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  1. Dear all, Along with all our Atari Jaguar based interviews, Arcade Attack also have a few fun review and podcasts based on the amazing Jaguar. Below is a nice list with all our written reviews and podcast links! Enjoy! All feedback appreciated! Podcasts: Written Reviews and Articles: Atari Jaguar - Arcade Attack Rarest Atari Jaguar Games - Top Ten! Arcade Attack Another World (Jaguar Review) - Arcade Attack Atari Karts (Jaguar Review) - Arcade Attack Brutal Sports Football (Jaguar Review) - Arcade Attack DOOM (Jaguar Review) - Arcade Attack Tempest 2000 (Jaguar Review) - Arcade Attack Trevor McFur (Jaguar Review) - Arcade Attack Troy Aikman NFL Football (Jaguar Review) - Arcade Attack White Men Can't Jump (Jaguar Review) - Arcade Attack Wolfenstein 3D (Jaguar Review) - Arcade Attack Please let me know what you think! Thank you all, Adrian.
  2. As it says in the subject, this is a thread compiling all the projects I know of that attempt some kind of chronogaming [aka chrongaming] or library completion via reviews or playthroughs. That is, they either: review every game within the library of a particular genre, platform, console, etc. in chronological order; and/or try to beat every game (in chronological order or otherwise) within the library of a particular genre, platform, console, etc. Categories included can basically be boiled down to: blogs YouTube channels Twitch streamers doing library completion projects (now called "challenges" or sometimes "showcases") message board projects to "beat 'em all" With that done, here we go! ---- Blog format: Chronogamer The grandaddy of all chronogaming projects, this aims to review every (!) game released on consoles in the United States, in order. Years 1972-1979 completed, 1980 in progress. Long hiatus after September 2014, but has returned as of March 2021 -- hooray! The CRPG Addict Playing through and reviewing every computer RPG released in a Latin alphabet (e.g. English, French, German, Italian), in chronological order (with some backtracking to cover non-DOS games, as this was originally a DOS/Windows-only project). Over 300 games completed to date. CRPG Adventures Playing through and reviewing every RPG and adventure game released in English, in chronological order. The Adventure Gamer Playing through and reviewing every graphical adventure game released in English, in order (?), though with some criteria for notability. Used to be a one-man project, but I believe it's a group/community effort now. Take on the NES Library by arnpoly Playing through and reviewing every licensed NES game released in the US, with 120+ games done as of this writing. Hoz's 8-bit NES Quest Playing through and reviewing every licensed NES game released in the US. Underway since 2014, with 160+ games done as of this writing. NESTALGIA Reviewing every NES release in podcast format. Retro Gaming Archive by Dylan Cornelius This site consolidates the projects Sega Does and Questicle (renamed to Nintendo is Great) as well as other, less systematic surveys. The original Questicle reviewed every North American NES release and was completed in 2014. SNES Rankings Reviewing all 714 North American SNES releases, from worst to best. More than half the library done as of this writing. SNES A Day Reviewing entire SNES library in chronological order. 200 reviews/games completed. My RPG Playthroughs Playing through and reviewing every PC Engine CD and Super Famicom RPG not released in English, except remakes and ports, in order, plus all strategy RPGs released on consoles. Formerly Super Famicom RPGs and This Map is Completed!, now consolidated into one site due to Blogspot issues. Let's Win the Game of SFC (in Japanese) Japanese-language blog documenting one person's effort to beat the entire Super Famicom library, with around 150 games beaten as of this writing, not in order. Not always easy to understand the Google Translate prose, but has unique coverage of games whose ending screenshots are nowhere else to be found. The 16 Bit Chronicles Reviewing entire SNES/Super Famicom library in order. Slow but steady, with 100+ reviews completed as of this writing. The CD-i Completionist Reviewing every CD-i game. The same person is behind Dante Plays Old Games, which may or may not include a "library completion project" aspect (it's not altogether clear). 100 Days of Megashock Reviewing every Neo Geo game in chronological order. Recently (May 2020) returned after a long hiatus. 1CC Log for Shmups Reviewing and 1CCing every shmup on every system, not in order. Wouldn't normally include this project since it's non-chronological, etc., but it's being done by Kollision, who's a cool guy. Inconsolable Nung Playing through and reviewing every turn-based console RPG, in chronological order. Japanese exclusives are covered when translation patches are available. Returned from hiatus in March 2020. The Video Game Critic Not a library-completion project per se, but the Critic has completed a full review set for the US Virtual Boy and 32X libraries, and is close to doing the same for several other systems (Bally Astrocade, Atari 5200 & 7800, Sega 32X, etc.). Inactive blogs: The RPG Consoler (inactive) Playing through and reviewing every console RPG released in English, in chronological order. After completing 74 games, no updates since July 2018. I Play All the Games (inactive) The layout is confusing, so I'm not 100% clear on this site's mission, but the author appears to be playing and reviewing every single game ever