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I stumbled across an interesting youtube video tonight. And no it wasn't one of those reply girls with the boobs.

It is a rather ambitious and comprehensive video similar to AVGN(who Kinaman, aka Pavel Grinev references a bit here) which primarily deals with the Dendy, a pirate famicom console made by the Taiwanese company Steepler.

For a long time, I like many other gamers in the US, accustomed to playing licensed games on licensed consoles, was puzzled by all this. But this video helps to shed light on an era of gaming. Given the way that Dendy and the repurposed famicom games were advertised, it's clear that the average Russian citizen was not aware Dendy wasn't legit.

Grinev's video addresses everything from glitches, hacks, hardware designs, and the marketing of Dendy in Russia. Would you believe that this pirated console actually had its own publication and TV show? Imagine open advertising of licensed consoles and games such as the Sega Genesis and Jungle Strike alongside the "Dendy Classic" and "Super Contra 6"


"Video-Ass Dendy"

The era of Dendy seemed like a bittersweet time in Russia. In one respect, gamers in the newly formed Russian Federation had been given their first taste of the Famicom/Nintendo Entertainment System in 1992 courtesy of Dendy and other such companies. However it was 1992! While they were playing Mario for the first time on monochromatic TVs(another thing Kinaman discusses), many of us were enjoying Super Mario World!

Nothing but respect for the kids who had to grow up on these horrific pirated games. Think Ninja Gaiden is hard? Try playing it with no power ups!

These days with the revival of retro games, even pirate games are getting some love.



I'll admit this isn't the easiest video to watch. Not only is it subtitled(Thanks for accommodating English viewers!) but it is over an hour long. It is fairly entertaining.

http://www.youtube.com/embed/rJQr3tnjHlg










Why am I posting a song by a rapper? Just click play and you should see right away.

First person to identify that sample gets a nice prize!!

I haven't heard much about this "Sir Michael" but his use of game music is pretty interesting. I'd like to see more sampling of this sort!











Youtube user Digital Neohuman seems to have been to a lot of video game shows, public events, etc. Several of his/her videos are from the early 90s. They are pretty trippy and it's really cool to see all the similarities and differences when compared to these shows today. Nintendo's promotion is... radical. 54 seconds in it gets REALLY apparent what year this was.

The video itself is shot pretty well. Steady sweeping shots of a variety of games and different things. For those of you that were too young to experience the 90s, here it is. The music, the presentations, the clothes, etc.

Also check out more of Digital Neohuman's videos! They seem to be pretty interesting. Not enough attention for these insane clips.

thanks to dtoid user lem's insight, we can see what looks to be a really early build of Kirby's Dream Course at the 2:53 mark. So early in fact that none of the objects or ch http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1LvmCLEczBI Youtube user Digital Neohuman seems to have been to a lot of video game shows, public events, etc. Several of his/her videos are from the early 90s. They are pretty trippy and it's really cool to see all the similarities and differences when compared to these shows today. Nintendo's promotion is... radical. 54 seconds in it gets REALLY apparent what year this was. The video itself is shot pretty well. Steady sweeping shots of a variety of games and different things. For those of you that were too young to experience the 90s, here it is. The music, the presentations, the clothes, etc. Also check out more of Digital Neohuman's videos! They seem to be pretty interesting. Not enough attention for these insane clips. UPDATE: thanks to dtoid user lem's insight, we can see what looks to be a really early build of Kirby's Dream Course at the 2:53 mark. So early in fact that none of the objects or characters resemble ones from the Kirby franchise. Nice find!








THIS is really cool and I wouldn't have seen this if it weren't for that promoted comment feature of youtube.

To start, let's take a look at the music from the second stage in Double Dragon 2.



Real kickass stuff, right? I know baby, it sure is. Now add in ninjas, helicopters, and building hopping...

Okay, let's now take a look at Easy Lover by Phil Collins



I guess you can KINDA hear it between :20 and :50, but it's kinda hard to see...

But NOW let's look at the arranged version of the double dragon 2 song, Low Pursuit. Also, any DD fan should definitely check out the arranged album. It's fucking awesome.



Yea, if you click the link you can see others put the connection together much earlier than I. So credit goes to them.

Also, if you visit the Easy Lover wiki entry, it has an interesting note for the Double Dragon 2 song. Dunno about its validity but you can attribute the tip to youtube as well.








So I saw this video the other day on youtube. Very cool shit. I loveeeeee the diorama effect. Reminds me of back in the day when I had to make them for 4th grade science. Recreating Jurassic mayhem on a 1/100 scale was quite awesome.

Personally SF3 and SFA2 are two of my favorite titles from the series. The former has a distinct, clean, and polished style that's all its own and really stands out from most other titles. There's just enough innovation to keep it from feeling alien but at the same time fresh and new. Everything from the combat to the music is quite unique and it's quite awesome.

Also, watching this person create these scenes is really quite cool. Enjoy!









So as I mentioned in an earlier post, I am getting a new system. I actually ordered it. All the parts came to 340. Does not include monitor, keyboard, mouse, optical drive, or wireless card. If you include the 1 TB hard drive I bought a few months ago, then it's 370. And windows 7 pro brings it up to 400.(college "student" discount woo!) Here's a list of parts:

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
BIOSTAR TA785G3 AM3 AMD 785G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard w/onboard Radeon HD 4200 video card
AMD Athlon II X4 620 Propus 2.6GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor
Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ,comes with Three Fans
BFG GX Series GX-550 Power Supply ATX, Modular, 550 Watts, 140mm Silent Fan.

After all the combos and instant rebates, shipping charges etc. it comes to 340.

My current video card should be good enough for running games like Mass Effect 2 well. But I will probably buy a nice one early next year or something... Maybe just for Rage.

Don't whine about me not including a new monitor in the set. I mean do you purchase a new TV every time you get a new system? Also it's not hard to find a comfortable keyboard and mouse unless you have like huge sausage fingers. Can't say the same for console controllers though. Also I use the computer far more. Not just for gaming. But also just daily activities including lots of work like writing emails, completing applications, mixing beats to stuff like listening to music(in a personal setting) and playing freeware games. Even my current HL2 era 5 year old system isn't crashing or anything. Although there's a busted sleeve fan inside, it still doesn't overheat and boots up like a charm every time. Can't say the same for my 3 year old wii.