Archive for March, 2008

As you may have noticed by now, I’m something of a Sega CD fanatic.  I got the Sega Genesis, CD, 32X, & Sega Nomad in one shot when I was 13 years old.  Sega CD amazed me from the very beginning.  I used to play Sewer Shark on Sega CD for hours and hours.  Eventually the disc would start skipping and the game would freeze.  I noticed that the AC adapter was really really hot so I always thought that was the cause of the problem.  I would get a whole bunch of ice cubes in a bag and put it on top of the adapter and point all the fans at it that I could.  Of course my tiny teenage mind hadn’t realized that it was the scratched up CD itself that ended my play time :(

Anyway, there is a purpose to my ranting.  Long long long after I traded my Sega CD in for a Nintendo 64 (as in a 2 years ago) I heard of a little game called Snatcher for the Sega CD.  I heard it was a crazy comic book style game produced by Hideo Kojima of Metal Gear Solid game.  Genuinely I picked up a copy (and a factory sealed Genesis and Sega Cd to play it on) and I was totally blown away.  For the first time I just got back into playing it and I gotta say, “WOW!”  this game is tons of fun, well made, well written and pretty darn cool even by today’s standards.  It would be cool to see a game like this on a next Gen system.  I can only imagine what Kojima could come up with.  I personally would LOVE a sequel to Snatcher on the PS3.  Hideo DO YOU HEAR ME?!?!  PLEASE make a sequel to SNATCHER!!!

-B

Ed Norton one of the coolest mud wrastlers this side of Kentucky is portraying Dr. Banner, the Oreo who gets smacked with a double stuffed dose of gamma radiation. Check the trailer and then read on:

Thinking of The Hulk brings me back to the days of The Incredible Hulk for Super Nintendo!

The game had cool graphics, neat comic book style cut scenes & some of the worst music with the highest level of stick-in-your-head goodness.

The new Hulk movie looks sweet I just don’t get why Norton can’t seem to escape playing characters with split personalities.  Fight Club, Identity and now this!  Oh wait, Norton wasn’t in Identity, that was Cusak, but they’re basically the same person anyway.

-B

Yes, it’s true.  I am now the proud owner of an authentic copy of the Final Fantasy VII Versus strategy Guide complete with the original poster STILL ATTACHED!

I’d post a picture of it but the internet gods have not graced me with the knowledge required to do such a thing.

You can imagine what it looks like.  And cry!  Yeah!  Cry!  And poke your belly button with the handle of a wood spoon!  I love doing that.

-B

FAVGame is recruiting!

Like writing?  Like video games?  Want to get a great start for a future video game journalism career?

No?  Oh..nevermind.

Well I’m going to tell you about it anyway!  FAVGame wants your video game reviews.  Love a certain game that you think doesn’t get the credit it deserves?  Want your voice to be heard?  Write game reviews for us and put it on your resume, or your tuna sandwich or whatever floats yer boat.

Just email Brian@findavideogame.com to submit a review ;)

Happy Gaming,

-B

Video Game Beta TesterIt’s true. While most kids are locked in their dark basement arguing with the rejects on xBox Live, I am playing yet-to-be-released video games and being paid up to $120 per hour.

To me the money is just a bonus because the best part in my opinion is getting the advanced copies of sweet new games.

As a video game tester I…

  • Get to Play Video Games
  • Get Paid to Play Video Games
  • Get Paid to Play Unreleased Games before anyone else
  • Get Free copies of Video Games
  • Get access to cheat codes, level secrets, and other “bugs” that only game testers know about.
  • Get real-world experience working with company departments and learn about the development, marketing, manufacturing, customer service, and testing phases of each game

It’s like… duh! The best part is they need more people like me testing games so if you wanted get started today Click Here!

If you like playing video games as much as I do you are going to love this deal. I have been paid to play Call of Duty 4, Bioshock, Crysis and several others that I can’t mention yet. :) Click Here! to setup your game tester account today, trust me you wont regret this.

I’m feeling fine folks!  Thanks for all the heartfelt emails.

BTW I found an awesome website that has tons of Gi Joes for sale!

Need to Buy a vintage Gi Joe toy?

Cheque it out! Gi Joe Locator.

I’ve got a headache, my body is weak and noodley, and I can’t stomach any solids.  Today was made for gaming.  So far I beat Sewer Shark and Willy Beamish on the Sega CDI ate about a million fruits with yoshi in Super Mario World for the SNES and saved the world twice with TurboGrafix-16’s very own R-Type.