released...?! No updates since September 2018. Woodgrain Wonderland (inactive) Reviewing every Atari 2600 game ever made, in alphabetical order. Includes homebrews. Site owner ended project on September 27, 2019, with reviews of most of the Atari 2600 library completed. Xaqar's Game Reviews (inactive) Reviewing entire Famicom library in chronological order. Completed 10 reviews on main site, but allegedly had another site (now defunct, with no Archive.org cache) that completed another 16-18 reviews, through Ninja Kun. No new reviews on main site since 2006. Quest to Beat Every NES Game (inactive) Beating and reviewing every game in the NES library in alphabetical order. Completed 9 games. No updates since August 31, 2013. NES-a-day Challenge by fusoya (inactive) Message board thread at Straightdope.com. Beating every game in the North American NES library, with a short writeup. Completed 137 games. No updates since May 30, 2014. NESQuester (inactive) Started out reviewing NES games in chronological order, completing 36 reviews, then started throwing in various NES and SNES games before going dormant. No posts since November 2014. Juggle Chainsaws (defunct) Reviewing entire NES library. Last completed review was Raid on Bungeling Bay. Website is defunct, link above goes to Archive.org. Copernicus Nerdicus/Life of a Gamer Nerd (inactive) Reviewing NES, Genesis, and SNES games in alphabetical order. Roughly 300 reviews completed. No updates since July 2015. I ♥ The PC Engine (inactive) Reviewing entire PC Engine library and hardware in order. Made it to August 1989, but no updates since 2011-05-16. Pre-Sonic Genesis (inactive) Reviewing Genesis games prior to the release of Sonic the Hedgehog. Last completed review was Revenge of Shinobi. No updates since December 2011. Sega Endings (inactive) Beating every Genesis game and taking screenshots of the ending. Completed 51 games, then inactive since 2015 (?). Potion Shop 1e (inactive) Reviewing entire SNES/Super Famicom library in order. 17 reviews/games completed. No updates since 2015-03-05. SNES Reverse Chronogaming (abandoned) Playing through the SNES library in reverse chronological order. Five entries completed in 2009, followed by a few sporadic posts in subsequent years, including one in 2016. Appears to have been abandoned/deleted; link no longer functions. Super Famicom Games (defunct) Reviewing entire SNES/Super Famicom library in order. 20-30 reviews/games completed before going dormant, then private, a couple of years ago. No Archive.org cache is available. Owner has since continued with Super Famicom RPGs project, listed above. Starting a quest to beat every PS1 game ever made (never even started?) Claimed to be taking on the PS1 library, but I'm not sure this person even began the project. GBA Weekly/History of Game Boy Advance (inactive) Reviewing entire GBA library in chronological order. No updates since September 2010. GameCube Chronology Challenge by ikk (Dutch version; English-language version of first 19 entries here) (abandoned) Dutch-language reviews and play sessions (not necessarily complete playthroughs) of every PAL GameCube game in chronological order. Main thread is at a Dutch-language site, button-bashers.nl. Ikk originally posted English versions of his entries at the RetroCollect forum, but stopped due to lack of interest (see post here). Abandoned after 121 games as the poster grew tired of writing the reviews. ---- Video format: Most of these projects have an associated blog, but the main action is on their YouTube channel. Atari Archive Thoroughly-researched video reviews of the entire North American library for the Atari 2600, in chronological order. 54 games completed as of this writing. The No Swear Gamer This YouTube reviewer has now completed reviews for the entire officially-released Atari 7800 game library, all captured from real hardware. (He reviews games on other systems too, though none of those are approaching 100% as of this writing.) Chrontendo, and the related projects Chronsega and Chronturbo. Short video reviews by Dr. Sparkle of every single release for (respectively) Nintendo, Sega, and PC Engine/TurboGrafx-16 console hardware (no portables), all in chronological order. Videos available on YouTube or Archive.org. Updates much slower than in the past, but project is still active via YouTube and Archive.org, though blog itself is seldom updated. FamiThon and Cubeathon by SpongeTheKid Video reviews of (respectively) "mostly" every Famicom and NES game -- 133 completed -- and every North American GameCube release, with 9 games and/or series completed so far. FamiThon was canceled after 121 videos, but unexpectedly came back in October 2020 with a video on Volleyball and remained active until May 2021. Cubeathon then began in May 2021, so it appears that project is taking precedence, and FamiThon is now inactive again. 