Wargame Dork

A blog about tabletop hobby and or strategy games, with a side order of electronic turn based goodness here and there. Now with tons of retro gaming content both electronic and tabletop. Also with 20% more self loathing douchebaggery!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

So I am playing 8th edition Warhammer 40K today...

So for laughs using an online army builder since I don't have the full rules yet I decided to see how big of a LEGAL army I could make out of my 2nd tier army (as Chaos Space Marines are my first love.  Tyranids are third.) following the Detachment Points list construction rules.

This is what I was capable of creating legally!

LOOK UPON MY WORKS YE NERDY, AND DESPAIR!


  Things not in use STILL include another Falcon, 2 more Warlocks, 2 Storm Guardians with Fusion Guns, a Storm Guardian with a Power Fist, a Storm Guardian with 2 Pistols, Karandras, Everyone's Least Favorite Farseer Eldrad U., another War Walker, and a D Cannon Team. (I have 2 Superheavy Tanks which were once known as Tempests as well but they are Forge World now.  They became known as the Scorpion.  At least in the Imperial Armor II softback.) So this is my legally built megaforce I won't ever use as one force. But I have it.

  Much like Twilight Sparkle making her friendship reports to Princess Celestia I shall attempt to play and record my 1000 point Patrol scale match and make a photo comic battle report to share with everyone as yall get to read about what I will learn and see.  (And inevitably get groinpunched by the dice because dice don't like me.)

Will 8th ed be better than 6 and 7?  It doesn't seem too hard to beat out those two trainwrecks.

(PS:  This image list was made using a web based army builder.  My printed out lists are done using Battlescribe which is ok overall even if the Android app version formats odd ass PDFs.  The mostly easier to use Windows version has easier for computer people use and the text isn't buggered but you have to pay attention to page layouts.  That can be double sided.)

UPDATE:  We had our game and we had a good time, albeit with a few questions unanswered that may be due to just missing bits in the rulebook or presumptions on our part.

 We did a points match game with 5 Battle Rounds (aka each player getting one full turn per round) and it required us to hold objectives or just wipe out the other side.  It ended up a semi draw though I was on the verge of winning.  We forgot to use Command Points though we played using the normal point construction rules for a built force.  Battle Forged armies as they were.  See you pick a detachment (in our case a small one called PATROL) or multiples and build your force to those restrictions.  So its a mix of 3-7th ed standard 40K builds and AT-43 really.

 Shooting and Close Combat and Psyker abilities all are pretty smooth and fast.  We may have made some mistakes with vehicles and shooting heavy weapons however.  Again, some things may have been us presuming bits.  The core rulebook and the quick start "Battle Primer" did just come out Saturday and us older folks (I am 43 now.  FML!) don't always exactly have all the free time in the world...

 Vehicles now mostly work by the same rules as everything else, having wounds.  And unlike some things their abilities degrade as they take wounds until in this transport's case it explodes!  Then simply roll D6s for each carried model.  On a 1 they bite it.  (You have to disembark before the vehicle moves in a different turn than when you got into it.  Just put the minis with 3", then they can all move as they wish. Also we are back to a Move value in inches per each unit.  Some models can Advance with xd6 extra inches but outside of say, Eldar with Battle Focus you cannot shoot or Assault into close combat which is now streamlined.)

In these poor Chaos Marine's case they lost a dude when the Rhino blew up.  They took some more shots and had to take a Morale Test which involves subtracting casualties taken in the turn from the Leadership score and rolling 2d6.  Roll above this number and lose a model for each point you failed by.  

The whole game took us about 2 hours.  Had we been more savvy with the rules and our armies it could have been 60-90 minutes probably!

Some other cool bits as a quick overview: 

Ranges are now extended on a lot of weapons.  

ARMOR SAVE MODIFIERS ARE BACK HAIL PRINCESS CELESTIA AND OLD DIRTY BASTARD.  However you get one save per wounding hit.  Some weapons cause multiple wounds, though a Mortal Wound ignores most saves unless otherwise allowed and multiwound Mortal Wounds will carry on to other models in a unit where normal Wounds do NOT.

Initiative is gone.  In Close Combat units charging basically get to strike first.  (Charging is if you are within 12", roll 2d6 for distance to target, get within an inch of the enemy.)  Then you kind of switch back and forth between units engaged.

Psyker powers have a target to beat.  Roll 2d6 meet or beat the target.  Boxcars and Snake Eyes have bad times.  Psykers within a certain distance have a chance to "Deny the Witch" to stop it.  

Units with multiple weapons can target different units as opposed to all going at the same thing.  You have to declare before shots from the unit firing happen though!

Cover provides a bonus to your armor save.  Normally a flat +1 bonus.

Anything can basically wound anything now as you check the Strength of the weapon versus the Toughness of the target.  Equal is 4+, Higher and lower but not double is 3+ or 5+, 2+ or 6+ is double the other way.

Lots of weapons or units have special modifiers to dice rolls or effects that happen when the UNMODIFIED ROLL is a 1 or a 6 usually.

Characters provide special effects to friendly units of a certain keyword within X inches.

Old Codexes are invalid now and currently full color "Get you by" list books are available for 25 MSRP but are selling like waifu pillows at an anime con.  The books have around 4 armies per volume but there are 5 books.  Sadly the only one I have procured was Index Xenos 2 which contains Orks, Tau, Tyranids, and Genestealer Cults.  No real fluff but pretty much contains all non Imperial Armor Forgeworld stuff.  However there are scans of people holding pages open and the most updated version of Battlescribe has most of the rules when you mouse over or print out army lists.

