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How the Sega Dreamcast Continued Living on the Microsoft Xbox

The Sega Dreamcast (1999) has become a cult classic gaming system. Very popular at its release competing with the PlayStation 1 and Nintendo 64 but quickly faded in its short life span. By the time the Microsoft Xbox was released (2001) the Dreamcast had been discontinued. Sega then became one of the major third party developers for the Xbox game console. There are great franchises that began on the Dreamca ...

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Xbox Original Hacker Introduces Novena Open Source Laptop

Andrew “bunnie” Huang and Sean “xobs” Cross want to sell you a laptop you can completely trust. Earlier this year, the two Singapore-based engineers fashioned a laptop made almost entirely from open source hardware, hardware whose designs are freely available to the world at large. They called it Project Novena. Anyone could review the designs, looking for bugs and security flaws, and at least in theory, th ...

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2014 Video Game Release Schedule

January Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance (PC) - January 9 Wii Fit U (Wii U) - January 10 Assassin's Creed Liberation HD (360, PS3, PC) - January 14 The Banner Saga (PC) - January 14 OlliOlli (Vita) - January 21 Broken Age: Act I (PC) - January 28 Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z (360, PS3) - January 28 Rekoil (PC) - January 28 Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition (Xbox One, PS4) - January 28 The Castle Doctrine (PC) - J ...

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Xbox Original Softmod Tutorial

In 2001 the Microsoft Xbox was released and around 2004 the modding community took advantage. Two generations of gaming later many are still not aware of the true potential of their Xbox original. The original Xbox at the time was a powerhouse under the hood and when modded it provides numerous features such as playing emulators & ROMs, streaming multimedia files to your TV and playing import games to n ...

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Update ESPN NFL 2K5 Rosters

ESPN NFL 2K5, the last NFL 2K game released remains the juggernaut football franchise underground. Two generations later its rosters are still being updated. Operation Sports forums and NFL2K5rosters have freely hosted the free downloadable roster files. The roster files will function for the PlayStation 2, Xbox Original and since NFL 2K5 is also backwards compatible it can be played on Xbox 360. Here is th ...

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Castlevania’s Igarashi exits Konami; the Japanese indie revolution is in full swing

The indie scene is, in a word, bustling. A quick skim of Kickstarter or the front page of Steam makes a compelling case for the rise of indie success leading up to 2014, which shows no sign of slowing down. And it's not made up entirely of new faces, either--AAA devs have been leaving big publishers to form small studios for a few years now, resulting in games like Tiny Brains, Mark of the Ninja, and Gone H ...

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Top Single Player Campaigns on Xbox Original

I've noticed that a lot of retro gaming ends up on a single player campaign. Due to either lack of at the time or Microsoft pulling the plug on the original Xbox Live service. The Xbox was the only console I owned for quite some time, far past it's life cycle so this list comes from a place of getting the best out of the original Xbox, two gaming generations after. These games have aged very well all thanks ...

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Mighty No. 9 alpha gameplay video, for mega man fans only

Comcept released a new gameplay video of crowdfunded platformer Mighty No. 9 running in alpha, and it showcases some familiar-feeling run-and-gun gameplay along with images of Mighty Numbers 1 to 8. If we had to pick a favorite it would have to be Mighty No. 6, because he's got a cross between a bomber plane and a helicopter for a head, and missiles that launch out of his ankles. He looks like he'd be a lot ...

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Chrono Trigger – A Review 18 Years In The Making

I finally played Chrono Trigger 18 years after its release and it may be my favorite game of all time. Why is that? Well, it's the first RPG I've touched since Final Fantasy VIII. I remember liking the games involvement and having 3 more discs to look forward to. But I can't say FF8 really counts since I played it without a memory card as adolescent, ouch! I haven't touched an RPG since, the whole thing fad ...

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Importance Of Casinos In GTA San Andreas

GTA IV San Andreas Grand Theft Auto Andreas is based on the supposed state of Andreas, which is structured around California and Nevada. The three main cities are Los Santos, which is modeled on Los Angeles; San Fierro which is modeled on San Francisco; and Las Venturas which is modeled on Las Vegas. GTA IV San Andreas & Casinos Unsurprisingly there are many locations in the game that involve casinos, a ...