2000Crabmaster aka Kelsy Polnik (completed) Uploading NES game completions to YouTube. Completed the process of beating every licensed NES game in 2022. Not a Twitch streamer as far as I know (?). Sega Masters by Monarch1979 Reviewing the entire North American Master System library in order. Completed 71 text reviews in blog (now inactive), then converted to YouTube videos, with 79 complete so far. Turbo Views by spida1a (completed) On August 1, 2021, spida1a completed his project of doing video reviews of every North American release for the TurboGrafx-16 (plus some imports). Generation 16 Video reviews of every release for Sega Genesis/Mega Drive, by Greg Sewart, in chronological order. Originally used longer-format videos with multiple games, then converted to a one-game-per-video format with two "seasons" to date (Season 1 here, and Season 2 here). Jeremy Parish's projects: Game Boy Works [formerly known as Game Boy World] - 1989, 1990, and Gaiden NES Works [aka Good Nintentions] - 1985, 1986, 1987, and Gaiden SNES Works [aka Mode Seven] - 1991, Gaiden, and Extra Virtual Boy Works, which has completed reviews for the officially released libraries for US and Japan N64 Works Game Boy Works Color Game Boy Works Advance Segaiden, which completed a full set of reviewsf officially licensed Sega SG-1000 games additional projects for Atari Lynx, Sega Game Gear, etc... All of these projects are reviewing every game for their systems in chronological order. Most projects include all regions, while NES Works and SNES Works are North American releases only. YouTube channel for all his projects is here. He periodically publishes books that sum up his research. Virtual Boy Works has been completed, though additional coverage of unreleased and homebrew games is planned. Segaiden's coverage of the SG-1000 has also been completed. Neo-Alec's Neo Geo Reviews Video reviews of every release for the Neo Geo in chronological order/by catalog number. Biff's Gaming Videos Video reviews of Jaguar games, appears to be approaching the complete set. Virtual Boy Reviews by Johan Öberg (completed) Video reviews of the complete Virtual Boy library, including Japanese games, homebrews, and prototypes. Completed. Öberg has since moved on to reviews of selected Famicom and Super Famicom games, which can be seen in his channel. PandaMonium Reviews Every U.S. Saturn Game Video reviews of every Saturn game released in the United States in order of release date. Swan Song Video reviews of WonderSwan games, in chronological order. Returned from a 3-year hiatus in November 2021. Neo Geo Pocket Archives Video reviews of every release for the Neo Geo Pocket in chronological order. No updates since May 2020. GameCube Index aka GCNDex Reviews of every GameCube game in all regions, in chronological order. Placed on indefinite hiatus in April 2017, after 81 completed reviews, but unexpectedly returned in September 2020 with three new reviews. Has been dormant again since November 2020. Inactive projects: Ages of Sega (inactive) Abandoned after 15 SG-1000 reviews. The SMS Quest by ninjabearhug (canceled) Planned to beat every PAL release for the Sega Master System (Kotaku article here). Abandoned after 15 games. Super Nintendo Chronicles (inactive) Abandoned after five games. SNES Chronicles (inactive) Weekly video reviews of every North American SNES release, in chronological order. No updates since June 2018. PlayStation Year Zero, PlayStation Year One, and N64 Chronicles by Retro Pals. (inactive) Detailed video reviews of PlayStation and Nintendo 64 releases, in chronological order. No updates since August 2019, as while the Retro Pals channel is still active, they unfortunately seem to have abandoned making this type of content in favor of simply uploading their themed Twitch streams to YouTube. ---- Twitch streamers: This list is not comprehensive; see Challengers Doc: 2021 Edition for a more thorough and up-to-date document. That said that document isn't 100% complete either, as it doesn't include some old and abandoned efforts like Beef_Erikson (below). Another alternative is the Game System Challenges spreadsheet, which may have some abandoned projects not listed here. Game order in these projects (often called "challenges" if they're library completion projects) is typically not chronological, but is instead determined by a raffle among channel viewers. NESMania from TheMexicanRunner aka TMR. Completed. Successfully defeated all 714 licensed North American & PAL-region NES releases, completing the library. Channel continues with other projects. Dugongue's NES Completion Challenge. Completed. Successfully defeated all licensed North American releases as of May 2020. YouTube archive here, and Google Docs spreadsheet here. Ultimate NES Challenge by gnarblast. Beating every licensed North American release for the NES. 189 games done as of this writing. TurboGrafx16 Transcendence by Rishary. Beating every release for the TurboGrafx-16 and CD. Successfully completed in March 2021. Twitch channel doesn't have VODs of the Turbo videos, but there's a YouTube archive here. Rishary also had a brief arcade library completion project, MAME-Mania, which was abandoned after 8 wins due to wrist issues. MegaMarathon by Goati. Beating every Genesis/Mega Drive game, all regions, licensed or unlicensed (but no Sega CD or 32X). Google Docs spreadsheet tracking progress here. Sega Crusade Vol. 1 & 2 by sharpie. Volume 1 is completed. Formerly called SGENocide Crusade. Vol. 1 consisted of beating all North American releases for the Master System, Genesis, Sega CD, and 32X. Under Sharpie's somewhat nonstandard rules (e.g. requiring only one game or tournament win for some sports titles), Vol. 1 was completed in December 2020. Vol. 2 deals with Saturn titles and is 50% done. Portable Pleasure by moelleuh. Beating all releases for the Game Boy. YouTube archive here. 470+ games done so far. Beat Every Original Game Boy Game by Floating Platforms. Beating all North American releases for the Game Boy. 95 games done as of this writing. Project Game Boy by grannen_hiro. Completed. Successfully completed all 136 Scandinavian releases for the Game Boy, finishing on June 25, 2018. Channel (which is in Swedish) is continuing with the 21 games on the SNES Classic Mini, after which more Game Boy games will be played, along with NES. Game Gear Gauntlet by Gunstarheroes. Beating every US Game Gear release. 