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Posted on Sep 8th 2019 at 08:00:00 AM by (MetalFRO)
Posted under Metroid II, Nintendo, Game Boy, game review, Gunpei Yokoi, sequel, retrogaming


It's finally here! After many months of delays, life stuff getting in the way, and a few hiccups with my recording setup, I finally have a new episode of my review series to enchant you all. I'm taking a look at Metroid II: Return of Samus, in Episode 025 of Dramatic Readings! This game is a total classic, but isn't always as well regarded as I feel perhaps it should be. After I, myself, got a rough start with the Metroid series as a kid, I rediscovered it as an adult a few years ago, and was blown away by Super Metroid. Revisiting this Game Boy outing, there's a lot to love, and a handful of things not to. I'll tell you all about it with this video, and I hope you enjoy it. What do you think of Metroid II? Do you think it holds up? Have you tried either of the remakes? Let's discuss in the comments below!



Posted on Aug 27th 2019 at 08:00:00 AM by (MetalFRO)
Posted under Strikers 1945 II, Shoot the Corecast, Shmup Club, Psikyo, Strikers, WWII, fast bullets


Here in Episode 014, MetalFRO and Addicted pick apart a classic, late 90's shoot-em-up from famed developer, Psikyo. What makes Strikers 1945 II so well remembered? We dive into that, and hear from the RF Generation community as well, on what they like about the game. Some great discussion was had, and we definitely learned a few things about WWII era planes, as well!

Here's the direct link to listen to the podcast on the site, or download the MP3 for later:
http://rfgeneration.com/podcasts/shmupclub/?name=2019-08-24_shoot_the_core-cast_episode_014_strikers_1945_ii.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/...odcast/shoot-the-corecast[/url]

We have t-shirts! Help support the podcast, and rep the shmup community by buying a Shoot the Core-cast tee!
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Here's the original discussion thread from the forum:
http://www.rfgeneration.com/forum/index.php?topic=19059.0

Thanks for listening, and we hope you enjoy the episode!



Posted on Aug 9th 2019 at 08:00:00 AM by (MetalFRO)
Posted under Game Boy, Launch titles, Super Mario Land, Tetris, Baseball, Alleyway, Tennis


*pic from Vintagegaming.com*

Nostalgia can be a tricky beast. We all have warm, fuzzy feelings about one thing, or another, from our childhood. A favorite toy, a cartoon we watched after school, or on Saturday mornings; perhaps even a place we used to play. Many of us have a lot of fond memories of video games we played, whether with family and friends, or even solo gaming sessions, totally engrossed in whatever electronic entertainment happened to be captivating us at that time in our lives. But what about a system, and its launch games? Most of us would say, with a few exceptions, that launch titles are quite often weaker than most of the library. I would argue, nostalgia aside, that at least a portion of the Game Boy library transcends that trend. Let's examine the launch lineup, 30 years after the fact, and see if that theory holds water.


Continue reading Reflecting On The Game Boy Launch - 30 Years Later



Posted on Aug 1st 2019 at 08:00:00 AM by (MetalFRO)
Posted under Ghost Blade, Shoot the Corecast, shmup, podcast, HuCast, danmaku, Cave style


Here in Episode 013 of Shoot the Core-cast, we bring on a special guest to help us talk about HuCast's indie shoot-em-up, Ghost Blade, a posthumous release on the Dreamcast, from 2015. We also talk about the HD update the game received just 2 years later, Ghost Blade HD. We proudly welcome our special guest, Ser Flash, of Studio Mudprints, creator of the Bullet Heaven series of videos, on YouTube!

Here's the direct link to listen to the podcast on the site, or download the MP3 for later:
http://rfgeneration.com/podcasts/shmupclub/?name=2019-07-31_shoot_the_core-cast_episode_013_ghost_blade.mp3


Continue reading Shoot the Core-cast Episode 013 - Ghost Blade



Posted on Jul 8th 2019 at 08:00:00 AM by (MetalFRO)
Posted under One on One, Game Boy, game review, Larry Bird, Michael Jordan, sports game, basketball


When I was a kid, I spent a fair bit of time with the classic One on One basketball game on the family's home computer. This was an early version, by EA, which featured basketball greats Larry Bird and Julius "Dr. J" Irving. In the 90's, however, the formula got an update by EA, and Dr. J was replaced by basketball whiz kid, Michael Jordan. His star was rising quickly, and although Larry Bird was getting older, he was still well regarded in the sport. How does this particular iteration of the game fare? Find out here in Episode 022 of Dramatic Readings!



Posted on Jun 20th 2019 at 08:00:00 AM by (MetalFRO)
Posted under Gradius III, Shoot the Corecast, shmup, podcast, Konami, STG, shooting game, shooter, shoot em up


Here in Episode 012, MetalFRO and Addicted tackle one of the most difficult arcade shooters of all time, the legendary Gradius III, from Konami. Not only that, but we compare it to the much more friendly, and approachable port, released on the Super Famicom and SNES. Which version will we prefer, and which should you play? Have a listen, and hear what we think about these 2 iterations of the game.

Here's the direct link to listen to the podcast on the site, or download the MP3 for later:
http://rfgeneration.com/p..._ep_012_-_gradius_iii.mp3

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

We're listed on Google Play - subscribe and review the podcast over there!
https://play.google.com/m...h3vrijcro4yno3yrkeawnx6nu

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/...odcast/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...t-podcast?asc=u&p=t-shirt

Here's the original discussion thread from the forum:
http://www.rfgeneration.c...m/index.php?topic=18999.0

Thanks for listening, and we hope you enjoy the episode!



