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Games / Re: I've got a Totally Unoriginal Gaming Show on Youtube now
« on: 16 November, 2018, 07:55:46 pm »
Got some more goodies to share, folks!

Here's a double whammy of videos for you. To begin with here's the latest review - a look back at the 8 bit Sega Master System version of MARBLE MADNESS (which was an absolute PIG to capture from.) Probably worth a watch if only to see how bady I suck at the game!



Watch it here:
https://youtu.be/uJJKxmyGAOs

And here, from a few weeks ago, is a little bit of reportage from EGX, which I attended back in September. For those not in the know, EGX is the UK's largest gaming event. And I spotted a couple of interesting indie games there.

No thumbnail for this one, as Youtube won't let me copy it for some reason - but you can find the video here:
https://youtu.be/5gkAzzNCv8E

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Games / Re: I've got a Totally Unoriginal Gaming Show on Youtube now
« on: 25 October, 2018, 09:05:37 pm »
FORSOOTH! A new video has slopped onto the deck from the depths of my metaphorical loins!

This latest one is a review of the mighty PAC-MAN on the NES. Complete with a meditation of sorts on its DEEPLY disturbing implications.



Link to review:
https://youtu.be/C9CvYKI7aJc

By the way, folks - if you're subbed to the channel, and never want to miss an update, don't forget to click on the notification bell icon. I'm currently sitting at 402 subscribers, but only dependably get about 40 views per video. You can probably see that that's not a good thing.

Anyways - enjoy the video!

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Games / Re: I've got a Totally Unoriginal Gaming Show on Youtube now
« on: 21 October, 2018, 09:22:47 pm »
Good review! I'm often suprised by how many franchises have books. I really enjoyed Enemy Unknown on 360, but not played Xcom 2. The gaps between my strategy game moods are usually measured in years and one's not come around again yet! I have been thinking about Advance Wars a lot though recently, might have to dig that out and see if it sparks me off.

Glad you enjoyed it, Grudge!

If it helps any, here's a bit of a risky confession: I don't very often play video games strictly for my own pleasure these days. (I don't get a whole lot of time, to be honest!) But I DID grab a copy of XCOM 2 for the Playstation 4 a while back. There was even some talk of me doing a long, flashy playthrough and posting it on Youtube as an ongoing thing before Google ripped the bottom out of it as a business platform.

So, I DID end up playing a whole lot of thegame. And it's great! Surprisingly dfferent to Enemy Unknown in terms of difficulty curves and content. The shtick of fighting back after the aliens have already won influences things in a meaningful way. It's very, VERY good.

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Games / Re: I've got a Totally Unoriginal Gaming Show on Youtube now
« on: 16 October, 2018, 05:57:08 pm »
I've got a new video up on the channel - and this one's a bit of an experiment. It's still gaming related, but this week, I review the novel XCOM 2: RESURRECTION.



Link to review:
https://youtu.be/doFlgd3tVb8

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Games / Re: I've got a Totally Unoriginal Gaming Show on Youtube now
« on: 11 October, 2018, 04:44:05 pm »
Most of the time it was because Nintendo charged a £10 manufacturing fee for the cartridge (or more if you wanted battery saves etc.), so after retail had taken it's cut, that didn't leave the developer with much change from £25...

Wouldn't surprise me in the least, sadly.

Actually, that comment puts me in mind of this article from the Digitiser 2000 website - written by the legendary Mr. Biffo himself:

https://www.digitiser2000.com/main-page/is-nintendo-a-dick

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Games / Re: I've got a Totally Unoriginal Gaming Show on Youtube now
« on: 11 October, 2018, 03:22:17 pm »
Gameboy games were so insanely expensive (I was  a student) that I only ever seemed to have games that no-one else wanted.

And little has changed! I was at EGX a couple of weeks back, and I was surprised to see the prices of some of the Gameboy games being sold there. The more desirable ones have really held their value, it seems.

In a bizarre turn of events, 15 year old HdE actually ended up with two Gameboys back in the day. I don't know how that happened, but I remember being puzzled at the time as to why the games commanded such a hefty price considering the limitations foisted upon them. I always found them difficult to see on the dot matrix screen, and as a result, I very quickly lost interest in the console. In hindsight, it's a shame, because so many of the Gameboy's ports and original releases had a unique charm.

There's more Gameboy content in the works. I've just got to finalise bits and pieces here and there and work out how best to present the games.

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Games / Re: I've got a Totally Unoriginal Gaming Show on Youtube now
« on: 11 October, 2018, 09:16:57 am »
After a brief lay-off to catch up on other things and make some further plans, I've put up a new video. This time, I look at a handheld version of the ever popular BATTLESHIP. Rendered lovingly in shades of green on the original Gameboy.



