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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

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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

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

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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Documentary: G4’s “Icons” The History of Doom and Making of Doom 3

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0:00-21:59 – G4’s “Icons” Documentary on Doom and the Making of Doom 3
22:00 – 26:23 – Developer Interviews
26:23 – 30:08 – Concept Art and Creature Development

Back when G4 was a thing, the channel would often delve into these short half hour documentaries on the making of upcoming games. Companies liked to include these documentaries in special editions of Xbox games. One of those is found on the special edition of Doom 3 for the original Xbox.

While it’s an interesting look at Doom 3, I have to apologize for the quality, which is a blown up and upscaled version of the video on the disc. That video takes up a small portion of real estate on the screen and the Xbox only outputs it at 480p. Either way, it’s fun and interesting so lets take a look at G4’s coverage of the History of Doom and the Making of Doom 3.

Written by Fred Rojas

May 12, 2016 at 11:00 am

Unreleased: Resident Evil 1.5 Video Walkthrough

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The Resident Evil 2 (or Biohazard 2 in Japan) that was released was not the original version.  Series creator Shinji Mikami took on a producing role that it appears was heavily micro-managed and director Hideki Kamiya disagreed with a lot of his decisions.  Eventually Mikami dubbed the game boring and without the strength of the original and it was scrapped completely, resulting in the delay of the game another year and a complete reworking.  This is an exploration of the leaked 40 percent complete version of that original game, often dubbed Biohazard 1.5 in Capcom and also Resident Evil 1.5 online.

Written by Fred Rojas

April 30, 2016 at 11:00 am

Lost Treasures of Gaming – Call of Duty Black Ops (Animation Sequence)

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This week was a bit different but also quite refreshing as Syd and Sean featured Kristen Sych. Kristen is a cinematics director at Activision who discussed his work on Call of Duty: Black Ops back in 2010. We take a look at one of the more heavily animated sequences (fair warning, it’s spoiler-rich) and appreciate all the hard work that goes into the story.

The Lost Treasures of Gaming podcast can be found at

Written by Fred Rojas

April 18, 2016 at 11:00 am

Collector’s Cache: Unboxing of 20 Mystery Xbox Games

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Fred found a pack of 20 “mystery” original Xbox games at a local used game store.  He’s expecting it to all be terrible, but who knows what may be inside.  Discover the ups and downs of random boxes as he opens it and reveals each game one by one.

Written by Fred Rojas

April 3, 2016 at 12:00 pm