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11:00 AM on 03.11.2010

Remembering the Sega Saturn.


After listening to the Sega Addicts podcast, I was did a lot of thinking about Sega consoles. It seems like a lot of people have fond memories of the Dreamcast, I happen not be one of them. The Sega console that I have very fond memories happens to be the Sega Saturn.

Back around 1996 I decided that I wanted the Saturn solely based on the fact that at the time the system was bundled with 3 different games, Virtua Fighter 2, Virtua Cop, and Daytona USA. I enjoyed playing all of these games, each had their own things to bring to the table.

The next year I ended up getting Nights into Dreams for Christmas. The funny thing is that I ended up getting the Sega Saturn Nights bundle, apparently my aunt paid for just the game at Toy R Us back when you had to grab those paper slips and you had to give it to the guy who would go into the back of the store and picked up the game. What happened was my mother went back and returned the console bundle for just the actual copy of the game Nights. I didnít think until years later that I could of probably just could have just sold that console bundle to someone for extra money for a Nintendo 64 that I eventually got instead of just returning it.

I rented many games for the Saturn while I had it, Panzer Dragoon Zwei, Fighting Vipers, etcÖ. But it wasnít until around the time that the Saturn was discontinued that I was able to get a bunch of used games from the local Blockbusters from anywhere from 3-10 dollars. So I was able to grab a whole bunch of games. Everything from Virtual On, Fighters Megamix, Virtua Cop 2, and several other games that I canít remember off of the top of my head.

Getting rid of my Saturn still is one of the biggest things I regret giving up. This would be because the system is so god damn hard to emulate. I tried out a subscription to GameTap just because they had Saturn games to play, man did they look like crap though. I never got to play games like Guardian Heroes or Radiant Silvergun which also seems to be a crime to like the Saturn so much and never get to play those games. The funny thing is that I wouldnít have played most of the games that I did for the Saturn if the system didnít crash and burn like it did. The only thing I can really hope for is that since there are Turbographix 16 cd games available to download on Virtual Console that somewhere in the far future, if they are able to crack the emulation code that there will be Saturn games to download.   read

12:46 PM on 02.22.2010

I think I'm starting to hate online gaming.

I don't know why , but I have completely lost patience playing games with other people. It probably doesn't help that the only other online game I play aside from WoW is Rage Quit 4 Dead 2. I knew I really a had problems though when I got a hold of my friend's starcraft 2 beta account and stopped playing only after 3 matches.

Is it the people you play with Drel?

Definitely yes, most people who say that don't like online gaming is mostly because of the people they play with or against. I played WoW for a hell of a lot longer than I would of because of the friends I made in game. After some of my online friends stopped playing the game it a took a lot more for me to keep playing WoW, here's a screenshot of my desktop of everything that I have open to make playing an MMO bareable.

You must suck at playing multiplayer games.

This is also very true. I've always been very terrible at FPS games. I can't get constant headshots like other people due to make shaking like michael j fox sitting in a vibrating chair. I think that is the reason why I didn't get hooked on the starcraft 2 beta right out the door when I got it. All of the matches involved either me rushing 4 units to attack the enemy base first or have them do the exact same thing to me and not be prepared. At least people can't say it doesn't feel like the original Starcraft I guess.....

You're just a jaded old man who wishes that they never stopped making SNES games.

That's only about 25% true. I'm only a little bit jaded but even though some of my all time favorite games are SNES games I'm happy with where gaming is going. If it wasn't for my 360 I wouldn't have known how awesome Rez is.

I dunno maybe I should just spent a couple years playing single player only games to even out the several years of MMO play.

Edit: That screenshot got cut off and I don't know how to fix it >_<. You can stick right click on click on view image to see the whole thing though.   read

1:28 PM on 02.18.2010

A Bit of a Reintroduction I Guess?

I haven't felt like I needed to do a c-blog in a long time, but I felt that today would be the best time to go back. I doubt anyone knows who I am from the few c-blogs I did in the past so I'm going to reintroduce myself.

The name's Chris, I used to be a college student, but not right now. Last year early in the summer, my mom was diagnosed with cancer. I basically dropped everything that I was doing to help my mom while she was getting treatment. The next 6 months were pretty damn scary, but they're over now, she had her surgery and now she's getting done with her radiation treating getting generally a lot better.

