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Posted on Jul 20th 2019 at 08:00:00 AM by (GrayGhost81)
Posted under tv, netflix, ai, pop


I'm not really a big fan of Miley Cyrus. I think "Party in the USA" is a great song, but I find her more recent material to be too hedonistic and oversexualised for my tastes. However, as a fan of pop music in general I was excited to hear about Miley being involved with one of the few live action television shows which I find interesting, Black Mirror. The most recent season launched on Netflix in my region recently, and I've watched "Rachel, Jack, and Ashley Too" a few times now. I have found the general consensus to be that this new season in general and that episode in particular are rather weak. I actually agree with this assessment, but I still love the Miley episode. Let's see why.


Continue reading Ambition and Verve



Posted on Jul 18th 2019 at 08:00:00 AM by (NeoMagicWarrior)
Posted under NeoGeo, Golf, Sports, Neo Geo



Join me for this month's par for the course entry into Neo's "A Brief Look At" series!

This month, we check out Neo Turf Masters for the Neo Geo AES.

Check out more of Neo, and the rest of the RFGeneration stream team at http://Twitch.tv/RFGeneration



Posted on Jul 16th 2019 at 08:00:00 AM by (bombatomba)
Posted under retro, console, plug and play, HDMI, Data East, Capcom, where the heck is the Konami game man



I really dig summer, especially for writing (did I mention I love writing?).  This time of the year I typically spend a goodly amount of time not playing games but rather thinking about them, diving back into the glory days of the late 80's and early 90's, back when Metro D had a respectable amount of arcade games located in every conceivable place, save government buildings and banks (and I am sure they secretly wanted them).

What does this have to do with the article?  Early this year I spent a fair amount of time running my mouth about the past as my fourteen year-old son and I sat on the couch in the game room and played our way through the ninety (!) titles available on the Retro-bit Super Retro-cade.  And man, was it amazing.


Continue reading Retro-Bit Super Retro-cade - A Flawed but Fun Plug N Play



Posted on Jul 14th 2019 at 08:00:00 AM by (slackur)
Posted under Simulations, Aqua TV, Virtua Racing, Continental Circus, Galaxy Force, Space Gun, Tetris


From the beginning, the conceptual design behind many if not the majority of video games involves some form of simulation.  The original sports game of Tennis for Two and Pong led to our annual Madden and FIFA releases, each reflecting some abstract interpretation of an "IRL" game.  It is this facet of virtual gameplay that brought some critics to declare games like Battlezone and Death Race as kid-targeted military training and violent "murder simulators" long before yellow-pajama-wearing ninjas were permanently curing back pain exclusively on Sega consoles.


Continue reading Simulating Simulations



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 Jul 4th 2019 at 08:00:00 AM by (zophar53)
Posted under Nintendo Power, NP, magazines, Nintendo, nostalgia

Note the two small stacks in the upper right. I have the first 8 issues in zip lock bags

In the months following my becoming a new homeowner, I began the process of sorting through the pile of boxes consisting of the those things we all own that aren't necessary enough to survival to warrant unpacking the first weekend after the move. Among the boxes of games, consoles, and books were the boxes I knew were there but I hadn't decided what to do with just yet. These boxes contained my collection of Nintendo Power magazines.

As I began to pull them out and assess their condition after having been in storage for a year and a half, I got curious. It didn't take long before I learned that this July marks 31 years exactly since the publication's first issue, provided we don't include the Nintendo Fun Club newsletter that was its progenitor. With it's over 24-year production run, it would be too much for me to try and do an exhaustive NP retrospective here. So what I'd like to do instead is celebrate it's anniversary by looking at the impact it had on a young Travis (and kick myself for not picking up on this last year for the 30th anniversary).


Continue reading Happy Birthday Nintendo Power, and Thank You



Posted on Jul 2nd 2019 at 08:00:00 AM by (Crabmaster2000)
Posted under NES Challenge, NES, Nintendo, Community, Mario, Zelda, Contra, Mega Man, Ninja Gaiden, Capcom, Konami, Taito, Challenge



The RF Generation community of collectors and players has committed themselves to demolishing the entire licensed NES library in the year 2019. Is that even possible you say, with your help it totally is!! Check out the RFGen 2019 NES Challenge thread to see how to join in at anytime throughout the year. There is plenty of opportunity to participate regardless of your skill level, favorite style of game or the amount of time you have to invest. Come over and play with us here:

http://www.rfgeneration.c...m/index.php?topic=18893.0

With May being our slowest month to date thing's where not looking good for us to pass the halfway mark of the NES library by the halfway mark for the year. But with some very impressive June participation from several members we are more than 30 titles past the 50% mark of the entire licensed NES library! Starting July off with an impressive 370 NES games beaten by our own community members since January 1st 2019.

