Retro Diary #77

Sunday, August 13th, 2017

So on Thursday, it was my birthday, and I planned to go with some friends to the cinema to see Cars 3. Only one friend turned up, I’m not going to jump to conclusions as to why the others showed up.

Anyway, we met up,We watched someone play Super Mario 3D world at MEGABytes, and then we went and saw the film. I enjoyed it, you can see my thoughts on the film in this article.


On Friday, I went to the MEGABytes café, and played some PS1 games. The first was No Onbe can stop Mr. Domino, it was a fairly fun game, although it got really frustrating a couple of levels in.

I then played some Dead or Alive 1. I’ve never played the first game before, and it’s a typical 90s fighter from the time. There’s really not much to say here other than outside the main area are full of explosives, seemingly, if a player falls in this area, the ground blows up, propelling them into the air.

This was also before they started using the gimmick of bouncing tits, so the game was just bland in general. Fun, yeah, but bland, in my opinion.

Afterwards, I visited GAME at St. Enochs, and found that they have eliminated their PC stock, even their digital code cards are gone minus some Sims 4 ones… it’s happening… =(


On Saturday, I finally got around to playing Watch Dogs 2… and I’m addicted! I’ve already lost several hours because the game!

Gameplay-wise, it feels like Watch Dogs 1, but with better car physics, but seeing as I loved the first game, that’s a good thing!

 

Scots First: Kist o Riches — Island Voices – Guthan nan Eilean

Saturday, August 12th, 2017

A’v juist came across this, it’s an awfu interestin documentary aboot preservin audio recordins bi digitisin thaim!

Alistair Heather is the first to take up the latest “Sharing Gaelic Voices” challenge, as Scots becomes the ninth addition to our “Mother Tongues and Other Tongues” collection of languages! It started with a recent post to the Scots Language Forum on Facebook to see what interest there might be in recording Scots voiceovers to […]

via Scots First: Kist o Riches — Island Voices – Guthan nan Eilean

My thoughts on Cars 3 (Minor Spoilers)

Friday, August 11th, 2017

Got five minutes to spare? Well, you can read this article about what a nobody thinks about a film that is a month old. Sound good? Let’s continue!

So I went to the cinema to see Cars 3 yesterday, and I thought I’d give my views on the film while it’s still fresh on my mind.

I thought it was a very good film, though of course, I was going to be a little biased. I actually enjoyed Cars 1 and even 2. Nobody else seemed to like those at all.

Of course, if you view anything in a big screen in a dark room with the sound turned right up, you become more immersed and more invested in the film, so that might also be a factor in all of this.

Regardless, I enjoyed it. It wasn’t the awesome film I was hoping for, but I thought it was good, still.

The film actually went in a direction I wasn’t expecting, and because of that, the ending was also not what I expected.

I expected a sort of Rocky Balboa type situation, where it was just:

  1. Person is a legend at what they do
  2. Person is becoming old
  3. Person wants to keep doing what they are a legend of but can’t because they’re old
  4. Person trains extra hard for their final match/game/whatever of doing what they do
  5. Person wins or loses match with grace.
  6. Person retires.

Cars 3, however, whilst following this cliche to an extent, does do some things different, and whilst at first I was dissapointed at this, I was later on happy that they did something different. The thought of every story going through this pretermined path to the point that it becomes predictable is depressing to me, so it’s good to see something break that system!

What did they do exactly? Not telling you! I want to spoil as little as possible!

If there is one thing I didn’t like, it was the fact that the jokes about Lighting McQueen becoming “old” went too far, they just kept going on and on about it. Yes! I get it! He’s old! Thanks for reminding us that it’s going to happen to all of us someday! That out minds will eventually degrade into nothingless! That out skin will become saggy! That out muscles will become frail! That out immune systems will soon stop responding! You know, as if shit’s not hard enough as it is!

There are scenes that I didn’t exact to be in the film either, the races were quite entertaining, too!

Really, there’s not much else I can say about the film without spoiling it, but if you’re up for watching a film in a cinema, there a few showing left of this film, at least if you’re in Scotland like I am. I would reccomend you check this out! I mean, better this than the Emoji Movie, right?

Also, I found out that the film has a game out on the PS4, Xbox one and Wii U! It’s so rare that we see a movie game on consoles nowadays! Movies just get mobile apps nowadays! Even though this will most certainly suck, I’m going to buy it just for that experience! …Wait, was that the idea behind the game? (o sap people like me into bying it based on nostalgia? Hmm….

Anyway, that’s it for this post, see youse whenever, I guess… 

Retro Diary #76 – Back Home!

Sunday, August 6th, 2017

I’m back!

On Sunday, I met up with an old friend at a retro gaming cafe, where I played Bugs Bunny: Lost in Time on the PS1 for a few hours.

