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Games / Re: I've got a Totally Unoriginal Gaming Show on Youtube now
« on: 12 August, 2019, 02:54:54 PM »
After MUCH grunting, heaving and exclamations of 'push! PUSH!' I've got another video up on the channel. This one's skewed more toward current gen gaming, but it still has an eye on the old days, as I take a considered look at the 2016 PS4 remaster of ASSAULT SUIT LEYNOS.

It's got big robots! Fighting! In space! And more explosions than you'd find in Michael Bay's out-takes!

You can watch it via this link:

Games / Re: I've got a Totally Unoriginal Gaming Show on Youtube now
« on: 01 August, 2019, 03:06:08 PM »
A further update!

Quite unexpectedly, I happened across something I'd been after for a while. And there's a bit of talk of technical trickery I can use it for to do some stuff for the channel. Here's a link to a video I prepared for the show's Twitter account to explain in detail.


Games / Re: I've got a Totally Unoriginal Gaming Show on Youtube now
« on: 30 July, 2019, 10:20:44 PM »
Quick update!

The show now has a Facebook page. So if you're active over there, feel free to give it a follow. I'm scheduling posts over there, and while it's mainly being used as another outlet to hopefully get some fresh eyes on the videos, I'm also planning to add some behind the scenes stuff from time to time.


Games / Re: I've got a Totally Unoriginal Gaming Show on Youtube now
« on: 26 July, 2019, 02:21:06 PM »
Pang’s great - I had the Speccy version which I liked well enough at the time. No idea how it stands up.
Has anyone played the much earlier Speccy game (which I think Pang basically ripped off) Bubble Buster?

I'm not actually aware of Bubble Buster. But here's a fun trivia factoid: The ZX Spectrum version of Pang was actually my first choice to review ahead of the Gameboy version. But it just suddenly and abruptly stopped working!

I still want to squeak that one out at some point, though. It's a pretty good port.

Games / Re: I've got a Totally Unoriginal Gaming Show on Youtube now
« on: 26 July, 2019, 12:46:21 AM »
PANG looks rock hard.  I thought I'd played it before but that showed me I hadn't. Or my memory of the game was completely false. Anyway, good vid. Cheers.

You're welcome, Tips!

I would say Pang's pretty well balanced, really. It ramps up in challenge the further into it you go, which I think these kinds of games should do. Sometimes, all it requires is a balance of timing, strategy and reflexes.

Games / Re: I've got a Totally Unoriginal Gaming Show on Youtube now
« on: 22 July, 2019, 02:28:02 PM »
Without the two-player, I found it a bit dull, and without the physical GB controls very difficult to play at speed.

It's definitely not as smooth as other conversions of the game, whether you're emulating it or playing it on real hardware. I spent a bit of time with some other ports of this one as I was researching this video, and it's honestly kind of surprising that Hudson Soft couldn't quite nail down the fluidity of the controls. When you play another port, you almost IMMEDIATELY notice how much easier the handling is.

Glad you're enjoying the videos, Tordels!

Games / Re: I've got a Totally Unoriginal Gaming Show on Youtube now
« on: 21 July, 2019, 06:06:36 PM »
ALART! ALART! A new vid-me-do has just gone live.

I've fired up the Gameboy capture kit for what I gather is a fairly rare look at the version of PANG that was released for it. There are plenty of videos on the North American release, which was retitled as 'Buster Bros' but this here is a jin-yoo-wine look at the game as it was packaged for Europe.

It's, uh... pretty much the same bar the title. But, you know how it is. Some people obssess over this stuff. ANYWAY. Here's a pretty picture:

And here's a link to the video:

Games / Re: I've got a Totally Unoriginal Gaming Show on Youtube now
« on: 09 July, 2019, 04:14:46 PM »
Heads up folks - got something a *bit* special planned for tonight's video.

This latest one represents a bit of a milestone. I sank more hours into it than I reasonably should have, because the nature of the hardware it's captured from, and a few other techie details, made it an extremely demanding video to edit.

The review was originally written WAY back, and intended to appear early on in the first run of reviews. But it turned out capturing a clean video signal from an N64 was near impossible. So I've had to get a bit creative witht he tools I have to hand.

Anyway, this review goes live tonight at 8:00PM as a YouTube Premiere. Read below the pic to see why that's a big deal:

So, why is it going up as a Premiere? Well, because it allows you the opportunity to watch it for the first time LIVE, with an interactive chat window! Yes... you can actually TALK TO ME! OR EACH OTHER! OR ANYONE ELSE WHO SHOWS UP! The wonders of modern technology, eh?

I'll be online at 7:50PM. If any of you fancy it, it'll be great to see you there. Standard rules apply: just basically be nice to each other and bring popcorn.

The video lasts approximately 10 minutes, and will be viewable as normal after the premiere.

Games / Re: I've got a Totally Unoriginal Gaming Show on Youtube now
« on: 08 July, 2019, 01:13:44 PM »
I checked out the channel and really liked the way it's presented. I also share the same sentiments on Homefront. It's great to see Atari and PC engine there too. Keep it up you got a new subscriber. (More Atari!)

Cheers! I'm always trying to refine these videos and make them the best they can be for you guys. My tribe may be small-ish, but you're worth it!

More Atari stuff is a dead cert. I'm BIG into the 2600, and I'm actually trying to swing something to bring Lynx games to the channel in the near future.

Watch this space!

