bomba's House Of Flancakes

Posted on Aug 18th 2018 at 08:00:00 AM by (bombatomba)
Posted under Nostalgia, TRU, Toys R Us, Budget Wall


*Geoffrey from Gina Martin on Twitter*

Ah, the Budget Wall. There were bad games, good games (theoretically), and a lot of important lessons for a child to learn.  But when I mentioned and briefly described this place to my thirteen year-old and he gave me kind of a blank look, I realized that this might need something more than a brief description, especially since this may perhaps be a more regional or even temporal phenomenon than I originally thought.  So, here is an explanation of the Budget Wall, as well as some of the history that I have had during its time in my life.


Continue reading The Budget Wall - Explanation, Nostalgia, and Ending



Posted on Jul 17th 2018 at 08:00:00 AM by (bombatomba)
Posted under Arcade ports, console, port, hidden gem, SNES, NES, Super Nintendo


One of these things is not like the other...

Once upon a time, the most desired trait of any home console gamer was to play arcade ports.  In this fashion, one could say that arcades ruled the jungles of electronic video game entertainment.  While complete faithfulness to the arcade original was the holy grail, it was certainly not a requirement, though individual interpretation on the quality of the port was certainly in place, especially in the playgrounds and hallways of schools.

Another episode of But I Like Those Ports! follows, and another three games are presented for your reading pleasure.  In a way, these were the most ambiguous of the small list I drew up of possible games, but it was still hard.  Out of the games left, I might have one more episode left, but who knows.  Perhaps I should start branching out a bit into other territories.


Continue reading But I Like Those Ports! Part Trois



Posted on Jul 14th 2018 at 12:29:57 AM by (bombatomba)
Posted under PVM, Physical form, bootleg, repro cart, reproduction, professional video monitor


Wow, it has been a long time since I've done one of these things, but as my wife's time in graduate school comes to an end combined with my two children being on summer vacation, I find myself in possession of that elusive thing called free time, even with taking on more duties at work.  But man alive, it feels good.  All I need to do is figure what to do with it.


Continue reading The Observatory 4: PVMs and Media Commitments



Posted on Jun 21st 2018 at 08:00:00 AM by (bombatomba)
Posted under Konami, Contra, Castlevania, Super C, Simons Quest


Once upon a time, I was walking through an OfficeMax to get printer paper or some such, when I spotted the PC games cart.  Do you remember those?  This was sometime in 2004, so pretty much every store imaginable had some sort of budget or reduced price PC cart, and given the breadth and width of PC gaming at that point in time, the contents of the PC games cart were always a surprise, and this time was no different.  From the middle I pulled out an orange "small box" PC game with the title, Konami Collector's Series - Castlevania & Contra (KCS-C&C) printed all over.  Per usual, I had no idea what I was holding in my hands, though I was pretty sure it was a collection of pre-1990 PC ports of some of the most beloved classic console games, and that had me very excited.

I imagine you can see where this is going.  Wait, wait, don't look it up yet; you will spoil the fun and possibly deprive yourself a good chuckle at my expense.  The rest of you - well, you know what's coming.


Continue reading Konami Collector's Series - Castlevania and Contra



Posted on May 20th 2018 at 08:00:00 AM by (bombatomba)
Posted under Budget, Street Fighter 2010, Joycard Sansui SSS, SF, earbuds, NES, Nintendo, endcap


During the last episode, I once again suffered a humiliating defeat at the endcap of my enemy, the Budget Game Wall.  You know that thing, right?  No?  Well, this endcap (who is a complete jerk, mind you) used to sit on the end of the video game isle at my local toy store, displaying the unloved and unlovable from the NES, both old and new, at an attractive $20 price point.  But I wasn’t there on that fated day for game shopping, no.  My task was much simpler: get a functioning NES controller, one I ideally wouldn't have to share with my siblings.  And since I still had another six months (at least) before my SNES came out of layaway, I needed something help me play Final Fantasy and the string of rentals and loans that would follow.  But I had no idea how much a controller would cost, having misplaced my most current Toys 'R Us circular, so I brought all $40 of my lawn-mowing money. My mom gave me a knowing look at this act, but said nothing to stop my action.  It was fine, though: This was a utility trip, not an excuse to look at games, okay mom?.  There was no reason I was going to need all that cash, right?


