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Episode 07: Duke Nukem 3D - PC
Episode 06: Resident Evil 2 - PS1
Episode 05: Deus Ex - PC
Episode 04: Mega Man Legends - PS1
Episode 03: Jet Grind Radio - Dreamcast
Episode 02: Mega Man 4-6 - NES
Episode 01: The Neo Geo Pocket Color - NGPC

Nostaljourney is a retro gaming podcast that features an new cast every episode. Each episode is based on discussing a particular game or series, then finding people who are nostalgic for it and people who have never played it before. If need be we go so far as to donate all the necessary gaming hardware to the newcomers. We compare the experiences of the two groups to find out how well a game has really aged as well as discuss its history.

For younger community members it may be a chance to learn what gaming was like in the past. For older community members it may be a chance to discover what games are truly classic and what games are not. In general the show exists to evaluate and discuss the nature of nostalgia and for everyone in the community to get to know each other better. Because the show involves giving out free games, it only records once every couple of months.

Recent changes to the game plan will hopefully entail the show recording every 2 weeks.


Shadows of the Damned - Multiplatform
Alice: Madness Returns - Multiplatform
Dead Rising 2 - Multiplatform
Radiant Historia - Nintendo DS
Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks - Nintendo DS
Ace Attorney Investigations - Nintendo DS

Wryviews are my personal review series where I try to do things different from the norm by asking myself how well the game achieved its goal, instead of if I liked the game or not. Wryviews are a personal challenge to stay objective and identify who would enjoy a certain game, rather than complain about who wouldn't. I feel that being a good reviewer entails being able to identify each game's audience.


Mega Man and Bass - Gameboy Advance
Maken X - Dreamcast

Gemnalysis is a series where I hunt down lesser known or neglected games and make a case for playing them despite the fact that they're older. Instead of flat out reviewing these games I look at them from the perspective of a collector and go over the game's history, and special trivia it may have.


Boss Battle - Mark of the Wolves
Boss Battle + Final Match - King of Fighters 98

Fatal Impact is a series of community tournaments revolving around SNK fighters; rather, it was. I happen to host the tournaments, but only once in a blue moon when I have the free time. I accept any and all callers, though I am not an entrant. Instead I am a trainer who organizes my entrants and helps to improve their game while introducing them to new and lesser appreciated fighting games.

The Fatal Impact tournaments will likely not continue until SNK releases games with better netcode. With recent promises from Atlus, King of Fighters XIII is likely to become the next big Fatal Impact game.


King of Fighters 94
King of Fighters 95
King of Fighters 96
King of Fighters 97

The King of Fighters Love Letter is a series dedicated to the storyline and history of SNK fighting games. Many people don't know anything about SNK in general, and with King of Fighters XIII on its way I'm going to bring everyone up to speed on the story in the series thus far.

Now that King of Fighters XIII has an actual release date this series may continue beyond the first story arc (Orochi Saga), but it's difficult to find solid information on the series' backstory.





Podsumaki Episode 09: Mortal Kombat Special
Podsumaki is a fighting game podcast that I hosted on and organized. There was a lot of random smack talk but it was a fun show. Currently it's on hold and none of the hosts are sure if it will ever come back. Our last episode was our highlight, where we spoke with three of the best Mortal Kombat players in the US and discussed the Mortal Kombat community and the upcoming game. If you were to listen to any one episode of Podsumaki, I'd recommend it be this.

The Top Three Things "Gamers" Should Care About Less
Somebody on Call of Duty: Black Ops screamed at me for not being good enough at the game, even though I wasn't on his team. Thanks to that I decided to write an article on some of the biggest problems with the gaming community, mostly their inability to care about things that actually matter.

Tainted Beauty: The Death and Rebirth of a Genre
What we have here is an article revolving around the 2D fighting game genre, the path one must go through to become good at the games, and all the obstacles in the way of this that I feel eventually led to the temporary death of the genre prior to the release of games like Street Fighter IV and BlazBlue.

Wry Guides: Goozex Training Manual
Wry Guides are a series where I try to educate the people of the community by writing about something that I in particular know a lot about. More than anything else though, it's just me unleashing a bad pun upon the world.

Top 11 Dreamcast Games You Probably Didn't Play
In this article I recap my experience as a guy who loved the Dreamcast, because he grew up with it as one of his primary forms of entertainment. The games listed aren't the popular and trendy choices so much as the lesser played B-list and C-list games that only true Dreamcast veterans touched.

Hey, I liked it: Mega Man VII
Hey, I liked it was a series where I reflected on games that I'm fond of that weren't appreciated by many people. As opposed to Wryviews which are meant to be impartial, this was a much more personal series. This series might continue some day but I could really not think of a bigger black sheep game than Mega Man VII.

