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Rant – Xbox live and PS Plus – Mandatory pay-to-play multiplayer

Monday, December 28th, 2015

I’m going to start this off with an experience I’ve recently had with Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 for the PS4, which I got for Christmas. I found out that the game has this awesome feature where you can play career mode and you see other players playing through career mode as well, and some goals/missions you can even player co-op! It was pretty awesome, and a lot of fun. I got a PS plus trial just to do this basic, and not needed feature. Now that trial has run out, and now I have to fork out £4 a month or pay £15-£40 upfront to do this…

Seriously, Sony, what the f*ck? What happened to free online play? That was a massive advantage the PS3 had over the Xbox 360! The PS Vita even has free online-play, so why doesn’t the PS4?!

Apparently the reason is because they needed to compensate for their new flashy features they added such as watching other people play games or even streaming a game onto your console if someone else is playing and you want to, and also things like online cloud storage… okay, but what about people who only want to play online and don’t care about those features? They would be paying for sh*t they aren’t going to use!

I could understand back in the late 90s and very early 2000s where the Dreamcast and Xbox did this, because it was a new thing, and I’m guessing doing things like that was expensive, because you needed servers dedicated to the console, I guess, but by the time online play became more mainstream, it seemed like an obsolete idea. The PS2, Gamecube (whatever games it had online), PS3, Wii and Wii U all had free online, and the guys behind them were doing just fine financially, so why would it be needed now?!

Again, all I would want to do is use this cool feature on THPS5, but I have to pay for game streaming, live let’s play features and cloud storage just to do this?! I’m never going to use any of those features!

I remember when this thing was first announced, my friend, who previously had a 360, reacted to it like it was no big deal. I’m guessing because he was used to it…

That’s probably why Sony did this, they new thanks to the controversy with the Xbox One at the time, many 360 owners were moving to Sony, so they saw money in this, and decided to treat them as sh*t as Microsoft did for money!

Smart? Maybe, but that doesn’t make it good, though!

Let’s imagine a scenario where you can to pay some guy “protection” money, otherwise, he gets to batter you with a baseball bat. This goes on for years, and maybe the original guy stops this for one reason or another (e.g. he dies or got arrested), and then another guy jumps in and does the same thing. You’d be used to that treatment by then, does that make this behaviour okay? No, of f*cking course it doesn’t!

“But PS Plus is a good deal!” Not when you HAVE to pay for it for something unrelated to why it’s a good deal!

I’ll create another scenario for this argument, but I’ll tell this story differently, try to imagine you enter a shop because you are away from home and need the toilet. (You probably already see where this is going…)

“Hey,” you say to the cashier, “Can I use your toilet? I’m bursting!”
“Would you like to buy this deal we have going on where if you purchase this bottle of Mountain Dew, you get a free bag of Doritos!”
“No thanks, I just need to go to the toilet.”
“Well, you need to get this deal, otherwise, you can’t use the toilet.”
“What the f**k?! No! F**k off!”
“Well, I’m afraid you can’t use our toilets, so you can either leave the store or I’m calling the police!”

…Okay, both of those analogies are a little extreme, as online play in of itself isn’t a mandatory human right (Unless the internet access thing that was added to the list of human rights count!), and the consequences aren’t that extreme, but I got my point across, right?

Bottom line, paying for online is not needed! You’re a greedy piece of sh*t if you charge for it! F*ck you Sony, and f*ck you Microsoft! I’m not giving youse a penny for online play! *sigh*, I wish they still made the Call of Duty games or THPS5 for Wii U…

Retro Pick-Ups – Not PSP this time!

Friday, March 14th, 2014

Retrom Pick-Ups - Not PSP this time!

I’ve got a few deals in the past week that I’ve been forgetting to post here, so here’s a round-up of what I got this week.

Clockwise starting from bottom left, I got Tony Hawk’s Project 8 for the Xbox, because why not? I was wanting to see what the Xbox version of the game is like, as it’s the only version I haven’t played, and to sum things up, it’s basically the PS2 version (as expected) but running at 60fps, making it, in my opinion at least, far superior to the PS2 version. The only gripe I have, is that you have to press white to do flips, so it’s hard to do a trick while doing flips, but other than that, I love it!

I got Virtua Striker 3 for the Gamecube, I got Virtua Striker 2 on the Dreamcast in February, and I loved it, the only gripes I had were that there was no analog support, and the game was really hard, luckily, Virtua Striker 3 fixed both of those problems! The only thing is, it created a few of it’s own…
First thing is, there’s no longer an Arcade Mode, which blows, though they’ve kept ranking mode. They’ve also added offside, no big deal, right? I mean it’s not football without the offside rule! Only that, it goes off at random, I could press the long pass button at our goal, not even aiming for the player at the other side, and the game calls offside! You can turn this off, but only in single matches…
The last gripe I have is that they’ve added a more complexity to the game, it’s still very simple, but they’ve added the ability to substitute players and they’ve added a manager mode, which is exactly as it sounds, I’m glad they didn’t go any further than that, otherwise, in my eyes, it’d just be a failed contender to FIFA or PES, which it really shouldn’t be.