(If you want a web based list builder that doesn't write out all the rules https://webapplications-webroster.rhcloud.com/rc/web/#!/rosterCreator will get you by.  Also prints out nice pictures of all your models.  I tend to use a mix of Battlescribe and this right now.)

Here is a simple and quick image output of it using the Genestealer Cult list since I have plenty of IG/Cult proxies or equivalents so I don't have to buy the Imperial Index book that contains Impie Guard (or the new stupid names most things are getting because GW is very salty about a court case they got OWNED HARD on a few years back..) if I don't want to which I don't.  

They do intend to release full proper army codexes in the future and put rules in all new releases or reprints but I have enough stuff to cover myself now although with some of the changes I may need a few models or boxes to properly kit things out.


So right now I give a tentative seal of approval to 8th edition Warhammer 40K!   Games Workshop seem to have learned a few things from their mistakes over the years.  Will they continue to improve and keep things balanced and fun?

Time will tell!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Anthologies of Interest: Consoles and Portables

Anthologies in our thoughts of electronic game anthologies, also known as collections or compilations are when older games are rereleased in nice usually inexpensive collection packages either on the systems they began on, or on later platforms.

  Sometimes they get bonus content, titles never released in the home or that region, or extra modes and versions.  In general these sorts of collections don't happen any more as we go more and more digital only and the modern thought of selling these same titles for 5-10 dollars a piece online as opposed to 20-30 dollars for three (the minimum number of unique games on an anthology for me to consider it as such) to sometimes nearly one hundred titles on a physical release.  Its FREE money as they basically can just resell you the same damn title every new platform generation.

  As I said in the above paragraph, I won't consider it an anthology if it doesn't have at least three titles on the disk or cartridge.  Which is another thing I am only considering.  Physical releases.  Online collections even non DRMed ones such as those that GOG.com, DotEmu, or Steam have available for purchase.  I am also mostly ignoring extra games on another game.  (Which would make another good collection post really...)

  Now to make things extra fun I will list (using Wikipedia and Mobygames as to not spend the rest of my life going through every title to see what every game is, especially in the cases where there are unlockable titles on them.  I am personally not a big fan of unlocking things but it beats paid DLC as we now have!) what titles are on each disk, and make a rundown count of how many times I have the exact same game repeated on these things.  Which will carry over to the next installment which covers computer game anthologies.  Some of these are emulations while others are ports or remakes.  Some titles had "enhanced" modes with new graphics or multiplayer options.  I generally won't talk about these modes too much unless they were released as individual games in the arcades or a home platform like the Arranged series of Namco Arcade titles.  I am making a fair attempt to keep things alphabetically arranged and using Arabic numerals over Roman along with most punctuation.  For the Arcade categories the Neo Geo will be listed separately as it was both a home and arcade platform using the same hardware.

  As one last aside (besides the usual CLICK IMAGE FOR LARGER nonsense if people really want to see my mediocre at best photos in larger size bits) I am not counting anthologies as being "Plug n Play" type devices because they will be an eventual post of their own.


Starting out with portable system collections I own, beginning with the Nintendo platform ones.  Capcom Classics Mini Mix is an honestly bare bones pack of three NES Capcom games.  Arcade Advanced is a decent port with Konami Code enhancement options for six classic Konami games though the portable screen size and GBA power means some look or run slightly lesser than their arcade original. (How they managed to make the arcade games both better and worse is a question for the ages.) Phantasy Star Collection is a mostly bare bones suite of games like the Capcom Classics is and both have issues being console games not entirely modified for the sort of portable play they were now going to be used in. The Intellivision collection has 60 games though many are renamed due to licensing issues.  Retro Atari was bought when the DS was new and I was mostly just desperate for something to play on it.  Sega CD Classics Collection is honestly the highlight here including a lot of games, many of which are even made compatible with the 3DS' 3D mode.

Arcade:  Asteroids, Breakout, Centipede, Fantasy Zone, Fantasy Zone 2, Frogger, Galaxy Force 2, Gravitar, Gyruss, Lunar Lander, Missile Command, Power Drift, Pong, Puyo Puyo 2,  Rush n Attack, Scramble, Sprint, Tempest, Thunder Blade, Time Pilot, Warlords, Yie Ar Kung Fu

Genesis: Altered Beast, Phantasy Star 2, Phantasy Star 3, Sonic the Hedgehog

Intellivision: Armor Battle, Astrosmash, Auto Racing, B-17 Bomber, Baseball, Basketball, Blow Out, Body Slam: Super Pro Wrestling, Bomb Squad, Bowling, Boxing, Brickout*, Buzz
Bombers, Checkers, Chip Shot: Super Pro Golf, Crown of Kings (AD&D), Deep Pockets:
Super Pro Pool & Billiards*, Football, Frog Bog, Hard Hat, Hockey, Horse Racing, Hover
Force, Las Vegas Poker & Blackjack, Las Vegas Roulette, Learning Fun 1 & 2, Minotaur
(AD&D Treasure of Tarmin), MotoCross, Mountain Madness: Super Pro Skiing, Night Stalker,
Pinball, Reversi, Royal Dealer, Sea Battle, Shark! Shark!, Sharp Shot, Skiing, Slam Dunk:
Super Pro Basketball, Slap Shot: Super Pro Hockey, Snafu, Space Armada, Space Battle,
Space Cadet*, Space Hawk, Space Spartans, Spiker: Super Pro Volleyball, Stadium Mud
Buggies, Star Strike, Sub Hunt, Super Pro Decathalon, Super Pro Football, Takeover, Thin Ice,
Thunder Castle, Tower of Doom, Vectron , World Championship Baseball

