Something to Think About… Plug N Plays

Name calling at its Worst?

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Everybody knows the Plug N Plays and pretty much everyone grew up wanting one for their birthday. Maybe you saw them on the store shelves at Walmart or Target; Pac-Man, Namco 6-1 Games, Batman. When you here the term Plug N Play in gaming there are three things that come to mind; first the obvious (needing to put this in here for everyone’s tech sake) to simply plug in a device to a computer and use it with out the need of drivers or really anything else, The SECOND is Jakk Pacific Plug N Play, those are the ones that everyone saw on the shelves at Walmart and Target such as Pacman, Batman, Spiderman and so forth… then there is the last one BOOTLEG, KNOCKOFF, just to name a few. These are the ones that you find at flea markets, swap meets and other back world places but that doesn’t mean you can’t find them anywhere else either.

First off Jakk Pacific Plug N Plays were fun to play and somewhat what cheap to buy some more expensive than others depending on the game or license product you find. I remember the surge back in the early 2000’s when they hit store shelves and people where buying them up as cheap birthday gifts and then they started to wane a bit and you could find them on the clearance aisle for cheap. These games are not the best games you could play but they were decent for what they were.

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And then they were lost in the darkness…

Until another surge of Plug N Plays came sweeping through…You would often find Player Choice (Now named Power Player or Power Racer) with over 100,000 games in 1 at thrift stores. Now nobody knew where these came from, well I certainly didn’t at the time but wow how about that over one hundred thousand games in one little controller, at the time that sounded awesome but to my surprise it was all Nintendo games in different formats. I thought this was cool and at the time most rental places had PS2 and Xbox games so Nintendo was a little hard to come by. I would see these every where and then different looking Plug N Plays would start to pop up here and there as I started going to different thrift shops. I didn’t know there were so many!

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Now I have always called these types of Plug N Plays, well Plug N Plays and nothing else. I have heard over the course of many years that they are called BOOTLEG and KNOCKOFF consoles which to my dismay they are. But that doesn’t mean we should call something such as this a derogatory name. Yes you heard right, I feel that calling them BOOTLEG is a derogatory name. Now call me a hypocrite but Knockoff sounds a bit better but not by much. I know what you are all thinking, they are taking the games we all know and love and ripping them to their console with just a few simple editing tricks such as; wiping the Nintendo logo away, copying one game and changing the sprites in every copied game, ect).

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There are tons of these everywhere but still I don’t think name calling is the right thing to do just because the console and games are crap and yes I have played many that have been. Call them by there name even if you have to find out what it is or simply call it a Plug N Play. If I went in to Game stop, Vintage Stock or Game Xchange, you wouldn’t here me calling the Xbox a load of ^*& do you? These people would look at me in the worst way. The same goes for Plug N Plays. I dislike the Xbox and I do have one I think the PS is far greater but I don’t go around calling it crap. I simple call it by its name. Now I will have to say that a lot of it has to do with YouTube. Click-bait at its best if you will. I would rather watch a video that said “The Top Ten Worst Plug N Plays Ever!” then watch a video that had the title “The Top Ten Worst BOOTLEG CONSOLES Ever!”

Lets Be honest with ourselves, they may have slightly different names to attract those that don’t know best about video games but we as gamers know that these so called “consoles” do not play CD, DVD, BLU-RAY at all. They have built in games in them that aren’t the best. For Example the PSXBOX I believe it is called doesn’t play PS or Xbox games nor does it have any of them built in. Now its OK to get make fun of it for the laughs (being a hypocrite now) but calling it a BOOTLEG is just taking it to far. Somebody took the time to make this and maybe this was the best they could do. Maybe this was an attempt to sell to unexpecting customers that didn’t know better. Who is to say? All I know is that the name calling is at its worst when you refer it to BOOTLEG or really anything other than Plug N Play.

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I hope that I have gave you something to think about. What do you think? I want to here from you!

Stay Retro my friends,

~Retro Mark

 

 

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

 

 

Spyro The Dragon- Remastered

Another Legend Is Coming Back

 

 

It clear to see with all the success that Crash Bandicoot has had with his current remaster that it is evidently clear that something legendary in the hay-day of the original PlayStation has to come back. Enter the Dragon; Spyro! Like that nod, I bet you do. From what the trailer showed, everything from the original has stayed true. Lets hope that the gameplay has been tweaked for the better, from what I remember that even though the controls were OK, the ramming feature was a bit weird.

The trilogy will be a remaster of the first three games and will be “Made from the ground up that will have improved lighting, improved environments, updated controls and recreated cinematics. Activision has promises “full analog stick support with smooth handling”

Insomniac Games is the original developer which is responsible for other game such as Ratchet and clank and the upcoming SPIDERMAN game for PS4. Toys for Bob is handling the remastering of the games with Stewart Copeland’s original soundtrack be remastered as well.

What do you all think about Spyro the Reignited Trilogy? Are you excited? Released Date is Expected to be in September 2018.

NEW CAST LISTING AVENGERS INFINITY WAR?

Earlier on Metacritic, a new listing of a certain character might show up in The Avengers Infinity War. A certain character that has only appeared in one movie that some may have not like in a fantastic movie…OK I’m not good with keeping secrets so here we go!!

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The Silver Surfer has been confirmed to make a cameo appearance in the new Avengers movie! The list has Curt Clendenin portraying the silvery man surfer. But the question to ask is what is his part in the movie? The Silver Surfer was a major character in the Infinity War arc in the comics but it still remains to be seen on if he might be in the background or play a small role. Whit all that out on the plate, There are way to many superheroes on-screen already and adding the Silver Surfer to the mix might be too much. Apparently they already cut Captain Marvel out of the picture and unless they plan to kill every character in the film, who knows whats going to happen. What do you think?

DBZ Super Movie Trailer

With the Finale coming to an end supposedly for Dragonball Z Super, many folks thought that was it for the series. How many more transformations will we get? Seems like there might be another one in the movie considering what the trailer tells us. Who is Goku fighting? Where are they at? How long after Super is this going to take? Well think no longer the wait is over and here is Dragonball Z Super: The Movie (tentative title)

Lets just hope that its good and not 45 minutes of yelling, oh wait that’s all DBZ S is. Im sorry I forgot. Still the trailer looks fantasic even though its only a teaser. I can’t wait for the true trailer to come out. It seems like Goku Is going to be in an even bigger fight than he has ever been in before. Maybe super sayain 4 or 5 joins the battle?

PUMA X SEGA RS-0 SONIC SHOES

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It seems that we will be able to go super sonic speed this summer with an all new shoe line with PUMA! Collaborating with SEGA making what we think is Sonic The hedgehog inspired shoes. At first glance, the teaser shows Classic Sonic running across the screen while the SEGA logo appears with the famous SEGA sound and then we are treated with various videos of Sonic zipping around levels from past games. WAY COOL!! While the video shows a sneaker in mosaic, I can’t wait to see what it really will look like. RS-0 Sonic is a reworked line of the PUMA 80’s Running line all the while with SEGA SONIC colors and design!

Although an official design has yet to be revealed, the release date is soon, June 2018. My speculations look like green hill zone on the bottom and Sonic colors on top. When sneakers go outside of lesser know subjects such as cartoons they sometimes are more successful since they tend to go outside of their respected market and reach mainstay audience. Earlier this year Adidas worked in Dragonball Z and Vans did a Spongebob theme with theirs.

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.

Update and more

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Now with that being said here is an update for all! I have put in the first game for the GAME COLLECTION folder in A TON OF GAMES subfolder

GAME COLLECTION:

A TON OF GAMES – VIRUS: The Game

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~Retro Mark

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