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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.

Written by Fred Rojas

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 bit.ly/gh101donate.

ChronCD Episode 4

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The high quality version can be downloaded at: https://archive.org/details/chroncd_ep4

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 Freesound.org and used under Creative Commons license for non-commercial use.  Sound can be found here: https://www.freesound.org/people/NLM/sounds/144054/

Retro Game Night 10/14/2016 – Vampire the Masquerade Bloodlines

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A title with a massive cult following, Vampire the Masquerade Bloodlines was plagued with bugs thanks to rushed development. Once it was finally patched to good working order, the game didn’t seem to play nice with Win7+ operating systems until a recent final patch came along that makes the game easy to run and play. You can find that patch here if you own the game on Steam or GoG: http://www.patches-scrolls.de/patch/4647

Fred jumps in, makes a character (Nosferatu), and proceeds to play the opening missions. This is a quick look to get a feel for the game and was originally broadcast on our Twitch channel. This is to become a regular series with a different class character as Fred discovers the intricacies of this forward thinking title.

***NOTE: I know I suck at the game and I know Nosferatu is not a good starting point if you’ve never played. This was discovered after the fact but clearly hinted while we broadcast. A new series of Let’s Play videos will be coming with a new character class.***

Written by Fred Rojas

October 17, 2016 at 3:00 pm

Retro Game Night 10/07/16 – Laplace No Ma (English Patch) and Shadowhawk (Prototype)

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For Fred’s triumphant return to streaming with Retro Game Night with two games you’ve (probably) never played.

First up, in honor of horror and October, is Laplace no Ma (loosely translated to Laplace’s Demon) that is a hybrid survival horror and dungeon crawling RPG.  Developed by Group SNE and published by Vic Tokai on the Super Famicom, this is a unique 16-bit follow-up to the concept first started by Sweet Home.  Thanks to a fan translation, it is now playable in English.

To wrap up the show, Fred takes a look at the recently unearthed prototype cart of Shadowhawk, based off the Jim Valentino comic of the same name.  Originally planned to release on the SNES in the early 90s, this 2D side scrolling platformer was lost to time and lack of a publisher only to be discovered nearly two decades later.  You can find this ROM here and it is playable in emulators or on actual hardware via flash cart.

Written by Fred Rojas

October 8, 2016 at 11:00 am

DoDonPachi Resurrection Quick Look

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DoDonPachi Resurrection will premiere on Steam October 14, a title previously exclusive to Japan.  Here Fred takes a look at the initial stages and describes basic gameplay.  This footage was captured at 4K/UHD resolution (3840×2160) and then downsampled to 1080p.

This quick look was originally posted on The B-Team Podcast (www.thebteampodcast.com) and have partial co-ownership with this site.  This is re-posted with permission.

Written by Fred Rojas

October 6, 2016 at 3:00 pm

Famicom Classic Edition’s 8 Exclusive Games and How They Compare to the NES Classic Edition

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The Famicom (Family Computer) Classic Edition is Nintendo’s Japanese version of the NES Classic Edition mini console. It contains 30 games as well, but eight games are exclusive to the console. Fred briefly delves into those region specific games and then briefly compares the list to the NES Classic Edition.

Comprehensive Playstation 2 Guide (Purchase and Soft Mod)

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Here’s a batch of guides Fred created to tell you what to look for when buying a game, how to rip discs to your computer, and how to soft mod a PS2 Phat (hard drive) and PS2 slim (USB).

Written by Fred Rojas

August 14, 2016 at 11:00 am

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