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  1. I picked up Dread with my son on launch day. He'd been catching up on the Metroid titles he hadn't finished yet so he was primed (no pun intended). I've been playing Metroid games since the NES so I was more than ready for Metroid 5. We both love it. He beat it in 3 days then played and beat hard mode. It took me a little longer. I like to explore as much as I can. It was a good challenge and I had a blast the whole time. Samus' fluid movements felt spot-on and the background scenery was gorgeous. All of the bosses felt like fair fights and were pretty fun when you got to know their moves. The only issue I had was timing the 'X' button swipe move to finish off the boss with the spear. I would get to that point and just hand the controller to my son, who got it every time. Didn't have an issue anytime else, even the last boss. Just those spear bosses. Going back and finding all of the missed upgrades is a lot of fun as well. Especially the speed boost puzzles. Super rewarding once you pull it off. Overall a great time and a nice addition to the franchise.
  2. I'm just to the point where I wish the old consoles of our youth could die a noble death and not be reanimated into these things. It's heartbreaking that the Atari VCS and Intellivision will be remembered by today's youth as some half-assed failed consoles and not the successful behemoths they were. *pours drink out*
  3. That scrolling looks amazing. Nice work! I really like your solution to the sparkling diamonds. It'd be cool to see this engine used for a game with similar "digging with falling items physics" mechanics. Crystal Mines would probably be too ambitious and this engine would be overkill for a Dig Dug-style game. It seems like there is a new game waiting to be designed that this engine would be ripe for. Even if it's like a simple Minecraft-inspired mechanic where you harvest blocks but have to place them elsewhere so you don't max out your inventory. Maybe you can turn the blocks into different types of other blocks based on what you "harvest" so you can modify the environment to thwart enemies or get to a treasure. I don't know. I'm just throwing ideas at the wall. 🙂
  4. I've been enjoying Parish's videos and was pleasantly surprised when he started covering Lynx games. All in all I feel like he gave them a fair shake and he seemed to appreciate them overall. He shared my sentiment with Ms. Pac-Man on why the heck didn't they make that port in portrait-mode. As a long-time Lynx fan I found his perspectives refreshing. His videos are always informative and laid back and I enjoy discovering games I'd not heard of before. I look forward to more Lynx coverage, although I do with he'd just title them "Lynx Works" or something.
  5. This is terribly sad news. My deepest condolences to his family and friends. Thank you, Curt, for your contributions to this community.
  6. Emehr

    What if...

    Original owner here. I have zero issues with a re-release. I hope it happens, actually! And if you decide to use a new label to differentiate it from the original run I would gladly offer my two entries that didn't make the cut during the label contest. Or we could have another label contest!
  7. There's an arcade in Illinois called Arcadia in the small town of McLean off I-55 that's fantastic. https://www.vintagevideogames.com/arcadia
  8. Yeah, sorry, I should've specified what a total station was. The Nexus was the Asus model and, thankfully, it wasn't too costly of an experiment. We have since purchased a newer total station with a sweet, sweet USB port where I can download to a thumb drive and all is well. The Nexus was probably fine for other purposes but for breathing new life into aging tech it was a disappointment. I do concede that maybe we were asking too much of it, though. Theodolite looks like fun! And it's on sale! Thanks for pointing me to that.
  9. Disappointment #1: Back in 2000 I bought a Castlewood Orb 2.2GB removable media drive to supercede my SyQuest EZ135. It was the UltraSCSI version. I was excited about it because each cartridge would've been larger than my meager 800MB hard disk. I could not get my Performa 6116 to see it and ended up returning it after a fruitless back and forth with Castlewood's tech support. Disappointment #2 (not really retro but maybe in a few years when someone reads this thread it will be): A few years ago I recommended that we get a Nexus 7 tablet for work. It seemed like a good option to interface with our aging early-90s total station, which has serial comms. I found serial adapters to connect to the Nexus. Great! I found an app that could talk to the total station. Excellent! Unfortunately, the app was buggy, had a terrible UI, and didn't like to retain the connection to the total station. Grr! After time went on, the Nexus became more and more unresponsive and the battery life turned to shit. Eventually, Google's own apps, namely Google Maps, wouldn't even run without hanging the system. Junk!
