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10:17 AM on 07.16.2014  

MHQthon 2014

MHQthon starts today at 2pm CST.  I'm trying to get word out as much as possible.  I will personally be attending starting this Friday, and staying the weekend.  I hope you decide to come and join in the fun!  MHQ is raising money for Child's Play Charity by playing all the Metroid games.  Please help spread the word!  The stream can be seen at http://www.metroidhq.com.


In other news, someone took my hack, MDbtroid, and combined it with 2 other hacks, to make the Ultimate Hack, called "Metroid mOTHER."  You can see the hack here.   read


11:54 PM on 10.17.2011  

Metroid Database Bestiary & 15th Anniversary

This story will probably be buried upon all the hype for the new Batman game, but I won't let that deter me.
The Metroid Database celebrated its 15th Anniversary yesterday. We are older than Google. Isn't that awesome?

Anyway, we have two brand new features on our site: the MDb Bestiary: A virtual encyclopedia of (eventually) every Metroid creature in existence. This is mostly my own idea, and I designed and directed the entire project. We have over 20 artists who gave it their all, and are still rapidly developing new entries for it each and every day. Go here to check it out: http://www.metroid-database.com/bestiary/index.php We currently have focused on the Classic series, but of course plan on doing the Primes as well.

Second: our annual contest is now underway: Design-A-Samus. http://metroid-database.com/features/contest-3.php We are asking anyone to redesign Samus in a new and interesting way. We're giving out tons of free prizes to the top three entries. You have 2 months to come up with a new design. GO!

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So far, it seems as though the only people who are really supporting us are the current fans of the MDb. This isn't a bad thing, but I really wish I could get more people interested. Namely reporters who run these game sites. It seems as though if it doesn't involve scantily clad women, acts of extreme brutality, or trollish articles from a certain fat man with a British accent, then people just won't buy it. How do I overcome this?

I tried shouting out to almost every major gaming news site I could think of, and it doesn't seem like any has picked up the story yet. Let's see how many I can list, okay?

Destructoid, 1up, Kotaku, GoNintendo, Screw Attack, Joystiq, Siliconera, 4 Color Rebellion, Escapist, even IGN... anyone have anymore suggestions? I guess I could always go on Reddit or Digg, right?

I leave it to you. I hope you enjoy our features if you decide to try them out.
--Infinity's End
Graphic Designer, Editor, Administrator
c/o Metroid Database
http://www.metroid-database.com   read


9:14 AM on 02.17.2011  

FREE GAME! - Bubble Bobble Blitz

Hey peeps and sheeps,
I came back to tell you about a game I worked on.
It's basically a "demo," but it was fun to work on. For any old-school Bubble Bobble players out there, this one's for you.

The game is called Bubble Bobble Blitz. It's only 1 stage -- you basically kill as many enemies as you can to get a high score. Kill enemies by shooting bubbles at them, and then running into them or jumping into the bubble to pop it. Collect the prize that remains for a higher score! There are also 1ups and Invincibility hearts to collect. It was made in an open-source game engine called Construct.

(If you have difficulty getting it to run properly, you may have to update your DirectX drivers. I can't help you any more beyond that)

You can download it for free here.

And here's a couple screenshots.


CONTROLS:
Arrow Keys - Move
Z - Jump
X - Shoot Bubble
Shift - Run

Please give it a try, and post some comments. We'd be very appreciative!

--IE

P.S. Use Joy2Key if you would prefer using a game controller instead of a keyboard.   read


1:15 PM on 08.31.2010  

DKC Returns direct-feed shots

Mark Brady, a connection of mine, who works as an environment artist at Retro Studios has posted up some new shots from DKC Returns showcasing some of the work he did on the game.

These shots are probably higher resolution that what the output of the game will actually look like, but they're still great.

Check them out via his portfolio website, Liquid Black.   read


5:16 PM on 08.17.2010  

MDbtroid: One Hack to Rule them All!


I don't post that often here to this blog anymore. However, I wanted to get word out about my hack to as many people as possible. I'm basically reposting what I wrote on the MDb this past Sunday. Please download my hack and give it a shot! Thanks.