Dealing with Scary Times

Obviously, anyone seeing someone in their family get seriously ill is absolutely terrifying. When my mother would be in pain during a week of one of her treatments, my DS and I became very good friends. Most of my time was playing games like FF6 advance or Chrono Trigger DS. I always found that playing games that I've always felt nostalgic for would calm me down quite a bit, because I would always worry about the well being of my mom.

Looking To the Future

Even though my mother is getting better, things don't seem to be getting better for me. I've been looking for work for several months since I quit school. I've had to sell my ps2 and my ds to keep up with bills. I have enough money for myself to last a couple more months but I can't help but worry an insane amount about not finding work. Oh well, I guess things could be worse.   read

2:30 PM on 08.10.2009

An update on my Mom, Devil Summoner 2, and more.

Iíve been really busy, but I figured that right now would be a good time to tell everyone what I have been doing. Two weeks ago my mom started chemotherapy for breast cancer. I was assuming the worst that week but it turned out to be not as bad as I originally thought it would be. My mom was only unable to do anything for like two days, but after that first week she was able to go back to work. Last Friday my mom had her most recent checkup and the doctor said that the cancer is shrinking which is great news.

I didnít really take the first week well though, at the end of each day I would just be really depressed in my room being unable to sleep because I was so worried about my mom. I know that I really donít have a reason to worry because they caught the cancer early enough, but it doesnít seem to help. But donít worry Iíve gone to the doctor and they gave me some anti-depressants for that. I know they donít completely solve my problems but they do just enough for me to get through the day without losing my mind.

But enough about that, let me talk about games now. The usual first person shooter hasnít been doing it for me. So Iíve been going through my game collection and Iíve been going through phases where I will play only my virtual console games on my wii, or I will play a couple of the RPGs that I have for my ps2. I havenít been able to just go play one game and stick with it. But just recently Iíve been really hooked on a game that I bought a couple of days ago.

I donít know why I like this game, but I just dig it a lot. I thought I would take a chance on it after seeing the main page post on Destructoid on the price drop. I figured that since I got both Persona 3 and 4 based solely on the fact that I kept reading about them on Destructoid that this game has to be just as good, and god damnit I was on the money about that. I got the last copy at Gamestop too with the plushie. So I would like to thank the people of D-toid for talking about Devil Summoner 2 so much that it ended with me buying it.

I also downloaded Turtles in Time:Reshelled on XBLA. I feel really dumb getting it because I didnít really enjoy playing it after the one time I completed it. It just doesnít feel the same compared to the SNES version that I know and love. Oh well, thereís always Splosion Man to keep me busy if I wanna play some XBLA.

Again I would like to thank everyone in the D-toid community for their kind words and recommendations for different games or movies that I should check out. The next game I got coming in the mail this week is a new copy of The Red Star for ps2 so Iím hoping that will be good.   read

9:25 AM on 07.15.2009

Feeling really nervous.(Shortblog-NVGR)*Updated*

For people who didn't read my last post, my mom is going through a cancer scare. Today at around noon we're gonna get ready to go to the doctor to find out the specifics since we don't know really anything yet. I've been getting even more nervous, scared and sad with each passing hour. I hope that this will stay just a scare but I have to try to be realistic about it. Anyways, playing any sort of game isn't really helping me at all. I'd like to thank all of the people who have sent me their kind words. I even got a PM from Colette which really made my day. I guess all I can really do now is ask you the D-Toid community is to send all of their Esunas and Remedies (That's the item that can cure all ailments right?) to my mom.

Later in the day when we get back I'll edit this post to tell everyone what happened

Update: I thought I might as well just edit this post I'll tell you what I know so far.

*She has a cancer that is about 3cm in size
*It hasn't been been spread to her bones or anything like that
*It possibly went to her lymph nodes
*We don't know what kind of stage it is.

I don't wanna get to much into detail with it. Basically the low down is that what she is cancerous, but we didn't necessarily catch it early or late from what I understand.We have to wait til Friday to find out if the cancer is treatable with Chemo so it can shrink down before surgery or if it can't be. I think that it is the way I understand it right now. I think I might make a post or something specifically for people wanna send their Esuna Wishes or whatever to us. /sigh Jeez it has been a really rough day.   read

11:30 AM on 07.13.2009

Rough Times and The Games I've Played To Deal With Them

Well, a lot of things have changed for me since the last time I made a c-blog post on here. My mother has been going through a cancer scare for the past couple of weeks. It hasnít been officially diagnosed yet but the doctor has said that her chances are 90% that she has it and as I understand it we will know the specifics later this week. I was planning on transferring to a different college and was trying to look for a job but Iíve put all of that to a halt. I have enough money saved up that finding a job isnít that big of a deal right now so at least I got one good thing going for me right now. My mother seems to be doing ok with it right now, but Iíve become really depressed about it. I feel so helpless, I donít know what to do. The only thing I do know if I keep to myself Iím gonna lose my mind, so thatís why I am making this c-blog post right now.

