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Tekken the movies
Posted November 14, 2020 by CptRetroBlue

By now I have seen all what the media could ever get out of Namco's flagship fighting series, Tekken and the whole consensus can be determined that all are hits and misses altogether. The live action movies leave a lot to be desired and the Anime does it as well, although it does try to at least have some sort of substance on its story instead of just being totally mindless like most fighting game animated ports.

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AlphaMurderthon update #3
Posted November 09, 2020 by JoeTheDestroyer

Confirmed Games
A is for Alan Wake (rough draft complete)
C is for Castlevania: The Adventure ReBirth (rough draft complete)
J is for Joe's Diner (ready to submit)
K is for Kindergarten (rough draft complete)
X is for Xenophobe (rough draft complete

Now Playing
I put Xenophobe and Kindergarten to rest. I'm playing the indie horror/sci-fi/shooter Insincere right now, and it's a good thing I didn't save it for a future OctJOEber because it's kind of a drag. It has personality, at least. I will probably start The Last of Us very soon, especially now that my family is on quarantine because two of us tested positive (fret not; the symptoms have passed in all of us and we're very much either on the mended or fully mended).

Shining Force II longplay
Posted November 03, 2020 by CptRetroBlue

Been working on playing Shining Force II and uploading it in parts. My connection is crap however, making such uploads last for DAYS even, and I hope to finish the game and upload it all before the year ends. A playlist has also been created to add more videos of my playthrough.

Happy Halloween 2020
Posted October 31, 2020 by CptRetroBlue

AlphaMurderthon update #2
Posted October 31, 2020 by JoeTheDestroyer

Confirmed Games
A is for Alan Wake (rough draft complete)
C is for Castlevania: The Adventure ReBirth (rough draft complete)
J is for Joe's Diner (ready to submit)

Now Playing
I'm undecided what I'll play next, but Bloodstained and The Last of Us are likely choices. I'm also tempted to get Xenophobe out of the way, since it's one I'm not looking forward to playing again.

-Quake II has been replaced with Quiet Valley for the planned list
-If by some chance I can't make it through Resident Evil--because I've given up on this game a few times already--them its replacement might be Remothered: Tormented Fathers. You know, another game I gave up on...
-Bendy and the Ink Machine will not be part of the list, as it will be posted this year on Halloween.

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Ys the Anime
Posted October 30, 2020 by CptRetroBlue

The Ys Anime is based on the famous series of roleplaying games featured on console gaming. Both games are presented in three DVDs with the first two telling the premise of the first game and part of the second, while the third disk finishes the two chapters altogether. While I had not played much of the games themselves, I was very familiar on how famous they are throughout. Watching the Anime really opened my appreciation for said games for sure.

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AlphaMurderthon: the proposed list
Posted October 26, 2020 by JoeTheDestroyer

Not really an update. This is just the list of games I hope to review next year, assuming I can pull this thing off.

Alan Wake
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night
Castlevania: The Adventure ReBirth
Dead Space 2
The Evil Within
Fran Bow
Galerians (assuming the copy I bought arrives in playable condition)
Hello Neighbor
The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing
Joe's Diner
The Last of Us Remastered
Neverending Nightmares
Pathologic HD
Quake II
Resident Evil remake
Stories Untold
Through the Woods
Until Dawn
Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines
We Happy Few


AlphaMurderthon update #1
Posted October 09, 2020 by JoeTheDestroyer

Per EmP, I'm giving semi-regular updates on the games being showcased during my upcoming event.

You see, I planned on doing an entire AlphaMarathon during this October, with a different horror game for each letter, plus a number. However, recent events and mental health pushed it back a year or two. I've thus decided to redouble my efforts and review better quality/more well-known/cult hit type games instead of the obscure, cheapo stuff I was originally going to cover.


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Darkstalkers the Animated Series
Posted September 21, 2020 by CptRetroBlue

It was quite a curiosity as to HOW Darkstalkers had the attention of TV producers in western countries and went on making an American cartoon adaptation of the monster-filled capcom fighting game. There was already a Street Fighter American cartoon showing up in the USA channel, but given that was a far more famous gaming franchise, Darkstalkers just came out of the blue and was slapped into normal TV show spots in the 90s.

And that is pretty much how one would see it. If you could acquire the rights of a videogame to create a TV series why not two? Sure, Darkstalkers was not that known to the masses but maybe this could be the time that kids could find out about it right? Yeah well...

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Beware servers like WHANGOUT (edited repost)
Posted September 10, 2020 by CptRetroBlue

The original post refused to be updated for one reason or another, therefore this is an edited repost with everything I meant to include as intended. Previous post was deleted therein.

Not long ago I deleted a post mentioning a Discord server called "whangout," which was created by justin whang for his fans and whatnot based on his youtube channel. I did so because after exchanging words with the owner on this site went nowhere , it seemed like it would be a lost cause if said post was left up, along with said bullies who attacked me here denouncing me in the most crude of ways with their fake, spam accounts solely created for that purpose on this website.