Games / Re: I've got a Totally Unoriginal Gaming Show on Youtube now
« on: 22 June, 2019, 04:35:47 PM »
WOOHOO! I'm twenty videos old!

The latest review's gone out today in a bit of an experiment to see if I can snag more viewers by posting at the weekend. This time, I snag something cheap on the Nintendo Switch eShop and see if it's really as much of a bargain as it seemed. It's REFUNCT, a low-stress game about jumping and pushing buttons and things.


Games / Re: I've got a Totally Unoriginal Gaming Show on Youtube now
« on: 07 June, 2019, 04:31:36 AM »
Yeah it is steep for the physical versions, I stuck with the digital myself. Maybe I'll upgrade tiers down the line if possible, would be pretty crazy to get my name in the credits of an R-Type game!

I'm thinking about springing for a physical copy now - I had a bit of bonus pay come through on something yesterday afternoon, so I may have to nab it on PS4! Decisions decisions... pay out for juicy Kickstarter swag, or save money for survival in the inevitable wasteland setting of post Brexit Britain? Agh!

I did spot that one of the stretch goals was for a recreation of stage 3 from the original R-Type. Doesn't look like it'll happen, but how awesome would that be?

Quick note to say how much I enjoyed the latest two videos - I'd never played either of the games (Homefront and Alien Crush - or even heard of the PC Engine!), but they were very enjoyable reviews, and made me want to.

Cheers, Tordels! I'm happy to say the show's getting a LOT of positive reaction at the moment. I mean, that doesn't equate to views, necessarily, but people are enjoying what I'm doing and even sticking their hands in their pockets to finance production. So I must be doing something right.

Regarding the PC Engine, a few folks have mentioned to me after this last review that they didn't know it even existed. That's a real shame, as it was an absolutely awesome little console! It had a very interesting catalogue of games, too, including ports of some beloved arcade titles, and even a few notable Sega games.

If you fancy seeing a bit more of what it can do, be sure to check out my review of Override for it as well.

Games / Re: I've got a Totally Unoriginal Gaming Show on Youtube now
« on: 06 June, 2019, 04:29:38 AM »
Back the kickstarter and you'll get it mate!

Checking it over, I REALLY want to. Tempted to spring for the physical edition, but maaaan... almost £50 is a lot to find on short notice.

I'll chew it over for a bit.

Games / Re: I've got a Totally Unoriginal Gaming Show on Youtube now
« on: 05 June, 2019, 09:55:59 PM »
Thought this would be a good place to link the R-Type Final 2 Kickstarter!


I backed it straight away, I'm not an R-type superfan precisely, but I'm getting more into shmups and I'd love to see more old developers coming out of the woodwork like this.

I do loves me some R-Type! Really hoping that'll somehow find its way to the West.

Games / Re: PSVR - Recommended or not?
« on: 05 June, 2019, 10:54:42 AM »
last year, I was given the loan of a PSVR headset and The Persistence and the demo disc for what was supposed to be a week. I lasted two days with it. Turns out I'm one of the tiny percentage of people who absolutely cannot, under any circumstances, on pain of very prolonged discomfort use VR.

A friend very kindly allowed me to use his headset to see if I could get on with it and add PSVR content to my YouTube channel. After minimal use on the first day, I felt quite unwell. After a similar amount of use on teh second, I felt worse, had to lay down for the rest of the evening, and was fighting the urge to be violently sick for a good week after that.

In a way, I'm not too disappointed about my experiencem though, because - and I cannot stress this enough - I really think PSVR is massively over-rated. The technology felt to me like it was already outdated, with the fuzzy, low resolution graphics and cables permanently attached. Having to provide your own decent headphones was kind of aggravating as well.

The kicker for me, though, is that I just can't imagine spending much time playing games on PSVR even if it DIDN'T make me feel like vomming spectacularly. The Persistence - which I'd been told was a killer app for PSVR - was utterly woeful. Uncomfortable to play, extremely fuzzy visuals, and far too prone to dumping me in a position where I'd be killed by something I couldn't even see. Such a shame, as it was really looking like the kind of thing I'd enjoy. Looking over write-ups for other popular PSVR games, a lot of them sound like glorified tech demos.

Alas, I'll never do VR again.

Games / Re: I've got a Totally Unoriginal Gaming Show on Youtube now
« on: 05 June, 2019, 10:41:58 AM »
I miss pinball, the real thing I mean, computer simulations are never quite right. I used to be an absolute whizz at Pinbot back in the 80s, but my list of Manchester pubs that still have a machine is now down to just one.

I do have a real fondness for good quality pinball machines. I don't think anything beats the real thing.

Funny that you mention Pinbot. I was actually given copies of both that and High Speed for the NES to review right back when I started the show. I've heard good things about both of them. Sadly, I've never been able to play either of them, as they simply don't work in the NES clone console I use to capture footage. In the case of High Speed, I think the cartridge has simply upped and died.

I also have Video Pinball for the Atari 2600, which is entertainingly dreadful. At least, it's entertainingly dreadful if you're considering writing a review of it. Otherwise, it's just dreadful.

I think a lot comes down to the development with these kinds of games. Some publishers seem to think 'Ah! Pinball! People love that! We'll wang out a quick pinball sim and rely on getting easy money for it!' while others are more committed to doing a decent job.

I particularly remember Pinball Dreams and Pinball Fantasies on the Commodore Amiga being absolutely fantastic.

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