Master System: Fantasy Zone 2, Maze Hunter 3d, Phantasy Star

NES: Bionic Commando, Mighty Final Fight, Strider


Maybe because it was a disk based system, the PSP got a LOT of these collections.  Atari Classics Evolved is another thing like Retro Atari but more games and lots of rather tough achievements to unlock so you can get a bunch of Atari 2600 games.  Too tough.  Activision Hits is another of their basic bog standard 2600 collections, and Capcom Classics Collection is much like its' big brother console collection disks.  EA Replay is a mix of Genesis and SNES games, some of which are cut down console ports of PC classics. Gradius and Salamander Portable are most of the older Gradius/Life Force games all on a dedicated disk.  Plus save points which for some of them actually makes them playable games.  Genesis Collection is a lot like the versions they had on the PS2 era platforms.  But with some different unlockable arcade games.

Arcade: 1941: Counter Attack, Asteroids, Asteroids Deluxe, Astro Blaster, Avengers, Battlezone, Bionic Commando, Black Tiger, Block Block, Captain Commando, Centipede, Congo Bongo, Eliminator, Gradius, Gradius 2, Gradius 3, Gradius 4, Last Duel, Legendary Wings, Life Force, Lunar Lander, Magic Sword, Mega Twins, Millipede, Missile Command, Pong, Quiz & Dragons, Salamander, Salamander 2, Section Z, Side Arms: Hyper Dyne, Space Fury, The Speed Rumbler, Street Fighter, Strider, Super Breakout, Super Zaxxon, Tempest, Three Wonders, Varth, Warlords, Xexex

Atari 2600: Adventure, Air-sea Battle, Asteroids, Battlezone, Blackjack, Bowling, Breakout, Canyon Bomber, Casino, Centipede, Circus Atari, Combat, Crystal Castles, Demons to Diamonds, Desert Falcon, Dodge 'em, Double Dunk, Flag Capture, Football, Fun With Numbers, Golf, Gravitar, Haunted House, Home Run, Human Cannonball, Math Gran Prix, Maze Craze, Millipede, Miniature Golf, Missile Command, Night Driver, Off the Wall, Outlaw, Quadrun, Radar Lock, Realsports Baseball, Realsports Football, Realsports Tennis, Sky Diver, Slot Machine, Slot Racers, Space War, Sprintmaster, Star Ship, Steeplechase, Stellar Track, Street Racer, Submarine Commander, Super Baseball, Surround, Swordquest: Earthworld, Swordquest: Fireworld, Swordquest: Waterworld, Tempest, Video Olympics, Video Pinball, Warlords, Yar's Revenge

Activision/Imagic 2600: Atlantis, Barnstorming, Beamrider, Boxing, Bridge, Checkers, Chopper Command, Cosmic Commuter, Crackpots, Decathalon, Demon Attack, Dolphin, Dragster, Enduro, Fishing Derby, Freeway, Frostbite, Grand Prix, H.E.R.O., Ice Hockey, Kabobber, Kaboom!, Keystone Kapers, Laser Blast, Megamania, Moonsweeper, Oink!, Pitfall!, Pitfall 2: Lost Caverns, Plaque Attack, Pressure Cooker, Private Eye, River Raid, River Raid 2, Robot Tank, Seaquest, Skiing, Sky Jinks, Space Shuttle, Spider Fighter, Stampede, Starmaster, Tennis, Thwocker

Genesis:  Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle, Altered Beast, Bonanza Bros, Budokan: The Martial Spirit, Columns, Comix Zone, Decap Attack, Desert Strike: Return to the Gulf, Ecco the Dolphin, Eddo: The Tides of Time, Ecco Jr, Flicky, Gain Ground, Golden Axe, Golden Axe 2, Golden Axe 3,  Haunting Starring Polterguy, Jungle Strike, Kid Chameleon, Mutant League Football, Phantasy Star 2, Phantasy Star 3: Generations of Doom, Phantasy Star 4: End of the Millennium, Ristar, Road Rash, Road Rash 2, Road Rash 3, Shadow Dancer: The Secret of Shinobi, Shinobi 3: Return of the Ninja Master, Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Super Thunder Blade, Sword of Vermillion, Vectorman, Vectorman 2, Virtua Fighter 2, Virtual Pinball

MSX: Gradius 2

Playstation 1: Gradius Gaiden

SNES: B.O.B, Syndicate, Ultima 7: The Black Gate, Wing Commander, Wing Commander: The Secret Missions



However it was in the mid 90s with the Playstation and Sega Saturn that collections started actually being a thing with CDROMs being cheap, emulation starting to make ports easy to do, and an audience actually wanting some of their old favorites for themselves or their own children where these things started making a big impact.  No longer would it just be the odd compilation or bad port on the old cartridge based systems.  Now we could make use of that 500-700 megabytes of CD space! A note is that the Sega Smash Pack has a pair of PC/Dreamcast games that were on other platforms which kind of makes up for the very iffy sound on the Genesis games on the collection.

