Archive for the ‘Retro Diary’ Category

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!

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!

Retro Diary #73 – M… m…. m… mixtape…

Sunday, July 2nd, 2017

On Wednesday, I played Tony Hawk’s Underground with my brother on the PS2, and we played Horse.

I guess you could call this a Horse of the Week, technically, but we never called it that, and the word is pronounceable, but screw it, I’ll put it under that anyway, because chances are, we’ll never see this kind of thing again in a long time…

The word today was:

Mixtape.

Why? Because we were talking about when I get better at drumming (I’ve been practicing drums), and my brother playes Bass and Guitar, that we should do jam sessions, and discussing making mixtapes and stuff.

Anyway, we played 2 games, both of which I lost… my excuse was that I was playing Duolingo becauses I needed to keep my streak!

So I’m the Horse of the Week… or rather a Mixtape!


On Thursday, I played some Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets on the Xbox.

Later on, me and my brother played another game of THUG, and essentially upped our game, instead of Mixtape, we did:

M…M…Mixtape

And I won!

We also played a game of Combo Mambo, a few games of Graffiti and 3 game’s of King of The Hill, which is our new favourite game mode!


On Saturday, we had another late night session of THUG1, we played some more games of King of the Hill, most of which were in Hotter than Hell.

Retro Diary #72

Sunday, June 25th, 2017

On Saturday, I was going to play some Tony Hawk’s Underground, but we didn’t…


I got back into THUG Pro, and this time, I’ve started trying to diversify my combos, and use every special move I have!

Retro Diary #71

Sunday, June 18th, 2017

On Sunday, I set the PS2 back up for my brother, who decided to play through Tony Hawk’s Underground multiple times to unlock all of the decks. He isn’t too happy about having to do it, but he’s doing it anyway, he’s dedicated, I’ll give him that!


On Monday, my brother started to create his story on Tony Hawk’s Underground and I played some Shaun Palmer’s Pro Snowboarder… which is kind of meh…


On Tuesday, A tried my hand at modding THUG Pro and adding my own models, A tried adding the Klonoa model, I followed this tutorial on how to rig models.

It turned into a disaster. I got the model imported in the game, but the rigging (meaning how the character moves in animation) was way off, and was very glitchy, and I couldn’t to save my life fix it.

I gave up and just imported my created Klonoa skater from THUG2 into THUG Pro, and that worked.

A few people have recognised the character, surprisingly, I didn’t expect anyone to, the Klonoa games are pretty rare, and kind of came and went, so that’s cool!

My Brother came in telling me his plans for the THUG story, and plans to create braching storylines, some of which rely on which sponsor you pick in the story, that souinds really cool. That’s something the actuial story mode doesn’t have


So on Wednesday, I’ve been playing around in THUG Pro online matches, and people have started to notice, and point out that my combos are reptitive, something I didn’t even realise.

It made me so embarassed that I haven’t played an online game since…


On Saturday, my brother, my sister and I played a Catchphrase card game my sister bought a day or so prior.

It’s a 3+ player game, one player is the host and the rest play against each-other.

My sister was the host so it was me vs my brother.

It was fun, though we struggled a lot with a couple of the catchphrases.

Retro Diary #70

Sunday, June 11th, 2017

Last Sunday, I got Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2 (mostly) working on my PC, and I got it working using the Cumulative patch, which makes the gtame widescreen, unloicks the framerate, and makes other improvements.

….and wow! Playing the game at 60+ frames per second makes a huge difference! It’s much more fun and fluid now! It’s going to be hard to go back to the console versions now…

Read the rest of this entry »

Retro Diary #69 – Tony Hawk’s Racist Wasteland

Sunday, June 4th, 2017

On Monday, me, my sister and littlest brother went to M&Ds, which is a theme park in Scotland. (and the only one…)

There, they had plenty of arcade machines, from Pacman to Flappy Bird.

Read the rest of this entry »

Retro Diary #68 – Xbox Week Part 1.5

Sunday, May 28th, 2017

Continuation from last week’s blog.

I played through my brother’s Tony Hawk’s Underground 2 story, the one he was creating using entirely goals made from the Create-A-Goal feature in the game… for something that was created out of the blue in 2 days using something that basically made things like character development or actual story events impossible, it’s actually pretty good. In my opinion. Read the rest of this entry »

Retro Diary #67 – Xbox (and Classic PC) week!

