Stop Motion NES? Yes, please.

May 30, 2010

So with Dan enjoying the sun in Mexico, I figured it was about time I stepped up and actually contributed to our wonderful retro gaming website. Since I’ve been drowning in some of the newer side-scrolling adventure games available on STEAM, I needed to take a step back and think of the games that really made an impact on me as a kid.

What was the first game that came to mind, you ask? None other then Kirby’s Adventure for the NES. I looked up a few videos on that old game, just to reminice what I’ve been missing over the years, and I came across this fairly recent stop motion version of that game, and many other favorites from the early days of 8-bit gaming.

Enjoy!

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Continue?’s Featured Artist: docjazz4

May 19, 2009

Hey everyone, it’s that time of the week again, time for “Continue?’s Featured Artist!”

Last week, I spoke about a great violinist named Ben Chan. Who, in between playing professionally and teaching, finds time to create YouTube videos of himself playing different video game music.  If you think back to that article (click here to read it), the last video I showed was a collaboration of three different artists: Lypurr, BenChan, and a guy named docjazz4, well this week, it is docjazz4’s turn to be in the limelight!

Let us all travel back to the year 1998, back when Billy C was getting inappropriate in the oval office, Google was founded, boys all across America learned to BE A MAN with the help of Mulan, and two video games systems where on the list of every child. One was the first succesful CD based home video game system, the Play Station, the other, the first succesful 64-bit system, with its crazy baterang like controller, the N-64. That year, Nintendo released what many consider to be one of, if not the, best game ever.

What was that game you ask? Well none other than

“The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time”

That game introduced children to a bizarre little instrument, the ocarina. The ocarina is one of the oldest instruments in existence and it is also one of the easiest instruments to play. In ’99, a young boy named Dave purchased an ocarina and began learning how to play. Fast forward to August of 2006, Dave joins YouTube under the name docjazz4, and in December of that year, he releases his first video, seen here.

That is docjazz4 and he is playing the Song of Time from that fateful game. Since then, docjazz4 or should I say Dave, has released over 100 videos and has played songs from Zelda to Halo. In addition to his large collection of videos, Dave owns around 20 ocarinas, ranging from simple 4-holed pendants to 4 chambered ocarinas (a multi chambered Ocarina allows for a wider range of notes to be played).

Since Dave began posting videos, he has become quite the hit on YouTube, having over 25,000 subscribers!

Check out more of Dave’s videos after the break! Read the rest of this entry »