Arcade:  Dig Dug, Flicky, Galaxian, Head On, Ms. Pac-Man, Pengo, Phozon, Pole Position 2,  Raiden Fighters, Raiden Fighters 2: Operation Hell Dive, Raiden Fighters Jet, The Tower of Druaga, Up'n Down

Dreamcast:
 Sega Swirl, Virtua Cop 2

Genesis: Altered Beast, Columns, Golden Axe, Phantasy Star 2, The Revenge of Shinobi, Shining Force, Sonic the Hedgehog, Streets of Rage 2, Vectorman, Wrestle War

Xbox 360:  Half-Life 2, Half-Life 2: Episode One, Half-Life 2: Episode Two, Portal, Team Fortress 2


 The original X Box was well known to home brewers as a place to turn into emulation boxes given how similar it was to PCs of the era. This meant it tended to have the best emulations of classic games compared to the Playstation 2 and Nintendo Gamecube in legitimate collections as well.  For a time this was a reason I bought the X Box versions of many collections.  Until I got lazy and didn't have my machine hooked up.  Not surprisingly many of these collections wouldn't work on the 360 machine because they then were selling a small percentage of the games on these collections for 5-10 dollars as a digital download.  

Arcade:  720, 1942, 1943, 1943 Kai, A.P.B., Arch Rivals, Battle Shark, Bionic Commando, Blaster, Bomb Jack, Bubbles, Bubble Bobble, Championship Sprint, Colony 7, Commando, Continental Circus, Cyberball 2072, Defender, Defender 2 (aka Stargate), Elevator Action, Exed Exes, Exzisus. Final Fight, Forgotten Worlds, Gauntlet, Gauntlet 2, Ghosts n Goblins, Ghouls n Ghosts, Gladiator, Great Swordsman, Gun.Smoke,  Hard Drivin, Joust, Joust 2, Jungle Hunt, Klax, Kosmik Krooz'r, Legendary Wings, Marble Madness, Mercs, Mortal Kombat 2, Mortal Kombat 3, NARC, Operation Thunderbolt, Operation Wolf, Paperboy, Phoenix, Pinball Action, Pirate Ship Higemaru, Pit-Fighter, Pleiads, Plotting, Plump Pop, Primal Rage, Rainbow Islands, Rampage, Rampage World Tour, Rampart, Rastan, Return off the Invaders, Roadblasters, Robotron 2084, Root Beer Tapper, Rygar, Satan's Hollow, Senjyo, Sinistar, Section Z, Smash TV, Solomon's Key, Son Son, Splat!, Space Gun, Space Invaders, Space Invaders Part 2, Spy Hunter, Spy Hunter 2, Star Force, Strato Fighter, Street Fighter 2,  Street Fighter 2 Champion and Hyper Fighting (cmon, they are more or less DLC for SF 2.  Super SF2 is about the only one I would genuinely say is more than just a patch file IMO.  But I will make Champ and Hyper a title.), Super Quix, Super Sprint, Swimmer, Tecmo Bowl, Tecmo Cup, The Electric Yo-yo,  The New Zealand Story, The Ninja Kids, ThunderFox, Timber, Tokio, Toobin, Total Carnage, Trojan, Tube It, Vindicators, Volfied, Vulgus, Wizard of Wor, Xenophobe, Xybots, Zoo Keeper 

SNES:  Super Ghouls n Ghosts

 The only Gamecube collection disk I have was a preorder bonus if I remember and wasn't even the only one (another Zelda disk had one of the same games and a remixed version of it) available.  Super Mario All Stars is kind of an odd duck as it is effectively a SNES cartridge title that contained four remade NES games yet did not contain the version of that cartridge that included a fifth game.  Metal Slug Anthology is a bit infamous for being incredibly picky as to what controllers it accepts.  Namco Museum Megamix contains six "Remix" games which are more or less enhanced remakes of a number of titles.  Metroid Prime Trilogy used the "New Play Control" method that were Wii releases in Japan and thus I am counting them as Wii titles.  I presume this version does not have the Gameboy Advance Lock on bits that allowed original NES Metroid to be played however.

Arcade: Bad Dudes, Bosconian, Bump n Jump, Burgertime, Cutie Q, Dig Dug, Dig Dug 2, Express Raider, Galaxian, Galaga, Gaplus, Grobda, Heavy Barrel, Joe & Mac, King & Balloon, Lock n Chase, Magical Drop 3, Mappy, Motos, New Rally-X, Pac-Man, Pac & Pal, Pac-Mania, Peter Pepper's Ice Cream Factory, Rally-X, Side Pocket, Sly Spy, Super Pac-Man, Street Hoop, SRD: Super Real Darwin, Two Crude Dudes, Wizard Fire, Xevious

Game Boy: Kirby's Dream Land, Kirby's Dream Land 2

Neo Geo MVS/AES: Metal Slug, Metal Slug 2, Metal Slug X, Metal Slug 3, Metal Slug 4, Metal Slug 5, Metal Slug 6

NES:  Kirby's Adventure

N64: Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards

SNES: Kirby Super Star, Kirby's Dream Land 3, Super Mario All Stars (Compilation Remakes of NES Super Mario Brothers, Super Mario Brothers 2 JPN, Super Mario Brothers 2 USA, Super Mario Brothers 3.)