I got Mortal Kombat 3 (as not seen by the picture, thanks to the flash!) for the Mega Drive, it was only £4, so I decided to get it, and it’s a great port, unlike the original game, it’s got most of the sound effects and music in the game, and the game feels a lot more solid and fluent, the only problem is that you still can’t pause, even with a 6-button controller!

I got Jet Ion GP for the PS2. I’ve started hearing about this game not too long ago, it appeared in my suggestions on Amazon when I was browsing there one time, saw gameplay footage, and heard that it wasn’t great. I love the idea behind it, and it has a nice style to it, I decided to get it if I find it cheap somewhere, and lo and behold, CEX had it, for 25p!
Yeah, the reviews were right when they said it wasn’t great, the game runs awful, despite seeing gameplay footage of the game running smoothly, so it must be a PAL thing.
It barely reaches 30 frames when you’re in time trial or qualifier mode, and still manages to slow down, and you can have up to 8 ships in an actual race! “Well maybe the 30 frames is just a cap.” You might be wondering. Well do you know about Checkered Flag for the Atari Jaguar? Well, think about how bad that game ran. That’s how Jet Ion GP runs in a race, I’m not kidding!

I got Project Gotham Racing for the Xbox, it’s a racing game by Bizzare Creations, the game guys who previously made Metropolis Street Racer for the Dreamcast, which was a great game, and the PGR has very similar gameplay and graphics, but runs at 60fps, rather than 30. I haven’t got much else to say, as I haven’t delved that much into it yet, but it looks promising from what I’ve seen so far

I got Wall-E for the Wii, and I kind of regret it, because I’ve decided that later down the line, I might get myself a PS3, due to all of the awesome looking exclusives it has, which is ironic if you think about it, because it was the PS3, and all of it’s multi-media features, that drove me to retro gaming in the first place, but since then, the PS3 has gotten slimmer versions that are apparently more dedicated to gaming, despite no backwards compatibility, and the PS3 has gotten some really good exclusives, such as Yakuza 3 and 4, Heavy Rain, Beyond 2 Souls, Little Big Planet, Pain, the Ratchet and Clank games and more. What has this got to do with Wall-E? Well, the Wii version has no support for the classic controller, meaning you have to use the Wii mote… I should have wait until I got a PS3, and got the PS3 version of the game, as it’s the same, only you can use an actual controller.

Lastly, I got Devil May Cry, for £1.50! I’ve been hearing so much about this game, so I decided to get it and give it a try… I just need to get around to doing so…

So that’s what I got this week, some great games some not so great, so yeah…

-Cobra!

Retro Diary – 10/02/2014 – All about the PS2!

Sunday, February 16th, 2014

Dear Diary,

Monday 3rd February 2014
I was at college, during break in the morning, my lecturer noticed my ZX Spectrum bag, and we started talking about the ZX Spectrum, he showed my his ZX Spectrum Emulator on his Iphone, and even showed me some games he bought for that emulator, and he showed me a game on it, I believe it was called “Attic Attack” or something. He then showed me a HTML5 browser emulator, and I thought that was awesome! Since then, during breaks, when I had done all I can with my games, I opened the emulator, and played some Spectrum games, I’ve been playing Manic Miner and Batter!
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Retro Diary – 31/12/12 – Last Retro Diary of the Year

Monday, December 31st, 2012

I’ve been thinking of redoing the blog for a while, I kind of missed it, to be honest.

I will do them again, however, I won’t be as active as before, 2013 is going to be a busy year for me, for starters, College is starting to take up a lot of my free time, having to do all sorts of assessments and test at home, (At least I can’t say I have too much free time, I won’t be looked down on as much, but not sure if that’s a good or bad things, though.), and I’m working on my new game: Rossies 3D, which will be made using the Unity engine, so it will be easier (but it’s just as genuine) to make games, so I hope I won’t give up on this one…

Anyway, next year, you might be lucky to get more than 1 post in a month, but hey, being not very active is better than being inactive, right?

So without further delay, let’s begin:

To sum up what happened between my last post and now, PC games, lots and lots of PC games! Most notably the Tony hawk games, which all have insane modding communities, making the PC a great platform for the Tony Hawk games.

I’ll tell youse what I got for Christmas:

Tony Hawk’s American Wasteland [PC]
The Orange Box [PC]
Train Simulator 2013 [PC]
Skateboard Tycoon 2003 [PC]
Snowboards Tycoon [PC]
Sonic 4: Episode 1 & 2 [PCDL]
Sonic Adventure 2 + Battle [PCDL]
StarFox Adventures [GC]
The Legend of Zelda: Ocerina of Time [N64]
Incredible Crisis [PS1]

A new PS2
and a bunch of Blu-Rays

May seem like a lot, but most of them didn’t cost that much, so that kind of balances it out.

