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Retro Diary – 02/07/16

Saturday, July 2nd, 2016

It’s been a long time since I’ve done one of these, eh? (2 years, in fact!) Well, I’ve decided to bring this series back, but this time, I’m going to do them whenever I like, and on days where anything of interest happened in terms of retro gaming in my life, such as today!

I was at MEGABytes today, which is a retro gaming cafe that opened up in Glasgow a year or so back, and if you love retro games, you’ll love this place!

Anyway, I was there today with a couple of friends, and we were chatting for a bit, while one of the people in our group was playing Sonic and All Stars Racing Transformed (I know, not a retro game, but the cafe let them play it on their 360, so…), and I was arguing with a friend (not in a fighting way, though, don’t worry) because we had contrasting opinions on the game, my friend thought it was a great game and the best in the series, but I disagreed, it was a massive disappointment in my opinion, and that the first game was much better!

We then talked about other Sonic game and how since Heroes, with the exception of (part of) Unleashed, Colors and Generations, every Sonic game has been garbage… Read the rest of this entry »

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 – 16/9/12 – "Great shot, CPU! Oh, CPU, you idiot!"

Sunday, September 16th, 2012

Monday 10th September 2012

I was a G-Force after college today (No surprises there.), and I bought 3 Sega Saturn games, Sega Worldwide Soccer 97 and 98, and Virtua Fighter (1).

I saw a model 1 Mega Drive with a Mega CD attachment, it had no price tag, so I asked at the counter how much it was, and she said if it works (they had yet to test it), they said it might be £60 for both, which sounds really good. I liked it up on ebay, and to buy model 1 Mega CDs on their own on eBay costs £240! I’m getting that Mega CD out of G-Force as soon as I can! I know the guys won’t be interested in getting it before me, I trust you guys, but you’re wanting it, I’m not overly fussed, the race will be on!

I came home to be greeted by 2 parcels! One that looked like one that a strategy guide book would go in, and the other was actually pretty big, but it had Japanese writing on it, so I knew exactly what that was!

The guide was the Sleeping Dogs strategy guide that I ordered alongside the game, I only do that to games I really want.

The game was Digimon Tamers Battle Spirit 1.5 for the Wonderswan Colour, the box was actually taller than a Black & White Wonderswan game, it was actually the size I initially expected them to be, the rest of the box was just paper and bubble wrap, it seems the Japanese aren’t big fans of the environment.

I’ve played Battle Spirit, and it’s brilliant, even better than I hoped! Visually, it looks amazing, just like a GBA game!


Tuesday 11th September 2012

It’s worth mention first, R.I.P. to those who died in 9/11, it’s been 12 long years.

Remember when I said I saw a Model 1 Mega Drive+CD there and said it might be £60 once they’re ready to sell it? Well, I went back there today, and they had it for sale for £100, but it came with 2 6-button controllers and 3 games, technically 4! I was a bit sceptical at first, but they mentioned that they do a 3-month guarantee, which isn’t too much, but with an old console, you’d be lucky to have a guarantee on it at all, it also means if it breaks within those 3 months, you can take it back and get a refund, which sounds alright. They also mentioned that chances are, it’ll go in a couple of days, they rarely come by, hard and expensive to find on eBay, and it’s on high demand.

Believe it or not, £100 is a good price for a Mega CD, To buy one on it’s own, without the Mega Drive itself, any games, or controllers, would cost you a whopping £240! and that’s not including delivery! £100 doesn’t sound so bad now, does it?

So I decided to get it, if it doesn’t work, I could just take it back, so I might as well give it a try.

As I bought it, they were explaining to me some things I would need to know about the Mega CD, like that it uses it’s own power, that the reset button opens the tray and start closes it. I knew all of this, but it was awesome that this shop hires people who know what they’re talking about. Unlike a certain other store…

The console works perfectly, although the display is a little off, but it turns out it was the Mega Drive itself with that problem, because I get the same display quality when playing a cartridge game, which of course doesn’t require or involve the Mega CD.

The games I have for it at the moment aren’t that great, except for one, I got Prince of Persia, Jaguar XJ220, Cobra Command (Which, sadly, sucks! ='(), and Sol-Feace, which is actually pretty fun.

Now that I own a Mega CD, that opens doors for me to try out those really bad FMV games, like Night-Trap! I can only get Sonic CD, with the proper music the EU/JP version had, as opposed to the US one Gems Collection had.

I downloaded and tried out the FIFA 13 demo for the PC, I downloaded it from Origin, because, where else? The game’s just as fun as FIFA 12, maybe slightly better.


Wednesday 12th September 2012

I got Space Invaders for the PC today out of CEX, expecting it to be just like the PS1 version, only supporting bigger resolutions, sharper graphics and a much higher framerate, well, only 1 of the 4 are right…

Transformers for the PS2 arrived today, and it’s just as good as it was when I first played it years ago!


Friday 14th September 2012


Black Mesa is finally out!


I’ve been looking forward to it for years, and I’m not disappointed, it’s a great game!


Sunday 16th September 2012

It was a Mystery Console this week, I didn’t reveal it until my cousins had finished their lunch and came in, it was the Sega Dreamcast, to make up for thee fact we didn’t really play it last week.

Steven brought back my copy of Stranglehold that I let him steal, after he completed it.

Me and Steven started things off by playing Chu Chu Rocket!

Then we had a few games of Metropolis Street Racer, Steven and Giancarlo had a game as well. I changed my name from “CobrbDB”, which I probably put it there for a joke, the misspelling came from Super Smash Bros. Brawl on the Wii, to “Cobra!”. Steven changed his nickname from “Steven” to “CobrbDB”, which is practically his new nickname, and we changed Giancarlo’s name to “Ya555555555”, which is mostly what he uses these days.

Then me and Giancarlo played Virtua Fighter 3TB.

Then me and Steven had a game of Virtua Tennis.

Then we played Virtua Tennis 2, Giancarlo joined in after us realising you can have 3 players, the game was just pure madness! I think we have found our new favourite multiplayer game, at least on the Dreamcast!

Then me and Steven had a game of Horse on Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2, we played on the Skatestreet level, the “horse” was “RJIBYAHHBZ”, Steven lost, with me having “RJIBY”, 15-5 to me!

Then we played Le Mans 24 Hours.

Then we played Sonic Adventure 2, our- well, my favourite! We had a race on the Go-Karting, which he won out of us 2. We had a couple of shooting battles, We both won 1, then we had a 2 races, again, we both had a win.

Then we played Ready 2 Rumble, our reality that live and Australia, and they were watching us play this, he loves to watch boxing, we had 2 game, I think we both won 1 game each.

At this point, we were aiming to have played all of the game we had, we almost done it before, but this time we had much more time, we it was possible.

Then we had a game of WWF Attitude.

Then we had a race of Sega Rally. Which I lost!

Then we played Sega GT.

Then we played Mortal Kombat Gold.

Then we played Re-Volt, we had a race, which he won, somehow…

Then we played NBA Showtime, we had no choice to play as a team, and we lost by 10 or so points…

Then we had a game of WWF Royal Rumble.

That was us played all of the games, so we celebrated by playing some more Virtua Tennis 2! We played doubles, both of us on separate teams, but most points were by either the CPU being good, or them making a stupid mistake!

It turned out that we missed a few games, we played some UFC, the graphics were fantastic for a Dreamcast game, it looked stunning, but the gameplay kind of sucked.

Then we played another horse game on Tony Hawk’s Skateboarding, this time, the “horse” was “GLQTEZWZY”, for some reason, we could change it this time, last time, we had to stick with “horse”.
Steven got GLQTEZWZY, but I ended up getting a G, was this the glimmer of hope Steven needed? Nope, He got a Y right afterwards, I win, 16-5!

Finally, we had a game of ECW Hardcore Revolution, which I won.

That was certainly an active week, next week is PS2 week, WWE All Stars time!

Article By: Cobra!
Help Provided by: Steven (CobrbDB)

Retro Pick-Ups: A Sega Mega CD!

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

Remember when I said I saw a Model 1 Mega Drive+CD there and said it might be £60 once they’re ready to sell it? Well, I went back there today, and they had it for sale for £100, but it came with 2 6-button controllers and 3 games, technically 4! I was a bit sceptical at first, but they mentioned that they do a 3-month guarantee, which isn’t too much, but with an old console, you’d be lucky to have a guarantee on it at all, it also means if it breaks within those 3 months, you can take it back and get a refund, which sounds alright. They also mentioned that chances are, it’ll go in a couple of days, they rarely come by, hard and expensive to find on eBay, and it’s on high demand.

Believe it or not, £100 is a good price for a Mega CD, To buy one on it’s own, without the Mega Drive itself, any games, or controllers, would cost you a whopping £240! and that’s not including delivery! £100 doesn’t sound so bad now, does it?

So I decided to get it, if it doesn’t work, I could just take it back, so I might as well give it a try.

As I bought it, they were explaining to me some things I would need to know about the Mega CD, like that it uses it’s own power, that the reset button opens the tray and start closes it. I knew all of this, but it was awesome that this shop hires people who know what they’re talking about. Unlike a certain other store…

The console works perfectly, although the display is a little off, but it turns out it was the Mega Drive itself with that problem, because I get the same display quality when playing a cartridge game, which of course doesn’t require or involve the Mega CD.

The games I have for it at the moment aren’t that great, except for one, I got Prince of Persia, Jaguar XJ220, Cobra Command (Which, sadly, sucks! ='(), and Sol-Feace, which is actually pretty fun.

Now that I own a Mega CD, that opens doors for me to try out those really bad FMV games, like Night-Trap! I can only get Sonic CD, with the proper music the EU/JP version had, as opposed to the US one Gems Collection had.

Retro Pick-ups: A whole bunch of stuff

Monday, September 10th, 2012

I was a G-Force after college today (No surprises there.), and I bought 3 Sega Saturn games, Sega Worldwide Soccer 97 and 98, and Virtua Fighter (1).

I saw a model 1 Mega Drive with a Mega CD attachment, it had no price tag, so I asked at the counter how much it was, and she said if it works (they had yet to test it), they said it might be £60 for both, which sounds really good. I liked it up on ebay, and to buy model 1 Mega CDs on their own on eBay costs £240! I’m getting that Mega CD out of G-Force as soon as I can! I know the guys won’t be interested in getting it before me, I trust you guys, but you’re wanting it, I’m not overly fussed, the race will be on!

I came home to be greeted by 2 parcels! One that looked like one that a strategy guide book would go in, and the other was actually pretty big, but it had Japanese writing on it, so I knew exactly what that was!

The guide was the Sleeping Dogs strategy guide that I ordered alongside the game, I only do that to games I really want.

The game was Digimon Tamers Battle Spirit 1.5 for the Wonderswan Colour, the box was actually taller than a Black & White Wonderswan game, it was actually the size I initially expected them to be, the rest of the box was just paper and bubble wrap, it seems the Japanese aren’t big fans of the environment.

I’ve played Battle Spirit, and it’s brilliant, even better than I hoped! Visually, it looks amazing, just like a GBA game!

I’ve yet to try out the Sega Saturn games, so if you’ll excuse me… I’m going to play Sleeping Dogs!

Retro Diary – 24/6/12 – "This-Game’s-Great!"

Sunday, June 24th, 2012

Monday 18th June 2012

I finally got around to playing the Browser version of Plants vs. Zombies, and I really enjoyed it, the Game of the Year edition of the game is only £5 brand new on Amazon, so I suppose it’s a why not, I’m getting it!

