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1:16 PM on 03.03.2009

Metroid 3: The Alien Wars

Samus must free the earth from the clutches of the Red Falcon hordes!



(note: D-Toid can't fit the image so part is cut off. Here is the direct link to full image: http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r180/VonRichter/VonRichterDotNet_Metroid3AlienWars.jpg)   read


3:16 AM on 10.01.2008

Megaman 9 Whiners SHUT UP!

Von Richter's response to the sudden rash of noobs throwing a hissy fit over Megaman 9's perfectly do-able difficulty level.

Megaman 2.

My how general gamer skill has atrophied over the years. It's SHOCKING to see people considering the piece-o-cake Megaman 2 (the easiest of the NES megamans) difficult or frustrating. Megaman 2, for it's time, is an easy game. The kind of thing even mediocre players could finish with a little practice. Nowadays it looks like people just want to watch cut scenes and mindlessly hammer buttons while being fed by a tube. Anything else sends them into spoiled whining crybaby antics.

C'mon people, stop being such lazy wimpy gamers.

Megaman 9.

Megaman 9 isn't even that tough. It's really scary that any game that is moderately challenging these days is "controversial". It's just plain absurd. If you are too chicken to play something that doesn't treat you like a little baby and requires a bit of effort and skill, then don't buy it. It's that simple.

Don't ruin it for the rest of us who have been waiting for this day to come for so long. Don't flip out at Capcom until they decide to never release a challenging game again. For the love of all that's gaming, REJOICE that SOMEWHERE, SOMEONE at these companies still cares about true hardcore gamers.

I got out of gaming as the difficulty levels descended to something your 120 year old grandma can beat on the first try. Games like Megaman 9 offer that tiny sliver of hope for well-hewn gamers like me... they give us something to care about again, a challenge, something to feel good about conquering.

It's not just the 8-bit-style of Megaman 9. It's about precision control and reflexes. When you die it's your fault. 92% of modern games are sloppy affairs lacking this kind of precision and 1:1 ratio of player interaction. Instead they are 80+ hours of repetitive fetch quests and cutscenes. Forget it. I just want to PLAY games, not act like a wimpy vegetable being force fed lazy filler. Give me tight level design over 20 hours of rendered CG cutscenes any day.

One last thing: If you can't beat Megaman 9, take up a hobby more your pace, like stamp collecting, or perhaps bird watching.

(Not that there is anything wrong with stamp collectors or bird watchers. Please, bird watchers and stamp collectors, no hate mail!)

Love,
-Von @#$%^&* Richter   read


4:39 PM on 08.02.2008

Super Nintendo

Ahh, the SNES.


We worship your almost holy goodness. How much joy you have brought to our little lives with your ugly gray plastic fur. Through all the trials and tribulations we face as humans, your beacon of joyous radiance lights our way home through the stormy seas of mental anguish. A round of battle Mario All-Stars battle mode is the sweet nectar of love from which we suckle until our lips are rife with bloody crevices.

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GameTweak plays Mario Kart on SNES in his peculiar oldschool style.
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If the embedded video doesn't work, click the direct link:
http://www.gametrailers.com/player/usermovies/246889.html

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In other news, MSR388 is about to have an official site. I'll be sure to post the link here when it's launched. There should be a new teaser up at that time as well, possibly showing a little glimpse of the first few gameplay screens, depending on my mood at the time ('to spoil, or not to spoil, THAT is the question!')

Cheers,
-VR

PS
SAY NO TO DRUGS!   read


11:22 PM on 07.20.2008

E3: TurboGrafyx 16

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If the embedded video doesn't work (gametrailers embeds can be flakey), click here:
http://www.gametrailers.com/player/usermovies/242472.html

GameTweak checks out the NEC booth at E3 2008.
GameTweak dedicates this to oldschool TurboGrafyx 16 fans.

On the Metroid front, lot's of new content has been created since the last update. The graphics inch ever closer to completion,and the controller setup and save slot junk is also more or less polished with their final graphical skin.

Cheers,
-VR   read


4:48 PM on 05.29.2008

Game Masterpiece Theater #1 - HERZOG ZWEI

Article Copyright 2008 Von Richter http://www.vonrichter.net

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In 1989, a masterpiece far ahead of it's time was created by Technosoft. Years before the more famous RTS games (Dune 2, Starcraft, etc) hit the scene, Herzog Zwei (HZ) was blowing the minds of the lucky few who got to play it.

Much more than any of it's descendants, HZ puts you smack into the middle of the action. Each player (or CPU) controls a versatile command fighter jet than can transform into a ground stomping mech at any time, pick up/drop, refuel and repair units, and blast enemy units. The level of intensity this brings to the game is truly unique. The game plays out much like chess in real time on crack cocaine.

The object of the game is to defeat your opponents main base. Peppered throughout each warzone are unoccupied bases that you can capture with your infantry. There are countless strategies for winning. One plan is to make a mad dash and occupy as many bases as possible at the start, and ultimately capture bases closer and closer to your opponents main base, then launch a final assault. The advantage of capturing bases is that it gives you new outposts from which to refuel your mech, and launch units. The more bases you occupy, the faster your war chest builds.