Continue reading Budget Wall Chronicles - Double Play



Posted on Apr 20th 2018 at 08:00:00 AM by (bombatomba)
Posted under Solo, Han, Chewie, Chuy, Spaceballs, DOS, dbgl, DOOM, Star Wars


Star Wars in our modern age if such a strange thing.  It's hard to believe that once upon a time, most of the Star Wars games we had to play were either ports of existing arcade games or rehashes of the movies into action and platforming games.  At least on consoles, which is all I had access to during those days.  But over in PC Land the good times were a little different.  But over in PC Land, something else was brewing, something that combined a newly recognized genre popularized by DOOM, with our beloved Star Wars universe.  And it had a new story featuring new characters.  Of course, I am talking about Star Wars: Dark Forces for MS-DOS.


Continue reading Star Wars: Dark Forces for PC



Posted on Mar 18th 2018 at 08:00:00 AM by (bombatomba)
Posted under New 2DS XL, New, TN, IPS, NKOTB,


When the first real information hit, everyone thought the Big N had lost their marbles.  The 2DS, which was for all intents and purposes the whipping boy of the internet, was far from a success, and when the novelty of having a handheld game system shaped like a door wedge wore off it was almost never mentioned, save for Youtube personalities living with a two or three video a week release schedule, and during sales updates with an ever decreasing MSRP.

So, what happened when Nintendo announced they would release an "XL" version of the 2DS?  Disbelief for one, at least from this writer, but soon replaced by curiosity.  Could Nintendo actually take something that is almost universally regarded as a kid's toy and a bit of a failure and make it respectable?


Continue reading A Personal Look at the New 2DS XL



Posted on Jan 21st 2018 at 08:00:00 AM by (bombatomba)
Posted under Top 5, 2017, SN30 Pro, 8Bitdo, Saturn, Magic Joybox, superior, hidden gem


2017 has been gone for nearly a month now.  Any decorations that were put out are (hopefully) gone and hidden away, messes are (mostly) cleaned up, and any weight gained is (not likely) history thanks to that new diet plan.  Probably don't want to get into those resolutions, though…

Despite all this, I've had a good amount of time to play with my Christmas gifts, two of which prompted me to swap my planned January article for this one.  And after all, 2017 was a good year for me, not just for the games, but for the controllers that were used to play them with.  So, please join me as I whittle away the time gushing about my favorite controllers of 2017.



Continue reading Top Controllers of 2017



Posted on Dec 18th 2017 at 08:00:00 AM by (bombatomba)
Posted under Misunderstood, disappointment, failure, hidden gem, Driver, Driver 3, Iggy Pop


Driv3r appeared on the game market at a bad time.  The game industry was already swimming in the wake created by GTA3, its sequel, GTA Vice City, and the hype generated by the next entry in the series due out but he end of 2004, GTA: San Andreas., Honestly, you couldn't open a magazine without seeing coverage from one or two "sandbox" games.  But Driv3r did have one thing going for it, that being lineage.  While many of the GTA copycats out there had nothing more to go on than genre similarity, Driv3r already had street cred, with two games out that were pretty popular during their respective times.  Despite this, it turned into a failure, and after a few ports (PC, GBA, and mobile), it disappeared forever.  But, could Driv3r be all that bad?



Continue reading Is Driv3r Really All That Bad?



Posted on Nov 22nd 2017 at 08:00:00 AM by (bombatomba)
Posted under Arcade ports, console, NES, Nintendo, maps, translate, weather


Once upon a time, the strongest desire of most gamers was to duplicate what they played in the arcade on a home console.  In this fashion, one could say that arcades ruled the jungles of electronic video game entertainment.  While complete faithfulness to the arcade original was the holy grail, it was certainly not a requirement, though individual interpretation on the quality of the port was certainly debated, especially in the playgrounds and hallways of schools.

Today I submit three more titles for your enjoyment; two I truly love more than the arcade originals, and one that I would rather suffer (another) head injury than play on a home console.



Continue reading But I Like Those Ports: The Sequel!



Posted on Oct 17th 2017 at 08:00:00 AM by (bombatomba)
Posted under backlog, Dead Space


I realized a while ago I need to do something about my backlog.  While I could just sell it, many of my games are digital, so the next best thing (after unplugging and living off the grid) is to just play them.  But given that my time is a bit limited (husband, father, mortgage, laundry, zombies, etc.), just finishing the game isn't my ultimate goal.  I need an easy way to check these games off and move on when I am done with them, and thus, The List was born.   


