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  • Birthday 10/12/1983

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    Erewhon, MD
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    Retro gaming (obviously), film and filmmaking, outdated video formats (VHS and Video CD), and video production.
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  1. Fuck that. Rip it open and play it. King's X. 😜😂
  2. CONGRATULATIONS on making it to mission 2. At least you've unlocked it, so you don't have to play through the first mission again.
  3. Dude, that's progress right there. You'll find the sweet spot and persevere. It took me a hot minute and lots of cursing, but I did it. LOL! If my dumb ass can do it, you should be in like Flynn. Didn't even notice that error with the manual. I just followed their placement on the screen. Where I sometimes screw up now is the smart laser. I get the buttons crossed in my head and I end pressing '5' instead of '6'. That killed me a couple times because my timing was on point, but I kept thinking '5'.... There are days in which I hate my brain.
  4. First of all, there's no shame in using the "Novice" setting. Remember, "Pride goeth before the fall." LOL! Like you, I struggled with the first level. My greatest obstacle - no, my nemesis - was the red serpents at the very end. It releases a string of laser fire that can kill in a single blast. Doesn't help that it's built like a brick shit-house and hugs your craft like a clingy grandmother. My advice to you is collect all the power-ups, or as many as it takes to charge your shields and blaster. Remember, power-ups will charge whichever one is highlighted, so - once the selected power-up turns 'GREEN' - move onto the next as soon as possible. You want that shield maxed out by the time you reach the serpents. You have the 'smart laser', in which you only get three per mission. Again, save 'em for the red serpent. It's a waste to use 'em elsewhere since every other enemy appears in the same numbers and position, and are considerably weaker. Even the blue serpents are chumps compared to the red. As soon as the red serpent appears, select the blaster charge and hit it like a high school kegger. Its attack pattern doesn't change, so memorize it. Once you have the timing down for when it unleashes its laser attack, hit your 'smart laser'. Just one! You'll need the other two (wait for it). Finish it off with your charged lasers and it should bust up at the seams.... Then, we get a SECOND RED SERPENT! Yes, another one. As if the first wasn't hard enough. However, you should still have two 'smart lasers' available to you. Feel free to use 'em here (the level ends with its destruction), though I suggest timing their use to coincide with its attack - just to save wear-and-tear on your thumbs trying to blast away its neon string of anal-bead like lasers. With any luck, it goes boom, and you're off to Mission 2. Good luck, sir. May the schwartz be with you!
  5. I'd argue the Jaguar was already saved; by its fans. The folks that continue to produce games for it, and the players that buy and share their experiences with others, they saved the Jaguar years ago. It's still alive. I mean, shit! I think folks show the console more respect now than when it was launched. That's saying something, considering we have numerous click-bait articles and YouTube programs that continue to push it as the punchline of retro gaming. The Jaguar died, only to be resurrected. IT LIVES, DAMN YOU! IT LIVES!
  6. Rise of the Dragon. A "neo noir" graphic adventure game that was on DOS, Amiga, and SEGA CD. If it were to ever appear, I'd be delighted.
  7. Accurate. Unfrotunately, many of 'em tend to do well. Like you, I find them boring. I'll watch Stop Skeletons from Fighting, Southern Sega Gentleman, and Retro Gaming Arts. That, or Gamer Ahmer because her collection's positively insane (kiosks out the ass, and she enjoys SEGA and Atari). I dig the "Punching Weight" series on SSFF, and SSG is pretty fuckin' genuine and fair. Retro Gaming Arts focuses mainly on console repair, modification, etc. That got me into trying my hand at soldering. Those are good channels where I feel they actually care. They wanna' make content that has value beyond, "The CD-i is total fucking gar-bitch! Thank you so much for liking, commenting and subscribing. Be sure to check out my Patreon, and hit the gift shop for a hot beverage thermal mug and free balloons for the kids!" Also, I'm glad you dig on the videos. I'm working on Hover Strike right now (cart only, for I don't have Jaguar CD), but I'm really wanting to see the final. The previous owner told me it's hard as fuck. LOL! If it makes you feel any better, I'm kinda' fucking myself too. There's shit I still want like Attack of the Mutant Penguins, Breakout 2000, and Atari Karts.
  8. Well, that's certainly Nate the Gamer, though there's plenty more. I'd swear some of 'em don't even bother to skim Wikipedia. Instead, they're going completely off memory, or shit they heard in other videos. With Nate, considering what he recycled, pretty sure his "research" ended with the AVGN two-part episode. I've actually never watched Scott the Woz. Heard good things here and there, but always get side-tracked. Generally end up watching Techmoan or Technology Connections.