Train Simulator 2013 was easily the best game I got, it’s brilliant, although it didn’t come with any Scottish trains or routes, I had to pay about £50 worth of DLC to get them, and this them on a sale with 50% off, so usually, it would cost me about £100! The game is still fun though, speeding trains, derailing them, making them crash into things, it’s good fun!

Sonic 4 is pretty good, but I can’t help but think it’s just a shoddy attempt to recreate the original games using 3D graphics, Generations is far better! in my opinion at least.

Sonic Adventure 2… It doesn’t work, if Sega are going to be putting out 10+ year old games, they could at least make them work, they are lucky I didn’t buy myself and that a Steam sale was on…

I only got Orange Box for the unlikely event that Valve goes bankrupt and you can’t download their games anymore…

I’ve yet to try out the console games, but I look forward to once I get around to it.

As for the PS2, the one I had broke, it stopped reading discs, so I had to get a new one.

Did you know that the PS2 went through another redesign? Yeah, it did! They even made a new box for it, take a look:

I love how it’s the same blue theme as the PS Vita and new PS3 and PSP boxes! It’s clear Sony haven’t forgotten about their good old PS2!

The PS2 itself went through a redesign as well, now the left of it is entirely piano black, and caught dust and fingerprints after 5 minutes! The only problems I had were that the power and eject buttons are now very small and hard to reach, and that it only came with an EU plug, it didn’t even come with a converter! Luckily, I had one myself:

Looks alright, doesn’t it? It works great, so all is good!

That same day, we were going to our grans for a Christmas dinner, so I brought the new PS2 along, seems only fitting, right?

We played a bit of Timesplitters, and that was about it… We spend most of the time chatting and watching Doctor Who, hopefully, we can have a proper week next year…

Well, that’s all I have to say, see youse…. in my 2012 year review!

Retro Diary – 19/8/12

Sunday, August 19th, 2012

Monday 13th August 2012

Batman Arkham Asylum arrived today! It’s just as awesome as the demo made it out to be! I’ve been playing that all day.


Tuesday 14th August 2012

Quoted from the Retro Pick-Ups video posted that day: I was spending the day with my friend, as a sort of birthday get together, as his birthday was coming up, while we were out, we went to CEX, which a store that people bring old games, CDs and DVDs and they sell them, my cousin, Giancarlo, goes in there a lot, and says it’s a great store, so I went in, and disappointingly, it was mostly PS3 and Xbox 360 games, I managed to find a section that had 6th gen console and PC games, so I browsed around that part for over half an hour.

I got 007 Nightfire on both PC and Gamecube, because I heard that the PC version was cut-down from the console versions, but I wanted to try it anyway, it was only 75p anyway, so why not? The Gamecube version was £1.50.

I also got Reservoir Dogs on the PC for £1.50, I’m a big fan of the film, I have it on DVD, have it’s soundtrack ripped to my PC (Turns out my dad used to have it, well, we found it at our old house.), and I always wanted to play the game, now was my chance.

Lastly, I got RC Revenge Pro on the PS2, just because I can!

Nightfire on the Gamecube was brilliant, it got every right, it’s not as good as Goldeneye, but it’s definitely up there! The PC version, however, is actually kind of rubbish, they’ve changed the game completely! The only thing that remained is the story, and even then, many scenes have changed, everything else is completely different.

Reservoir Dogs was badly optimised and was an extremely shoddy console port, but it’s good fun in my opinion, so I’ll probably be playing it to the very end.

I’ve still to play RC Revenge Pro, I want to get and complete the original RC Revenge on the PS1 first


Wednesday 15th August 2012

I tried out a demo of Need for Speed Underground 2 on the PC, owning it on the PS2 and Xbox wasn’t enough for me!

Well in all honestly, I loved the game, but didn’t like how it ran slow and looked rather blurry, after realising there was a PC version, it shouldn’t have surprised, need for speed originated on the PC and 3DO and every game in the series is available on PC.

It was much better than the console versions in my opinion, it runs much faster, you can turn all the blurring effects off! However, it doesn’t support widescreen resolution, but the beauty of PC gaming is the modding community, and low and behold, there exist patches (user created), that make it support whatever resolution you want, so I installed one, and it looks great!


Thursday 16th August 2012

I got a pack of 3 games today, all Codemasters racing games, all with creative titles, they are DiRT, GRID and FUEL!

The awesome things about DiRT and GRID are that when it comes to selecting your profile, you get to choose your nationally, and you can choose to be Scottish! Finally, games that acknowledges us a separate country! The games are a lot of fun as well, I had a bit of trouble running DiRT at first, but once I was sorted, I was off!


Saturday 18th August 2012

I got a Need for Speed Collector’s Pack today, which contained Need for Speed Underground 1 & 2 and Most Wanted, I’ve only played the Underground games, I loved them both on the consoles, and it’s only made better on the PC because of the higher framerate and the ability to turn off those annoying blur effects, the only downsides to them is that don’t support widescreen resolutions, so I get thick black bars on each side, but you get used to it.


