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Cblogs of 03/01/2012 and Mangasms


It's time for another Mangasm! I'm sure you are sick of that joke already, but here's the good news; I'm not! So look forward to plenty more infantile humor for the next hundred or so Thursdays while I continue to point out how conveniently hilarious that play on words is!

While you have all probably been playing Red Dead Revolver or Half-Life or Daggerfall or whatever is popular these days, I spent my day playing Bonk's Adventure for the Turbografx-16 on the Nintendo Wii Virtual Console. The Wii has had a permament place in my home as "wait, what's that thing again?" but was recently unearthed in order to indulge in a little emulated fun while I wait for my modded TG-16 and a handful of PC Engine games to arrive via aeromail. I never really sat down with Bonk, the Mario of the unfortunate flop of the 16 bit era; while the PC Engine did fantastically in Japan, it's American counterpart was not so lucky, and most of the games released for it have faded into obscurity. The game was a lot more fun (not to mention difficult) than I expected, up until it pulled a dick move on me at the very end when, upon dying at the final boss, I was forced to continue right before the four I had to face just before him. As much as I love old games, stuff like that just compels me to shut the console off these days, which is exactly what ended up happening...right before I smashed it with a sledgehammer and pissed on the ruinous pile of shimmering white plastic left behind in the aftermath.

Part of what inspired me to try Bonk was a Japanese show where cheerfully optimistic comedian Shinya Arino is forced to sit through retro games from start to finish, with Bonk being one of them. It was localized briefly and presented via Kotaku as Retro Game Master, and most of it seems to be available on YouTube subtitles and all for your vieiwing convenience. It's similar to a Let's Play but actually enjoyable, and one where there is actually some personality behind the shows personality. Apart from all that, my copy of Mushihimesama-Futari for Xbox 360 came in a few days ago and has been ruining my eyes and capacity to think straight with all of its juicy Bullet Hell goodness. Well worth the import for SHMUP fans, and being region free means a no hassle transfer straight from your Xbox to your soon to be puddinged up brain compartment.

Quiet blogs once again, but either way, let's get to 'em!

* - uuddlrlrbadick writes a surprisingly entertaining anecdote about the time the Grinch came to steal Christmas, changed his mind, and took all of his PS3 stuff instead.

* - ChillyBilly makes a compelling case to purchase a copy of Nano Assault, an unfortunately ignored 3DS SHMUP.

S - jebussaves88 has something to say about Battlefield 3. In short, he likes it.

A - Wolf Girl enters Destructoid with a good first blog about sexism in games; a hot topic as of late.

A - MisterDonut talks about letting his imagination run wild within his favorite video games, something I was also guilty of...ahhh, the good ol' days. MisterDonut talks about letting his imagination run wild within his favorite video games, something I was also guilty of...ahhh, the good ol' days.

No free anything today, sorry!

T - bluelander revisits Resident Evil 4, inspires me to want to do the same.

S - Sir Tobbi gets a great game for a horrible piece of crap he just needs to find one in order to actually play it!

R - nekobun shocks the world with an amazing revelation; Gamestop is a company full of crooks who want to eat your children, and then if there is room to spare, your pockets full of cold, delicious cash.

C - David Hay makes use of an impenetrable wall of cynical text in order to dissect Binary Domain. Almost failed for making my eyes hurt more than a session of Mushihimesama, but it could have been decent if it were formatted properly.

F - Liquidjudos friend needs mo money, mo money, cain't make a fighting doc with no's funny. Failed due to shameless promotion, and not being a blog.

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