Mark plays.... DonPachi and DoDonPachi (Arcade) - episode 4

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A new series of small videos, not really reviews but just some games I happen to really like. This is episode 4.

Game: DonPachi (1995-1996) and it's sequel Dodon Pachi (1997-1998)
Publisher: Cave, Falcom 1995-1998
Platform: Arcade, Saturn and PSX

The proper ending seems to be missing on both segments of gameplay - I will probably recode and republish in future.

DonPachi is a vertical shmup - the games have something to do with honey bees as the title literally incorporates Bee in some form. There is a third part out on the Arcade platform and there exists a mobile phone version called DoDonPuchi. The gameplay actually feels quite a bit like that of Raiden - played that in another episode - albeit a lot more bullets are on the screen at the same time. The game is more 'bullet hell' like so many other Japanese shmups out there of that era. The thing with this game is that the 'bullet hell' is not so bad as there are many quiet areas on the screen that allow you to avoid getting hit. Like Raiden it is possible to somewhat survive on reflexes diving the bullets and no so much by memorizing the attack patterns.

In the game you are a wannabe-pilot and you need to survive an 'eight year long training mission'. If you succeed you can join the ranks of the DonPachi elite battle squadron. The game consists of 5 levels and you can fire your weapon two ways: in short bursts and in a longer concentrated and more powerful beam. When you use the latter mode your ship can manvouvre at a much slower speed. So a combination of using both modes of firing is needed. This is the case in both games.

The DoDonpachi is a lot more elaborate with tons of explosions, power ups and even more bullets on screen at the same time. The level of animation achieved in these games is of a similar quality as that found in NeoGeo arcade games. The 2nd game in the series has 7 levels, although the last level can only be reached when the player meets rather strict criteria. Once all areas have been fought a second loop starts with the same enemies but with even more bullets and explosive devices on the screen at the same time. The arcade machine displays these flawless

The Playstation and Saturn versions are spot on and a must have if you love shmups of this era and own either console. The Playstation version even plays on the PSP through a PS3 !!!!

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Ah the master replies....
davyK wrote:

Ha Ha - Scottish, Irish, English in there as well - "broadcast" was very English, "Jones" was a bit N.Ireland)- all over the place Mark!!! But there was the odd bit in there that sounded close....a fair effort.

Must get around to posting a bit of my dialogue for reference purposes.....:)

Thanks Dave. Yeah this out of my head late at night without exposure to real Irish and without practice produces this 'mix'. At least it sounded from the Islands. I know what you mean, I hear it myself when I listen back. Ah well, tata!

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LOL LOL LOL Stitches belly ache - will not recover for a while
Rowdy Rob wrote:

I'm beginning to wonder if anyone involved in AA is who they say they are. All this time, I was under the impression that Mark was from the Netherlands, only to discover from this video that he is clearly Irish. Why the charade, Mark? Are you ashamed of your Irish heritage, and decided to pretend to be from the Netherlands? What's wrong with being Irish? I would be proud to be from such a cool lineage, but you've obviously got some issues.

It all makes sense now. No one from "the Netherlands" could possibly have such a command of the English language as you do. You have revealed yourself in this video as a born-and-raised Irishman, Mark. I should have been suspicious when I heard your obviously fake Dutch accent, but I took you at your word. Don't ever play that "I'm Dutch" routine again, because you are clearly Irish. You should be ashamed of yourself.
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You got me! ;-) Great reply!

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Ha Ha - Scottish, Irish,

Ha Ha - Scottish, Irish, English in there as well - "broadcast" was very English, "Jones" was a bit N.Ireland)- all over the place Mark!!! But there was the odd bit in there that sounded close....a fair effort.

Must get around to posting a bit of my dialogue for reference purposes.....:)

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LOL! I tried to learn

LOL!