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Philips Announces the CD-i Classic Mini Game Console
Posted September 07, 2020 by CptRetroBlue

I will admit, when I found this "article" online it had me really going. Would Phillips make the mistake on making such a thing after how infamous it became back then? Would history repeat itself just to watch a new generation of gamers lament the same experiences as anyone who went through the pain and suffering with

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The SEGA 32X
Posted September 07, 2020 by CptRetroBlue

Yes I know. The 32X was the most panned console add-on SEGA had ever created and one that came out in the wrong time when The Saturn was around the corner. The system had a tiny library as well, and not many games that were out on it were that memorable or even worth playing to be truthful. Also, why would you want to spend money on such a thing when another stand alone system was on its way anyway?

And it’s not like the 32X would exactly live to its promise either. The sound and graphic qualities were a bit above the Genesis but not by much and overall it just felt like SEGA was trying to sucker anyone into spending more money than you could ever bother to do at that time.

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Sonic Stadium unveils unseen Sonic 2 official artwork
Posted September 05, 2020 by CptRetroBlue

"Some more archive SEGA Mega Drive/Genesis era material has come to light today, courtesy of former SEGA Technical Institute artist Craig Stitt. The latest drop comes in the form of some awesome original Sonic the Hedgehog 2 artwork, drawn by the creator of Miles ‘Tails’ Prower, Yasushi Yamaguchi."
-Sonic Stadium

Sonic 2 art article

The voice of Cyclops passed away
Posted September 03, 2020 by CptRetroBlue

Norm Spencer, the voice of Cyclops on both the X-Men animated series and Capcom fighting games passed away this month. He also provided voices for other Marvel animated shows like Silver Surfer. His voice samples in gaming included X-Men: Children of the Atom, X-Men vs. Street Fighter, Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter, and Marvel vs. Capcom 2.

Cyclops is one of my very favorite X-Men characters if not the top favorite surpassung the likes of Wolverine who is ultra popular in pop culture, and who I always recognized as the face of said Marvel comics superhero property. Watched the FOX animated series as a kid all the way till it was over, and will always remember him by his voice samples shouting "Optic Blast!" as he balsted away at opponents. May he rest in peace.

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That Phantasy Star game no one ever seems to talk about.
Posted August 23, 2020 by CptRetroBlue

Phantasy Star Adventure was released for the GameGear in Japan in 1992 and never was brought to the US, probably for the same reason as those telenet games were never available for US gamers just as well.

The game is a complete side story from the main ones found on the Master System and Genesis, featuring characters that are also not related to any within those games as well. Instead of shooting lasers and slicing monsters to grind and get exp., the game focus more on lots of talking and puzzle solving as you investigate what the ruckus is all about. Some of said interactions are totally bland as well.

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Trials of Mana seems to surpass expectations
Posted August 21, 2020 by CptRetroBlue

If what this article rings true, then the only thing I can say is that I am very happy being that this game which was missing from our youth back then is one of the greatest among the Mana entries and was happily brought officially after all this time for generations old and new to experience. I will add that hopefully this will motivate Square-(Enix) to create a new game that could potentially introduce many other mythos within the series that had been never been present on any game that has been out so far. Or at least just one game where the same mechanics that made Secret and Trials such a joy to play, I could certainly live with that.

From the article itself:

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StarFox characters from the Cutting Room gameleak
Posted August 10, 2020 by CptRetroBlue

If you hadn'r heard it yet, some leaks were revealed not long ago based on various Nintendo games providing discarded concepts and characters therein. These include StarFox which seemingly was worked as a prototype to the sequel on the popular SNES shooter of the 90s, but never released until it was included in the SNES Mini recently.

Seemingly there were going to be a potential number of pilots you could choose from, or at least, just concepts before deciding who would make the cut in the end. Some are robots, others even human beings. Another interesting thing about these is that includes facial expressions on characters which would had broaden the experience while playing the game. At least that's how I would look at it.

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Posted August 01, 2020 by CptRetroBlue

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Gaming Update - July 25, 2020
Posted July 25, 2020 by Masters

I play a lot of games. Maybe too many.

As Jason alluded to in his thought provoking blog post that I failed to respond to, there's so much damn choice, and so little time. In the old days, we'd use our time to play the same favourites over and over again and so we'll never forget those experiences.

Now we spend our time roving, grazing, traipsing from game-to-game, giving each a cursory look and nothing gets locked in, everything is fleeting. The impetus for making this post was primarily to force myself to slow down and take stock of what the hell I've been doing. In the process, there was a lot of, "Oh, right, I beat that game, didn't I?"

Gaming's first world problems. Or something.

Here's what I've been playing over the last month or two:

Fire Arrow Plus

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Art of Fighting
Posted July 25, 2020 by CptRetroBlue

I noticed Art of Fighting wedged among other Anime DVDs at some store I don't recall buying it from. It was also the cheapest one of them all, roughly 6 dollars if I recall. Now I've played all three games at that point, and while I was not that much of a big fan of THAT particular series, I was indeed a fan of some of its characters and small lore that shared with other games within the franchise such as Fatal Fury and King of Fighters. The fact that this DVD about the game's adaptation in animation was sorely cheap was a clear indication of what I was about to stumble into.

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