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We Are Participating in Extra Life 2018

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Donation Link: https://www.extra-life.org/participant/316569

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Mark your calendars for Saturday, October 20th, because Fred from Gaming History 101 will be participating in the annual Extra Life fundraiser with a 24 hour live stream!  Gaming History 101 has teamed up with Good 4 Gaming (one of the highest contributing teams for this charity) to bring you endless content in the interest of raising money for kids.  The Extra Life charity provides funds for the Children’s Miracle Network of hospitals and Fred is specifically raising for the University of Kansas Medical Center Pediatrics.  This team did an excellent job of taking care of his daughter when she had an unfortunate illness that required hospitalization a couple of years ago.  What does that mean to you all reading this?  It’s time to open up your wallets, earn a tax deduction (at least in the United States), and watch some fun and engaging content on gaming’s past.  The live stream can be found at the top of this post and will remain at the top until the event ends.  Click the link below for more details.

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September 25, 2018 at 4:41 pm

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The Council Episode 4: Burning Bridges Review

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If you have not read our review containing the previous episodes, it’s highly recommended as it’s not only referenced, but we may not discuss many of the mechanics present in previous episodes.  This was to prevent redundant comments and move directly into the changes in the current episode.  Eventually the link above will serve as the location for all episode reviews.  This review contains no spoilers.

Going into episode 4 of The Council I had absolutely no expectations.  The story was stagnant, the character development was marred by writing away plot holes with twins and the supernatural, and the gameplay was almost flat out boring.  I had grown tired of Louis and this fun alternative take on history because it seemed like the development team was out of ideas.  What started as an experiment in alt history along with a modern take on the adventure genre had become a series of fetch quests surrounding a main, but rock solid, puzzle with all plot points stressing answers to “a mystery.”  I didn’t think there was anything developer Big Bad Wolf could put in as an explanation that would live up to this fabled mystery.  In that regard, I will admit I was wrong, because Episode 4 throws you a massive curve ball and begins to answer questions left and right.  Events transpire at a lightening pace compared to what we’ve seen previously and some major events are given out like candy.  It also was apparently a good time to introduce a whole new mechanic that seems to heavily null some of the old mechanics, and the confrontation system has become a minefield for your usable resources.  The whole game was dialed up to 11 and it all seemed rushed out, which I’m betting it was.  While I have to admit I enjoyed playing through Episode 4, it’s frantic attempt to get things back on track came at the expense of it’s largest asset: the previous episodes no longer matter.

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October 1, 2018 at 11:00 am

Splatterhouse (2010) Livestream Tonight! Come Join!

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It’s almost October and it’s high time to get scary, gory, and horror-iffic here at Gaming History 101.  Fred will be sitting down with the 2010 reboot of Splatterhouse on the Playstation 3, complete with some discussion on the rough development of the title.  It all starts at 11pm Eastern/10pm Central/8pm Pacific in the player above or at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vRysadqwVjI. See you there!

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September 28, 2018 at 1:56 pm

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GHX Episode 33: Done with Summer

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This week there’s plenty of discussion about Fall, which leads to Halloween, which always leads to horror movies when Fred’s involved.  Once jumping to video games things shift to the Extra Life 2018 fundraiser, then Trees’ casino nights and video games, and finally a discussion on the Playstation Classic.


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September 26, 2018 at 11:00 am

Friday at the Movies: The Predator Review

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Please Note: This review contains no spoilers or inferences to the overall plot.  Non-specific themes, however, are discussed.

These days franchise movies like to stay safe in creative decisions.  Often there are no overtly offensive factors, fans are catered to, and the story continues on for better or worse.  The Predator doesn’t play it safe with a drastic shift in tone that is largely humorous, but also gives you plenty of action and violence to remind viewers they’re still watching a movie in the franchise.  If my mentioning a heavy basis on humor concerns you, don’t be worried too much yet.  It’s not Gremlins 2, which abandoned almost all its fearful themes in return for a slapstick comedy for kids, but rather a blend of genres.  As such, The Predator is also not afraid to make some offensive lines that add to the dark comedy vibe of the whole feature, but more about my thoughts on that later.  If you are one of those fans who takes keeping the cannon alive and preserving the brand as your highest priority, you will no doubt have plenty of issues with this film, but rest assured nothing here is more problematic than the damage already done by the two previous sequels.

