles, cartridges or similar. Unfortunately it was pretty bare today, other than a couple of third party PS2 controllers. Turning back, and about to head for the door, I just happened to glance back toward the glass case that I first checked out and noticed that I missed something. About two feet to the right of where I had been sitting was a Sega Master System Box. It’s a pretty big box. I was right beside it and missed it. Well I went right for it and picked it up. I was expecting a stupidly high price (which sometimes happens at thrift shops when they thing they’ve found a diamond in the rough). The price was $49, significantly more than I would normally spend on a Master System, except this baby was complete in the original box, with manuals and EVERYTHING. $50 is a fantastic price for a find like this… At least it is in my mind.

So, as you can see from the photos, everything is here. It looks like it was used for a very short amount of time and then put away and forgotten about. Manuals, warranty card, poster, RF hook-ups, power source and both controllers. At first I thought it was missing the pack in games until I powered it up and realized that they are built in. Very cool.

Anyway, I though I should share this find with you fine folks. Have a great day!