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(U)
DC
D no Shokutaku 2 JPN
Doing the hunting grind all over again... before getting back into speedrunning. My obsession for this game knows no bounds.

Updated about 1 day ago

★★★★★ [CIB]
(C)
DC
Real Sound: Kaze no Regret: D2 Shock JPN
Saw and did everything on the disc, including beating the Snowmobile Game on Professional and unlocking the secret movie in D2.

Updated about 2 days ago

★★★★★ [CIB with herb seeds / braille sheet]
(U)
PC
Quake
[WinQuake] Episode 2: The Realm of Black Magic

Updated about 2 days ago

★★★★★
(C)
Saturn
Akumajou Dracula X: Gekka no Yasoukyoku / Castlevania: Symphony of the Night JPN
211.2% as Alucard and completed the game as Richter and Maria.

Updated about 2 days ago

☆★★★★ [CD-R] This port was handled by a different team in Konami, and it really shows. There's quite a bit of added slowdown, load times, and even graphical downgrades from the PS1, despite the Saturn being better at 2D. There's a good chunk of exclusive content, with two whole new areas to explore that will be over before you know it. Maria is now a playable character, and is just about the only worthy addition, if you don't mind her being completely broken.
(C)
Saturn
Enemy Zero JPN
Finally got my hands on a new Trinitron, and it's so beautiful... will start up a new no save-hard mode run once I get my S-Video cable in.

Updated about 4 days ago

★★★★★ [CIB, broke the seal]
(C)
Steam
Midnight Ultra
A very short, but sweet FPS that has a stylish retro aesthetic. It's only $3, go buy it!

Updated about 5 days ago

☆☆★★★
(u)
DC
Biohazard 2 Value Plus
Just received this handful of games in the mail, along with a boxed Hello Kitty Dreamcast console! ❤ https://imgur.com/a/UOu9w

Updated about 1 week ago

★★★★★ [CIB]
(u)
DC
Real Sound: Kaze no Regret JPN

Updated about 1 week ago

★★★★★ [CIB with herb seeds / braille sheet]
(u)
DC
Hello Kitty: Garden Panic JPN

Updated about 1 week ago

[CIB with Hello Kitty console]
(C)
PC
Clock Tower
All endings and events. Had a lot of fun finally playing the only version I had yet to beat.

Updated about 1 week ago

☆★★★★ [English patched]
(C)
PC
Biohazard 3 Sourcenext
I can definitely see why speedrunners usually stick with the PC versions. Being able to skip every door animation is a godsend.

Updated about 1 week ago

★★★★★
(C)
PC
Biohazard 2 Sourcenext
Completed all scenarios.

Updated about 1 week ago

★★★★★
(C)
PC
Biohazard
This was a real bitch to get running without glitching or crashing, but I managed to get through both Jill and Chris scenarios with the best endings.

Updated about 1 week ago

★★★★★
(u)
3DO
Novastorm
[3DO Master Race #17] This is next on the list, as soon as I'm done with some Dreamcast and Saturn games.

Updated about 1 week ago

[CD-R]
(C)
3DO
The Need for Speed
Completed all three routes on every difficulty.

Updated about 1 week ago

☆★★★★ [CD-R] This turned out to be much more enjoyable than I expected, for the first in the series. For how much it pushes the 3DO hardware with so much detail, the framerate is surprisingly stable, and not as bad as I've heard. There are two modes: one where you race against the clock to beat your own time, and then there's the main part of the game - the races between you and Mr. X across three different routes. Definitely one of the better racing games on the 3DO!
(C)
3DO
Gex
https://youtu.be/oeFxIB2uJG8

Updated about 2 weeks ago

☆☆★★★ [CD-R] This is one of the few platformers on the 3DO, and was a timed exclusive made by Crystal Dynamics, the developers of Total Eclipse and Crash 'n Burn. I don't like Gex quite as much as them, but it's still a fairly competent platformer. You play as a "90's 'tude era" Gecko, with the ability to climb walls, and the levels are well designed around that... until it gets repetitive. I do like how every world has its own television theme, and the music is alright.
(U)
PS4
Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony
[Chapter 3] Slogging through... this game really isn't grabbing me at all, as DR2 did. None of these characters are likeable, or even interesting. Achievements: 8 / 41 (20%)

Updated about 4 weeks ago

(C)
3DO
Crash 'n Burn
Completed the tournament as Rocker, and got the best black market items. Dragon Car+Dragon Laser is hilariously game-breaking.

Updated about 4 weeks ago

☆★★★★ [CD-R] This game was a pack-in launch title, and it's a very fun and addicting racer when you really get into it. Take F-Zero, combine it with Twisted Metal... and make it even better than both. You can upgrade your car with weapons like a flame thrower and extra abilities like nitro/better armor. It doesn't really get good though, until you get access to the black market, in which you can purchase the Dragon Laser. (most OP weapon in any racing game)
(C)
3DO
Psychic Detective
"Yeouch"... Got the Village Idiot and Grand Slam endings. As for the remaining 12, I'll go to YouTube.

