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8:13 AM on 01.25.2009

A Time to Remember. Fire & Ice: The Daring Adventures of Cool Coyote. The DOS Era.

Howdy my fellow DToider's. It's been a while, over a month I guess since my last post. & while I, in no way tie myself to the mould of “creative regular blogger” I somehow get the urge to build on the flow of being part of the online community & leaving my mark on the doorstep for others like yourselves to find. - It can be a lot of fun,.. & is sometimes equally rewarding.

-niceties aside. Today I'm back to look back on a game that while probably not being the first; was one of the few games that my older brother & I played on mum's first home computer. It was the beginning of the DOS Era for us, as we knew it, & the game "Fire & Ice" was where it-were at!

So now it's been fourteenth years. Fourteen years since we last met keys with Renegade Software's Fire & Ice. Until, that is, Last night. I happen to get a hold of it and BOOM! …..Retro Goggles!........ egh!

As I remember F&I was a great game, & by course still is. Though 14 years of separation does tend to chip a few diamonds off the block. Yet back then, it was truly the greatest thing ever. A platformer, it was an engrossing experience when my brother & I played it back on the old Windows 95. Coyote or Cool Coyote if you must, was precisely what his name exhibits. He was this blue Coyote, a bit like Sonic, but more raw in comparison.

He was this cool dude, who shot ice pellets in-front of him, & froze his enemies with a mighty “Iiinn.” Frozen, Coyote could then smash into them & would sometimes revel part of a key that was required to gain access to the next level. You would often have a coyote puppy following you around the level, shooting as you shoot, occasionally freezing enemies for you & knocking them down himself.

I remember from all those years ago no so much the game itself, but little elements that kept the memory of the game intact. I can still remember the vague mask of the first level. How you would go from left to right across the ice, shooting enemy creatures as you go, then going up a wall of ice drops to a higher platform before reaching the top & making your way across back towards the other side, where by reaching the left most end, jumping up would reveal a hidden item.
Will always too remember the vague memory of the yeti boss. How it took us ages every time to get to him & even then, dodging his snow projectiles was still a battle.

Going from one level to the next, the cool way the sun would come up & go down doing its thing. I also remember the second last level was a castle level & there were these blocks I vaguely remember. That’s all I remember that-I still remember before re-playing it last night.

After re-playing it the other night, it just re-enforces the memory of it all. Like how the ice ladder would literally melt in front of you after to long. The secret ice cubes that would appear when you hit them; all the enemies’ & what I first thought was exploding seagull poo. Lol. & thanks to re-playing it, I can now remember one more thing. The great tune it had after the game over screen. Looking it up in the in game duke box, “Heavenly Score” was a short but sweet tune that just looped over & over, but is a great tune & worth a re-mix or two.

Playing Fire & Ice with my brother all those years ago, was a blast! You have to remember. What retro goggles are today were in-fact Current awesome! back then. The whole perception of what you can call benchmark & mind-blowing is ever changing. How long before we look at a game like BioShock & call it, just…..ok, graphically wise. While the strings are no doubt tightening towards a refined end, back in 95, 96, F&I to us was the Shi*!

Yet, unbeknownst to us though, a far grater version already existed on the Amiga & Amiga CD. Though heck if I know what those things are today. Heck I’m guessing we didn't even know what a SNES was at the time. We sessioned that game for hours, I mostly watched mind you. Until we got to the end of what we thought was the game .........& got a big Game Over!....... Demo? What's a Demo? Shareware! What the heck is that!

Our grievances stemmed high as we contemplated the situation. Having to purchase the game after the first ten levels was I’m sure a bit of ah heartbreak for us. We know we couldn’t ask our parents, we were fortunate to have a computer at all. But I think we got over it & respected our parents enough not to ask, knowing full well the answer.

A great DOS game nonetheless, of what we played. Here’s to Renegade’s Fire & Ice, We salute you. Let us hope one-day we’ll see you on Live Arcade. Good sailing old friend……..
(……A Trumpet blows in the distance…….)

Next time on “A Time to Remember.” I’ll be looking at another of the few DOS games I ever played. This one also came in demo form, but was a great mix off puzzle, platform & probably lots of other stuff. Until then. Keep reading. As tomorrow night I should have up another special blog, this time involving games, annoying things & the No. 150! So stay tuned! & Good night!

Tim, lastSKYsamurai
Australia.   read

1:39 AM on 12.17.2008

A time to reflect, The end of an Era. Plus! 50% OFF!

