On Her Majesty’s Sega Mega Drive

Psycho Pinball review

I’ll admit that my experience with pinball machines is incredibly lacking; the only substantial time I’ve ever spent with pinball is with 3D Space Cadet Pinball on Windows XP, which is hardly the real thing but is nevertheless a game I will always fondly remember. So, you can imagine how I jumped at the chance to take a look at another pinball title, this time released for the Mega Drive. Coming to us from Codemasters is Psycho Pinball, and if there’s ever two things that go hand in hand, it’s mental illness and pinball, right? Nevertheless, I ventured forth to see what this title had to offer.

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The Completist

The End: A Brief History of Video Game Endings

Good night, good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow,

That I shall say good night till it be morrow.

The end is bittersweet, especially when it’s something you love, but alas, there is no escaping the eventual conclusion to all things. If you look at the humble beginnings of video games however, you may notice an interesting tendency. In the early days, most, if not all games had no predefined ending. Other than the “game over” screen, the player would generally spend their time chasing a high score in a loop ad infinitum. You could argue that a game over screen is an ending in of itself, but have a computer play Pong “perfectly” and the game could technically go on until our sun goes supernova. Pong, or Space Invaders, or Spacewar, or pretty much every game pre 1980 were not designed to be “beaten,” but simply played, products of limited resources in an antiquated era.
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The Retro Critic

Comix Zone

One of the many games that completely blew my mind on the Sega Genesis back in the day was Comix Zone, an Arcade-style beat ’em up unlike any other.

The unique thing about Comix Zone was its dedication to achieving a full-on comic book style yet still kicking butt as a game.
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Playing With Power

Playing With Power new site

I wanted to thank everyone who checked out the magazine that defined my childhood and I hope you have enjoyed reading the old issues of Nintendo Power as much as I have enjoyed posting them.  It’s been a lot of fun going through the scans and remembering the days of dissecting the magazines for details and screenshots of games that I wouldn’t even get to play but would imagine playing them through the images in the pages. I’m moving my scans over to a WordPress site which you can find here.  I hope you come by and check out some more issues of the greatest magazine in history, Nintendo Power.

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GMZ – #2-15 – A Letter to the Fans

A Letter to the Fans

Dear fans,

It’s Daniel. I don’t have much time to spare. They might come any minute, but I figured I need to get the word out to you. Pierre and I are being pursued by an elite, high level cabal of video game figures and the nefarious organization they control. Word on the street is they are upset about us publishing completely truthful articles that have cast their companies/games/families/stupid, ugly faces in a negative light, so they are coming after us. You may have seen that several former GMZ reporters and subjects have gone missing or been murdered in recent weeks: these incidents, we believe, are the work of this organization.
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The Castellan's Notes

3: Dreamfall

Eric Hunter began to hear a faint noise. In its subtlety it was like wind over the mouth of a cave, or the gradual onslaught of static from turning a radio dial slowly. He felt the sound on his face, too; a whipping, tearing sensation that offered a gentle burn.
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Pixel Gallery

Donkey Kong 3

Retro Platforms: Arcade, FM-7, Nintendo Entertainment System, PC-88

Platform Reviewed: Nintendo Entertainment System

Mario seems to be one of Nintendo’s most popular mascots, despite being a plumber who eats random mushrooms, murders innocent turtles, and presumably gets dirty by running through sewers. Some of his earliest appearances were in the first two Donkey Kong arcade games, where he goes from rescuing his captive girlfriend to cruelly imprisoning a giant ape, the latter which involves leaving a young child out in the world to fend for himself! In contrast to Mario, Stanley the gardener is a much more likable character: he grows beautiful flowers and cares for nature first, also not being afraid to defensively attack his enemies directly… with endless amounts of bug spray! Stanley may go after bugs, which are needed for his flowers to properly grow, but only when they try to fly away with his plants… because bugs are somehow capable of this. Donkey Kong 3 introduces a radically different style of gameplay to the classic arcade series, featuring the florist’s attempts to ward off a lazy ape and his army of evil insects, but is it memorable? And how are the presentation elements? Read More

Game Overkill

Game Overkill – Metroid

I can still remember the first time I played Metroid. It was within the first year of its release, so I was, at most, seven years old. I might’ve played it for about 10 minutes before deciding it was a terrible game and playing something else. My aunt’s step-son owned it, so when I would visit over the years, I would repeat this process. Get the Morph Ball, not know know that I got the Morph Ball, not know what the hell the Morph Ball does, accidentally morph into a ball, leave that accursed corner of the game, reach a red door, rip game from NES, throw it across the room, put better game in NES. As an adult, my opinion of this game has only slightly improved.
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My Two Gils

Which game should definitely not be remade next?

Unless you’ve been living under a rock or took a spontaneous 11 day Twitter hiatus, you have probably heard of Square Enix’s announcement of the long requested FF7 remake and my personal excitement for the news. Alas, days have passed and while people are trying to find multiple ways to ensure NO ONE gets their hopes up, I moved on to more pressing matters. In case you haven’t noticed, some people are facing their worst crisis in more than 15 years. Many amateur Youtubers and writers have lost their fetish game that “should not be remade” (and other results). Sure, Shenmue 3 and Fallout 4 were announced, but Half-Life 3 remains the running gag for unreleased sequels. As for “doesn’t deserve a remake” territory, the land is barren.
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On Her Majesty’s Sega Mega Drive

Premier Manager Review

The beautiful game is ubiquitous in the UK, and even more so when it comes to video games. The last instalment of Fifa sold 800,000 copies for PS4 in the UK alone – compare that to 551k in the USA; the gap only get bigger across all consoles, because frankly, at this stage, Fifa‘s been on more platforms than Mario, Crash and Spyro combined. However, it’s not just the aspect of playing football that interests people – football management has captured gamers’ imagination for well over twenty years. To go back to the stats again, Football Manager 2015 has done 180k units in the UK, while the numbers are so low in the US that they’ve failed to even appear on the radar. The popularity of these games resounds in the UK like fans cheering at Wembley Stadium, which brings us onto today’s game: Premier Manager, which was only ever released in Europe, specifically aiming at a British audience. The question today: is this managerial sim like a shot in the back of the net, or is it offside?

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The Retro Critic

San Francisco Rush 2049

As my Dreamcast slowly but surely nears towards its final breath (*sob*), I did manage to recently revisit one of my favourite games on the console.

A racing game called San Francisco Rush 2049.
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Rescue Rangers

Top Shelf

Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers

Sometimes, some crimes go slipping through the cracks. Luckily, these two anthropomorphic rodents are on the case. Finding lost kittens, picking up the slack.

If you need help, just call…

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