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F-Zero Races onto the Genesis/Mega Drive in New Homebrew

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Huzero, F-Zero on the Turbografx-16


F-Zero‘s unofficial port for the Turbografx-16 is called HuZero and it is quite an impressive port as the screenshot above hints to.  Well potentially the larger feat is getting the completely incapable of mode 7 graphics Sega Genesis/Mega Drive to play the same game.  Aptly named G-Zero, the homebrew port of this popular SNES racer is an equally impressive playable tech demo in its current state.  You can download the ROM here and thanks to the boys and girls at Retro Collect for the story.

Written by Fred Rojas

March 9, 2015 at 8:00 pm

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Jam is Going to Play Blackpool, Are You?

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Fresh on the cusp of Fred attending the Midwest Gaming Classic in Milwaukee, WI on April 11-12 (and having a panel), Jam is also attending a retro gaming convention across the pond in the UK, Play Blackpool.  It will be at the beginning of May in Norbreck Castle in Blackpool and he even created a handy video to introduce it.  Check it out and hit up Jam if you are planning to attend.

Written by jamalais

March 9, 2015 at 5:54 pm

Jam’s Mystery Unboxing and March Game Club Promo

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Our main man Jamalais has been busy at work this week with some videos for the GH101 community.  The first is an unboxing video of the mystery package he received from the Awesome Games Done Quick (AGDQ) speerunning marathon and

The second is a promo video for the two great games we are featuring for the March Game Club, Alien Trilogy and Die Hard Trilogy:

Check them out!

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March 6, 2015 at 12:27 pm

Alien Trilogy Quick Look

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This month’s game club is Die Hard Trilogy and Alien Trilogy, two short “trilogy” titles released by Fox Interactive in the 32-bit era. We have already looked at one of the games, Die Hard Trilogy, and here for you is the quick look of Alien Trilogy

Written by Fred Rojas

March 5, 2015 at 11:00 am

Podcast: Jukebox Hero

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In 2005 a new gaming fad descended upon home consoles that resulted in lots of rock and roll appreciation, a great fusion of music and games, and lots of wasted real estate with plastic instruments both on store shelves and in homes.  That phenomenon was developer Harmonix and accessory manufacturer Red Octane’s Guitar Hero.  Taking from Konami’s Bemani series of games the rock/rhythm title had you playing lead guitar for influential rock bands over the decades.  From there it grew into one of the biggest selling franchises (and even a second franchise, Rock Band) that helped define the last generation of consoles.

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Written by Fred Rojas

March 4, 2015 at 11:00 am

Podcast: Pixelated Pints Episode 26 – Wait, There’s News?

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Pixelated Pints is a new podcast started just over half a year ago with Fred and his old friend from high school Heffe.  The topic of the show is news and industry discussions for video games and other forms of entertainment, but side tangents and memories of the past always creep their way in.  Please note that this show is a bit more vulgar and involves two guys drinking as part of the concept, so it’s a bit more adult than the random moments of content found on the Gaming History 101 podcast.  This week there was a lot of discussion on mobile gaming, GDC, Oculus Rift and other VR/AR devices, and more.  Feel free to check it out.

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Written by Fred Rojas

March 3, 2015 at 2:24 pm

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Know This Developer: WayForward

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Yesterday I saw a tweet from WayForward, a games developer that specializes in a retro feel and hand drawn animation, that it was celebrating 25 years.  That’s impressive, especially when you consider that 1990 predates the Super NES and also because the 16-bit style has been around now for two and half decades.  If you fancy yourself a fan of that era, long for the days of gorgeous hand drawn animation with large sprite-based characters on screen, and a 2D plane then WayForward is just the developer for you.  Oh yeah, and its strongest titles are typically tough as nails so just like back in the 90s you’re going to have to die a lot and restart before you ever think about beating one.  It should also be noted that WayForward is of the few studios that can really get a licensed game right and with the amount of care and detail afforded to this company’s many licensed outings it is akin to the Capcom Disney games.  All of these reasons and the fantastic original series Shantae make WayForward a developer that retro enthusiasts should definitely know.

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Written by Fred Rojas

March 1, 2015 at 11:03 am

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