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Curious Sofa

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    Iowa City, Iowa, USA
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    Atari 2600, 5200 and 7800, Genesis, Saturn, Dreamcast, Arcade Games, Swimming, Movies, Pizza, the Mighty Boosh, Robots.
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    Front Line (Switch), Tesla vs Lovecraft (Xb1), Virtua Racing (Switch), Octogeddon (Switch), Batvantage (Adv of Batman & Robin Hack) (Mega SG), Skyforce Reloaded (Switch), Mario Kart 8 (Switch), Ultra Street Fighter (Switch), Looping (Coleco/MegaSG)
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    Space Invaders (5200), Gunblade NY (Wii)

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  1. Agree 100000% on the Exidy games! I was going to mention them but thought nah, I'd get laughed out, as they'd be a tough sell in the current mass market. OTOH, the hardware needed to run them would save a significant amount of production cost, since well, I suspect my phone could run them these days. I would REALLY kill for a Crossbow with the original style hardware though...
  2. Per an email I received as part of my backing the Sinden Lightgun for PC, Sinden has partnered with Arcade1up and the Sinden technology is what they're going to be using in the Buck Hunter game. So I'm crossing my fingers ever so tight to see a Virtua Cop / Virtua Cop 2 / House of the Dead combo released. Day one preorder. Much less if they do a CarnEvil, Gunblade NY/ LA MachineGuns, Maze of the Kings, Confidential Mission....etc
  3. Went to Galloping Ghost arcade a couple of years ago, amazing experience.  The best surprise for me was how much I enjoyed the sit-down cockpit Omega Race.  Used to have one like it at my Showbiz when I was a kid.  Having the controls on the armrests was so very different, and engaging.  If you have any ability to try one of these out, I can't recommend strongly enough. :)

    1. GoldLeader


      Man,  I love Omega Race, but I don't think I've ever seen the sit down version.  The last time I played it wasn't all that long ago at the Rocky Mountain Pinball Showdown, but unfortunately the spinner seemed like it needed work...It was very scratchy and not smooth at all like it should have been...

    2. Zoyous


      I only ever saw the standup version... that sit-down cabinet sounds really cool, and kind of ergonomically brilliant.

    3. Curious Sofa

      Curious Sofa

      @GoldLeader and @Zoyous, It's really, really neat.  The left armrest has a Dial controller for turning the ship, and the right armrest has a thrust and fire button.  One of the coolest cabs I have ever played. :)

