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Speaking of Panzer Dragoon, when will Sega re-release these games? I know they have the original one as a bonus on Panzer Dragoon Orta, but how can Sega not bring out a Panzer Dragoon collection? Panzer Dragoon Saga is considered one of the best RPGs of all time and almost no one can play it because it was released in such low numbers. It is a crime that it is not available again. A bargain priced collection of the three games for $19.99 would do well. Same with a collection of the Phantasy Star collection from the Genesis.
I know that Electronic Arts
is doing it, but I still find it hard to believe that the Godfather game
will come anywhere near the quality of the movies. How do you take a
movie of that caliber and make a video game of it? Some movies can
translate well, but I do not see that. But I must admit that it would
make a better video game than Three Men and a Baby.
Being cheap is something that I do not limit to just video games. The last full price movie I saw was Lord of the Rings Return of the King and that was only because I received movie money for a present. I only go to the $1.00 theatre. That way I can see a movie, get a popcorn and a pop for the price of a movie ticket at the first run theatres. I never rent movies either. The last time I rented from Blockbuster was about four years ago and that was only because my son wanted to see a certain cartoon movie and was sick. I rent from the library where it is free. I don't believe in spending more than I have to.
It always amazes me at the amount of crap games for the Gameboy. Do companies think they can keep releasing the same platform game and just slap a different license on it and people will keep buying it? From the number of games, I guess they do and the people are buying them. It just amazes me that the same game has Sponge Bob this year and last year it was Shrek and next year it will be something else. I am convinced they have a program that all you do is change the main character and a few villains and choose a few themes and it will churn out a game.
Will the XBOX ever get a
horse racing game? It is the one thing that keeps me playing my PS2
(besides a few oddball titles like Everblue 2, Road Trip and Dog's
Life). I do not know why I love horse racing games, but I do. If there
is a new Gallop Racer, I am waiting to find it cheap. The nice thing is
that once a new one comes out, the last one drops in price, big time.
Wonder how long we have
until a system offers true virtual reality. The last system that was
attempting it was the Atari Jaguar. I remember seeing them touting the
VR Helmet coming. It never did and to be honest, it probably is a good
thing. My idea of virtual reality is not wearing some clunky helmet and
looking around at colored blocks or people made up of right angles.
-Roger Rabbit -
Toontown would be a hoot! There is so much you could do here that it
could encompass an entire game. That would be fun.
Saw a job on Monster.com that I would love but could not afford the pay cut. It is a Sony Rep. Problem is that it is only a 29 hour a week job and I would also probably have to take a big pay cut. But it would be nice to work in the video game industry.
While there are quite a few
video games based on comic books, you almost never see any outside of
Marvel and DC. There has been a few, Ninja Turtles being the most
popular, but few others. But there are a few out there that could make
good games and not just another fetch-em game or super hero game. Think
of how much fun a game based on Bone comics from Jeff Smith could be.
It would probably end up being a bad platform game but there is
potential to make alot more. Another good one would be Elfquest, if
they didn't just do a lame RPG. There are literally hundreds of great
comics that could be mined for video games, but they are not popular
enough with the average person to be worthwhile.
Decided to not buy any games at Toys R Us. While Red Dead Revolver is a game I want, I realize that I have limited time to play video games. So I will wait for games that I really, really want to play. The short list right now is Doom 3, Sim Meier's Pirates and Psychonauts. There are enough other games coming that I want to play like Gun, City of the Dead, King Kong and The Warriors to not buy every game that comes up cheap.
This is off topic, but so what. I am still trying to figure out the whole Napoleon Dynamite craze. I rented the movie from the library and thought moments were funny, but overall it was dumb. Yet I see t-shirts all over, hear people talking about it and read how it sold over a million copies on DVD on the first day. What is it about this movie that I am missing? Am I too old?
I am getting very tempted to
buy a Vectrex again. I see the prices of systems are way down on ebay.
What used to cost $100.00 for a system and maybe a game or two, you can
now get for half that. I had one in college and greatly enjoyed it.
