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4:22 PM on 07.29.2009

Could Gamerpoll.com revolutionize crowdsourcing?



I've posted about the great stuff going over at [url=http://www.chasethechuckwagon.com]Chase
the Chuckwagon [/url]before. I'm a big fan of what those guys are doing and pretty active in their community. I
feel like chasethechuckwagon gives a great alternative to ebay and other sites.

Today I noticed that chuckwagon founder SoCal Mike is coming up with a new way to help gamers and
consumers.

He's starting a new site called
Gamerpoll.com. Essentially Gamerpoll.com
will be a platform that will host video game related polls on various sites around the net. The data collected from
these polls would then be used by game publishers to help make improvements to their games and services. The
sites hosting these polls would get a share of the revenue that gamerpoll.com brings in from selling poll campaigns
to game publishers. It's not final which sites will host these polls yet, but from what the SoCal has indicated it
looks to be a pretty good spread of the sites I have in my RSS feed.

If you want to check out the sort of polls that this network will eventually be posting you can had over to the
prototype site currently housed on "Chase the Chuckwagon". One aspect of the way that the polls are currently
designed that I think could turn into an intereesting feature is that if users click on the poll choices, they can see
more information on the subject of the poll question. That sort of thing could go a long way toward helping
gamers explore aspects of our hobby in greater detail.

Anyway, check it out: link   read


2:37 PM on 01.13.2009

Retro Gaming Radio is dead. Long live Retro Gaming Roundup



A while
back I [url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/teknohed/come-n-get-yer-retro-game-rarities--78725.phtml]
posted [/url] an article about the new retro game auciton site
Chase the Chuckwagon.

Well, turns out that the guy who runs that site,
SoCal Mike the web master at Chase the
Chuckwagon will be
launching a new podcast called
Retro Gaming Roundup which will
replace the recently discontinued Retro Gaming Radio of which Mike
used to contribute his Chasing the Chuckwagon segments.

Retro Gaming Rondup will include segments by So Cal Mike who will continue relating his exploits searching
for retro games at Southern California swap meets as well as the fascinating "Hardware Flashback" by Scott
Schreiber. Schreiber's flashbacks are about a half an hour of "hard science" desciption of retro gaming
hardware, how it works, how to maintain it, where to find it. It is a great listen for anyone interested in
collecting and mainatining old machines. The last contributor will be a Mike James from the UK. I'm not familiar
with MIke, but given that Retro Gaming Radio had a bit of a North American Bias it'll be good to hear from
someone who remembers the Genesis as the Mega Drive.

I know that Dtoid has a good retro podcast, but I think that there is plenty of room on your ipod for this one as
well. This one is really different from "RetroForce Go1" in two ways. The first is that Retroforce Go's hosts
are a bit younger so most of their discussions center around games from the late 80s and on. Retro Gaming
Round up will likely discuss a lot of older Arcade and 1st and 2nd Gen consoles as well. And secondly there
is a lot of "Technical" stuff on Retro Gaming Round Up that you won't find on Retro Force Go. I'm not being
critical of either...just pointing out how they can compliment each other in your podcast listening.

Anyway check it out. The first podcast will be posted in Feb.   read


12:50 PM on 08.14.2008

Bionic Commando Rearmed soundtrack now available for download.



Well, like I'm sure many of my fellow retro game enthusiasts, I downloaded Bionic Commando last night. And it did not disappoint. I haven't been this geeked out over a game since, I dont' know when. Maybe since, well since ever. It's such a great remake. I wish Commando and 1942 could have been this good.

Becca, who was a big NES gamer, had never heard of Bionic Commando before. I was a little suprised by that. I said, "we'll start it up and you'll see". She did not see, but that's OK.

Here one comment was, "I dont' know about the gameplay, but the music is awesome." And I have to agree. The music for this game is spectacular.

Luckily, The official Capcom Blog has posted links to a couple of site where you can buy the Bionic Commando sound track.

I don't have an ipod so I avoid itunes, but they claim that it's posted on Apple's music store.

I downloaded the sound track from Sumthing Digital. The sound quality is great, I'm listening to it right now and I have not complaints. I'm going ot load it on my MP3 player for the bike ride home, headphones are usually a better way to determine sound quality. So I'll let you know.

Sumthing Digital also has the original NES Bionic Commando soundtrack posted as well. It's only 2.99, at that price you basically have no choice but to pick it up.   read


5:26 PM on 06.05.2008

Saint's Row 2 "Would you rather" trailer over on EuroGamer.

THQ's marketing department comes through with the shit talking? You bet! Check out my blog for a link!!!   read


5:06 PM on 05.29.2008

Sex and games...here we go again.



Does anyone remember the sex scene in DarkWatch. It seemed like such a revolutionary thing at the time. As tame as it was, it was lot more graphic than Mass Effect or even "Hot coffee", but you never really heard a flap about it. Hell, Tala ended up in Playboy and even still you didn't really see to much condemnation about it's content. I was reminded of this sort of strange way that the media handles sex in games today after reading a post that Aktrez put up on The Girls Entertainment Network.

I posted a lengthy response over on my blog.   read


4:30 PM on 05.15.2008

New Gears of War figure coming in July!!!

That's right a soon to be rare Carmine figure is being released in July...but where?
Shoot Carmine in the leg to find out:

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9:55 PM on 05.14.2008

Korg DS-10 Synth release date announced.



Haven't heard to much about this since newsof it first broke...but I've been looking forward to the Korg DS-10 Synthesizer.

