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12Sep/100

The Legend of Zelda : Ocarina of Time Soundtrack released.

Yeah, yeah I know you wanna do it. There are enough Zelda fans out there for this kind of thing. I can honestly say that I have never finished a Zelda game in my life. Although Ocarina of Time is the one that I got the furthest in ... which isn't saying much. But you can download it right here either individually or as one big pack.

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10Sep/1010

RetroforceGO! Podcast Archive

This was the REASON I started listening to podcasts in the first place, and I was very sad to see it go. I’m constantly hearing about people not being able to find the archive of the shows … even though 30 seconds on Google turned up a torrent. So I’ve spent a large amount of time uploading them all right here for you people to easily download. To the best of my knowledge, this is every single episode of RetroforceGO! and is a great listen for anyone who is into retro gaming. The credit goes to whoever originally put up the torrent (which I will have a link to for those who want to take advantage of it) and this particular text file was in it :

“RetroforceGO!

Episodes 1-43 and 45-75 provided by craineum of Destructiod forums.
Episodes Zero, 44 and 76-87 provided by odber of Destructoid forums
Episodes 88-100 provided by Destructoid website.
Initial torrent provided by craineum.
Repacked and reissued by Butternine.

If you're downloading this you probably already know what the show's about :)

Special thanks to odber and craineum for providing the majority of episodes and for making this possible.  Thanks!

Enjoy!
Butternine”

So yeah, hit the jump for the downloads, there are (technically) over a hundred episodes here and the total size is around 10GB … so bear that in mind. And don’t hesitate to leave a comment about the show, or if there are any dead links and the like (I’m adding these the old fashioned way, so there may be some typos here and there that I will fix as I because aware of them). Just please remember, this is not MY show, I’m merely a fan. :)

*UPDATE* I forgot to add the link to episode 100, so it's there now.
*UPDATE Part 2* For some reason, the episode 59 that was in the torrent wasn't complete. I uploaded the full episode. Thanks to "ptepid" for the link.

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27Aug/100

Zombie Highway for the iPhone

There is a full review of this game up on TouchArcade, so I’ll let you go there for more information about it and what they think. Something that, as of this writing I haven’t personally read. Not that I don’t value and respect their opinion … I could just care less about game reviews personally. I only care about what *I* think of a game.

But with my recently obtaining an Android Eris cell phone, I use it for all my MP3 playing needs since I’ve always got the phone on me anyway, so my little second generation iPod Touch is used exclusively for gaming now. And this is one of the games that kind of caught my eye.

Anyone remember the excellent film Zombie Land? This game, judging from the video anyway, kind of feels like that to me. That … and a little bit of 2004’s Dawn of the Dead and 28 Days Later mixed in. You’re just driving down this empty stretch of road (that doesn’t seem to have any turns on it) avoiding the wrecked vehicles. But occasionally, there are zombies off to the side that jump onto the side of your SUV and you have to either knock them off or shoot them off.

Now, just judging from the video, I’m wondering about the replayability. And the graphics don’t look all that great, but these are just initial impressions having not played it yet. At only $0.99, I may give it a go one of these days.

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22Aug/100

My history with the Atari 2600

2600boxWhen I get bored of a particular console, I tend to go back in time. That, and I have a rather extreme form of ADD so I’m CONSTANTLY picking up new games and gadgets. As I’ve said before, I’m on a PS2 kick. But then I got this little device. It’s the Atari Flashback 2. Now I’m not going to get into the hardware itself too much just because it’s been out for a while, and if you’re reading this you already know what it is. For those of you who don’t know, this thing is basically a reproduction Atari 2600 sans the cartridge slot (which can be added by someone who is comfortable with a soldering iron). It’s about 2/3 the size of the original system, and instead of switches for things like the power and reset, it has big ugly orange buttons … which is my only big beef with it.

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11Aug/100

Isagolas – an upcoming XBLIG SHMUP

Checked my email when I got home, and behold, a game that sits within one of my favorite genres : the SHMUP. I have no idea where they keep getting these bizarre titles, but oh well. It seems to fit the genre. Of course, I’m going to go out on a limb here and assume there isn’t going to be Xbox Live support because these games NEVER seem to support it. Which is an unfortunate shame, because games like this would be PERFECT over Xbox Live. BUT … here’s a little bit of info behind the game :

The human race is in danger! The Solar System will be your battlefield, only you can stop the alien forces that are trying to exterminate our species.

Join the Humanity Defense Force as Crow, the pilot of the new starship prototypeIsagoras-001 together with captain Crozier and lead the battle for survival.