Updated about 4 weeks ago

☆☆☆★★ [CD-R] There are interesting ideas, but it's just a big mess in execution. You dive into people's minds in order to find any clues, or even influence their actions. The main flaw, is this game does a poor job explaining itself. Most scenarios are too cryptic to find, leading most players to the same "Idiot" ending. There's a minigame called Black Diamond that also determines your ending, and I still have no idea how it works, even after reading the manual.
(U)
iOS
newtonica
[High Score: 31,990] Been playing this a lot during lunch break at work. New goal is to get at the top 3 in the leaderboards. (99,999 points!)

Updated about 2 months ago

★★★★★
(M)
DC
D2
[70 hours] Finally made it to 200,000 EXP! Only 9,799,992 to go, for all I know. There's no info online about this, so I'll be the first to find out.

Updated about 2 months ago

★★★★★ [CIB] (:C: = Saw every easter egg and got the "God of Hunting" rank.) RTA speedrun PB: 2:06:07 (WR) [8/28/17] | [max rank / level 30 run] Lv 29: God of Hunting (70 hours, 200007 EXP)
(C)
PS4
Night Trap: 25th Anniversary Edition
Did a perfect run, and got both endings in Scene of the Crime. Will mark as mastered when I get the platinum. Achievements: 12 / 29 (41%)

Updated about 3 months ago

☆★★★★ [Limited Run Games]
(M)
SNES
Clock Tower JPN
[RetroArch] S-Ending speedrun in 21:12. [8/31/17]

Updated about 3 months ago

☆★★★★ Fan translation by Aeon Genesis. http://www.romhacking.net/translations/302/
(C)
PS4
Sonic Mania
[Silver Medals: 8/36 | Gold Medals: 13/36] Got all chaos emeralds as Sonic & Tails, Tails, and Knuckles.

Updated about 3 months ago

★★★★★ These bonus stages can fuck off.
(U)
iOS
newtonica 2
Cleared Stages: 27/36

Updated about 3 months ago

☆☆★★★
(u)
GBC
The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons
Getting back into these once I'm finished with the Metroid games.

Updated about 3 months ago

(u)
GBA
The Legend of Zelda: Minish Cap

Updated about 3 months ago

(u)
NDS
The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks

Updated about 3 months ago

(u)
3DS
The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

Updated about 3 months ago

(B)
WW
You, Me, and the Cubes
[Cleared "Sink Below" Stages: 3/36] That fourth level is kicking my ass pretty hard.

Updated about 4 months ago

★★★★★ This is my favorite puzzle game of all time. It's so fun and addicting, but once you beat the first set of levels, it becomes one of the most brutal puzzle games ever. You unlock a new set of 32 stages called "Sink Below", and some of them are just next to impossible. It's worth getting to that point though, just to see Cubie go through a weird change of personality. There's even a co-op mode, which adds new mechanics.
(B)
PS4
Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age
[Lv 53 | 45 hours | Balthier, Fran, Ashe] Post game sidequests and hunts Achievements: 19 / 41 (46%)

Updated about 4 months ago

☆★★★★ [Limited Steelbook Edition] [Ashe: Knight/Monk, Balthier: White Mage/Machinist, Fran: Black Mage/Archer, Basch: Breaker/Bushi, Vaan: Knight/Shikan, Penelo: Uhlan/Bushi]
(C)
PS2
Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga 2
[Hard Mode | 135 hours] Finally finished preparing for Satan with all mantras mastered and all stats maxed. Now the real torture begins!

Updated about 4 months ago

☆★★★★
(B)
Steam
Half-Life 2
Achievements: 21 / 33 (64%)

Updated about 4 months ago

★★★★★
(U)
SNES
Chrono Trigger: Kronos Trigger
"My husband is a smart girl to be beautiful."

Updated about 5 months ago

Chrono Trigger hack: https://youtu.be/GT56EERg8q0
(B)
VB
Jack Bros.
Jack Frost [] Jack Lantern [x] Jack Ripper [] Pixie []

Updated about 7 months ago

★★★★★
(B)
PS3
Deadly Premonition: The Director's Cut
Now finishing the rest of the sidequests and trophies.

