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Posted on Feb 12th 2019 at 08:00:00 AM by (MetalFRO)
Posted under Shoot the Corecast, Thunder Force IV, Lightening Force, shmup, shoot em up, STG, shooter, shooting game, Techno Soft


This is Episode 008 of Shoot the Core-cast! This time around, MetalFRO and Addicted discuss, at length, the 16-bit powerhouse shmup Thunder Force IV, aka Lightening Force! Does MetalFRO's favorite shooter of all time still hold up? What are the differences between the different versions? And what's with the "lightening" anyway? All this and more, in store for you when you listen!

Direct episode link:
http://rfgeneration.com/podcasts/shmupclub/?name=2019-02-12_shoot_the_core-cast_episode_008_-_thunder_force_iv.mp3

Check us out and subscribe (and rate!) on Apple Podcasts!
https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/shoot-the-core-cast/id1432819542?mt=2

We're listed on Google Play - subscribe and review the podcast over there!
https://play.google.com/music/listen#/ps/Iih3vrijcro4yno3yrkeawnx6nu

We're on Stitcher Podcasts now, as well, so if you use that service, have a listen to the show from there!
https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/shoot-the-corecast

We have t-shirts! Help support the podcast, and rep the shmup community by buying a Shoot the Core-cast tee!
https://www.redbubble.com/people/jdieckmann/works/34582606-shoot-the-core-cast-podcast?asc=u&p=t-shirt

Here's the thread from the play-through:
http://www.rfgeneration.com/forum/index.php?topic=18881.0

Thanks for listening, and any feedback would be greatly appreciated!



Posted on Feb 10th 2019 at 08:00:00 AM by (MetalFRO)
Posted under Streaming, Gaming, internet, online, Twitch, YouTube, Periscope, OBS,


I totally stole this graphic from Ars Technica. Give them some love.

Unless you've been living under a rock the last few years, you'll know that, not only is gaming a huge deal on YouTube, but it's exploded all over the internet, with regards to people streaming their gameplay live. With modern consoles like the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One allowing the ability to stream directly to services like Twitch.tv, YouTube, and others, it's more accessible now than ever. Some people even manage to make a living from streaming, or by offering services in conjunction with their streams, so they can make a living doing what they love. Those individuals are the exception, rather than the rule, but as the greater games industry continues to rake in billions of dollars each year, more and more people find creative ways to make a living either directly in the industry, or in the periphery. Others, like myself, see streaming as a fun way to expand upon the hobby we already love, and to be more active within said hobby. I thought I would regale my experiences from my first month of live streaming, and offer a few thoughts on the subject.


Continue reading Adventures In Streaming



Posted on Jan 21st 2019 at 08:00:00 AM by (MetalFRO)
Posted under Atari 2600, Shoot the Corecast, shooter, shooting game, STG, shmup, Spider Fighter, Imagic, Demon Attack, Activision


Welcome to Episode 007 of Shoot the Core-cast! For December 2018, we decided to do a little something different. Instead of looking at a single game, we took 2 classics head-to-head, to decide which one is the superior proto-shmup on the Atari 2600: Imagic's Demon Attack, and Activision's Spider Fighter. Which game proved to be the bigger hit with the Shmup Club? Have a listen to the podcast, and hear what we had to say. Don't agree? Leave us a comment, or better yet, play the games for yourself, and decide!

Direct episode link:
http://rfgeneration.com/podcasts/shmupclub/?name=2019-01-11_shoot_the_core-cast_episode_007_-_atari_2600_showdown.mp3

Check us out and subscribe (and rate!) on Apple Podcasts!
https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/shoot-the-core-cast/id1432819542?mt=2

We're listed on Google Play - subscribe and review the podcast over there!
https://play.google.com/music/listen#/ps/Iih3vrijcro4yno3yrkeawnx6nu

We're on Stitcher Podcasts now, as well, so if you use that service, have a listen to the show from there!
ttps://www.stitcher.com/podcast/shoot-the-corecast

We have t-shirts! Help support the podcast, and rep the shmup community by buying a Shoot the Core-cast tee!
https://www.redbubble.com/people/jdieckmann/works/34582606-shoot-the-core-cast-podcast?asc=u&p=t-shirt

Here's the thread from the play-through:
http://www.rfgeneration.com/forum/index.php?topic=18875.0

Thanks for listening!



