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Author: EmP (Mod)
Posted: August 21, 2011 (08:20 AM)
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Some of us are old. Rob, for instance, was denied access to Noah’s Arc as he was waaay over the drink limit, so spent a long arse time dogging paddling, while Marc was one of those uppity Canadians that set the Whitehouse on fire back when. We don’t have to look that far back, but we are looking to take a glance back over video gaming’s shoulder. It’s been a few years, but it’s time to knock the dust off of the Retro tourney.

I give you Tastes Like Retro ‘11. I’m only bringing it back so I could bag on my e-chums in the opening paragraph.

The rules are simple. You have until September the 30th to pen a review for a game 16bit or under. In an amusing twist to the usual formula, you are not limited to just one review, but are free to enter as many as you like between the time period of NOW and THEN. Previous renditions have had a panel of four judges; we thus far have two. Anyone interested in joining the dream team of EmP & Masters should make their intentions known. We’ll chew it over once Marc finishes his nap. At his age, scheduled naps are important.

Questions, sign-ups and general banter and retorts are to follow.

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Leroux
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Author: Leroux
Posted: August 21, 2011 (09:15 AM)
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Question: Does 16-bit refer to particular eras (meaning all games fourth generation and earlier, based on the mostly standardized definitions for video game eras found online) or actual computer architectures... because then we need a ruling.

The Motorola 68000 is a "16/32-bit" chip, and a common one (used in the Sega Genesis, Capcom's CP-System (Final Fight arcade), etc.) where we would need to define whether to refer to it as 16-bit (its external bus size) or 32-bit (the size of its registers, and its capability to perform 32-bit arithmetic). So although it goes against what the video game industry and idiots online have preached for many years, I would argue it wouldn't be wrong, and would actually make more sense, to call the Genesis a 32-bit system based on the precision of its arithmetic capabilities.


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Author: EmP (Mod)
Posted: August 21, 2011 (10:36 AM)
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I hate you, Leroux. You and your techincal shenanigans.

Genesis-SNES era and below. Crazy obscure consoles and arcade cabinets from that cycle are fair game; PC stuff is out. It's more about time frames then technical guidelines.


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Author: overdrive (Mod)
Posted: August 21, 2011 (10:50 AM)
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I shall enter.

The gauntlet has been thrown. With force at your collective faces.


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Author: fleinn
Posted: August 21, 2011 (01:29 PM)
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"PC stuff is out."

:p ..I think Prince of Persia came out the same year as the Sega Megadrive. Before that we had LHX, Winter Games, Ski or Die... *drifts off*


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Author: EmP (Mod)
Posted: August 21, 2011 (01:42 PM)
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There's tons of PC stuff that came out before or around that era. But focus needs to be reigned in somewhere!


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Author: fleinn
Posted: August 21, 2011 (02:29 PM)
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*pouts* :) no, seems like a good frame. .."Arcade Retro"?


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Author: Genj
Posted: August 21, 2011 (02:46 PM)
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PlayStation was pretty cool when I was 12. Isn't that retro yet?


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Author: EmP (Mod)
Posted: August 21, 2011 (02:57 PM)
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No! PSX is still cutting edge!

Arcade is fine.


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Author: jerec
Posted: August 21, 2011 (08:50 PM)
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I said a bunch of stuff here but I'll just say I'm entering.


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Author: honestgamer (Mod)
Posted: August 21, 2011 (09:23 PM)
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I might try to turn in something for this, depending on how much time I have in the coming weeks around work. I've been wanting to review a few retro games for awhile and this could be the kick in the pants that I've been needing.


"Too often we enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought." - John F. Kennedy on reality

"What if everything you see is more than what you see--the person next to you is a warrior and the space that appears empty is a secret door to another world? What if something appears that shouldn't? You either dismiss it, or you accept that there is much more to the world than you think. Perhaps it really is a doorway, and if you choose to go inside, you'll find many unexpected things." - Shigeru Miyamoto


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Author: JoeTheDestroyer
Posted: August 22, 2011 (05:38 AM)
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I'm in.


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Author: threetimes
Posted: August 23, 2011 (02:18 AM)
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I'm all for crazy obscure consoles and no PC games. well, not that obscure but I'll try and do something for this. I never got around to reviewing Metal Max so maybe this is the time.


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Author: Leroux
Posted: August 25, 2011 (08:52 PM)
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My review is already so retro it just banged some grandmas. Watch out folks.


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Author: jerec
Posted: August 25, 2011 (10:38 PM)
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Did you review Skee-ball? Old Man once wrote a good review about that.


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Author: Leroux
Posted: August 27, 2011 (10:54 AM)
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Yeah, I miss Royal Ranger.


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Author: wolfqueen001
Posted: August 29, 2011 (02:28 PM)
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Oh, throw me in here too, I guess. Only time will tell how much I actually get done, but eh.

Also, Joe's already got at least one or two for this thing. Jeez. If he goes at that rate, you'll have a lot of work on your hands. =P (That is, assuming he submits them for this).


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Author: JoeTheDestroyer
Posted: August 29, 2011 (10:35 PM)
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Haha! Damn right I am!

ActRaiser has entered the arena!

Operation Secret Storm reluctantly moves forward.

Chrono Trigger wants a piece.


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Author: overdrive (Mod)
Posted: August 29, 2011 (10:37 PM)
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My possibilities for this are endless. Except for the deadline, which obviously puts an end to them.

But, I can guarantee two entries with possibilities of three or four. By entries, I mean written retro reviews...if any don't meet my demanding standards of unsurpassed excellence, they won't be entered into the contest, as anything less than the first two...three...four places will be unacceptable.

On the docket will be:

Breath of Fire II
Yoshi's Island
???
???


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Author: jerec
Posted: September 15, 2011 (07:39 PM)
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Still going with my replay of the retro game I'm going to review. I've played it before so I probably don't need to finish it again (and might not if I run out of time). Got some notes, a few lines I like the sound of. Hopefully it'll all come together.


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Author: wolfqueen001
Posted: September 22, 2011 (10:03 PM)
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Well, it's good no one could be bothered to add me. I may not make this after all. If a miracle happens, though, I'll post one tomorrow since I won't be able to otherwise before the deadline.


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Author: Leroux
Posted: September 28, 2011 (06:30 AM)
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Not sure if I'll have time to finish my review at this point, but it should be a good one whenever it is posted.


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Author: Masters (Mod)
Posted: September 28, 2011 (07:18 AM)
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Wow, I completely forgot that this was happening.

Hard to tell who actually managed to submit something so far.


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Author: wolfqueen001
Posted: September 28, 2011 (05:15 PM)
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OD got both of his up; he just didn't link. As for anyone else.... the only other one to post any reviews is Joe. I may still try for it, but don't get your hopes up.


What espiga does in his free time
[Eating EmP's brain] probably isn't a good idea. I mean... He's British, which means his brain's wired for PAL and your eyes are NTSC. - Will


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