Many of the games Iíve played regularly donít really do it for me because I constantly worry about my mom. I have though discovered a couple of games that I really enjoy that I probably wouldnít have played due to my special circumstances.

1 vs 100 Live

Ever since the beta came out in the US, I have actually played this game with my mom. Iím so happy I got my mom into a game because the last game that she ever played that she got into was Tetris on the original Gameboy.

Tales of Monkey Island

I never was a big into the adventure game genre. But after hearing from a lot people especially on Destructoid about awesome and funny the Monkey Island series is, I decided to give it a shot and got my hands on Episode 1. So far I really enjoy it and find it to be quite funny. I feel like playing something like this would be really beneficial for me due to the situation Iím in and I will probably go and get the Monkey Island Special Edition on XBLA.

Other than playing these games I havenít been really doing much of anything. I hope I can get some good news later this week because going through this stuff is really painful. I constantly worry because my father died in the 80s and I donít have any brothers and sisters. I hope that no one else has to deal with this kind of stuff. All I know right now is that playing the games that are highly recommended by the D-toid or listening to the D-toid podcasts (especially RetroforceGO!) that I can at least forget my problems, even if it is for just a little bit.   read

8:35 AM on 06.24.2009

What I've been doing. Also New Hyadain!

(I've been hiatus for awhile and I wasn't sure if I should make another introduction post or just make another regular post I decided to go with the regular post. So to everyone who probably doesn't know who I am here is my original introduction here.)

Discovering the awesomeness of Atlus.

Iíll be honest, I never really paid attention to anything that Atlus put out. What got it started for me was when I got a copy of Persona 4 when I went to Gamestop and bought used copies of Okami and Yakuza 2. It was one of those buy 2 used games get one for free deals at the time. I was extremely surprized on how much I liked the game when I first tried it out. I definitely had one of those ďWHY DIDNíT I PLAY THIS EARLIER?!Ē moments. So I immediately went back to Gamestop and got the last copy of Persona 3 Fes that Iíve been playing ever since. I just would like the thank D-toid community as a whole because if I wasnít a regular on this site, I probably wouldnít of played these games.

Finding Good Deals.

Games are expensive as hell, the last couple of games I payed the full 50-60 dollars in price for Iíve greatly regretted. But lately I have been doing a lot better finding some really good stuff on the cheap. Hereís the best deal Iíve found on a game.

Viewtiful Joe 2.99

It was the cheapest game Iíve ever bought that still have the case and the instructions with it as well. Other stuff Iíve found has been new copies of the original Katamari for $9.97 and FF8 and 9 $16.99 directly from Amazon.

Right about when I was done with this post I came across the newest Hyadain song on youtube. I present to you Cyan's Theme.

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6:22 AM on 02.20.2009

What I've been playing.

Iím back guys! I just recently got a Gamefly subscription and Iíve been playing a ton of games. Iíve also got my hands on a couple gems from Gamestop so let me go by what Iíve played with a little mini roundup for you.

House of the Dead: Overkill (Wii)

Iíve always been a big fan of light gun games ever since I first played Virtua Cop on the Sega Saturn. I was really surprised how much of a story this game had. I mean cmon itís a light gun game for god sakes. I feel like Headstrong Games has put everything that you can put into a light gun game with this one.

What I enjoyed:

-Being able to gain money in between stages and buying different guns. You can also buy upgrades for those guns increasing the damage, reload time, etcÖ

-The Story sticks to the Grindhouse formula very well. Each stage has its own movie title like Left 4 Dead but unlike L4D they are all connected together story wise.

- The cutscenes are great, there were many times were I laughed out loud at how campy they were. Take a look at the intro for stage 1.


What I didnít enjoy:

- There were certain parts in the game where it was incredibly dark and it was really hard for you to see the enemies on the screen.

-The screen would move too fast sometimes making it really hard to aim. This mainly happened around the end of the game. But then again I donít know if it would be any better if I used a gun attachment and not just the Wii remote by itself.