I love my Anime. I fell in love with the stuff back in 2005 after getting my very first animation; Miyazaki's, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind on DVD. Before then. Nothing. I just hadn't noticed that there was this whole, culture surrounding cartoons, appropriately, cartoons from Japan.

When I got into gaming, that's when I noticed the stuff; & from there, it's been great! I attribute that greatness to both Manga Entertainment & Madman Entertainment Australia which kicked started the Anime industry in Australia! Whoot!

But ANYHOO! Last week, Madman, the great company it is offered a Pre-Christmas Bonus to all us living down under. A sweet, 50 belly choking, %Percent off everything at That's HALF OFF!

So since I missed out on their 10 Year Anniversary sale last year. - every DVD was $10 for ten hours! & have been throwing up ever since, I finally found some solace in the fact that I was on the mailing list this time & new very well, something big was coming from the pre advisory emails I had been getting.

So what did I get! - Not much! But still a lot!

Since everyone seems to be saving these days with the end of the planet an all. - Me, I'm saving to go back to Japan! YA! THAT"S RIGHT! BOOOM! CAKE IN YOUR FACE! .........I advised my self to limit my gold flow even with this awesome sale going on.

So here's what I bought.

The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Collection
Planetes - Complete Collection
Appleseed Ex Machina - 2 Disc
Vexille - 2 Disc

Eureka Seven Manga – V01 to 05

The Twilight Samurai
Bangkok Dangerous
Black Belt
Always Sunset on Third Street

Quite a haul for only $200 Bucks! Plus The Haruhi Collection comes with 2 extra discs with the original Japanese broadcast order! So that's double the Haruhi! DOUBLE! for Half the price! AMAZING!

& I'll be home alone for Christmas this year, a good 6 weeks that I can spend finally in my underwear! SWEET!

The only problem now is of cause finding a place to put everything. I have Barely any room in my room as it is.

Now I hope everyone else in Australia/NZ & the US have a great Christmas! & have lots more Anime & Video Games to keep you busy over the Christmas as well.

On a final note. Madman is farce to say, at an end of an era. Starting already. No longer will we lovers of Anime be-able to buy Anime box sets as we know it. The Age of the SLIM PACK is upon us & is destined to rein over, as the warmly familiar Collectors box is now being reshuffled to being exclusive to Vol. 1 series releases. Vol. 1! The animosity I am felling makes me sick! Sick tears! Tears of blood!

Especially in Australia. Who in their right mind would buy Anime volume by volume. It so freakin expensive. $29.95 AU for one volume is dumb! buy the end of it you pay $180 for a whole 6 volumes! I've always bought in Collections. Waited for a series to end & pay 90 to 120 at most.....

I've gone on far long enough, though it's good to get these thing out. -Well I'm off to watch some, Suzumiya! Have a wonderful Christmas guys & girls! Don't forget, the Bible did happen! YA! & Jesus was born! So ha! that's that settled then.

Buy D-toiders!

Tim, lastSKYsamurai.   read

8:14 AM on 12.08.2008

Bringing back the cube in my cake! -remix 2.0

A few weeks ago, I had a friend leave the island after sweating it out in the cheese factory for a good few months. Heading back to Germany, I wanted to give her something memorable before she left us islanders behind.

As a gamer, & someone living ......... (wiki)...........80ks out at sea. Its poor stix for choices when it comes to parting gifts. So, what’s a gamer working at a cheese factory get a hot German girl?.........

If you said cheese, then NO! WRONG! Instead! ........I baked her a cube. That is to say, a weighted companion cube, with my two bare hands. So yes, once again Portal was back in the lime light, & although I would have loved to’ve played "Portal" with her, Zing! I only got as close as getting a DS in her hands & a copy of Tetris. That said, she really kicked my ass with those high scores, & I can only fell less of a man because of it.

So what a wonderful thing it was however, that I had already baked a Cube many months ago when the whole Portal/Cake/Cube thing was still big. That; I had learnt alot off. This time however, it was going to be nothing but sweet & alpremo aperture in her mouth. & with any luck, a bit of orange box, for later....

the jelly is as follows..... "I Baked You A I "LOVE" U Weighted Companion Cube. V 2.0"

The Cube was a great success! So I put it to you, if a little abstract. If in ever need of something to woo! a girl, bake her a companion, she'll love you for it.


Cake, $80! - For ingredients & such. - Island = expensive food!
Time. - Around 8 hours to prepare, bake & decorate.
Result. One bloody awesome cube.......