Saturday 19th August 2012

It was PS1 week this week, and Steven couldn’t come, and Giancarlo had to move all of his stuff to his new flat, and only had time to play a game for 5 minutes. Basically, like every other week recently, everyone’s either not present or don;t have the time.

I played a bit of Jinx and Formula 1, then me and Giancarlo had a few games of Tekken 3, then he played a game of Vib Ribbon.

After that, he had to leave, is it me or are we not playing games nearly as often as we did when I started this?

I’ll see next week if we get time to play next week’s consoles (I’m leaving it to my cousins), to see if the time and effort put into packing them and setting them up is worth it.

Retro Pick-ups: Stuff I got from CEX.

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

I was spending the day with my friend, as a sort of birthday get together, as his birthday was coming up, while we were out, we went to CEX, which a store that people bring old games, CDs and DVDs and they sell them, my cousin, Giancarlo, goes in there a lot, and says it’s a great store, so I went in, and disappointingly, it was mostly PS3 and Xbox 360 games, I managed to find a section that had 6th gen console and PC games, so I browsed around that part for over half an hour.

I got 007 Nightfire on both PC and Gamecube, because I heard that the PC version was cut-down from the console versions, but I wanted to try it anyway, it was only 75p anyway, so why not? The Gamecube version was £1.50.

I also got Reservoir Dogs on the PC for £1.50, I’m a big fan of the film, I have it on DVD, have it’s soundtrack ripped to my PC (Turns out my dad used to have it, well, we found it at our old house.), and I always wanted to play the game, now was my chance.

Lastly, I got RC Revenge Pro on the PS2, just because I can!

Nightfire on the Gamecube was brilliant, it got every right, it’s not as good as Goldeneye, but it’s definitely up there!

The PC version, however, is actually kind of rubbish, they’ve changed the game completely! The only thing that remained is the story, actually, I’m going to do a new series, where I play through 2 versions of the same game at pretty much the same time, I complete 1 level on one platform, I do the same level on the other, and compare my experiences and I’ll explain the differences

Reservoir Dogs was badly optimised and was an extremely shoddy console port, but it’s good fun in my opinion, so I’ll probably be playing it to the very end.

I’ve still to play RC Revenge Pro, I want to get and complete the original RC Revenge on the PS1 first.

Anyway here are photos:

Retro Diary – 12/8/12 – My birthday week

Sunday, August 12th, 2012

Monday 6th August 2012

I saw the Dark Knight Rises today, and it was brilliant, it’s my favourite film this year, and seeing how brilliant all the other films I’ve seen that came out this year, it’s saying a lot!

I’ve downloaded the Batman Arkham Asylum Demo today, but at first, it didn’t work, but I manually installed a patch for it, and it worked just fine, and I loved the demo, I am without a doubt getting the full game as soon as I can, preferably the Game of The Year Edition!


Tuesday 7th August 2012

I’ve finished Stranglehold today, and what an epic game it was! As I keep telling you…


Wednesday 8th August 2012

I went to a Basketball summer training camp with my friend, Jamie, or “Midfield Maestro”, as he likes to call himself. I’m mentioning this because he’s staying with me for 2 nights after that, when we got home, the first thing we did was play FIFA 12 on the PC, the second thing we did… was play more FIFA 12! Then we played PES 2012 on PC. Then FIFA. Then Fronte Del Basket 2, Then FIFA 12, then NBA 2k12, which he somehow beat me at, his big ego never shuts up about it, then FIFA 12, then we watched some videos, and finally, some FIFA 12! Finally, we watched some Fawlty Towers.


Thursday 9th August 2012

Both me and Jamie watched some Spongebob Squarepants, just thought I’d tell you that.

We played FIFA 12 all morning, then one of my old friends came up, it’s been years since I’ve seen him, and he hasn’t changed one bit! For this purposes of the blog, and since I don’t have permission to use his real name, I’m going to call him “Rydo”.

The three of us played FIFA 12 and PES 2012 on PC for most of the day, then my cousins came along, and we played a bunch of games, I forgot the order we played them and we played some of them at the same time, a couple played one, while the rest played another, here’s what we played:

  • Metropolis Street Racer [DC]
  • Mashed: Fully Loaded [Xbox]
  • The Sims 3 [PC]
  • Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3 [GC]
  • FIFA 12 [PS2 & PC]
  • Pro Evolution Soccer 2012 [PS2 & PC]
  • Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater [N-Gage]

I got a lot of Birthday money today! As well as that, my cousin, Giancarlo, gave me a couple of games he got from CEX, I got The Broken Sword Trilogy on PC and From Russia with Love for PS2.

My mum got my birthday cake, she showed it to me, at first, I expected, since I was 18, it would be about some rubbish about beer/alcohol, even though I’ll never drink, I hate the idea. However, it turned out it was a cake modelled into a PS1! Brilliant!


Friday 10th August 2012


It’s my birthday!!!!!!