Sunday, May 21st, 2017

After my brothers were done with the PS2, they looked up the attic for more console Tony Hawk games, and found Underground 2 on the Original Xbox, so I set up that console for them in the sitting room.

My brother has been playing Underground 2 for about a week now, completing the story mode several times now and now going through classic mode to get the rest of levels or whatever else needs to be unlocked.

We played some multiplayer games as well, all of which I lost, badly… then we played some Medal of Honor: Rising Sun, which hasn’t aged well… at all…

My other brother had some games of Tony Hawks Underground 2 as well.

The brother that wanted to play THUG2, has 100%’d it, too.

Meanwhile, I installed Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2-4 and Underground 2 on my PC, I played through Underground 2, and now I’m playing Pro Skater 3 and 4. I’m still tryting to get 2 working properly.


I’ve beaten THPS3’s career mode twice so far, once with my own skater, the second time with Doom Guy!

My brother has almost 100%ed THUG2, he trying to get all of the gaps now. He has taken interest in real skateboards, and has shown me some he is interested in.


My brother is now going for all the gaps in THUG2, he’s really dedicated…

My other brother apparently played some Tony Hawk’s Project 8 on Xbox, and didn’t like it…

Meanwhile, I myself am playing through Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3 on PC, I’ve played through the career with my custom skater, Doom Guy, Wolverine, Darth Maul and Doom, Guy!


My brother has given up on getting all gaps in THUG2, and is instead making his own custom story for the game using the creeate-a-goal feature, and he wants me to check it out when he’s done… I can’t wait to try it!

I have played through THPS3 with Private Camerera and Steve Calberello. I’m aiming to, m,inus all gaps, totally 100% the game with all characters!


That’s it for this weeks retro diary, see you all next week, I guess.

Retro Diary – PS2 Day! Part 2

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

Rocco and I decided to play a Tony Hawks Underground again, but this time, I played through the story, and I did it so that I can demonstrate the alternate ending, which you can get by playing through the game twice, I believe one of the playthroughs has to be on sick mode.

Spoiler Alert: The alternate ending is the 2nd last cutscene, where Eric Sparrow declares a race with the player skater, but instead of doing the race, the player skater just snatches the tape from Sparrow, knocking him out cold… serves him right, I think!

We then played some multiplayer games of THUG, one was a horse game, which I somehow lost… grr!

We then played a load of other games, such as Tony Hawk’s Downhill Jam, SmackDown vs. Raw 2006, Smackdown vs Raw 2011, Wipeout Fusion and others.

It was a nice day, and while all of this was happening, the sun was shining, it was nice and warm outside, and we had a barbecue! I’ll not forget this day any time soon!

Now my brother is trying to play the other games on PC… only to find that his PC’s disc drive gave way, with THPS2 stuck in there, we had to resort to prying the tray out to get it out… At least the disc isn’t badly damaged…

Nel cuore della Scozia

In viaggio tra Edimburgo e le Highlands

Island Voices - Guthan nan Eilean

Slices of Life and Work in the 21st Century Hebrides - for language learners, and anyone else!

MUNGUIN'S NEW REPUBLIC

This site supports Scottish Independence

National Day Calendar

Fun, unusual and forgotten designations on our calendar.

Scotland Moves on

independence plain and simple

The SKWAWKBOX

Communicating on stuff that matters

yesdayscotland

Modern technology for peacefully resolving mass conflict

Wee Ginger Dug

Biting the hand of Project Fear

Cobra!'s Scrievin Site an Dream Diary

Whaur a mak up short stories fae Scrievin Prompt an whaur A store ma Dream Journal

Gamerstorm Developers Blog

Where our Developers talk about stuff!

World War 1 Live

Live-blogging the Great War

Scottish Games Network

The home of the Scottish Games Network

SHENMUE.DE

Das deutsche Shenmue-Fanblog

The Asexual Agenda

Furthering upper-level discussions of asexuality

Cobra!'s Retro Room

A blog documenting my gaming life.

Movie Night

YouTube's #1 Movie Review Show (in blog form!)

The Zandig Special

CZW Reviews, Rants and Rory Mondo

%d bloggers like this: