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LETS DO A POLL

With Halloween approaching ever so close, I have been thinking about different HORROR games that really scared me besides the obvious games like SILENT HILL and RESIDENT EVIL. Those games are staples in the Horror community and deserve to be there. ALRIGHT HERE WE GO!

Which HORROR game scared you the most?

1. FATAL FRAME

2. SIREN

3. CLOCK TOWER

4. SLENDER MAN: THE ARRIVAL

5. SCP-86

6. THE EVIL WITHIN

7. DEAD SPACE

8. ALONE IN THE DARK

9. CALL OF CTHULHU: DARK CORNERS OF THE EARTH

10. KUON

I WANT TO HERE FROM YOU! If you don’t see the game that scared you the most on this list then go ahead and put it in the comments below! I am always up for a good scary game and I am wanting to here from you!!

 

Something to dig up..

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You know what I haven’t heard about in a long time and that is ROBOCOP. I loved all of the movies, cartoons and even the video games! So I think I will take some time out and try to find anything I can related to ROBOCOP. I feel as though the best ROBOCOP game was ROBOCOP VS THE TERMINATOR and the hardest one of them all was ROBOCOP 3 for SNES and GENESIS.

So I think I will dig up anything I can for at least video games and other media related items.

 

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Scoring System for Atari 2600-7800

You know I can’t really seem to score and Atari game with a number rating, it seems to harsh and for the matter hard. For an Atari game on a 2600, the controls are basic you have one button and a joystick. Some games require you to use the paddle controller otherwise, they are simply controls and really don’t need to be reviewed unless noted. Graphics for these games only start to get better (I mean upgrade) when we get to high end console such as the LYNX and JAGUAR.

What I am trying to say is here is a simple rating system for any and all Atari 2600-7800 games.

  1. BAD– This game is awful and should be thrown back into the dungeon where it came from.
  2. HMM– the game is neither good or bad its just there to exist
  3. OK– The game has some interesting quality to it
  4. GOOD– You leave beating this game with a sense of accomplishment but you know that you can’t really beat an Atari game or can you…
  5. GREAT– You can play this game over and over and feel good knowing that you have a great game on you hands.
  6. AMAZING– The best of the best video games belong here but is there an Atari game worth this score?

Now for any games above 7800 such as LYNX and JAGUAR, I will be using a Number scoring system.

The First Reviews are In For ATARI Month

Yes I know that I am a little late getting Atari Month going and believe me I am trying to get back into reviewing games. Alright enough about me and my petty things lets get started!!

First up is ADVENTURE for the Atari 2600 come find out if the adventure is really worth going on!

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And for the Second is BREAKOUT for the Atari 2600. Can you break all the bricks in this addictive arcade classic!

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Is there an Atari game that you want me to review? Don’t fret! All this month is Atari and I am doing random games from various Atari Consoles! So if you don’t see the game that you wanted reviewed on here go ahead and give me a shout out on the Facebook page, leave a tweet on Twitter or leave me comment below and I will do my best to get it on here!!

Awesome Update

So I have finally got around to making a sub-page for Sega Genesis and it is now under the CONSOLE SECTION. I have released an interesting first review for it, ALIEN SOLDIER for the SEGA CHANNEL!!! Come check it out at

https://themodernretrocorner.com/consoles/sega-genesis/alien-soldier-sega-channel/

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https://themodernretrocorner.com/consoles/sega-genesis/alien-soldier-sega-channel/

Update

SO yeah I have been updating the website very slowly…. School has weighed on me over the pass weeks and its going to get busier as school comes to an end. I have updated some of the categories such as DOS and NES so go on over and check them out! (forgot what they were :0 ) For all of you out there looking for movies the next one I plan on doing is Marvel’s Avengers Infinity War of course and it will be spoiler free!

