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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:

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 ( 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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ChronCD Episode 3

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The high quality version can be downloaded at:

ChronCD is the comprehensive coverage of all CD-based console games in chronological order.  Episode 3 collects the first half of 1990 with a whopping 13 games on the PC-Engine CD.

00:00 – 00:42: Opening Credits
00:43 – 02:10: Introduction to 1990
02:11 – 04:43: Nishimura Kyotaro Mystery: Hokutosei no Onna (Woman of the Great Bear)
04:44 – 12:32: Super Darius
12:33 – 16:42: Golden Axe
16:43 – 21:02: Final Zone II
21:03 – 25:57: Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?
25:58 – 27:35: Cosmic Fantasy: Boken Shonen Yu
27:36 – 30:10: Shanghai II
30:11 – 32:32: Death Bringer: The Knight of Darkness
32:33 – 34:43: Super Daisenryaku
34:44 – 36:52: Ultrabox
36:53 – 39:00: Sol Bianca
39:01 – 42:01: Urusai Yatsura: Stay With You
42:02 – 44:02: Meikyu no Elfine: Faerie Dust Story
44:03 – 45:20: Closing
45:21 – 45:46: Credits

Let’s Play Metal Wolf Chaos

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Released only in Japan, From Software (best known for Dark Souls) made a ridiculous game for the original Xbox. The president of the United States uses a mech to battle those that have invaded his country alongside the Vice President.  You can find our complete review here.

This playthrough is in 3 parts and the game is not completed at the end.  Our review outlines why and it’s clear by the end of the final stream as well.  

Written by Fred Rojas

July 16, 2016 at 11:00 am

Documentaries: The Making of Resident Evil 4 and 5

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Two documentaries, mostly promotional, delve into the development and production of Capcom’s Resident Evil 4 and Resident Evil 5.


Written by Fred Rojas

July 15, 2016 at 2:29 pm

Fantastic Indie Gaming Shorts (All Free)

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When you think of video game movies there are probably a glut of mostly bad films that come to mind.  Whether or not you like the big budget stuff, there’s no denying that the secret best work is done in the independent scene, for free.  My favorite three examples can be found below and each are short and worth watching instead of me writing about them.  Hopefully you enjoy them as much as I did.  And yes, I’m aware the free indie film Pixels was turned into the high budget divisive film of the same name.

Player Two by Zachary Antell (This suggestion was submitted by community member Blake aka JediSlurpee)

Pixels by Patrick Jean

Portal: No Escape by Dan Trachtenberg

Written by Fred Rojas

June 19, 2016 at 11:00 am

Posted in Blog, Videos

Dishonored Play Diary

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Trying something new here.  Dishonored is a game I (Fred) have not been able to play properly and the first video in this series shows why.  As a result, I’m trying to be more laid back and complete the title without worrying about perfect stealth and perfect pacifism.  Instead of a “Let’s Play” I’ve decided to do a new type of series called a “Play Diary” and here’s what these will be.  This video series currently only has one video, but will update as it grows.  No new posting will be created for each video.  If you want updates, I recommend subscribing to Fred’s channel.

Let’s Play videos are tough because the person playing them has to constantly be speaking to an audience, it stifles gameplay, and it’s a bunch of work to get live.  A longplay is easy because you just capture and upload, but only a handful of people watch it.  We’ve noticed that the commentary gets more views, but that people watch them for short periods, whereas a longplay is only seen by a smaller group but they watch often to entirety.  The Play Diary starts with a full length “quick look” of an hour or two with commentary followed by update videos that are about 5-15 minutes that cover several hours of gameplay and commentary.  In addition, the entire longplay is uploaded as a playlist for those that want to see the full playthrough.  Hopefully this is a more user friendly way for everyone to see what they want.  This will not completely replace my “Let’s Play” videos because certain rare games will want to be viewed from start to finish.  The video below is the playlist for the diary and the longplay playlist can be found here:

Written by Fred Rojas

June 17, 2016 at 11:00 am