170 of 233 games done as of December 2021. SNES Challenge by PBRGamer/Peebs. Beating all North American, European, and fan-translated games for the SNES. 640 games done as of this writing. Also has a separate project website. Virtual Boy Mania by Linkums. Completed. Beating all 22 officially-released Virtual Boy games. Completed in November 2014. A YouTube archive is also available. N64Forever by MeridianPrime. Completed. Successfully completed all North American and European games for the Nintendo 64. Project continues with N64 speedrunning. RPG Quest by landail Beating every console RPG released in English in chronological release order, with 170+ games done as of this writing. (No fan translations.) Inactive projects: Zophar321 (abandoned) From what I can tell, Zophar321's original project was to beat every Genesis game in alphabetical order. He then expanded the project to other consoles before giving up sometime in 2019 and focusing on modern games like Minecraft and Animal Crossing instead. There's also a YouTube archive of his playthroughs. Beating Every NES Game Released in NA! by TheLostEyeball. (abandoned) Beating every licensed North America & PAL release for the NES. 112 games completed, then project appears to have been abandoned, with Twitch and YouTube archives deleted. My NES Adventure by DoubleUnicorn. (abandoned) Beating every licensed North America & PAL release for the NES. 50+ games completed, then project appears to have been abandoned, with Twitch and YouTube archives deleted and Google Doc removed. Master System Mania by Revenged2 (inactive) Beating every Master System game in all regions, with 266 of 380 games done. No updates since 2019. Beef_Erikson (inactive) Attempted to beat all Sega Genesis games but gave up somewhere under 20 victories. Inactive since 2016. Beat the Game Boy by Zenic Reverie. (inactive) Beating all North American releases for the Game Boy. YouTube archive here. 117 games done so far. Project currently on hiatus. Game Gear Challenge by ExtraGuy. (inactive) Beating every game for the Game Gear, with 176 games done so far (spreadsheet here). Channel was active until September 2017, then resumed streaming in June 2018 but with non-Game Gear material. Update: streamer's PC is broken, so Game Gear project is on hiatus for now. Game Boy Quest by John Carlson (johncarls) (inactive) Beating all North American releases for the Game Boy. 187 games done so far, but no new Game Boy victories since the end of 2018, and other projects are on indefinite hiatus. SNEStravaganza by Absnerdity (canceled/abandoned) Attempted to beat all North American, European, and fan-translated games for the SNES. Abandoned after 540 (!) games, as confirmed by Twitter post here; last completed game in 2017. SNES Challenge by Soapfish (abandoned) Planned to beat all US-released SNES games but gave up after 21 games. Twitter here; also had a Tumblr site. Inactive since July 2015. SNES Challenge by Jerrimu (inactive) Unrelated to the other two (!) SNES projects with the same name, this user planned to beat all US-released SNES games (discussion in Reddit thread, and also started a subreddit) but gave up after attempting first game. Inactive since 2017. PSXplosion (inactive?) "PSXplosion is playing through (most) of the US-released PS1 games, excluding sports and edutainment games." Unlike other streamers listed, puri_puri will use cheat codes and/or abandon games if they're too frustrating. YouTube channel here, and Google Docs completion list here, last updated February 2017. Appears to have recently been banned from Twitch, and not active on YouTube since December 2016, so is this project dead? N64Mania by Shaquille_Oatmeal (inactive) Attempted to beat all US-released N64 games but gave up after 13 victories. Inactive since 2014. SlashTangent (inactive) Beating all North American, European, and fan-translated games for the Nintendo 64, with over 100 games done as of this writing. Also started a GameCube completion project on June 19, 2017, with 17 games done. Twitch archives are incomplete but from the streamer's Twitter account it appears that the last activity was in January 2019. N64 Challenge by SegaNick (inactive) Beating all US-released games for the Nintendo 64, with 10 games done. No new activity since 2018. N64AThon by Edgewoodblake83 (inactive) Beating all (North American?) games for the Nintendo 64, with 3-4 games done before the project was abandoned. ExiledPrince's Nintendo 64 Challenge (on hiatus) Beating all US-released games for the Nintendo 64. Twitch archives are very scant, but project spreadsheet indicates 51 games beaten through August 2019. Project is now on hiatus, as streamer is now focusing on speedrunning. Linkon18 (inactive) Attempted to beat all US-released N64 games but gave up after just one victory (!). Inactive since 2015. ---- Message board "beat-'em-all" projects: Video Game Sage projects In late 2019, anticipating the demise of NintendoAge in its then-current form, a bunch of posters started VideoGameSage.com and resumed their library completion efforts in the Site-run Events & Contests section, as follows: Annual projects that restart each year: NES Completions thread 2022 (previous attempts: success in 2020, failure at 98.2% in 2021) Beat every Game Boy game - 2022 (previous attempts: 2020, 2021) Beat every N64 Game - 2022 (previous attempts: 