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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.

Games / Re: I've got a Totally Unoriginal Gaming Show on Youtube now
« on: 04 June, 2019, 06:28:30 pm »
Latest review is up now - and it might be the last one for a bit, as I have a mix of real life and comics stuff that I need to concentrate on for a bit. Got a few too many balls in the air right now.

And, speaking of balls... well... pinball...

Here's a direct link:

Alright... who wants another one?

This one releases into the wild a good bit later than I'd intended. I've had LOTS of comics work on these last few weeks, plus a hundred and one technical issues in the recording of the commentary turned it into a bit of a beast to get finished.

It's also something of a labour of love. This time, I look at the PS3 version of HOMEFRONT - a first person shooter that's seldom mentioned in an especially positive light. However, it's premise is really quite interesting. And unsettling. So I give the game a thorough dissection to see if that makes it worthwhile.

By the way, folks: VIEWER DISCRETION ADVISED. This one contains some imagery that viewers may find distressing, as well as some in-game strong language. As a result, it's age restricted.

Direct link to review:

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!

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