My PC got sent off to get fixed today, well, I hope they actually fix it, I have a gut feeling they’ll just send it back, broken…


Tuesday 19th June 2012

My MDickie compilation DVD arrived! I was expecting the Disc to contain absolutely, pretty much like it was claimed to, but sadly, it didn’t, a few DOS games and the original version of the 3D Big Bumpz was missing, I’ve downloaded the rest, as they’re all free, but it would’ve been nice if they were on the DVD as well.

However, I found that the DVD contained 2 mods to his popular Wrestling Mpire 2008, one of them being called “The Wrestling Channel 4: Fight!”, which featured far improved graphics and presentation, and the game had a better atmosphere too, I can honestly say that this is the best wrestling game on the PC now, it’d be awesome of Matt Dickie himself and the team and modded it joined forced to make a sequel, how awesome would that be!?

So yeah I’ve been playing that, even if it runs like crap on my laptop, I want my PC so bad…


Thursday 21st June 2012

My sister came up to my room to play some Mega Drive, she reached the same spot before getting bored, she keeps saying to me she’ll come over and we could complete it like we did with Sonic 2, but never does, I’d be lucky if she even comes up to play it half the time.

I’ve just noticed, my brothers have nearly finished school, which sucks, I was hoping to spend those extra weeks off by playing some awesome PC games while my brothers are at school and aren’t here to annoy me, but my luck doesn’t want any of that, and my PC broken down, seriously, why me!?

I suppose on the bright side, I haven’t heard anything back from ASUS, no “we can’t fix your PC”, or any of that crap, so I suppose no news is good news, but I have a feel it’s still just in a very long line of PC that are to be inspected, and I bet knowing my luck, it’s be weeks until they finally get to my PC and say “Sorry, we can’t fix it!”, making all of that time, waiting for it to get “fixed” gone to complete waste!

I saw Wolfenstein 3D + Spear of Destiny on eBay, and as a bonus, that particular copy also included Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2, all on PC… Ordered!

I was once looking at a “Let’s Play”, or rather a “Retsupurae”, which makes fun of bad Let’s Plays, and found one on Ultimate Doom, so I decided to look at it, and saw that this guys copy ran faster, had a different HUD, and was running on a bigger resolution, I thought, “Wait, how come my copy isn’t as good!?”.

It turns out, he had a mod put in which makes all those improvements and more into all the Doom games, it’s called Z-Doom, called so because you can look up and down, unlike the original, I tried it out, and it was like upgrading a computer or to a new computer, you suddenly get a massive improvement in performance! I was in awe playing it, the resolution could go much bigger, and therefore looked so much sharper and clearer, it ran much faster, the new HUD rules, and tonnes more, I practically fell in love!

Later on, I was browsing for my games because I was bored and wanted something to play, then I discovered a few PC games I’ve had for years, but never played, one of them being a £1 budget game called “Winter games”, I decided to try it out.

I’ve tried other budget games published by the same people, and they were quite enjoyable considering they’re only £1, but this one sucked!

However, I discovered trial games that came free with the game, one of them being “Brick Buster”, which is a 3D breakout game, I decided to give it a try, and I really, really enjoyed it, so I looked it up online to see if I could find a copy cheap.

You can download the game, it costs £10, which is outrages, however, on eBay, I found a retail copy which also came with another game, and that was less than £2, seriously, why do people digitally download games these days?

Physical copies are usually cheaper, you can install them on other PCs/Consoles, and if you feel nostalgic for a game years later, chances are, the digital download will no longer exist, but you can still install the physical copy!