2020, 2021) Beat every Game Boy COLOR game - 2022 Long-term library completion projects that don't restart each year: Beat every TurboGrafx-16 game (North American HuCards only) Beat every Sega Genesis/Mega Drive game Beat the SNES Library Beat the Switch Library Short-term & one-off projects: The Spring Sega Challenge! Beat the Sega Master System Library in 3 months (failed at 70.4% completion) Can Sega-16 Finally Complete the Genesis, PAL MD, Sega CD, and 32X Libraries in 2021? Ongoing since 2013. Genesis library is 95+% complete, others are farther from completion. Can CiBo Beat Every GC [GameCube] Game in a Year? - 2022 German-language message board attempting to beat all GameCube games in all regions in 2022. Past projects, none of them successful: SNES (2014), PlayStation (2015), NES (2016), N64 (2017), Mega Drive (2018), Game Boy and Game Boy Color (2019), Master System (2020), Game Boy Advance (2021). N64Forever Beats 'em All! Multiyear project, started in 2012 and originating in the "2012-13 N64 Game-off", to beat every N64 game released in North America & Europe. Last active in December 2020, with only 9 games left as of this writing (all sports!). Inactive projects: "Can NintendoAge beat X in a Year?" projects - With the demise of NintendoAge as a viable site, these projects moved to VideoGameSage. Here's a rough history, with projects that succeeded listed first. Most links are dead but may be archived elsewhere. NES - ran annually from 2010-2019 with different criteria, with success in 2012 (all licensed North American releases), 2015 (all licensed NA & PAL releases), and 2016 (all licensed NA & PAL releases, all unlicensed NA releases). N64 - ran annually from 2012-2019, with success in 2018 and 100% completion of the NA/PAL library. SNES - ran annually from 2010-2019 with different criteria; best result was 77.5% completion in 2017, with overall library completion at 98.2% before the demise of NintendoAge GameCube - attempted at some point Switch - attempted in 2017-2018 Game Boy - attempted annually from ca. 2013 (?), best result was 43.4% completion (218/502) in 2016. Game Boy Color - attempted in 2016-2018 Game Boy Advance - attempted in 2017 Virtual Boy - attempted a few times, best result was 71.4% completion in 2017 Did Pcenginefx beat all licensed TurboGrafx-16 games in 2016...? NO (113/135) (project concluded, failed) Attempted to beat all HuCard and CD-ROM games for the TG-16. Failed, ending up at 83.7% completion (oddly enough, almost the exact same percentage as the NintendoAge N64 effort in 2016). No new effort for 2017 was started. Site is now defunct. ---- If you know of any qualifying project that I've omitted, please post it in the thread!
  3. [#040] When I was a little kid, my family had a Saturday Night family time ritual: We'd get Little Caesar's pizza and watch Morgus the Magnificent, Tales from the Darkside, and Alfred Hitchcock Presents. Maybe not in that order, but whatever. I recently stumbled upon AHP on Netflix, or at least just Season 1 of it, consisting of a whopping 39 episodes. I'm going to post quick summaries and reviews here for anyone interested in "watching with me". These are not going to be spoiler-free. After all, each episode is designed to have a plot twist. Some work better than others. Since there are 39 episodes, I'll divide this into a four-parter with ten episodes in the first three and the final nine episodes in the fourth and final blog. Here we go; Part One. Episode 1: "Revenge" There's a couple who just relocated from wherever to a trailer park due to the woman, Elsa, having some kind of mental breakdown. On the man's first day back to work, Elsa begs and pleads for him to stay with her. He says she'll be alright and off to work he goes. We then see her interact with her neighbor gardener lady who gives her a smug look when Elsa strips down to a 2-piece to sunbathe. When the man comes home from work, he's learned that Elsa has been attacked and that she had a flower in her grasp. When she comes to, she describes her attacker; a man with a suitcase and a gray suit. Having nothing else to go by, the investigation comes to a halt. The man decides to take matters into his own hands and takes Elsa on a long drive. He repeatedly asks her if anyone looks familiar. Soon enough, Elsa points out a guy with a grey suit and a suitcase and says "that's him". The car gets parked, the man follows the guy up to his hotel room and kills him with a wrench. The man returns to Elsa in the vehicle and they pull off again. She then points to another guy in a grey suit with a suitcase and says "that's him". The man looks over at her then back straight ahead as police sirens are heard and the scene fades out. Hitchcock fades in and explains that the man went to jail. This was obvious. What he should have pointed out is that the gardener lady was most likely the attacker. It was pretty clear that Elsa was unstable, and I predicted the plot twist that she was going to pick out someone else because she has no clue what's going on in the world around her anymore. This episode starred Vera Miles (Elsa) who also starred in Psycho & Psycho II. Frances Bavier (gardener lady) was also Aunt Bea from the Andy Griffith Show. Episode 2: "Premonition" This one is about a guy named Kim who left home to live in Paris for four years to focus on his music career. He returned to his hometown with the intention of making amends with his father as they did not get along throughout the years. He is not welcomed home by the family attorney, who he bumps