Wry's Dreamcast Homebrew Guide: Pre-Brewed
There was a time when I was extremely, extremely into my Dreamcast. I didn't just play tons of regular games that I found on sale, I also researched the wealth of bootleg Dreamcast programs. These days I'm a collector and I'm not concerned with unofficial software. I'm too busy playing games I actually own. Still I created a quick guide to some of the easiest and best programs available for the Dreamcast that can be used with no hassle.

Untapped potential: Stop breaking my balls
I suck at games: But not forever
My Expertise: The Grand Jackass of Obscurity
Nothing is sacred: Sequels
Groundhog Day: Can you feel the sunshine, Sonic?
I started writing about games roughly a year and a half ago, and since then my viewpoints and my writing style have changed. Destructoid's Monthly Musings were a good way for me to get started when I didn't have many article ideas. These are all the ones I wrote that were promoted to the front page. I'm not super proud of them anymore, but if you want to see my writings evolve a little bit you can compare these to my more recent articles.
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Ah... Dreamcast Homebrew, I'll bet a lot of you didn't even know it existed.. All of this particular stuff is already pre-made and simply needs the appropriate burning program to get started. This series is probably going to take a very long time to complete, with large gaps as I write other articles and explore for myself some good programs to introduce you all too. Since you're going to be left waiting a lot though, I'm going to try to give you some potent software to get you started. The real payoffs are going to be when I teach you to compile homebrew discs for yourselves, but in the mean time if you need help beyond what this guide offers I'll help you out in the comments section.

The VMU Save CD - Dream On Edition
This is a very handy piece of software here. Simply burn it, insert into Dreamcast, and gain access to thousands of save files. Any game that you want to unlock all the content to, this disc probably has it. This disc is of especially great use to all those Marvel vs Capcom 2 players out there. Pull out your DC copy and celebrate the online release.

The Dream On release is packed with some nice features. It comes with a save file compressor that allows you to conserve space on your VMU, as well as a VMU emulator so you can play those neat little games that came with games like Power Stone.

Beats of Rage - Battletoads Mod
Beats of Rage was an open source beat 'em up engine created by Senile Team, with a heavy presence on the Dreamcast that enjoyed a strong following for a few years. Though the original Beats of Rage featured King of Fighters characters, everyone started making their own beat 'em ups with the engine. It lead to some very interesting creations including a Road Rash and Golden Axe mod. Later on we'll be covering sources for mods, as well as the means to stick multiple mods on a single disc.

NesterDC - Special Edition
NesterDC is the premium NES emulator for the Dreamcast. Last I heard version 7.1--the last official release-- even went so far as to support light guns, a pretty sweet bonus if your TV still supports light guns {I have a DC gun available in the Trading Forums.) Great compatibility, full speed, and save states already made it a strong piece of software, but the Special Edition made by an outside party raised the bar considerably by creating a great disc builder and an awesome interface. See for yourself, this is one of the best NES emulators available anywhere. Not just on the Dreamcast.

The original creator's website is now gone, so you will need a new link to the master library used to build your game list. Don't neglect doing this, you even get game manuals and box art.

SCUMMVM - Beneath a Steal Sky
As many know, SCUMMVM is an engine used to allow people to continue playing classic PC Adventure games that used the Lucas Arts SCUMM engine. Though I can't provide you with copies of most games, Beneath a Steel Sky is both an excellent game and also public domain these days. This is one of the very few classic adventure games that I'd ever beaten. I really recommend it. This build is ready made to play the game but doesn't support disc swapping because the full version of the SCUMMVM program isn't in place. We'll try building a more robust SCUMMVM disc later on.

QuakeDC - 10th Anniversary Edition
There's a handful of good classic FPS games available on Dreamcast, but my favorite of them has to be Quake. Very good ports of Doom are available as well. This particular disc doesn't contain the full game, though later on when we start exploring certain multi-boot programs it'll be a simple matter insert the appropriate files to give you access to the full game and any mods so desired. If anyone knows any particularly great Quake mods, now would be a good time to start telling us about them. You'll be credited if your mod is recommended when the time comes.

Giana's Return - Version 0.90
Giana's Return is a homebrew game with some interesting history. It was created as an unofficial sequel to The Great Giana Sisters, an old Super Mario Brothers clone. Just by the title alone you could guess that. It was very well made however, and so is this game. Oddly enough an official DS sequel was released overseas, but the original creator of the game has made no effort to stop this homebrew title.

A new totally reworked version is currently in development, but I wasn't able to find a DC port of the early builds yet. I actually had to hunt down this older version and build a quick image myself. I'd say give it a shot. I personally really liked it.

Till Next Time
That's it for now. Hopefully this batch of DC Emu will be easy for everyone to get into and raise some enthusiasm for any articles to come. The next guide may not come for a long time, as there will be a lot to research and other writing in between. I'll be looking into a variety of emulators that may or may not be worthy of pursuit, as well as anything else worth trying out. Some of the more extreme ones I'll be looking into are Neogeo and Playstation emulators.



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