My sister came into my room to play my Mega Drive again, which I don’t mind, she gave up, again, because she wasn’t doing as well as usual, so I had a go, and done even worse…


Friday 22nd June 2012

I’ve been told I will get my PC on Monday, hopefully fixed, but they haven’t said otherwise, so that’s a good sign, but I’m still not getting my hopes up…

I discovered a Free-to-play game on Steam called “Trackmania Nations Forever”, which is a game all about whacky tracks, and the fact you can make your own! I had a go of it, and I loved it! Unlike every other F2P game I’ve ever played, it doesn’t ask you for money anywhere in the game!

I might know where they’d get income then, from their other, more advanced game, Trackmania United Forever, Nations is a Free Trackmania game, everything else is like a mainstream game, a case with a disc, that costs you about £20-£30. United Forever is all of the Trackmania games and expansions put together into one game. After playing and Loving Nations, I’m definitely getting United Forever!


Saturday 23rd June 2012

My sister came into my room and played Sonic 1 for a bit, then gave up, so I gave it a try, and I actually reached Labyrinth Zone Act 2, by far the furthest I’ve ever gotten, until I got a game over!

I completed Episode 2 of the Ultimate Doom, and the end boss for that episode, is absolutely merciless, I couldn’t defeat him no matter what I did, I lost count of the amount of tries it took, not that I counted in the first place.
So I decided, f*ck it! I put a cheat in to get the BFG, and then I completed him my first try… Alright, second try!

I realized it was 3DO next week, and I didn’t have a working copy (or even a proper one at that) of Twisted, and that games makes 3DO week, 3DO week, so I went online, and there was only 1 copy left, it was £15, but I made an offer of £10, and not even a minute later, he accepted it, so now I’m getting a proper copy of Twisted! Hopefully it’ll arrive before next Sunday…


Sunday 24th June 2012

It was Mega Drive this week at grans, unfortunately, I only had one controller, so I brought along the Sega Master System controller, in hopes that it would work… It didn’t.

I was playing a bit of Mortal Kombat for a while first.

Then I played a bit of Aladdin, still trying to figure out the level skip cheat I knew of years ago, it seems it’s activated when I press A, B, B, A, while rocking the D-pad, but it doesn’t do it when I leave it alone or hold it in any direction.

Then Giancarlo played Streets of Rage for a bit, he reached the boat level before getting a game over.

Then Steven came in a while later and played Spiderman, and couldn’t get past the first level.

Then he played Bart vs. the Space Mutants, same thing there, couldn’t get past the first level.

Then he played Micro Machines 2, he played a lot of races before getting bored. We have something new to say during the countdown of that game, while it counts down, in rhythm with the countdown, we say “This-Game’s-Great!”!

Steven decided to let someone else play a game, so Giancarlo then played Sonic 2, because we couldn’t go through Mega Drive week without playing that, no really, we couldn’t!

While he was playing, he mentioned that once he gets a job, he’s getting an Xbox 360, and he also mentioned he’s getting a computer as well.
I thought “What’s the point?”, I mentioned he could just get a gaming PC, sure it may cost more to get a gaming PC than a console, but you’re going to buy a console and PC anyway, it doesn’t cost much to get a PC that can play all the modern games and PC games are generally cheaper than their console counterparts to pre-order and get brand new the day a game comes out. (Sometimes with £15 in difference!)
Besides, me and Steven play mostly on the PC now, so it’d be awesome if all 3 of us did!
It’s his choice, I know, but I’d go for PC gaming if I were him, but then again, no one’s like me.

He reached the Casino Stage Act 2, but then Giancarlo had to go, so Steven took over, and reached Hill Top Zone Act 2 before we left.

I bidded for an item of “Ultimate Quake!” for the PC, basically, that’s the first 3 quakes (including 3 arena) for I think modern OS PCs, luckily, no one else placed a bid on it, I wouldn’t think anyone would, these days, if anyone who’s not me wanted a PC game, they’d get it on Steam, not me, I hate digital download games and try to avoid them as often as possible, luckily, I don’t need to download anything to play Quake 1, 2 and 3 Arena any more!

