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  1. For me it's the Minecraft soundtrack, extending to C418's work in general. Looking at my playlist it seems I've listened to the entire album at least 50 times. I put it on while I'm translating. It helps me concentrate for some reason and relaxes me as well. Usually I can't concentrate on other things, especially writing, when I am listening to music but it's different with this soundtrack. And I ended up falling in love with the soundtrack long before I ever played the game itself. It's just great music to have on. Listening to it right now in fact.
  2. Evilhead

    Diablo III

    Yeah, I'll get it for sure. Diablo II is my favorite PC game of all time, so I don't see why I wouldn't want to check out D3. The great thing about the series is that there is no way you HAVE to play the game, you can just do it your own way. So I don't see what all the bitching is about. Don't like the auction house? Don't use it. Be a man and find your own damn items!
  3. Not OCR but I listen to the Minecraft soundtrack on loop a lot of times when I translate. Helps me concentrate for some reason. On a related note, make sure to only play instrumental music. I'm sure you're aware of this as you've chosen game music, but anything with singing or spoken words in it is really distracting when I am trying to read or write.
  4. He already found it! It's Formation Z. Cool little game! I have a 76-in-1 for Famicom with hilariously bad label. It's like Deep Space nine mixed with star wars. Then I got a PowerPak, which is pretty much an 8500-in-1, plays hacks, etc. Highly recommended!
  5. I was totally into anime during that era (actually the stuff was always late coming over Stateside), but completely stopped watching it after it went digital. Maybe I grew out of it, or maybe I just love hand-drawn/colored animation the best. When I go back and watch some old series out of boredom or nostalgia I always end up enjoying it a lot more than anything I happen to see these days. Some my favorites back in the day were Ninja Scroll, Gunsmith Cats, Vampire Hunter D, Fist of the North Star, Slayers, Ghost in the Shell, etc.
  6. Just bought it for my iPad as I've been looking for a game kind of like this. Thanks for the heads up!
  7. As far as anime goes you can't get much better than Cowboy Bebop in my opinion... Just perfect!
  8. Wow, if people whined about snaking (which I thought took some legitimate skill to pull off) then I'm sure we'll hear no end of these. It is possible for Nintendo to put out a non-broken Mario Kart game?
  9. Going to have to fire this one up. Love horror themed games.
  10. HELL YES. More iOS shooters PLEASE!! And yeah, kupernikus, I agree. Virtual d-pads and buttons suck. Most games designed with standard controllers in mind play better with standard controllers, aside certain exceptions such as the aforementioned shooters. But there's nothing that a touch screen could really add to Chrono Trigger for instance. I know because I played through it again on the DS already and barely ever used the touch screen except when selection techniques on the bottom screen which was superfluous.
  11. I recently picked up an iPad 2, and I use it almost solely for gaming. And I have to say that the iPad is a solid next gen gaming device. Personally I think it succeeds where the DS fails. Nintendo had a great idea integrating touch screen technology with gaming, but in the end the hardware limitations and the poor execution of so many games left the touch aspects to be pointless gimmicks in a lot of games. But the iPad with it's fantastic multi-touch screen, beautiful resolution, and advanced graphical hardware really make it a gaming powerhouse. In my opinion it totally crushes any other portable gaming system out there, including the Vita. Here are some games I've been playing the most so far that I think are worth checking out. ESPGALUDA II HD Smartphone Version http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/espgaluda-ii-hd-smartphone/id450426784?mt=8 2D shooters are probably my favorite genre, and the first thing I thought of when I got the iPad was how to get Dodonpatchi on there. Well, I was pleased to find that Cave is developing directly for iOS and already has several of it's insane shooters available. Of the group I'd say Espgaluda II HD is the best for the iPad so far mainly due to the graphics. Some of the other releases still have grainy upscaled graphics, which while don't detract from the gameplay, just don't match up to the beautiful HD graphics of Espgaluda. All of their games, however, feature amazing control. I own many dozens of shooters for various systems, but I've never experienced anything like this. Every slight twitch of your finger is registered, which allows you to skillfully weave your character through the intricate waves of projectiles famous in these bullet-hell