Picked it up new back in the day for $50.00 and bought as many games as
I could find for $5.00 each. I had it for years but it finally gave up
the ghost. I ended up selling it off (you could even get decent money
for a broken one at one time) and over time I came to regret it. As
much as I wanted to play it, I found it hard to get a replacement one
for $100.00 when I paid $50.00 for it originally (told you I was
cheap). But I may have to bite and get one. It is a great system.
Have you ever bought the
same game for different systems? There was a time when I had some games
like Frogger on a half a dozen systems. Did I play them all? No, but I
was collecting games at the time. I normally played the Colecovision
version and let the Atari 2600, 5200, Intellivision and whatever other
systems I had it for, just sit there. That was then, but now I only
have a game for one system at a time. I gave up being a collector a
long time ago. It happened one day when I had amassed over 300 Atari
2600 games, almost all the Coleco and Intellivision games and a bunch of
games for other systems. I decided to sit down and play all these games
I collected. After a long weekend, I found that I had no interest in
ever playing most of the games. I found out of about 600 games, there
were probably only 50 that I would play with any frequency. That was
when I decided to get rid of the games I did not play and just keep what
I played. There are times I miss seeing my wall of games, but I think
of all the better things I have used the money for and it was worth it.
Of if you are going to do a system, how about the Atari 5200 but with real controllers. That system had the games. It featured the best arcade versions and could be great. The biggest problem is many of the best arcade games on it were not made by Atari. It could be cost prohibitive to try and secure the rights to games like Joust, Robotron and Space Dungeon.
Wonder if there will ever be an Underdog video game. As far as I know, there has never been one and this is one character who has a nice rogues gallery of villains to battle. With the likes of Overcat, Riff Raff and of course Simon Barsinister. It could be a cool game. They could even put some apperances in there by Tennessee Tuxedo, Go Go Gopher and Klondike Kat. There is gold there!
I was a bit bummed when I did not see a new Simpsons game on the list of games they showed at E3. Every year it was fun to see what game they would ape this year. In the past they borrowed heavily from Crazy Taxi (Simpsons Road Rage), Tony Hawks (Simpsons Skateboarding) and Grand Theft Auto series (Simpsons Hit and Run). But I must say that Simpsons Hit and Run was the best of the bunch and actually quite a bit of fun. They really took some major steps towards making a good game. There was still some stuff they could have done better, but it was a bit leap forward. I was looking forward to seeing a new Simpsons game this year, but I guess it will not be. But here are some ideas that they have not mined yet:
Simpsons Splintered Cell - Follow the covert actions of the Simpsons family as they need to sneak into some of Springfield's most guarded places. Homer needs to sneak into the nuclear plant to get the donuts he forgot before they go stale, Bart needs to sneak into Krusty the Klown's house to get an angry letter he sent and Lisa needs to sneak into Mister Burns mansion to get proof of illegal toxic dumping.
Simpsons Street - You enjoyed NFL and NBA Street, now play both sports Simpsons style. Choose from a huge selection of characters from the Simpsons Family to Milhouse to Snake to Chief Wiggums. Each player has alternate uniforms, unique moves and dunks and talks plenty of smack. As you beat different teams at different parts of town, you can unlock more courts and bonus players. And you can also win money to buy all kinds of bling to dress up your characters.
Evil Treehouse of Terror - One of the most popular Simpsons
episodes each year is their Halloween one. Imagine a full game based
around Resident Evil, but with a Simpsons feel to it. Springfield is
overrun with zombies and other creatures and it is up to the Simpsons
family to save the day. You have to rescue fellow Springfield
residents. Some with aid you with hints and others will give you items
to help you. Some may even join you for a few battles. Besides
zombies, there are many other monstrosities from giant three eyed fish,
undead clown and many demons based on popular Simpsons characters.
But even with these shortcomings, it is still a very good game. The tables are well made (though a little too similar) and alot of fun. For the budget price (retail is $19.99), it is well worth it and with a major shortage of pinball games for the XBOX, it fills a hole nicely.
One game that I love to play but also hate is Bubble Bobble. It is a great game, especially in two player mode. But once you play a few games of it, you cannot get that overly cute song out of your head. It can take days to purge your head of the song.
