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  1. I sort of wish I hadn't played it now as I'm really hankering for another game! They did warn us it was addictive I suppose...
  2. Just fired up the old PS2 to make sure it's still working and everything seems to be in good order. Actually looks really good through component on the small HDTV I have upstairs. Made sure the Sega Classics Collection I got at Play works fine (it does) and threw in a bit of Gradius V for good measure. Need to turf out the rest of my games and get everything setup properly, after which I'll be going through them in the coming weeks! On a side note - it's a real shame they didn't release more of the Ages 2500 series in the west.
  3. This may sound weird/obvious, but I got to play Jetpac on a Spectrum+ at the Play Expo and absolutely loved the keyboard! What's the general consensus on it?
  4. Got back just a little while ago. Myself, my wife & friend had a really good time overall. Positives: + The venue. Inside: plenty of space for everything; nothing felt overly crowded. Outside: right next to the cavernous Trafford Center with almost every cuisine imaginable and multiple reasonably-priced hotels nearby. We were basically able to live on-foot for the entire weekend - everything was just really convenient. + The line. Was well organized and moved really quickly - we were in shortly after 10 on both days. + Sociable Soccer. Bloody good fun, really enjoyable to play despite being purportedly only 50% complete according to the splash screen. Sounds like they have some great ideas for it going forward. Played multiple times on both days. + The retro area was massive, felt really spoiled for choice. Just about every console and computer imaginable was on show and ready to play with multiple games available. Some cool rarities as well. + Good selection of vendors, even if some were a little pricey. + Board game section was nice, lots on offer to try. Negatives: - There were already broken arcades pretty much right after we got in the door. However - to their credit - the team running the area were visibly working hard to fix them. - Felt like we had really seen everything by the end of the first day. Only ended up going for a couple of hours today (mostly to shop and play more Sociable). - Convention cold. Just got over a sore throat last week, now I have a blocked nose and a cough instead. All in all, worth the trip up. It was nice just to take everything in and enjoy the event. I'd go so far as to say it felt relaxing, where events can sometimes feel chaotic or exhausting. Good job to everyone involved!
  5. While I did own a few G&Ws as a kid, we definitely picked up a few non-Nintendo LCDs. First one I can remember (which was actually my brother's) was this excellent Casio GD-8 watch: Otherwise I remember we had a few of the Systema ones - another car racing game and a space-type one are those that stick with me. Neither was particularly compelling, but they passed the time: I also recall really enjoying the Turtles game by Konami! 2 things that really confused me at the time: 1/ It was actually 'Ninja' Turtles rather than 'Hero', which made me think they were somehow their evil brethren. 2/ 4 Raphaels on the art, WTF?
  6. Oh god, getting to play on the 'big TV'. In our household, that was basically saved for only the most special occasions - but for a really stupid reason. When we got our Mega Drive, my parents read the warnings in the manual about potential tube burn, and basically took that to mean that we would damage the TV if we played it on there for more than a miniscule amount of time. Hence, for years, we were relegated to playing on a 14" black & white TV with a mono speaker. In retrospect, that was probably just a tactic to ensure we didn't hog the main TV.
  7. To be honest, I'm glad it's a wired controller, but only because I am obsessive about achieving the lowest-lag experience possible. It's basically just one less thing for me to blame when I'm failing at a game. Would have been nice if they did a wireless option for folks that want to go that route, but I'm definitely not defending that cable length either!
  8. It's also in the SMS/NES bookazine that they released - which was a nice refresher for me as the series is definitely convoluted! Probably go through them all at some stage around the festive period as I really only have extended experience with Wonderboy and Wonderboy in Monster World. I do enjoy both of those, but they are quite unforgiving - particularly the arcade versions which are gluttonous penny munchers. I remember playing the original in a bar in Ireland with some of my cousins with the bonus of being bankrolled by a near-endless supply of 10ps from my uncle. The machine was also half busted (it didn't show you your score properly between levels), but we didn't care. Good times.
  9. I will be going for both days (but it remains to be seen how long we'll be sticking around on Sunday). If there is a Galaga machine there, I will probably be on it.
  10. My birthday's coming up fairly soon, and was thinking about gaming memories around those past. So, I thought I'd share the one which clearly sticks in my mind and see if you had any good stories of your own. On this particular year, I was all ready to receive miniature-racing greatness in the form of Micro Machines on the Mega Drive. However, things were not to be as straightforward as that sounds. For, you see, the caveat to receiving it was that I needed to first open a Live Cash account with Midland Bank in order to take advantage of the '£10 off a Mega Drive game' bait they were dangling at the time. The list was for a handful of specific games only, and Micro Machines was on there. Remember this? My parents had agreed to fund the remainder of the cash for my birthday present, after which the plan was I would open the bank account, put the money in said bank account and then I'd have my game. Simple! After weeks of agonising over previews and reviews, I eagerly trotted down to my local Midland branch to open the account and receive my birthday game. What I clearly didn't agonise over very well in my youthful years was the dark art of fine print. Basically, I got to the bank, opened the account and deposited my cash, but was not presented with a sleek Mega Drive game box for my troubles, oh no. What I was presented with was some paperwork. Paperwork which, it turns out, you had to fill out and send off in order to get the game, after which they'd send it you back. After about 2 weeks. Naturally, I was absolutely mortified - no Micro Machines on my birthday! My Dad - who also accompanied me - did his usual attempt at wheeling-and-dealing to try and rectify the situation, but there was nothing that could be done. I went back to the car in a massive sulk and deduced that this, surely, was what the end of the world looked like. However, my Dad - being the great Dad that he is - decided I wasn't going to go away empty handed. He went back into town and picked the game up from Future Zone, in a kind-of-but-not-really two-fingers up to Midland, and the day was saved. To round this story out, I decided to fire up Micro Machines this evening some twenty-odd years later, and managed to complete it for the first time ever! It wasn't actually as bad as I thought it would be - if you can be patient and feather the throttle on the sports car levels, you're golden. _ All in all, a nice way to round out my trip down memory lane. Let's hear yours!