-As a final Note. Creating my Cube was by-way of a three layered effect of chocolate sponge cake & real cherries. Each cake layer then covered with King Island triple cream & more cherries. Then layer upon layer of frosty coloured icing.

-Also, although maybe not at epic or say, accurate as others, I thought my efforts brought a different flare to the table. In any case though, I was happy with it & it tasted awesome! So who cares!   read

8:01 PM on 11.10.2008

Xbox 360 Console AU. New Low Price!

Rrrrripped, straight from the Official Australian 360 site comes some Pre-Christmas goodness.

SYDNEY 11 November 2008 – "Microsoft today has lowered the price of the Xbox 360™ video game and entertainment system in Australia to a starting price of AU$299.00 RRP* - less than half the RRP price[1] of the next cheapest hi-definition console in the country."

To bad Everyone here probably has one by now. Then again, you could always buy two for a friend to show them you really love 'em.

"Microsoft is dropping the price of their entire Xbox 360 console range."

Xbox 360 Arcade.....New RRP $299........Previous RRP $349........Savings $50
Xbox 360..................New RRP $399........Previous RRP $499........Savings $100
Xbox 360 Elite..........New RRP $549.........Previous RRP $649...... .Savings $100   read

6:11 AM on 10.28.2008

Another RROD. I Am not God.

What’s with the RROD anyway. I thought the heat sink was to blame, melting onto the CPU and all.

Today I come home late from work, breakdowns AGAIN! Pull a muscle in my back planting pumpkins, Pumpkins! Read the horrible review for Guitar Hero: WT, & find out that the bloody Ecos of War Leg-Edition cost me over AU $100 because of the stupid Economy! It bloody retails for &49 US!

Then! - My 360 dies... RROD all that. Thought I was immune, Had it since the Halo 3 launch & thought I had passed the culling season months ago. –guess not.

Now I should be mad, I guess, I dunno. However, what bothers me is that if it is indeed the RROD in the sense that it’s the melted heatsink & all. How the heck does a 360 just Red Ring on ya as soon as you turn it on a good 12 hours after your last play session? - I can only assume it hasn't died in the normal sense. But then what’s up with that then. I always knew I had an older model 360, But this still should be covered be Warranty right? I hope so.

I'll soon find out in a few weeks. ….Though, not before GOW2 Arrives. Bloody &*^$! Maybe also Guitar Hero IV will come before then. I hope not. I don't think I have the capability to register new games with no system. My head will explode I think.

On the plus side. I did get customer support ten minutes before closing today, & I can keep my hardrive with me. But, after looking around, It seems like my user profile/Gamercard Is registered onto the system itself & not the hardrive? I know for a fact though that I've seen my profile & others in the HD's memory. I'm not sure what will happen then when I maybe just get a refurbished system back instead. I can't redo all my achievements agen, again! The thought of all that time wasted! uh!

..........Guess I should dust off the old Wii & finish Mario Galaxy. Really though, do people still play that thing? After getting blow-off by the half baked hardware AKA, Wii-motion-plus. I see no reason to keep following such a system, that is, until the next Zelda comes. - But I'll save that one till another time.

So till I get my system back; Peace out, God bless & happy gaming to the rest of you.

Tim, lastSKYsamurai.
Australia.   read

6:06 AM on 10.26.2008

Australian Readers: Gears Of War 2 Limited Edition

GoW 2, I always planed to buy it sooner or later. Though recently, things changed & I haven’t bought a new game for 3 or 4 months, with the exception of GH:WT. "of cause"

Then moments ago, I just watched the "Last Day" Gears of War 2 trailer over at IGN.

[embed]109187:15476[/embed] - IGN version is better.....

Then I thought, "screw this! I'm buying this game!" That trailer changed everything. It's such a good video in-fact, that I opted for the Limited Edition version. Ya! Making of Doco! Ergh,......I mean, Gold Lancer. : )

....So to the point though. Over At Cheap Games Australia, "worst & best name ever." You can get the Limited Edition for a cheap $99! AU.

Shamelessly taken & edited from VG Cats.

Note. Final Price is Rather, $111.80 after Tax & shipping. & Regular Edition is also just $84.95!

So, Get your ass over there & Pre-Order People! Unless you know of somewhere cheaper, retail or online.

One last thing to note. Yes some box arts are the NTSC, but after looking at their Terms & Conditions....

Product Quality Guarantee
All of our products are 100 % Australian, absolutely nothing is imported. This means that all Console products are in PAL format. All release dates are in relation to the Australian release and are accurate to the best of our knowledge. These dates are updated regularly to keep you informed.

