Most of you know by now that the Dreamcast turned 9 today, but I wanted to personally congratulate it.
Now I have unfortunately only discovered the Dreamcast this year and I only have two games, but I believe it is one of the best consoles ever. The controller feels great, the d-pad is amazing, and Ikaruga is on it. Whats not to love? I bought one for myself about a month ago and now it currently occupies the center spot of honor on my shelf, with the Gamecube and Xbox pushed off to the sides. This thing is amazing and it has brought me great joy.
And now for the customary birthday song
Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday dear Dreamcast
Happy birthday to you!
Hopefully you will be graced by another 9 years of awesomeness.
For those of you who have been waiting for Nintendo to reveal a disk drive, you're in luck.
(Not so)Recently Nintendo unveiled a floppy based disk drive for the Famicom. This new device will allow larger games than cartridges and the ability to save game progress. The first game that will be available for it will be The Legend of Zelda. Nintendo also stated that stations will be set up at specified locations allowing the disk to rewritten with another game, eventually having over 100 games to choose from. It is set for release on February 21, 1986 in Japan and a North American date has not yet been decided(Never).
Before you read this if you hate seeing Xbox controllers in a freakish state look away now, otherwise read on.
Put the children to bed and the squeamish look away, its time for Frankenstein's Controller.
In my boredom I have severely modified one of my original Xbox controllers in three unnecessary ways. The first was an attempt to add a usb port to the controller. It does work but..
it is somewhat large. It does allow me to use my flash drive and psp as a memory card and I might be able to connect usb controllers to it. Now the second part was to make the cord removable so that I could use it on a normal controller that was missing the cord.
Yes, that is a phone jack. Yes, that works also.
The next part was the most ambitious and took the longest amount of time. May I present the cardboard NES controller.
It is made of nothing but cardboard, stereo wire, and spare buttons. It also works, although the D-pad could be better, but what do you expect from cardboard. But if you want to make Metal Gear Solid twice as hard, its perfect.
Everything works, everything was not needed in any way, and it was all free.
Sorry if the pictures are blurry, the photographer didn't have the steadiest of hands.
So what do you do when you have played the original Super Mario Bros more times than you
can count? Make up a new way to play it!
What am I talking about you ask? A Minus world lap competition! For those how who don't
know Minus World was a glitch in the original game. When done right the glitch takes you to
world -1. The world itself is an underwater level, that when the end is reached, starts all over
Now for the competition itself. Basically players take turns seeing who can make as many laps
in the level before you die or time runs out. Who ever gets the most laps wins.
So I was looking through an old Robocop comic and what did I find? An ad for Snake's Revenge and Super C that makes you feel nothing less than guilty.
As you can see from just the tag line, if YOU lose we are screwed. And then it goes on to say that, "civilization will cease to exist. And you'll have no one to blame but yourself". Well thats just great, hows that supposed to make people who suck at games feel? What if, for instance, there are these two great friends and they decide to build a tree house together. Now what if one of the friends decides to play one of the games based on the ad he saw, fails miserably, becomes increasingly depressed, and commits suicide. So heres the other one, friendless, wracked with grief, and the owner of an empty tree house. Fast-forward to present. We now see the same friend grownup, friendless, and sitting alone in the same tree house. He never got any other friends and instead of laughing at jokes in podcasts he has to laugh with them because he is so lonely.
Now you can see how one advertisement can ruin a whole person's life. Or I may be dramatizing the whole thing.
Anyway I guess what I'm trying to get across is that Robocop is awesome.