Review can be found here:
https://youtu.be/KFdJDV8c5DE

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Off Topic / Re: RIPs
« on: 01 October, 2018, 10:26:57 pm »
Beyond sad to hear of Carlos Ezquerra's passing. I can remember reading 2000AD as a kid and thinking 'I wish this guy drew ALL the strips.'

As it turns out, he may not have, but with such a titanic output you'd be forgiven for thinking that he might at least be trying.

An absolute legend.

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Games / Re: I've got a Totally Unoriginal Gaming Show on Youtube now
« on: 15 September, 2018, 03:37:46 pm »
Wow - thanks guys!

Got to admit, this week's update has been a source of some frustration. There's a LOT of work that's gone into these videos, over an uncomfortably long span of time, with a bazillion obstacles and roadblocks along the way. And Youtube themselves have made things needlessly difficult. So, to release a video covering a high profile entry in an absolutely MASSIVE video game franchise to a piffling ten views on the first day was a bit of a tough one to take.

But I've woken up today to find the views have trebled, and I have a bunch of new subs! Cheers, everyone! That's the kind of validation an overworked caffeine addict needs!

It's probably worth mentioning, though, in response to the notion that 'if you make 'em, subs will come' - this is actually an area in which Youtube are quite deliberately sabotaging small channels at the moment. The details are pretty involved, and I could write an essay here if I had the time, but basically, some videos are actively suppressed, and the site's notification system is SHOCKINGLY broken.

I HATE being the guy who follows up on such a lovely bunch of posts with the typical 'don't forget to like and subscribe!' shtick, but it's worth making sure you've clicked the notifiction bell icon to ensure you get alerts about new videos. Sometimes, even THAT doesn't work - hence why I'm setting up threads like this one where I have an online presence.

But, not to fret. I've started to see a little bit of the kind of support the channel needs to keep going. And I knew going in that this is the kind of venture where you have to knock out a LOT of content to secure any kind of foothold. We're good for at least another half dozen videos. After that, I have to start looking at stats and all that boring Youtube guff to see how sustainable a venture this is and how the gameplan needs to be tweaked. Sadly, as Google continue to ruin the site, this becomes a bigger part of it all.

Oh - and a quickie note for Tiplodocus: Cheers for the specially kind words! You might want to keep your lad away from my anime reviews, mind - there are a few of those where I fling a fair bit of PG rated language about.

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Games / Re: I've got a Totally Unoriginal Gaming Show on Youtube now
« on: 15 September, 2018, 07:08:36 am »
Interesting, what are the exact rules around that stuff? I feel like YouTube is awash with full playthroughs of pretty much all the games in the world, I guess I'd assumed that videogame publishers were cool with their games being shown in their entirety - you can't play it after all, it probably acts as a big advert.

It's a massively complicated issue - basically coming down to the matter of fair use. But basically, use of user generated gameplay footage is usually fine (unless it's from a Nintendo owned game - Nintendo are scum) but use of cut scenes can be dodgy. I believe Microsoft actually relaxed their stance on some of this stuff when they realised how big a deal Halo was on Youtube. So, in this case I took the risk. It's not like I'm monetizing that video anyway. But you won't generally see cinematics in these videos unless it's to prove a specific point.

(Actually, if I don't drum up some more views and subscribers fairly soon, you may not see many videos full stop. But that's another matter entirely.)

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Games / Re: I've got a Totally Unoriginal Gaming Show on Youtube now
« on: 14 September, 2018, 04:43:29 pm »
Good vid! I like a bit of Halo and Reach is the only one I haven't played. It's got a more realistic look to it than other entries in the series hasn't it, looks great. That cutscene really grabbed me that you played at the beginning.

Glad you enjoyed it, sir!

Including that cinematic at the top of the review was actually a MASSIVE gamble, as that kind of thing usually gets flagged without fail by Youtube's copyright bots. I'm actually having to prepare a separate version minus that scene for display on other platforms, just to forestall trouble down the line. But I HAD to include it somewhere, because its just such a great statement of what the game's all about. The first time I saw it, I remember having to pick my jaw up off the floor.

Have you tried it on an Xbox One by the way? It should run a lot better, particularly on an X1X

I have indeed! Sadly, there's a very annoying feature of Halo: Reach on Xbox One whereby it won't allow me to save campaign progress unless the console is permanently connected to the net. Same goes for Halo 3: ODST.

I've actually contacted Microsoft and Xbox Support about this, and even logged it as an issue on Halo Waypoint. Nobody seems interested in addressing it, unfortunately.

At some point, I'll see if there's a way to fix this by clearing the Xbox One's cache and doing a 'done in one' install of the game. But I'm not hopeful.

There's a few games that behave this way on the Xbox One. As far as I'm concerned, a game that won't allow offline saves is broken, and shouldn't be sold to the public.

