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10:15 PM on 05.16.2013  

I am the King of Fighters (for now)

Today, via RecordSetter, I have claimed ownership of the world's largest collection of fighting games.



Under the rules I have submitted, the record stands at 244. The thing is, I'm pretty sure I don't deserve the record. My intent is to make this an open challenge, to find out just where I stand. It's my hope that someone will see this, they will inventory their collection, they will challenge the record and take the title. 

Why do this? Well, I didn't set out to be a record setter at first. It just happened from years of helping out at conventions and tournaments, showing up at game nights with a pile of old forgotten games. I just love sharing it. Not to mention checking out used game stores and hunting for bargains. I don't often pay more then $10 on a used game, unless it's really good. And no, I'm not putting down $104 for that copy of Project Justice in the display case anytime soon.

Anyway, all I do now is wait for someone to challenge the record. Until then, I'll bring my CD binders to game nights and tournaments. Who's up for Evil Zone or Kensei Sacred Fist?   read


10:52 PM on 12.24.2012  

Merry Christmas D-Toid



Yeah, I haven't updated in a damn long time, but one must continue some traditions. I'm hoping that the new year offers me more chances to share with this community. More games, more conventions, more fake holidays and so on.

Anyway, I at least have a new video card on the way, so there's that on the PC front. And perhaps I'll make a bid for the largest collection of fighting games. Hell, perhaps I'll actually try to run events myself. Who knows.

Happy Holidays Destructoid. Here's to a good 2013.   read


6:00 PM on 08.05.2012  

Goodbye MoMo's


(Photo by Tim Static)

Last week, gaming lost another great place.

It wasn't an arcade. It wasn't a store. In fact, there wasn't anything related to video games as part of the place at all. But many gamers hold it in a high place for what it had played host to over the years.

MoMo's was just outside the campus area of Ohio State. A kind of modern Asian hangout that offered karaoke rooms, billiards, four lanes of bowling, a kitchen offering various Japanese and Korean dishes and a popular selection of bubble tea.

Along with all this, MoMo's also had a large amount of floor space, something that local gamers realized would be ideal for tournaments. Fighting game fans Fugee and Ghaleon saw MoMo's as the ideal place to hold their annual Seasons Beatings tournament, which became of the biggest gaming tournaments in the midwest. And of all the games played, none was more important that Marvel vs. Capcom 2. It was here that some of the best players came to compete, and where the world was introduced to "Mango Sentinals" and the "Curleh Mustache." SB would soon attract the attention of world champions, would host duels between top-tier players and even grudge matches where thousands of dollars was on the line.

MoMo's would also end up becoming the home for the city's own weekly fighting game night. After being in apartments and bar basements, fighting game players were happy to have such a place to play every Wednesday night. From casual tournaments, experimenting with new games and even trying your luck with older, infamous titles.

When the owners announced that they would be closing, local gamers gathered for the last Wednesday night to say goodbye the only way appropriate: tournaments and lots of playing. Old games were brought out, current favorites were contested, and a good time was held by all.

It was a great place for many reasons. An end of a era for fighting game fans.   read


9:48 PM on 12.25.2011  

Giving: My introduction to gaming



The way I figure it, based on my memories and checking release dates, today marks 30 years since I was introduced to gaming.

That, up there is the big gift that awaited me along with my brother and sister on Christmas morning, 1981. The Atari Video Computer System. It wasn't called the 2600 just yet. Sitting on the floor was the big, colorful box surrounded by several cartridges, or "tapes" as my uninformed four-year-old self called them. While there were several games we got that day, the ones that stand out are perhaps the very first video games I ever played: Combat and Space Invaders. I want to say Space Invaders came first, but I can't be sure. I'm not too sure what the other games we got that day were, but I know Warlords was one of them.

Anyway, over the next few years other games would follow. Adventure, Missile Command, Freeway, Berserk, Kaboom!, Demons to Diamonds, Air Sea Battle, Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and so many more. With the amount of love and attention I gave to the games, it was clear that gaming was going to be a serious part of my life. Me and that woodgrain box hooked up to the old "portable" TV in the den.