shooters with relative ease (doesn't mean you're not going to get your ass handed to you from time to time!). It's almost mesmerizing. A slightly more expensive game, but well worth the cost especially considering how much it costs to buy a copy of this for PS2. Air Attack HD http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/airattack-hd/id383659024?mt=8 Another overhead shooter, but featuring fantastic 3D graphics while maintaining 2D gameplay. Featuring a WWII theme that I personally love in shooters (thing Strikers 1945, Metal Slug, etc), great control, weaponry, upgradable planes, and an epic soundtrack that gets you feeling like you are in a Hollywood war movie. A steal at $0.99. Dead Space http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/dead-space-for-ipad/id396019894?mt=8 Haven't had a chance to spend too much time with this one yet, but it's graphically very impressive and has great controls. Ditching the virtual d-pad in favor of free controls is a route that a lot of developers are thankfully taking for iOS first and third person shooters. A brand new chapter in the horror series, not a port of the first game. On sale for a limited time for $0.99 from it's usual $9.99, so grab it quick! Infinity Field HD http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/infinity-field-hd/id391766089?mt=8 I loved Geometry Wars on the DS and it was one game I thought implemented the touch controls well enough to enjoyably play for long periods. And I spent many hours on that game. Infinity Field is very similar to Geometry Wars, with upgraded graphics and sound, and and many added gameplay elements. Fans of GW will love this one, as I do. Battle Squadron ONE 2-player http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/battle-squadron-one-2-player/id486449697?mt=8 A classic Amiga vertical shooter brought to iPad but with a twist. You can play 2-player co-op with an innovative split screen control scheme. Worth it for the soundtrack alone! Zombie Gunship http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/zombie-gunship/id435797419?mt=8 A simple but highly addicting game. You circle around an area destroying zombies and saving civilians, but the presentation is very unique. It's almost exactly like a military gun ship display with the somewhat grainy black and white display and targeting system. I play this one a lot, as it's very satisfying to blow up a crowd of 20 zombies with your Howitzer or pick them off one at a time with your Gatling gun. Puzzle Quest 2 http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/puzzle-quest-2/id398687544?mt=8 Another game I poured hours into for the DS was the original Puzzle Quest. It's a game that naturally works perfectly for the touch systems. This newer installment is very good, with great sound and presentation, and although I thought the story aspects of the original were more interesting, the added spells and gameplay elements make this a must-have for fans of the original. And if you've never played these games, give it a shot. It's an insanely addictive combination of an RPG and puzzle game, building up your character as you battle various monsters and demons.
  12. Just finished rereading The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, and was about to rewatch the movies next. Seeing the trailer got me pumped!!
  13. Nah, if you go to hipster record stores around LA and other large cities there are tons of new cassette releases. The generation who grew up with them are having a nostalgia trip for them. In the same way I believe CDs will return at some point. Some bigger bands are also still releasing cassettes. Of Montreal recently released a cassette boxed set of all of their studio albums on tape:
  14. The DOA games were never meant to be serious anyway. I love VF for it's purity but if you just want to have some fun casual matches with some friends the DOA games always satisfied.
  15. I dunno, credit feeding pretty much kills the fun of any game for me, although I agree that any limitations are pretty lame. If I have to continue more than a couple times I usually reset the game, and if I'm really serious about scores I'll reset after one death if I'm not at least past the third level or so. I've been on a huge shooter buying binge these days. Literally, it's hardly a day that goes by that I don't get a new shooter in the mail... Just trying to get all the games I want before I leave Japan, but I'm just realizing how many dozens of shmups I've gotten in the last few months and the fact that I've barely scratched the surface on a pretty big chunk of them. Really looking forward to my copy of Battle Garegga getting here though! Also, any of you guys have a permanent tate (vertical) TV set-up at your house? I've got a enough Saturn shooters with tate mode to think about doing it but I don't want to bust any TVs in the process. They are a pain to throw away!!