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September 14, 2018 at 12:00 pm

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GHX Ep 32: Casino Predator

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After some initial tech issues, our heroes speak of upcoming adventures raiding tombs and partying in casinos before eventually getting to video games.  Austin sparks a conversation on the myriad of titles on Xbox game pass, Fred vents about media personalities that have no idea what they’re talking about, Trees gives what he’s been playing, and it all closes on some Spyro 4 fan creation demos.


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September 12, 2018 at 11:00 am

GHX Ep 31: Random Strange at the Moose Lodge

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Fred and Trees are back!  There’s a lot to catch up on, but they do manage to remain mostly on games including God of War (2018)No Man’s SkyDevil May Cry (2001), Trees gets a Switch, Dead Cells, and the Street Fighter Anniversary Collection.  All that along with discussions of the Analogue Super NT, gamers as game designers, and some recent news.

Also Fred is doing Extra Life this year!  He’ll be set up with prizes and dates soon, but if you’re game feel free to donate early here: https://www.extra-life.org/participant/316569  Donating early does not disqualify you from any prizes.


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August 29, 2018 at 11:00 am

Co-Operative Episode 3: Gears of War Ultimate Edition

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Fred and Gren get together to discuss the co-op experience of Gears of War, which quickly becomes a discussion about the changes of the 360 original and the extra content of this edition from a 2 player standpoint.


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August 22, 2018 at 11:00 am

The Ending of Large ROM Sites Should Garner A Different Response

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With the recent fall of some major rom sites, and others pulling their own hosted files offline as a response, I’ve seen a somewhat trending reaction from the community that concerns me.  My peers are avidly going out and downloading entire collections of games and files from these sites to have on hand should we see the fall of the easy to access rom site.  Not only do I feel this will never happen, but this response is flawed and wrong.  The response you should be having is to start looking into ways to back up your own games.  It’s relatively cheap, free if you don’t need to backup carts, and it will allow you to never worry about losing another game again whether it’s damaged, stolen, or subject to the rare chip/disc rot.  Oh yeah, and it’s also not illegal.

A Little Background

Just under a month ago, web site Torrent Freak reported that Nintendo sued loveroms.com and loveRETRO.co over having open access to copyrighted material.  For those not familiar, Torrent Freak refers to itself as “a publication dedicated to bringing the latest news about copyright, privacy, and everything related to filesharing.”  The web sites in question were owned by an individual, Jacob Mathias, who ran his own Arizona-based LLC that focused on these file sharing sites.  Those who work in rom sites specifically tend to not carry certain games and files specifically for fear that something like this would happen.  While I’d never been on the site myself, the fact that these sites had direct download links to a myriad of roms (files that represent a cartridge based video game) that included Nintendo’s prime catalog is a big mistake.  The one or two sites I used to frequent would pull down specific roms that were re-released such as Virtual Console games and more recently the “Classic Edition” line of Nintendo’s library.  This other site also would pull down any game that the publisher had requested, so if you went to most Capcom titles there would be a note that the game was removed due to the publisher’s request.  Finally that other site would not host BIOS files, which are proprietary software in certain consoles that are required to get certain emulators working, which it was revealed Mathias’ sites also hosted.  Put all of these factors together and these sites had massive bulls-eyes on them for just this kind of response.  Nintendo even makes it a point in the suit to call it out, “The LoveROMs and LoveRETRO websites are among the most open and notorious online hubs for pirated video games.”

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August 13, 2018 at 12:15 pm

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We Happy Few Impressions – Should You Get It?

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We Happy Few releases today after more than 3 years in development and 2 years on early access.  Now PC, PS4, and Xbox One players can play through a fresh new campaign that builds upon the original mechanics.  Assuming you haven’t played We Happy Few or only recall initial early access impressions like this one I previously did, or if you’ve even watched an early video like another I did, this video wraps up what you can expect in the first 8 hours in a mere 8 1/2 minutes.

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August 10, 2018 at 11:00 am

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