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Brutality: The History of Mortal Kombat 4 and Other Media

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Oops!  Last ep was posted stating that we talked about Mortal Kombat 4 and we didn’t get to it.  This time around it’s a shorter show, but Fred and Jam pack in the fourth and final arcade iteration along with MK’s transition into many other media including movies, television, and even music.  There are a bunch of audio clips so we’re going to give credit where credit’s due in order of appearance:

  • Goodbye (Demo Version) – Gravity Kills
  • Burn – Sister Machine Gun
  • Juke Joint Jezebel (Metropolis Mix) – KMFDM
  • Lover – Lords of Acid
  • Techno Syndrome (Mortal Kombat) – The Immortals
  • Utah Saints Take On The Theme From Mortal Kombat – Utah Saints
  • Halcyon and On and On – Orbital
  • Fire – Scooter
  • Meglomaniac – KMFDM
  • Encounter the Ultimate (Theme From Mortal Kombat Annihilation) – The Immortals

Written by Fred Rojas

June 27, 2019 at 11:00 am

Retro RGB Fully Reviewed the Mega SD (Flash Cart with Sega CD ISO Support) – All Your Questions Answered

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When you deal with the retro community there can be an overbearing attention to detail that is discouraging to many.  From time to time a product comes out that just works because the creators took the time to do it right and it appears Terra Onion, the makers behind the Mega SD, have done just that.  Previously the company made the Super SSD3, a flash cart with CD game support and RGB output for the PC-Engine and Turbografx-16, and now they’re back again with one of the most requested flash cart features of all time: Sega CD game support.  This device can plug into any Sega Genesis (Gen) or Mega Drive (MD) and play Gen/MD, Master System (SMS), and Sega CD (SCD) titles right out of the box.  If you have a 32X you can also play those titles with this flash cart, assuming it’s attached (but you’ll have to remove the 32X when you want to play SCD or SMS titles).  The only downfall is a separate adapter will be required if you want to play the 6 32X CD titles, all of which have Sega CD versions as well (so you aren’t losing any library without it).

A product like this, like all flash cart solutions, comes with a price tag and the approx. $260 (€230) plus shipping may be discouraging for some.  The excellent video from Bob at Retro RGB should assist with informing you on whether or not this is right for you.  He goes into the problems with SCD actual hardware, the quality of the Mega SD in practice, the robust feature set, and why you may or may not want this item.  It’s only touched on, but Bob makes a point to mention that voltage is correct so none of the fears of damaging flash carts trying to do too much and that sound playback was tested and approved by FireBrandX.  He is one of the leading authorities on audio playback in the retro scene and he designed the audio fix chip that I put  in my SSD3 to correct issues with that product.  Rest assured his approval means you’re safe from a quality and playback perspective.  Anyway, Bob has done a great job and it’s an interesting watch regardless.  Enjoy!

Written by Fred Rojas

June 21, 2019 at 11:00 am

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GHX Episode 48: E3 Hangover

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E3 has come and gone but that doesn’t stop Fred and Trees from discussing a ton of games discussed during last week.  Then the conversation migrates to b-tier titles like The Force Unleashed and Metal Gear Survive before going off about a new Sega CD compatible flash cart.


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June 19, 2019 at 11:00 am

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Mercy: The History of MK3, UMK3, MK Trilogy, and Spin-Offs

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Fred and Jam delve back into the history of Mortal Kombat with Mortal Kombat 3 and its many iterations including Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 (UMK3) and Mortal Kombat Trilogy on consoles. Finally they reluctantly delve into the awful spin-offs of Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero and Mortal Kombat: Special Forces.


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Written by Fred Rojas

June 12, 2019 at 11:00 am

E3 2019: Nintendo Direct Impressions

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As E3 formally opens, Fred, Andy (42 Level One), and Jam get together to discuss a polarizing Nintendo Direct.


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Click here to view all the announcements as a bullet list. 

Written by Fred Rojas

June 11, 2019 at 5:05 pm

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E3 2019: Square Enix Impressions

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Square definitely brought it this year and Fred along with Andy (42 Level One), Chip (The B-Team), and Chase (Scarcasm Live) were happy to talk about it.


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Written by Fred Rojas

June 11, 2019 at 9:00 am

E3 2019: Kinda Funny Indie Showcase Impressions

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Fred and Andy (42 Level One) talk through a showcase that was not low on content.  After sifting through what’s available they discuss the compelling titles shown off.


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Written by Fred Rojas

June 10, 2019 at 11:59 pm

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E3 2019: Ubisoft Impressions

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Fred and Andy (42 Level One) talk about the underwhelming showing of Ubisoft with a few big standouts.


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E3 2019: Devolver Digital/PC Gaming Showcase Impressions

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Fred and Andy (42 Level One) get together and talk about Devolver Digital’s outrageous press conference as well as the PC Gaming Showcase that had something for everyone.

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Want just the PC Gaming Showcase as a list? Click Here.

Written by Fred Rojas

June 10, 2019 at 10:00 pm

E3 2019: Bethesda Impressions

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Fred is again joined by Andy (42 Level One), Chip (The B-Team), and Chase (Scarcasm Live) to discuss the short, but sweet, set of Bethesda announcements.


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