There are many types of units you can purchase with your war chest, including tanks, anti-aircraft batteries, mobile refueling units, assault boats, etc. At the time of purchase, you give the units orders, including capture the flag, rove and defend, etc. The genius of this game is the blend of creating units and interacting with those units. Is one of your units in trouble? Fly out, transform into mech mode and physically waste the enemy yourself! Units low on ammo? Air drop a resupply unit. HZ rewards quick thinking more than any other RTS.

Incredibly for a Megadrive/Genesis game from 1989, there is a huge variety of maps and scenarios, each with it's own theme, layout and musical score. In true Technosoft/Tomomi Otani tradition, the music is fantastic, equaling other classic Otani game scores such as Thunder Force 3. The amount of individual units (50 per side max) really pushes the Megadrive to it's limits, allowing for epic clashes when you build up a ton of units and set them all to "capture the flag" at the same time. And of course, in a game with as many strategies as there are people who've played it, there is nothing more joyful than sending a lone infantry soldier to peck away slowly at your opponents base.

Alas, for a game that pushed the envelope so far and so quickly, it was misunderstood by the gaming press at the time. Some have never forgiven EGM for their trashing of this legendary title (many years later they made good by including the game on a "100 best games of all time" list.). The truth is, many people simply did not comprehend this game. Console players at the time were used to more straight-ahead action titles, and the complexity and learning curve, so simple in retrospect, stopped some people before ever giving it a real chance.

But luckily, most players did "get it", and adapted quickly to the radical originality on display. Epic, years-long battles between siblings and friends were waged, some of which continue to this day. As time went on, the quality and obscurity of HZ slowly pushed it's resale price into the stratosphere. This reviewer once sold a spare copy for $200. Not many games have the kind of replay and never ending addiction value that would make $200 seem reasonable, but this is one of them

A person could write a million things about this game. About the perfect play balance, the multiple endings, the incredible polish and near perfection in every facet of it's design. We could point out that it's actually a sequel to an incredibly obscure MSX game known as "Herzog", and lament the lack of a third installment. But the game is so complete and future-proof, that it is enough to simply play it and enjoy.

-Von Richter

PS
If you manage to find/'not' download/play Herzog Zwei, here is a quick tutorial to get you started:
http://www.fiction.net/~jeske/Projects/HZ/hz_tutorial.html   read


1:04 PM on 05.13.2008

Pacman Birthday Cake

Today (May 13th) is my birthday.
Join me as I move one step closer to the grave...

When I was a little kid, I once had a Pacman birthday cake, with a buncha cupcake ghosts. I believe I asked for Zelda 2, but didn't get anything. Yeah, that would be a sad story, but I eventually did get Zelda 2, so everything ended well.

I'm going to go waste some money on food... what should I get?

Munching options:

*Chinese
*Pizza
*Chicken strips n' fries

Beverage options:

*Beer (microbrew)
*Dr. Pepper
*Carbonated mineral water
*More coffee
*Tea

MSR:388: I have to maintain secrecy. However, you'll be glad to know that the teaser trailer is now completely outdated.

By the way, roleplayers may be interested to know that the 27th Level Wizard stopped by my house again last night, and cast a summoning spell. I filmed the whole thing. This is a *REAL* 27th Level Wizard, no trickery or special effects involved.

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What else should I talk about on this mournful day of birth? Perhaps I should go buy a big, blue cigar and walk around half naked? Perhaps I should blithely strut through the city, my skin emblazoned with outmoded 80's catch phrases?

Cheers,
-VR   read


11:43 PM on 04.29.2008

Favorite Games Of All Time

Some of my favorites, in totally random order These games all made a lasting impression on me in some way. I'm sure I forgot a million, I'll add more as I remember them. For games with multiple versions, I list the versions that I like. For example, "Bionic Commando (NES/Famicom)" - in other words, NOT the arcade version (which isn't nearly as good). Also, I sometimes include the Japanese title as well, listed after the USA release title.

Do you agree with any? Disagree with any?

Some of these are underground/underdog/obscure titles that are nevertheless great games.