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Games / Re: I've got a Totally Unoriginal Gaming Show on Youtube now
« on: 13 September, 2018, 06:15:12 pm »
Superfast update! I've got a new video up today, wherein I do the whole retrospective review thing with HALO: REACH.

https://youtu.be/y-4jWfByIoE

Surely if anyone's going to appreciate militaristic sci-fi, it'll be you lot, right?

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Games / Re: I've got a Totally Unoriginal Gaming Show on Youtube now
« on: 04 September, 2018, 05:21:43 pm »
I misread that title as "totally unoriginal game show" and was imaging you in a sequined tuxedo and cheesy grin.  :lol:

I'll be perfectly straight with you here... my budget is SEVERELY limited. But I'm not saying you won't see that!

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Games / Re: I've got a Totally Unoriginal Gaming Show on Youtube now
« on: 04 September, 2018, 01:07:09 pm »
Much obliged, Tordels!

I really do love that version of the game. It's so much better than the one the 2600 got. Sadly, the 7800 console I got hold of to do all my Atari stuff with turned its toes up a couple of weeks after I finished that review. It seems like the universe doesn't want me to play that one for very long.

Ah well - not to fret. Hoping I can get something sorted soon to do a few more Atari videos. Something about those low-fi sounds and brick thick pixels is so charming!

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Games / I've got a Totally Unoriginal Gaming Show on Youtube now
« on: 04 September, 2018, 12:09:14 pm »
'Allo you lot! Remember me?

I barely get a chance to drop in on message boards for anything these days. Hope everyone's keeping alright!

I figured it was worth dropping by with a little shameless promotion of something I've had in the works for a while, which finally went live last month.

I'm now presenting a video game review show over on my Youtube channel. Actually getting it off the ground was a MASSIVE challenge, thanks to bad timing, a succession of spanners being thrown into the works, and a really comical number of false starts. But, to prove my irrepressible nature, I got the work done! And videos are going up now! And guess what? No bugger is watching them!

Wait... that last part isn't very good...

ANYWAY: For the benefit of interested parties, I thought I'd lob in some tasty links to a few videos and the Twitter account I've set up for folks who want to keep up with the behind the scenes stuff that's gone into the show, as well as my inane ramblings. The Twitter account is a separate one from teh main account I use for comics networking, to keep things compartmentalised. If you fancy following it, you can find me there as @HdE_playsgames.

The show itself is all about knocking out review based content of whatever gets put in front of me. It might be something new, but it'll probably be something old. Or even something REALLY old. This venture originally had a few other people on board who have all decided they'd rather do other things now, so I'm left with a few boxes of video games, a whole range of different consoles, and a REALLY confusing array of video capture gear.

I'm uploading in season blocks, with 12 videos per season. And I'm coming up on my first 'mid season break' - where I'll be taking a couple of weeks out to get some more stuff together and make further plans for the show, including (I hope) finding a way to fund it.

For now, though, you can find the channel here:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVnBKYo3Lyand2miArsa1Ig

And to give you a couple of tasters of what I'm posting over there, why not check out these reviews of
X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE - UNCAGED EDITION for the Playstation 3
https://youtu.be/Ar6rZNLZVEA

Or, if something more sedate is your bag, SUBSURFACE CIRCULAR for the Nintendo Switch
https://youtu.be/iwc_ZVLnAAI

Alternatively, if you want to see how old-school I'm prepared to go, you could watch today's video, where I ramble about how great the Atari 7800 versionof ASTEROIDS is:
https://youtu.be/o9YrxtFFS2g

I'm aiming to knock out reviews of games for all kinds of systems, including (thanks to the folks who donated them) the Nintendo Entertainment System, PC Engine, Sega Master System, Atari 2600, X Box 360, Playstation 2, Intellivision and more. And, provided I can work out the technical side of ripping a video signal out of them, I'm hoping to add coverage of games for things like the ZX Spectrum, Commodore 64 and even a few handheld systems as well.

There's a ton of work that's gone into this quietly over the last 18 months, and I'm hoping I can commit to this for a long while to come. But, as ever with these things, it needs your support!

I'm hoping to take this beyond Youtube at some point, as the landscape over there is really inhospitable right now. Things have only got this far thanks to my being able to wangle the meagre funding I could (it takes time, effort and resources to do this stuff, after all.) But viewing figures are atrocious right now. Videos just seem not to reach subscribers or new viewers - which is kind of consistent with the abysmally stupid decision making Google have brought to their ownership of Youtube.

If this kind of thing is your bag, please do jump on board. I've re-purposed my old channel, so anybody who was subbed to that should still be (but do check - the site LOVES to disconnect me from subscribers.) I'd suggest clicking on the notification bell icon as well, as that seems to be a better way to ensure you actually SEE the content when it's uploaded.

I hope to see some of you over there! Really hoping I can turn this into something fun.


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