Posted on Jan 7th 2019 at 08:00:00 AM by (MetalFRO)
Posted under wish book, Sears, video games, catalog,


The Sears 1991 Wish Book. The stuff dreams are made of.

Sometimes, a fond old memory can come rushing back to the forefront of your mind with such force that, you get a similar endorphin rush experiencing that memory as you did when it was happening to you the first time. Good memories of a departed loved one spring to mind, and you're instantly transported back in time to a happy memory of you and them, and you get that warm, safe feeling that makes you smile. Perhaps you had a favorite sports personality as a kid, and meeting them to sign a baseball or take a photo with them was a highlight. Years later, you find that baseball in a box in your parents' basement, or come across that photo in an old album, and the memories come rushing back, giving you that same big smile you had when it first happened. For me, I have very fond memories of lying on the floor of my grandparent's living room, next to my younger brother, quietly perusing the Sears and JC Penney catalogs my grandparents received in the mail.


Continue reading Wishful Thinking - Reminiscing About The Sears Wish Book



Posted on Dec 20th 2018 at 08:00:00 AM by (MetalFRO)
Posted under Steel Empire, Shoot the Corecast, shooter, shooting game, STG, shoot em up, shmup, HOT B, Starfish, steampunk


Welcome to Episode 006 of Shoot the Core-cast! This time around, we take a good look at the HOT-B Sega Genesis classic, Steel Empire! We dive into the original game, and dissect the re-releases since then, talking about the changes, and getting into the game's steampunk world. MetalFRO and Addicted go into great detail about the game's history, talk strategy, share high scores from the month's participants, and discuss how this game has lived on since its initial release.

http://rfgeneration.com/podcasts/shmupclub/?name=2018-12-19_shoot_the_core-cast_episode_006_-_steel_empire.mp3

Check us out and subscribe (and rate!) on Apple Podcasts!
https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/shoot-the-core-cast/id1432819542?mt=2

We're listed on Google Play - subscribe and review the podcast over there!
https://play.google.com/music/listen#/ps/Iih3vrijcro4yno3yrkeawnx6nu

We're on Stitcher Podcasts now, as well, so if you use that service, have a listen to the show from there!
https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/shoot-the-corecast

We have t-shirts! Help support the podcast, and rep the shmup community by buying a Shoot the Core-cast tee!
https://www.redbubble.com/people/jdieckmann/works/34582606-shoot-the-core-cast-podcast?asc=u&p=t-shirt

See all the discussion about Steel Empire, as well as participant high scores, in the discussion thread:
http://www.rfgeneration.com/forum/index.php?topic=18841.0



Posted on Dec 8th 2018 at 08:00:00 AM by (MetalFRO)
Posted under Syphon Filter, 989 Studios, Eidetic, stealth action, spy fiction, Gabe Logan, Lian Xing


It's a good thing I bought this game based on the demo, not the cover art.

I have a very strong memory of when I first learned about Syphon Filter. It was probably late summer, or early fall, 1999. I was visiting a friend's house, and he was showing me his relatively new PlayStation console. I had previously played Twisted Metal, and Mortal Kombat Trilogy in college, but at this time, I had only recently acquired my own PlayStation, due to playing Tekken 2 at my cousin's house, and finding that I wanted to get something new, in terms of a game console. My friend showed me a PlayStation demo disc he had, and this cool new "spy action" game called Syphon Filter. I watched him play it for a few minutes, and thought it looked really cool. Then, when he was called downstairs to help finish getting dinner ready, he passed the controller over to me, and I dove in. From that point forward, I knew I had to have this game.


Continue reading Nostalgia Goggles - Syphon Filter



Posted on Nov 14th 2018 at 08:00:00 AM by (MetalFRO)
Posted under 1942, Shoot the Corecast, shooter, shooting game, STG, shoot em up, shmup, Capcom, WWII


Episode 005 of Shoot the Core-cast, the RF Generation Shmup Club official podcast companion, is now live and online! This time, we cover Capcom's 1942, and look at its gameplay, lineage, and historical significance. We share community thoughts about the game, and discuss its playability today, in light of its much improved sequels.

