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Is the PS1 overated?

Wed, Mar 13th, 2019

In short: I think it is. For those who just wanted to know that, you can now piss off.

For those who want to know what brought me to that conclusion, I suppose I can give you a backstory.

I used to have a PS1 back in the day, and I loved it. There were so many great games for it. The 3D aspect was mindblowing coming from the Mega Drive!

When I got into retro gaming, I naturally went back to the PS1. Those wobbly textures have a charm to them that you can’t recreate with modern games!

So I decided to expland into other retro consoles of that generation, and I got a Saturn, then an N64, then a Dreamcast.

Over time, I found myself playing those way more, and my PS1 was just collecting dust.

It seems I’m not alone. People my age seem to rave on about those consoles more than the PS1. Look at any meme about the 90s, and 9 times out of 10, you’ll see a reference to the N64 there.

Dreamcast obviously has it’s huge fanbase, and the Saturn has a dedicated one, too.

But the PS1 seems completely forgotten. Sure, you have some guys, such as myself, recalling memories of it, but generally, people seemed to have just moved on and don’t pay any attention to it. At least this is from my experience.

This is all despite the fact the PS1 sold about twice as many consoles as the other 3 combined.

Makes you wonder, doesn’t it? From playing all of the consoles, almost on a regular basis, I can give you my reason for doing this myself.

The PS1 just feels… bland. Lifeless. Almost corporate.

The library seems quanity over quality. Absolutely it has it’s classics, but a big percentage of those weren’t even exclusive, and most of the time, in my opinion, the PS1 version wasn’t even the best.

Wipeout is also available on Saturn and PC.

Wipeout 2097/XL is also available on Saturn and PC.

Croc is also available on Saturn and PC.

Destruction Derby, you guessed it, also on Saturn and PC.

Destruction Derby 2 was also on PC, and a Saturn port was in the works, but cancelled.

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater was also on N64 and Dreamcast.

Pro Skater 2 was also on N64, Dreamcast, and PC. (There was also 2X on Xbox, but that never got released here)

Final Fantasy VII was also on PC.

Metal Gear Solid was also on PC.

Bugs Bunny Lost in Time and Sheep, Dog n’ Wolf were also on PC.

See where I’m getting at?

Don’t get me wrong, the PS1 has some absolute classics to call it’s own, such as the Crash Bandicoot games, the Spyro trilogy, Klonoa, Wip3out and Ape Escape. I’m not holding anything against those, I love those games! It also has Bubsy 3D… I guess?

But outside of those, the PS1 feels like it hasn’t got anything truly outstanding to offer.

I also respect that the same could be said for the Sega Saturn, many of it’s games were also on PC, but at least those Saturn games had multiplayer that was harder to achieve on PC, so there was a reason to own the games on Saturn, if you had one. Most of the PS1 games listed were singleplayer only.

The other consoles felt like they had personality to them, like you go to one of them to play a specific type of game.

Whereas the PS1 feels like it’s just a generic for everyone console, it lacks such personality.

I’m not knocking the PS1 at all, mind you, I still think it’s a great console, just overshadowed by almost every other console that generation.

So what do you think? Feel free to

 

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My opinion on Article 13

Wed, Mar 6th, 2019

So I thought I’d share my view about Articles 11 and 13 (and more recently Article 3).

I’m going to do this article in English, as opposed to my usual Scots because I want as many people to read this as possible.


I think it’s going to be a disaster, not just for your average joe, but it will be detrimental to the corporations that are probably lobbying for it.

For those somehow not in the know at this point, Article 11 is the idea of taxing people for simply linking to articles, Article 13 is a copyright filter that stops people from uploading anything with copyrighted content.

Article 3 is a very recent article that stops people from modifying their routers or any other radiowave device. To stop people from bypassing the other 2, no doubt.

So you can see what is wrong with this on the user end, and is only to serve the corporations and traditional media outlets.

On one hand, I can kind of sympathise with said corporations, sales of newspapers and physical media in general (not counting Vinyl or Cassette) are falling, much to my dismay, and streaming services such as Spotify or Youtube, give out so little money to the artists.

This said, I’m going to argue that said corporations and outlets are actually tying a noose around their necks, thinking they attached a safety rope. Here’s why: Read the rest of this entry »

The EU is About to Destroy The Internet #DeleteArt13

Tue, Jun 12th, 2018

This is of urgent importance! Basically, the EU are proposing a law where if you reference or link to anything, you have to pay an extortionate fee through the “link tax”.