Updated about 8 months ago

★★★★★ https://youtu.be/rzvXBFwcyek
(U)
PS4
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard: Banned Footage Vol. 2
Still have to do everything in Survival and Jack's 55th Birthday modes. Achievements: 3 / 8 (38%)

Updated about 8 months ago

☆★★★★ "Cleanliness is next to Godliness, and your mother's pretty fucking close to meeting him right now."
(U)
PS4
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard: Banned Footage Vol. 1
Still have to complete Nightmare mode and Ethan Must Die. Achievements: 2 / 5 (40%)

Updated about 8 months ago

☆★★★★

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2039 (U)
  1688 Unplayed  
82.8% of Unfinished
64% of Total
77.3%
90 (B)
3.4%
508 (C)
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PC 16 (U) 0 (B) 17 (C) 37 Total
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Steam 40 (U) 5 (B) 16 (C) 62 Total
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Sharp X68000 1 (U) 0 (B) 0 (C) 1 Total
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Atari 2600 32 (U) 0 (B) 1 (C) 33 Total
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NES 285 (U) 3 (B) 56 (C) 345 Total
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SNES 239 (U) 17 (B) 32 (C) 298 Total
Nintendo 64 BEAT 2 (B) 6 (C) 8 Total
GameCube 3 (U) 4 (B) 17 (C) 25 Total
Wii 2 (U) 1 (B) 2 (C) 5 Total
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32X 1 (U) 0 (B) 1 (C) 2 Total
Saturn 108 (U) 3 (B) 10 (C) 128 Total
Dreamcast 16 (U) 0 (B) 4 (C) 22 Total
Game Gear 19 (U) 0 (B) 3 (C) 22 Total
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PlayStation 173 (U) 11 (B) 57 (C) 251 Total
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All Games 2711 Total
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about 13 hours ago

Badges
Right Hand of Bak'laag: 1000+ unfinished games
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Confused: Playing 10+ games at once
Personally, I really want a Mania 2. I get that Forces was kind of the sequel, but it was mainly 3D (and not nearly as good), I'm talking about another 2D game made by the same people that made Mania, that would be amazing. Another thing I really want is a 3&K mobile/3DS/PS4 port. Even if it's mobile, I can use an actual gamepad in my Shield Portable...but ideally on PS4, if anything, or even Switch or 3DS. I'm not all that against to Switch ports, I'm just not crazy about most first party Nintendo games. Yes, I am enjoying Odyssey much more than BOTW, but still nowhere near as much as everyone else. I think I actually am liking what I've played of Fire Emblem Warriors more, and even then, I'd probably like a Hyrule Warriors Switch port better (with Wii U and 3DS DLC), though I was a bit surprised how much I liked FE Warriors...but then again, I generally like Dynasty Warriors games and other Musous.

I don't really think I'll need an MRI after all, at least it's not really looking that way now. My back/nerves were really bad last week when I first went into PT, almost everything they tried hurt a lot. Tuesday and yesterday though, it was the exact opposite, barely anything they did hurt. The ice seems to be helping a lot, though it's a bit concerning that part of it seems to be nerve problems, since it's not really my actual back that hurts, but way down in my right calf, and that it hurts when I sniffle/sneeze/breath too deeply. I'm not really sure what to do if I'm not well enough by after Thanksgiving.

I think the RetroPie isn't quite powerful enough to emulate Saturn, but that's not really a fault with it as much as the Saturn is just a nightmare to emulate in general. I did a quick look in all the install files, and Mednafen doesn't appear to be there for Saturn. It does have Yabosua or whatever, but that runs like shit. I probably could get it running on an actual RetroArch frontend, but I haven't used that in quite some time, at least without it being integrated into something else like RetroPie.
about 13 hours ago

Badges
Right Hand of Bak'laag: 1000+ unfinished games
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Confused: Playing 10+ games at once
The RetroPie definitely does not have S Video or Composite, only HDMI. However, I would think that it would still be far cheaper to get one and some kind of video converter than buy a PC Engine Duo RX. I use converters for all of my S Video and Composite systems, and I've never had any problems. The only video problem I've had was my VGA suddenly stop working, and I blame that on losing OBS to the damn Windows 10 Anniversary update. Or you know, Windows 10 being shit...possibly me not connecting it right, but I kinda doubt it. The weird thing is that it was outputting VGA and streaming it just fine until suddenly when I lost OBS, the Elgato capture program wouldn't output VGA at all. Maybe some day I'll try it again now that I have X Split, but honestly the more likely thing I'd use it for is connecting my Dreamcast to my CRT...if it even has a VGA port, and depending on if I want to fish out the existing Composite cable, though I might just leave that back there in case.

From what I've read, you shouldn't really run into trouble as long as you use top quality discs, so you should be fine. I think. A lot of the info out there either seems to say it's perfectly fine or it kills your system, but a lot of that doesn't really have much backing it up and usually just is "oh it killed my 1999 system"...which, that could be anything. I do believe it killing your system faster if you don't use quality stuff, but if you do, it shouldn't be too bad, maybe a BIT worse than using real discs? The majority of people who burn games don't seem all that knowledgeable on the quality of media from what I've seen, so it's not all that surprising that there's a lot of talk out there against it.

