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Posted on Sep 19th 2007 at 02:23:25 AM by (OatBob)
Posted under Site News, Features, Weekly Features, Interplay, Amiga CD32, TheBoss, Loom, Out of this World

This weeks features look back at the days of the DOS game. 

No mouse, and only armed with your keyboard, you had more control over your environments.  Text adventures gave little to no instruction to navigate, leaving it up to you to figure out where to go.  With small and expensive hard drives, reliance on floppy disks was important.  Interplay's 10 Year Anthology is a compilation of a number of these types of games, and is a good sample of what to expect of games from this era.  The high difficulty of some of these games can be frustrating at times, but looking back at them allows you to appreciate the advances that have been made in Western RPGs and adventure storytelling.

The Amiga CD32 is the featured hardware for the week.  It is known as the first 32-bit CD-Rom based console released in western countries.  With the ability to add a mouse, keyboard, and floppy drive, the Amiga CD32 feels more similar to a personal computer than console.  Unfortunately, it didn't last long as Commodore filed for bankruptcy nearly a year after release.

The featured collection for the week belongs to TheBoss.   He has several sharp pictures of his PC and Amiga CD collections; which are certainly not the easiest to collect for.

The featured image for the week is from the fantasy adventure game, Loom.  Back in the day Lucasfilm's game studio (later to become LucasArts) actually made some memorable adventure games.  Loom is noteable as the world's first fully voiced adventure game, and a decent copies have been known to fetch a pretty penny in online auctions.

Posted on Sep 11th 2007 at 02:57:59 AM by (Shimra)
Posted under Site News, Features, Mario, Sports

Ahh yeah baby feels good to be back in style with features that aren't crapily thrown together. This time, they are actually somewhat decent and will keep me from losing my position as a features writer. So all you people out there who hate me and my sarcasm and jackass attitude, hi.

Moving on, it's Mario sports week! Ahh yeah baby. Perhaps the most fun sports games of all are the Mario sports games, so why not celebrate in style by throwing a fiesta! Go round up some illegal immigrants and have them party with you! Have them play some Mario Tennis with you or maybe even make a Mario pinata and break it with them! Ahh yeah this is going to be one hell of a week if you do that.

Ehh hem, moving on seriously, I hate getting down to the business and doing what I'm actually supposed to be doing, the featured game is Mario Hoops 3 on 3. I like it, in fact I liked it enough to include decimals in the damn score. Any collaboration with Square Enix and Nintendo is good in my book, except like some crappy game where Peach gets captured and you play as Cloud Strife to stop whoever the final boss is in any Dragon Quest game with Cloud bitching the entire freaking game. That would probably suck. Anyway, the featured image is Mario Golf for the N64. I love that game. If you don't, you aren't American, and if you aren't American, then hi. Next the featured hardware is the wii remote, or the wiimote. Anyway it puts an interesting spin on Mario Soccer. Finally the featured collection is  Magewout's because he won the 'Shimra randomly selects a user to be featured' contest. Congrats bud, congrats.

As always keep it tuned to Channel 3.

Posted on Aug 28th 2007 at 09:44:46 PM by (OatBob)
Posted under Site News, Features, Weekly Features, Birding, Ikaruga, Duck Hunt, Zapper

Good evening ladies and gents and welcome to the weekly birding feature, last weeks travels overseas brought a lot of a lot of sightings including the Japanese Grosbeak.  This particular finch is quite common in the region and a casual sit near any feeder should score you an easy sighting.  Also called the Ikaruga by the locals, its black and white feathering inspired a team of four video game designers to name one of their games after it.  I believe they're called Treasure and have made some solid hits before, but this one stands out with a new element of gameplay, the ability to change from black to white. 

Well, enough of that games rubbish... now where were we.  Right, now for this portion of this week's show we get an outside opinion on waterfowl, courtesy of fellow sportsman, Earl.  It looks like we're going on a Duck Hunt!

Well good evening there, Earl.  What are we tracking tonight?
Ducks.  Ain't it obvious?  Say, wanna Bud?
No, thank you.  So, would you be kind enough to tell us about your firearm.
dun' mind if I do.  Now this 'ere is the N-E-S-oh-oh-five, or I like to call it the Zapper.  My buddy, TH14Arsenal has got one too.