Drelís Opinion: Rent It

Panzer Dragoon Orta (Xbox)

Being a former Sega Saturn owner, I was a big fan of the Panzer Dragoon series. I knew that this game existed but I was going to wait till it came out on Xbox Originals that was until a Gamestop opened in my area. I really enjoy this game. Microsoft, WHY THE HELL ISNíT THIS AN XBOX ORIGINAL YET?!

What I enjoyed:

-I really enjoyed the art in this game. Everything is really weird and out there, this especially when it comes to the enemies and bosses. Just look at the boss at the end of this video and see if you agree with me.


-Being able to morph into other dragon forms on the fly. All of the forms have their own strengths and weaknesses, also being able to upgrade those forms with power ups from enemies.

-Unlike Star Fox 64, this game has a decent amount of challenge. The majority of time I died I felt it was my fault and not the fault of the game.

What I didnít enjoy:

-There is a story in the game with cutscenes, but I didnít know what was going on. Nor did I care.

Drelís Opinion: Buy It

Other than those 2 games I have been switching in between my Gamefly copy of Fear2, pc matches of Left 4 Dead and a sprinkle of WoW. I think tomorrow Iíll be getting Street Fighter 4 in for my next Gamefly rental, unfortunately I donít have the money for an arcade stick so I have to play with a 360 controller, ARGH!   read

1:01 AM on 02.10.2009

(ShortBlog) Game Center CX with Eng Subs

Just in case if you did not know, Retro Game Challenge comes out tomorrow for the DS. I know quite a few people know that it's based on a japanese tv about guy who forces himself to play retro games that are really hard. To get to the point though I want to share with everyone some awesome clips of the show with ENGLISH SUBTITLES :D.

My Favorite One I've Found: Super Mario Bros 2 (The Lost Levels)

Angelique Trois

Three Mini Challenges, Yie Ar Kung-Fu, Gradius, and Hyper Olympics

Takeshi No Chousenjou
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12:17 AM on 01.31.2009

Gamepro TV and Video Power

Anyone who grew up in the late 80s-early 90s remembers the Super Mario Bros Super Show, and Captain N: The Game Master. What I want to talk about today is something I havenít really seen people on the cblogs. I want to talk about GamePro TV and Video Power.


GamePro TV was a show in the early 90s that followed a formula a little bit like X-Play. It was hosted by JD Roth, and sometimes co hosted by Brenan Howard. The formula of the show was basically composed of previews of upcoming games for all consoles, reviews, and the all important cheat codes. Other parts of the show, viewers were able to send recordings of them on tape or via phone message asking for help on a certain game or to brag how they completed a game. For me as a Nintendo Power subscriber only, I gladly watched the show as much as I could to get the up to date news on all things not Nintendo.

Watching episodes of the show now all I can ask myself is, ďHow in godís name was able to sit through this crap?!Ē This show is very painful to watch from beginning to end. The main reason why is how obvious that the two people on the show are trying to emulate Bill and Ted. This goes especially for the co host Brenan, heís like a cross between Bill and Ted and a Mountain Dew commercial.


Video Power, now that show has a bit of history to go over. It originally was a show that was composed of live action sections that included mostly previews and reviews of Nintendo games. The second half composed of a cartoon called The Power Team. The cartoon pretty much followed the formula of other shows like Ninja Turtles where a group of video game characters thwart the plans of Mr. Big (The last boss of NARC). I pretty much donít remember a lot from this show, all I seem to remember is that the blue cop (Player 1 in NARC) was the leader of the group and he rolled with Kuros from Wizards and Warriors and some other super obscure characters and they rode on Bigfoot. It wasnít until the next season when I was really wowed by the show.



The following year, Video Power went through a complete overhaul turning into a game show. I was always a big fan of game shows when I was a kid. What really caught my attention was at the end of the show, the last kid was allowed to go into a fake store full of games and grab as many as he could stick on his Velcro vest. For that reason alone I thought that video power was better than Double Dare which I know is complete blasphemy.

After watching an episode of Video Power after god knows how long, I wish I was able to forget what Iíve seen and just stick with my memories. The host of the show doesnít act like the hosts of the other show I talked about; he instead tries to act really wacky. The thing about this is that it comes off as really annoying and absolutely stupid. I wish I could go back in time and punch this guy in the face.