Posted on Jun 6th 2019 at 08:00:00 AM by (MetalFRO)
Posted under Shmup Club, Shoot the Corecast, birthday, anniversary, shoot em up, STG, shooter, shooting game


It's hard to believe that, only 1 year ago, the RF Generation Shmup Club was just ramping up, and starting our 2nd month. After playing various versions of R-Type throughout the month of May, we were beginning to jump into the original Gradius, and getting steeped in a couple classics of the shoot-em-up genre. As I reflect upon the past year, it's been an interesting ride. I never imagined I'd be doing this, but I'm glad I started it, and I'm even happier that it's taken off in such a big way.


Continue reading Happy Birthday RF Generation Shmup Club!



Posted on May 26th 2019 at 08:00:00 AM by (MetalFRO)
Posted under Einhander, Shoot the Corecast, shmup, podcast, STG, shooter, shooting game, Squaresoft, PlayStation


Episode 011 of Shoot the Core-cast is here, and it's all about the lone shoot-em-up produced by Japanese RPG factory, Squaresoft. During the mid-late 1990's, the company deviated somewhat from their RPG formula, and tried their hand at a few different genres. Ehrgeiz is an interesting wrestling/fighting game, Tobal No. 1 is a fighting game with some unique elements, and Einhander is a side-scrolling 2.5D shooter, wrapped in 3D graphics, and soaked in an esoteric, dystopian, cyberpunk, futuristic story. Complemented by a varied electronic soundtrack, this game brings a unique ability to take weapons from your enemies, and use them to defeat everything in your path. Over the years, the game has earned quite a reputation as one of the best shooters on the original PlayStation. Why is it so well loved, and what makes this game so special? We dive into that in this episode, and try to dissect this game, to see what makes it tick.

Check out the episode here, directly from the feed on the site:
http://rfgeneration.com/podcasts/shmupclub/?name=2019-05-21_shoot_the_core-cast_ep_011_-_einhander.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=18974.0

Thanks for listening, and we hope you enjoy the episode!



Posted on May 8th 2019 at 08:00:00 AM by (MetalFRO)
Posted under Switch N Shoot, Nintendo, Switch, eShop, download, shooter, shmup, shooting game, STG, shoot em up, Galaga, indie game


Title screen image shamelessly linked from Cliqist

Do you like Galaga? Do you like Space Invaders? Do you like Gorf? What about Phoenix? If you like blasting alien baddies in 8-bits, with simple, arcade style and fun, then boy, have I got a game for you! Switch 'N' Shoot, on the Nintendo Switch, might just scratch that old school arcade shooter itch you've been nursing.


Continue reading Switch N Shoot - Old School Arcade Fun Returns



Posted on Apr 18th 2019 at 08:00:00 AM by (MetalFRO)
Posted under Crimzon Clover, shmup, podcast, Crimzon Clover, Yotsubane, doujin, danmaku, shooting game, STG, shooter, shoot em up


Welcome to Episode 010 of Shoot the Core-cast! This time around, MetalFRO and Addicted cover Crimzon Clover: World Ignition, the the hit PC shooter from Japanese doujin developer, Yotsubane! This danmaku game is quite special, and has been well received in the shooting game community. Here to help us discuss this game is Mark_MSX, from The Electric Underground Podcast! We cover the game's mechanics, try to "break" down the scoring, and look at its impact on the shmup scene over the last few years. Thanks for listening!

Here's the direct episode link:
http://www.rfgeneration.com/podcasts/shmupclub/?name=2019-04-15_shoot_the_core-cast_ep_010_-_crimzon_clover.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=18959.0

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



Posted on Apr 8th 2019 at 08:00:00 AM by (MetalFRO)
Posted under Google STADIA, Cloud gaming, modern gaming, streaming service, physical media


Image shamelessly linked from The Washington Post

Let me regale a story for you, from an event that occurred before I was born. On September 11, 1973, the Chilean government was overthrown. Sitting president Salvador Allende was ousted in a military coup, and was replaced with military leader General Augusto Pinochet. Despite Allende's refusal to step down, power was seized, and he was effectively removed from office. During the period of military occupation, famously, the Estadio Nacional de Chile, Santiago's giant sports arena and complex, was used as a detention center for civilians, Allende supporters, and ultimately, anyone seen as a dissident of the military coup.


Continue reading STADIA Nacional - An Examination of the Future of Gaming



Posted on Mar 14th 2019 at 08:00:00 AM by (MetalFRO)
Posted under Shoot the Corecast, shmup, podcast, Zanac, Compile, shooting game, STG, shooter, shoot em up


This is Episode 009 of Shoot the Core-cast! In this edition, MetalFRO and Addicted look at Zanac, the classic NES shooter that most of us played as kids. Does it hold up? What's good about it? Why is it so well loved? To help us answer these questions, we called upon Collectorcast members Duke.Togo and Crabmaster2000, to weigh in on the game. We hope you enjoy it!

Direct episode link:
http://rfgeneration.com/podcasts/shmupclub/?name=2019-03-12_shoot_the_core-cast_episode_009_-_zanac.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=18934.0

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



Posted on Mar 8th 2019 at 08:00:00 AM by (MetalFRO)
Posted under Championship Pool, Game Boy, GameBoy Guru, Mindscape, billiards, snooker, game review, handheld


Here's my take on Championship Pool, from Mindscape and Bit Masters. You wouldn't think that you could do justice to a game like pool on the Game Boy's tiny 4" screen, but you'd be wrong. Rather than a simplistic game of billiards, this cart gives you a ton of game modes and options to play with, all backed by the "Billiard Congress of America" so you know it's official. Surprisingly deep and playable, Championship Pool condenses down the sport, without losing any of the rules or technique that you might expect. Even if you're not a fan of the game, this is a title worth looking into, especially for anyone looking for something different from the normal puzzle game fare on the handheld.



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


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
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