Even during the dark days of the Crash, I still played. Sad that the world had seemed to have forgotten gaming, but perhaps hoping that things would improve. And they did. The moment I saw the first new 2600 commercial in 1987, I was ecstatic. Games were back on the shelves! There were even new titles! Things were good again! I would endlessly pester my parents to take me to the stores to check out the selection of re-released games that were once again in stock.

Naturally, that only lasted so long, and eventually I ended up getting a NES like everyone else. But the 2600 was still there, and I would still play it from time to time. Hell, I remember when the first 99 cent stores appeared some twenty years ago, and even they had leftover 2600 games.

The system was not without its problems. I can remember it being taken in for repairs once, for what I don't know. Joysticks fell apart and were replaced. The AV selector was phased out. Power cords went fast. But it's still here, and it still works. Never would I have considered selling it or giving it away, it was just that important to me.

With the appearance of used game stores and the benefit of a stable income, I've been able to fulfill some old dreams and pick up copies of games I only read about or played at other peoples houses... not to mention pick up games that my sister took around 1993 to play on her then-boyfriend's Colecovision. Kinda funny how playing some of those titles fire up old memories. I played Flag Capture, and the sounds made me think of the hot dogs and fries from Superdawg that would be brought over to my cousin's house.

So many memories. And to think that its been 30 years now.   read


11:59 PM on 12.24.2011  

Merry Christmas D-Toid



Just something to put out there for now, but later on I'll be posting another blog entry that's a bit more profound... if you can call it that.

Anyway, enjoy the holiday.   read


9:40 PM on 12.11.2011  

Why do I do this to myself?



Was it just pure morbid curiosity? Was it the long wait? Was it the fact that it was now under $10?

Everything said about this game... it's all true. The lacking gameplay, the reliance on checkpoint saves, the dodgy engine, the awful jokes, the lack of innovation... everything.

Ever single NPC I come across fills me with disgust. I really wish I could punch or shoot each and every one of them. I mean, once I got to the infamous hive level, I couldn't be offended since my apathy overpowered any other emotion I could feel at that point.

I once read that bad comedy is effectively anti-entertainment. That holds so true here. Playing this game is like walking through one of those awful parody movies that the film industry keeps excreting year after year.

But in the end, I only have myself to blame. What's worse, there's an overwhelming feeling that if I don't finish it then I'm only somehow cheating myself and the 14 year wait.

Don't be like me. Even if they start giving it away for free.

In the end I'm not going to call it the worst game of all time, or even for just this year. But I will hold it up as an example of how a game shouldn't be.   read


11:29 PM on 12.04.2011  

It's Day of the Ninja again



6:46 PM on 10.30.2011  

What I saw (and got) at NerdPow!

Over the weekend here in Columbus was NerdPow!, a dedicated video game convention. The con itself was rather small, taking up only several of the basement rooms at the Hyatt Regency, everything else was taken up by a disturbing, pedophile-attracting cheerleading tournament.



However, they managed to use the space quite well. The main hall was filled with actual arcade machines; mostly music titles, but there was also Gunblade NY, a NeoGeo cab, and a Japanese style cab fitted with a modded PS2. Everything was free to play, and playing Gunblade NY with both guns at once does bring back memories.



There was also the console game room, which was filled with mostly fighters. I took the chance to put down fliers for the local fighting game night (every Wednesday night from 6:00 to 12:00 at Momo2, located in the University City Center, next to the Ohio State University).



However, one of the big things I wanted to see was the dealers room. While one can't expect too much from a small, first year convention, I did keep my eyes open for any deals. And I did see them, thanks to Arcade Legacy and their fine selection of well-priced Super Famicom games.



So, I picked up Beasts & Blades, an isometric strategy RPG; Yu-Yu Hakusho 2: Kakutou no Sho, a fighter based off the manga/anime series; and yes, Shin Megami Tensei

I can only hope that in the future that the show gets better and that they advertise it more. A friend of mine there expressed his disappointment at such a small turnout for such an impressive setup.   read


9:30 PM on 10.23.2011  

Creating an ideal retro setup.



