Archive for Sep, 2019

Exploring the Nuon – Part 1 – Getting the thing

Sun, Sep 29th, 2019

You guys noticed I’ve been getting into the groove of weekly articles? It’s fun doing these! I gotta keep my brain active, after all!

So some years back, I heard about this system called the “Nuon”, which was like the forgotten 5th competitor to the sixth generation of consoles.

For those unaware, in 2000-2001, VM labs, a company consisting of ex-Atari employees who worked on the Panther and Jaguar, made a console that was built into some DVD players. It flopped so hard very few have even heard of it today. It’s one of the few systems to fall that deep into obscurity.

The Nuon was supposedly the reason the Playstation 2 had a DVD player built in, so if that’s true, then it made a bigger splash than we thought.

Being a fan of this era, I knew I had to get my hands on one of these. I’d been searching for years in places like Cash Converters and charity shops to see if I could get one for cheap, since people can mistake them for regular DVD players and can go for seriously cheap prices! I never found one, though, and I slowly started to forget it.

A few months ago, I watched a video that brought it back on my radar.

This time I decided “Fuck it!”, and just bought one online.

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Why Dark Seed 2 makes sense… and how I’d fix it! (SPOILERS)

Sun, Sep 22nd, 2019

EDIT: I checked game footage of Dark Seed 2, and it turns out what I theorised was confirmed. The game explains that Mike Dawson had a breakdown. So this post is completely redundant, but I’ll leave it here just in case people want to read it, anyway.

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The CD FMV craze in the early 90s wasn’t the only one in gaming.

Sun, Sep 15th, 2019

Wise fwom you gwave! It’s been a while since I’ve posted here, isn’t it?

So I was watching a series of videos about VHS games consoles in the 80s, and how it was a craze where several companies tried to make games out of VHS tapes. Sounded a lot like the CD craze in the 90s.

One thought lead to another and then I realised something: 90s CD games were far from the only FMV craze in gaming, yet it’s the only one people really talk about.

So I thought I’d explain my thoughts and findings here. I’m no expert here or anything, I just think this is very interesting to talk about!

I’m also embedding other people’s Youtube videos to show youse these games in action, if one of the uploaders is somehow sees this and ia not happy with this, I’ll take it down.

I think there were six FMV crazes in gaming, and I’m going to explain each one here.

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