I still remember when I first got online back in the mid 90's. I found a company that made great versions of arcade games. This was before MAME took off. But the best part about it was they not only offered a near identical version of an arcade classic, but also an enhanced and updated version of the game. The company was called Champ Games and they made some of the best games for the time. The had Pac-Em, Ms. Pac-Em, Champ Kong, Centipedem and others. I bought Champ Kong and Centipedem and still to this day, I play them. But the company went out of business soon after a few years with many games listed as coming soon but never finished. It is too bad as I would have liked to play their version of Frogger and especially Burgertime. But I feel their games were probably too close to the arcade versions and they were "forced" to close shop. It is just my guess but from playing their games, I can see where a lawsuit could have happened. If you want to read more about this company, check out this website that is a fan page.
Speaking of Burgertime, I would love to see a remake of this game. Not the Super Burgertime game that showed up at the arcades, but a updated version. Not sure how I would do it, but it is a game that could be done well. I doubt there would be enough interest for a public release, but maybe a fan version could be good. You could go from burgers one level to dropping pizza topping on another to parts of a sub sandwich. I know there was Diner for the Intellivision, but I would like a more traditional sequel, with different levels, new enemies and maybe some surprises. Though an updated version of Diner would be pretty good too.
I was happy to see the newer Playboy pinball game arrived on Pinmame. Two years ago, I took the family to Disney and we stayed at a hotel right next to a place called Old Town. The hotel was very reasonably priced, close to Disney and it gave you free ride tickets for Old Town. While we were going around Old Town, we stopped at an arcade that was there. They had a special that if you bought $20.00 in tokens, you got 50 free tickets for redemption. My kids are into those redemption games (I hate them as they can sink quarters as fast as those old ladies at the slot machines) and it was a great way to start them off with some tickets. I gave them their share of the tokens and I went to see what else there was. I found Playboy Pinball and loved it. It played great and was alot of fun. I sank most of my tokens into it. When I came back the next year and we stayed at Old Town again, it was one of the things I wanted to do. But this year, it was broke. And to make things worse, the other pinball machine they had (cannot remember what it was), was gone. So there was nothing I really wanted to play. They also did not have the special anymore. We bought alot less tokens this time. But now it is on Pinmame, so I can play it and if it is not working next year, I will not be as disappointed.
Outside of Nintendo, I wonder which franchise is the most valuable. Would it be Madden, which is a sure seller each year? Or maybe it is Sonic and his various games. Possibly the Resident Evil series, which has been expanding lately. How about the Final Fantasy, that is a guaranteed seller here and in Japan. There was a time when Tomb Raider would have been there, but it has long since fallen off the radar. You can almost say the same for Crash Bandicoot, which was a huge franchise at one time. One that also deserves to be here is Pacman. While not the blockbuster it once was, there are still alot of Pacman games being sold. From compilations to arcade machines (Ms. Pacman was recently re-released at the arcades in a combo with Galaga) to games for cell phones, Pacman is still bringing in money.
Just saw Land of the Dead
last night at the dollar theatre (yes, I am cheap with movies as well).
While not as good as Dawn of the Dead (the original, not the remake), I
still enjoyed it. It is good to see zombies as slow moving creatures
again, instead of the fast moving ones of late. Made me think about how
it could be a great video game and it built up my excitement of the City
of the Dead game that George Romero is helping with. I think it comes
out next year, which is good as I have enough games to buy now.
See there are a bunch of compilations coming out for the game systems. Namco has another one. Capcom has one. Midway also has one. I still want to see a legitimate Sega one. Not the one that featured Genesis games but one that has actual arcade games. I would also like to see a few others. How about one with more of the Atari arcade games. Forget the 2600 compilations with a handful of arcade games. Make one with just arcade games. I want a compilation that has the classics like Missile Command and Asteroids and Centipede but also games like Food Fight and Crystal Castles.
I always wanted to see a
first person video game that puts you into Iron Man's armor. Imagine
where you can fly around town and battle foes with your rays and other
weapons. Think of Spiderman 2 but with Iron Man and from a first person
perspective. Iron Man has enough villains to choose from including
Whiplash, the Melter, Porcupine and others. He has yet to have a decent
I was at an outlet mall the other day and I saw Playstation 1 games for $0.99 each. Nothing I really wanted but I was amazed to see them so cheap. Most used game stores still charge around $5.00 each for them with only the sports games going for less. Guess that era is finally over. I wonder what the total number of different games made for the system was. I know it had to easily surpass the 800+ US released games for the Nintendo 8 bit.
