1 More Countdown

Top 10 Arcade-Only Beat ‘Em Ups

Here on 1 More Countdown, I show a lot of love to retro consoles but I also remember spending a ton of time and quarters in the arcades of New York. Back then I played a ton of run ‘n gun games, a few racers, but mostly beat ’em ups. I wasn’t really into fighting games back then, and shooters bored me. However, beat ’em ups were the shit! They were always bright, colorful, and featured my favorite Saturday morning cartoon characters. I wasn’t the only one who loved these games because many of them were ported to our 8 and 16-bit consoles and even more are being ported to Xbox Live or PSN today.

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1 More Podcastle

99 – Video Game Numerology

99 Episodes / (Month of episode release (8) + (1) More Podcastle = 9) = 11
Year of episode release (2014) – 11 = 2003
Year of Mega Man 3 (20XX) – 2003 = XX – 03
Number of Podcastle Hosts (3) – (XX – 03) = XX
X = roman numeral for 10, therefore XX = 20
The book of Genesis [Retro gaming connection], chapter 17 says Abraham was 99 years old [SAME # AS EPISODES]
20- Genesis Chapter (17) = 3.

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Retro News Roundup

Retro News Round-Up – August 2014

Hello and welcome to another episode of the Retro News Round-Up, with this episode covering the big screen outing of an irritated video game critic, a return to the wonderful land of Oddworld, and a Game Boy Advance roughly the size of your head.

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Sonic’s “Special” Stages: Part 3

Previously on RetroHate: When you are dropped into a Special Stage in Sonic the Hedgehog, your first reaction will likely be one of sheer confusion. “Where am I? What is this? Why am I falling? What is that in the background? Birds-no-fish-no-turtles-no-WHAT IS HAPPENING HERE!?! AM I ON ACID?!?”

“So yeah, I hate Sonic 3’s Special Stages too, but not quite as much as Sonic 1’s. They may be more mechanically sound and offer more a challenge of skill rather than luck, but when they make me PHYSICALLY ILL, well, I think I am justified in my hatred.”
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The Retro Critic

Mad Max

One of the coolest things to come out of the San Diego Comic Con was arguably that new Mad Max: Fury Road trailer which quickly got me excited for a franchise I really didn’t think was “rebootable.”

Which is why I thought I’d look back at a little game called Mad Max on the NES.

Developed by Mindscape, the game already sets itself up for criticism by calling itself Mad Max when, really, it’s Mad Max 2. That said, many actually prefer the second movie so this was probably a nice surprise for most.

The game opens with the first of many barely decipherable pictures peppered throughout.

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Raising a Gamer

The Lion King (Genesis)

Cute first moments and baby laughs aside, parenting is pretty rough for the first few years and anyone that says otherwise is lying. The reward for all the hard work of child rearing began for me when my daughter, Mae, turned three. This has been her most inquisitive stage yet; she has a sense of wonder that surprises me constantly.

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My Two Gils

Untold Stories of Retro Gaming

Forget the emergency rooms, retro gaming has way better untold stories. You have heard of the Untold Stories of ER, right? That show where people who mostly do stupid things decide that a better way to prove their stupidity is to tell their own ridiculous stories using actors who can’t even reach the credibility of an 80’s porn actor? No? Geez… you guys don’t watch TLC much. I guess I’ll stop referencing it, but you don’t know what you’re missing. Another thing you might have missed are come stories of old video games. (flawless segue) These plots remained hidden in manuals for years, never to be discovered. In an era where we thought stories didn’t matter as much, how many great stories did we miss?
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2 Decades Late

Super Baseball Simulator 1.000

It’s that magical time of year when most of the American populace turns to baseball to help get them through the drought of sports between the NBA Finals and the start of the NFL season. It seems like the perfect time to review a baseball game. Thankfully for me, Alex Weiss participated in  my 2 Decades Late Reader Request series, and requested Super Baseball Simulator 1.000, a game I have yet to play. Well, I do love me some retro baseball so I popped this one in and gave it the old college try.
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1 More Countdown

Top 10 Sharks in Video Games

I spent days trying to think of another video game list I could do, that’s related to summertime. I’ve already talked about my favorite beach levels, and everyone does water levels, so instead I decided to count down my favorite sharks in video games.

Sharks are evil mindless killing machines, and I love them. So I’m counting down my favorite sharks in retro video games. Also before you ask, the shark from Okami isn’t here because I still didn’t finish that game.

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GMZ #18 – YOLO, and (Not Really) Live from SGC

Nintendo Announces Gritty Reboot for Lolo

By Ray Davies

Fans of the classic NES puzzle games Adventures of Lolo might have something to celebrate, depending on how they react to the details of the Lolo reboot. The first game will be called Adventures of Yolo: Quest for Swag. As well, the characters of Lolo and Lala will be combined into Lola. It is not clear if the character will be a transvestite or a transgender person. The game will still be a puzzle game, but instead of moving eggs around to open an exit, your goal will be to pick up sailors and have them leave the club with you. You can expect it for Wii U and 3DS in time for the holidays.
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Land of the Monkey King

Damn dirty, 8-bit apes.

Growing up, Donkey Kong Country was my jam. I played the Snes original more than I care to admit so when I got a GameBoy Color & Donkey Kong Land, I was in Heaven. A portable Donkey Kong game that’s just like the console version but with new levels? Count me the motherfroggin in! The game was a blast and I played it obsessively, mastering each and every level till I could do them in my sleep. Looking back on DKL now, I’ve realized one thing: I was a stupid, naïve kid. Donkey Kong Land sucks.
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