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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.

This is why I’m losing interest in video games…

Saturday, June 17th, 2017

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It’s things that this that really tick me off!

I believe it’s the consumers right to mod what they buy. As long as they don’t resell it. (Even then, I’d say a very limited number of copies is still okay)

However, that would be me caring for the consumers, and proposing that I don’t have control over something, and that is unacceptable in the industry!

I think they’re going to singlehandedly kill off the entire PC community by doing this, maybe not immediately, but in the long run, like any other games, people will lost interest.

but that’s okay with the, because that would mean they’d have interest in forking over money for a new game!

How long have Take Two sunken from making mods acceptable in San Andreas, to outright outlawing them entirely in GTA V!

“Is it because of the Hot Cofee Incident?”, I have my doubts, because 1: That was over 10 years ago, and 2: Hot Cofee, with Rockstar’s fault, they added it then, but then hid it, modder simply uncovered it…

From the point of view from an indie developer, I love the idea of modding. The lifespan of my original Rossies game was extended thanks to it being open source, and other people making mods and even total conversions of the game! I was seeing new content based on something I created it. I planted the seed to a then-growing community!

It’s that that makes me commited to make all my games open source, communities are a good thing! Maybe not finantially, but… well, fananical is all that matters to corporations, I forgot.

So my closeing words are: Fuck you Take Two!

Have a nice day!

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…

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Pirate Bay founder: We’ve lost the internet, it’s all about damage control now

Saturday, June 10th, 2017

I suppose we can also extend this to PC gaming… 

https://thenextweb.com/eu/2017/06/09/pirate-bay-founder-weve-lost-the-internet-its-all-about-damage-control-now/?amp=1

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…

How Do You Fuck Up Tetris? (The Jimquisition)

Friday, August 26th, 2016

Okay, so after a while of taking a hiatus from keeping up with the games industry, I decided to watch all of the previously unreleased episodes of a Youtube show I watch called The Jimquision, and he made this episode about Tetris, which for the most part is fascinating, as are all of his shows, but there was one line in the video that has been bothering me.

6:38 “…and proprietary software that claim to be services, but really just get in the f***ing way between players and their games”

Now I hear things like that being said about software like Origin and Uplay, and I can assume that’s what Jim is referring to here, seeing that he’s talking about EA and Ubisoft, but what bothers me is that, Steam also fits that description perfectly, but Jim would probably include that in the list of intrusive programs. Yet when I mention stuff like that, I get a lot of hate for it, like somehow it’s okay if Valve does it, but not EA or Ubisoft. It’s like they love to suck Valves package and praise Steam to no end (With the exception of a couple of things recently, like paid workshop items), gamers like kick the balls of one greedy corporation, but suck the dick of another! All for doing the same things!

I mean don’t get me wrong, Valve do make amazing games, but it’s by no means an excuse to do what they do! As developers, Valve are amazing, but as publishers, they are corrupt! Perhaps more so than the likes of EA or Microsoft!

I mean if you looked at the file names for Steam in it’s folder, one of the exe is called “SteamService.exe”, so to me, it seems like a peice of evidence that shows that Valve are trying make Steam look like a service.

As for getting in the way? Try running a game you recently got in a store or digitally bought in a store other than GOG or Steam, and try running it without Steam running, chances are, it’ll start up Steam. If that’s not getting in the way between a player and the game, than I don’t know what is! Just because one uses a program so much, it doesn’t make it less intrusive!

Anyway, a later Jimquision episode I watched mentioned this kind of double standard way of thinking when Overwatch uses microtransactions, like people hate when EA does it, but don’t mind it when a company like Blizzard does it.

It seems like a majority of gamers sadly don’t actually care about DRM or shady business practices, I think all of the hate companies get are just because gamers want an excuse to hate those companies, regardless of whether their favourite brand does the exact same thing!

It’s very depressing, really, and I can see why I have been distancing myself from modern gaming, because you have people like that. Whether it’s a vocal minority or not, it doesn’t look like things aren’t going to change, meaning either everyone is fooled into thinking Steam is good, or the silent majority can’t be arsed to do anything about it… Huh, I guess that’s true to life in general, huh?