Join us for July as we press forward to our next milestone!



Posted on Jun 30th 2019 at 08:00:00 AM by (Duke0619)
Posted under 80s toys, Hot Wheels, Matchbox, retro toys, 1980s


In Episode 10, Duke attempts to repair another time fragment as 9T-AT helps him remember Hotwheels and Matchbox.



Posted on Jun 28th 2019 at 08:00:00 AM by (Disposed Hero)
Posted under Review, Igarashi, Castlevania, Metroidvania, Action, Adventure, RPG


The wait is finally over! It has been four years since the runaway Kickstarter success Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night obliterated its funding goal and became the most successful video game Kickstarter project, at least until Shenmue III came along and surpassed it shortly after. Spearheaded by former Castlevania producer Koji Igarashi, hopes were high that an experience like Symphony of the Night would be delivered to longtime fans of the series, but after numerous delays and other highly anticipated Kickstarter games failing to live up to expectations, fans started to become skeptical. Does Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night live up to its lofty expectations, or is it just another Kickstarter disappointment?


Continue reading Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night



Posted on Jun 26th 2019 at 08:00:00 AM by (SirPsycho)
Posted under Fishing in the Arcade, sega, dreamcast, fishing controller, motion control


When springtime rolls around a wide variety of outdoor activities becomes much more alluring. Getting outside and getting some sun is important to even the most hardcore of gamers. Fishing is a great hobby that can be enjoyed year round, but the comfortable temperatures of spring bring out the biggest crowds. It's such a large and popular hobby that Sega decided to make a fishing arcade game, Sega Bass Fishing.

The original arcade cabinet was developed by Sega AM 1 and released in 1997 as Get Bass in Japan. The game was successful enough in the arcade that Sega followed it up with Sega Marine Fishing in 1999. Both games would see console ports on the Sega Dreamcast, Sega Bass Fishing in 1999 and Sega Marine Fishing in 2000. Both games were among the more popular and successful Dreamcast games, as Sega released the Sega Fishing Controller to make the games feel more similar to both the arcade and real life, complete with motion controls.


Continue reading Sega Bass Fishing



Posted on Jun 24th 2019 at 08:00:00 AM by (GrayGhost81)
Posted under bro, fest


As Rich and I discuss on our last episode of the Playcast, technology can be pretty amazing. It has allowed people from all around the world to connect and communicate in real time, for better and for worse. As someone who works for a massive company with global reach, it never ceases to amaze me that my coworkers and I are in daily communication with people around the world. Similarly, it is astonishing to think that one could form a friendship with another person who lives about a thousand miles away simply by working together on a podcast for the better part of six years.


Continue reading BRO-FEST 2019!



Posted on Jun 22nd 2019 at 08:00:00 AM by (NeoMagicWarrior)
Posted under Game Boy, GB, Wario, Nintendo, Bomberman



Join me for this month's "explosive" entry into  Neo's "A Brief Look At" series!

This month, we check out Wario's Blast for the Nintendo Game Boy.

Check out more of Neo, and the rest of the RFGeneration stream team at http://Twitch.tv/RFGeneration



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 18th 2019 at 08:00:00 AM by (bombatomba)
Posted under Arcade ports, console, port, hidden gem, NES, Cobra Command, TMNT, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Ikari Warriors


Once upon a time, the most desired trait of any home console gamer was accurate 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.

For your reading pleasure, this article is setup using three "categories," those being "The Safe One" (which would generally be agreed that the port is superior to the arcade), "The Controversial One" (which many likely wouldn't agree with), and "The Garbage One" (in which the console port is metaphorically a trash fire).  Enjoy!


Continue reading But I Like Those Ports! Part 2019



Posted on Jun 16th 2019 at 08:00:00 AM by (slackur)
Posted under CORGS and E3 2019


The year is now past the 50% mark.  For our family, we have one annual retro game convention down (CORGS) and one to go (CCAG).  E3 is still fresh on the news, and prep-work is in full swing for the Autism and Gaming Convention.  Our South Korean foreign exchange student has gone from a non-gamer to finishing Dark Souls II and Dark Souls III (quite a few times) before returning home soon.  "Free" time has been spent battling both household illnesses and the massive pile of test systems, cords, and accessories for our CCAG table.  I think it's time to grab a breather and take stock of the situation.



Continue reading State of Play 2019 and a Half: Thoughts on CORGS, E3, and Beyond


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
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