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Middle aged gamer's collection #55-#58. Capcom 2D fighters on Dreamcast.

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Marvel vs Capcom
Capcom vs SNK

I finished my last post my saying I would have a look at the 2d fighting games that Capcom put out for the Dreamcast so here we are. Fighting games then - they have been around for some time - I can remember Karate Champ in the arcades with it's 2 joystick control and it was a game I steered clear of after a few tries - my money wasn't going far and a kid on a budget had to be selective back in the day - I can remember watching quite a few games though. It's a genre I've always been in two minds about - I've been like a moth to a flame really. They attract me - but my level of skill is such that I get frustrated very quickly. I read reviewers laughing at the simplicity with which they can dispatch CPU controlled characters at the highest difficulty setting but I struggle at the default difficulty. I guess I'm too predictable - when I find a few moves I can execute I tend to stick to them and fighting game AI seems to be able to deal with this approach quite easily. Even a game as old as Street Fighter II Turbo on the SNES seems to be able to figure me out pretty quickly.

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Buggy Boy - C64 vs the Arcade (Quick and Dirty)

Buggy Boy on the C64 is pretty good, there are some excellent ports on the Atari ST and the Amiga as well but back in the day I played the C64 version a lot. Actually played my little Buggy Boy demo tape off the cover of a games magazine with just the off-road track the most. Didn't play the other tracks that much actually. Read more below...

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Turbo Everdrive - demonstruction and package

I got a package and it contained another Everdrive. I unbox it and try out some games. Check it out. Gameplay footage starts at 3:30

channels mentioned in the video:
http://www.youtube.com/user/polaventris
http://www.youtube.com/user/lukemorse1
http://www.youtube.com/user/lawnboyspost1975
http://www.youtube.com/user/atarix777
http://www.youtube.com/user/halfblindgamer

I had to re record the commentary as I was having issues.

Audio: Rubicon on C64 by Jeroen Tiel & Reijn Ouwehand

NOTICE:
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Matt Chat 169: The Eidolon--a journey into the mystical realm of the mind

This week features a retrospective of Lucasfilm Games' The Eidolon, a 1985 game that builds on the fractal routines introduced in Koronis Rift and Rescue on Fractalus!. Unfortunately, this game requires a manual to understand, so many of us pirates back in the day couldn't make head nor tails of it. The story, detailed only in the manual, has us strapping into a sphere called The Eidolon and zapping off into the unconscious, mystical realm of the mind (it just gets weirder from there). The fairly complex gameplay has us shooting and collecting four different colors of balls, each with different effects on creatures (if shot) and ourselves (if hit or collected). It also boasts some of the best artwork at the time, especially animation.

Download the mp4 here.

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Google Nexus 7 - a more in depth look (HD)

Where to get your bearings in Android and the Nexus 7? Well check out the following pages mentioned in the video:
The Nexus 7 beginner's guide by Shane R.Monroe:
http://www.reviewlagoon.com/?p=723

Green Robot Gamer: Real gaming on Android devices:
http://wiki.greenrobotgamer.com/

The emulators from Robert Broglia:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=Robert+Broglia

Excellent site with a a lot of interesting articles:
http://www.reviewlagoon.com/

Okay so after fiddling around with my new Nexus 7 I proceeded to do some more serious things with it. Of course I want to be able to use USB thumbdrives and what have you so Rooting the device and installing software that makes the device capable of writing to USB thumbdrives was essential.

Propriocepsis is the system your body uses to interpret the position of joints and tension in muscles. A system really needed when playing with touch controls as tactile feedback is not available touching a glass surface for buttons.

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ZX Spectrum - Splat

Developers: Ian Andrew & Ian Morgan from Incentive Software
Year published: 1983
Platforms: ZX Spectrum, C64, Amstrad CPC, Sam Coupé

Here's me explaining some about the game while playing...

RetroGamerVX has challenged us to make Spectrum themed videos this week in honor of the ZX Spectrum's 30th birthday. Of course all I could do is comply to escape the wrath of my Evil Twin from the UK.

His video can be found here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_3O0UQP39o

NOTICE:
"Copyright Disclaimer Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976, allowance is made for "fair use" for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research. Fair use is a use permitted by copyright statute that might otherwise be infringing. Non-profit, educational or personal use tips the balance in favor of fair use."

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3DS XL - System review (an in depth look)

-System overview (00:43)
-Comparison of the layout
-Comparison of the screens
-Demonstration of viewing angle
-Some information on the easy system transfer option (Internet connection required, you can also transfer your Ambassador status and extra games if you got the 3DS at launch) (10:30)
- An overview of the downloaded software I have
- Sound system
- Demonstration of fantastic 2D 'scanline-like' mode on the 3DS XL screen! (21:40) - this in my opinion makes the screen on this system superior to the regular 3DS screen.

The end sequence features a track created by ZombieAndy1979 'The Lake'
http://www.youtube.com/ZombieAndy1979

I got quite a few PMs and video responses on my last personal 3DS video - some wanted, asked or some even demanded a better more in depth look - so here it is. And not to worry - YT didn't screw up the framerate on this one :P

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SCART users' dream

For those of us in Europe with lots of older consoles to connect to a designated retro gaming TV, the fact that most CRTs only have 1 SCART socket that supports RGB is a pain. In Europe an RGB connection is the way to go - superior to s-video and also supports PAL60 for Dreamcast era on.

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Matt Chat 149: Diablo

With all the attention of the CRPG community focused on Diablo III, I thought it only fitting to give a retrospective on the 1996 game that launched the franchise--the original Diablo! Reducing the complex CRPG gameplay mechanics to utter simplicity, Blizzard offered up a mesmerizing clickfest that's enjoyed by thousands today. It also introduced "Battle.net," a value-add that allowed groups of players to co-op or compete online--for free!

Download the mp4 here.

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Mark plays... Krakout (C64)

The nice Arkanoid/Breakout clone on the C64 called Krakout. Great gameplay, great music. Mind you on the C64 and TV screen the gameplay is really fluid my grabby thingie really mocks up the smoothness of it all so it doesn't do it justice completely.

Press Play on Tape playing the Krakout theme:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F04F4grZ9Mk

Krakout on the Amstrad CPC
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZF8vRwjLNGY

Krakout on the Speccy
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x9AcRbYY6OU

Krakout on the MSX
http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=rn9f-gzOWp0

Cool music mashup between GODS sountrack (A500) and Krakout (C64)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ricyl9duhx0

Intro soundtrack by Andy C. aka SynthMonkey aka ZombieAndy1979
http://www.youtube.com/user/zombieandy1979

VIDEO RESPONSES:
by HalfBlindGamer
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wVqCe2xz_DA

by Polaventris
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=psl-gRpzwuk

NOTICE:
"Copyright Disclaimer Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976, allowance is made for "fair use" for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research. Fair use is a use permitted by copyright statute that might otherwise be infringing. Non-profit, educational or personal use tips the balance in favor of fair use."

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