I don’t need to say that this will destroy what we love about the internet, and chaos would surely ensue.

More information in the video below by “Computing Forever”:

via The EU is About to Destroy The Internet #DeleteArt13 – YouTube

Please do your part and visit https://saveyourinternet.eu/ and do everything on the site! We can’t let them go through with this!

As Gandhi once said: “First they ignore you, then they mock you, then they fight you, and then you’ll win.”

Then mainstream media have ignored us for so long, then a few years ago, they started to mock us.

Now they’re fighting us…

If we fight together, we will win!

Nelson Sullivan explains his camcorder technique to Lahoma – YouTube

Sun, Mar 25th, 2018

While browsing Reddit, I discovered that some guy in the 1980s made a series of Vlogs, and someone has uploaded all of them to Youtube, and there is a tonne of them!

It’s so strange and fascinating seeing life back in the 80s! Definitely give them a watch!

A kickstarter for a new N64 game!

Fri, Mar 2nd, 2018

There’s a kickstarter for a new(ish) Nintendo 64 game.

I saw newish, it’s for finishing off a canceled N64 game, but it’ll still be a new release!

I hope to back this for this reason! It’d make a nice conversation piece!

I hope everyone reading this backs this also! This is going to be awesome!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/retrogames/40-winks-a-new-nintendo-64-game/

I did it!

Sun, Nov 5th, 2017

Hopefully the first of many Sololearn certificates!

My first impressions on Superman 64…

Sat, Sep 23rd, 2017

So I was at the Scotland Comic-con today, and found a copy of Superman 64 for sale.

So I thought, what the heck? I’ve enjoyed some “shitty” games in the past, so maybe this will be the same. It’s a late 90s polygonal game, it’s right up my alley! I don’t mind going through rings so long as the rest is okay.

So I went home, set up my Nintendo 64 and stuck the game in.

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I expected the game to either be not as bad as people say, or so bad, it’s awesome! Every bad game I’ve played has fallen into one these categories.

This game, however, is neither… it is dreadful! One of the very few games I actually hate! Everything they say about the game… it’s true… very true…

The controls are fucking atrocious, it is too sensitive, you cannot change them, and there’s a lot of lag in them!

And every time you conplete the rings and fail the challenge, guess what? You have to go through the fucking rings all over again!

I’ve enjoyed some “awful” games in the past: Virtual Hydlyde, Diakatana, WWE All Stars on the PS2, WCW Backstage Assault, Robot Arena 1, Rise of the Robots, Bubsy 3D… BUBSY! FUCKING! THREE DEE! I ENJOYED BUBSY FUCKING 3D!

but this…. THIS! This is truly garbage! This deserves every crticism it recieves!

Although… it isn’t entirely Titus’ fault that this happened, WB were kind of dicks to them, being unecessarily strict with what Superman can and can’t do, and Titus even went as far as to reference Superman comics to prove them wrong on some occasions, such as the idea that Superman won’t fight or kill people in the real Metropolis, “requiring” a virtual one be made, or something. I would link to the video I heard this from, but my site blocker has blocked my sites for the night… damn offline commitment!

Titus aren’t entirely in the clear, after all, they have lied about their own game prior to release on a few occasions, but I guess this teaches us one important lesson… WB were horrible back then… and they’re horrible now! (See: Batman Arkham Origins, Batman Arkham Knight, Mad Max, Man of Steel, Batman v Superman, Suicide Squad and more…) Why do people, myself included, keep buying their products?

If they hadn’t had such massive IPs such as Looney Tunes, Anamaniacs and all the DC heroes they acquired when buying DC comics, they would have gone bankrupt long ago… long ago!

I never thought that I would ever say this… but please… don’t buy this game… save your money! Do something more useful with your money… like burn it… or flush it down the toilet… or buy shit on Amazon, I don’t know…

Will this stop me from attempting to play through the game? Probably not. I am kind of machochist when it comes to things like this, I guess, and also my conscience deminds I finish what I start, and I have started something I shouldn’t have… playing this game, that is… in case it wasn’t obvious…

My Thougts on The Room (Spoilers)

Tue, Sep 12th, 2017

T’was a masterpeice, Tommy Wisaeu is the human form of perfection! Aliens should watch the film as they enter our planet, before they enslave us for eternity!