--IE

Metroid fans, boys and girls, today (8/15/10) marks the 23rd Anniversary of the release of Metroid for NES in North America. With this, I am unveiling something very special for you. Metroid Presented by the Metroid Database, or "MDbtroid" for short, is a graphical overhaul for the original NES game. I have been working very hard on this ROM hack for the past 3 months and I am very proud and happy to let you all get your hands on it for the first time. Forum users may have been able to see a bit of the game during its development, but now I am publicly releasing it for everyone to play! I really hope you enjoy my hack, it was an incredible learning experience for me and I feel a great sense of accomplishment from it. I also have a newly found respect for the original Metroid and it has given me a great insight into the way NES games were developed.

With this release, I also would like to point you in the direction of the Metroid Lua Script developed by Neill Corlett, who is well-known among emulation circles for his work on the English fan-translation of Seiken Densetsu 3. The Lua script is an awesome extension to the original Metroid, and gives the game much-needed capabilities that were brought about in the more modern titles such as a minimap, a pause screen map, and item toggling! For those who might have been frustrated or put off with the original's difficulty, this Lua script makes playing Metroid a much easier, accessible experience. (and be sure you have the FCEUX 2.1.2 or later to run it!)


I wholeheartedly recommend using this script while you play MDbtroid.

Together, they essentially create a brand new version of NES Metroid - and I hope you all have a lot of fun experiencing it! Please feel free to email me any compliments, comments, concerns, or complaints. Or, just write in the forum thread.

There's a little more than 2 weeks left until Other M is released! Are you excited yet!?

SCREENSHOTS: (with LUA script enabled)













And here's my YT video with commentary:
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11:20 PM on 02.14.2010  

The REAL Top 10 Best Asses in Gaming

Granted, I'll guess this will probably start a chain of copy-cat blogs, but whatever...

I must agree that Cammy probably does have the greatest gamer chick ass of all time -- (which is why she's still my #1) but there are quite a few that Jim sorely missed...

Instead of writing witty banter to explain myself, I'm just going to post the pictures. Besides, the only reason that Jim's article was written was just to take a jab at Dennis Dyack...and showing game asses, of course.

10.) Alex Roivas from Eternal Darkness (sorry, I couldn't find any good shots -- just trust me on this)


9.) Zero Suit Samus from Metroid Zero Mission or Smash Bros. Brawl


8.) Shahdee from Prince of Persia The Warrior Within (that's GOTTA hurt...)



7.) Rayne from Bloodrayne (no arguments there)


6.) B. Orchid from Killer Instinct


5.) Dixie Clements from Rumble Roses


4.) Ivy from Soul Caliber


3.) Vanessa Z Schnieder from P.N.03



2.) Bayonetta... (GOD yes.)


1.) Cammy from Super Street Fighter II and onward!
UPDATE: This shot is a little better:

(I think this drawing was actually used in the SF Tribute art book.)

Very special thanks to this fucking awesome blog for most of the pics!   read


1:21 PM on 01.04.2010  

Make-A-Metroid contest RESULTS!

Hey everyone, the Make-a-Metroid contest ended on the 1st and I just posted up the results today. We had some particularly badass entries! Be sure to check out all of the entries in detail at the contest page.

FIRST PLACE:


SECOND PLACE:


THIRD PLACE:




As an aside:
I tried my hardest to get the word out for this contest... but feel like I failed. I emailed many of the major game news publication websites -- Kotaku, Joystiq, GoNintendo, even Destructoid and many others, (twice, even!) but NONE OF THEM ever published or posted a single thing about it. I really don't understand why, (although the guy at GoNintendo said he had to "get the OK from his advertisers" before he could post about it, so I really don't know if that was just an excuse or not.) and no one even emailed me back why they didn't/couldn't. They just ignored it.

I mean, if someone could possibly clear up the reason why game news publications have no problems posting up other bullshit articles that just might have the slightest inkling of somehow being game-related, but not willing to post about our contest, I'd appreciate it.   read


11:36 PM on 12.02.2009  

Splashdown and Melissa Kaplan

I wonder how many people that read DToid have heard of Splashdown? (No, not that old Jet-Ski racing game for PS2 and Xbox...) Splashdown is an awesome band formed in 1996, and their history and its former members are now intertwined with the game industry. I can't talk to anyone in real life about it, so I'm writing it here on Destructoid.