My mum said she would give me my “Main” present early, it was a 160GB Ipod Classic! I always wanted one of them! What has it got to do with this blog? Who cares!

I got an Atari Flashback 3, what that is, click here.

I got a whole bunch of games and Sims 3 expansion packs, which are:

  • TimeShift [PC]
  • Grand Theft Auto IV [PC/Games for Windows]
  • Dead Rising 2 [PC/Games for Windows]
  • Strong Bad’s Cool game for Attractive People [PC]
  • Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Adventures [PC]
  • Sims 3 World Adventures [PC]
  • Sims 3 Late Night [PC]
  • Sims 3 Generations [PC]

I’ve been playing them pretty much all day.


Sunday 12th August 2012

Instead of going to grans this week, since she was at England, along with my cousin, Giancarlo and his family, to watch the closing Olympic ceremony, my cousins came to our house for a barbecue, a perfect opportunity to play some games with Steven, and anyone else who might want to play games.

We played some Atari 2600/Flashback 3 games first, Starting with Combat, then Sprint Master, and finally Maze Craze.

Then we played WWE All Stars for the PS2, we played a few games.

Then we played a 10 minute game of Goldeneye for the Nintendo 64, then unfortunately Steven had to go, he wasn’t there for long…

Before he left, I gave him a lend of both Stanglehold and Blood Stone 007, since they were DRM-Free (Well, DRM in the anti-used game sense.) and I completed them, he said he had always wanted to play Blood Stone, but was waiting for a Steam sale (All digital gamers are the same!), so I gave him a retail copy to borrow!

Next week we’ll be back at grans, instead of doing PS2 week, I’m brining a mystery console, I haven’t decided on what it is yet, so as of now, even I don’t know what it is!

Retro Diary – 17/6/12

Sunday, June 17th, 2012

Monday 11th June 2012

Day 5 with no proper PC, and I can tell you, it’s boring as f*ck, I have no idea how I managed without it before, well, probably because I didn’t have games that needed a PC that powerful, but the fact is that I do, and I want more games that need it, this sucks!

I ordered the MDickie collection on DVD today, you’ll get the link to do so on his website if you want to as well, it’s only £10, and you get basically everything he’s ever created, everything on his website on a DVD, including his old DOS games, offline versions of his flash games! It may be pointless as everything on his site is free now, I’m preparing for if the site ever goes down and loses everything, if that ever happens, I can still play his games using his DVD compilation.

So I decided to take my mind off it by playing a bit of Gran Turismo 3, FIFA 12 and Toy Story 3, all on the PS2, mostly GT3.

I realised there’s an unlockable feature on FIFA 12 on PS2, which I didn’t see on the PC version, and that is funny SFX, which replaces, all of the game’s sound effects to funny ones, for example, when I shoot, instead of hearing a kick, I hear a rocket! Or if I hit the post or the bar, I hear a bell noise, the same for when someone headers the ball, only it’s a different bell sound! It’s fun to have on, even if it gets old fast.

Throughout the whole day, for some reason, I wanted to play a racing simulator game, like Gran Turismo, or Sega GT. So I decided to play the one I’ve had for months, but never played, Gran Turismo 3! So I’ve been playing that, and enjoying it, even if it’s frustrating as hell to get the licences!

One of the games I wanted for for PC that only my broken PC could run, was Toy Story 3, after playing the Wii version and really enjoying it. In excitement in getting my PC fixed and playing, I’ve been playing Toy Story 3 for the PS2… so yeah…


Tuesday 12th June 2012

Day 6 without a proper PC, and I’m seriously on the brink of insanity! I want to Play games like Sims 3, left 4 Dead 2 and Toy Story 3 so bad, but I’m not able to!

So, out of extreme boredom, I decided to play one of the few games the laptop I’m using can play, Peggle Extreme! I decided to give this a shot, as I never got the chance with my now-broken PC, and I really enjoyed it, I will be getting the full game if I get my PC fixed, because you can get both that and it’s nights expansion in retail form from Amazon!

I also played Codename: Gordon, and completed it! Now I only have to finish Half Life 2 Episode 1 & 2, and Half Life: Blueshift, and Half Life: Decay… Well, I’m one step closer to completing all of the Half Life games out so far.


Wednesday 13th June 2012

Day 7, a full week without my PC, and I am officially losing it, seriously, I hope writing this will keep me sane, if not, then god help us…

My Amazon basket a.k.a, the list of PC games I want, is filling up, and I realised that some items would be quickly going out of stock, one of them only having 1 left, no big deal, right? No, Except that, that item didn’t have other sellers, if I place that order for that one copy, I can forget about getting that game at all, so I thought since my laptop could probably run it anyway, I ordered it thankfully, it dispatched, so I got the last copy.

The game I’m talking about is Peggle, the full game, I also ordered Peggle Nights, the sequel, and I also ordered Doom: Collectors Edition, which is all 3 of the original doom games made playable on modern Windows Operating Systems, plus, you also get a demo of Doom 3, chances are, my laptop could at least run the original Doom games, so I got that as well.