  10. I totally bought SF2:The World Warrior from the hype alone. EGM talked about how it was the biggest game since Pac-Man so I knew I should probably pick it up. The only fighting game I'd played at that point that came anywhere close to SF2 game mechanics was Karate Champ for the NES. I remember paying $70 for it at the mall, taking it home, and enjoying the hell out of it with my brother. I still prefer the original SF2 to Turbo. I do like the mid-air moves in Turbo as well as some of the reworked character portraits but that's about it. The visuals look flat to me, especially in the background activity and people. Playing as the bosses isn't all that fun and the turbo speed does nothing for me personally. It makes a good counterpart but the original is best.
  11. Yep! I ordered a refurb from Nintendo last year after my house was robbed and my Wii U was stolen. One phone call to Nintendo and they transferred all of my digital content (it was the Super Smash Bros/Splatoon edition). The refurb even came with a physical copy of NintendoLand, which my old one didn't have. Only difference was it came in a white box and I don't think it came with the rubber feet to stand it on end.
  12. I've had the 2016 Atari Flashback Portable for about a year now and it's a neat little unit. Only about a dozen of the 60 built-in games are of any interest to me and I wouldn't have bought it if it didn't have the SD card slot. The emulation is really convincing but it does have its issues with certain games. I'm sure it's been optimized for the built-in games so I can't complain too much when it doesn't work with games I'm playing from the SD card. The tiny screen is okay but I get this weird effect and I think it's a viewing angle issue. When looking at the bottom status bar in Solaris, for example, my left eye sees the tan color but my right eye sees dark brown so when I have both eyes open I get this weird Magic Eye effect that bugs me out. I'm glad it has A/V out. The D-pad is okay but pretty terrible for Pac-Man games. The buttons have a strange layout but AtGames just reused the case molds from the portable Genesis so that explains that...although it's still a strange button layout for the Genesis even. Overall I'm happy with the purchase. It won't replace any of my 2600s but it's nice to be able to play a quick game of Cave1k or something on the go.
  13. Just bought all three. Looking forward to reading them!
  14. If people wanted to see pyramids they could just go to these tombs:
  15. The Switch is everything I thought the Wii U should have been. I love it. That said, I also love my Wii U. It has some stellar games.
  16. Perfectly stated. This is the gist for me as well. It's out of my system. I started selling off a good chunk of my collection a couple years ago and am transitioning to flash carts. I still have a lot more to sell off but needed a break after my previous purge. Good luck with your auctions!
  17. So...is there anybody here with an actual Super NES Classic who played it? Opinions? Or is there another thread for that?
  18. Paper Mario Color Splash - I like the game but fuck "Sniffit or Whiffit". It's completely unfair and it grinds the game to a halt so much that I've just about lost interest.
  19. Here's a more readable, less-shouty version of your list... :-) 3 Ninjas Kick Back A-Rank Thunder Tanjouhen Adventures of Batman & Robin Adventures of Willy Beamish After Armageddon Gaiden After Burner III Aisle Lord Alshark Amazing Spider Man vs. the Kingpin android Assault: the Revenge of Bari-Arm Anett Futatabi Animals, The Arcus 1-2-3 Arslan Senki A/X-101 Bakuden: the Unbalanced Zone Batman Returns Battle Frenzy Battlecorps BC Racers Bill Walsh College Football Black Hole Assault Bouncers Bram Stoker's Dracula Burai Cadillacs & Dinosaurs Capcom No Quiz Captain Tsubasa Championship Soccer '94 Chuck Rock Chuck Rock II Cliffhanger Cobra Command Colors of Modern Rock Compton's Interactive Encyclopedia Corpse Killer Cosmic Fantasy Stories Crime Patrol Cyborg 009 Daihoushinden Dark Wizard Death Bringer Demolition Man Detonator Orgun Devastator Double Switch Dracula Unleashed Dragon's Lair Dune Dungeon Explorer Dungeon Master II Dynamic Country Club Earnest Evans Earthworm Jim Special Edition Ecco the Dolphin Ecco: Tides of Time Egawa Suguro No Super League Espn Baseball Tonight Espn National Hockey Night Espn NBA Hang Time '95 Espn Sunday Night NFL Eternal Champions Eye of the Beholder F-1 Circus CD Fahrenheit Fatal Fury Special Fhey Area FIFA International Soccer Final Fight CD Flashback Flink Formula One World Championship Funky Horror Band Gambler: Jikko Chuushinha 2 Game No Kanzume Vol. 1 Game No Kanzume Vol. 2 Genei