Yep. All 100% files. I actually did that at 9 years old on my 3&K file, and I have a few pictures of that somewhere. I want to eventually do that on PS4 and Switch, I'm just kind of concerned about the Final Zone boss and Hydrocity. I...don't really do well at Hydrocity, and tend to get crushed a lot in the Final Zone boss.

I never got a bug like that, but yeah, these are definitely my favorite special stages of them all. I wasn't sure when they first were announced, but I've quickly grown to really like them. I usually only have trouble with...#4? and sometimes #7. The rest usually only take 1 or 2 tries.

Well, I started Ys on PCE CD and Kid Dracula on FC instead of D2 or EGG on Dreamcast...but some day, and Grandia II. Not really sure on stream schedule, though.
about 2 days ago

Badges
Backlog Beaten: August 21, 2014
Backlog Completed: September 27, 2014
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
On Fire: 3 beat or complete in a row
Thanks! I was actually really excited about Cloudy Month, because I have some absolutely beautiful memories of cloudy days, and I was looking forward to expressing that through both my writing and the games that I've played. It must've been infectious, because another author (I forget his pseudonym; I know him as BlueGunstarHero) decided to join in with his own feature. I do miss writing, but I just kinda... ran out of content. I've offered the odd rant piece here and there since then, but it's been over a year since I've written anything. I've been kicking around the idea of writing an article about Roger Ebert. It's not what you're probably thinking; I remember he once said that if he could have one wish granted, it would be to watch his favorite movie again for the first time. The piece was going to be about how games are different in that you can sometimes enjoy a game even more on subsequent playthroughs; it was inspired by my recent replay of Final Fantasy 7 with the retranslation patch, and how even though I've played it a dozen or more times already, I never enjoyed it more than my most recent playthrough, even though it wasn't this new, mind-blowing thing anymore, and I'm also so sick of fanboys heralding it as the first coming of RPGzus (Persona 3 being the second coming, of course) that I could projectile vomit with such force it would send a mid-sized SUV cartwheeling down the highway. As for Albion, it's a good place to jump in, honestly, because it plays a lot like a JRPG, with its turn-based combat and overhead view... mostly; there are a few first-person sections, but you have a map, which also has warp points, if it's in a city. It's pointy-clicky, and conversation is like the old Ultima games, but it's a nice bridge. Also, it's James Cameron's Avatar: 1994 Edition.

That's very true; I think I usually fly in circles, but same difference. What I usually do for Ultimate Weapon is kick his ass as early as he shows up, then go complete some ridiculous endgame sidequest (of which there are many), and by the time I'm done, or in some kind of transit between locales, he's settled his ass... up(?) somewhere. Normally, that would really piss me off, but I really like Cloud's Ragnarok, so I get an excuse to see more of it. I think it might have my favorite visual design out of any Final Fantasy weapon to date, though keep in mind, that in my world, there are only 9 of them; there was never a Final Fantasy 10.
about 2 days ago

Badges
Backlog Beaten: August 21, 2014
Backlog Completed: September 27, 2014
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
On Fire: 3 beat or complete in a row
Hmmm... I think I'd probably say SNES, then either PS2 or NES; NES has a ton of great games, but its RPGs are lacking overall, and not only did PS2 have Devil May Cry, which revolutionized 3D Action to this day (and thus, the system had many of its imitators), but it also has an extremely diverse library; plenty for everyone, regardless of taste. PS1 would probably be #4 for me; it has some excellent JRPGs, but not much else, from what I've played, because it's in that awkward era of 3D that's neither oldschool nor newschool; I call it middleschool gaming. That said, JRPGs don't really need good controls, so they were great on the system, 2D or 3D. I haven't gotten into Saturn just yet, but I have a few games that I'm looking at.

I remember him mentioning that in one video or another; it's interesting to see a historical PC gamer switching to consoles, since everyone else seems to be doing the opposite, myself included. He just seems like such a nice guy; I'd love to hang out with him, but we live on opposite ends of the country. I've seen a few Happy Console Gamer videos. I first played Phantasy Star in... 2004, I think? I was super impressed with it even then; hard to believe that it was a contemporary of Dragon Warrior, when it does scaling in dungeons better than a few SNES games I could name.

I sure was; I remember when PE2000.net was the tits! They might've even had a full set of NES roms, and that was back in the days when emulation sites usually would have less than 20 roms, each with a neat little synopsis for each one and a couple of screenshots. I also remember when PE2000.net suddenly just stopped existing altogether. I think it was one of the first things I discovered when we first got Internet back in 2000, with our shiny new 56K modem! This is why nostalgia is so misguided; would anyone really want to go back to the days of dial-up? I don't remember the first rom I downloaded, but it was either Earthbound or Final Fantasy 3 (J, of course), even though the latter wasn't even translated back then. Anyway, I think FCEUX is the best right now; I run FCEUXD SP 1.06 for my hacks, and it does damn near everything I need it to do, aside from run in fullscreen. I don't think mine has CRT shaders, but that'd be a neat thing to see. Is it just scanlines, or is it something better? Scanlines are pretty hit-or-miss, depending upon which game you're playing.
about 2 days ago

Badges
Backlog Beaten: August 21, 2014
Backlog Completed: September 27, 2014
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
On Fire: 3 beat or complete in a row


Well, use your judgment; those are just the ones that I have. For example, I'm the foremost English-speaking expert on the Internet when it comes to Esper Boukentai [Link] (see also GameFAQs and Strategy Wiki), but the one thing that I don't know about it is whether or not I actually like the game. It's so bizarre, and it's kind of a trainwreck, but it's the sort of trainwreck you can learn how to drive by borking the system enough that you don't need a set of tracks to make it run. It's an absolutely fascinating game, but is it good? I'm not sure. Doraemon (regular-ass; not the Gigazombie one) might be a hard sell, too; there's a fuckheap of variety in its mere 3 stages, and a lot of neat, bizarre things to see (and the music sounds just like Mickey Mousecapade, if you like that), but you may or may not like it. Nothing that I have is actively bad (aside from Final Fantasy 2, but I decided to leave out the super obvious ones, like the Final Fantasies, Mother, etc., because that's like if you asked me for music and I recommended The Beatles; of fucking COURSE you know them), but I do have a few that are decidedly average. I also didn't mention Esper Dream 2, because you said that you've already played it, but I will take this opportunity to say that it's my favorite NES game fucking ever. Period. Legacy of the Wizard is a close second, with Adventure of Link a not-so-distant third. Of my NES imports, though, my favorites are Adventure Island 4, Esper Dream 2, Kiteretsy Daihyakka, Mother, Ufouria (PAL), and if you count it, Final Fantasy 3 Maeson Mix, which is a hack.

Sweet Home is great, both the game and the movie; darker and more disturbing than anything Resident Evil has to throw at you. If you like that, though, you might want to give Laplace (Raparasu) no ma a look, since it's in the same vein. [Link] I couldn't get the translation patch to work, but I've learned a hell of a lot about patching since I've last tried it, so it's part of a project that I'm working on to complete my translation collection.
about 3 days ago

Badges
Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
Sony Trinitron? Very Nice! I have a 32 inch one right next to me that I play my games on. My friend has the 36 inch one sitting in his basement. They are the best television for Retro Games with such clear picture. However, they are beasts and just impossible to move!

See, I was afraid of that happening too. I don't know much about the DreamCast VMU, so I wasn't going to start tinkering with it. I'm not counting that part for completion, so I don't think it is a big deal. Oh, the VMU pictures are great! My Skies of Arcadia one has the flag I chose and Soul Calibur had a little chibi version of my fighter!

Typing of the Dead with a Hello Kitty Keyboard sounds like the most amazing idea ever! It would be great if the characters had Hello Kitty on them as well! That is a legit purchase just for that to happen.

I'm the same way. Backlogging is kind of my only hobby, so that is what I do most of the time. Making progress and hopefully beating one day!
about 3 days ago

Badges
Right Hand of Bak'laag: 1000+ unfinished games
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Cursed: 10+ new games in a row
Confused: Playing 10+ games at once
Funnily enough, I just had a friend that wanted to borrow Gex ask me this week. Seems to be a topical game for some reason haha

Thanks for the playthrough! Yeah, it's a little rough around the edges and has some problems, but I'm glad people are enjoying it. We more or less made it in a little under 2 months (after having a rough prototype sitting on the back burner for a year), so it had a short dev cycle. The project leader wanted to release for Halloween so there was a rush at the end to make sure it was finished. A big part of the release was just trying to figure out the steam release pipeline for bigger works. We're steadily working on fixes and polishing up the game. Should have a fun content drop later in the year

Yeah, I told them about the pause menu bug, but they're still trying to figure out how to fix it. It's included in our dev changelog fixes for the future.

I didn't do much of the art, just some side stuff and some upcoming unreleased stuff for steam cards, emoticons, backgrounds, etc. Here's a sneak peak of one of the potential profile backgrounds [Link]

Thanks again for checking it out! Really means a lot to us
about 3 days ago

Badges
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
On Fire: 3 beat or complete in a row
I'm not aware of any hardware revisions, so yeah, it's the one with the strong grip. You're not kidding. Even if you do the recommended "pull from one corner" trick, some carts are so bad that they'll be stuck on there good. I have reason to believe a Super Famicom cart I bought at a game convention had already ruined my first one, and I had to get another one (thankfully I had a plethora of trade-in value for the place I bought it.) So now, I'm using it for the Famicom games I have (though I have three Super Famicom games I wouldn't mind playing that I'm afraid to put in.)