Wii: Gator Panic Remix, Galaga Remix, Grobda Remix, Metroid Prime, Metroid Prime 2: Echoes, Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, Pac-Motos, Pac n Roll Remix, Rally-X Remix


 Given how my Playstation 3 is a launch model that runs pretty much all PS1-3 titles I eventually even started replacing collections I already owned on the X Box on it.  Also thanks to some games being made exclusive on certain collection disks I kind of had to rebuy a couple of them here and there.  And a few I am still hunting down for a handful of games.   A note for the Intellivision collections above and below:  Many of these games had licenses and IPs attached that have since been removed.  Some games post Mattel Electronics also had "Super Pro" versions which were largely based on the original titles but with a single player mode and the odd graphics update included.  The Inty was a funny beast!

Arcade: 1941: Counter Attack, 1942, 1942: The Battle of Midway, 1943 Kai, Asteroids, Asteroids Deluxe, Avengers, Battlezone, Bionic Commando, Black Tiger, Black Widow, Block Block, Captain Commando, Centipede, Commando, Crystal Castles, Eco Fighters, Exed Exes, Final Fight, Forgotten Worlds, Ghosts n Goblins, Ghouls n Ghosts, Gravitar, Liberator, Gun.Smoke, Knights of the Round, Last Duel, Legendary Wings, Lunar Lander, Magic Sword, Major Havoc, Mega Twins, Mercs, Millipede, Missile Command, Pirate Ship Higemaru, Pong, Quiz & Dragons, Red Baron, Section Z, Side Arms Hyper Dyne, SonSon, Space Duel, Street Fighter, Street Fighter 2, Street Fighter 2 Turbo Champion, Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo, Strider, Super Breakout, Tempest, The King of Dragons, The Speed Rumbler, Three Wonders, Tiger Road, Trojan, Varth: Operation Thunderstorm, Vulgus, Warlords

Atari 2600: 3-D Tic-Tac-Toe, Adventure, Air-Sea Battle, Asteroids, Atari Video Cube, Backgammon, Battlezone, Blackjack, Bowling, Breakout, Canyon Bomber, Casino, Centipede, Circus Atari, Combat, Crystal Castles, Demons to Diamonds, Desert Falcon, Dodge Em, Double Dunk, Flag Capture, Football, Fun With Numbers, Golf, Gravitar, Hangman, Haunted House, Home Run, Human Cannonball, Math Grand Prix, Maze Craze, Millipede, Miniature Golf, Missile Command, Night Driver, Off the Wall, Outlaw, Quadrun, Radar Lock, Realsports Baseball, Realsports Football, Realsports Tennis, Realsports Volleyball, Sky Diver, Slot Machine, Slot Racers, Space War, Sprintmaster, Star Raiders, Star Ship, Steeplechase, Stellar Track, Street Racer, Submarine Commander, Super Baseball, Super Breakout, Super Football, Surround, Swordquest: Earthworld, Swordquest: Fireworld, Swordquest: Waterworld, Video Checkers, Video Chess, Video Olympics, Video Pinball, Warlords, Yar's Revenge

Activision/Imagic 2600: Atlantis, Barnstorming, Baseball (Pete Rose Baseball), Beamrider, Boxing, Bridge, Checkers, Chopper Command, Commando, Cosmic Commuter, Crackpots, Decathlon, Demon Attack, Dolphin, Dragster, Enduro, Fishing Derby, Frostbite, Grand Prix, H.E.R.O., Ice Hockey, Kabobber, Kaboom!, Keystone Kapers, Laser Blast, Megamania, Oink! Pitfall!, Pitfall 2: Lost Caverns, Moonsweeper, Plaque Attack, Pressure Cooker, Private Eye, River Raid, River Raid 2, Robot Tank, Seaquest, Skiing, Sky Jinks, Space Shuttle, Spider Fighter, Stampede, Starmaster, Tennis, Thwocker, Title Match Pro Wrestling, Tomcat F14

Intellivision:  Adventure (AD&D Cloudy Mountain), APBA Backgammon, Armor Battle, Astrosmash, Auto Racing, B-17 Bomber, Baseball/ All Star Major League Baseball, Basketball/Slam Dunk Super Pro Basketball (NBA Basketball), Bomb Squad, Bowling (PBA Bowling), Boxing, Buzz Bombers, Brickout, Checkers, Deep Pockets: Pool & Billiards, Demo Cartridge, Electric Company Word Fun (Crosswords, Word Hunt, Word Rockets), Electric Company Math Fun (Math Master), Factor Fun (Part of Learning Fun 1), Football Classic/Super Pro Football (NFL Football), Golf/Super Pro Golf (PGA Golf), Hockey/Super Pro Hockey (NHL Hockey), Hard Hat, Horse Racing, Hover Force, Hypnotic Lights, Las Vegas Poker & Blackjack, Las Vegas Roulette, Magic Carousel, Memory Fun (Learning Fun 2), Minotaur (AD&D Treasure of Tarmin), Motocross,  Night Stalker, Pinball, Reversi, Royal Dealer, Sea Battle, Shark! Shark!, Skiing/Super Pro Skiing (US Ski Team Skiing), Soccer (NASL Soccer), SNAFU, Space Armada, Space Battle, Space Hawk, Space Spartans, Stadium Mud Buggies, Star Strike, Sub Hunt, (Duncan's), Tennis, Thin Ice, Thunder Castle, Tower of Doom, Track & Field (Super Pro Decathlon), Triple Action, Utopia, Vectron, Volleyball (Spiker Super Pro Volleyball), Wrestling (Body Slam! Super Pro Wrestling)

Playstation: Arc the Lad, Arc the Lad 2, Arc Arena: Monster Tournament, Arc the Lad 3

SNES:
 Super Ghouls n Ghosts

At the time this was pretty much ALL the Mega Man games out.  Although sometimes the jump and shoot buttons seemed to have been reversed on some of the releases of this.  And like I said, the Midway stuff was mostly just to play easily over the X Box original I had put into storage at the time.

