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Video: Let’s Compare Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic

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Thanks to the backward compatibility program on Xbox One, you can now play Knights of the Old Republic (KOTOR) in 1080p on the Xbox One and 4K on the Xbox One X. In this video we compare the resolution and performance of the original Xbox version, the Xbox 360 emulated version, both Xbox One versions, and finally the PC (with an without mods). This video is mastered in 4K at 60 fps, so if you have a screen that supports it we highly recommend viewing on that.

Written by Fred Rojas

April 27, 2018 at 11:00 am

Retro Game Night: Jam Plays Through Resident Evil 2 (Gamecube, Claire, Scenario A)

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Ever wanted to play see the Gamecube version of Resident Evil 2 in its entirety?  Jam takes you through the whole journey on Claire’s Scenario A in a scant 2 and a half hours.

Don’t know the differences in the versions of Resident Evil 2Check them out here.

Written by jamalais

April 17, 2018 at 11:00 am

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Video Series: Neo-Retro Episode 1 – Kite (PC, 1080p60)

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Kite Steam Page

For our new series, Neo-Retro where I examine modern releases that look at feel retro. Today we are looking at the new action shooter from Lab Cat Games, Kite. A review code was provided for the purposes of this video, however selection of the games featured in Neo-Retro are at my sole discretion. Captured on a PC with an i5 4690K, GTX 1070, and 16 GB of RAM running Windows 10 64-bit OS (which is far more than this game requires).  For a full transcript (ie: written review) of this video, please click “read more” below.

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Written by Fred Rojas

March 16, 2018 at 2:00 pm

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Retro Game Night (NES Favorites): California Raisins, Robocop, Parodius, Castlevania

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This week Fred focuses on NES titles:
0:00 – 19:15: California Raisins (Unreleased)
19:16 – 42:20: Robocop
42:21 – 1:11:19: Parodius Da! From Myth to Laughter
1:11:20 – 03:01:44: Castlevania (FDS version) and two ROM hacks of Castlevania (Stairs of Doom and The Holy Relics)

The sound appears to lose sync by about half a second after starting Castlevania, but it’s not that noticeable. You’d think by now I’d learn to turn off the stream when switching games, which I will do moving forward.

Written by Fred Rojas

February 17, 2018 at 11:00 am

Retro Game Night: Sonic 3D Blast

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Jam is sitting down and taking a trip down memory lane with Sonic 3D. Enjoy the fun and frolics in one of Sonic’s first jumps into a new dimension.

Written by jamalais

February 10, 2018 at 11:00 am

The Surge Q & A Livestream

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Fred runs through some of the opening areas of The Surge and answering questions in the chat.  Developed by Deck13, The Surge combines the concept of loot drops, builds, and high difficulty action RPGs in a cyberpunk setting.

Written by Fred Rojas

May 14, 2017 at 11:00 am

Video: Keith Courage in Alpha Zones Retrospective

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A look back at the origins of the PC-Engine, its Western counterpart the Turbografx-16, and the pack-in title Keith Courage in Alpha Zones.

There is also an accompanying livestream that can be viewed here or by following the link in the card at the end of the video.

Written by Fred Rojas

February 1, 2017 at 3:00 pm

Version Comparison: Metroid II vs. AM2R

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Back in our 24 hour livestream, Fred did an impromptu episode of Version, our video series that compares the different versions of video games.  This time he delved into Metroid IIReturn of Samus and compared it to AM2R (Another Metroid 2 Remake), the fan created and now taken down remake.  This has also been added to both the Version and 24 Hour Livestream playlists.

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January 28, 2017 at 11:00 am

The 2017 GH101 Fundraiser 24 Hour Livestream is Archived and Live

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Below is the entire playlist of videos from the livestream, but it would probably be better if you use YouTube for this one. The playlist can be found here. On multi-game streams (there were a few) you can find clickable links to specific starting points for titles.

It’s a self-playing list containing the 21 videos captured during the livestream. Two of the videos: “Fred plays Rock Band 3 with his brother and wife” and “Metroid 2 vs. AM2R” need some edits due to muting thanks to copyright claims, but are totally worth seeing and will be live in the next day or so. They will automatically be added to the playlist.

We are fully funded for 2017 and it’s thanks to all of you! It was a blast and we look forward to doing it again next year. Thanks for all who came out and all that check these videos out. If you would like to make a donation, it’s still not too late! We have a Patreon running with plenty of worthwhile stretch goals here and single donations are always available at

ChronCD Episode 4

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The high quality version can be downloaded at:

In this episode, Fred covers the back half of 1990 on the PC-Engine CD.

00:00 – 02:08: Intro
02:09 – 06:08: Magical Dinosaur Tour
06:09 – 08:46: Last Armageddon
08:47 – 15:58: Valis III
15:59 – 18:48: Jack Nicklaus Turbo Golf
18:49 – 20:57: Mitsubachi Gakuen
20:58 – 26:14: Legion
26:15 – 29:32: The Pro Yakyu (Baseball)
29:33 – 31:42: Jantei Monogatari
31:43 – 34:15: Kagami no Kuni no Legend
34:16 – 38:51: J.B. Harold Murder Club
38:52 – 41:33: Avenger
41:34 – 44:49: Ranma 1/2
44:50 – 48:25: Vasteel
48:26 – 50:22: Outro

CD player sound effect by user NLM from and used under Creative Commons license for non-commercial use.  Sound can be found here: