Cool Down Your Summer with Music

June 20, 2011

Well folks, summer is here and it’s not getting any cooler. Well personally I think it probably would, maybe with some pop and beer stashed inside – but nevertheless, I thought why not make a compilation of some chill, refreshing water themes to fight against the increasing summer heat, which I hear is cracking the 90s in a lot of places. y(es that was one sentence!)

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Artists to Look Out for: Technodrome

May 16, 2011

Get ready to rock out to one of the newer VGM cover bands from Melbourne, Australia: Technodrome. If you expected a modest rendition of Mario and Zelda with some distortion, and maybe a good Pokemon cover to top it off. Well… you got it! But that would be understating these guys, so I’ll not only pull up their videos from youtube, but I’ll even give you an interview to show you all they have to offer.

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It’s getting harder to find old games.

October 11, 2010

The cliche move of walking to your local garage sale to find old discarded NES games is becoming a thing of the past.

With countless new generations of video games falling into the laps of today’s youth, old cartridges are becoming harder to find. I know I’d never give up my old games, but some people don’t know the value of what they hold in their hands. To raise awareness for collectors, I’m going to go over just how our beloved NES and Genesis games are meeting their end.

Garage sale decline: By now, the peek season for buying old games at garage sales has pretty much passed. The generation that played those games as kids are now Read the rest of this entry »


Why are Shmups so Unpopular?

July 5, 2010

My first contribution to Continue is this updated version of an article I wrote back in 2008. You can look forward to more features and reviews of shmups from me in the future – among other things!

I think it’s fair to say that 2D scrolling shoot ’em ups, or “shmups”, don’t sell nearly as well as they used to.  Back in the days when arcades were the ultimate hang-out spot and the Super Nintendo’s Mode7 effects were impressive, it seemed like every game was either a platformer or a shmup.  Nowadays, mainstream reviewers and gamers alike seem thoroughly disinterested in the genre.  What the heck happened?

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Super Mario World Glitches and Other Mario Tas Speed Runs

May 19, 2010

Well here’s a classic game we’ve all probably beaten: Super Mario World. The Best part of the game was the open design because you could beat the game as quickly or as slowly as you wanted to. I remember taking it slow and trying to beat every level the first few times, and then I came to the realization that if I unlocked star world in the second area, I could just beat it and go straight to Bowser’s castle and just beat the game. Well the videos I have for today put my thinking to shame, sure some of them are silly mods, but some of them are glitches and tricks I never ever thought of.

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Gaming as Culture: In Touch with Our Roots

May 12, 2010

Recently, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about what gamer culture really is. We hear the phrase tossed around a lot and to many it conjures basic images of nerdy stuff and people enjoying it. Lately, in the face of certain cultural critics claiming that video games cannot be art, many voices were raised in defense of video games. This choir of support is indicative that as a community, gamers have begun to band together on a larger scale than perhaps was previously apparent. Conventions like PAX come to mind when I consider this development. PAX, more than any other electronics gathering I have attended, is not about marketing new products, but rather celebrating games as culture. To me, this means two important developments are occurring. 1. The video game community is growing in size. 2. The video game community is ageing.

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Retro gaming takes flight with U.N. Squadron

May 6, 2010
So as I sit waiting for one of my favorite childhood franchises to download, Starcraft 2 Beta, I tried to think of what obscure game I could talk about.  Great titles went through my head; Faxandu, Super FX Racing, Milo’s Astro Lanes, Panzer Dragoon, Bug, Firepower 2000, even Link 2.  But then it hit me, like the 100% install bar for SC 2, U.N. Squadron!
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