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I play really old video games and enjoy them.

My parents bought an NES and MM6 and Metroid and that is how i got into gaming.

you could say I am a Nintendo fan boy, but I am starting to get off of that train as of recent.

anyway hope you enjoy my blogs, feel free to comment.
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Retrofraction
3:17 PM on 09.09.2014

Creepy Castle

Well I tipically stay away from Steam Greenlight games, but one night when I was looking through I saw that Creepy Castle was on the green light list. You know this game looks like it has a lot of heart.

 

 Typically these retro style games ask for huge budgets when they are kick starting but I found it quite refreshing when I saw that their KickStarter is asking for $6,000.

 I have to say this game has a nice nod to the animation and graphics during the C64 days, thought some of the animations are more complex than that era they do a great job of making basic movements feel authintic for the time.

This game is being devloped by Dopterra which consists of:

  • Zach Lazarus
  • Marius Schneider
  • Krystal Fleming
  • Benjamin Pullen
  • Samuel Drake
  • Micheal Lawernce

The hybred action rpg elements looked very interesting, so I hope they make their KickStarter :D









Like there has been a lot of drama in the last month or so... Quite honestly it seems to be the smallest of things that really trip people up.



So lets talk about renewable energy and why it really is going to cause the end of the world. (aka time to listen to my crazy crack pot theories )





So are wind turbines really ECO friendly?




idk, I think they look really cool. I had always sort of been thinking about them and how they work is by harnessing wind and using the force of the wind against them to spin a turbine that is connected to the ground.

I just wonder what all that little force against the ground could possibly cause a minor shift in the rotation of the earth? Or even the slowing of the rotation?

Cause if so we need to remove them asap! As they could disrupt the magnetic fields of the Earth and we all could die from radiation.


Geo-thermal Core Tapping




So there is a lot of newer "green" power plants that drill into the earth to get to hotter layers of the Earth underneath the ground to tap into the heat and provide power.

Neat idea? Right?

Fundamentally on a small scale I can see why this power method would be great. However as more and more countries are looking for cheep energy it is only a matter of time before every city has one

Interesting, yes. Possibly irrefutable damage to molten sphere that creates the magnetic shield to prevent cosmic radiation from destroying all of us? Oh... yeah



Solar Panels... You mean solar death rays?




Here in Arizona they have been taking data on how many migrating birds have been fried by flying over a solar power plant. But I am not talking about that.

I am talking about how solar panels block the sun's access to the earth and contribute to global cooling. Which will destabilize our Earth's core as it will cool down and not continue to spin, thus destroying our magnetic field and the cosmic rays will kill us all.

Okay. So I think I have laid grounds that how horrible things are right now, they could always get worse regardless of our daily struggles.

That and how green energy might be killing us all, very slowly.
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Retrofraction
8:11 PM on 09.02.2014

My mother did quite a lot of laboring on labor-day


I am now 25, a quarter of a century, I am older than some of the classic video games. I really do not know what to think about being an 80's baby, because I never really to get to experience the 80's, but I guess I got the best of the 80's and 90's in a childhood.



Though there was a a lot of strange and wonderful games that came out during my birth year:

Populous
Mega Man 2 - to the rest of the world
Mother
Super Mario Land
Prince of Persia
SimCity
Warlords
Winning Run
Tetris on Gameboy
MS-dos Solitaire and Minesweeper
Dragon Warrior
Herzog Zwei <--- Air Mech Before Air Mech
Shadow of the Beast
Zelda Game & Watch

There was also some hardware releases too:

Lynx
Power Glove
Game Boy
TurboGraphx-16
Sega Genesis

I will not lie, it was a pretty good year to be born. And I am very appreciative of all the hard ships my family had to go through to get me here today. I am very excited to make this next year a quite memorable one. Playing new games, connecting with people in the community, and hopefully getting my career kick started.

But it was all because of 1989.











This is a new blog series about official movie games.

This was brought on to my curiosity on how many great games were really influenced or simply took advantage of over forms of media hype to buy into a larger crowd that normally would not play video games.

After all art inspires art, and it is amazing how concepts get changed and advanced through different hands and cultures.

So onto game and movie #1 After Burner and Top Gun.



So what could be said as the best thing that became of the cold war or in 1986 was a movie about fighter pilots... I mean jet fighters. This movie is basically the ultimate dream for people that want to fly jets and blow stuff up.





Cause a lot of people want to argue that this movie is about relationships and feelings... Which I know is baloney because EVERYONE WANTS TO FLY AND BLOW STUFF UP. They simply threw in the relationship stuff to get people to the theaters.


This guy is an idiot and has no clue what this movie is really about... In fact I bet he does not even know how to make a good movie ;) *JK*


There was a few "official" video game releases, but lets be honest... They tried too hard on trying to be realistic on 8-bit computers...



Just like the movie right?


Which is very counter productive and failed to capture the fun and energetic spirit of flying and shooting had to offer you.

ALL I WANT TO DO IS BLOW STUFF UP

Come 1987 Sega drops a bomb.

(skip to 7:00 to see it running :D )



Which unlike any other game previously, captured the speed and energy of the movie perfectly in an arcade unit. (could be an over statement, but I think it fits)

Talk about immersion, Sega puts you into a moving cockpit that has warning lights when you get locked on and throttle control... This was before the simulator explosion in the 1990s.

