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Gaming, thoughts, shameless self-promotion, and whatever else is on my mind at any given moment.

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Marty refuses to leave.

Well, it looks like I won't be parting with the FM TOWNS Marty after all. I officially sold it (i.e., received payment for it) last Tuesday. I streamed it Thursday night afterwards and then went to record last-minute game footage Friday night before shipping it out, only to find that the discs refused to spin. I dug into the unit and could only surmise it being an issue with the laser (the switch that makes the drive spin seems to function properly). I moved it a little and it started working ag

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'13 Castlevania Let's Play Marathon

During the early fall season (and October in particular), I like to cover a lot of Castlevania content for my YouTube channel. This year I decided to focus on Let's Plays in particular, and as a result I stormed through 11 Castlevania titles from start to finish. Which titles were they in particular? Well: Castlevania (NES), Castlevania II: Simon's Quest (NES), Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse (NES), Super Castlevania IV (SNES), Castlevania Chronicles/Akumajo X68000, Castlevania Adventure (Game

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Let's Play Tempest 2000!

A play session of Tempest 2000 for the Atari Jaguar. Watch me have a great run, then slam right into a brick wall at Level 64!   (warning: there will be cursing towards the end of this video)   http://youtu.be/fWW6CYaaBek   ( )

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Let's Play the Adventures of Batman & Robin!

The Adventures of Batman & Robin was a fairly late release in the Sega Genesis’s life cycle, and while it seemed to garner decent reviews at the time, I wasn’t aware of anyone that really knew all that much about it. Even still, to this day it remains a relatively unknown (and under-mentioned) title in the Sega Genesis library. For me though, the Adventures of Batman & Robin still remains a personal favorite–partly for nostalgic reasons, but also because it really made a lasting impressi

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Let's Play Gunlord!

A recent thing I have been trying my hand at on YouTube is doing more traditional "Let's Play" videos. Basically, the kind where I turn on a game, and see how far I can get in it while talking at the same time. In this session I brought out my newly-received copy of Gunlord for the Sega Dreamcast, the total Turrican homage. I ended up finishing the game from start to finish in this video:     ( )

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Sony Vegas Tutorial

Today I spent some time doing a tutorial on how to use Sony Vegas. Personally, I am using Vegas Pro 10, but what I demonstrate here should be able to be duplicated in the consumer-grade Vegas Movie Studio series as well. It's nothing terribly in-depth, and it is a bit long-winded, but if you want to know how to run some animations and add a few effects, then look no further than this video!   ( ) 

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Tetris CD-i Video Review

Tetris, the hit that became a household name, also received a revision on the CD-i. How does this version stack up compared to the others? Watch to find out!  

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A busy weekend attending my first pinball tournament.

This weekend I was able to attend my first pinball tournament. Being I have not been playing very long (about six months now), it was a new and interesting experience for me.   The event, dubbed the "Fairfax Fall Classic Open", was held over the course of two days (Friday/Saturday, 12/2 and 12/3) at John's Place Restaurant & Bar, in Fairfax, Virginia. Pinball collectors normally store some of their pinball machines here at John's Place, and they also hold a weekly league there on Monday ni

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CD-i Mouse Video Overview

For the typical home videogame platform, mouse accessories had the tendency to garner little support. Interestingly, such was not the case with the Philips CD-i platform--the accessory can be used with any title available on the platform. The question is, how well does it work?   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HNk7IIC_yw4

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Viewpoint: A Side-By-Side Comparison

Here I talk about and take a look at how the Sega Genesis and PlayStation ports of Viewpoint stack up to the original Neo-Geo arcade game. That is, in the most basic sense--visuals, sound, controls, etc.   See the finalized version here at Blip.TV: http://blip.tv/gameplay-and-talk/viewpoint-a-side-by-side-comparison-5442854     Below, the 99% complete version. There are a couple of chops and zoom edits here and there that most-likely no one will notice other than myself. It is also in 720p,

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Super Adventure Island Review

Just finished putting this review together for Super Adventure Island on the SNES. It took quite a while to do and I really need to start getting organized before I jump into doing these reviews, haha.. Still, I'd appreciate any and all feedback if you happen to watch it!   **Edit 6/9: I got a nice surprise email notification yesterday from the folks at RetrowareTV. They approve of my video and slapped it on their front page!    

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Nokia N-Gage, the little handheld that never was.

Because of a thread that was posted about the N-Gage earlier today, it made me look for a writeup I did in January 2010.. I was pretty sure I posted it in my blog here, but it's nowhere to be found (the farthest my AA blog goes is February 2010). I can't find it anywhere in the forum either, although I know for certain I originally wrote it for this site. Fortunately, I was able to retrieve it from a thread I made at the 3DO Zero forums. With that, here's a brief history on the N-Gage, with a re

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What is TATE?