Third party technology, am I right? They're far from perfect. They treated the Retron 5 as the second coming when it was announced, and it's great when it works, but man, is it as fragile as you'd dread it'd be.

Honestly... if I hadn't bought Hudson Soft's Doraemon, my first Famicom game, the idea of having a Retron 5 never would've crossed my mind. I read that certain NES carts had a Famicom converter inside, and my Gyromite cart had one, and it didn't work. Well, it did lead to playing some great games that I never thought I'd be able to play without emulating. Hell, it even prompted me to get Solomon no Kagi 2, and it was a helluva lot cheaper than Fire N Ice, so I guess it was good for something.
about 4 days ago

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Backlog Beaten: August 21, 2014
Backlog Completed: September 27, 2014
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
On Fire: 3 beat or complete in a row
That's probably why I didn't know who they were: I never got into Pro Skater.

Thanks! I was surprised that some of them were as popular as they were; I caught a few blog posts about my articles about Chrono Cross's Dead Sea and Seiken Densetsu 3's Glass Desert. Oh yeah, I did that for Cloudy Month, which was April of... *mumblemumbletrailoff*. It's called Final Chapter, if you're still looking. If I were still writing the series, next would probably be the second area of Albion; it's a jungle planet with beautiful, colorful plant life. I've seen a million damn jungles, but this is the most unique and gorgeous one I've ever seen. Writing is a skill that develops over time; some of my old shit is... grizzly.

That was something nice about the retranslation: I only fought him once, then chased him to his final resting place; I don't know if that's because of the damage cap removal or what. Doomgaze was both less and more annoying; you didn't have him just faking you out all the time, but you also didn't have a place to look for him, so you had less consistency.

I'm not really familiar with the glitch, so I can't say for sure; the only Final Fantasy duplication trick I kind of know is the one from 4.

I'd have leaned toward SNES or PS2 for best libraries, but PS1's up there; probably second place for RPGs. I remember playing a lot of Darkstalkers 3 and Bust-A-Move 4, but not much else; you're right.

I just recently subscribed to him, and JUST caught up on, like 7 years worth of content. He's more on the mainstream side in terms of knowing games, but I've found quite a few things worth checking out on his channel. I'll probably just start with the latest version of MAME and see where it takes me; mine is from March 27th, 2005, so it might be just a little out of date.

You mean the emulator was sub-Nesticle? I remember when that was the tits; now, I only use it when I need to reconfigure a mapper or something.

It has a really shitty stigma attached to it, because depression isn't the same as a normal person getting depressed sometimes; you can't just "pull yourself out of it," because it's not that fucking simple. But yes, please feel free to talk to me any time via comment, PM, or hell, I'll even give you my Skype info. It's not something I give out freely, but I'll PM it to you if you'd like; I'm on every Friday night 11pm-2am EST.
about 4 days ago

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Backlog Beaten: August 21, 2014
Backlog Completed: September 27, 2014
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
On Fire: 3 beat or complete in a row
For NES imports, I have the following, and I feel that my NES collection is mostly complete:
Adventure Island 4 (plays like Super Adventure Island 2 on the SNES)
Banana Prince (cool Platformer; also in PAL territories)
Cocoron (non-linear Platformer that lets you make your own characters)
Cosmic Epsilon (Space Harrier. It's fucking Space Harrier.)
Cosmo Police Galivan
Daiku no Gensan (both of them; it's a wacky Platformer like Goemon)
Doki Doki Yuuenchi (weird Platformer)
Doraemon (Overhead Action, Scrolling Shooter, and Swimming)
Doraemon: Gigazombie no Gyakushuu (if you like Dragon Warrior and Doraemon)
Downtown Special: Kunio Kun no Jidaigeki Dayo Zenin Shuugou! (River City Ransom with samurai)
Esper Boukentai (read my article at Hardcore Gaming 101)
Gekitotsu Yonku Battle (R.C Pro-am meets demolition derby)
Hottaaman no Chitei Tanken (Arcade Action; a little like Pac-Man)
Jajamaru Gekimaden - Maboroshi no Kinmajou (kinda like Crusader of Centy)
Jesus - Kyoufu no Bio Monster (space station Shadowgate)
Jikuu Yuuden - Debias (a little like Simon's Quest, but all in one central dungeon)
JJ - Tobidase Daisakusen Part 2 (Sequel to 3D Adventures of World Runner)
Juuouki (Altered Beast on the NES! New stages and lycanthropes! FUCKING WERESHARK!)
Kiteretsu Dai Hyakka (bizarre, dreamlike Platformer)
Maharajah (Arabian-themed RPG that's like Sword of Hope or Shadowgate)
Majou Densetsu 2 - Daimashikyou Galious (Metroid before Metroid was Metroid)
Mitsume ga Tooru (flat Mega Man)
Musashi no Bouken (if you like Dragon Warrior and Japanese history)
Ninja Jajamaru - Ginga Dai Sakusen (offbeat Platformer with astronaut ninjas)
Ninja Kun - Ashura no Shou (Arcade Action)
Paaman - Enban wo Torikaese (Platformer)
Parasol Henbee (Platformer)
Recca
Robocco Wars (Platformer/Shooter/Boats, I think? You're a transforming robot; it's cool)
Seirei Gari (so-so game like Shadowgate)
Splatter House: Wanpaku Graffiti
Super Star Force (primitive version of Guardian Legend with time travel)
Sweet Home (great RPG; maybe the first Survival Horror game ever)
Time Zone (Platformer)
Ufouria (great Platventure by Sunsoft in PAL region; Hebereke in Japan)
Wai Wai World (decent Platventure with lots of Konami characters; Kingdom Hearts without Squenix Brand Guyliner)
Youkai Club (decent Platformer that people compare to Castlevania, but it's not that similar)
Yume Penguin Monogatari (Platformer/Scrolling Shooter where bullets make you fat)
about 4 days ago