Toshi Genghis Khan II Ground Zero Texas Heart of the Alien Heavy Nova Heimdall Hook Hot Hits Inxs: Make My Video Iron Helix Ishii Hisaichi No Daisekai Jaguar Xj220 Jango World Cup Jeopardy! Joe Montana Football Jurassic Park Keio Flying Squadron Kids On Site Kriss Kross: Make My Video Lawnmower Man Lethal Enforcers Lethal Enforcers II Links Loadstar Lords of Thunder Lunar: Eternal Blue Lunar: Silver Star Mad Dog McCree Mad Dog McCree 2 Mahou No Shoujo: Silky Lip Mansion of Hidden Souls Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch: Make My Own Video Mary Shelley's Frankenstein Masked Rider Megarace Mega Schwarzschild Mickey Mania Microcosm Midnight Raiders Might and Magic III Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Mortal Kombat My Paint NBA Jam NFL Football Trivia Challenge NFL's Greatest: SF vs. Dallas NHL '94 Night Striker Night Trap Ninja Warriors Nobunaga's Ambition 3 Nostalgia 1907 Novastorm Panic! Pitfall: the Mayan Adventure Popful Mail Power Factory Featuring C&C Music Factory Powermonger Prince of Persia Prize Fighter Pro Yakyuu Super League CD Psychic Detective Vol. 3 Psychic Detective Vol. 4 Puggsy Quiz Scramble Special Racing Aces Radical Rex Ranma 1/2 RDF Global Conflict Record of Lodoss War Revenge of the Ninja Revengers of Vengeance Rise of the Dragon Road Avenger Road Rash Robo Aleste Romance of the Three Kingdoms III Samurai Shodown Secret of Monkey Island Sega Classics Arcade Collection 4-in-1 Sega Classics Arcade Collection 5-in-1 Seima Densetsu 3X3 Eyes Segoku Denshou Sewer Shark Shadow of the Beast II Shadowrun Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective Vol. II Shin Megami Tensei Shining Force CD Silpheed Simearth Slam City With Scottie Pippen Smurfs Snatcher Sol-Feace Sonic CD Soulstar Space Ace Space Adventure Cobra Starblade Star Wars Chess Star Wars: Rebel Assault Stellar Fire Supreme Warrior Surgical Strike Syndicate Tenbu: Mega CD Special Tenka Fubu Terminator Theme Park Third World War Thunderhawk AH-3 Time Gal Tomcat Alley Trivial Pursuit Ultraverse Prime Urusei Yatsura Vay Warau Salesman Wheel of Fortune Who Shot Johnny Rock Wild Woody Wing Commander Winning Post Wirehead Wolfchild Wonder Dog Wondermega Collection World Cup Usa '94 WWF Rage In the Cage Yumimi Mix
  20. This is really sad to hear. My condolences to his family. Beef Drop and b*nQ are amazing 7800 ports and a proud part of my cart collection. Such a great talent. :-(
  21. I'm game as long as they take the entire narrative of Other M and the characterization of Samus that it brought with it and chuck it in the trash.
  22. Hopefully they're improving the product. It's neat but far from perfect. The CRT effect was overdone (IMO), the controller cords were ridiculously short, and the sound lag was off-putting. Also, the more I played it, the more I detected slight input lag as well that shows up when you're fighting Soda Popinski and later boxers. Overall it's a cool package but feels like it could've cooked a little longer.
  23. At the time I didn't realize there was a crash. Still have my original console and games.
  24. I'm seeing a lot of "this game sucked because it wasn't like the arcade" which is fair, but I was 5 when I got my Atari 2600 in 1980 and I had nothing to compare the games to. The Atari versions of Space Invaders, Defender, and Pac-Man will always be protected by my shield of nostalgia. I even prefer the 2600 version of Space Invaders over the arcade version in terms of playability, presentation, and enjoyability. And the sound effects in Defender are pretty awesome. On topic, Superman would have to be on the list of games I don't consider "good". Maybe I didn't give it a fair shake but the map makes no logical sense to me and the overall presentation isn't compelling enough to learn the system. Frankly, I'd rather play Porky's.
  25. That looks really cool. I recognize a number of those names from my Tricks of the Mac Game Programming Gurus book. I was just going to see if Ingemar Ragnemalm was consulted and I see he already posted in the comments section! Two of my favorite shareware games were written by him: MacSokoban and Hexmines. He also wrote the majority of the Tricks book. It looks like the author is also covering games into the 90s, which is where I started in the Mac scene. I gotta agree but I love the LucasArts games ports. The porting author, Eric Johnston, used a method of pixel smoothing that made the games look nicer on the higher-res Mac screens. Fun trivia: Eric Johnston played Sean Donovan in the 80s 'V' miniseries. I just looked at his IMDB page and it looks like he's still acting and doing stunt work as well.
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