In my video below, I explain TATE and the various ways it can be achieved outside of the arcade and in the home. I also briefly cover a few other platforms that manage a TATE effect as well:   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9jr_p25DzLM   If you happen to sit through it (it's about five minutes long), I would love your feedback on it.. It's short and sweet, but it took quite a long time to get it together from start to finish (granted, I had little to no plan when I went into it).

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Nintendo Virtual Boy System Overview

Want a look at the Nintendo Virtual Boy system? Want my general opinion on it? Don't answer that, because of course you do! Look no further than my system overview of the infamous VB.. Click the YouTube link below to watch!   http://youtu.be/tJUM4u1L--A   As I move into more "scripted" overviews and reviews, any and all feedback is highly appreciated!

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High-Energy tunage..

If anyone needs some high-energy tunage to go along with their gaming, I've just uploaded a new dj mix. Yeah, yeah, shameless self-promotion. What are you gonna do..   http://soundcloud.com/dj-austin/nu-perception-radio-breaks-mix

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Skyhammer Atari Jaguar Review

A week or so ago I uploaded a review of Skyhammer for the Atari Jaguar over at my YouTube account. It's only fitting to post a blog about it here!   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uukd5VKOGWs   (In all honesty, since the forum was upgraded today, I mainly did this to test the blog function, not for shameless self-promotion. Really. No, really, I'm serious. Honestly.)

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Trying to stay away from games.. (trying is the key word here)

The last couple of months I have been organizing a "night" at a local bar, trying to promote local djs as well as let myself be heard. It's the first time I've tried organizing something at a real location outside of a house party. Fortunately the help of management has eased the process and taken a lot of the work off my shoulders, but still it has been an educational experience. Anyways, the party is set for tonight and despite it being on a Sunday (one of the only days I am free from work), w

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Castlevania videos from October!

On my YouTube channel I try to take it easy and put out maybe one or two videos a week. During October though, I made it a point to try and get out as many Castlevania videos as I could. I wasn't able to do as many as I would have liked, but I still managed to finish quite a few. Here is a list (with links) for anyone that is curious about any of these games, in the order that I uploaded them:   Gameplay: Castlevania - Lords of Shadow (XBOX 360) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hV0tsPj1rcA  

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The Contra series: A [not-so] Brief Overview.

I wrote this up a few months ago for eStarland.com, but despite using my blog's draft function as a means to work on it while I was at, well, work--I decided to finally go back to it and publish it. The final version can be seen on eStarland.com's blog (link at the bottom of their main site), with some additions. Like always, I prefer the original writing.   In 1987, Konami released an arcade game that would help spawn one of the longest-running franchises in videogame history. It would fur

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It's that time of the year--It's time for some Castlevania!

So everyone, it's nearing Halloween... What does that mean for you? Perhaps fall colors, cooler weather and over-indulging on candy, I suppose? Well, for me, it means jamming out on some Castlevania! Seriously, Halloween and Castlevania just seem to go hand-in-hand.   I usually play a CV game or two around this time of the year. Nothing in particular, just anything from the original NES game to the most modern stuff on PS2 and XBOX. This season however, it looks like I'm playing more than I us

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Do You

Yeah, so, I haven't been feeling like writing much lately.. Better to spam you with good music anyway, right?   Right.   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SFkZVshLuSo   **EDIT.   Figured I'd throw this one on top of it, in case anyone wants something a little more melodic/moody..   Gotta love it.   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hj-AARa6iS4

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Used book stores that carry videogames can be awesome (and sometimes not so much).

There is a local used book store that carries all sorts of things. Books (no way!), used music CDs, vinyl records, DVDs and VHS tapes. Hell, I'd bet Beta tapes are there somewhere. A few months back they began taking trades on all generations of video games. Surprisingly, they get quite a selection thanks to the oldies constantly cleaning out their attics.. Unfortunately, word has gotten out about the place and it's usually picked-over by the time I get there. Well, the good stuff is picked over

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Jaguar Front Page News (JFPN) - A Retrospective view of my effort to re-design it in 2001

Once in a blue moon I have the urge to go back and look at the old web sites I designed in the past. I no longer design sites these days, but back in the mid to late '90s, and the very early '00s, I spent quite a bit of time doing so. Over the weekend I came across my re-design for Jagman's "Jaguar Front Page News" website. Since I'm pretty much a regular here these days, I thought this would be an appropriate place to write about my experience with this. Hopefully it's at least a mildly interes

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