So, please do tell our viewers what techniques you use to find and make the kill on these particular waterfowl.
Well, its pretty easy.  You see my dog here, Caesar.  He does it all for me.  Now, this Zapper came with a robot, and some "ness" toy all my kids be playin with, but that robot did nothin' but spin tops and stack rings, so I'm stickin' with who I trust the most to git-er-done.
...Right, so you just sit back while the dog seeks the fowl, flushes them, and you just sit back and do... nothing.  It sounds quite simple, really.

Calm down, he only gets ornery with strangers.  Lets shoot some duckies to cheer him up.
Got one!
Got one!
woof woof woof


Wow, nice shot.  You got two of them.
Nah, its easy.  You try.
If you insist.

woof woof woof


Three misses.  That sucks man, your aims worse than all five of my sisters'
Caesar don't like it when you miss the ducks.


You better run, squirrel

Well, glad to have you all again this week. *gasp* And remember always tune in to Channel thr-DAAAAH

Posted on Aug 22nd 2007 at 12:13:31 AM by (Shimra)
Posted under Site News, Features, Weekly Features, Animals, Sparkster, Aero, Duckface, Jaguar, Rocket Knight

Rocket Knight AdventuresThe features this week are about animals.

So the featured game is Rocket Knight Adventures.  "What have knights got to do with animals?" you might say.  Well, when the main character is an opossum named Sparkster... I think you can see where this is going.  Try it out if you're ready for some pretty quick hack-and-slash side-scrolling action.

The featured image is the cover from Aero the Acro-Bat 2.  Is the cover cheesy... yeah.  Is it as bad as it looks... no way.  Its a fairly unique platformer with colorful cartoony levels.  As with most platformers from the 16-bit era, this one is always worth a decent play.

The featured collection belongs to Duckface, ja, and finally, the featured hardware is some Jaguar thing.  Too many buttons and an unwieldy size has put this one on a lot of "Top 10 worst peripherals" lists; however, I think Microsoft seems a bit partial to it because they're making a suspiciously similar piece for the 360.

Stay tuned to Channel 3.

Posted on Aug 7th 2007 at 12:43:51 AM by (OatBob)
Posted under Site News, Features, Weekly Features, Kirby, Tilt, Maracas, Samba de Amigo

Kirby Tilt 'n' TumbleFeatures this week are mixing things up a bit.  One of the big "next-gen" selling points for the Wii and PS3 are the use of motion controls as a new means of playing games in relation to mashing buttons and twiddling your analogs.  First off is a handheld game with a built-in tilt controller.  That game, my good friend, is Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble.  Tilt forward, and it feels like Kirby will roll off screen, and a little flick will pop him into the air.  This game earned me a lot of funny looks the first time I was seen wiggling my Game Boy Color around.

Shakin' it up is the featured hardware, the highly sought-after Dreamcast Maracas.  These babies were never bundled and fetched a high price in stores; yet, they worked with only one game!  (Well, maybe a few minor exceptions, but they are poorly applied.)  Lets just say that they didn't sell too well and have become a wee bit difficult to find.  Speaking of that one game...

The featured image for the week is the cover shot for Samba de Amigo.  Why the Japanese version?  It captures the spirit of the game.  Anyways, playing it for the first time might remind you of your first forray into DDR, club-footed and uncoordinated.  Never fear, for an easy learning curve will make you a cha-cha master in no time.  Available in all three major regions, this game is for every culture.  Getting some of my Columbian friends into it was definitely a rewarding experience that everyone seemed to enjoy.

Oh boy, that commercial gets me excited every time.

The featured collection of the week is someone with even more funky rhythm controllers.  Sauza12  has a lovely standee for Donkey Konga in addition to all three GameCube games that make use of the Bongo controllers.  In addition to that he also has some interesting items including two arcade cabinets worth checking out.

Posted on Jul 30th 2007 at 07:13:07 AM by (Shimra)
Posted under Site News, Phantasy Star, Phantasy Star 2, Phantasy Star Collection, That piece of crap third game, features

Phantasy Star Collection

Hopefully that headline caught your attention and I don't lose my powers to present you with awesome features that consistently blow your mind.  This week is dedicated to the other Phantasy, the lesser known Phantasy, Phantasy Star. Oh boy see what I did there, that was awesome beyond all belief, using Phantasy instead of fantasy.

