Month
May 2014

Alt F4 #3 MK Tom Brady

Through his hard work he has earned various spots outside of fighting games as a tester with Nether Realm Studios for games such as Injustice: Gods Among Us and the legendary rebirth of the classic fighting game Mortal Kombat. He’s also competed and won various major tournaments and even competed in the WCG. He also has been a color commentator for MLG during the return of the fighting game season. [...]

Star Fox 2: The Game We Never Knew

Your objective is to destroy all the enemies that are present on the map while trying to defend your home planet Corneria from enemy attacks. If the planets damage level reaches 100%, you have failed your mission and the game is over. To protect the planet you will have to destroy the fighters and incoming missiles that are headed toward the planet. To permanently prevent the attacks you have to deal with the planets with enemy bases that fire the missiles and the battleships that deploy the enemy fighter ships. [...]

The Amiga CD32

In short, I think an Amiga console would have easily fitted in amongst the latest gaming platforms, having an incredible legacy behind it and a gaming archive for it to include in its package, sitting alongside any of the latest games. Somehow (don’t ask me how) this latest Amigaconsole would also allow people to develop their own Amiga projects, the software played just as big a part in the history of Commodore andAmiga as the games did and it would be awesome to see that included, and of course backed by a genuine and passionate Commodore company [...]

Did you know: NBA Jam was Rigged?

“If there was a close game and anyone on the Bulls took a last second shot, we wrote special code in the game so that they would average out to be bricks. There was the big competition back in the day between the Pistons and the Bulls, and since I was always a big Pistons fan, that was my opportunity to level the playing field.” [...]

Street Fighter Alpha

Overall Street Fighter Alpha plays like a sightly superior Street Fighter II though some of the characters I didn’t care much for. There also isn’t a whole lot to the game either. Just an arcade mode and a versus mode. Typical for a fighting game in the 1990s, but now we expect a tad more. [...]

Street Racer

The other interesting part of the game is the inclusion of two multiplayer modes (they can be played in single player if you must) alongside the regular races. One is a ‘Rumble’ mode, which has you trying to knock/punch off your fellow racers off a small arena. Depending on the difficulty setting you have buffers around the arena that slowly deteriorate when they’re hit. [...]

Elven Legacy

One returning feature I am not particularly a fan of is the time-based gold/silver/bronze system, where you have a certain number of turns to meet your objective, and it seems like gold in several of these is virtually impossible. When you try to rush to complete objectives, you tend to lose more units and overlook things you might have found if you took the time to scour the map a bit, which is a shame. Still, the rewards for gold completion are usually quite nice – solid gold earning, usually a free troop and it unlocks a parallel mission that does not really affect the outcome, but is interesting all the same. [...]

When Grandparents fail

Sadly this happens a lot not just to older people put to people who do not know a console from a cheap piece of plastic or a Nintendo Wii. For years growing up I was a victim of the relative that either had no idea of how to shop for a kid for Christmas or a last minute shopper who bought me plastic army men from the gas station on the way to holiday dinner. By the time I was 10, I had enough plastic army men to take North Korea. [...]

All Atari Consoles and Computers

Pong has a long history going back before the 1972 release of the arcade version which popularized video games. “Home Pong” is a game changer in the home console market, previously occupied by only the Magnavox Odyssey. Unlike Odyssey, this game has a microchip; it’s a computer and can keep score. Pong was ready to go in 1974, actually, but Atari could not find anyone to sell it. People thought it was too expensive and no one would want to play it. [...]

Knights of the Sky

By far the best aspect of this game was the two player mode. There were surprisingly few Amiga games that you could play over a link cable, but these games were among my favourites, and most of them are (or will be) on this list (I’ve already covered one of them – Stunt Car Racer). [...]

The OTHER fake gamers

I remember going to my friend, Jimmy’s house. His dad made commercials and he was showing us this glass of what I thought has ice and Pepsi in it. Funny thing was it had neither. The ice cubes were a specially made plastic and the liquid was designed to look even better than real Pepsi. A piece of my childhood died that day and that was before he showed us all the other fake food they show us in commercials. He was kind of a buzz kill. [...]

Best Buy Owned

Sadly this is more true than just a funny picture and a joke. I have been to Best Buy a number of times and beside either never finding help or being hounded to buy a service warranty on a toaster they just don’t have the selection that gamers really want. Now for last minute people who think they are buying a gift for a gamer and end up giving you some crappy game you won’t even bother installing, Best Buy is for you. [...]

The Immortal

Much of the back story was given in the form of dreams that came when the young apprentice slept (on little piles of hay conveniently located throughout the dungeon levels). The information these dreams contained was absolutely integral to surviving the quest, especially in the final sequence when Mordamir’s young apprentice had to make a choice of which powerful being he must ally with, and thereby end their stalemate. [...]