Episode 005 direct link:
http://rfgeneration.com/podcasts/shmupclub/?name=2018-11-11_shoot_the_core-cast_episode_005_1942.mp3

Check us out on iTunes!
https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/shoot-the-core-cast/id1432819542?mt=2

We're on Google Play!
https://partnerdash.google.com/music/podcasts/portal/u/0#p:id=playpodcast/series&a=781627472

We're on Stitcher now, as well!
https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/shoot-the-corecast

Check out our podcast t-shirts!
https://www.redbubble.com/people/jdieckmann/works/34582606-shoot-the-core-cast-podcast?asc=u&p=t-shirt

Original 1942 discussion thread:
http://www.rfgeneration.com/forum/index.php?topic=18797.0

Many thanks to Perikles, who lent the audio for his 1942 arcade clear, for us to use as the background ambiance for this episode. Check out his many great shoot-em-up clears at his YouTube Channel, Perikles STG:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCS7wF9rD2H9nsU-MX68iuNg



Posted on Nov 10th 2018 at 08:00:00 AM by (MetalFRO)
Posted under Nemesis, Game Boy Guru,game review,Konami,shooter,shootemup,shoot em up,shooting game,STG


Konami was a prolific publisher, during the early days of the Game Boy, and the prowess they brought to the Famicom and NES translated well to the diminutive monochrome handheld. Aside from a minor misstep in the first portable outing with The Castlevania Adventure, Konami struck gold with most of their titles, including this one, the Game Boy exclusive shoot-em-up, Nemesis. They took the formula they established in the Gradius arcade and Famicom/NES games, and suitably shrunk it down to the Game Boy, but with some new areas, enemies, and elements at work. It makes for a unique and interesting diversion from the core series, and is a worthwhile game in its own right. It's certainly an impressive game for Nintendo's little, portable "box that could."



Posted on Oct 21st 2018 at 08:00:00 AM by (MetalFRO)
Posted under Shoot the Corecast, Shmup Club, shoot em up, shmup, doujin, freeware, PC gaming


Episode 04 of Shoot the Core-cast is online! MetalFRO and Addicted discuss the RF Generation Shmup Club game for September 2018; a lesser known Japanese doujin shmup called Warning Forever. This is a free to download PC game that is essentially a 25-stage boss rush. Have a listen, and see what we thought of it!
http://rfgeneration.com/p...de_04_warning_forever.mp3

ou can listen directly here on the site, or download the MP3 to listen to later:
http://www.rfgeneration.com/podcasts/shmupclub/

We're on Apple Podcasts (iTunes):
https://itunes.apple.com/...re-cast/id1432819542?mt=2

And we're also on Google Play!
https://partnerdash.googl...ied%253D1&a=781627472

We're now on Stitcher podcasts, as well!
https://www.stitcher.com/...odcast/shoot-the-corecast

Thanks so much for listening, and don't forget to subscribe on your favorite service!



Posted on Oct 7th 2018 at 08:00:00 AM by (MetalFRO)
Posted under shmups, shoot em ups,shooters,shooting games,STG


Thunder Force IV has been recently re-released on the Nintendo Switch as part of Sega's "Ages" series.

The last 5-6 years have been a marvelous time for the 'shmup' or shoot-em-up. Those of you reading the article are likely already familiar with the term, but for the uninitiated, it's a genre of games started in 1978, by Taito's Space Invaders, and continuing on through the 1980's, with landmark games like Namco's Galaga, Konami's Scramble, Namco's Xevious, Sega's Zaxxon, and later games like 1942 by Capcom, Gradius by Konami, and R-Type by Irem. These games usually scroll, though sometimes they're fixed, or single-screen, they're generally always 2D in nature, where the scrolling, or game area, remains on a single plane, and doesn't allow you to move in a "Z-Axis" sort of way, and pits you as a plane, space-ship, or other character/entity against a horde of oncoming enemies, all bent on your utter destruction.


Continue reading The Renaissance of the Shmup Part 2



Posted on Sep 9th 2018 at 08:00:00 AM by (MetalFRO)
Posted under Shmups, Shoot em up, genre, video games, comeback


In the beginning, there was Pong. And people saw it, and it was good. And the medium of Video Games was born. And people liked it, and many games came, and people played them. And they were good. Arcades were created, and they were good.

And it came to pass, that in the Year of our Lord 1978, Taito did release Space Invaders. And in 1979, Namco did release Galaxian, and in 1981, Galaga, and Konami released Scramble. And in 1982, Namco released Xevious. And they were good. And the shmup was born. And the shmup was good.


Continue reading The Renaissance of the Shoot Em Up part 1



Posted on Sep 5th 2018 at 08:00:00 AM by (MetalFRO)
Posted under Shoot the Corecast, RF Generation Shmup Club, Community Play Through, podcast, shoot em up, Raiden V, Seibu Kaihatsu, MOSS, UFO


Episode 03 of Shoot the Core-cast has launched! During the month of August 2018, we played Raiden V, the latest in the long-running series of iconic shmups. It originally released in 2015, signaling the 25th anniversary of the original Raiden, and was exclusive to the Xbox One for a short time. In 2017, the game was then released for the PlayStation 4 and PC as Raiden V: Director's Cut, with some additional content, and adding local 2-player cooperative play. This latest entry brings some new elements to the table, and changes up some typical genre conventions, which we discuss. What do we think of this game? Listen to the episode, and find out!

Podcast page:
http://www.rfgeneration.com/podcasts/shmupclub/

Raiden V discussion thread:
http://www.rfgeneration.c...m/index.php?topic=18694.0

Listen to the episode on Apple Podcasts (iTunes):
https://itunes.apple.com/...re-cast/id1432819542?mt=2

Check out the episode on Google Play:
https://partnerdash.googl...erified%253D1&a=781627472

Thanks for listening!



Posted on Aug 28th 2018 at 08:00:00 AM by (MetalFRO)
Posted under Shoot the Corecast, RF Generation Shmup Club, Community Play Through, podcast, shoot em up


Ladies and gentlemen, the RF Generation Shmup Club now has its own official companion podcast! Shoot the Core-cast is your destination to hear all about the games we're playing each month in the RF Generation Shmup Club. Hosted by MetalFRO and Addicted, each episode will be a recap of the month's shooter game, with discussion about the game, commentary, shout-outs to forum member discussion, and highlighting scores and strategies. Couldn't join in during a month? Listen to the episode and see what you missed! Episodes 01 and 02 are now online, and you can listen to them here:

http://rfgeneration.com/podcasts/shmupclub/

https://itunes.apple.com/...re-cast/id1432819542?mt=2

Come hear Addicted and I wax intellectual about R-Type, including its design concepts, HR Giger-inspired art, its many ports, ominous music, and its lasting impact on the genre. In our second episode, we discuss the mighty Gradius and its huge influence on horizontal shoot-em-ups, and the genre in general. We have plenty to say about these bona fide classics, so please, have a listen!

We're already listed on Google Podcasts, and will be submitting to other services in the coming weeks, so if you have a favorite service you use, stay tuned for more announcements about other platforms!

Google Podcast page:
https://play.google.com/m...h3vrijcro4yno3yrkeawnx6nu

Episode 03 will be coming very soon, where we discuss a modern take on a classic shmup series with Raiden V. Until then, keep those lasers blasting!



Posted on Aug 8th 2018 at 08:00:00 AM by (MetalFRO)
Posted under Links Awakening, The Legend of Zelda, TLoZ, Game Boy Guru, Game Boy, game review, Nintendo


As many of you may be aware, I came very late to the Zelda party. In fact, one might say I crashed the party. I tried to get in many times over the years, but it seemed as though the DJ never played my tune. Or in my case, the songs being spun just didn't grab me until I finally understood the lyrics. Whatever the case, The Legend of Zelda finally clicked with me when playing the original game for the August 2016 RF Generation Play Through, and I further cemented my newfound appreciation for the series when I played this game, in January 2017. I revisit it again here for this video review, and still find myself enchanted.

What was your first Legend of Zelda experience, and better yet, when did the magic capture you? Which game was it, and what about it captivated you?



Posted on Jul 7th 2018 at 08:00:00 AM by (MetalFRO)
Posted under Gargoyles Quest, Game Boy Guru, Game Boy, Capcom, game review


Gargoyle's Quest was released by Capcom in May of 1990 in the west, just over a year after the Game Boy's Western launch. Konami had impressed shortly after launch, with Castlevania: The Adventure, at least visually and in terms of audio, but the game play left much to be desired, as it had been scaled back from its console counterparts and felt incomplete. Rather than trying to bring Ghosts 'n Goblins to the diminutive monochrome handheld, Capcom took a different approach, crafting a unique action game with some storytelling, and added light RPG elements, to make one of the system's finest releases. Watch my latest episode of Dramatic Readings! and see the game in action, while I talk in depth about the game's mechanics. Hopefully, you'll see just why this is such a special game!


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
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