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Retro Game Night: Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (NES)

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This week Retro Game Night features Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom for the NES.  One of the many games that had a non-traditional arcade-to-console port, this licensed product was significant because it was an unlicensed Tengen game and then eventually became an officially licensed Mindscape game, so there are two identical versions in the wild.  Fred goofs around with it a bit to give the general gist.

Written by Fred Rojas

August 2, 2015 at 1:48 pm

Lost Treasures of Gaming: U-Boat

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For this week’s Lost Treasures of Gaming podcast Sean and Syd were talking to Vic-20 programmer Mark Vittek.  Fred shows you what the original program from 1983’s article of Compute! looked like and then plays a few rounds to show off just how much muscle the Commodore Vic-20 had in only 4K of RAM.

This was captured in conjunction with the Lost Treasures of Gaming podcast on OMG Nexus.  Lost Treasures of Gaming on Gaming History 101’s Twitch channel can be watched live every Friday night at 11:30 pm EST.

Written by Fred Rojas

August 1, 2015 at 11:00 am

Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City with Fred and Jam

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Fred has never played Operation Raccoon City and after it was mentioned on the most recent Silent Evil Episode, he finally decided to join veteran to the game and co-host Jam for a co-op session.  This is the result.

Warning: This video contains adult language and graphic violence.  The chat language is quite offensive as well.

Written by Fred Rojas

July 26, 2015 at 11:00 am

Capcom Releases Resident Evil 0 Comparison Video With N64 Prototype Footage

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Normally we don’t like to report much on what is basically marketing for the upcoming 2016 Resident Evil 0 HD Remaster, but it includes previously unseen clips of the original N64 prototype (where the game was originally going to release).  For that reason, and the 5 minute run time, we’ve decided to put it here for all to enjoy.

Written by Fred Rojas

July 10, 2015 at 2:02 pm

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Ongoing Series: Let’s Play Shenmue

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Fred has never played Shenmue and wants to see what all the fuss is about after the announcement of Shenmue 3.  Each day, he and a few great viewers delve into this long title for approximately one hour in a quest to complete it and see what it has to offer.  These recordings are from nightly livestreams on every night in July at midnight Eastern (5:00 am GMT).  This playlist and post will update automatically as a playlist on YouTube.  Until the game is completed there will be no future posts, feel free to head to the YouTube channel or simply search “Shenmue” on our site to find it.

Written by Fred Rojas

July 3, 2015 at 11:00 am

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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

Posted in Sega CD/Mega CD, Videos

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The Making of Fallout New Vegas

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Many of you are probably as psyched and Jam was to hear about the announcement of Fallout 4.  Many consider the true Fallout series developers were creators Black Isle Studios (Fallout and Fallout 2 on PC), which is why fans appreciated Fallout 3 but were more psyched for Fallout New Vegas.  Developed by Obsidian Entertainment, largely made up of former Black Isle members, Fallout New Vegas was more like the original Fallout titles adapted to the newer and more shiny Fallout 3 engine.  The limited edition of the game contained many fun items, some you care about and some you don’t.  Of those, the most interesting is a bonus disc chronicling the development of Obisidan’s new take on the post apocalyptic wasteland and more importantly Las Vegas in that land.  Above is the 8-part, almost an hour documentary on Fallout New Vegas.

Written by Fred Rojas

June 14, 2015 at 10:38 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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Documentary: The Evolution and Making of Halo

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Sorry Everyone: Due to Copyright Claims we didn’t think we were violating (because we don’t do ad revenue) this video was removed by our editorial team.  We want to continue to offer high quality content to you and we also do not want to violate the rights of any developer, publisher, or business.  We apologize.

Many of you may know the story behind the original Halo, and for those that don’t we have this trusty podcast from a while back.  It’s one thing to hear it and it’s quite another to see it.  This documentary series shows off the initial MacWorld reveal of Halo in 1999 when Steve Jobs himself introduced what was to become a real-time strategy (RTS) title, the progression to a PC squad-based shooter in 2000 at E3, and the final reveal as a first person shooter on the Xbox in 2001.  After seeing how it progresses we then get about half an hour of developer commentary on the various decisions made in the development process to result in the finished product you know as Halo: Combat Evolved.  This video and the gameplay footage in it are owned by Microsoft and Bungie.

Written by Fred Rojas

May 18, 2015 at 3:00 pm

Retro Game Night: Rumble Roses

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As part of the three game obligation from over a month ago, Fred had to cover Rumble Roses, an all female wrestling game on the Playstation 2.  Just from the box art you can tell that this game is most likely suggestive with skimpy outfits, busty women, and provocative poses.  Well now we play the game, see what it has to offer, and even decide if it’s kusoge or not (explained in the video).  While there is no true nudity or sexual content, you may want to consider what follows to be NSFW (not safe for work), but it is worth checking out if only to see this wacky Konami title from a time where companies took more risks.

Written by Fred Rojas

May 16, 2015 at 12:09 pm


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