Next week is 3DO week, it’s time to land on the Challenge Square!

Happy 21st Birthday Sonic!

Saturday, June 23rd, 2012

I just thought since playing the excellent Sonic Generations on PC, I’ve been a Sonic fan again, I just realized that today marks 21 years since the release date of the original Mega Drive game, technically making it Sonic’s 21st Birthday!

So… Happy Birthday!

I suppose Mega Drive week was good timing, so we’ll be playing the Sonic games in celebration for the event!

That is all I have to say…

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 – 18/3/12

Sunday, March 18th, 2012

Dear Diary,

Hardly Anything Happened this week, apart from of course Sunday, but even then, we hardly did anything.


On Sunday, it was Mega Drive week, unfortunately, I brought along a bad display cable, to the picture quality was awful, just barely playable, though. It was so bad, it put off my cousin, Giancarlo from playing it, and he loves the Mega Drive.

Since it was Mega Drive week, I thought we’d pretend that it was the old years when we played it, 1998, alright, the Mega Drive was about dead by then, but that was when we had the Mega Drive.

The first thing we, or rather I played was Aladdin, and while playing it, I rediscovered an old cheat I used to use all the time to skip levels, just in case there’s anyone reading this playing through the game wanting to complete it without cheating, I won’t tell you the cheat code.

Then my brother played Sonic 1, then Monaco GP, both of which were on a 6 in 1 cart by Sega themselves, I also played Streets of Rage for a while, I got the furthest I’ve ever gotten in the game my whole life! Too bad I lost count how many stages I completed.

Then my other cousin, Steven, played Sonic 1 himself, he claimed he completed the game on Xbox Live Arcade version and was a master at the game. Problem for him was, this isn’t the Xbox Live remake, this was the original, no save feature, harder difficulty, and a proper controller, which he’s probably not used to. He didn’t get very far, I don’t even think he passed Green Hill Zone!

He then played Revenge of Shinobi, which was also on the 6-in-1 cartridge, he reached the first boss, further than I ever have, but then again, he activated the unlimited shurikens cheat.

Then he played Sonic 2, he had the same claims with this as with the first game, completed Xbox Live Version. He got a little farther on that than Sonic 1, but not by much, he only got Chemical Plant Zone Act 2 I think.

After that, the Mega Drive was just there collecting dust, so I thought I’d just pack it up and leave, as by that time, my family got the booze out, as it was my sister’s birthday, I left before anyone got drunk, I hate it when people do that.


It was disappointing this week, hopefully, next week will be better, where we’ll be playing the 3DO!

I- sorry, "we" have beaten Sonic the Hedgehog 2!

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

Finally, the moment has come, one I have been looking forward to since as far as I can remember, a childhood hindrance has been gone away, a lifelong task has been finished, I- sorry we have completed Sonic the Hedgehog 2!

It was almost 2:00 in the morning, my sister, Francesca, was playing all the stages before Living Fortress, saving up a bunch of lives, then I pretty much took over, by the time we reached the Death Egg Zone, We had 38 lives, and 3 continues, totalling to 46 attempts to beat the last boss.

The Metal Sonic boss was a bit annoying, it took me a while to get the pattern down, once I defeated him, this was it, my heart and pulse were racing, they were at the speed of Sonic’s legs, I was very shaky with the controller, this was it, this was the end, we were going to beat Sonic the Hedgehog 2 once and for all…

…I died, instead of taking to that boss, I went back to the beginning, so I had to defeat that Metal Sonic again, and by that point it was just a waste of time.

I consumed 31 lives at this stage, I got the patterns of both bosses, my hands wee shaking so much I kept held of the controller, then the image we wanted to see, the final boss destroyed, all of those mini explosions all over him, the farting sound from the Mega Drive, we had done it! We completed Sonic the Hedgehog 2!

This is a moment I will perhaps remember for decades! If I forget, this article will remind me!

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