Perhaps it's the accumulation of a lifetime of gaming. Perhaps it was just an ambition I knew I could achieve. Perhaps I wanted something I could put in the background of a video. Perhaps I wanted to do something with all my extra equipment. Or just perhaps I wanted something to show off.

Behold what I call The Institute. One part video game store and one part Ozymandias' video wall. Collecting systems is something that most Destructoid readers have done, that's no surprise. The televisions, however are the legacy of volunteering for conventions and tournaments over the years. Picked up at garage sales, thrift stores, and family members; there was never a question of not being able to lend screens.

Two power strips are mounted in the back, and all cables and wires are kept tightly bundled. Twist ties and zip ties exist for a reason. The whole setup is on wheels; not only for ease of movement, but also allowing me to clean my floor. Really, there's no excuse to not keep your home clean, and I don't want to hear them.



Looking at it also makes me think about how so much old AV equipment is out there on the cheap. When I was a kid, something like this would of been an excess luxury. But now, it's something that's almost too easy to accomplish. I guess this really is the future.   read


9:35 PM on 07.17.2011  

What I got at Corgs-Con



On Saturday, Corgs-Con was held in an empty tax accountant office in the southern side of Columbus. Vendors filled tables with various retro systems, games, and other items. There were piles of cartridges, rare systems, many import titles, and even some rarities such as a copy of the infamous Coke Wins. Everything for sale.

I picked up a few good things. On the Dreamcast, I got for cheap the standard brawler Soul Fighter and the Megami Tensei styled first person action game Maken X. The domestic version, so no sword fight with the Pope.

On the SNES, I picked up Doomsday Warriors, a sub-par fighter made when such games were all too common. Well, I do enjoy collecting fighters anyway. There was also the much required Contra III. Now, I love Contra; the original NES version is one of the games that I am best at. When people complain about how hard it is, I just think about how often I challenge myself to go through the game without dying once. Contra III was a game I needed to own.

I also got the Super Famicom title Rushing Beat Ran, which turned out to of been released here as Brawl Brothers. Well, side scrolling beat-em-ups were always a favorite of mine. I also wanted to try converting my SNES to play Super Famicom games anyway. Now if you don't know, the SNES has perhaps one of the most straightforward region lockouts ever placed in a system: a pair of plastic tabs. Just cut and twist them out with wire cutters or pliers, and you can play Super Famicom games. That's it. You don't even need to take the system apart.

And speaking of imports, I also picked up a copy of the Famicom action RPG Famicom Jump. This was released in 1988 to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Shonen Jump and features most of their popular characters at the time. My skills in reading Japanese still needs work, so perhaps Kotaku will show the episode of GameCenter CX where Arino plays it.

There was also a vendor who had a copy of the infamous anti-game Transformers: Convoy no Nazo. I thought about picking it up... but I don't hate myself that much.

And finally I got a bundled TI-99/4A and a pile of cartridges. Now, the TI was the first computer my family owned, so many fond memories of the silver thing and the pile of educational games my mother insisted on getting. Here, however were actual games and joysticks, something we never got back then.

Sadly, the bundle did not contain the power supply, so I'm waiting for an e-mail on that. I went to my parents house to find the old one that I packed away... but my father threw it out.

....

Well, there's a lesson learned.

Anyway, I'm done spending money for the time being. Now I wish I had another room to serve as a home for my legacy systems.   read


11:19 PM on 12.24.2010  

Merry Christmas Destructoid



Here's another Nativity scene for you. Not sure what I'll be getting, but I think that a red Wii might be in the works. Hoping for some PC upgrades, but anything's good.

Enjoy the holiday.   read


9:09 PM on 12.05.2010  

Happy Day of the Ninja



Hope everything turned out well. I had to get some work done first, but then I was able to get all the good stuff out and celebrate properly. Nothing like the original NES Ninja Gaiden to kick your ass.

Enjoy the holiday season!

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