Ok then, moving on because I am growing tired. Our featured game is Phantasy Star Collection, which is essentially ports of Phantasy Star 1, 2, and that one that sucks. Our featured image is Phantasy Star Universe. From what I understand it is a highly addictive MMO set in the Phantasy Star universe. Sounds awesome. Our featured collectiont is that of ztaKxileF. Not only does he have a crazy username, he has a kickass collection which consists of, you guessed it, damn near every Phantasy Star game. Finally our featured piece of hardware is the LaserActive Mega LD. I'm not going to lie, I have no idea what it is. It has a crazy name, looks crazy, and there are a bunch of pictures of it. Also one user on this entire site owns it, which is awesome beyond all belief.

So there you have it, the features. I knew you guys were all excited for me to do the features again. Another week, another set of features as I say. Well, I should probably stop trying to waste space now and say that tagline. As always, keep it tuned to channel three.

Oh yeah, Shimra nor RFgeneration condone the killing of babies. Unless they refuse to give up their candy of course and you don't want to look like a wimp for not being able to steal candy from a baby.

Posted on Jul 23rd 2007 at 03:44:04 PM by (Mezmoron)
Posted under Site News, Site News, Features, Handhelds, Tiger, Pinball, Harry Potter, Neo Geo Pocket Color


Another week means another week of features!  This week, we will take a look at a small part of the handheld market.  The featured game this month is Pinball.  This is a very quirky game where you get to play Pinball anywhere you want!  Well, in 1987, it was an awesome idea.  There have been many times that this game had kept me busy.  Okay, it still does sometimes!

The featured image of the week is from the Nintendo DS game Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.  I figured that since the new movie was released and the last book hit the shelves, it'd be a good time to feature one of the Harry Potter games.  The game is based off of the fourth book.  Although a tad easy in gameplay, it is a fun game to play through, especially if you like the Harry Potter series.

Our featured hardware is the poor Neo Geo Pocket Color.  The Neo Geo Pocket Color was a much maligned system that either came out too early or too late.  No one really seems to know.  It had some great games, like Bust-a-Move and Baseball Stars.  I think the biggest thing that hurt it was the price point of the parallel console system.  Many people equated Neo Geo with expensive.  That is why I have dubbed this system poor.

The featured collection this week goes to epv39.  Epv39 has quite a handheld collection, not to mention one of the cleanest and most organized collections on the site.  Take a look!

I think you all would agree that this is a very special week for the features.  I think this is the first time a game was featured that wasn't plugged into a console.  Make sure to check out the forums and keep it tuned in to channel 3!

Posted on Jul 17th 2007 at 09:51:33 AM by (OatBob)
Posted under Site News, Weekly Features, features, Aliens, alien syndrome, james, alien hominid

Alien Syndrome (NES)E3 2007 has come and gone, and this year was certainly different.  One thing that got me was the lack of laser weapons being used to blast other-worldly beings into green bits.  Aren't aliens, zombies, and ninjas the stock villains of video gaming?  Either way, we can supplement your yearning for malicious contact.

The game of the week is Alien Syndrome.  Ricky and Mary run and gun their way to rescue their comrades from aliens.  Formerly a Tengen cart, Sega is about to release a sequel of sorts under the same title for Wii and PSP in these coming weeks.

The featured image of the week is the cover art for Alien Hominid.  This game started out as a freebie flash game and has since been ported to most home consoles and is currently on the move to download services.  Alien Hominid is colourful and fascinating as it is entirely hand drawn.  Also, the flash version is available for free play in RF Generation's own online arcade!  You can't beat free.

Now for a name that could only come from science fiction, the Amstrad GX4000.  Its appearance and name look like they could fly you to Mars, or at least to the nearest filling station.  This rarely seen 8-bit console took a swift beating as the Mega Drive launched less than a year later with a 16-bit colour pallet. 