  16. Well it makes you actually have to remember the levels, unlike a lot of the more recent 2D sonic games which play something like: press start, hold right for 2 minutes, easy boss fight.
  17. Man PETA trolled the fuck out of you guys. 10/10! Awesome game by the way.
  18. Unfortunately both the Megadrive and Genesis versions of MUSHA are pretty pricey though. Worth it in my opinion though! And yeah, DoDonPatchi is much better than the first game! There's also a version on Japanese PS2 if you have a modded system. Haven't really gotten into the whole bullet hell thing (there's too many old school arcade style shooters to tackle first) but DoDonPatchi just has the perfect amount of intensity, great weapons, graphics, everything. One of my favorites!
  19. Yeah, I was really lucky to get the Wondermega (original Sega model) for around... $70! No box but works great. The S-video looks incredible. I can't imagine it looking any clearer. No noise, moire, whatsoever. This is a really solid piece of hardware. With the extra hardware enabled audio effects, playing games on the Wondermega is like playing them for the first time. I notice new graphical aspects and sounds all the time. They are expensive but highly recommended for a Genesis/Megadrive fan such as yourself! Plus they look so sexy. I mean look at this thing: As for the TVs, until I moved here I had a Toshiba CRT much like the one you have in your video. Might even be the same model as it also had component inputs which I used for my PS2. I agree that of all the models I looked at the Toshiba was the best. My friend and I ended up buying the same TV. I might end up getting the same one again when I get back because the picture was quite sharp! The studio monitors I looked at online have all kinds of insane inputs (possibly including SCART) and the screen resolution is higher but I'm not sure how that translates for gaming. Might not end up looking as good as a regular TV and be a pain the the ass to hook up.
  20. Nice videos, I've seen your posts over on the pcenginefx forums. The HD/CRT video is really informative. I've stuck with a CRT monitor all of these years and really love how it displays games (especially when using s-video from my Wondermega, which is absolutely beautiful), but I'm thinking about moving back to the States this spring and was wondering what to do about the TV situation. I'll definitely get a CRT off of Craigslist for gaming, but are there any displays that are particularly good for retro gaming? I was thinking about tracking down an RGB monitor or maybe an old broadcast studio monitor but I wonder if it would be worth it.
  21. Yeah the NA is good, and it's what I grew up playing. But if they had left the Japanese soundtrack in for the NA release I'm sure everyone would love it even more. Nostalgia plays a big factor here. But I have the Sega CD version and the Mega CD version and I tend to reach for the one with the kickass techno tunes.
  22. Have any of you guys ever played M.U.S.H.A. for the Genesis (Musha Aleste: Full Metal Fighter Ellinor on the Megadrive)? Man, what an awesome shooter!! And it has one of the best soundtracks on a shooter I've ever heard. Basically Genesis speed metal. It's a bit rare/expensive but definitely worth checking out!
  23. DoDonPachi is awesome. Get it! I've been on a serious PC Engine and Megadrive kick these days and bought somewhere around 40 shooters for the PC Engine and Megadrive over the last couple months. Some recent favorites include Soldier Blade, PC Denjin (Air Zonk), Gunhead, Final Soldier, Panorama Cotton, Gaiares, Granada, Metal Stoker, Atomic Robo Kid Special and many more. I think I've got a game buying problem. It's too much of an addition, but I've bought over 100 games in the last two months!!
  24. There are a million essays on this, but basically a digital format like CD cuts off all sound past a certain frequency due to some arbitrary sound limitations imposed by post-analog audio equipment companies. Human ears supposedly can't hear past a certain frequency so why include it? But an analog format such as vinyl doesn't have these cutoffs, so you are hearing the full recording, including inaudible frequencies that might have more of an effect on the sound than some people thing.
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