In all seriousness, this film was… interesting, to say the least.

To say the film was awful I don’t think is quite accurate.

Yes, the acting was bad, awful, even. Yes, the writing was all over the place. Yes, it has Tommy Wiseau. Yes, the theme song was overused to the point that you can’t get it out of your head, and you end up constantly humming it and annoy the fuck out of everybody, losing all of your friends and alienating your family, leading to a lonely life, with only your thoughts to talk to, causing you to go insane and leads to your ultimiate demise, confined to a life in a mental institution.

But it was… enjoyable.

Seriously, me and my brother had an amazing time watching it! We wanted to watch the special features! Seriously, what other film can you name that you wanted to watch the special features of?!

The film does have qualities that I do unironically enjoy, for example, (oh yes, I forgot, SPOILERS!) When Johnny Wisaeu (YES I KNOW THAT ISN’T HIS NAME, BUT IT FITS!) goes insane and shoots himself in the ends, I felt his pain, we wanted to slap Lisa in the face for what she did! Or should I say… tear her apart?

Some of the actors were very good, like the man who threatened to kill a child over drug money, he was a genuinely good actor, it almost felt out of place…

Lisa’s mother, the one with breast cancer, was also pretty good, but not good enough to be out of this place in the film…

That’s all I can positively say unironically about the film.

Everything else was terrible, it was poorly directed, poorly written, poorly thrown-together, it was clearly made by an alien who has no idea how humans interact… either that or he’s actually from a foreign country whose culture differs greatly from countries that speak an Anglic language… yeah, that’s probably it.

However, it’s the perfect blend of bad, and it makes for an awesome experience!

Seriously, everyone needs to watch this! I am not saying this for a joke, it provides an experience unlike anything you’ve ever seen before! After all, they say that looking for experiences in life is the way to a happy life…

So what have we learned from this? Watching the room leads to happiness! Seriously, watch this!¬†Don’t torrent or stream it, buy the DVD or Blu-Ray, you need this in your life!

Now that I’ve experienced The Room, time to listen to The Disaster Artist…

My thoughts on The Cat Returns

Sun, Aug 27th, 2017

So I decided to watch The Cat Returns today, I’ve only seen a little bit of the film beforehand when it was on TV, and thought that it would be right up my alley! So I decided to get the Blu-Ray some years later, and give it watch. I finally got around to doing so, and I thought I’d write my thoughts about it here real quick. I gotta keep myself distracted from being bullied by my crippling depression and my antagonising anxiety somehow!

For those unaware, the Cat Returns is an anime film by Studio Ghibli released in 2002, and it involves cats…

I know some people are going to ask: I watched it subbed, but maybe in some cases, it might have been better to watch it dubbed, because a lot of the humor and whatnot involved the way cats spoke, which were just lost on me when listening to the Japanese, but by the time I realised this, I was well into the film, too late to change it without being put off by the sudden change.

Anyway, I thought it was a really good film. I was very into it when I watched it, at least originally. Visually, like every other Studio Ghibli film I’ve watched, it looked beautiful! It was very well drawn and animated, very colourful and cheerful! Why isn’t our world like this?!
It’s also so nice to watch a Blu-Ray film at 16:9! It’s good to actually see a film’s picture take up the entire TV screen! Thanks guys!

You can tell it wasn’t written entirely seriously, there was a lot of intentional comedy in it, and a lot of self-awareness was also present, maybe too much, almost like the writers couldn’t be bothered to rewrite the story to fill in the plot-holes, so they just leave it all in and just have characters say something like “Well, I knew we should have installed that…” or “Oh, how convenient!”. To me, it seems used as a crutch to make up for bad writing… though then again, it is an anime about a girl being sent to a kingdom of cats to marry a cat prince to rule a population of cats whilst having jokes about cats thrown at us (did I mention that this film is about cats?), so I guess anything goes, right?

This self-awareness practically made me lose my immersion, like it’s hard to feel immersed and worried about the characters if there’s always a convenient way out.

While I thought this was a really good film (and believe me, it was!), it’s not as good as the other Studio Ghibli films I’ve watched.

If you find this film on Blu-Ray or DVD for a good price, I’d say ¬£10 or under, then go for it!

That concludes my review, I give this film 7 bags of cat-nip out of 10!

Okay, now the review is over, now go away!

My thoughts on Cars 3 (Minor Spoilers)

Fri, Aug 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… 

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