I see what they did there…

Monday, June 20th, 2016

I recently got back into the Sims 3 after getting the game working on Ubuntu, and after failing a “dare” job in University Life, I got this message:

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This is being Politically Correct and doing it well! 😀

I got a PS4!

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

That’s right, I got a PS4 today!

I was planning on getting one of these for a while, more a less ever since I’ve heard that WWE 2k15 is coming to PS4 and Xbox One, but not the PC.

Yesterday, my mum asked me if I wanted to go to GAME and get my PS4, since there was a deal on PS4s right now where you get a PS4, plus a handful of games for £400, even though most of those games are also available on PC, the only exception being Last of Us, which was sadly a Download code. Despite all of that, I thought it was a decent deal, so I went for it, and I also got Killzone: Shadow Fall for £10 with it.

Playstation 4 Console

Beauty, isn’t it?

It’s hard to tell what I feel about the PS4, I’m very exited to play WWE 2k15 on it, but there’s not much to play on it so far, I only want to play Killzone: Shadow Fall until I complete all of the previous games, regardless of any resemblance to previous games, and the Last of Us has yet to fully download it’s 9GB of content!

It’s frustrating, it’s a new, high-tech, top of the range machine (to an extent), it has some awesome features on the PS Vita, such as being a second screen, and being able to access your PS4 from anywhere in the world, as long as you have a Wi-Fi connection, and the plug the PS4 is connected to is on.

PS4 - PSVita Second Screen

Here’s a screenshot of the second screen feature, just because I can provide one…

It also has an awesome controller,it feels so comfortable in my hands, and the touch pad is less intrusive than I thought it would be. (Although the light on the back is getting a little annoying.)

Playstation 4 Controllers

I got 2, by the way, for 2 player games, that was before I realised you can use a PSVita as a controller…

Despite all of these awesome things, there’s just nothing to do with it right now, the technology is awesome, and I really want to dig into it, but I can’t, and that, like I said, frustrates me…

FIFA 15, Killzone: Shadow Fall and Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warefare [PS4]

Here are all of the games I have for it right now, not exactly spoiled for choice, am I?

In other news, on the exact same day, at the exact same time, I picked up an original DS!

Nintendo DS (Original) + Charger & Carry Case

Ah, the memories…


Why would you get one of those? You may be asking. Well, for one reason, and one reason only: The GBA Slot.
You see, I have this game called Tony Hawk Motion for the DS, and has motion controls, but the motion pack uses the GBS slot, which means I can’t play it on my 3DS, so I got this to play it on.
Isn’t Tony Hawk Motion awful, though? Well, that’s what I heard, but it wouldn’t be the first time my opinion of something differs greatly to everyone else’s. Surprisingly, it’s not that bad, I was pleasantly surprised, the controls actually function, and I rarely get any hiccups with recognising movement, it seems solid to me. The game itself is okay as well, it seems more refined than previous DS Tony Hawk games I’ve played.
Would I recommend it? Probably not. For curiosity’s sake, it’s alright, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to buy it.

Well, since we’re here, I might as well tell youse about other games I got recently.

I was at CEX today, as always, and was actually thinking about getting Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes on the PS4, now that I have one, that was until I’ve heard that a PC version is coming soon, so I decided to wait and see if that gets a retail release, if not, then I’ll get it on PS4.

I did pick up some other games though, like NBA Street 3 for the Xbox, and a cheap sniper FPS on the PC, all for a wallet busting 75p!
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I also got a couple of PSVita games.
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I stopped by GForce and got Mat Hoffman’s Pro BMX after seeing it for so long, I already have it, but as part of a collection, and I thought having a stand-alone version would look much nicer, and also it was only £2.

Mat Hoffman's Pro BMX [PC]

I think it would look nicer anyway, what do youse think?

When I arrived home, I found 2 games I ordered off of eBay arrived.
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Yep, even though the Legends of Wrestling games supposedly suck, I already had the 3rd games, and seeing these 2 online for £3, I couldn’t resist…

Well that’s about all I got as of recent, until next time, bye!

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