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Gaming Under the Influence: Jetpack Joyride

I've been recovering from a series of oral surgeries for the past few weeks. Most of that time consisted of lying on my back, waiting for the general anesthesia to wear off, discovering how yummy Vicodin is, and thinking about what kind of work I could do while lying on my back completely drugged up. After being unable to think of anything beyond becoming a ceiling painter, I just played video games. By K V ...

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SNK’s Neo Geo X Gold

Neo Geo X Gold SNK Playmore is making it a good year for fans of its Neo Geo consoles as well as 90's games fans. It has been a long thirteen years since SNK's release of the Neo Geo Pocket Color but this year brings a brand new handheld packed with twenty of the original games. Ticket to ride in this trip to the past is a cool $200. You better start sucking up to Santa. By Veritas Neo Geo X Gold Specs The ...

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The PS2 Is Dead, Long Live The PS2

PS2 Retired by Veritas PS2 Era Ends We all have, as gamers, had a watershed moment. The moment where life splits into two discrete paths that will never meet again. For some, it's crystallized in the death of a Big Boss, a piece of music, the end of a journey. The moment where we fell in love with a game, perhaps a moment where a tear was shed, a moment where something was lost and something gained. The mom ...

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Retro Game Clothing: Suggestions From a Vintage Gaming Nerd

I get all hot and bothered when I see a crisp clean Pac-Man shirt breaking through the dark and dreary human landscape. It makes my heart leap to see, “Missile Command”, proudly displayed on a t-shirt.  I love retro games and I adore vintage video game merchandise.  But I am old and I have to find things about which to complain, right? Let us start with my complaints and end with something positive, shall w ...

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The Evolution Of Gaming

Before you start to panic at the thought that this might be a lengthy dissertation on the history of video games and its social and cultural impact on society, take a breath and relax. This is merely, dare I say, some  insightful observations we’ve made and ones that you will likely have a welcome opinion on. We know Gaming today primarily as Console or PC based and strictly as Video games. We proudly call ...

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10 Amazingly Craptastic Video Game Movies

Video Game Movies As the film Wreck It Ralph hits theaters November 2, talk is again circulating the interwebs about video games making the jump to film.  Yay?  With very, very few exceptions, movies based on video games just do not make money.  Good grief! Did anybody see Doom?  Ugh!  The saving grace of Wreck It Ralph is that the film is based on an “80’s style” game.  The artwork in the trailers almost l ...

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SNES vs. Sega Genesis : 20 Years Later

Playing a SNES & Genesis ROM "Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis, when I was dead broke, man, couldn't picture this,” as heard from The Notorious B.I.G. The two greatest 16-bit consoles are still going at it. Even twenty years later, there have been games released via XBLA, PSN and Wii Virtual Console as well as compilations and, my favorite, ROMs. For sure, we will be playing the classics forever. Today, we ...

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ROMs Illegal?

ROMs Peace. I hear quite some controversy in the west about what is and is not illegal i.e. playing ROMs on emulators. Some discuss what if I own the game while others play by the book? In this generation we will not go back and forth on this subject. There is no need to justify what you do or don’t do. Western philosophy turns everything into good vs. evil causing us to turn on each other day and night. Co ...

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What Are ROMs ?

  ROMs 101 By Dauddy Super Mario All-Stars was released for Super Nintendo in ‘93 but you can play it today on almost any system as a ROM. Re-released for Nintendo Wii as Limited Edition in 2010. Includes a colorful booklet, a red cover and a golden disc. However, the game itself was just a ROM. It is the exact game that was on the Super Nintendo; observe the button configuration menu of the game. So w ...

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PETA Attacks Pokémon

  PETA Attacks Pokémon To my great joy the latest installment of the Pokémon franchise was released yesterday on October 7th. Pokémon Black and White 2 hit the shelves with amazing sales numbers and both games were very well received. As a dedicated Pokémon fan I was simply ecstatic to learn of this news. I have enjoyed the Pokémon franchise since I was very young and will continue to do so as long as ...

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Radiant Silvergun Review

Radiant Silvergun Background This is a remake of a Sega Saturn game that was released in 1998. Treasure, the developer behind this game, has released hit after hit shooter games for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC. It was decided that while the game would be re-mastered in HD, players could still have the game look like the old Saturn version if they wanted. Radiant Silvergun Presentation Even back on the Sega Mega Dr ...