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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Ah the Saturn SOTN, little worst for some technical stuff, but with lot more stuff in it
If I didnt had completed the game 5 times allready, I would play this version too...
Ah who I'm kidding, one day I will
Does the 2 exclusive zones have a boss too? Also, if so, do they have a reverse castle boss too?
about 5 days ago

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Right Hand of Bak'laag: 1000+ unfinished games
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Confused: Playing 10+ games at once
I wanted one of those fancy PC Engine dual systems for a while too, but then I decided that RetroPie is just waaaay easier and cheaper, and I don't really have any room for more systems unless I unhook something, which I don't want to unhook my Sega systems for sure.

I don't know if I'd ever get Psuedo Saturn, I've heard that CD Rs will hurt the system's laser if you don't use top quality CDRs. The Dreamcast/Sega CD repros I have are from a site that uses really high quality ones, but I still don't trust them enough to play them too often.

The only thing I'd ever want my phone at work for is for internet on breaks, mostly here and Twitter. I really don't care much for calling/texting people, especially at work. People who watch annoying dumb videos on their phones and have the volume up load and start laughing loudly are so fucking rude and stupid.

I probably could, but I don't really care to. I only have 3 more medals to get on the Switch version after getting 6 the other night when I thought I wouldn't get any, and then got 5 on PS4 last night. Unlocked the sound test on Switch and Mean Bean on PS4. Filling up my save slots with clear files is probably the farthest I'd go, aside from hopefully getting the rest of the medals.

You might have played it after this bug got patched, but one time when I was at the beginning of that zone, I got a 1up from some totally random score, and then all the music in the act went away, I had to go Super for it to come back. Also Tails would disappear a lot on co op mode, usually at the act end sign, and just a few days ago, one of the tunnels after a Giant Ring in Green Hill glitched on me, it wouldn't load the other side, so I had to wait for Super to run out, then for a time over. I got to the same area last night on PS4, and that didn't happen.

I didn't really have a huge problem with Sonic Forces, honestly. I doubt I'd have had the drive to beat it in 2 days if I did. Most of my complaints are that the controls felt a bit wonky sometimes with trying to jump on a platform, but either coming up short or overjumping it and dying, that and most of the levels felt way too short. Other than that, it was pretty solid, it just felt really hollow and soulless, especially after the amazing Mania.

I have a lot of stuff I want to get to, Blue Dragon, Super Lucky's Tale, D2, Grandia II (replay), Virtua Cop 1/2, House of the Dead 1-4, and then I have a lot more on a google list to co op with my cousin.
about 5 days ago

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Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
On Fire: 3 beat or complete in a row
Mm... well, there's Akumajou Densetsu... Esper Dream 2... Madara... Megami Tensei II... and that's it, as far as I know.

I love the original Phantasy Star games, so Lagrange Point could be a good game. Like Konami decided to make their own Phantasy Star-like game on the system. I'm super excited.

The Retron 5 is definitely good for playing translated foreign games. I'm happy I'm able to play actual copies of these games. Sure, not on actual official hardware, but still from the carts.
about 5 days ago

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Right Hand of Bak'laag: 1000+ unfinished games
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Confused: Playing 10+ games at once
There's no way that I'll be better this week like I had previously thought, I went to Physical Therapy, and apparently I have an inflamed spinal disc. Pretty serious stuff. Sometimes it even hurts to lift my leg, and it makes me feel like crying, it's awful. At least I think the ice is helping things slowly, but I might have an MRI soon.