Metroid (NES/Famicom)
Super Metroid (SNES/Super Famicom)
Metroid 2: Return Of Samus (Gameboy)
Target:Earth/Assault Suits Leynos (Genesis/Megadrive)
Landstalker (Genesis/Megadrive)
Bionic Commando/The Resurrection Of Hitler (NES/Famicom)
Herzog Zwei (Genesis/Megadrive)
Strider (Arcade/Genesis/Megadrive)
StrikeForce (Arcade)
Galaga (Arcade)
Galaga 88 (Arcade/Turbografyx16/PC Engine)
Blaster Master (NES/Famicom)
Megaman 1 (NES/Famicom)
Megaman 2 (NES/Famicom)
Zelda 2: Adventures Of Link (NES/Famicom)
The Legend Of Zelda (NES/Famicom)
A Link To The Past (SNES/Super Famicom)
U.N. Squadron/Area 88 (Arcade/SNES/Super Famicom)
Baseball Stars Professional (Neo-Geo)
Crossed Swords (Neo-Geo)
Salamander/LifeForce (Arcade)
Haunted Castle/Castlevania Arcade (Arcade)
Contra (NES/Famicom))
Super Mario World (SNES/Super Famicom)
Super Mario Kart (SNES/Famicom)
Super Mario Bros. 2/Doki Doki Panic (NES/Famicom)
Phantasy Star 4 (Genesis/Megadrive)
Phantasy Star 2 (Genesis/Megadrive)
Phantasy Star 1 (Sega Master System/Mark III)
Revenge Of Shinobi (Genesis/Megadrive)
Gunstar Heroes (Genesis/Megadrive)
Zillion (Sega Master System/Mark III)
Millipede (Arcade)
Golgo 13: Top Secret Episode (NES/Famicom)
North & South (NES/Famicom)
Duke Nukem 3D (PC)
King's Quest IV: The Perils Of Rosetta (PC)
Twisted Metal 2 (PSX)
San Francisco Rush 2049 (Dreamcast)
Legacy Of The Wizard/Dragon Slayer IV (NES/Famicom)
SoulBlazer (SNES/Super Famicom)
Actraiser (SNES/Super Famicom)
Asteroids (Arcade/Atari 2600)
Street Fighter 2 (Arcade/Snes/Super Famicom)
Y's Book I & II (Turbografyx16/P.C. Engine)
Burning Force (Arcade/Genesis/Megadrive)
Heavy Nova (OK, This one has crappy suck-tastic gameplay, but dammit the music is fantastic so I had to cheat and put it on the list. BTW, the Mega CD version totally ruins the awesome music from the Genesis) (Genesis/Megadrive)
Valis III (Genesis/Megadrive ONLY... the P.C. Engine CD version butchers the fantastic music)
Arcus Odyssey (MSX2/Genesis/Megadrive)
Forgotten Worlds (Arcade/Genesis/Megadrive)
Cosmo Tank (Gameboy)
Tetris (Gameboy version)
Cave Story (PC)
Castle Of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse (Genesis/Megadrive)
Assault (Arcade... versions on the Namco Museum discs suck because they don't have the rad tank control sticks)
Thunder Force 3 (Genesis/Megadrive)
Secret of Mana/Seiken Densetsu 2 (SNES/ Super Famicom)
Terranigma (SNES/Super Famicom)
Rocket Knight Adventures (Genesis/Megadrive... sadly, the better-known SNES sequel "Sparkster" kinda sucks in comparison)
Wizards & Warriors (NES/Famicom)
Pole Position (Arcade)
Hard Drivin' (Arcade)
Crossbow (Arcade)
Police Trainer (Arcade)
Whirlwind (Arcade Pinball)
Track & Field (Arcade)
Magician Lord (Neo-Geo)
Metal Slug (Neo-Geo)
Metal Slug 2 (Neo-Geo)
Metal Slug X (Neo-Geo)
Cabal (Arcade)
Tron (Arcade only... home versions suck without the arcade controls!)
Tempest (Arcade)
Gyruss (Arcade)
Double Dragon (Arcade only, I don't much like the NES version or any of the sequels)
River City Ransom (NES/Famicom)
Gun-Nac (NES/Famicom)
Guardian Legend (NES/Famicom)
Kid Icarus (NES/Famicom)
Buster Bros./Pang (Arcade)
Solaris (Atari 2600)
Adventure (Atari 2600)
Alien Crush (TurboGrafx16/P.C. Engine)
Devil's Crush (TurboGrafyx16/P.C. Engine/Genesis/Megadrive)
S.T.U.N. Runner (Arcade)
Midnight Resistance (Arcade)
Guerrilla War/Guevara (Arcade)
Stanley: The Search For Dr. Livingstone (NES/Famicom)
Blue Lightning (Atari Lynx)
Panic Bomber (Virtual Boy version ONLY)
Bomberman World (Arcade)
720' (Arcade only... home ports suck royally)
Super Sprint (Arcade)
Commando (Arcade)
Bubble Bobble (Arcade/NES/Famicom)
Sly Spy (Arcade... cheesy but fun)
Time Pilot (Arcade)
N.A.R.C. (Arcade... cheesy but fun)
Star Wars (Arcade)
RoadBlasters (Arcade)
Ms. Pacman (Arcade)
Willow (Arcade)
1943 (Arcade... NES version is pretty good too but the arcade is the best)   read


10:52 PM on 04.24.2008

Deadly Tiger Attacks in San Francisco

The tiger menace continues to grow.

The citizens of San Francisco live in fear.

Can the tigers be stopped before it's too late?

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7:36 PM on 04.24.2008

Mario Paint video from 1992

"BLAMBO: FIRST BLOOD"

Made entirely with Mario Paint and Super Nintendo mouse in 1992.

Captured from an old VHS tape.

[embed]83189:10738[/embed]   read


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