Some Pick Ups from A Saturday of Garage Sales

28 05 2014

Just a quick video going over some gaming pick ups I acquired this weekend





Had An Awesome Time Hangin’ With My Retro Collector Friends From Colexions.com

7 04 2014

My buddy and fellow Retro Gaming fanatic Corey Buckner has put together a great community of fellow minded collectors over at colexions.com. Well, not only has he put together a great site to show off your own collection and geek out over fellow collectors treasures, he also hosts a monthly “Show And Tell” on Google Hangouts. What it is is a group of us collectors having a great time, showing off our stuff and talking about retro gaming and what ever else might come to mind. This was the third monthly get together and boy did we get to see some amazing stuff. We represented five different countries and three different continents but the distances just made the conversation better. It’s really cool to be able to meet like this. We had Corey Buckner (of course) from just outside Chicago and indie game developer Gary Brafford in West Virginia and lifespiller79 from…um sorry man, Texas (I think), all three in the U.S. of A,  We had Gabo representing Argentina, Mark in the U.K, Paul in Australia and little ol’ me up here in Canada. Everyone pulled out all the stops and showed some real stunners from our collections. Checkout last Saturday’s get together below:





The History Of Hockey Video Games

15 04 2013

I found this on a fellow classic gamer’s Youtube Channel, Atarileaf. It’s a history of Hockey video games by a Canadian gamer. Funny stuff and you should watch it!





Cool Video: IGN’s Top 20 Game Consoles of All Time

24 09 2012

Excellent video from ign.com: Their choice of the top 20 Consoles of All Time:





21 Amazing Nintendo Facts

9 10 2008

A collection of seemingly random but interesting Nintendo facts brought to you in a very amusing manner.

Oh, and some really nice cats, too.

 





The History of Nintendo

8 09 2008

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Here is an interesting article on the complete history of Nintendo.

Spanning 119 years, it is quite comprehensive. I haven’t researched this myself so I cannot comment on the accuracy, but it is an interesting read none the less.

Read the article HERE

music note While writing this, I was listening to “Is It Real? Russian Bigfoot” by National Geographic Channel: Most Amazing





What are Doing Reading this? You should be playing Mario Kart Wii!

13 05 2008

  MKWiiBoxart Ok, let’s start this off: If you have a Nintendo Wii, you should have this game. If you don’t have a Wii, you should buy one so you can play this game.

Although I have never been a giant, crazy Nintendo fan-boy, there have always been certain Nintendo franchises that I have really liked and the Mario Kart series is one of them. Not a  realistic racer by any means, Mario Kart always managed to deliver cartoony racing fun that was easy enough for a rookie gamer to get into, and challenging enough to keep  seasoned gamers coming back on any system it was played on.

Well, I m glad to say that Mario Kart for the Wii does not disappoint. A seemingly endless choice of tracks old and new and threes classes of vehicles then even more choices from there. Driving through the glowy surprise boxes makes things more interesting providing you (and your opponents) various power ups and weapons that you pick up as you race around the tracks including mushrooms that give you speed boosts, bananas that make you and your opponents spin out to a flying squid that squirts out ink that blocks your vision temporarily. All that would make this game great. But Mario Kart for the Wii has something else: Amazingly good controls.

Mario Kart comes with a plastic steering wheel that you fit the Wii-mote into. The Wii’s built in motion sensors work flawlessly as you steer with this plastic steering wheel in mid-air. I cannot stress how well I think this works. These are probably the the best controls I have ever experienced in a racing game.

Unbelievably fun, all this makes a definite game of the year contender in my books.





A Tour Through My Madness (My Basement)

5 05 2008

Omnibot I forgot that I Had these pictures up on Picasa’s web site. It’s basically a tour through my basement from about a year and a half ago from the time of this posting.

You’ll see a lot of my systems that I have out, though there are a lot more in boxes under my stairs that I have to pull out some day. Also, the TV shown was sold a while ago to make way for a plasma, and a PS3 has been added to the mix, along with various other toys and old systems.

Click Here to go to the slideshow/album

 

music note While writing this, I was listening to “I Wouldn’t Want To Be Like You” by Alan Parsons Project





Like Pinball? Have a Nintendo Wii? Read on…

15 04 2008

Pinballhof While listening to the latest edition of Retro Gaming Radio, I heard a review of a new Wii game, Pinball Hall of Fame: The Williams Collection. The review was very positive and sent me out looking for the game. It took quite a lot of digging to find a copy. Hell, at one point a guy at EB Games told me the game wasn’t available on the Wii. Finaly, though I found a copy at Best Buy for freakin’ $19.99. I like when I find games I want, cheaply 🙂

Anyway, the wait was definitely worth it. If you like Pinball, then you should buy this package. The game play is very good, as is the presentation, despite the opening video being of such low quality as to be almost painful to watch. The setting is an arcade, that you wander from pinball machine to pinball machine. place is filled with the sound of various video games from the 80s and populated with and generic unplayable arcade cabinets for ambience. One thing that gets me is the fact that the arcades I remember were always kinda’ dark. I don’t remember them being bright and colourful like this fictional arcade. Any bright colours that didn’t emanate from the games themselves came either from a neon sign or two or the red fire exit sign at the back of the place. The in-game Gorgargraphics are ok – typical Wii graphics, with a few jaggies here and there that were quite noticeable on my HD plasma, but not enough to ruin the total experience. I would compare it, visually to an early XBOX game. When I compared the graphics to the game collection, Pinball Hall of Fame – The Gottlieb Collection on the original XBOX, to my eyes the XBOX version looks a little sharper to me. Either way, it wasn’t terrible, just not overwhelming graphics. They would probably look fine on a standard definition TV.

The controls work very well. You use both the nunchuck and the Wii-mote. The B button (trigger) on the Wii-mote and one of the Z buttons on the nunchuck are right and left bumpers, respectively and you pull back on the nunchuk’s analog stick for the plunger. Sound seems dead on to me. I love the sound of Pinball machines, and this collection delivers. From the clanging and cluncking of bells and bumpers to the thud of the plunger and the rolling of the ball on the (simulated) wooden surface of the play field, it’s all there. Add a imagereasonably convincing rumble element and you’re talking about a winner.  The tables are all from Williams, a big games manufacturer. They range from a late elecro-mechanical table to some very good modern machines with all the bells, whistles, multi-level play fields, evil taunting disembodied robot voice glory. A lot of choices of Pinball tables and various unlockables adds to the overall enjoyment.

Though far from perfect, you have probably guessed that I like this game.

Oh: and apparently there are versions for both the PS2 and the PSP, though I have not seen either in any of the stores in my area.

music note While writing this, I was listening to “Right Back” by Sublime





Messenger on the Nintendo Wii

26 04 2007

Hey folks (like there’s really anyone here!), sorry for such a long time between updates: What can I say? I’m lazy!!!!

While messing around with the updated version of the Opera web browser for the Nintendo Wii, I decided to see if Microsoft’s online version of Messenger, Web Messenger. would work on it. Well, as to be expected, it didn’t work. I got a message saing that my browser blocked pop-ups and that I had to enable pop-ups for it to work (not an option)…eBuddy Logo

Well, I decided to do a quick search on Google to look for alternative’s to Microsoft’s online Messenger, and I found eBuddy Mobile.
eBuddy is an online messenging service that allows you to log in to your MS Messenger, AIM, and Yahoo messenger accounts and it seems to work well. I only tried Microsoft Messenger (as I do not have or use AIM or Yahoo’s Messenger), but I was happy with the results. I might sighn up for the other two services to see if they work as well. I’ll keep you posted if I do.

Until then, take care!