Arcade:  720, A.P.B., Arch Rivals, Badlands, Blaster, Bubbles, Championship Sprint, Cyberball 2072, Defender, Defender 2 (Stargate), Gauntlet, Gauntlet 2, Hard Drivin, Joust, Joust 2: Survival of the Fittest, Klax, Kosmik Krooz'r, Marble Madness, Mega Man: The Power Battle, Mega Man 2: The Power Fighters, Mortal Kombat 2, Mortal Kombat 3, NARC, Offroad Thunder, Paperboy, Pit-Fighter, Primal Rage, Race Drivin, Rampage, Rampage World Tour, Rampart, Roadblasters, Robotron 2084, Root Beer Tapper, San Francisco Rush the Rock: Alcatraz Edition (reprogrammed), Satan's Hollow, Sinistar, Smash TV, SPLAT!, Spy Hunter, Spy Hunter 2, S.T.U.N. Runner, Super Off Road/Super Off Road Track Pack (Ivan Ironman Stewart's Super Off Road), Super Sprint, Timber, Toobin, Total Carnage, Vindicators, Wacko, Wizard of Wor, Xenophobe, Xybots

Dreamcast: Hydro Thunder, San Francisco Rush 2049

NES: Mega Man, Mega Man 2, Mega Man 3, Mega Man 4, Mega Man 5, Mega Man 6

SNES:  Mega Man 7, Mega Man X, Mega Man X2

Playstation:  Mega Man 8, Mega Man Battle & Chase, Mega Man X3, Mega Man X4, Mega Man X5, Mega Man X6

 The two Namco Museum collections have a few must have games not on the other one.  The Sega Classics is actually a collection of formerly Japan only budget (around 25 USD a title) PS2 remakes of classic Sega games.  Oddly enough the Sonic Mega Collection Plus allows for the "Lock On" features you could do on the Genesis with some of the Sonic games when put on top of a Sonic & Knuckles cart.  Taito Legends 2 decided to make 4 games unavailable on the PS2 version and 4 games on this one unavailable on the X Box and PC versions.  Which means I now need to rebuy it on said machines if I want to play Cadash, Bubble Symphony, and Rayforce.  (Pop n Pop I could care less about.)  Note also a BUNCH of the games on Taito Legends 2 have different names.  And it gives me almost as much of a headache as the Intellivision nonsense does.  Except the Inty has an EXCUSE.

Arcade: Alpine Ski, Altered Beast, Arabian Magic, Balloon Bomber, Bonze Adventure, Bosconian, Cameltry, Chack n Pop, Cleopatra Fortune, Crazy Balloon, Darius Gaiden, Dig Dug (x2), Dig Dug Arrangement, Don Doko Don, Dragon Spirit, Dungeon Magic, Elevator Action Returns, Football Champ, Front Line, Future Spy, Galaxian (x2), Galaga (x2), Galaga Arrangement, Galaga 88, G-Darius, Gekirindan, Grid Seeker: Project Storm Hammer, Growl, Gun Frontier, Insector X, KiKi KaiKai, Kuri Kinton, Liquid Kids, Lunar Rescue, Mappy, Metal Black, Nastar Warrior, Pac-Man (x2), Pac-Man Arrangement, Ms Pac-Man (x2), Pac-Attack, Pac-Mania (x2), Puchi Charat, Pole Position (x2), Pole Position 2 (x2), Puzzle Bobble 2, Qix, Raimas, Raystorm, Rolling Thunder, Rally-X, Sky Kid, Space Invaders 95, Space Invaders DX, Super Space Invaders 91, Syvalion, Tac/Scan, The Fairyland Story, The Legend of Kage, Violence Fight, Wild Western, Xevious, Zaxxon, Zektor

Game Gear: Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic Chaos, Sonic Drift, Sonic Labyrinth, Dr Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine, Sonic Blast

Genesis: Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle, Altered Beast, Bonanza Bros, Columns, Comix Zone (x2), Decap Attack, Dr Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine, Ecco the Dolphin, Ecco: The Tides of Time, Ecco Jr, Flicky (x2), Gain Ground, Golden Axe, Golden Axe 2, Golden Axe 3, Kid Chameleon, Phantasy Star 2, Phantasy Star 3: Generations of Doom, Phantasy Star 4: End of the Millennium, Ristar (x2), Shadow Dancer: The Secret of Shinobi, Shinobi 3: Return of the Ninja Master, Sonic the Hedgehog (x2), Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (x2), Sonic the Hedgehog 3, Sonic & Knuckles, Sonic 3d Blast, Sonic Spinball, Super Thunder Blade, The Ooze, Sword of Vermillion, Vectorman, Vectorman 2, Virtua Fighter 2

Playstation 2: Alien Syndrome, Bonanza Bros (Includes Tant-R), Columns, Fantasy Zone, Golden Axe, Monaco GP, Out Run, Space Harrier, Virtua Racing

 As far as I know, there was never a follow up to Arcade Classics 1 on a home system at least not in the US.  Though there was a 0 collection on the PSP in Japan that had many pre Neo Geo SNK arcade titles on it.