After going through these shows, what does it say about me gaming in the early 90s? I guess it just means that I was such a fan of video games that I would happily gobble up anything that TV crapped my way.   read

9:16 AM on 01.23.2009

My childhood memories of Little Nemo

After a long hectic week of school, I am back. I would like to share one of my fondest memories of when I was a kid.

Christmas in 1990, I unwrapped a copy of Little Nemo: The Dream Master. Ecstatic, I rushed to my room and started to play the game. Unfortunately the joy didnít last that long because the game turned out to be hard as hell. Nevertheless, I still fell in love with the setting and could not stop thinking about the game. ďWho is Nemo?Ē, ďWhy does he seem to have an endless supply of candy?Ē, ďIf I feed my dog a whole bunch of candy will he let me ride on his back?Ē Little Nemo made my 6-7 year old imagination run wild.

About a year or two passed by when I remember distinctively being in a movie theater. That was when I saw the trailer for Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland. ďWow I canít believe theyíre doing a movie on a video game!Ē I said to myself. (Note: The Mario Bros movie came out in 93; the Little Nemo movie came out in 92.) I set myself out on a mission that year to see this movie.

When I first came to the theater to watch the movie with my mom, I merely expected to watch a shot by shot animated version of the game. I did not get that out of the movie, but I end up getting something much more memorable from it. The nightmares that Nemo has to be the one thing that stands out the most for me. The beginning is one of my favorite parts of almost any animated movie. It is the kind of dream where you are doing something extraordinary (i.e. flying) in somewhere familiar (i.e. In your hometown), then something scary happens.

(set the video at around 2:50)

The end of this movie, scared the living crap out of me. I just recently found a clip of the final showdown in the movie and I am not sure if I should embarrassed knowing I was that terrified when I was 8 years old. I would go more depth into that part in particular but for spoilers sake Iíll let the clips posted below do the talking.

I found out a lot about the history of this ďseriesĒ over. The NES game was actually based on the movie, the movie was originally based on a comic strip done by Winsor McCay in the early 1900s. The movie was originally released in Japan in 1989, and was released in the US in 1992. The history of Little Nemo might not be as crazy as like the history of the Final Fantasy games, but ever since Finding Nemo came out, all things Little Nemo have pretty much died out. All I have left are my memories.



Man this movie was amazing.   read

3:48 AM on 01.18.2009

Introduction- Hello my name is Drel and I want to be your friend. :D

For about a year I have been lurking around Destructoid, listening to the podcasts, and reading the front page articles. I originally made this account to post questions for Podtoid and RetroforceGO, but after a couple weeks of doing that I started to dig into the cblogs. I have enjoyed quite a bit what people have said, and over time I have been inspired to do a couple of my own cblog entries.

Hello everyone! My name is Chris, Computer Networking major, gamer, and now amateur blogger! I play pretty much any genre, but I will always have a special place in my heart for the games of yesterday. But I think you might have already got that idea from seeing my Kirby avatar.

I have gaming since 1988 when I picked up my cousinís NES controller and played Mike Tysonís PunchOut!. The following Christmas of that year when I got a NES of my own, I became a gamer. Throughout my childhood I went through system after system, NES, SNES, Genesis, Gameboy, Saturn, PS1,PS2, DC, and XBOX, playing any game I could get my hands on. I do have a 360, Wii, DS, along with this PC.

Most of my favorite games of last year I have the articles and people of Destructoid to thank for mentioning. Games like Rez HD, Ikaruga, and Braid. A lot of the indie games like Gamma Bros, and Dino Run have kept my sanity between college classes. Without Destructoid I would probably still be playing World of Warcraft 24/7.

As for the games that I play now, yeah I still play WoW, but much more casually than I did in the past. I will play mostly play PC games like Left 4 Dead or Warcraft 3 with the group of people I hang with from WoW. When Iím not doing that Iím playing the downloadable games on my 360 or my Super Mario Galaxy Player (aka: Wii).

For my all time favorite game, I will have to say that itís Earthbound. I can go on and on about that game, but the reason why I still think itís the best because of all of the creepy moments. I know everyone talks about the Giygas fight at the end of the game, but what about the Mu Training scene?


What will you expect see from me in future cblog entries? Well since the Destructoid has introduced me to a lot of games I probably wouldnít have played otherwise, I will try to return the favor by writing about some games no one might heard of. Maybe every once in awhile I will voice my opinion about something game related, but you can pretty much expect me to talk about retro games quite a bit.

I hope to make some new friends in the Destructoid community. I will leave you with this video.

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