  9. He's fairly new. Only 119 subscribers and his views are in the toilet. Four months ago he reviewed the Jaguar and a few games. I think he falls in the "22-year old talkin' retro" category. If you wanna' face-palm harder than Ryan Reynolds after X-Men Origins, link below. Yeah, the comparison videos are easy views. I'll touch on different versions in my shit - when available to me at least - though I rarely devote an entire video to it. Like you said, there's tons of 'em. Unless the host is going to do a deep dive into the 'how' and 'why', it's like, "Why bother? Watch VCDECIDE." They've made plenty of great side-by-side comparison videos spanning damn near every console. Unless they're sharing an opinion or preference, it's kinda' meh.
  10. Fair point, and thank you again. I'm fairly certain - at the very least - the last 1,500 subscribers have been due to my Jaguar videos, though many of them admit to already having the console. However, a lot of my fellow SEGA fans that subbed prior are now looking at the Jaguar with interest. That's kinda' cool. I feel the Jaguar deserves good attention.
  11. Oh, so you've watched Nate the Gamer? Hahaha! I feel ya' though. A lot of channels do that, and there's more and more popping up every day.
  12. LOL! I appreciate the kind words, and I'm glad you're enjoying the videos. That, and it's nice to think they're helping shed a different light on a much-maligned console. I do question how much impact my videos have on the console/games monetary value, only because my channel's pretty small. 3,500 subscribers may sound like a lot, though it's insignificant when compared to those that regularly crap all over the console. If anything, Second Opinion Games is having more of an impact. He has more subscribers than me and - before I had a Jaguar in my hands - his videos pointed me to games like Iron Soldier, Super Burnout and Rebooteroids.... Still, I remember prices being terrible prior to receiving my console. Console bundles on eBay (system, hook-ups, controller, two games - often lower tier titles like Cybermorph and Checkered Flag) typically selling for $250-$300. If it had some sought-after releases (Alien vs. Predator, Tempest 2000, Doom, and so on), tack on another $150-$200. That was just two years ago. Prices are still pretty horrendous. Fuck! Have you seen the bundles Jaguar CD bundles there? It makes my wallet clench as if it just dropped the soap in a prison shower room. Awful. That being said, a lot of this stuff will only sell for however much people are willing to pay. Jaguar fans it would seem have disposable income. LOL! I wouldn't feel too bad for Wave1Games. According to him, his game's are selling well. He has three positive reviews for Saucer Wars, thanks to far more prominent content creators, and there's plenty of projects in the pipeline. His business seems to be thriving in spite of my input.
  13. Speaking as a content creator that now focuses mainly on Jaguar and its respective games, it's not just to get 'clicks' and 'likes'. The system's always fascinated me, but I had been a SEGA whore since I was 6-years old. Always put SEGA - especially Saturn - above all else when collecting. Once I had an opportunity to get a Jaguar, thanks to my wife, I jumped on it. Since then, I've been a tad obsessed. Never would have dreamed I would end up buying another Jaguar for link-play purposes, or two IMAGIN shells for customization, or getting a Skunk to test upcoming home-brew titles, or losing many hours to Alien vs. Predator, Tempest 2000, Rebooteroids, Ultra Vortek, Defender 2000, Attack of the Mutant Penguins, and so on. Sure, it has some shit games, but that's one of the more fascinating things about this console; even its garbage is fascinating. When making my videos, I try to be fair. I wanna' show newcomers the gems as well as the crap. With any console, I feel, you gotta' take the good with the bad. To be completely honest, I'm really tired of the more negative shit said about the Jaguar because so much of it is either misinformation for the sake of laughs, or sheer ignorance. I try to counteract that with my videos. As for the trading of ROM files of home-brew titles, I feel toward that as I do with re-productions. So long as the game's still available, I'm all for supporting the developer and publisher. Skyhammer, Protector, Astrostorm, Rebooteroids, they're all still available. The folks that made 'em still see a return and they should receive compensation if you wanna' play their games. That being said, if it's something like BattleSphere where we may never see another run of carts and all sales are now secondhand - costing thousands of dollars - then I'm a bit more lenient. If they should ever announce another run and the carts are like $100, I'll happily pay it. It's well earned. Wouldn't worry too much about how people perceive the insanity or drama within the community. Every scene has its share, from Saturn to Neo Geo.... Especially Neo Geo. LOL!
  14. I'm not laughing at your statement. In fact, I'm fucking thrilled to see you standing up for yourself and setting shit straight. Not that anyone was buying into Kieren's "alternative facts" one second, but you get what I mean.... However, I'm sorry, but "I couldn't coerce a fruit fly to eat a banana." 🤣😂🤣😂 Crying. Dying. Now. Thank you for that bit of levity.
  15. LOL! Yes. Yes, it was. He's still talkin' shit, calling me dumb ass, dick lick, and saying that I'm dick buddies with Lawrence....just so many dicks, ya' know? Either he thinks I'm homophobic, or he is in fact homophobic. Regardless, it just makes him look like an even bigger idiot than people imagine, which is quite remarkable after reading his ridiculous "copyright claim" against me for the JagZombies and Saucer Wars videos.
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