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New Games From Columbus

Friday, July 11th, 2014 at 12:50 am | Game | Video

I’ve updated the Bakamo Studios site with a new post about three locally developed games that could use some hype right now. While you’re waiting for Evo 2014 Championship Series to start, why not watch these trailers?

Lemma – first-person parkour playground

Breaking Block – polished creative Arkanoid-like

Hatch-It! – cute ice physics puzzle

Source: Columbus Game Developer Spotlight » Bakamo Studios which sources Evan Todd, Smiling Cat Entertainment, and Multivarious Games

Challenger with Commentary

Friday, June 20th, 2014 at 5:55 pm | Image | Video

I like Instagib, but it’s a lot more difficult to get good stream highlights onto YouTube from there. This run of the 1985 Japanese-only Famicom game Challenger was so watchable and the chat was so random that I jumped through the technological hoops to get this posted for all.

Challenger is famous for its control scheme which is backwards compared to modern games. On the NES controller, you would press A to shoot and B to jump. I actually played this on a Power Joy by Trump Grand that I bought for $5 at CORGS-Con, but it has the A and B buttons reversed. It makes the Power Joy terrible for most games but perfect for Challenger.

The video below features Skype chat from myself, Jdetan, and Kinkaido, so of course it’s NSFW.

Wow, it's been a long time since I've had an actual image on this blog, right? Anyway, the top of the N64-ish controller actually has a pointy bit that functions as the Zapper. The trigger is where the N64's Z button would be. It doesn't work well.

Source: Challenger with Commentary – YouTube, which is edited from an .flv archive of my Instagib stream ( deletes archives after 24 hours), uploaded to YouTube, downloaded from YouTube as an .mp4, and finally edited in Pinnacle Studio 14 like my other videos. I really need to find a better way to do this. Also, the camera on my phone.

How Americans Eat Hamburgers

Saturday, June 14th, 2014 at 3:15 pm | Video

I put some ketchup on a frozen hamburger today and remembered this old video from Japanese American rocker Joe Inoue joking about how we Americans love our burgers. He went on to make some anime opening songs and a new English YouTube channel called VellySillyBilly.


Yumi’s Odd Odyssey/Sayonara Umihara Kawase Stage Time Attacks

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014 at 12:45 am | Video

Two months ago, I told you I was hooked on this game. Since then, I’ve played for 47 hours, reached every door, collected every backpack, and got every survival mode ending. I’ve also brought the heat to the North American version’s leaderboards with dozens of stage times in the top three. Since this game helpfully lets you save replays, I get to show you how I got there. Enjoy!

0:03 F1 → F2 11″83
0:21 F11 → F12 11″63
0:38 F20 → F21 21″83
1:04 F20 → F37 28″86
1:38 F39 → F40 13″90
1:57 F28 → F29 13″26
2:15 F29 → F18 29″83
2:50 F29 → F30 15″73
3:11 F30 → F31 13″53
3:30 F31 → F32 16″83
3:51 F32 → F33 13″80
4:10 F32 → F42 24″73
4:41 F42 → F43 38″86
5:25 F43 → F49 16″56
5:47 F22 → F23 8″16
6:00 F23 → F24 9″43
6:14 F24 → F39 2″13
6:25 F24 → F35 9″03
6:37 F35 → F36 14″86
6:57 F36 → F37 19″20
7:22 F37 → F38 20″40
7:47 F38 → F41 7″16
7:59 F38 → F47 15″63
8:19 F44 → F45 6″73
8:30 F45 → F46 18″46
8:54 F46 → END 35″46

Source: Yumi’s Odd Odyssey (Sayonara Umihara Kawase) Stage Time Attacks – YouTube recorded with my phone’s camera

Zeta Gundam montage

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014 at 6:45 pm | Video

Uh oh, I got too distracted by PAX East, Tetris victories, and Sayonara Umihara Kawase that I almost forgot I have a blog and a good video to post to it. Zeta Gundam is a show about giant fighting robots in space, but people sure hit each other at lot. YouTube user Voltan made a supercut of all the satisfying slaps, punches, and kicks that turn whiny pilots into brave fighters.

Sure, let’s run Kajet’s version too. Why not? 2007 YouTube, go!

