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Crazy Taxi
Posted by Billy
Posted on 20 November, 2020 at 7:20PM ↑ 1 ↓ 0
Crazy Taxi

I have been playing Crazy Taxi on and off for twenty years. Just like any good arcade style game, it keeps me coming back. Also just like any good arcade game, I've never really mastered it. Sega always excelled at arcade games, and Crazy Taxi is one of the best of the lot. It first came home to the Dreamcast console. Given that I had a Dreamcast at the time, Crazy Taxi was an obvious purchase for me, and is still my preferred version of the game.

When it comes to genres, Crazy Taxi’s is hard to nail down. I wouldn’t really call it a racing game, but you are driving a car. You're a cabbie, and your goal is to pick up passengers, and drop them off as quick as you can, by any means possible. Your are timed, and when time runs out, the game is over. In addition, each passenger has a set time limit for getting them to their destination. You can earn more overall time by getting them to their destination faster than the limit. So the gameplay is a constant cycle of picking up a passenger, driving them to their destination, usually causing mayhem along the way, dropping them off, looking for a new passenger, and repeat. Wikipedia calls it a “score attack racing game”, which I suppose is fair enough.

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Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy Releasing For Other Platforms on July 10th
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Posted on 9 March, 2018 at 05:00AM ↑ 0 ↓ 0
Why Does Doom Get Ported To Everything?
Posted by Billy
Posted on 7 September, 2017 at 9:39PM ↑ 1 ↓ 0
Why Does Doom Get Ported To Everything?

One word. Doom. It's a simple name that can invoke a lot of things. Deathmatch, modding, programming. Doom is and was a lot of things to a lot of people. It's also known for being ported to everything. Why is this the case? Why Doom and not its older brother Wolfenstein 3D? I have compiled a list of six reasons why I think that's the case, based on my own knowledge of Doom and programming in general.

It's open source

This one is probably the most obvious, but it's worth mentioning. In 1997, the source code to Doom was released. Originally intended to be accompanied by a book, it was eventually released standalone. Why is this important? It means that people can work with the original code without reverse engineering it. Reverse engineering the Doom executable actually got pretty far in the early days of Doom modding. However, after the source was released,

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Why I'm not happy with Nintendo
Posted by Billy
Posted on 16 April, 2017 at 7:03PM ↑ 1 ↓ 0
Why I'm not happy with Nintendo

I'm getting really tired of Nintendo, for one big reason: I can't buy any of their products.

I'm sure you remember the buzz around the launch of the Wii. The Wii was huge, everyone was talking about it, and it was a giant success for Nintendo. At the the time, I really wanted one, but I wasn't able to get one until a couple years after launch. "Not a big deal", I thought, "it was a huge seller, so it makes sense that stores couldn't keep it in stock." Now, I'm not sure if this was actually the case, or it was intentional under stocking by Nintendo, but Nintendo seems to have taken this idea and run with it in later years.

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Canceled SNES Rayman Game Discovered
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Posted on 24 October, 2016 at 11:20PM ↑ 1 ↓ 0
Canceled SNES Rayman Game Discovered

Considering Billy recently posted that Rayman 2 review, this is perfect timing! The creator of Rayman, Michel Ancel, recently unearthed an EPROM cartridge of a long lost, canceled Rayman game for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. He posted images of the unreleased game to his Instagram account. According to Ancel, "We thought it was lost, but somewhere in the cold electronic circuit, something was alive."

The original Rayman launched in 1995 for the Atari Jaguar, Sony PlayStation, and Sega Saturn. Before that, however, the game was planned for an SNES release, but that particular version was canceled due to the rise in CD-ROM technology in the newer consoles of the time. As a result of that, this unreleased SNES version of Rayman is fairly different from the final product on the Jaguar, PS1, and Saturn. For example, the SNES version was going to have a co-op mode.

Now if only someone were to dump that ROM...

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Rayman 2: The Great Escape
Posted by Billy
Posted on 22 October, 2016 at 12:43AM ↑ 1 ↓ 0
Rayman 2: The Great Escape

Some games fall into a category I call “mystical”. These games inspire the imagination and there seems to be more to the world than what you can see at face value. One of exemplary game series are that of the character Rayman. Just look at Rayman himself, he has no arms or legs, so his body parts just float! When I first played the demo for the Dreamcast version of Rayman 2 at nine years old, I knew it was something special. Though strangely, I didn’t really play Rayman 2 until this year. Perhaps it’s because when I rented Rayman 1 many years ago, I was put off by the crushing difficulty. Thankfully that’s not the case with the second one.

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Castlevania: Rondo of Blood
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Posted on 27 September, 2016 at 04:19AM ↑ 1 ↓ 0
Castlevania: Rondo of Blood

Castlevania: Rondo of Blood is a side-scrolling platform video game published and developed by Konami for the PC Engine CD. It was released exclusively in Japan on October 29, 1993. The critically acclaimed Castlevania: Symphony of the Night is a direct sequel to this game. Outside Japan, the PC Engine and its CD add-on were known as the TurboGrafx-16 and the TurboGrafx-CD. While the system and its add-on did moderately well in Japan, they did poorly everywhere else, and so many of its greatest games never got released in North America and Europe. This is one of those games. Some would argue that the reason the TG16 and TGCD didn't succeed overseas is due to the lack of good games being localized, but that's neither here nor there. Through the art of imports and eventually the modern magic of emulation, people outside Japan finally got to experience the game. Shortly thereafter, Rondo of Blood quickly garnered the reputation of being one of the best Castlevania games of all time. Th

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Here's a Bunch Of Covers of E1M1
Posted by Billy
Posted on 21 September, 2016 at 08:18AM ↑ 1 ↓ 0
Here's a Bunch Of Covers of E1M1

Doom is one of the most iconic games ever made, the forerunner of all FPS. Equally iconic, is its soundtrack. A mix of thrash metal and suspenseful tones, the soundtrack really set the mood for the game. Probably the most iconic of those songs (we're all three levels of iconic now), the song to the very first level: E1M1. Standing for Episode 1 Map 1, this was every Doom player's first taste of the action. The track itself is actually called "At Doom's Gate", which is a fitting name since the first level is really the entryway into the game. (The first level of Doom 2 is called Entryway, as it turns out). The song itself is very evocative of the map it represents; it's a very quick and action packed song. Keys and environmental tricks like lifts (barring secrets) aren't introduced until the second level. For E1M1 it's just run 'n' shoot. To celebrate this track, we've compiled a list of covers of this song, everything from comedy, to intriguing, to full on headbanging enjoyment. Catch 'em after the break.

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