into first, nor is he welcomed by his own brother or sister-in-law. He notices his father's gun collection is collecting dust and demands to know where his gun-loving father is. Soon he learns that his father is dead and suspects dishonesty, especially after finding his father's hunting license which makes the death story illogical. He treks up to the mountains to a cabin in hopes that his father is actually in hiding from his twisted family. He finds his father's final resting place inside the cabin just by the fireplace. The plot twist in this one is that Kim's premonition is just his memory coming back to him. He is actually responsible for murdering his father four years ago and has just escaped an asylum; he was never living in Paris. This episode doesn't have any big names in the cast familiar to me, and it's also the same episode that made me realize that almost every single person on this show is now dead. Episode 3: "Triggers In Leash" This is my favorite episode so far of the three I've watched at this point. The entire thing takes place in one room and only four people. An old lady named Maggie runs a small restaurant in the middle of crossroads between towns. She has a goofy helper that she sends out to go get supplies, namely firewood and maybe something else I forgot. Two cowboys named Red and Dell had gotten into a scuffle the night before and have unfinished business. They cross paths in Maggie's roadhouse. They spend most of the episode talking trash and ready to draw their gun. Maggie spends most of this time trying to talk them out of killing each other and even prepares a meal for them. She even cuts steak for one of them while they continue to talk shit, stare at each other, and eat at a table. I laughed out loud when one of the cowboys knock the coffee cup over, which may have been a blooper that they kept in because it worked perfectly. Anyway, the cowboys make a deal with each other that no one shoots until the cuckoo on the cuckoo clock comes out. Maggie removes a large cross from the same shelf that the clock sits on, talking about how her husband got killed in a shootout and this cross is all she has left of him. She started getting religious on them when they realized that the clock stopped ticking, and that God wants them both to walk out alive and go their separate ways and live. The cowboys depart, and the goofy guy finally returns with the firewood. He and Maggie discuss how the shelf isn't level and that the clock won't work without the cross weighing down the shelf. This "plot twist" was predictable. Possibly so predictable that the real twist came after the story's conclusion when Hitchcock returns to the screen to say Maggie poisoned the meals so both cowboys died anyway. Cowboy Darren McGavin would later become the awesome dad in "A Christmas Story". Ellen Corby (Maggie) was in a shit ton of stuff throughout her life. Gene Barry too (he appears again in Episode 6). Episode 4: "Don't Come Back Alive" Couple Frank and Mildred are in a financial bind and he's out of work with no luck in sight. Frank schemes up a disappearing act for his wife Mildred, presumed dead. In order for Frank to collect on the life insurance policy, he has to wait seven years for her to officially be declared deceased. During this entire period, an insurance investigator suspects foul play and that Frank is a murderer. Mildred's attempts to have any contact with her husband are rebounded by Frank in an attempt to keep the investigator from the truth. Within hours of the seven year mark, Mildred returns to Frank to declare her love for someone else and that she wants a divorce. Naturally, this enrages Frank. He kills Mildred and buries her in the backyard. The next day the insurance guy comes to Frank's house to apologize for his allegations and notices fresh dirt. Frank says that he was doing some gardening and the guy offers to help. The scene fades out with the shovel digging where Mildred's body is buried. Sadly, don't remember what Hitchcock's epilogue is but I think it might be along the lines of Frank being busted, going to jail for life, and never seeing a penny of the insurance policy. Sidney Blackmer, Virginia Gregg, and Robert Emhardt star in this one. Episode 5: "Into Thin Air" This one was really fun. A young lady and her sick mother check into Hotel Madeleine in Paris. The sickness is rapidly taking over the mother, so the daughter has the hotel's inhouse doctor come and check her out. The doctor then sends her out to get a prescription takes a very long time to get filled. Upon returning to the hotel, there's no sign of her mother, the hotel room looks like a completely different place, and none of the staff recognize her. Sure of herself yet also confused, she turns to the embassy. Only one guy there takes her serious, so they both go back to the hotel, speak to the staff, and insist on seeing the room again. Once there, the girl rips the wallpaper down revealing the wallpaper she had previously described when she first entered the room with her mother. The girl learns that her mother had the bubonic plague and is now dead, and the whole scenario was a cover-up by the French authorities. Hitchcock's introduction to this story is that it had been done several times over (and this is film from 1955). I guess I don't watch enough stuff like this because I didn't know what the hell was going on; I was just as sure-of and confused-as the main character. Like I said, it was fun. This episode starred Pat Hitchcock, daughter of Alfred Hitchcock. She's STILL ALIVE