I've posted about the great stuff going over at Chase
the Chuckwagon 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
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.
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.
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.
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.