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Games / Re: Last game played...
« on: 08 May, 2019, 09:13:24 am »
Hellblade: Senua's sacrifice Amazing game. Never played anything like it.

No word of a lie - that game made proper emotional mincemeat out of me. I think it may have one of the all time great video game endings. Absolutely loved it!

Yeah its a minefield isn't it, there's the 16-bit generation of which I'd say the TG-16 is an early member of, and then whether the hardware itself warrants the term 16-bit.

This is the exact point that caused the trouble I mentioned earlier. Those sneaky marketing types were all about passing off the PC Engine as a 16 bit system in the States. It took me an AGE to get to the bottom of what the deal was there.

That console is a WEIRD bit of kit. Two 8 bit processors tied to 16 bit graphics handling. Kind of interesting, seeing how it gave it the edge in performance over the other hardware you could get at the time. But I'm reliably informed that doubling up on 8 bit processors doesn't equate to 16 bit horsepower.  I tried looking into it a bit further but... eh. I had comics to letter and my head was already starting to spin.

It really is fascinating to see how some of those older machines worked, though. A point of particular interest for me is how we have a growing market for single board computers which are now being used quite commonly to emulate console technology. Looking at how similar so many of those SBCs are, and how unique the internals of certain consoles were, it's amazing to me that people can make the one behave like the other!

Nice one, good review! Got a new appreciation of R-Type now after having played through the third. This one definitely beats the Game Boy version for the crown of best 8-bit port I think!

Glad you enjoyed it, Grudge!

I could very easily go on a rampage of reviewing nothing BUT different versions of that game. But I think that would prove a bit boring for viewers.

I'm quietly a bit surprised that I haven't had comments on that video asking why I hate the Master System, or something. Apparently, even referring (accurately) to the PC Engine as an 8 bit console in a recent review was enough to severly upset somebody, so it seems like commenting on console hardware itself is a bit of a risky undertaking.

Lovely little console, though - even if, like everything else of its era, it wasn't without a few technical drawbacks. I really went down the rabbit hole learning about some of the console's idiosyncracies during the research for this video. It might even lead to a separate feature somewhere down the line, if time permits.

Hope you enjoy this version of R-Type when you get to mash buttons on it. Just remember, that's a chunk of my childhood you'll be playing!


I’d quite like to try the MSX version out of curiosity.

The MSX is one of those systems I currently don't have access to, but REALLY wish I could do some stuff for. There's an amazing library of games for the system. I gather finding a working one in decent condition is quite a task, though.

Maybe if I can hit those PewDiePie numbers one day...

New video is up for my twothsome viewers!

Been REALLY busy just lately, but I managed to finish off a review I've had kicking about on my hard drive for ages. This one's a look at the legendary R-Type, as it appeared on Sega's Master System console way, way back.

Here's a direct link to the review:

Games / Re: I've got a Totally Unoriginal Gaming Show on Youtube now
« on: 12 April, 2019, 09:14:52 pm »
Got another one of them old-timey video game videos up this week. This one's to do with the old Atari 2600 game JAWBREAKER, which is actually kind of interesting. Because it's a game that riffs on the much better known Pac-Man, but in an unexpectedly original way.

Here's a REALLY exciting image to show you how exciting and not at all dated the game looks:

And here's the link:

Games / Re: I've got a Totally Unoriginal Gaming Show on Youtube now
« on: 27 March, 2019, 05:36:29 pm »
That's good advice, thanks. I'm useless at repairing these things so would always rather pay a bit more for a low-use or refurbished unit.

I believe issues with PC Engine capacitors is related to simple age-related degradation. So definitely go the re-capped route if you can!

Games / Re: I've got a Totally Unoriginal Gaming Show on Youtube now
« on: 27 March, 2019, 03:17:55 pm »
I never saw a PC Engine in real life, just mysterious ads from mail-order companies in gaming magazines.
I saw plenty of ads for TurboGrafx 16 games in American comics but didn't even realise it was basically the same console. It's a real shame it wasn't released over here. I've had a little play on one recently and really liked it.

I remember the same ads!

My first introduction to the PC Engine was in the form of the Core Grafx console - basically the Japanese PC Engine in a dark grey case with rebranded logos. One of the rich kids in my school had one. He was later outdone by another one of the rich kids who had the authetic, white console from Japan. I couldn;t get over how dinky it was - no bigger than a bag of crisps!

I have a fairly decent little retro collection and may invest in a PC Engine at some point (but top of my list is a Vectrex - they've doubled in price in the last couple of years though).

If you DO pick up a PC Engine, I'd urge you to look for a re-capped unit. The capacitors in those older PCE models reliably fail over time, which can make buying one a bit of a lottery.

Games / Re: I've got a Totally Unoriginal Gaming Show on Youtube now
« on: 27 March, 2019, 01:06:16 pm »
Got a new one out the door, folks!

This week's not-quite-ten-minutes of brutal dissection of an old video game is apportioned to OVERRIDE - a Japanese only release for the super-cool NEC PC Engine.

Direct link to the space pew-pews:

I'm always a bit curious as to how many folks actually clapped eyes on the PC Engine back in the day. They were AWESOME bits of kit!

Also, STOP PRESS! I recently contributed some vocal bits to a video by YouTube retro-gaming sensation Octav1us, where she had a look at the old BBC Micro game Granny's Garden.

If you guys want to check that out, you can find it here:

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!

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