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PS2 vs. Xbox – A Decade Later

Comparing the Sony PlayStation 2 vs. Original Xbox a decade later but with a twist. The Original Xbox falls short in comparison but a modded Xbox is a whole new creature in itself. The Sony PlayStation 2 won the battle back in the day but what about today? Truth is that the past doesn’t matter and these consoles have evolved. Allow me to demonstrate. Now a days the PS2 has over 1,800 games. It’s the best ti ...

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Where Are The Retro Games? The Dissolving Arcade Games Landscape

  If you grew up in the 70s or 80s, chances are really high that you spent some quality time in an arcade.  You see, kids.  Long ago when dinosaurs roamed the earth, we used to spend time outside our homes at a place called “the mall.”  At the mall (whether indoors or outdoor strip mall) we could roam around aimlessly –OR– assuming we had some cash, we could spend an afternoon basking in the glow of ou ...

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Video Game Legend: Samus Aran

  In which game did you first encounter Samus?  The original Metroid, Metroid Prime series, Super Metroid, Other M, or maybe some of the cameos Samus has had?  Samus Aran is a character known not only to retro gamers but to current gen gamers as well.  In fact, ask the experts on gamer web sites, television programs and magazines and you’ll be reminded that Samus and the Metroid series are one of the b ...

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Mario’s Secret Past, Nintendo Doesn’t Want You To Know

  You don’t have to be a retro gamer to recognize the mug of that smiling Italian plumber.  Mario has become the most recognizable name in video game history, selling his face on all sorts of video games (and board games – yes, there is an awful chess game as well) across varied game genres.  You would be hard pressed to find any dirt on him, especially if you were born after the 1990s and the decline ...

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Top 5 Star Wars Games

  I love video games and I love Star Wars. Really when you think about it Star Wars is a licence that in theory should just produce great game after great game. While there are some fantastic Star Wars games out there. Sadly there are also some that are just terrible. I wanted to share my top 5 Star Wars games with you guys. 5: Star Wars Rogue Squadron 2 (GameCube) 2002 This game has a great pedigree w ...

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Top 5 Worst Retro Star Wars Games

  “Yaaa-hoo!  You’re all clear, kid!” Who doesn’t love the 1983 Atari classic “Star Wars” arcade Game.  An X/Y control yoke with triggers, vector graphics, and digitized audio from the movie.  This game was years ahead of its time, and if your arcade had the cockpit cabinet instead of the upright, you really felt like you were in the movie.  Of course, when I look back at those days and compare that to ...

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The Top 5 Historical Figures In Gaming

  As the saying goes, truth can be stranger than fiction. It’s no wonder that history has endlessly fascinated us as a species; there are some incredible stories that have unfolded over the years!  We shouldn’t be surprised then, to encounter some of these giants of the past striding through that most modern of genres: video games. Let’s take a look at the top historical figures that continue to have a ...

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Top 5 Female Characters In Video Games

    Female characters in video games have increasingly taken on a more dominant and commanding role. It’s hard to imagine now, a good RPG, Action Adventure, or shoot-em up game without a female character. Long gone are the days of Super Mario where you had to save the princess. The proverbial princess has now come into her own and needs no saving. In any fighting game I have ever played I have alw ...

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You Are A Splinter Cell

    The date was October 31, 2006. I remember because I still have the receipt. I had previously gone to GameStop and purchased an Xbox Action Replay Kit. At the time it cost around forty dollars but it was worth it for what I had in mind. I was planning to hack my very first game console. I was fascinated by anything hacking, tweaking, modifying or reverse engineering. The first thing I ever hack ...

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Retrospective on Retro Videogames

  The years come and go and some games define time. Some retro games are never to be duplicated and when it comes to a top ten list, there’s always a mention. They're the icons of today’s video game boutiques and mom and pop shops love using the game characters for their store logo. These are the games of the past that gave way to the future with original style and design. They’re the cornerstones to t ...

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Street Fighter II Hyper Fighting Review

Street Fighter II By Dauddy Exclusive to the Xbox 360 Street Fighter II Hyper Fighting lands on the Xbox Live Arcade. Considered to be the greatest in the Street Fighter franchise, this is the third installment in the series adding hyper speed to the world renowned Championship Edition. This is an arcade port of the original; no graphical changes and no remixed soundtrack. This is the classic just like we r ...

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