So I've been playing the recently released Assassin's Creed II and loving it (unlike some other people I know... :P). Did you know that it (as well as the first AC) has vocals by Melissa Kaplan in it? Who's Melissa Kaplan, and why should I care, you ask? Well, why don't I tell you?


(this is an old, but widely-distributed image of Melissa Kaplan)

Melissa Kaplan, the girl with the voice of an angel, is the former singer of a band named Splashdown. Splashdown is a late 90's band--one of the few deserving to belong in the "trip-hop" genre--and is one that I lovingly refer to as "the greatest band that never existed." The story of Splashdown is extremely tragic. To make a long story short, (or one you can read on their Wiki page) Splashdown was an incredible band. Every song they produced was magical. It's like aurally eating a milky way ice cream bar. But trouble happened between them and their record label (Capitol), and they disbanded because of it.

I discovered Splashdown post-breakup. And in a way, it broke my heart as well. It's very difficult, mentally, to become extremely excited and depressed simultaneously. To discover this incredible gem of a band, one that touches your heart so perfectly, and listening to all their brilliant music in one day and then discovering hours later that they don't exist, and you'll never be able to find or purchase any of their albums or support them in any way. Or going into a record store and asking if they have any Splashdown and the store clerk looking at you like you're crazy. I would have followed Splashdown to the ends of the Earth.


(Kasson Crooker performing with Freezepop at this year's PAX)

Anyway -- one of Splashdown's other members, Kasson Crooker, later helped in founding the band "Freezepop" (I never liked Freezepop as much as Splashdown, though) Kasson is also the audio director at Harmonix... (y'know, that little company that made Guitar Hero and later, Rock Band?) So let's talk about Kasson for a moment. Kasson was also involved with two other Harmonix games before they became "big" called Frequency and Amplitude. If you go back and play these games, you can clearly see how much they paved the way for Guitar Hero/Rock Band. You have your highway, and your vehicle that drives down it. You have notes that fly in from the distance, and you have to hit those notes at the right time to go along with the beat to win. Amplitude even has customizable avatars! Guitar Hero may take all the credit, since it became popularized due to the rock music it featured, but it's these games that are the true the pioneers of the genre.

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Back to Miss Kaplan. She later formed her own self-made band called Universal Hall Pass, which most likely you haven't heard of, unless you're a Kaplan fan like myself. Krooker has helped Kaplan produce some of the tracks on her albums too, so it's almost like Splashdown is reincarnated again through this new music. UHP has 2 albums out right now, the first one is all new songs, and the second one is mostly remixes of the previous album. Some of the tracks aren't quite as good or as memorable as Splashdown in their heyday, but it's still wonderful, great music, all with Kaplan's heavenly voice leading the way. (I'm pretty partial to "Dragonfly," "Solar/Lunar," and "Avatar") Kaplan has also done a trip-hop version of Johnny Cash's Ring of Fire! So go to her site and check it out.

Splashdown left us behind a mere 55 songs: 3 released albums (2 EPs and 1 LP) 2 unreleased albums, and 1 unreleased song. They are one of my all-time favorite bands and you should give them a listen if you consider yourself a music lover. Besides, most of, if not all their music can be found easily and freely online, and the band left a note encouraging everyone to share it. Love them along with me, and support Melissa Kaplan! With a voice and talent like that, she most certainly deserves it.

Listening to: Cave Radio by Universal Hall Pass   read


9:52 AM on 11.25.2009  

Yoshi's Athletic Lyrics

I had a fit of genius/insanity last night and decided to write lyrics to Yoshi's Athletic theme, which you first hear on the "Go! Go! Donut Lifts" stage in Yoshi's Island.

You can listen along here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wlcyq18dA8I

Yoshi's Athletic Song
Yoshi's Athletic Song
Yoshi's Athletic SONG!

This guy's name is Yoshi
He is a dinosaur
He eats and eats and eats
and then he eats some more
When Yoshi swallows bad guys,
An egg will pop right out
And that's what Yoshi's all about!

Yoshis come in colors
Of every different shade
From Cotton Candy Pink
To Yellow Lemonade
Which Yoshi is the best one?
I think you can agree
It's Yoshis that are colored Lime Green!