While there was very few deluxe models, I cannot see an average person in 1987 passing this by without trying it once :)

Sega was in the phase of trying to recreate actual experiences with a different form of virtual reality by expanding the peripherals and simplifying the actual experiences to what an average person could do at the time.



Flipping the screen 360 degrees: Check
Arcade Shmup action: Check
Simple but yet complex controls: Check
Afterburner controls: Check
Evading incoming missiles: check
Machine Guns: Check

This is just about as close as a person like me would get to flying a F-14 or at least what an arcade could do at the time

Now all that is good and all...

LETS TALK ABOUT THE MUSIC!!!



It is impossible to talk about Top Gun without talking about Danger Zones, those areas that are clearly marked off with take saying that they are dangerous. #Lockouttagout4life

To best describe Top Gun Sound track, it is full of hard power metal. (or old school hard rock) Featuring a lot of FM synthesis as it was sort of a big deal to use electronic instruments. Strangely enough on the hardware Sega was using for arcades the FM synth chips they used were just about the same as the opening notes to the danger zone.



Which was the same sort of stuff that was common to be herd on the Genesis and their arcade boards.



So at the time not only could Sega's hardware better emulate Jet fighters, but sound wise it was pretty close as you could get to the song that topped the charts for a year... and still haunts some of us today :)

But  for as simplistic as some of audio tracks are, they hit in the vein of Top Gun and really show off the talented composers at Sega.





Top Gun was a great look into the lives and a small experience of jet fighting. Sega took was out there and made it their own by translating all the of raw energy and speed seen in the movie into a game that made the F-14 Tomcat look and feel amazing in a neat yet challenging addition of Un-offical Tie-ins.

Realistic... no


Fun? Heck yes







Retrofraction
5:16 PM on 08.27.2014

I would love to be an adopted avatar for PAX, I guess I do not have too much to really exchange for the help. 

If there was such thing as a food printer I would totally make you Tacos.

Though I guess I could upload my first facebook pic in 2007.

I was at my friends house, and I cannot remember why but she had a disposable camera so I took a picture of myself for fun...


That got uploaded to the internet and well the rest is history.

less to say I still have not lived it down :), and I would like you to share that face at PAX.
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This is emotional... but I needed to vent. Feel free to listen to this music as it pretty much sums up my feelings.



So I guess I never really cared too bad about moving in general. Or at least I was never positive or negative. Some how moving from Cleveland Ohio to Arizona I did not manage to loose anything until the end of the trip.

It is just frustrating as the two things I cared about the most ended up missing.

My Trombone and a brief case containing my top loading NES and my Mega Man Collection were taken from my storage unit.

There was no signs of forced entry, but these two small items were last seen in the unit and we had not moved them since securely locking them in the unit...

My father felt it was odd that we were forced into getting "insurance" in order to rent from the storage unit place. But the "insurance" only covers burglary and not theft, the difference is that in their wording is that their is evidence of a forced entry.

So with no evidence and over $2K worth of valuables stolen, I am SOL or at least until we see what the district attorney thinks. (but I am not not the best in legalese)

Really could care less about the value of the items stolen, just that irreplaceable feelings I have.

I had been studying and playing that Trombone for 11 years, I had gone to Jazz Festivals,  high school pep band games,  Junior college pep band, Jazz combo, senior trips, and just jamming with some of my friends that are much more musically inclined than myself.

It was an instrument I could pick up and play with great in-notation.

Granted I am no music major and my chances of doing anything professionally is slim, but it is a part of me, that I have to live with the fact that I will never see/feel it again... For that the value is so much more than the $1K it took to manufacture and ship.

We filed a police report, but it has been about 4-5 weeks later and I am not going to keep my hopes up on ever getting it back. Or at least in this economic condition we are in right now. Pretty much has shown me how cut throat it is our there as everyone is squirming to make every penny count.

Heck I have been job searching for two years and have yet to get farther than an interview :(

I could care less about the top loading NES and the plethora of other games in the case. What hurt was that it had my 5/6 Mega Man NES game collection. 1,2,3,4, and  6 (5 is just out of my price range right now )

I am sure that many of you older and some of the newer people know Tony Ponce and how much he loves Mega Man. Pretty much I would say I am just about on the same par of how much fantasized over the series, cartoons, and books.

Their simply just cartridges, but it was all the memories that I feel like were taken. Mega Man 6 was my first video game that I owned and I played it for the majority of my childhood and it was until I was 21 when I finally beat it. (mainly because I did not want it to end)

That game really brought me together with some of my best friends I have ever had and still talk to regularly today. Though they are married and starting to have children,  so our time and relationship is going to be somewhat limited from here on.

I had just bought Mega Man 1... which was a game I always wanted to own and play on my NES. I still had some money left before completely depleting my reserves after college and my friend convinced me to do what I never would allow myself to treat myself to.

I have played many Mega Man games, but playing it on my NES just seemed like walking into a house I use to live in and finding it just as welcoming as I had left it.

I was just happy feeling loading it up and pushing the power button. Less I digress.



Phew! That was a rant.

I really needed to get that out.

But as much as I wished I still had these things, maybe I can focus more on the more important things. Like my film career, and getting a few shorts off the ground. I have been getting a bit of free lance work recently, and hopefully I can get more networking going on to the point I can start working the independent scene.

Just so much of my childhood, and early manhood has been lost... But it will never be forgotten, I will see to that. At very least I can try to take this experience into the novel I have been working on.

Sorry if this seems whiny and downright soppy, I really do appreciate you reading all of this.