**DISCLAIMER** - PICTURES AND VIDEOS BEYOND THIS BREAK CONTAIN VIOLENCE, BLOOD AND GORE, AND ADULT LANGUAGE THAT MAY NOT BE SUITABLE FOR ALL AUDIENCES. VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED.


Continue reading The List 1 - Dead Space



Posted on Sep 17th 2017 at 08:00:00 AM by (bombatomba)
Posted under bury the hatchet, FF7, Final Fantasy VII, FFVII, Final Fantasy, nostalgia



Now that I'm forty, and being that it is the dog days of summer, it's about time I managed to accomplish something.  I'm sure I did something this year, but my summer list seems a little heavy.  Hmm.  Still haven't fixed the fence.  And all those branches in my backyard...  are still attached to that bush for some reason.  Well, I've managed to grow up some, I guess.  Maybe.  Gosh, this is really depressing.

Well, I did manage to do something this year; a certain thing that has dogged my steps for half my life now; a game I had a beef with from way back in 1997.  But I was ready and attacked it full force, summons and limit breaks a blazin', and after quite a few gaming sessions I finally finished Final Fantasy VII.

Happy Birthday to me.



Continue reading Final Fantasy VII, Consider This Thy Fork!



Posted on Aug 18th 2017 at 08:00:00 AM by (bombatomba)
Posted under Action RPG, explosions, Space sim, Double Damage


When the first trailer for Rebel Galaxy hit, I knew I wanted it.  In only a few minutes, it spoke of adventure, "negotiation," and great looking combat with cool explosions!  What more could I want?  Funny question, exactly that!

When I first saw the game, I began to have expectations that were perhaps unrealistic.  Not that they were unfounded in any way, but with knowledge gathered solely from previews and trailers (I did not watch a single demo or video review) I knew it would be one of the few games in the action-RPG genre of space sims, and after all, I loved Starpoint Gemini 2, enough to put in more than sixty hours of playtime before I forced myself to walk away (gotta keep on The List).  So naturally, Rebel Galaxy would be right up my alley.  The only thing that worried me was that the game insisted that it was best played with a controller, but hey, different strokes, right?   After all, it was also released on PS4, so we can't expect our couch-based cousins to bust out a keyboard and mouse just to play a game, right?.


Continue reading Rebel Galaxy



Posted on Jul 19th 2017 at 08:00:00 AM by (bombatomba)
Posted under Kaiju, monsters, Godzilla, Japanese adventure


Oh Summer, you fickle maiden, how our relationship has changed.  Once upon a time, we cavorted through the woods and meadows, looking for empty cans and bottles so we could thumb a few extra quarters into the Contra machine, or maybe rent an NES game again (for $3 a day).  Now, I either pray for rain (figuratively speaking) so I can do work inside the house, or fix/trim/dig/clean things outside my house, while trying to keep one eye on my kids.  Still, this is a big time of year for nostalgia, so I might as well pick up a summer-themed game.  What do you all think?  No?  Really?  Uh, okay.  How about we meet halfway in between, then?



Continue reading Attack of the Friday Monsters!



Posted on Jun 17th 2017 at 08:00:00 AM by (bombatomba)
Posted under Functional collecting, unplayed, unfinished, guilt



As long as I have been collecting games, I have always described myself as a "functional collector," meaning that I only picked up games I wanted to play.  With only a few exceptions I held true to this ethic, and I plowed dutifully through every game I bought, but slowly my collection began to get larger; so slow that I hardly noticed.  I began to long for a "video game" clean slate, longing for a day long past where I looked at upcoming games for something to play, not just something to add to the pile.  So, I set out to create a backlog list of some sort, then everything came tumbling down around me.
 


Continue reading The List - Getting My Gaming Back on Track


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
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So I'm an odd ball. So I am usually the last to post on a blog/forum. So I only post about weird games on weird platforms. So I have a strange relationship with commas and parenthesis. So what? Hey, at least you don't have to car pool with me to work, right? So have a heart, eat a blueberry, and don't forget to drop the empties in the box on the way out. I get deposit on those.
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