One thing I need to do since
I got an XBOX is check out pinball games. Pure Pinball is one that I
wanted to check out. I saw it advertised on their website ages ago and
waited for the PC version. I never saw it come but I did see an XBOX
version. Now I see there is also Ultimate Pro Pinball coming out to go
with Pinball Hall of Fame. So there is some nice pinball action for me
on the XBOX. If only they had a pinball type controller to use for it.
Wonder if they will ever really create a computer or video game that captures the true feeling of playing Dungeons & Dragons. I know they keep getting closer and closer, but they are not there yet. I played a ton of D&D as a kid and loved it. And I have played a ton of games that are similar to it, but something is always missing. A big part is the unique nature of dealing with humans instead of computer code. People do strange things that a programmer cannot think of.
Is it me or is it getting hard to find Dreamcast games at brick and mortar stores? Almost all the regular games stores have long dumped them and now even the used game stores are not stocking them. It is a bummer as there are still a handful of games I want and a few I need to replace. The Dreamcast still gets a ton of gameplay at my house.
Wonder how the sales of movies on the PSP is doing. I see more and more titles coming out, so I am guessing it is doing pretty good. But I still have not seen any official numbers. I am sure alot of companies are watching and ready to jump on it, if it does well.
I would love to see a fighting game starring all the second rate mascots. Imagine a game where you could fight to the death with characters like Aero the Acrobat, Gex the Gecko, Blasto, Boogerman and even that kamikaze squirrel. If it was done well, it could be hilarious. But it would be hard to get the rights to all the characters.
I have been hearing good things about the Fantastic Four video game. I have not been hearing good things about the Fantastic Four movie. I have been hearing great things about the Batman movie. I have not been hearing great things about the Batman video game. Makes you wonder.
Another question I get asked
alot is why don't I offer message boards for people to respond to on my
site. I did them a long time ago and all I ended up doing is spending a
ton of time deleting spam messages. It got to a point that it was not
worth it. Plus, there are too many people in newsgroups and message
boards that are just plain mean. Something about being unknown that
brings out the worst in people. It is a reason why I almost never post
in any newsgroups or message boards. I don't need the aggravation that
comes with it.
1. How much will the
exclusive deals affect the quality of the video games? Will Madden keep
improving the gameplay or will they lay off since there is no
It will be interesting to see how this shakes out. I know there are alot of people who are watching closely to see the games will be. It is one of the most exciting as well as fearful crops of sports games ever. The best advice I can give is to read as many reviews as possible before buying any game.
I made my kids watch a
special on Shigeru Miyamoto G4.
It was an Icons special. Since they are such fans of Mario and the
Legend of Zelda series (and to a lesser extent, Donkey Kong and even
Starfox, all creations of Shigeru Miyamoto), I figured they should know
the history of the man behind the games. They did enjoy it and watched
it all the way through. I think it is important that kids learn a
little about the history of video games. They should know about people
like Shigeru as well as Nolan Bushnell and Ralph Baer. They should
learn the history of the Pacman game, the meaning of Donkey Kong's name
(it was meant to be stubborn ape - with donkey meaning stubborn and kong
meaning ape). They should learn about the rise and fall of arcades.
It is up to us to make sure they learn some of the history.
The one thing I want to see as far as soundtracks and stuff go in video games is interactivity. Think of a game where you would get news bulletins that talked about things you saw or did. Think about if you stole a truck on GTA and caused a big pile-up of cars and then you heard about it on the radio. Now that would be cool. Maybe they can do stuff like that in the next generation of systems with the extra space and faster processors.
Speaking of the Odyssey 2, I had a friend who was a gambling addict. He was so bad that he would bet me on games of Football on the Odyssey 2. Since I owned it, I could beat just about anyone on it. Talk about easy money. After a half dozen losses, he had enough of it.