Throughout the day, out of total boredom, I decided to check out a few DOS shareware games, such as Doom and Duke Nukem 3D.


Thursday 14th June 2012

Day 8 without my PC, and I swear to god, I’m going to go insane, I mean insane asylum kind of insane, I know it shouldn’t be a big deal, but I did everything with that PC, played games, make stuff, do browsing, my laptop does an awful job in comparison on all 3, especially games, I can hardly play anything on this toaster! I can’t take my mind off it because pretty much everything reminds me of it!

I have just about given hope on my PC, I am very confident that ASUS will not repair it, and all the PC repair shops will end up charging us more than we have, so I’m f*cked, £1150 gone right down the drain, it’s nothing more than a paperweight now, and there’s f*ck all I can do about it!


Friday 15th June 2012

Day 9 without my PC, and usually at this point, I’d be totally insane and wrecking the house, but I’m not, and I’ll tell you why.

2 things, first of all, my copies of Peggle and Peggle Nights, as well as Doom Collector’s Edition have arrived, so I won’t be as bored.

Secondly, but by no mean least, when I was bored, “knowing” I can’t play games like FIFA 12, PES 2012, NBA 2k12, Left 4 Dead etc., I looked at my game boxes to make sure of this, and I found out that, theoretically, this laptop actually can play them all on low settings! It’ll do until my PC gets fixed, if it ever gets fixed, so at least I can still play FIFA Euro 2012 in the mean time. The most surprising thing is, this laptop is 5 years old, and can still play some fairly new games, and when that was new, that couldn’t play any games released at the same time at high settings.

If my PC gets fixed, and that can play todays games on high settings, I’m looking at, at least 4 or 5 years until that becomes obsolete! So yeah, I’m all cheered up knowing that.

I played a bit of Revenge of Shinobi for the Mega Drive, and I got farther than before because I accidentally did the unlimited shrunkens cheat, which also gave me more lives, I managed to reach Round 2 Level 1, in other words, level 4, before dying, it may not sound far, but this game is very hard, I’m lucky to reach the end of level 2!


Saturday 16th June 2012

I went to the cinema today to see Men in Black 3, I really enjoyed the film, although the 3D effects were mediocre at best, which wouldn’t usually be a problem, but it costed us £50 to get in! What a rip-off! Despite that, like I said, I enjoyed the film.

I tried out FIFA 12 on my laptop, and minimum requirements my ar*e! My laptop could barely run the game on arena, where there’s only 1 player and 1 goalkeeper, and half a pitch, if even that! On an actual match, it was just unplayable! The game literally run at like 2 frames a second, if even that, and my laptop surpasses all the minimum requirements by quite a bit, I’d hate to try it on a laptop that just only meets the game’s “requirements”!

My sister also came to my room to play a bit of Sonic 1 on the Mega Drive, but only for like 1 level, until she went out.


Sunday 17th June 2012

It was Wii week at grans today, unfortunetly, Giancarlo forgot to bring his Wii, fortunately, however, I brought mine, just in case this would happen.

I played a bit of No More Heroes first, and it make me think why I stopped playing in the first place, I really enjoyed it, maybe I’ll dig it up, because I still have No More Heroes 2 sealed, unopened, from a couple of years ago, and I want to open that up, and play it, but I want to beat the first game first.

Then me, Giancarlo, his sister, and Steven played a good few matches of Super Smash Bros. brawl.

Then we played Wario Ware Smooth moves, and we had a blast!

Then we played a few Gamecube games, first being Marvel Nemesis: Rise of the Imperfects! Me and Steven played a match or two.

Then we played a couple of matches of Beyblade V-Force: Super Tournament Battle.

Then we played a few races of Mario kart Double Dash.

Then we went back to playing Wii games, by playing Super Mario Galaxy, it didn’t take long for us to get bored, though.

Then we played Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2010, the game ironically wasn’t as good as the Wii sports golf game, and PGA tour was dedicated, we played a few for a few holes, though. One thing we did notice was that the graphics were so good, our gran thought it was a real match on TV!

Finally, we played Sonic Heroes on the Gamecube.

After we went home,my mum got my uncle to photocopy something, and she would go over to collect it half an hour later, I wanted to go as well, so I did, and I showed Steven the Peggle games, and showed him the ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic song: “It’s all about the Pentiums” and he showed me the Plants vs. Zombies game, and he said there’s an browser version to try out, so I’m trying that out right now.

So next week is Mega Drive week, we’re going back to the start of the cycle, time for some blast processing!

Retro Diary – 10/6/12 – "PC Week"

Sunday, June 10th, 2012

Monday 4th June 2012

Today, we went to grans again because we had leftovers from the party beforehand, so I thought I’d take this opportunity to bring a console over, I decided to not tell anyone until after my cousins have had their dinner.

…and that console turned out to be *drum roll*… The Nintendo Gamecube!

First, Me and Giancarlo and Riccardo played a few matches of Marvel Nemesis: Rise of the Imperfects, played a few two player match, taking turns, as the game’s only 2 player.