Neo Geo: Art of Fighting (x2), Art of Fighting 2, Art of Fighting 3: Path of the Warrior, Baseball Stars 2, Burning Fight, Fatal Fury (x2), Fatal Fury 2, Fatal Fury Special, Fatal Fury 3, King of the Monsters, Last Resort, Magician Lord, Metal Slug, Neo Turf Masters, Samurai Shodown (x2), Samurai Shodown 2, Samurai Shodown 3, Samurai Shodown 4, Samurai Shodown 5, Samurai Shodown 6, Sengoku, Shock Troopers, Super Sidekicks 3: The Next Glory, The King of Fighters 94, Top Hunter: Roddy & Cathy, World Heroes (x2), World Heroes 2, World Heroes 2 Jet, World Heroes Perfect

 We end more or less in the modern day where effectively two 20 dollar collections of Atari games have the content of ONE PS2 era collection though with some rarer 2600 games and a few new control and graphics modes for the arcade titles.  Which still doesn't much make a few of these games play perfectly but it is an improvement.  Street Fighter Alpha includes a couple Remix Mode Alphas to play that I am just not gonna count really.  Capcom REALLY liked doing updated versions of their games!

Arcade: Asteroids, Asteroids Deluxe, Black Widow, Centipede, Crystal Castles, Gravitar, Liberator, Lunar Lander, Major Havoc, Millipede, Missile Command, Pong, Red Baron, Space Duel, Sprint, Street Fighter Alpha, Street Fighter Alpha 2, Street Fighter Alpha 3, Super Breakout, Super Gem Fighter Mini Mix, Tempest, Warlords

Atari 2600: 3D Tic Tac Toe, Adventure, Asgo Concentration, Air-Sea Battle, Asteroids, Backgammon, Basketball, Basic Math, Blackjack, Bowling, Breakout, Canyon Bomber, Casino, Championship Soccer, Centipede, Checkers, Chess, Circus Atari, Code Breaker, Combat, Combat 2, Crystal Castles, Demons to Diamonds, Desert Falcon, Dodge Em, Double Dunk, Fatal Run, Flag Capture, Football, Golf, Gravitar, Hangman, Haunted House, Home Run, Human Cannonball, Maze Craze, Millipede, Miniature Golf, Missile Command, Night Driver, Off the Wall, Outlaw, Quadrun, Race, Radar Lock, Realsports Baseball, Realsports Basketball, Realsports Boxing, Realsports Football, Realsports Soccer, Realsports Tennis, Realsports Volleyball, Return to Haunted House, Save Mary, Secret Quest, Sentinel, Sky Diver, Slot Machine, Slot Racers, Space War, Sprint Master, Star Raiders, Starship, Steeplechase, Stellar Track, Street Racer, Stunt Cycle, Sub Commander, Super Baseball, Super Breakout, Super Football, Surround, Swordquest: Earthworld, Swordquest: Fireworld, Swordquest: Waterworld, Tempest, Video Olympics, Video Pinball, Video Cube, Warlords, Yars' Revenge


And one I couldn't believe I almost forgot!  The Turbo Duo pack in disk containing 3 games (2 of which were basically the big system sellers of the platform), a hot new release, and a hidden game.  I am showing the disk as it basically just packaged the three instruction booklets in it.  The disk has a simple but cute animated menu to select the games but.. it wasn't really a stand alone release though previous Turbografx owners could get it with the System Card that would bring their Turbografx CD setup to Turbo Duo specifications and compatibility.  This disk and a free pack in HuChip card (effectively the TG's cartridges only in a slim card factor) made it almost worth buying the system since you got that AND Ys Book 1-2 on another CDROM giving you a new system for the same price as the Sega CD which was merely an add on with at the time mostly garbage FMV games.  Versus a massive action RPG (Ys is more one large game that was originally two cartridge games or floppy disk titles), a great arcade action platformer in Ninja Spirit, a great horizontal SHMUP in Gate of Thunder, a puzzle/multiplayer game in Bomberman, and two good to great mascot platformers in Bonk's Adventure & Revenge.  If we considered each game to be a 50 dollar or so release that meant the system was more or less FREE.  Kind of.  Ish.  What is funny is now this disk that came with every Turbo Duo system sold in the USA now goes for 60-80 dollars, making it the most expensive pack in title to the best of my knowledge!  The most common Super CDROM2 game is that pricey.  (Basically I am saying the Turbografx/PC Engine collector's market is made up of crazy people with more money than sense!)

Turbografx:  Bomberman, Bonk's Adventure, Bonk's Revenge, Gate of Thunder.

Now because I am apparently losing my mind, let us see how many games I have from each platform and count all those terrible terrible repeats. (It will make it easy for the future suffering I am an apparent glutton for.  See this series is also gonna cover arcade releases that weren't always collections but digital only, and those TV/Game thingies too.  Because I need all the games in all the ways possible I guess.  Ok... in spending time writing my lists down I have decided I don't need to suffer that much for no real reason so only the Arcade/Neo Geo stuff is getting a list with as much totals as I can do.