So best of luck, I hope this helps some poor bugger.

Tim, lastSKYsamurai.
Australia.   read

2:19 AM on 10.10.2008

.:Otaku Tower:.

Wanted to get shots up of my gaming setup for ages now, but kept getting more stuff. ;) Though finally my credit card is stashed away & I've only got one Figure left on Pre-order.

So now I bring you an Otaku Perspective, enjoy!

Not Much of a PC Gamer, Though I still think I have a pretty modest PC.

AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core, 2.01 GHz CPU
Radeon X1650 Pro, Graphics Card
About 500GB or so Hd.

Well I'm off for Tea! Bye All!

Tim, lastSKYsamurai

Drink Destructiod! Everybody Wins!   read

8:59 AM on 08.26.2008

Final Fantasy Calibur/Tekken/Alive.... Only a matter of time?

So, DISSIDIA is coming soon. But How often has the thought passed your mind of a fully fledged Final Fantasy fighter, in the same vane as Soul Calibur, made on the 360/PS3.

The concept's not groundbreaking. Even before Dissidia ever got mentioned we all thought of the day when we could relive that amazing fight scene with Tifa & Loz fighting it out in the church. Well guess what, it's here, almost. Amazingly, Soul Calibur have delivered the goods with its, dare I say, Groundbreaking character creation tool. If FF wasn't on the top of your list when you first heard about the amazing CC tool in Calibur VI, then you should be dragged out the back & shot. Seriously, Just look around YouTube & it's easy to find videos showcasing FF characters battling it out in the Soul ring.

But that's still not the real thing, although mighty close to be sure. So the question I now ask to you…. Is it just a mater of time before we get our Final Fantasy fighter for the current Gen? Or Are we more likely to hold on to our copies of Soul Calibur IV forward to the next generation of consoles?

Personally, I'm dying for a "the" game to be announced. Given it could be anywhere from an awesome Calibur clone, to a more Dissidia "Fighting" style, brawler, I’m going out & willing to bet that a game will be announced within the next 8 months for both next gen consoles. .....That should be plenty of time to haul my ass to Cuba if all goes pear shaped…

Tim, lastSKYsamurai.

Night all. Game on!   read

12:14 PM on 06.14.2008

Where ARE, all the games?

In an industry as big as videogames, one thing got me thinking. Where the &%$# are all the games? By that I mean this. We now have god knows how many games on the latest generation systems, but how many Tekken's, PGR's or Legend of Zelda's are we seeing?

I want to be very clear here, just for a moment lets pretend the term "generic" never existed. In a industry led by innovation, & new ideas, it's hard to believe that my only options for a tried & true adventure game. Are games like LoZ Twilight Princess, Which I love. Fable 2 & the new Prince of Persia are on their way, with Overlord and ICO also in the mix, & of cause "The Hobbit" on the original xbox, both I could play right now; though the latter I would much prefer to burn in hell. But Nothing else now pops into my head. & that's what worries me.

So where are the other Zelda's for me to play? You might be thinking, Dragon Quest or Lost Odyssey. That's not what I’m talking about. Again, and I hate to do this, but for an adventure game out there. TLoZelda is the only Fantasy Adventure game that I can play where I can live a young hero who goes about saving the world using just his wits & a sword. Note i should also mention the "Elder Scrolls" series as a key qualifier.

Simply saying, that's been done already or that’s generic as hell, I don't think is right. Because it comes down to this. Think of all the 3D fighter ''series'' you can on any system, what do you come up with? Tekken, Dead or Alive, Soul Calibur, Mortal Combat, Virtual Fighter, Dragon Ball Z. You might think that’s a lot, but consider this. Six 3D fighters (series that is), out of thousands of Game titles out there, doesn’t amount to much.

Now think of this, you want to play a racer, something that just gives you that pure racing experience. You go to the store and you see what? PGR and GrandT. That’s it. Well wait, we have Burnout or DIRT, but answer me this then. How many other Burnouts are out there? Non. For the experience of driving 190Ks an Hour, Burnout is your only option. & are required to wait for it every year, just for that one type of experience.

I knowingly have two downfalls with my argument/rant. Market Flood + Quality. Now I absolutely agree the for the industry to move forward you have to keep trying new things and take risks, But I also say, use what works, & if that's not convincing enough for you, ....I expect FF IV to be the Shite.

If I'm wrong, then I shouldn't be thinking such bad thoughts. But it's your thoughts that mater, let me hear what you think. ..............Pineapple.   read

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