Next, we played a few matches of Beyblade V-Force: Super Tournament Battle, Steven later came in, and had a few matches as well.

Then me and Steven played a game of Horse on Matt Hoffman’s Pro BMX 2, the horse name as h0ba0a008, and I won! 12-5 to me!

Finally, we played a race or two of Mario Kart Double Dash, then we left.

Steven’s family took me back as my family left earlier on, while I was at my house, I lent Steven my Sam & Max games and BTTF the game, as they are DRM free, so you can install them on any PC, and that he wanted to try the games out for a while.


Tuesday 5th June 2012

At about 12:00 up until 1:30 in the morning, me and Steven were playing Co-Op online on Portal 2 on PC for the first time! It was so much fun! We played through 2 chapters before getting bored, and that it was getting late… after that, I of course went to sleep.

When I woke up after that, shortly after, my brother, Riccardo, challenged me to a game or two of FIFA 12, but this time, we’d be playing on the PC, we first had a game of Euro 2012, my brother went Scotland, and I went Bulgaria, the teams were chosen at random by the way.

For a while at the start of the match, I thought I was Scotland, as I always play them and are used to controlling them, this almost lead to scoring an own goal, but then I figured out I was actually Bulgaria, and the owning commenced, I don’t remember the score, but I remember I won!

Then we played a few matches of the original FIFA 12, for all the matches we played, I went Bray Wanderers, and Riccardo went as Athletico Madrid.

Then first match, which we didn’t finish, I was winning 3-1, until Riccardo forced a rematch, in the next match, Riccardo won, I think the score was 8-4. The last match, I think I won 5-1.

Then I played a bit of Need for Speed World.


Sunday 10th June 2012

On Wednesday, my PC broke down, it couldn’t even boot up, so I’m using my laptop, and to save time, nothing happened between then and now.

Originally, it was going to be Wii week, but Giancarlo went to a music festival, and Wii week is nothing without him, so we done a different week, and go back to Wii week when he returns.

So we decided to do a one-week-only “PC week”, but it went to waste, because we didn’t play anything we spent the whole day trying to connect me and Steven’s laptops together, which is odd, they worked perfectly fine before, but it just won’t work now, and I swear Microsoft are trying their best to make this task as hard and complicated as humanly possible!

So we left without playing anything.

I hope next week will be better than this, but I doubt it, seeing how my PC, which is worth £1000, is dead…

Retro Diary – 27/5/12 – "We’re going to play MSR in a whole new time zone!"

Sunday, May 27th, 2012

Dear Diary,

I decided that instead of writing the entire thing on the Sunday, I’d write it as it happens, so some of the stuff may be in present tense, probably not, but just a warning…


Friday 25th March 2012

For a while, I’ve always wanted to try out FIFA Manager 12, because I already had FIFA 12 and UEFA Euro 2012 (Both physical copies!), and it seemed as though if I had manager, that would be the PC collection complete!

So after looking a bit on Origin, I found there was a downloadable demo available, as well as Sims 3 and pets, so I downloaded them, and gave them a go.

I surprisingly enjoyed FIFA Manager, I previously tried the Football Manager 2012 demo, and I found that boring, this was pretty fun, though, even if it’s pretty glitchy…

I really enjoyed Sims 3 and pets as well, the Sims 3 “Teaser”, as they call it basically give you a minute trial of an area and you move to the next, you get to go to 3 areas, the pets demo is basically just the create part, nothing else. Although now I’m considering getting both games, but I can’t, as I’m saving up to pre-order FIFA 13 and PES 2013 on both PC and PS2…


Saturday 26th May 2012

My sister came into my room while she was visiting, and she asked if she wanted to play Tony Hawk’s Underground for the PS2, so I let her, and she was playing for about 10-15 minutes, even though she wasn’t doing any tricks, and was hardly jumping, she seemed to be enjoying it for a while.


Sunday 27th March 2012

This morning, since I recently got a new ISP (O2, we used to have AOL), I thought I’d try FIFA 12 and PES 2012 online, before hand, it just didn’t work at all, I was lucky to play half a match on either, but with the new ISP, I played several full matches without a problem!

I won my match on FIFA 4-2, we were both Barcelona. On PES 2012, however, the people there are complete ninjas! The first match, I lost 8-2! Not only that, my 2 goals, were my only shots in the whole game, the other guy had, I kid you not, 22 shots! Another Barcelona, Chelsea moment… The second match I played was even worse, I lost 13-2! I would’ve rage quit, but if I did, the game would restrict my account, it’s nice to know that system works…

It was PS3 week at grans today, we only played FIFA Street, me and my brother, played 2 matches of “Last man standing”, which, if you score, the player that scored gets sent off, and player who send their entire team off first wins, he won both times.

The me and my cousin, Giancarlo, played a 5-a-side match, which I won 6-2 I think. Then me and my other cousin, Steven, had a game, I don’t remember the result for that.

