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Sega CD Marathon-athon, Part 1

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User/listener Mark E. on Facebook recently put that he wants more Sega CD as a reward for hitting some fantastic numbers for the podcast in March.  How could I say no to a bunch of content on my favorite console?  As a result I’m pulling all the games from my Sega CD collection (over 100 strong) and playing them all in alphabetical sequence in a new video series I call the “Sega CD Marathon-athon”.  In part 1 we kick off the beginning of the alphabet with 3 Ninjas Kick Back, Adventures of Batman & Robin, Afterburner III, The Animals! (Presented by the San Diego Zoo), and finally B.C. Racers.  I did have to skip over Advanced Dungeons & DragonsEye of the Beholder and for some reason Adventures of Willy Bemish was hidden in the Ws instead of the As, so watch for longer solo videos and write-ups of those soon.  As it stands I’m not doing review/retrospective write-ups on any of these games because, well, you’ll see.  Click on the Sega CD logo below or here to check out the video.


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April 20, 2014 at 2:25 pm

Retro Game Night: Einhander

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This week for #RetroFridays we are playing the PS1 shmup Einhander from Squaresoft.  Released in 1997 this was an oddity because Square was better known for a slew of great RPGs, including Final Fantasy VII.  This was captured on actual hardware playing an actual disc, no emulation.  Click here or on the box art (I prefer this Japanese box art over the poor American one) to be taken to the video.

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April 19, 2014 at 11:32 am

Retro Fridays: Unreleased Games

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This week for Retro Fridays we are playing unreleased games.  The Sunsoft canceled NES title Sunman, which was really a re-skin of a Superman game. An ultra violent PS1 game that was deemed too violent to release named Thrill Kill.  And finally the stolen never released SNES sequel to StarFox, StarFox 2 (of which most of the gameplay was integrated into StarFox 64).  All of these games were captured on actual hardware, no emulation (and we tell you how to do it too).  Click on the Starfox 2 photo above or here to be taken to the video.

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April 12, 2014 at 12:55 pm

Retro Game Night: Super Metroid

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In honor of the April game club, I’m giving Super Metroid a try for the first time ever.  Regarded as easily one of the strongest titles on the SNES, if not of all time, I get started to see what all the fuss is about with the title that is responsible for the “Metroid” in “MetroidVania“.  Click on the box art below to see the video.


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April 5, 2014 at 3:00 pm

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Retro Game Challenge: Radiant Silvergun

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For those of you gearing up for this week’s Gaming History 101 shmup game club, I’ve got the Radiant Silvergun (links to my review/coverage of the game) campaign through to completion on a video here.  Don’t expect the best playing in the world, I’m okay but I’m no match for the one-lifers who take this game on.  It was more like 50 lives in my case, but nonetheless, I managed to complete the game despite some self destructing bosses.  Click on the box art for the video.


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March 30, 2014 at 1:39 pm

Version: Resident Evil Intro Movies

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In this episode of Version, we dissect the different intro movies found in the original Resident Evil.  It was heavily altered in the US versions so we hunted down a Japanese version to compare the difference and even included the Gamecube remake for posterity.  We have hidden the video to improve main site load times, simply click on the Chris Redfield to view the movie.

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March 23, 2014 at 4:37 pm

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Podcast: Guardian Heroes Game Club

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This week we are joined by Horseplay podcast’s Yogi Lopez (@Yogizilla) and freelance retro writer Jam (@Jamalais) to discuss Sega’s gem for the Saturn Guardian Heroes.  A surprisingly deep hack-and-slash with RPG elements and even a fully controlled NPC, this title ushered out 2D sprites and a genre that was much beloved in the early-to-mid 1990s.

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January 29, 2014 at 11:00 am

Video: Michigan: Report from Hell Longplay Part 4 & Finale

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And here’s the wrap up of easily one of the most expensive PS2 games I’ve ever owned.  At 4.5 hours with the bonus material, probably not the strongest campaign out, but Michigan is an experimental “out of the box” title that probably will never be repeated again.  Either way, here’s the end of the journey:

Also if you wish you can check out the entire playthrough in a full playlist here.


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January 13, 2014 at 9:11 am

Michigan: Report from Hell Longplay Part 3

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And here’s the third part of the Michigan longplay (for the initial post on this game click here):

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January 10, 2014 at 11:00 am

Michigan: Report from Hell Longplay Part 2

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In Part 2 of our Michigan longplay (you can read about the game as a whole and see the original video here) we continue our playthrough of this super rare (for the English version) title.  Enjoy!

You can go on and see part 3 here.

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January 9, 2014 at 12:06 pm


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