~ Retro Mark

 

 

HOLIDAYS (2016)

Boredom and Weird in one Package

Another Anthology movie that takes the Holidays and pits its it in the most boring horror movie way. They take seven holidays; Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, Mothers Day, Fathers Day, Christmas and New Years and try to provide a creepy movie yet fail in doing so. There are some moments in the film that do provide a weird atmosphere but fall short in providing the horror element. I have skipped watching this one seeing other people comments on the movie but the reason I had to watch it was because of Seth Green and even with him in one of the shorts, it really didn’t make the movie any better. He did do a good job acting and he does have that funny portrayal that makes him well him.

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With out spoiling the movie, Valentines Day was just down right weird and about a girl on the swim team that look as weird as the character she portraits. Oh did I forget she has a crush on her swim coach? Yeah things only get weird from there. Nothing out of the ordinary or really for the horror genre either.

St. Patrick’s Day was probably the weirdest one out of the bunch. Following a school teacher and meeting a very peculiar student that doesn’t smile all while when she gets home is somewhat narrated by her mother via voicemail. After that there was something about a pregnancy and snakes?… yeah the snake thing was really weird. You would have to watch it yourself to find out. And what was up with the animal heads on human bodies?

Mothers Day was just boring but it wasn’t until Fathers day when it really got good. This single short was really good and the music set the atmosphere. It follows a woman who has thought her father was dead until one day she received a tape and tape deck. I really don’t want to spoil this short because it really hit the ball out of the park! If all else only watch this movie for this short.

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Easter way just another weird one with a bunny man/Jesus character and I really don’t know how to explain it but the character itself was just terrible to look at. You could clearly tell that the guy had a rubber mask on and the make up effects where terrible as well.

The rest of the film just completely bored me to death, enough for me not to want to talk about them anymore. I do love the Horror anthology film genre that is coming out and the ones that are already out aren’t to bad to watch. This movie however is just plain boring and uninteresting to watch . If you haven’t seen this movie yet only watch it for FATHER’S DAY, it was the best one out of them all.

VIRUS: The Game

….. …… …… ….. JUST TERRIBLE

Developer: DynoTech Software                                  Release Date: 1995

Virus: The Game is truly a terrible game in its own right. I found this abomination in the A Ton of Games Classic 1. Words can’t express how bad this game really is and it’s not because of just the name alone that was infecting, but the fact that the game itself is just down right boring among a few other terrible things…

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You play as Vinny the Virus and your job is to infect a hard drive and control all its sectors by capturing bytes. Sounds easy right? Sorry to say it’s not. Unfortunately it is marred by bad controls and the only controls is the keyboard. You move around the screen by pressing the Up, Down, Left and Right Keys and even that is difficult. Sometimes Vinny moves across the screen in no time at all but in others he seems not to want to move at all. When you hit the wall from zipping across the screen (and you will), it seems to take Vinny just a second to start moving to another direction that you are trying to go to. Most of my time playing was pressing the directional keys multiple times to go in a certain direction which can be draining on your hands.

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As for how to beat a level is really uncertain. You are told in the instructions that you need to take control of all the bytes in the level and of course their image is that of vampire teeth? To exit the level but I feel that there is still some bytes remaining in the level but I’m not certain and everything else is point based. The game tries its best to make you want to get all of the items in hopes to open the exit but that’s all false hope all you really need are bytes. And how do you know the exit is open? There is a small sound and the edge of your screen turns grey. Great job….. What about that pesky Red guy following you around? Well he is the Anti Virus that’s trying to destroy you and good luck getting away from him. He follows your every turn and the closer you get to the remaining bytes… well nothing it just gets hard to plan your move when you have something constantly following your every move. *Plan your moves carefully and quickly because each time you take a step you are cutting off your escape. If you step on
a blue square it then turns yellow. Stepping on a yellow square turns it red and stepping on a red square turns it into an empty spot and you can no longer step there. This can restrict your movements, just one of the many dilemmas you will face.

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The Sound is awful. Just awful and its constantly repeating the same track over and over. The sound effects are virtually none existent oppose to a few screeches here and there. The graphics are just as terrible and simple at the same time with the intro picture god awful and it almost reminds me of the monsters from Where the wild things book, weird yes.

