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Prima Games to Close its doors…

 

It has been a sad week for us all. First the PS3 servers are shutting down with some games and now Prima Games is closing their doors after 20+ years of great service to gamers everywhere. I still have a hefty collection of strategy guides and I will still collect them to this day. I feel that it is a missing link to gaming. There is something about reading a strategy guide and getting the story, background info, character info, items and level layouts that is just the best! Now don’t get me wrong not every Strategy guide is created equal and Prima Games were the best and still are. There are several different Strategy Guide out the from the UNAUTHORIZED, TOTALLY UNAUTHORIZED, BRADY GAMES, PIGGY-BACK, VERSUS BOOK and many more out there waiting to be claimed. I think that not only is it a financial reason they are closing doors but the fact that nobody really wants a strategy guide with their game not to mention most games nowadays a pretty linear and don’t need one but there is RPG’s out there that do require a Strategy guide such as Dragon Quest and Final Fantasy. One other thing is the price, who is really going to shell out $24.99 for a paperback book? I remember when they were $14.99-$19.99. and some of them go for $49.99 for collectors edition. It is really a shame that this is becoming a lost art for video games everywhere. Now we live in a digital age where we can just look up what we need.

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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!!

 

Okay time to get back on track!

I have been gone for the longest time because well lets face it, I have been lazy. We have all been there. There have been a few things that made a turn for the worst but things are looking a lot better now. The last four months not posting anything has been on my mind but with school, getting into the MLT program and so forth things have gotten pretty crazy. Now it is time to take a step back and look at what made me happy, what I strive to do. Well I want people to come to this site to take a look at honest reviews for every video game possible ( shooting for every game here). I want people to remember the games of their past or maybe find an obscure game that they have never heard of! Its all going to be right here!

So with out further to do I will be making changes here, no longer will there be a Movies Category, I just don’t have time to do reviews on them and that could be something that could be implemented later on. And there will be more but I don’t want to spill to much for everyone!

Now the awesome part! August is just around the corner and starting in August it will be ATARI MONTH! Expect to see loads of ATARI games from the 2600-7800, Jaguar and Lynx! Yes that’s right the granddaddy of all video game system’s depending on who you are asking (lets not get technical). But the question remains….how do you review an Atari game especially on the 2600? We will just have to find out….

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

 

 

Billy Mitchell “MASTER of DONKEY KONG” Stripped from HALL of FAME in Scandal

A Legend Wiped from Existence…

Billy Mitchell became a legend after he set the high score in DONKEY KONG and being featured in a full length documentary. Now he has been stripped of his title after a scandal hit the retro gaming community. Twin Galaxies reported that some of Mitchell’s records were not obtained on either Donkey Kong or Pac-Man but instead a MAME Emulator, which is a violation of Twin Galaxies rules.

One of the rules that Twin Galaxies has is that you must submit an original score using an original arcade board and Billy Mitchell has said that everything is valid but unfortunately a couple of days ago, GWR (Guinness World Record) sided with Twin Galaxies being their source of verification for all game related records. Not only does this mean that his Donkey Kong Score is wiped from existence but also his PAC-MAN Record will be wiped as well.

For of those who do not know of Billy Mitchell, He set one of the Highest scores in the world in 1999 or should I say a complete Perfect score in Pac-Man. He was also in the full documentary King of Kong: A Fist Full Of Kong were it followed Steve Wiebe’s attempt to beat Billy’s record in Donkey Kong.

What do you think? Do you think that Twin Galaxies is being Just or Unfair? Should Billy be wiped from the board forever? Let me know what you think!

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?