When missile defense fails to break the UFO shields, there's only enough time for one thing.  Thats right, admire James' collection, this weeks feature.  Neatly displayed rows of Mega Drive and SMS boxes with one rare and outstanding shooter proudly displayed in the center.  If you're curious as to what the title is, you must see for yourself.  Suspenseful. 

Posted on Jul 3rd 2007 at 07:22:38 PM by (Shimra)
Posted under Site News, Super Game Boy, Shaq Fu, features

After a long absense I am back, and with my return from Canada I provide you, the wonderful site patrons, outstanding features once again. What's the theme this week oh wonderful Shimra, you may be asking yourself. Well the theme of this week is non-existant. Look forward to my next features update though if you like themes. I'll give you a hint: vampire killer.

Anyway, the featured game this week is Shaq-Fu. Personally, I had a bit of fun playing this game, though I completely acknowledge it is a complete piece of crap. Even though it is terrible, I have to admit the ending of the game was one of the funniest things I have ever seen in any game and I highly recommend completing story mode just to see it.

Moving on the featured hardware is the Game Boy Color Atomic Purple, a model which I have always wanted due to being able to see the circuits. Going with the somewhat lackluster theme of the Game Boy Color the featured image is the Super Game Boy. This thing was fun as hell and it saddens me deeply the one for the Gamecube doesn't have any of the special features the original had. Finally our featured collection is that of enderxv2. He has a really awesome room consisting of multiple movie posters which definately caught my eye.

Well, there you have it. Sorry I did not provide a theme for the week, hell I don't even know if you guys enjoy themed weeks, but next time I assure you that there will be a theme. As always, keep it tuned to channel 3.

Posted on Jun 19th 2007 at 02:03:38 PM by (Mezmoron)
Posted under Site News, Site News, Weekly Features, Features, Lunar

Here it is folks.  A long awaited week for me!  I am featuring one of my favorite games of all time.  Not only that, we have some other things that some people might have never seen!  First off, we have the featured game.  And what a featured game it is!  Lunar: Silver Star Story Complete is one of the most dynamic and compelling RPGs ever made.  Not only is the translation filled with satire and humor, the characters really make a connection with the player.  Give this game a try.  Please. 

Next we have the featured image.  The image is from the Nintendo DS's Lunar: Dragon Song.  The game?  Not so good.  But it's Nintendo DS, and I love the system, as most of you know.  Now, I actually played through the entire game, and I must say, it was rough.  Not very well made, and obviously thrown together under a deadline.  But, I must say, it is worth the $10 you can get it for now.

Our featured hardware is from the Sega Master System.  The 3-D glasses.  What are they?  What do they do?  I don't know!  I just thought they looked fun.  Do you know the story behind them or have used them?  Submit a review and overview for them!  We'd all like to know!

Lastly, we have the featured collection.  It has been quite a while since we have taken a look at his collection, so it's about time!  Captain_Nintendo has been amassing games for a long time now, and his pictures show it!  Take a look!

Keep it tuned in folks!  Check out our blogs!  They're a good read and very informative!  Remember, we're here for you!  Let us know what you'd like to see!

Posted on Jun 12th 2007 at 12:46:13 AM by (Shimra)
Posted under Site News, Hideo Kojima, features, weekly features, snatcher, zone of the enders

This week we are taking a look at a few of Hideo Kojima's more overlooked titles. You would think that with a name as big as his, these games would stand out just as much as the Metal Gear Solid franchise. Sadly that is not the case.

That being said, our featured game is Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner. This is one of my favorite games. It has the unrivaled cinematics you have come to grow and love from Hideo Kojima as well as enough action to keep one satisfied for months. Along with the featured game we have the featured image which is Snatcher, the acclaimed Sega CD game produced by Hideo Kojima. The featured collection is eternalblue81's collection which consists of nearly all of Hideo Kojima's games. Finally the featured hardware is the Gamecube modem. The logic behind this is because that thing is as funny as the scene in Metal Gear Solid 3 where Eva ramps the motorcycle off Revolver Ocelot's face.

Besides the games which I have mentioned, there are plent of other Hideo Kojima related games which are overlooked such as Policenauts, Boktai, and Tokimeki Memorial Drama. Hideo Kojima has a bit more under his belt than just the Metal Gear Solid series, and this week is dedicated to those games.

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