I have no idea what I ate to get the stomach flu so bad, if anything, I guess it could be possible I just caught it from work or the allergy shot place (people bring their kids there sick a LOT, even though the rules there say you can't do that and they refuse shots to anyone sick), but that went away in about a week (I was up puking all night Monday night, it was not fun), and I guess maybe the wretching impacted a disc in my back somehow?


I've been icing my back, and that seems to help things, at least for that day. The PT people actually wondered why the doctors gave me crunches to do because they agreed with me that that was a very bad idea. Also, the doctors suggesting me to heat it was also a bad idea and the opposite of what I actually want...but I didn't even do that because at that point I didn't really have much faith in them after their crunches made things worse, and reading online that heating is bad.

I wonder if I could emulate Saturn on my RetroPie using Mednafen. I haven't tried to emulate Saturn on PC since SSF was like the only stable thing about 10 years ago, and even that I think was a bit slow...though not sure how much of that was because of my computer at the time.

I haven't even turned on my Wii U in...probably a year or two. I think I stopped using it even like a while before the Switch was announced. I mean, I haven't used my Wii really since before the Wii U came out, but I literally can't use it anymore, it's in a weird state in that it powers on fine, but no controllers sync, tried everything.

It might not have been the SD card thing, it may have been an internal hard drive mod or something. I know there are mods to add like an internal or more likely an external HDD, and that makes a lot more sense. I haven't really bothered to look a lot into the Saturn/Dreamcast hacking scene, my Dreamcast and Saturn are both region free, and my DC is modded for aftermarket games and a VGA flag skip on every game, meaning it should output in VGA even if it's not on the list. It's got a custom LED that flashes like Chaos Emeralds, it's amazing. The only thing I'd be into Kai about are translations
about 6 days ago (edited)

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Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
On Fire: 3 beat or complete in a row
Konami seriously needs to get off their high horse and rerelease Snatcher...

On the subject of Sonic Forces, Sonic Team used to be amazing! What happened?! Why have they become so terrible? Even during the Dreamcast days they could still be good, but ever since Billy Hatcher, it's been hard times for them.

Sounds like they should have delayed Sonic Forces to make sure it's superb.

Edit: Did you say Burning Rangers? If you can successfully play that game in Japanese, please tell me how you did it.
about 1 week ago

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Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
I bought something like this years ago: [Link] I'm finally at the point where I'm beginning to run out of space on it. I'd like to buy another one, but unfortunately, I just don't have the space in my apartment. They are annoying to put together, but I'm not mechanically sound nor do I have a wide array of tools, so as long as you follow the directions, you should be able to do it. It is a nice space saver and I really like the ones you pointed out.

I have not been able to play any of the VMU games on my DreamCast. I played through Power Stone a few months ago and I tried to play its VMU game and I could not. I have a battery, but I just don't want to open it up and replace it. So, for now, I'm using it as a Memory Card with a cool picture on it.

Yeah, I see the adorable Hello Kitty DreamCast. Very cute! I would say you do have one of the more active Backlogs I've ever seen. Almost everyday you are either adding a bunch of games or beating a bunch of games! It must be exhausting in keeping up with such a pace.
about 1 week ago

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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
You have great taste too My friend
Recently I beated EarthBound, so I'm really looking forward Mother 3!
Also, lol at plumbers dont wear ties
about 1 week ago (edited)

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Right Hand of Bak'laag: 1000+ unfinished games
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Cursed: 10+ new games in a row
Confused: Playing 10+ games at once
I've always felt that the irony of Gex is that it feels like playing the B-movie equivalent of a platformer. It's a weird game. The sequel is actually pretty enjoyable, although it has some camera issues (which is the biggest complaint I have for older 3D platformers as a whole). It's nothing excellent, but I had a good time with it.
about 2 weeks ago

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Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
Of course! No limits on the consoles, as long as the model is right on the bottom, there's a little circle:

VA0 – early production
VA1 – ~99% of all consoles
VA2.1 – late production

As long as you have a VA1 model, you're good!
about 2 weeks ago

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Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
Congratulations on the 500 ! Wow, I don't even own 500 games!

Yeah, Skies of Arcadia is absolutely amazing. I am loving every moment of the game! I am so happy there is a Gamecube release as I will be able to experience this fantastic game twice! I mean, 1982 is fairly ridiculous considering I was born in 1982, but you are slowly making your way through it. It might take a couple of lifetimes, but you can do it!

Thank you for the well wishes on my new job. I hope it does go well and I hope I can stay there for a long time.
Die, Bak'laag! You don't belong in this world! HAVE AT YOU!