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Because Sega CD: Wirehead

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One of the more hokey of the B-Film interactive FMV titles on the Sega CD is Wirehead, the story of mild mannered man Ned Hubbard who has a wire in his brain that allows you to control him.  In this game you follow Ned on a crazy adventure that mostly involves you picking directions on the d-pad of which you have no context for what or why you should select them.  I recorded the game in whole, all 35 minutes of it, and of course threw on some commentary, enjoy.

Written by Fred Rojas

June 27, 2015 at 11:00 am

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Extra Credit: PSP Community Top 10

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Not the most popular console among the GH101 community, but thanks to a handful of people we have a short, but delightful list of games beloved on Sony’s first portable.  Be sure to give it a listen and find out what’s coming up for our July Top 10.  We didn’t write out the top 10 because the podcast is so short (10 minutes) and it would spoil the fun.  Go listen!


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Written by Fred Rojas

June 25, 2015 at 11:00 am

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Mirror’s Edge Review

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Mirrors Edge was released back in 2008 and believe it or not this year was quite the year for EA releasing new IPs to the new consoles. We got Army of Two, Dead Space, and Mirror’s Edge all in the same year. Now whether you like these titles or not is a matter of opinion but this was a good time to be a gamer. Despite my love for survival horror and heartily awaiting the arrival of Dead Space, it was hard to ignore just how unique and different Mirror’s Edge looked. It’s time to revisit this title and see how it holds up today.

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Written by jamalais

June 23, 2015 at 1:00 pm

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Podcast: Majora’s Mask Game Club (Part 2)

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This week Fred and Jam wrap up Majora’s Mask with the final two dungeons, the ending, and probably the biggest draw to the game, the side quests. It’s a lengthy discussion that goes down to the wire but definitely demonstrates a game that while not appreciated in its time but can have a second life now.  Part 1 can be found here.


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Written by Fred Rojas

June 10, 2015 at 11:00 am

Retro Game Night: The Shield The Game

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For our next episode of Is It Kusoge? Fred is playing The Shield The Game based on the FX Network’s popular television show.  With the licensing of Michael Chiklis playing his role as lead of the Strike Team Vic Mackey not to mention several other talent from the show.  Will this licensed product prove to be like the rest, a rare game like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, or is it kusoge?

Warning: The video clearly conveys this, but this title contains adult content including violence and language (nudity is mentioned but doesn’t appear in our playthrough).  Viewer discretion is advised.

Written by Fred Rojas

June 8, 2015 at 3:00 pm

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Top 10 Playstation Portable (PSP) Games Debate and Reveal

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For this month, Jam and Fred are discussing the top 10 games for the Playstation Portable (PSP). Despite being an emulation and piracy machine from the moment it released, the PSP is not only an impressive piece of hardware but it also provided a library of great software. Clearly some games stand out on both our lists but what was most impressive were the rock solid titles that one of us never even knew existed.  If you look at the full article you can see our top 10 without listening to the podcast.


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Written by Fred Rojas

June 8, 2015 at 11:00 am

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The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask Review

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Riding the coat tales of the excellent Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, which basically was another re-creation of the original formula that A Link to the Past had done before it only this time in 3D, it was going to be hard to top.  Not only that, but there was a long four year development cycle for Ocarina and Nintendo wanted a follow-up done faster with a smaller team by re-using the engine and assets.  It was determined that this could be accomplished by containing the whole game in a smaller world and on a game clock that would control the overall scope of the title regardless of what the player did.  As a result, The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask released in 2000, finished in less than half the time of Ocarina.  Unfortunately it also garnered half as many sales (3.36 million compared to the 7+ million of Ocarina) and while critically praised, it didn’t seem to hold the attention of the many fans that wanted many of the series staples to remain intact.  Majora’s Mask was recently re-released in 3D on the 3DS and it appears today’s audiences are treating one of the franchise’s few ugly ducklings with a bit more of an open mind.  Is that love justified or are people just that desperate to get their hands on a unique Zelda title in hindsight?

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Written by jamalais

June 2, 2015 at 2:44 pm

Link’s Awakening DX Review

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Link’s Awakening was the first Zelda title to be released to the Game Boy, it was also the first Zelda title to receive an updated version in the form of Link’s Awakening DX released to the Game Boy Color.  It was the first of the series I played to completion and to this day I hold quite the soft spot for this title. With it being Zelda season on Gaming History 101 I was excited to revisit this title and review it for the site. So its time to strap on those nostalgia goggles and dive back into some old school handheld Zelda.

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Written by jamalais

June 1, 2015 at 3:00 pm

A Link to the Past Review

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With the departure that Zelda II was from the original, Nintendo wasn’t going to take anymore chances as it began to release beloved franchises on its newest console, the Super NES.  Of those franchises, The Legend of Zelda was one of the first to be rehashed with A Link to the Past.  Instead of trying to create a sequel or something new, Nintendo instead took all the concepts from the original game, added a few enhancements, and made the game that captured so many hearts over again.  To be clear, A Link to the Past is not a remake, it’s just the exact formula of the original utilized in the same world with a different map, different set of dungeons, and slightly altered item list.  Think if it as a remix to the original rather than a true sequel or remake, but one that marks one of the highest points for both the console and the series itself.

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Written by Fred Rojas

June 1, 2015 at 11:00 am

Zelda II: Adventures of Link Review

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With the then masterpiece that was The Legend of Zelda, Nintendo owners (myself included) eagerly awaited the sequel.  Things were different back then and no release dates were ever given, so games would just show up in stores and it was first come, first serve.  This was most definitely the case with both Super Mario Bros. 2 and Zelda II: Adventures of Link in 1988, when both games dropped in the holiday season.  The latter, however, didn’t peak its head out until December with hardly enough time for parents and even Nintendo’s Fun Club newsletter to prepare the rush of players eager to share another quest with Link.  For better or worse, Zelda II was drastically different from the original, now incorporated more traditional RPG mechanics like leveling up and magic as well as being much more difficult.  If you can stomach it, however, there’s a lot to appreciate with Adventures of Link.

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Written by Fred Rojas

May 31, 2015 at 11:00 am

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