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Games / Re: I've got a Totally Unoriginal Gaming Show on Youtube now
« on: 20 March, 2019, 07:09:10 pm »

New video on deck. This time, my sights are set on the Sega 32X version of Yu Suzuki's super-trippy SPACE HARRIER. Surely we ALL know this one, right?

Here's the link:

Games / Re: Nintendo Switch
« on: 15 March, 2019, 12:42:33 am »
Is it just me or is INTO THE BREACH rock hard?

I've only looked at it briefly. So far, I like it, but yes, VERY tough to get to grips with.

Games / Re: I've got a Totally Unoriginal Gaming Show on Youtube now
« on: 14 March, 2019, 08:30:12 pm »

Time to dust off this thread with news that I've just pushed unveiled the first video of what I'm grandiosely calling the second season of my YouTube gaming show. I have a feeling this one will go down well with the Twoth crowd as well, as it's a long-ish review of Insomniac's PS3 exclusive 'what if the Axis in WWII were actually a bunch of aliens' shooter RESISTANCE: FALL OF MAN

Here be the linky:

Games / Re: I've got a Totally Unoriginal Gaming Show on Youtube now
« on: 07 January, 2019, 05:12:06 pm »
I only vaguely recall playing the Game Gear version of Columns. A pal of mine had the console, which was how I first saw it. But I do rememer liking it a LOT more than the Megadrive version.

I may have simply been takenn in by the novelty of playing it on a portable game console. If the channel continues past season two, I might have to track down a copy and give it another look.

Games / Re: I've got a Totally Unoriginal Gaming Show on Youtube now
« on: 30 December, 2018, 02:43:52 pm »
Aaaaaand season one of my YouTube Gaming show concludes in... abstract fashion, with a review of the Sega Megdrive version of COLUMNS.

You can find it here:

Amazingly, despite the apparently simple appearance fo this game, I found enough to talk about to fill almost eleven minutes! Sega used to pack quite a bit in those little black cartridges! Not always for the best, mind...

Anyway, that's my first run of reviews finished. Season two will start in March 2019 barring a MASSIVE muck-up or Article 13 destroying YouTube. I don't have any funding for the next batch of reviews, but I seem to be making enough connections (and genuine friends) in the YouTube gaming community that it makes sense to keep going. After that though...  well, we'll see, I guess.

Thanks to everybody on this forum who's given the videos time of day. I've been hard pushed to keep up with everything, but it's been heartening to see your comments. And ALL the input helps.

Games / Re: Games of the 80s
« on: 24 December, 2018, 08:40:04 pm »
HdE: check out Oquonie if you can. If you’re a fan of old-school isometric games, You may well get a kick out of it.

Cheers for that!

Games / Re: Games of the 80s
« on: 23 December, 2018, 08:28:42 am »
I was just having a nostalgic festive think back to the games I used to play on the Spectrum (and the Commodore at my friend's house).  They were dreadful, of course, but suspension of disbelief made them amazingly brilliant and full of atmosphere.

Back about 18 months ago, I was actually given a bunch of old Spectrum and Amstrad CPC games to look at in preparation for that there YouTubey thing that I do at the moment. After looking at those, I actually think there's a lot more quality games for those old home computers han people give credit for.

Yes, the design was often rough and ready, and the games were usually FAR too difficult. Arcade conversions were often painfully inaccurate as well. But there were plenty of titles that were feats of genius in terms of their concepts and execution. Especially given how some of those older computers weren't ever really conceived as gaming platforms in the first place.

Something I looked at that really sticks in my mind is an old Speccy platform action game called 'Rex.' I couldn't actually get a review together before the cassette tape gave up the ghost  (some of the kit I was given was REALLY ropey.) But for the brief time I was able to get it working, I remember thinking it was every bit the equal of one of those retro-styled pixel art platformers that are all the rage now. There was a real sense of wonder still palpable about it due to the way exploration and experimentation factored into it. 

And let's not forget about whacked out 3D isometric games like Knight Lore and Head Over Heels. We don't often see things like that anymore (although there is the excellent 'Lumo' for more contemporary consoles.) I must have sunk HOURS into those as a kid. And... er... would do again if I could claw a bit more time out of my week to fiddle with my CPC!