Currently, I’ve got a huge bowl seated happily before me, replete with cap’n crunch squares in all their rooftop-of-your-mouth-cutting goodness and the wife is whipping up a batch of Pillsbury Grands Cinnamon Buns

Jealous?  You should be.  As I sink my teeth into some cinnominy goodness I’m setting down to play some Kung Fu for the NES.  Drop me a line if ya want folks.  I’ll be in alllllll day ;)

-B

I find it very sad that Arcades are slowly being phased out in America.  There was a time when going to an Arcade meant you were getting the best graphics and fun factor game producers could offer packaged neatly together in a huge box of happiness.  Back then $5 in quarters lasted longer than my dad’s average trip to the bathroom.  Speaking of my dad, one of my best memories in the Arcade is playing Arkanoid with my dad.  Arkanoid, also known as break out, Araknoid or block break was the game where you slide the little bar across the bottom of the screen trying to keep the balls flying while taking aim on different colored blocks.  Some blocks dropped goodies that would make your bar longer or (gasp!) shorter.  But the best upgrade was the one that turned your little bar into son-of-robocop!  That’s right, you’d get some serious firepower to blast the pasta outta those pesky blocks!  My dad would spin that wheel that controlled the little bar and I’d hammer on the fire button like a maniac when he got the appropriate power up.  Our second favorite was Pac-Man of course.  I didn’t get to participate as much, but it was always fun to watch.

More Arcade memories to come next time folks!

-B

I’m going to be blunt.

I miss sidescrollers.  Platformers are great but I haven’t re-experienced that same awe while playing a game as I did when I was 10 years old playing Rampage and Super Mario Bros 3 on my grey, boxy friend: The Nintendo Entertainment System.  It seems that some game makers agree with me because I’ve seen a few attempts at “next gen sidescrolling” in the past couple years.  Viewtiful Joe was a cool take on an old genre, though if I had to choose….give me those good ol mushrooms!  (I’m really not a drug addict people)  (anymore.). 

My cousin and I used to stay up all night drinking coke and eating ruffles with a greasy control pad in our hands.  The game?  Rampage.  We’d devastate state after state and typically, we’d both just sorta fall asleep while playing.  Crums on our chins and empty coke cans littered about….  that was living.

Super Mario Bros 3 totally put me in a trance with it’s bright colors and addictive muzak.  I was one of those suckers who didn’t know about the musical flutes until I saw “The Wizard” so my nintendo usually sat running weeks at a time, paused for hours during school and painful minutes during pesky meals.  I never actually beat the game.  I know, I’m a loser.  I just couldn’t get through those end levels, it was so difficult and it always took so long to get there that…well…it just never happened.  Thank to some great YouTube videos I’ve gotten to live somewhat vicariously through the efforts of others.  But I still dream folks.  I will defeat Bowser….

-B

Sony Playstation came to me one fine winter’s day, the snow was falling, the controller calling what more can I say?

The box of lore, was wrapped in paper adorned, with the pics of Santa Claus. The word in sharpy scribbled sharply revealed the giver’s cause.

The word read “Blair” which seemed unfair, for Blair’s my sister’s name.  The box was handed past my grasp and I was filled with shame.

Her eyes were wide, she wondered what’s inside, perhaps a make-up case? 

The paper tore, and excitement roared, as santa twas torn in two.  When the gift revealed, I quick concealed, the fact my anger grew.

The box read “Sony”, I hoped it phony, why would my sister get; a gift I asked for, indeed I was sure, my desire would be met.

The next gift handed, to Blair had landed, again upon her lap.  She tore it asunder, what plunder among her, was she now about to unwrap?

Final Fantasy VII, Blair wasn’t in heaven, what was this odd game about?

I jumped in the air, my family did stare, at my obnoxious behavior.  The Sony box was in hand, I fled to a land where Cloud Strife could be a savior.

I ran out of the house and tripped on a mouse, and the box into air flew.  I looked like a clown, my face was a frown, and it took on a dark red hue.

The Sony Landed in snow, and thankfully so, the white stuff softened the fall.  I sprinted to steal it, and I’ll have to admit, this next fact is sure to appaul.

My sister stepped on my head, and I woke up in bed, she’d traded The Sony for a ”My Little Pony”!

-B