at the ripe age of 88. Alan Napier would go on to become Alfred in the 1960s Batman TV series. Episode 6: "Salvage" This is my favorite episode so far. From circumstances I don't remember, the lead female character Lois is responsible for the death of a jailed mobster's brother. Said mobster, Dan, was just released from prison. When he goes to break into Louis' apartment to kill her, she's in tears because she just doesn't care about crappy life anymore and wants to die. She begs him to end her life. Getting zero satisfaction from this revenge attempt, Dan second-guesses himself and spares Louis' life and even convinces her to be business partners with him to get her back on her feet and make them both some money. Dan sinks money into the building, the supplies, and the advertising all while his mobster buddies try to talk some sense into him as he's spending all his time and money on the woman responsible for his brother's death! Dan even convinces Lois' ex-boyfriend to come back into her life. Once she exclaims that she is the happiest woman in the world, Dan basically says "good, bitch!" and kills her. I did not instantly realize what was going on in Dan's head, but when I did, I was grinning from ear to ear for the rest of the skit. That was great. Nancy Gates (Lois) gave up acting in 1969 and is currently 90. Gene Barry (Dan) was just in Episode 3 "Triggers In Leash". He's still dead. But seriously, this guy was awesome in both episodes. I wonder how many more he will appear on in this season. I could look it up, but I prefer the suspense of going into each episode blindly. Episode 7: "Breakdown" This was probably my least favorite episode so far. It starts off with a pointless scene depicting the main character, Mr. Callew, being an asshole boss and firing some poor employee whom we never see again. There are several other characters too and none of them are seen again either. So yeah, pointless. The next scene we see Callew driving from work to I guess his home but he gets detoured down a dirt road due to some construction or something, I forget. An idiot driving a tractor t-bones his car and Callew is left paralyzed sitting upright in his bashed car. The remainder of the skit is 20 minutes of Callew not shutting the fuck up; never-ending internal monologue as a group of people come and steal stuff out of his trunk, then another group of people steal the clothes off his back. As he enters a morgue, Callew loses all hope and his tears alert the morticians that he's still alive and the credits roll. Jesus Christ. I went to work the next day and talked to a co-worker about how much this episode sucked. As I was explaining it, he finished the story and said he never saw the episode but that it was made into a full-blown movie. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot!? This story was written by Louis Pollock (cool story, bro). Joseph Cotten (Callew) was a very busy actor in his lifetime and died in 1994. Episode 8: "Our Cook's A Treasure" This is another great episode. Husband and wife, Ralph & Ethyl, hire a new housemaid named Ms. Sutton. Ralph is frustrated that every morning, Ms. Sutton is already up and looking through his newspaper, which he likes in pristine (undevirginized in his own words) and unread condition. On Ralph's walk to the station with a neighbor-coworker, they talk about the front page news how some serial killer woman is on the loose. Ralph complains that he never read the paper because his maid had it. Later at work, Ralph then gets bad stomach cramps. He comes home to find a can arsenic in the garage while doing some cleaning (or something) in there. He starts researching this serial killer lady and is piecing together what is happening to him. Suspecting that the maid is continuously poisoning his hot cocoa each morning, he takes a sample to have tested. Sure enough, there's evidence of arsenic; enough to kill someone in a week's time of continued consumption. Without actually saying it, he warns his wife to stay out of the house if he isn't there so she isn't alone with Ms. Sutton. When Ralph gets home from work, he fires Ms. Sutton. While she is packing her belongings to leave, Ralph learns that the serial killer has been caught, so he tries to make amends and keep Sutton on the job. She declines, stating that she is miserable working for them as she has been covering up for Ethyl, who has been having an affair with some actor that she's been starring in a play with. Ms. Sutton leaves the house. The skit ends with Ethyl (who is unaware that Ralph is in the know) offering a cup of hot cocoa to her husband. Like I said, great episode! I never saw that coming. Everett Sloan (Ralph) died from an overdose in 1965 at age 55. He was in "Citizen Kane" along with Joseph Cotten (from episode 7). Janet Ward (Sutton) died much later in 1995 at age 70. She appeared in 2 episodes of Kojack and 1 episode of Law & Order, among other stuff. Beulah Bondi (Ethyl) was previously in "It's A Wonderful Life". She died in 1981 at age 91, by tripping. Over a cat. Yep. Episode 9: "The Long Shot" Yet another good one here. The opening bar scene shows main character Charlie Raymond a gambling addict strapped for cash and owing some guy who calls looking for him a payment of $40k. Charlie sees an ad in the paper posted by a man named Walker Hendricks who needs a driver to get him to San Francisco. Mr. Hendricks needs someone who knows a lot about London, for reasons made obvious to the viewer/audience but not to Charlie. During the trek, the two head downstairs