I tried to learn accents when I was in high school and thought (wrongly, very wrongly) that I had mastered "the British" accent (shows how naive I was to think there was only one). Needless to say, while I was able to impress the hell out my fellow hicks in Louisiana (to the point where some probably still think I'm from Britain), as soon as I met a guy from Wales I realized at once how pathetic I was. I got a further comeuppance from an Anglican minister from England who was able to reproduce at least 8 different British accents flawlessly.

I even had some recordings of myself speaking in that accent and listening to it a few years later realized I sounded exactly like a hick trying to speak with a British accent. Shudder. Shudder.

I did find some tapes at NSU for actors that helped them learn foreign accents. I guess it's something you could master if you were willing to dedicate the time and effort to get it right. I've heard some people tell me that if you live long enough in a region you will begin to pick up the accent naturally. Let's wait to see if I ever start saying "beg" for "bag" and "vag" for "vague" and so on (Minnesotan accents). I've yet to refer to "pop" when I mean cokes or soda. :)

Needless to say, I have not tried to emulate such an accent ever again. :)

Most people I meet here don't know where I'm from just by listening to me talk, but every now and then someone will claim to detect a "Southern drawl." I think I've managed to train myself out of it, though, with a few exceptions like saying "pin" for "pen" and "dawg" for "dog." I sometimes speak with a more exaggerated Southern accent when I find it appropriate. It's good when you want to calm someone down or seem friendly. It is also considered "sexy" in certain circles, particularly when you want to engage in a certain kind of conversation with the ladies. ;)

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This really ticks me off....
Mark Vergeer wrote:

You must understand Dutch ears may do something terrible to the English language when trying to do something like this. Any harm being caused by this video either physical or mental can be avoided by NOT watching it I am curious after your comments though.

I'm beginning to wonder if anyone involved in AA is who they say they are. All this time, I was under the impression that Mark was from the Netherlands, only to discover from this video that he is clearly Irish. Why the charade, Mark? Are you ashamed of your Irish heritage, and decided to pretend to be from the Netherlands? What's wrong with being Irish? I would be proud to be from such a cool lineage, but you've obviously got some issues.

It all makes sense now. No one from "the Netherlands" could possibly have such a command of the English language as you do. You have revealed yourself in this video as a born-and-raised Irishman, Mark. I should have been suspicious when I heard your obviously fake Dutch accent, but I took you at your word. Don't ever play that "I'm Dutch" routine again, because you are clearly Irish. You should be ashamed of yourself.

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Perhaps this is more of an accent - reading DavyK's post....

You must understand Dutch ears may do something terrible to the English language when trying to do something like this. Any harm being caused by this video either physical or mental can be avoided by NOT watching it I am curious after your comments though.

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We are quite lazy in the UK

We are quite lazy in the UK - we tend not to learn a language. French is usually taught from 11-14 in schools.

I'm from Northern Ireland. The accent is quite unusual. It isn't anything like the stereotypical "Oirish" accent (at least to our ears!!!) - and is notoriously hard to copy as many actors have found....I don't think I've heard anyone really pull it off yet. Brad Pitt's was laughable - not as bad as Tommy Lee Jones in "Blown Away" though. Liam Neeson is from N.Ireland and he has held onto his though he tends to disguise it or tone it done in some films - but being an actor he speaks quite clearly so it isn't an issue. Some people from Southern England can't understand us - some documentaries set in N.Ireland have had subtitles when broadcast across the UK.

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I don't hear much of an

I don't hear much of an accent from you, Mark. I can understand you perfectly. Indeed, if you lived here in Minnesota people probably wouldn't even realize you were from another country.

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Mine has become thick

Mine has become thick - when I lived in the States it sounded very American.
DavyK do you speak any other languages or some great accent from the UK?

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I'm pretty useless at both

I'm pretty useless at both to be honest - though I haven't spent nearly enough time on them to become any good. On the "to do" list.

re accents : I met a Dutch guy just over a year ago who could have read the news for the BBC. Very impressive.

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