According to Play Asia it's set to come out in Japan on July 25th.

Did I preorder it?

You bet your sweet ass I did!!!

NICE!!!!   read


6:42 PM on 05.07.2008

California Extreme dates announced...soothes the bitter sting of CGE 2008 being canceled!

The California Extreme Website has just been updated!

A whole weekend of free to play Classic Arcade games.

You can check out my post for more information by pushing the nerd hoggin up the twilight zone pinball machine out of your way so someone else can get some time with the silver ball.

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5:04 PM on 05.02.2008

E3...dead for reals this time?

A few sites have reported that several big name publishers will not be going to E3 this year...worse yet they're dropping the ESA all together!

Oogle these boothbabes to get my take:


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6:53 PM on 04.29.2008

Breaking free from MySpace...

So I finally started up my blogger blog in earnest. I'm slooowly porting over all my MySpace blog posts so I can put that one to bed.

For those of you on here who are my friends and want to keep up with more than just my video game playing habits I suggest you check it out. Once I get the pod cast up and running I'm going to try to publish it through there as well (anyone else want to get in on the ground floor...let me know I'm looking for a couple of interested parties to be on the show...we'll see where it goes.

Anyway to whet your appetite I'm going post the huge bunch of pictures I took at E3 2006...yeah I know it's a little dated...but might be interesting to see what I saw as an "industry insider" and it was technically the birthday of Destructoid so it's relavant.

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12:17 PM on 04.01.2008

The next time your grandma starts talking about those violent video games, shame her by waving her large text crossword book in her face and snearing, "Look at YOU Grandma! You've been a gaming addict for 70 years!"

Alright, let's get the justifications out of the way first. I know that Destructoid is a Video Game blog...but I think that as gamers most of us like games in all forms. Be it good old fashioned D&D or Trivial Pursuit or Poker or pinball or whatever, so I think there's room for "gaming related" posts. And that's what this is going to be.

Neatorama has a fascinating article up today about the history of the crossword puzzle. In fact they have also posted the world's first ever crossword puzzle which was written by Arthur Wayne and published in the New York World magazine in 1913.

Now I'm a big Crossword fan, going so far as buying the New York times Crossword Puzzle game for the DS. Which if you have a big commute and have maxed out all the classes in Puzzle Quest, is a highly recommended DS time passer.

The most fascinating thing about this post is the sense of Deja Vu I got when reading about the so called "Crossword Craze" of the 1920s. Take the following excerpt:

Some folks were driven over the edge by the craze. In 1924, a Chicago woman sued her husband for divorce, claiming "he was so engrossed in solving crosswords that he didn’t have time to work." The judge ordered the man to "limit himself to 3 puzzles a day and devote the rest of his time to domestic duties." In 1925, a New York Telephone Co. employee shot his wife when she wouldn’t help with a crossword puzzle. And in 1926, a Budapest man committed suicide, leaving an explanation in the form of a crossword puzzle. (No one could solve it.) Eventually, the craze died down. It took The New York Times to revive it.

It's like EverCrack wives and Chinese MMO-ers skipping bathroom breaks but 80 years ago.

It's so interesting to see how the more things change the more things stay the same. It's like now a days if you heard someone talking about "crossword addiction" it'd be laugable. Here's hoping that in 80 years the idea of "video game addiction" and "video games teaching you to kill" will seem just as quaint to our grandkids as this article is to us today.   read


4:50 PM on 03.31.2008

Come n' Get yer retro game rarities!

Over the weekend, while cleaning the kitchen, I finally got around to listening to a couple of episodes of retrogaming radio.

This show is so great. It has extremely in depth editorials (such things as "what was the greatest "pack in game" ever?") and well reasoned reviews of retro games and of course virtual console / XBLA / PSN releases.

Each episodes also includes a couple of segments that I found to be totally fascinating and unlike anything I'd heard on other retro gaming themed podcasts.

The first is called "hardware flashback". In the show I listened to it had this old timer from somewhere in the south judging by his accent who went on for about a half hour discussing the intricacies of restoring old pinball machines. Totally fascinating. I mean this is all information that exists on the internet in some form or another, but this was the first time I'd heard it presented in such an informed and passionate manner. I could have listened to a two hour pod cast with just this guy going on about the difference between the audio interfaces of williams pinball machines verses stern pinball machines. Just amazing.

The second segment was called "Chasing the Chuck Wagon" and is a reference to the obscure Atari 2600 cartridge that was a Purina Dog Chow adver-game released in the early 80s which is now something of a collectors item. This segment is presided over by a collector from southern california who not only goes over his recent finds at swap meets and yard sales...but also puts these items up for bid on his web site. And not some exorbitant ebay prices either, this guy sells these items for the swap meet prices he paid for them. For instance he was selling a color dreams game which he claims would fetch 100 bucks on ebay for the five dollars he bought it for. Bottom line, that is awesome. A retro gamer collector who appreciates collecting and community over hoarding and making a fast buck. Just really really admirable.

Towards those ends I thought I'd link to this guys website Chasing the Chuck Wagon (dot) com. There's not a lot up there right now, but there are a few retro game items, like a Saturn system and some older Atari games.

I just really like the idea of a site for buying and selling retro games that isn't filled with the speculative bullshit you see on ebay. God knows I wouldn't mind picking up a couple old Atari games here and there if I didn't have to pay out the ass for them. Hopefully traffic for this site will pick up and we'll start seeing some good games coming through this site.   read





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