It’s actually a really good game. It fits the theme of the show perfectly, it has some great platforming elements to it! The only major flaw I found was that the controls can be very frustrating! The right analog stick does nothing. You have to use the L2 and R2 buttons to look around. Also, R1 is the action button…

Other than that, it’s a very good game, and I definitely see myself getting it when I can afford it!

After that, me and this friend went to get dinner where we talked about all sorts of things game related!

After that, we went home.


On Monday, I was talking to a friend online (for a good few hours, I might add!), and we takes about the Tony Hawk games for a bit (because she saw Underground 2 on PS2 for sale at a shop and was thinking of getting it), and how she played one of the games years ago, but can’t remember which, I helper her identify that it was Project 8.

While chatting to her, I found my old PS2 keyring, which broke off ages ago!


On Tuesday, another friend called me for a little chat, and asked how many PC games I had (I guess just to create conversation), and since I’ve lost count, I decided to just take some photos of my collection and sent them to him instead!

I’ve decided to share them here as well!


Retro Pickups: My haul from Italy

Monday, July 31st, 2017

We had a holiday in Italy for a week, and there was a shopping centre within driving distance which has a GameStop. We went to this mall for a day and we’re given spending money.

So I got some games that you can’t get physically in Scotland (Much to my dissatisfaction), including Titanfall 2 and Superhot! 

I also got Mighty No 9, which I heard a lot of negative things about, but it was only 5 Euros, so I thought why not…

Retro Diary #75 – Off to Italy!

Sunday, July 23rd, 2017

On Thursday, my brother and I were packing our PS1 to bring to Italy with us and we’re packing the Crash Bandicoot games I have, Wipeout 3, The Tony Hawk games, Parappa the Rapper and some others.

I also decided to dig out my Gameboy Color, as I decided to bring that, and played some Pokémon Pinball, and I forgot how addicting that game was! It took me back to when I played it in high-school, and everyone gathered around me to watch me play it, even though it was old-tech even then!

Le Petit Prince is printed in Scots for the first time

Tuesday, July 18th, 2017

“ANOTHER classic literary tale has been given the Scots treatment as Le Petit Prince becomes The Wee Prince.”

This is brawsome! Mair an mair stuff are gittin pit ower in tae Scots this year! 😀

Source: Le Petit Prince is printed in Scots for the first time

My thoughts on the new Doctor

Sunday, July 16th, 2017

I’m going to give my thoughts on the new doctor… because everyone is dying to hear my opinion, right?

Okay, so for those unaware, the new Doctor has been confirmed, and will be played by Jodie Whittaker, making his the first female ro ever play the doctor… unless you somehow count the parody written by Stephen Moffat for Comic Relief 1999.

Personally, I’m not sure how I feel about the choice of the new Doctor…
 

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I’m done… After my current games are finished, I’m going to distance myself from the games industry for good.

Monday, July 10th, 2017

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Hey, Cobra! here

I didn’t want to make such a post, nor do I think I would ever in my life be saying what I’m about to say in this article, but it’s gotten to the point where I just can’t take things anymore.

After my current projects are done, that is Tengist GD, Rossies 3D/Classic and Camerageddon, I’m going to stop associating myself with video games. I have no desire to go on.

I am so sick of the way games are handled and made nowadays. I’m sick of the video games themselves, I’m sick of the gamers, and I’m sick of the community as a whole and everything that is associated with modern gaming.

Games are no longer an art form, but simply a business. It’s not about creating an enjoyable experience that will stick in the minds of those who play them, but simply a game, in…

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Retro Diary #74 – Tony Hawk: The Board(ish) game!

Sunday, July 9th, 2017

On Sunday, my brother came into my room, and asked if I was busy.

I said I wasn’t, and asked why.

He said it’s because he came up with a game or sorts that will be a companion to the Tony Hawk games we play.

We basically have a bunch of cards telling us to achieve certain challenges and we get points depending on the challenge’s difficulty up to 3 points, and the first to 10 points wins.

The game works by putting the cards in a deck, and take turns to draw one. If it’s a challenge (there are other cards that award you an automatic point, lose you a point, deplete all of your points, skip a turn, etc.), that you draw, you decide whether you or another player does it.

The player that does it gets 5 tries to do it, and if they fail those 5 tries, each other player gets a shot each, and then the final player decides to either just take one point or try the challenge themself.

There is also one “Tony Hawk” challenge which awards you 4 points, a “Rodney Mullen” challenge worth 5 points and one almost-impossible challenge which, if you succeed, awards you 10 points, basically winning you the whole game.

The game is designed to work with essentially any Tony Hawk game (even Pro Skater 5!) so the challenges aren’t specific to any level or character.

We had a few games of this on Tony Hawk’s Underground on the PS2, and we had a blast! I have no doubt that we’ll do it again!

and we did have another few games of it later that night.


On Monday morning, I played a bit of Tony Hawk’s Underground, just farting around, really.


On Tuesday, I played some Tony Hawk’s Underground 2 Remix pn the PSP while I was out.

I also played around in THUG1, and ended up doing an 8 million point combo!

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