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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

ChronCD Episode 2

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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 2, while shorter, covers more games that make up the holiday season of 1989.  More historical context is provided and a plan for regular future episodes is outlined.

00:00-00:42: Opening Credits
00:43-01:59: Episode 2 Intro
02:00-07:15: RomRom Karaoke (Vols. 1-5)
07:16-09:31: Gambler Jikochushinha
09:32-14:10: HyperDyne Side Arms Special
14:11-23:52: Ys Book I & II
23:53-26:08: RomRom Stadium
26:09-30:15: Last Alert
30:16-31:52: Closing Remarks and Future Episodes
31:53-32:17: Credits

Altered Beast Reboot – How Bad Could It Be?

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Altered Beast is a somewhat sacred part of Sega’s arcade past that fans will blindly defend.  Some of those fans may be surprised to know that there was a reboot of the franchise on PS2, but it never came to the states.  This video takes a look at this Europe/Japan only title and discusses why it never coming to North America was probably a good thing.

Written by Fred Rojas

May 28, 2016 at 3:41 pm

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Hunting tips for Collectors: Charity Shop’s

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In the U.K a surprisingly good place to hunt for old games are charity shops. In the U.S most will know these as Goodwills or a Salvation Army store. Charity shops are not generally very large. They’re small little retail units which mostly sell clothes but some often have a little section in the back where they keep DVDs, CDs and yes video games. This article is going to cover some general tips when hunting for games in charity shops.

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Written by jamalais

May 24, 2016 at 11:00 am

Version: Resident Evil 2

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Resident Evil 2 (or Biohazard 2 as it’s known in Japan) is one of the most popular games in the series and has had a numerous amount of ports. In this video we examine all of the content, plot, and changes between the original PS1 release of Resident Evil 2 and all other versions that came afterward.

Special thanks to the Play Old PC Games blog (,, and the Resident Evil wiki on Wikia. All footage was captured by actual gameplay on hardware save for the final emulation comparison.


Written by Fred Rojas

May 17, 2016 at 11:00 am

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