to the hotel bar for a nightcap, which is when Charlie slips away to still Hendricks' wad of cash out of a suitcase, but finds documents showing he's about to inherit a $200k estate which is why Hendricks needs to get to going to Cali in the first place, to see the attorney and finalize the claim. Charlie hatches a scheme and ultimately leaves Hendricks' dead body in the Nevada desert so that he can pose as Hendricks and collect the estate. When he gets to the attorney office, the police are there to capture the fraud. The twist is that Walker Hendricks was murdered years ago and Charlie traveled all this way with a convict known as English Jim. If you pay close attention to the dialogue in the car, you figure out early on this this Walker Hendricks guy is hiding something and is really just learning as much as he can about London. I'm referring to conversation of the mix-up with the deceased barkeep and her look-alike daughter. My favorite line is from the acquaintance of Charlie who randomly finds him at that hotel bar. Charlie asks him if he's sure of a bet they discuss, and the guy's response is, "This, death, and taxes!" Peter Lawford (Charlie) was in 32 episodes of Dear Phoebe and 72 episodes of The Thin Man. He was also in Lucille Ball and Judy Garland. Literally. John Williams (English Jim / Fake Hendricks) was in eight more episodes of this very series, plus Family Affair, Twilight Zone, Columbo, and (my favorite TV series) Mission: Impossible. Episode 10: "The Case of Mr. Pelham" This makes three awesome episodes in a row. I'd rank this better than Episode 9, though. Right of the bat we have Mr. Pelham ordering a drink in the bar. The bartender asks him about his usual drink, and Pelham says no he'll have something else instead, with an inquiring look in his face. So within seconds we're already exposed to the meat of the story without even knowing it. Pelham bumps into his psychologist friend who demands they have lunch so he can explain his observations and theories about a man posing as him. During the course of this skit, you get a strong impression that Pelham is suffering from a mental illness, perhaps split personality or schizophrenia. And you'd be kind of right, as when Pelham mixes up his daily routine he finds his exact "clone" in his clothes and in his home and has a mental breakdown, being locked away for the rest of his life while the imposter takes over Pelham's life. Tom Ewell (Pelham), who looks a lot like the guy Dick York on Bewitched, went on to star on the Tom Ewell Show (imagine that!) but it only lasted one season. He died in 1994 at age 85. Raymond Bailey (the psychologist guy) went on to become Milburn Drysdale in the Beverly Hillbillies. He died in 1980 at 75. A quick ranking of these ten episodes from best to worst, including solid story (no loopholes and a working twist) and acting. "Triggers In Leash" would have probably been ranked #2 or #3 had it not been for the weak twist/ending I mentioned, but the acting and tension was good enough to keep it in the top five. "Breakdown" sucks no matter what angle you look at it. Best ---> Episode 6: "Salvage" ---------> Episode 8: "Our Cook's A Treasure" ---------> Episode 10: "The Case of Mr. Pelham" ---------> Episode 5: "Into Thin Air" ---------> Episode 3: "Triggers In Leash" ---------> Episode 9: "The Long Shot" ---------> Episode 4: "Don't Come Back Alive" ---------> Episode 1: "Revenge" ---------> Episode 2: "Premonition" Worst -> Episode 7: "Breakdown" Well, that's it for Part One. the next one will cover Episodes 11 through 20. As of this writing I haven't watched any of them yet, so these posts will be about 1-2 weeks apart. That gives plenty of time for discussion for these ten episodes. What do you think? Leave a comment below!
  4. Hey guys, Been meaning to start a thread about this for a while. I have a YouTube channel series dubbed "Gameplay and Talk" that features a variety of retro and classic gaming content. Lately my channel has centered more around walkthrough focused live game playthroughs ("Let's Plays"), as well as live streams, but I also try to occasionally create some retrospective-like videos as well. My channel link is https://www.youtube.com/austinmackert. I enjoy playing games, finishing games, and also learning basic (and advanced) strategies to get through them consistently. My playthrough videos give me a chance to talk about techniques that can make games easier to play and are intended to be good for people having trouble getting through any given title. I do reminisce and talk about other things at times, but the core focus is on what I am doing to get through whichever game I am playing. Also, I don't split up my playthroughs so each video is typically a full, self-contained playthrough from start to finish. I also do weekly live streams on my channel (currently Fridays at 9PM EST). My LPs are usually no more than two hours long, so my live streams tend to cover games that take longer to finish. My live stream link is (https://gaming.youtube.com/c/AustinMackertGT/live). Here are a few example videos! I'll probably post an update in this thread each month with my most recent playthroughs (I'll just hotlink, not embed those):
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  7. http://youtu.be/PneFC0y9eS8 TV Plug & Play consoles are a quick and fun way to get your gaming fix. I review four systems and I tell you what I like, and dislike about each. Do you guys collect plug & play consoles? If so, which ones?
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