While I loved Utopia on the
Intellivision, it is one of the games that I rarely play on my
Intellivision Lives collection. The game really needs an Intellivision
controller and an overlay to play. You cannot get that with a computer
or a PS2 controller.
I still remember how I learned a valuable lesson. One piece of advice I will impart on you is to never, ever buy a video game without reading a few reviews. The last time I did that, I learned the hard way. I wanted Legends of Wrestling in the worst way. I am not a big fan of wrestling games but I really did enjoy wrestling back in the day. A game that featured all the popular wrestlers sounded like a dream come true. It wasn't. It was a nightmare. The game played poorly and turned out to be a typical Acclaim released game. You know the kind that quickly makes it way to the bargain bin and is still ignored. So before you buy the latest game, no matter how good it sounds, wait for a few reviews. And with the internet, you can have reviews in a matter of days. Don't learn the hard way.
What is it that makes me want to buy a game that received bad reviews? My guess is nostalgia but it could be a gluttony for pain. I really enjoyed playing "Defender of the Crown" from Cinemaware. I thought Cinemaware was one of the best companies of all-time. Then I saw they were remaking this game. I was excited! But I waited to read reviews of the game and they were not good. Not terrible, but not good either. So I waited for the game to get cheaper. I have seen it as low as $10.00 but I still have not bought it. Always find something better to buy. Maybe when it hits $5.00.
Maybe it is just me but I
think G4 needs some better programming. I find most of the shows to be
annoying at best. I really enjoy Icons and the X-Play show has its
moments. But the rest seems like they try to hard to be cool or hip or
whatever the terms are these days. It is all fluff with little
substance. Curse MTV for starting this trend.
Was making a list of games I wanted that are finally getting cheap. Games like "Bard's Tale" that once sold for $50.00 but now you can pick up for $20.00 new and even less used. The list is getting pretty long. I noticed that Oddsworld Stranger is pretty cheap now. And I still need to get the Pikmin games.
Now that Acclaim is history, will we see the last of the Legends of Wrestling games? I always thought the concept of the game was great and the selection of wrestlers was amazing. But somewhere in the execution of the game, Acclaim screwed up. Bad controls, no physics (pretty much anyone could bodyslam people like King Kong Bundy and Andre the Giant) and just a bad game. While I am glad to see Acclaim gone (when Acclaim and 3DO went belly up, the quality of the video game industry as a whole went up), I liked the concept of Legends of Wrestling. I would like to see another company take over this franchise and do it right.
Ever been tempted to buy a
game that you know is horrible but it is so cheap and you want to see
the train wreck? I have been tempted by a few games like that. The
first is the Aquaman game for the Gamecube and XBOX. I know it is
horrible but I want to play it. I sorta liked the comic book character
and his cartoons were enjoyable (gotta love the giant sea horses he rode
around on). I have seen it for $5.00 used and was very tempted. The
other game is Celebrity Death Match. Nothing screams out waste of money
like this game. But the thought of fighting some of these characters is
enough to make me want to fork over a few bucks for a few laughs. Must
fight the temptation.
I need to hook up my Sega Saturn. It has been awhile since I played it. I don't have alot of games for it and I am missing a few I would really want (like Panzer Dragoon Saga but there is no way I am paying $75.00-$200.00 for a game), but I still enjoy it. Baku Baku, Virtua Puzzle Fighter and Nights are all worth it. I wish Sega would re-release some of these great titles as either a compilation or as unlockables on other games. They put the first Panzer Dragoon on the new game but not Saga, the one that people really want to play.
I cannot believe that I am
tempted to buy an Atari Flashback just to play Food Fight. I love the
game and it is one game that I cannot get to work in MAME. The big
problem is that Atari Flashback 2.0 is coming out soon and I really want
that one. Again, I want it for one big game, Save Mary. You may ask,
what is Save Mary? It is a prototype that was never released but I
really like. I first played it at Cincicon and really enjoyed it. Now
I see it is on the Atari Flashback 2.0 and I am excited. I also want to
see Adventure 2 and Return to Haunted House, two sequels that were never
released and were done by Atari fans as homebrews. I know of the
Adventure 2 that is being made for the Atari 5200 (and looks awesome)
but I did not know it was coming for the Atari 2600.