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!





Kids of Today React To The Original Game Boy

10 07 2014

From the great Youtube series, REACT from the hilarious Fine Brothers, here is a fun episode where kids of today react to the original Nintendo Game Boy.

Fun stuff!





Garage Sale Find: Super Mario 64 110 Film Camera

9 06 2014

Hit a couple of garage sales in the neighbourhood today and managed to pick up this neat little Super Mario 64 110 film camera. While film in general is disappearing, the 110 format went out of vogue somewhere in the mid 90’s. I have no idea as the whether or not it is rare, but I do find it neat. It also came with an unused, expired film cartridge. Check out the poor quality pictures below:

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