  11. Love the Amiga - fantastic series of computers. Again, a machine which I never actually owned, but by way of friends and relatives I got to play on them quite a lot back in the day. My first memories come by way of a few games: Syndicate - The moment my cousin rounded up an entire disposable army with his persuadertron, packing gauss guns, lasers and whatever else, I was in absolute awe at the spectacle of the game and its incredible cyberpunk atmosphere. I did manage to get my hands on a copy eventually by way of the Mega Drive version, which my brother and I completed in co-op. Brutal Sports Football - Absolute carnage, which of course appealed to my young, impressionable mind. I remember being elated at seeing it in the previews section of Mean Machines one month (albeit with a new name - 'Beastball') and racing down to my nearest Future Zone to ask them when it'd be hitting the shelves. They, consequently, looked at me like I had ten heads and said they'd never heard of it, and indeed it unfortunately never made it out of the prototype-phase on the Mega Drive. However - by the power of the internet - we are now able to marvel in its elusive glory. I did also pick it up on the Jaguar version later on, and it became a firm favourite to play before hitting the town in my uni days. Body Blows - well, it was better than the Amiga's Street Fighter II port... my cousin owned both, and this definitely got more playtime. In fact, I remember getting cut off by my aunt because we were duelling it out for so long on one occasion. Played a bunch more as time went on, with favourites being IK+, Cannon Fodder, Skidmarks, The Chaos Engine, Pinball Fantasies, Monkey Island, Wizkid (and all its wonderful insanity), Turrican and Laser Squad. (NB: for the obvious games not mentioned, I probably experienced them first/played them more on the Mega Drive or PC). Also, I am convinced that something is wrong with me as this song crops up in my head on an almost a monthly basis, I'd say:
  12. Apologies for the massive necro post, but seemed the most appropriate topic. These are a few of my faves (which I will certainly add to) - would be good to see more of yours!
  13. Got one on order, looking forward to playing it over the Christmas period. Now if only Sega would make similar-quality official offerings for the SMS/Mega Drive...
  14. I was really confused coming into this topic initially as only the first post was up. Looks great!
  15. Official Doom soundtrack - finally!
  16. I did not own a Speccy growing up, but did get to play them at others' abodes. My first memory is of playing JSW at a friend's house and really not getting very far at all... (I seem to remember we ended up being repeatedly sent away by Martha). Past that, favourites include Skool Daze & Back to Skool, Batty, Laser Squad, Dynamite Dan, Head Over Heels, Deathchase and of course Chaos.
  17. I think someone posted it them in this thread once, but worth repeating again. Perhaps the most surprising thing is they are apparently still going...
  18. Just a few faves (apologies for the embedding overload):
  19. I have to say I haven't been too impressed by Metallica's latest output. Death Magnetic was decent when it came out (aside for the mixing), but I think that's partially because St. Anger was so bad. These couple of songs so far are really just more of the same, which is disappointing for an 8-year wait. I'd still take anything Black Album-and-previous any day. On an unrelated note, I was pleased to see that a great band I'd only heard of this year - Shadowmind - have confirmed they are working on new material after it looked like they'd gone quiet for a few years. This is from their most recent S/T album:
  20. I know we have Airmech, but it'd be awesome to get an official Herzog Zwei update.
  21. From a D&B perspective (since I could probably go on for ages about rave soundtracks)... From GTA (original): From Wipeout: From Destruction Derby: From Steep Slope Sliders: From THPS3 (not strictly D&B, but included for excessive Amen break :P): (they also had a VG-style music video Will probably add more later...
  22. For me, it was either Donkey Kong Jr. on Game & Watch, or The Lone Raider on the Atari 400/800 (can't remember exactly which).
  23. Good question... I remember the first game we actually bought (ie, wasn't given as a Christmas present or anything) was Barbarian II on the Beeb. I mostly remember because it had to be mail ordered and my brother and I were in absolute agony waiting for it to show up in the post (and consequently danced around the hallway when it actually did). If I had to hazard a guess at one that was actually bought with my own cash, it would probably be Agressor on the Archimedes:
  24. Just wanted to say - I frigging love the Master System. I have over 50 physical games (including some Brazilian ones) and can't help but get all wistful when I think back at memories of playing them back in the day. Funnily enough, I didn't actually own one until the early 2000s, but played them a ton at friends'/relatives' places prior to that. The Mega Drive (which I did own growing up) still pips it for me overall, but it was definitely a fantastic system. I'm planning on going back and giving the catalogue the once-over during the Christmas period, so may post some thoughts up here then! Oh yeah, and I still laugh when I remember that - back in the day - someone told me you could play SMS carts on the BBC by plugging them into the RAM slots, but I (probably luckily) never owned any to actually try it out. Good times.
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