      Omega Race Cockpit.jpg

  4. Red Dog for Dreamcast All the way! Wait that's OT. Uh...maybe PacManPlus can do a retroengineered 7800 version of RedDog for 7800.
  5. That's so funny that this thread got suddenly bumped. I had a power surge / outage just the other day, so I fired up all my systems and spent the most time with my Xbox 360. Got to playing some Robotron 2084, SFIII: Third Strike, Platypus, and Watchmen.
  6. It's $15 on Switch right now, and reviews are mostly positive. The graphics are HD but not redone from scratch; it's not a remake like Panzer Dragoon, but rather a reskin of the older game. Supposedly controls are much improved and tighter, but nothing else is different. And as such, the game is (allegedly) a bit too easy, the upgrades don't really have any noticeable effects, and the cutscenes are outrageously dated. I will probably get it, but my expectations are mid-level. Likely worth about the price of $15, or maybe not quite.
  7. There are basically only two things that make you briefly invincible, and one is the Standing Defensive Special (which should hit everything in a little bubble around you), and the other is while in the act of throwing an opponent. So use throws a lot too. I have a LOT of trouble with Stage 6, Chinatown, every time. The end boss isn't actually too bad, it's getting to him with more than like 1/2 of one life left that's the trick. Best thing I learned about this level (and really any where there are lots of enemies) was to almost never do long combos. Like even more than two punches at a time puts you at risk of back attack. So a couple of jabs, and move, move in for a throw maybe, rinse and repeat until the number of enemies gets down to reasonable. Oh, and make sure to use jump kicks on the guys with weapons, get those weapons outta their hands.
  8. The game is very tough, especially since it uses new mechanics to the age old beat-em-up formula. It takes learning a new and unfamiliar system. Specifically, you have to be ready willing and able to use the standing "defensive" special whenever you get mobbed. And it's hard to get used to this. But I have watched tons of videos of the best players beating the game on one credit in Mania mode, and they throw out that special All The Time. With the confidence that they will get in a couple of combos to refill their life bar. Other thing to keep in mind is that if you just want to beat the game, don't hesitate to 1) use Easy mode, and 2) to take advantage of the option to add Stars and Extra lives when you die. They're there because they know the game is hard at first. And man is it ever. But yeah, I still love it, and can't wait for my LRG edition to come in. LRG did send out a free Steam code for the game to those who pre-ordered the special edition, so I have it both on Switch and on PC.
  9. Could not disagree more strongly, on really, every word of that. Nothing against Shinobi either, but Golden Axe is HUGE with tons of fan art, sequels, and the like I love the look too. I don't need it since I have a Mame Arcade cab and limited space...but I may end up getting this one anyway due to my love of Golden Axe, and the look of the cab. It would be only my 2nd A1up Cab alongside Star Wars. So...agree to 100% disagree I guess!
  10. Reading "The Comic Book Story of Video Games" by Jonathan Hennessey and Jack McGowan.  Brilliant, fascinating, well researched, expertly told.  Learning a TON I didn't know, and strongly recommend this!

  11. From what I've seen, there's no information apart from the original release date of 5/12, a price of $14.99, and a mock-up screenshot of it running on switch. I'm confused by Disney allowing this developer to behave so unprofessionally, and in seriousness wonder if this is a vapor trail. I don't get the endgame (what would the benefit be to talking about a game like this if it's not to be, or not to be anytime soon?), but even if the game does show up now tbh I am not expecting a nicely done product. Probably a sloppy hack of the PC game code, or something.
  12. http://www.nintendolife.com/news/2020/05/star_wars_episode_i_racer_is_no_longer_speeding_onto_the_nintendo_switch_today Day of release announcement of indefinite delay. Hm. No video of the game released yet... I am now going from around an 8 out of 10 excitement for this to oh, 4/10. Unprofessional and messy, with a vague aftertaste of possible vaporware, or at the least of a team with little regard for fans / schedules / communication. No follow up with an even vague new release date. Come on people. Grrr.
  13. And just to throw this out there, though it doesn't differ from my initial impression and no one will be surprised to hear it... I just LOVE the game. I have already put more time into it than any other Switch game (save a couple of tower defense games as I'm a sucker for those and they take a long time to play through). I am savoring it and taking it slow, so I've not opened up everything yet. Love the nostalgic throwback touches, the secrets, the tricks, and a lot of the funny background stuff too. It just feels like a project of much effort and time, and care, and passion, and it's exactly what I hoped it would be. I toughed it out and beat it on Normal with Axel first, and that took a lot of patience and helped me in my learning curve. Axel is somewhat known to be a weaker character though for my style he fits it well. Did a 2nd playthrough on Hard with mostly Floyd, he is an animal in groups (just keep picking up pairs of enemies and smashing them together, heh!). Haven't had much success with Cherry; she has a dash but I just don't have her range figured out. Never was very good with Skate either, so it tracks. Spoilers for one thing I didn't love, and a brief mention of something else weird and funny
  14. While I respect your effort and don't doubt the technicality of this, we are not talking about Huey Lewis & the News vs Ray Parker Jr. here I agree about the phrase Plagiarize, but I don't think the original poster who said that perhaps meant it in the specific legal way. Or maybe he did. My example wasn't intended to be that serious, other than to say "listen to these, they're the same". When my friends and I first booted up SoR2 back in the day, the comment was "Hey that's Enigma!". On a lighter and only slightly related note, I drop this, a video I have watched a million times with great enjoyment:
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