Games / Re: I've got a Totally Unoriginal Gaming Show on Youtube now
« on: 21 December, 2018, 05:58:34 am »
A super-quick update with a new video, which talks more about some recent YouTube shenanigans than any of that pixellated video game goodness.

The link below is to a video I made recently concerning YouTube's lates 'spam accounts' purge. Which has actually, oddly (predictably) enough removed actual subscribers from a large number of YouTube channels.

Could I ask, folks: if you've enjoyed my content so far and already subbed, please check that you're still subscribed. The video in the link also mentions several other channels that you might find enjoyable, who have all been affected far worse than I was.


Games / Re: I've got a Totally Unoriginal Gaming Show on Youtube now
« on: 18 December, 2018, 10:35:32 pm »
Any particular systems you're aiming at in the upcoming season? My votes for more 16-bit stuff!

I've already got a fair bit of material written for season 2. That's likely to consist of much the same as you saw in season 1, BUT, I do have a few things I'm aiming to slot in. With a bit of luck, there should be some PC Engine and NeoGeo stuff. But I'm also trying to work out some stuff for older home computers. The Amiga, C64 and ZX Spectrum are platforms I really want to feature as well. But those might take a bit of working out.

It's still really early days, so I'm still working out which systems appeal to people. I suspect I won't really have enough analytic data to go on until I've covered a few more games on each of the systems I've already reviewed for. So I'm still very much open to suggestion.

One thing I can tell you, though, is that I'm definitely going to do some more old school Atari stuff at some point. Videos on those games usually struggle for views, but they're fun (and comparatively easy) to make.

In terms of things I personally want to feature, there's loads of things I want to bring to the channel. But it all depends on how easily I can capture footage for them.

Games / Re: I've got a Totally Unoriginal Gaming Show on Youtube now
« on: 18 December, 2018, 07:27:43 pm »
Cheers for the comments, guys - I've been REALLY slammed for time these last few weeks, so apologies for taking a while to pop back in and catch up on them.

GrudgeJohnDeed - you're spot on about the bizarro changes that would be made to games with regard to rentals. I found out (typically) shortly after signing off on the script for this review that this was indeed part of the reasoning behind the removal of checkpoints from Super R-Type. Absolutely astonishing that this kind of thing never generated mre uproar back in the day!

And Tordelback - the Amiga did indeed receive conversions of R-Type and R-Type II. They were anything but crappy!

Also, a version of Gauntlet was recently donated to me for the show. Whether it'll feature anytime soon, I wouldn't like to say. But I'm committed to another season's worth of content once this current run is up. So you might get to see it then!

Games / Re: I've got a Totally Unoriginal Gaming Show on Youtube now
« on: 14 December, 2018, 06:20:43 pm »
'Allo, Twothers! Just popping back in for a bit to pimp the latest video on the channel. I suffered a few setbacks recently which meant I had a hiccup in my production schedule, so this one comes a bit later than I'd have liked.

Anyways - here it is: a look at the dubiously conceived Super Nintendo exclusive SUPER R-TYPE.

Is it super? Or merely a pooper?
(Clue: I just referred to it as 'dubiously conceived.')

Direct link to video:

By the way, guys - and this is quite important: YouTube have been erroneously deleting subscribers from a lot of channels over the last 48 hours, flagging them as 'spam accounts.' I've lost a few, so you might want to check your subscriptions to make sure they're still active. And make sure you click on that grey notification bell as well - otherwise, in it's infinite un-wisdom, YouTube won't actually tell you when new videos have gone up.

Yeah. I dunno which genius had that idea, either.

Anyway! ENJOY! There's only one video left before this season wraps up.

Games / Re: I've got a Totally Unoriginal Gaming Show on Youtube now
« on: 27 November, 2018, 07:41:21 pm »
More video bits have been uploaderized into the Youtube-o-tron tonight. This one ought to make folks feel old (including me.)

This week's review is of Activision's BEAMRIDER on the Atari 2600. A game that first debuted on the Intellivision console (which was ace!) but soon got ported over to other systems. You might even see a few other versions reviewed on the channel if I can swing it.

Anyway! Pretty picture:

Actual review link:

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:

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:

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:

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!

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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