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Final Thoughts-

Virus: The Game is just plain terrible and for the most part hard. Yeah I love a challenge and don’t shy away from one but the controls don’t work have the time. It seems like this is a game from the early flash game days. I really don’t mind the graphics too much and the music (the only track there is) grinds on my ears till they bleed and I recommend that you turn off your speakers when playing it. If you can get past the controls and the relenting Anti Virus that follows, maybe there is a slim chance that it could have been  decent.

Score: 3/10

Graphics:                   [3] If you can get past the ugly intro picture then you are in for an even uglier game. Basic is the name of the game but even that can be…OK…?

Sound:                        [1] The game’s only one track will grind on your ears till they bleed and even then you will forget about it after playing it.

Control:                     [3] How can you mess up keyboard controls? Especially if they are only directional?

Replayability:          [2] If you can get past the music and the tank like controls, then maybe you would have a decent game but unfortunately this is just a boring unplayable game.

*Taken from the Instructions themselves Virus: The Game

My Arcade GO GAMER Portable

Portable Awfulness Score: 3.4/10

Release Date: 2017 Developer: dreamGEAR

Ah yes the portable Plug N Play, every kids dream come true. Unless your dreams are the stuff of complete lazyness and garbage. The My Arcade GO GAMER Portable is the worst kind there is, terrible games behind a sleek design. I have seen the MAGGP on multiple occasions going to the electronics department in Wal-Mart and it always caught my eye. I thought to myself another Plug N Play and even deeper in the mind “another terrible one at that” but that all changed when I just took a chance with it and at $19.97 is was one awful descion that I regret.

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The Graphics are usually not the highlights of any Plug N Play but that doesn’t mean that they are terrible neither. One thing is that some of the games do have OK graphics but are blurred between the lines of 8-bit and 16-bit. Most games do have colorful graphics but the biggest problem is the FPS. Every game on the machine (all 220 games) are marred by slowdown. No game and I do mean no game is fast or even plays at a normal pace. Think of it this way say to yourself one mississippi slow and that is the speed of every game. NO WAY. You may be saying to yourself that the game art on the box makes them look cool. Well yes and they do look like that in the game but take my advise and stay away. Another problem with the device is the LCD screen can become negative in certain veiwing angles.

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Beside the bleeps and bloops of any Plug N Play they are completely normal but that is not saying much. Most games do have music and for the most part fit the theme of the game. Many Games have just one sound track and it constantly loops over and over. On the other hand some games just simply do not have music. Once you go into the mini-games as they call them, they just simply stopped making music for them and seemed to not care but as long as the first twenty games have music that should be enough for everyone or at least that’s probably what they thought and what is up with the main menu music?

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The Controls are your standard fare of arranged buttons from the D-pad to the A and B buttons. The D-pad feels weird and the A and B buttons protrudes outwards to much. No game is overly complicated in fact every game is very simple a four year old could pick the game up and start playing it. The only problem is the slowdown of the games themselves that make the controls somewhat hard to pull off. The mini-games are the easiest to control while the first twenty games are somewhat difficult to play especially MINI FIGHTER. Pulling moves off in that game is ridiculous and no game and I do mean no game comes with any instructions on how to play them. GOOD LUCK.

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Right now you have either regretted your decision on your recent purchase and have either trashed it or have made a video on how to destroy it in the fires of Hell.

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Final Thoughts-

I really thought in the back of my mind that this way going to be a different Plug N Play and the fact that it was an impulse buy at Wal-Mart made it even worst. The Sleek Design, jet black color and red clear buttons really caught my eye. Although for $20 you could have found something a little bit better. I have had other dreamGEAR Plug N Plays before and none of them were this bad. I would hate to admit it but the “good games” are in the mini-games section. Another interesting thing that they had put into the device was the 3.5mm jack to AV cables, unfortunately they don’t give you any and hopes of putting this on your TV is out of the question. One thing is for sure, they sure do know how to rip Nintendo characters off and put them into their own games. My advise is to stay as far away from this as you possibly can. Don’t fall for it.