Source: Zeta Gundam montage – YouTube and ZETA PUUUUNCH – YouTube

PAX East 2014 trip and Twitter

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 at 11:30 pm | Image

I’m on my way to PAX East 2014 with a three of my friends, about to ride the Metal Gear Line to Boston. The 19-hour train ride each way is basically a mini-convention full of gamers that are also going to PAX East. I’ll be using my normally-inactive Twitter to arrange meet-ups with friends, and I’ll be keeping tabs on Facebook and #pax IRC too. For those of you that are headed to PAX East, let’s meet up and play some games! If you’re not going to PAX East, why not? It’s 60,000 people meeting up and playing games. What’s not to like? I’ll post some pictures at the end.

I was going to post the Geeknights PAX East 2012 highlight video here, but the video's thumbnail includes the pony on one of their badges. I'm trying to avoid ponies, but with Kinkaido and the other bronies from my stream here, I probably won't be able to hold them off for long.

We're picking it up at Bryan on the northwest corner of Ohio.  I probably won't be able to dodge ponies there either.

Source: PAX East 2014 and PAX Community Wiki

Yumi’s Odd Odyssey/Sayonara Umihara Kawase

Friday, March 28th, 2014 at 2:15 pm | Game | Video

The best grappling hook in video games has finally made it to the West! In the hands of an expert, the title character can climb all over everything and fling herself across the screen while stressing the elastic fishing line to its breaking point. Beginners can stick to the main route, but everyone else gives it the finger and looks for shortcuts, backpacks, and hidden exits. This series is very speedrun-friendly and has always let you record replays of your fastest stage times.

It you’re looking for a nice, challenging 2D platformer, pick it up on the North American 3DS eShop for $30. That sounds like a lot, but it’s the lowest price I’ve ever seen a game in this series and you won’t be disappointed. Most of the players on the English version’s leaderboard hang out in this NeoGAF thread which I’d love to post in but NeoGAF has a weeks-long moderation queue for new members. UPDATE: I have now posted there.

Source: Sayonara Umihara Kawase Promotional Video English Subs – YouTube which is a fansub of the Japanese trailer

Poleovermania Mario 3 Collections

Thursday, March 6th, 2014 at 11:45 pm | Video

Super Mario Bros. 3 has been out for 25 years and we still keep finding new ways to break it. Poleovermania puts on a master class in tool-assisted Mario 3 trickery and shows off dozens of the game’s lesser-known bugs. When I play the game, I can only do some of these tricks, usually by accident.

Source: マリオ3小ネタ集 – YouTube (Mario 3 Clip Collection), マリオ3小ネタ集2 – YouTube (Mario 3 Clip Collection 2), and マリオ3無限1UP集 – YouTube (Mario 3 Infinite 1UP Collection) via the name of a song by desk that he wrote for a Marvel vs. Capcom 3 bug video

Feedly and RSS Feeds

Saturday, February 22nd, 2014 at 8:08 pm | Image

Feedly is where I spend most of my time on the Internet. It’s the window through which I organize and read posts from dozens of other sites in one long page, and you should use it too. If you frequently read a news site or blog by visiting their front page every time, you’re probably doing it wrong. Read the rest of this post for links to some RSS feeds I recommend and links to subscribe to them in Feedly or your favorite RSS reader. You’ll be hooked.

Yes, I really have 1,889 unread articles, some dating back to 26 days ago. The biggest backlogs are RockPaperShotgun (269), my YouTube subscriptions feed (261), UsVsTh3m (208), and DarkSakura's blog It's All Around You (160). They're all not accessible at my work so I can't catch up on them there.

I don’t want to spam up the main feed with a lot of links, so you’ll have to click through to the real post this time. Read more on “Feedly and RSS Feeds” »

Slightly Left of Centre – Love The Way You Move

Monday, February 10th, 2014 at 9:05 am | Video

Anime Hell comes to Ohayocon every year with silly internet videos like this that are best watched in a group like a captive DeVry anime club. Next time, I’m taking notes! From Russia with funk, this is Funk Overload.

Oh, you were looking for something more horrible? Stick this in your USB port, then!

Source: Slightly Left of Centre – Love The Way You Move | SLC | Funk Overload [Original Music Video] – YouTube and other YouTube

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