(softshoe part)

YO-SHI, it's YO-SHI, it's YO-SHI, it's YOSHI!

This guy's name is Yoshi
He is a dinosaur
He eats and eats and eats, even more.

(softshoe part)

Yoshi sticks his tongue out
To gobble what he can
He hovers in the air
And butt stomps when he lands

He turns into a copter,
A car, a submarine,
But Yoshi is the best when he's Green!

This guy's name is Yoshi
He is a dinosaur
He eats and eats and eats
and then he eats some more
When Yoshi swallows bad guys,
An egg will pop right out
And that's what Yoshi's all about!


Maybe one day I'll make a little flash music vid using these lyrics... :P   read


7:36 PM on 11.02.2009  

Make-A-Metroid CONTEST!

Hello everyone,
Infinity's End here from the Metroid Database, the longest running Metroid-dedicated site on the net.
We had our 13th anniversary recently, and starting today, we have unveiled our new "Make-a-Metroid" Contest, where we are asking participants to create a Metroid out of anything they want.
The contest lasts for 2 months and all the entries are due by Dec. 31, 2009.

We are offering a variety of prizes:

1st place Prize:
* Metroid Prime Trilogy for Wii
* $50 Gift Card to Amazon.com
* Metroid Prime Trilogy official poster
* Signed 11x17 Metroid Artwork Print by Ivan Flores

2nd place prize:
* Metroid Prime 3: Corruption for Wii
* Metroid Prime 3 T-Shirt (black, Size L)
* Samus Wall Sticker
* Signed 11x17 Metroid Artwork Print by Ivan Flores

3rd place prize:
* Metroid Classic Series for GBA
* Metroid Prime 3 T-Shirt (white, Size L)
* Signed 11x17 Metroid Artwork Print by Ivan Flores

We are trying to get as many people as we can to participate.
The official contest page can be viewed here: http://www.metroid-database.com/?g=features&p=contest
Thanks for all your support, and please tell everyone you know to come to the site and participate in our contest! We really appreciate it.

Best regards,
--Ryan Barrett, aka Infinity's End
c/o Metroid Database, http://www.metroid-database.com   read


7:17 PM on 10.16.2009  

Metroid Database turns 13


Another shameless self-promotion.
The longest-running and #1 Metroid website on the web turned 13 years old today.

This year has definitely been the biggest year for Metroid news. Other M, MPT, Shadow Complex... Yuki and her brilliant Samus costume... but yet, Nintendo still continues to give the Metroid series table scraps (you remember seeing a TV commercial for MPT? Oh yeah that's right, there wasn't one) and they wonder why not enough people are into the series...

But on a lighter note, we are proud to be the longest running Metroid site and will continue to be the best for as long as it takes! Check out the site for some other blurbs by myself and the rest of the staff.   read


10:39 PM on 10.14.2009  

Game Over: R.I.P. Lou Albano

I was browsing through the other C-Blogs and I didn't see anything about this, surprisingly.
I'm 28, so of course one of my favorite shows from my childhood was the Super Mario Bros. Super Show, with Zelda every Friday.


As many of you know (and if you don't, SHAME ON YOU!), on the SMB Super Show, Captain Lou, a former pro wrestler, would do some funny (more or less dumb and poorly acted) skits with Luigi and they'd have a celebrity on now and then. Basically, it was filler between the cartoons. It was cool that they tried to have a little live-action comedy thing with Mario, but back in those days, he had red overalls, before Nintendo made the switch with SMB2. (even though the box art and concept art gave him red ones, the game still had blue ones!) Well, at least they finally got it right with SMB3 (even though his sprite used black! >_<;;).


The great thing about Lou's Mario was it was really scruffy and deep, like how an Italian plumber from Brooklyn should sound. Too scary for kids? Not friendly enough? Not a chance. I watched the SMB Super Show when I was 11-14 and it never bothered me. Today's Mario is a bit too "Mickey Mouse" for my tastes, but *sigh* guess there's nothing to be done about it. I even remember being irked at Mario's "true" voice the first time I played Mario 64... it was NOTHING like Lou's great rendition.

Ah, that's enough from me for now. R.I.P. Cap'n Lou. You will always be remembered as the "true" voice of Mario in my heart.   read







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