After that, I left.

Steven came up to our house not long afterwards, and we played a bunch of games!

We decided to try a challenge, and attempt to play all of the consoles that night, we just called it: The Console Challenge, it’s good enough, plus it has alliteration.

We started off by playing FIFA 12, in celebration that FIFA 13 was coming to PS2, widescreen and in 60Hz! I went as Barcelona, and he went as Athletico Madrid. We enjoyed it, despite the game being completely different, but not for the better, and the game kept slowing down, we played a match, I won, but I don’t remember by how much.

We then played PES 2012 for the PS2, in celebration of PES 2013 coming to PS2, I went Barcelona again and I think Steven went as Manchester City ,more of the same here, except the game had no widescreen mode, not that it’s that important.

Then we played Timsplitters, and trying to figure out what to do! If you don’t know what we mean, the game’s objectives are very simple, literally, every objective is take something, bring it back, me and Steven have an in-joke of pretending that we don’t understand the objective! We couldn’t pass the level we were on, because we had no idea where the item in question was and there were too many guys pumping lead into us.

Then we went up a step, and played Timsplitters 2! We were on Neo Tokyo, where you had to follow someone without her noticing you, we finally passed it!

Then we played Vib Ribbon on the PS1, I challenged him to complete a ‘Weird’ Al Yankovic song on it, as I mentioned to him it was almost impossible, he couldn’t do it!

Then we played the revolutionary Rise of the Robots for the Amiga CD32! We played a couple of matches, He won the first, I won the second.

Then we played Sonic Adventure 2, we played a Kart Race, I don’t remember my position, but Steven came last. Then we played a couple of action stages, I won both, which was enough to show him the levels we never played in before.

Then we played Metropolis Street Racer, we set the time to the console default (midnight 1st Jan 1998), but we set the time zone to a random one to mix things up, and it landed on GMT +9, then Steven said “…and now, we’re going to play MSR in a whole new time zone!” Brilliant! At that moment, I knew I was goign to use that for this diary’s title.

We played a couple of races, both of which I won, the first one, which was in Tokyo, by quite a margin, 20 seconds between my finish, and Steven’s, the second one, which was in London, was close, but it was still clear who won.

Then we played Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3 on the Xbox, so we could get our Horse of the week, we played in the airport level, where it all started! The “horse”, was wVjlYSfRR4! I won it despite my handicap! 11-5 to me!

Then we played Mashed: Fully Loaded on the Xbox, we played f*ck knows how many matches, we got addicted for a short while! We had force ourselves out to play something else!

Then we moved onto the Saturn to play Sega Rally Championship we had a race, unfortunately, I won the race…

Then we had a game of FIFA 97, also on the Saturn, and it was awful, but in the awesome kind of way! We soon realised why the Sega Worldwide Soccer games got so much praise back in the day and still to this day has a fan base… this was the alternative!

Then we played Forsaken on the N64, the game is fun on single player, not so much on multiplayer, pretty disappointing, especially since the N64 is the system for multiplayer games!

Then we played 007 Goldeneye, on, what else, the Sega Saturn! Oh wait… We played a game of licensed to kill slappers only, as always, but we had turbo mode on, which, as you might have guessed, speeds up the players, and it was a lot of fun, I expected it to be frustrating, because you might not be able to hit the players, that was the case, but it was still fun! Then, for the first time in a long time, we had a proper gun match, with turbo mode on, but still, and we had an absolute blast! We should do this more often!

Finally, because all we needed was the Gamecube to have completed all the main consoles I have, we played Beyblade V-Force: Super Tournament Battle, once I finally explained to Steven how to launch the Beyblade in the game, once that was over and done with, we played a proper match, and we enjoyed it, well, at least I did.

We were about to play Sonic Heroes on the Gamecube, but Steven had to leave unfortunately, so we weren’t able to, obviously.

Before we left, I showed him my recently acquired key chain Beyblade and launched it, and asked him “Doesn’t this bring back memories?”, he said “Aye, it does.”, just thought I’d tell you that.

Here’s what we played:

    In the order we played them:
  • FIFA 12 [PS2]
  • Pro Evolution Soccer 2012 [PS2]
  • Timesplitters [PS2]
  • Timesplitters 2 [PS2]
  • Vib Ribbon [PS1]
  • Rise of the Robots [CD32]
  • Sonic Adventure 2 [DC]
  • Metropolis Street Racer [DC]
  • Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3 [Xbox]
  • Mashed: Fully Loaded [Xbox]
  • Sega Rally Championship [SS]
  • FIFA 97 [SS]
  • Forsaken [N64]
  • 007 Goldeneye [N64]
  • Beyblade V-Force: Super Tournament Battle [GC]

It was a fun week overall, next Sunday, we’re having party for my brother’s communion at my house, and all of my cousins are going, it’s going to be a frantic week!

The week afterwards will be Wii week, because it’s been far too long since we played a game of Wario Ware Smooth Moves!

Article By: Cobra!
Recall help provided by: Steven
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