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The music from games made for the Commodore Amiga line of computers played a huge part of my childhood, and some tracks still get my toes tapping. Microprose Formula One Grand Prix is one of those, which a fantastic variation on Fleetwood Mac's song "The Chain", which has been used for the BBC Formula One coverage for as long as I can remember.

Just fantastic. <3
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So I've started doing one of those "Let's Play" videos. To start the ball rolling I decided to do Jagged Alliance 2, which is a pretty long game. X3

The video (and further parts, when I upload them) can be found here, courtesy of the Internet Archive.

I know I don't ask for much here, but if you've got the spare time and don't mind me yammering on while playing a game, then please take a look. Comments are appreciated, but please bear in mind that I already know that the titles are pretty lack-luster and that I stammer quite a bit.

Cheers. :3

P.S. For best quality, download the MPEG4 version!
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So I decided to have another shot at ActRaiser and now that I'm starting to get the hang of the controls and little nuances I'm actually enjoying it quite a lot. Tis a shame that it took so long for me to get used to it. :P


Oct. 24th, 2009 12:44 am
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Hi folks,

Sorry about the lack of posts of late, I haven't really felt that I have much to talk about. Life has been pretty repetitive of recent, consisting of playing old fourth gen video games and work. X3

I have been totally loving the hell out of video game music, especially the fourth gen stuff. For instance I've been listening to two pieces almost constanntly over the last few days, "Fillmore" from ActRaiser and "Stage 1" from Sol-Feace (Mega-CD/Sega-CD version). Both provide a satisfying nostalgia trip for me, which is always welcome.

I've been indulging myself recently by playing games that I'd never played before, finding some gems and some turds.
Wolfchild on the Mega-CD is one such gem. It is superior to the original Amiga version due to a single fact; the controls, which are much more fluid (mostly because of a jump button instead of pushing up to jump).

An example of a turd is ActRaiser. I know I said above that I enjoy the music, which is pretty damn awesome, and the visuals are great too. The only problem is that the controls are so freaking stiff during the action sequences that I find myself getting quite frustrated with it. It's a shame really because it does look like a beautiful game.

Maybe I'll review them in greater detail sometime.
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It's interesting how violence in video games plays with my feelings. For example, when playing Crackdown or GTA I have absolutely no problem with running over random civillians, or that they might get caught in an explosion from a grenade, no remorse at all. And why should I? They're just virtual people, two dimensional.

However when playing Fallout 3 I find it very hard to actively go out and kill civillians. Sure I have absolutely no problem in defending myself, but when it comes to killing civillians in cold blood I found myself unable to do it. I actively went out to have a bad character, and slaughtered everyone in Megaton, stole everything, and then detonated the nuke at it's centre. Surprisingly I actually had quite a deal of remorse for what I had done; it just didn't sit right with me. I stopped playing that character and went back to my good character.

But why was this? Why did I have no problem killing civillians in Crackdown but I did in Fallout 3? I think maybe it's because Fallout 3 does a much better job of engaging with the player, dragging them into it's world on a massively deeper scale than "Sandbox" games. Even the random NPCs in Fallout 3 seem much more real that those in other games.

One of the most disturbing things that I encountered during Fallout 3 was how Moira had turned out after the destruction of Megaton. I actually felt sickened by my actions and felt incredibly sorry for her.

I think this shows (at least for me) that video games aren't "Murder Training", as Jack Thompson would have one believe. If anything games like Fallout 3 help reinforce my morals.

Fallout 3

Jan. 3rd, 2009 05:11 am
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...Tranquillity Lane... this is so freaky. o_o
graafen: (Default) start picking up bottle caps when you're at a party with the intent of using them to purchase ammo. >_<
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Nothing helps solidify the fact that video games have generally cost quite a bit than watching old episodes of "Bad Influence!".

All the prices mentioned were RRP.

Series 1, Episode 1: 29th October, 1992
Putty (Amiga) - £25.99
Battletoads (NES) - £42.99

Compare that with video game prices (taken from GAME) today.

Call of Duty: World At War (PC) - £29.99
Call of Duty: World At War (Xbox360) - £39.99


Nov. 22nd, 2008 05:46 am
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I wonder where my copy of Fahrenheit went. I've got a desire to play it again.
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My current "Game of the week" is Front Mission on the DS.

I had played it a long time ago on the SNES and never got very far. This time around I've got a lot further and I'm having much more fun. :3
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I've just seen this video (thanks to [ profile] worcana).

All I can say right now is "Holy fucking shit!".

I mean Kelly Hu, Jonathon Pryce, George Takei, and TIM CURRY?!?! :D :D


(And yes, I am aware this may be old news to some. I'm behind on the times. ¬.¬)
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Today looks kinda like a normal Monday, but I can tell you that for me it isn't.

Because in three days time I'll be in Portland. :D

Extra News:

And because I was bored I made a forum sig:

I wonder who can name all of the six images on the right of the sig? I might have to get a special prize for the person who can tell me exactly what's in the top right image. ;)
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[ profile] wolfos, have a hint to what I finally got my hands on...

"Isn't that the Steel Samurai's motto? 'For great justice'?"

A cookie goes to the first person who can tell me of the video game reference in the above quote.

In other news, EVE Online is pretty damn awesome. :>


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