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    Konami 50th Anniversary Collection

    We probably won’t be seeing SotN or Rondo on the castlevania one as they have their own compilation. Hopefully Bloodlines and the Wii Ware game are on it. Maybe they’ll add kid Dracula for a laugh.
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    Shenmue III - PS4/PC | 2019

    Before the VF RPG they made a tech demo game inspired by Chinese mythology. People often trace Shenmue’s origins to that.
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    Shenmue III - PS4/PC | 2019

    Thanks to the link being posted on here I finally did my survey and gave my address for delivery. I've seen people in meltdown over the graphics but all things considered I'm fine with how the game looks. It's not a triple A project and they've clearly used exaggeration of features for things like facial expressions which is good enough of a compromise if not a bit old fashioned. The environments look fantastic however, they clearly wanted to prioritise the setting over anything else.
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    Your retro youtube videos

    After taking far too long to make my first video I decided to force this one out over the span of a weekend.
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    Gender Diversity / Politics in games (was Tropes Vs. Women)

    A cheerleader dress designed to look like a gaming chair. How quaint.
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    What is your comfort game?

    Playing the yu-gi-oh card game online, specially 2005 goat format games on dueling book. Very relaxing game for me. You won't catch me playing modern yugioh online however people are way too rude, angry and desperate to win.
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    Them Beautiful to Look at games.

    Garou: Mark of the Wolves (SNK, 1999)
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    Nintendo eShop (Software Chatter)

    valkyria chronicles is 50% off. Picked it up as it seems well worth £8.
  9. Have been surprised by how quickly the hype has cooled off for this. From what I can tell the game capitalised on the gap in the market created by there being no new advance wars games since 2008. I'm interested in trying it eventually but not at full price. What the final verdict on it then? Is it too much like Advance Wars for its own good? I've been tempted to pick up the original advanced wars again as it seems to have a timelessness to it.
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    Retro gaming magazine scan archives

    Don't know if this will be an interest to anyone but I'm getting rid of a full collection of NGC magazine with booklets. I was going to put them on ebay but if anyone is after them for scanning get in touch.
  11. Been sorting my games out again to clean out and I've had this thought come to mind when thinking about why I wanted to keep A Link to the Past but not Ocarina of time. I think what it comes down to is that I think Ocarina has shown its age in ways that A Link to the Past has not. It's an early 3D game so the graphics suffer from being low-polygon and having those poor N64 textures, it's not much an issue for Mario 64 but for a game like Ocarina it makes the game show visual age. Ocarina also has that terrible 20-frames-per-second frame rate which causes the game to look significantly less fluid in motion than it's 16-bit predecessor. Finally there's the mechanics. Ocarina stood the test of time and remained the blue print for its genre for the next two decades (although that blueprint was itself created by ALTTP). However I think Ocarina might finally be reaching the point where the mechanical design is beginning to rust from age. The item interface in particular had to be reworked for the 3DS remake thanks to how inconvenient pausing the game was. A Link to the Past had that issue too but not only was the player fine to normally hold one item for long periods but it felt much more immediate to switch items. Ocarina still has to change items frequently despite being able to hold multiple items at once which would be fine if pausing to do so wasn't so laggy and slow in comparison. The games despite their dimensions are (unsurprisingly) very similar but I'd argue that A Link to the Past offers a more immediately playable and faster paced experience while Ocarina used technological advancements to offer what was supposed to be at the item a more atmospheric experience which offered the illusion of openness through the third-dimension. This illusion of openness is a double-edged sword in dungeon design too as the dungeons while more puzzling (good) are also more confusing to navigate (not good), this issue of design ended up being resolved by the time Wind Waker came around. I'm not writing this threat to talk down Ocarina of Time but considering the goal is always to try and top what you made before it is curious to see what were supposed to be medium advancing games eventually age out while the games they were designed to beat have remained timeless. A Link to the Past is irreplaceable but ocarina has several games in its own series that you could choose over it. There are a lot of cases where this has also happened (Sonic going from 2D to 3D wasn't exactly smooth) but it is very rare to see a case like Zelda where the games were considered equally good in their time only to fall off later on. At least that's how I feel about it anyway
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    What type of retro fan are you?

    I collected a lot in my teens when carboots were full of old stuff so I got to try and a bit of everything and see what was good. Eventually I started only keeping games I liked before stopping altogether. These days I like playing on original hardware, but only in 60hz and even then I'm very strict with what games and systems I keep now. I own a super famicom with 12 games because I believe the system is worth owning. I don't want to emulate the likes of ALTTP or Super Metroid. The games are timeless and I want to play them on my big CRT. That said some systems I'd rather emulate. The Sega Mega Drive has had so many collections made and the games are so readily available that I don't care for owning the hardware. In short I'm a retro fan who only plays the games I really like in the form I believe to be their best. The Super Famicom hardware and controller are timeless, I'd rather play that over a SNES mini. Likewise the N64 is best played on the original hardware for me.
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    Gender Diversity / Politics in games (was Tropes Vs. Women)

    "I want to fuck a corpse."
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