Red Circle Studio presents Isagoras, a 2.5D shoot’em up that brings new ideas to the classic arcade gameplay and next-gen graphics.

  • Use the energy cannons, the high-density laser cannon and the slow-time generator of the Isagoras to destroy the alien army.
  • 2 player mode: join forces together with another friend at any time while you are playing and fuse your Isagoras ships to obtain extra power and finish the final bosses.
  • 5 levels spanning across the Solar System, from planet Earth to Jupiter’s moons…
  • 2D gameplay, 3D graphics.
  • Help the HDF to save the remains of the human species.

Now I’ll be perfectly honest in this … purely going by the video having not played it ... I’m not that impressed with the graphics and the music is irritating as hell. BUT if the gameplay holds up those are minor problems. I mean, hell, look at Decimation X. The graphics in that are pure crap (though the music is wicked) but it’s the gameplay that holds that game together and puts it up there as one of the best games of it’s type on the marketplace PERIOD.

But hit the jump to see some screenshots and a gameplay video of Isagora in action and make your own first impressions.

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2Aug/100

Halo 2600 was released at the Classic Gaming Expo

Halo_title Who says the Atari 2600 is dead. Now … I’ll admit. I’m not a Halo fan. I personally think the game is slow paced and rather boring. But I do like what other people come with in a game. Despite the fact that this is an Atari 2600 game, and the developer limited himself to using 4K of space. So no bankswitching or any of those things to provide more space. He has managed to create an extremely playable and fun game. And even the enemies are recognizable, and of course, Master Chief is instantly recognizable his his pixelated forrm. The graphics (by Atari 2600 standards of course) are extremely good, the sound is what you would expect from the system, and the control is perfect. If you’ve ever played Berzerk, it plays a lot like that. Only you can’t shoot diagonally. Here’s a little excerpt from his thinking behind the game (you can read the quite long post via the link) :

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24Jul/100

Snailien Invasion for the Xbox 360

I woke up today and saw the weirdest press release for a game … mostly stemming from the title.

banner Snailien Invasion is a 2D platform shooter similar to Liero and Soldat. Taking the battlefield to the Xbox 360, the game features full HD support, eight player network games and split screen support for up to four players. Expect fast-paced action, grappling-hook swinging fun and tons of weapons to research and try out!

  • Play against your friends in the classic modes (deathmatch, team deathmatch, capture the flag).
  • Play solo/coop against never-ending waves of drones in the survival mode.
  • Research over 30 weapons, all with varying degrees of weirdness, yet useful in their own way.
  • Terrain hardness: Some weapons produce concrete, which is much harder to dig though than normal terrain. Gratification for all you fort-builders out there!
  • A fun and quirky/weird sci-fi theme, complete with theremins in the intro music :)

It should be out in August according to the developers. Judging from the games it’s inspired by, it’ll probably play something like a real time Worms. You can check out the official site right here and hit the jump for some screenshots.

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17Jul/100

Halfbrick’s “Blast Off” is free right now for the iPhone/iPod Touch and probably the iPad.

mzl.ylyhnfle.320x480-75 Yeah, the title says it all. Just snag it right here. This is one of those games that I played the trial for on the Xbox 360 and, while it was good, it lent itself to more of a portable platform like the iPod for me.

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16Jul/100

Oh what I would’ve given to be at this particular CES.

Hell yeah.

1UP had a little article a while back about "E3" from 20 years ago (when games were shown off at CES). Aw man, this was during the day when the original Nintendo was in power and the Sega Genesis had only been around a short time. If only I could travel back in time, because to me this was when gaming REALLY started to get interesting with the introduction of the Genesis. Still to this day my favorite console. Click right here to see the article in all it's glory. Thanks to Windows Gamer.

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16Jul/100

Do you ever wonder what you may have missed in the previous generation of consoles?

multiconsole I always wonder that … so I’ve been on a Playstation 2 kick lately. It WOULD be the Xbox … except mine isn’t so much an Xbox anymore so much as it is an emulation/homebrew machine. And add on to the fact that damn DVD tray won’t open anymore for some reason. Yeah yeah, I know that’s easily fixed but I’m just too lazy to do it. The damn thing is basically an underpowered PC in a big, ugly, heavy black box anyway. And the Gamecube … honestly those games are a bit harder to get than PS2 games in my area, so I’m also going to leave that out. I’m just speaking me personally here, but you can say the same thing about any of the previous generation systems really. Just with the Gamecube being a somewhat smaller one because not everything came out for that for some reason.

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