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Documentary: The Evolution and Making of Halo

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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

Posted in PS2, Retro Game Night, Videos

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Documentary: The Making of Alan Wake

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I love Alan Wake.  Remedy has always done a fantastic job with its games (even if they take more than five years to come out) and while I dug Max Payne, Alan Wake is like nothing else I played last generation.  I may be over selling it a bit, but thanks to the Limited Edition I purchased when this game came out, now you can see this fascinating 3-part documentary on how Remedy formed, started making a thriller title, and eventually ended up at Alan Wake.  There are also some E3 demos from way back when the game was in early development that I threw into the video description for those that want to check them out.

Written by Fred Rojas

May 15, 2015 at 11:00 am

Double Fine Has Some Awesome Game Dev Videos

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I have always been meaning to watch the fantastic Double Fine Adventure! series spanning more than 20 videos at current that gives you the most in depth look behind the creative process I’ve ever seen.  Always a likable team with an equally likable and charismatic leader in Tim Schafer, Double Fine nails it in this series about Kickstarted title Broken Age and all of the business and developmental setbacks along the way.  I have posted the full run (playlist) below as an in-browser window for your convenience.

What you should also check out is the fantastic Devs Play series that spans 25 videos of development guys playing old games (like The Lion King and Doom) and even how to hack a ROM (they use Legend of Zelda), which I find fascinating.  Probably the best episode, and a rightful finale to the first season, is a more than 2 hour video with Koji Igarashi (Iga) on the development of Symphony of the Night to kick off his new project.  You can also see that below:

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Written by Fred Rojas

May 14, 2015 at 12:00 pm

Video: The Making of Bioshock Documentary

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As part of our collaboration of documentaries on game design comes The Making of Bioshock.  This was in a supplemental DVD that came with the Deluxe Edition of the original Bioshock and features almost 42 minutes of developmental stories and design choices as told by the staff of Irrational Games themselves.  While you may immediately recognize studio head Ken Levine, there are plenty of other heavy talent you will want to pay attention to in this documentary and hear the story of how a space station in the sea became one of our favorite Xbox 360 games.  If you’ve never played it before, feel free to check out our quick look or game club podcast in addition to the link above for our review.

Written by Fred Rojas

May 12, 2015 at 11:00 am

Documentary: Dangerous Games (Night Trap)

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Over the years Fred has collected a lot of limited editions, bonus discs, promo videos, and randomly e-mailed/mailed documentaries and making of videos involving video games.  Well it seems pointless to keep them to himself and since we don’t generate ad revenue we’re betting YouTube may let us release these promotional items.  In a new ongoing series, we will be releasing the many videos made available that you probably won’t be able to get your hands on due to rarity or the disposable promo value of them.  We start today with a pseudo “making of” and “post mortem” on the controversial game Night Trap.  It’s about 8 minutes of Tom Zito, Rob Fulop, and James Riley basically pleading with us about the fun and light heartedness of this game that was targeted by the US Senate.  As a fan of Night Trap, it’s a brief and all smiles look at a game that was touted as much more nefarious than it ever could hope to be.

Written by Fred Rojas

May 7, 2015 at 3:00 pm

May the Fourth Be With You: Super Empire Strikes Back (SNES)

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Here it is, the challenge that spawned from Fred’s mystery game 3-pack in March.  It was brutal, it was frustrating, it was on easy…but Fred has beaten Super Empire Strikes Back and what better time to reveal the video but May the Fourth.  Enjoy.

Written by Fred Rojas

May 4, 2015 at 11:00 am

NHL 2002 Quick Look

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Of Fred’s 3 random games he has to cover this month, one was a sports game that apparently was the best hockey game on the PS2.  NHL 2002, developed and published by EA, touts funny announcers, crazy gameplay mechanics, and some of the smoothest action for the generation.  Fred gives it an initial go and if nothing else, exploits the unbalanced nature of the AI on both sides of the difficulty spectrum.  More coverage and a review to follow, but here’s the initial 30 minutes and it ends with a Sum41 song, woo hoo game license cross-promotion!

Written by Fred Rojas

April 30, 2015 at 11:00 am

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Rocket Knight Adventures Initial Run/Quick Look

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Rocket Knight Adventures is this month’s game club and a highly regarded part of the Genesis/Mega Drive library.  Not only does it show off the hardware tricks that Konami was famous for but it’s also tough as nails.  Having never played it, Fred jumps onto his console (and with a web cam so you can see all his goofy faces while playing) to make a first attempt at conquering it.  Does he succeed?

Written by Fred Rojas

April 16, 2015 at 4:04 pm

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Jam’s SNES Unboxing Video

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Yes, it finally happened, Jam  got a SNES.  A retro console he never thought he would actually own due to the kinda crazy prices the games sell for in the UK. He appears very happy with this and wants to dedicate this video to good friend Mr. SieOne who has been a huge support to GH101 and to all the content we have provided in the past.

Written by jamalais

April 13, 2015 at 4:15 pm

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