Arcade: 
720 x2), 1941: Counter Attack (x2), 1942 (x2), 1942: The Battle of Midway, 1943, 1943 Kai (x2), Alpine Ski, Altered Beast, A.P.B. (x2), Arabian Magic, Arch Rivals (x2), Asteroids (x4),  Asteroids Deluxe (x4), Astro Blaster, Avengers (x2), Bad Dudes, Badlands, Balloon Bomber, Battle Shark, Battlezone (x2), Bionic Commando (x3), Black Tiger (x2), Black Widow (x2), Blaster (x2), Block Block (x2), Bomb Jack, Bonze Adventure, Bosconian (x2), Breakout, Bubbles (x2), Bubble Bobble, Bump n Jump, Burgertime, Cameltry, Captain Commando (x2), Centipede (x3), Chack n Pop, Championship Sprint (x2), Cleopatra Fortune, Colony 7, Commando (x2), Congo Bongo, Continental Circus, Crazy Balloon, Crystal Castles (x3), Cutie Q, Cyberball 2072 (x2), Darius Gaiden, Defender (x2), Defender 2 (x2) (aka Stargate), Dig Dug (x4), Dig Dug 2, Dig Dug Arrangement, Don Doko Don, Dragon Spirit, Dungeon Magic, Eco Fighters, Electric Yo-yo, Elevator Action, Elevator Action Returns, Eliminator, Exed Exes (x2), Express Raider, Exzisus, Fairyland Story, Fantasy Zone, Fantasy Zone 2, Final Fight (x2), Flicky, Football Champ, Forgotten Worlds (x2), Frogger, Front Line, Future Spy, Galaxy Force 2, Galaxian (x2), Galaga (x3), Galaga Arrangement, Galaga 88, Gaplus, Gauntlet (x2), Gauntlet 2 (x2), G-Darius, Gekirindan, Ghosts n Goblins (x2), Ghouls n Ghosts (x2), Gladiator, Gradius, Gradius 2, Gradius 3, Gradius 4, Gravitar (x3), Great Swordsman, Grid Seeker: Project Storm Hammer, Grobda, Growl, Gun Frontier, Gun.Smoke (x2), Gyruss, Hard Drivin (x2), Head On, Heavy Barrel, Insector X, Joe & Mac, Joust (x2), Joust 2 (x2), Jungle Hunt, KiKi KaiKai, King & Balloon, King of Dragons, Klax (x2), Knights of the Round, Kosmik Krooz'r (x2), Kuri Kinton, Last Duel (x2), Legend of Kage, Legendary Wings (x2), Liberator (x2), Life Force, Liquid Kids, Lock n Chase, Lunar Lander (x4), Lunar Rescue, Magical Drop 3, Magic Sword, Major Havoc (x2), Mappy (x2), Marble Madness (x2), Magic Sword, Mega Man: The Power Battle, Mega Man 2: The Power Fighters, Mega Twins (x2), Metal Black, Mercs (x2), Millipede (x3), Missile Command (x3), Mortal Kombat 2 (x2), Mortal Kombat 3 (x2), Motos, NARC (x2), Nastar Warrior, New Rally-X, New Zealand Story, Ninja Kids, Offroad Thunder, Operation Thunderbolt, Operation Wolf, Pac-Man (x3), Pac-Man Arrangement, Pac & Pal, Pac-Mania (x3), Ms. Pac-Man (x3), Pac- Attack, Super Pac-Man, Paperboy (x2), Pengo,  Peter Pepper's Ice Cream Factory, Phoenix, Phozon, Pinball Action, Pirate Ship Higemaru (x2), Pit-Fighter (x2), Pleiads, Plotting, Plump Pop, Pole Position (x2), Pole Position 2 (x3), Pong (x4), Power Drift, Primal Rage (x2), Puchi Charat, Puyo Puyo 2, Puzzle Bobble ,Qix, Quiz & Dragons (x2), Race Drivin, Raiden Fighters, Raiden Fighters 2: Operation Hell Dive, Raiden Fighters Jet, Raimas, Rainbow Islands, Rally-X (x2), Rampage (x2), Rampage World Tour (x2), Rampart (x2), Rastan, Raystorm, Red Baron (x2), Return of the Invaders, Roadblasters (x2), Robotron 2084 (x2), Rolling Thunder, Root Beer Tapper (x2), Rush n Attack, Rygar, Salamander, Salamander 2, San Francisco Rush the Rock: Alcatraz Edition (reprogrammed), Satan's Hollow (x2), Scramble, Section Z (x3), Senjyo, Side Arms: Hyper Dyne (x2), Side Pocket, Sinistar (x2),Sky Kid, Sly Spy, Smash TV (x2), Solomon's Key, Son Son (x2), Space Duel (x2), Space Fury, Space Gun, Space Invaders, Space Invaders Part 2, Space Invaders 95, Space Invaders DX, Super Space Invaders 91, Speed Rumbler (x2), Splat! (x2), Sprint x2), Spy Hunter (x2), Spy Hunter 2 (x2), SRD: Super Real Darwin, Star Force, Strato Fighter, Street Fighter (x2), Street Fighter 2 (x2), Street Fighter 2 Champion and Hyper Fighting (x2) (cmon, they are more or less DLC for SF 2.  Super SF2 is about the only one I would genuinely say is more than just a patch file IMO.  But I will make Champ and Hyper a title.), Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo, Street Fighter Alpha, Street Fighter Alpha 2, Street Fighter Alpha 3, Street Hoop, Strider (x2), S.T.U.N.
Runner, Super Breakout (x3), Super Gem Fighter Mini Mix, Super Off Road/Super Off Road Track Pack (Ivan Ironman Stewart's Super Off Road), Super Quix, Super Sprint (x2), Super Zaxxon, Swimmer, Syvalion, Tac/Scan, Tecmo Bowl, Tecmo Cup, Tempest (x3), Three Wonders (x2), Thunder Blade, ThunderFox, Tiger Road, Timber (x2), Time Pilot, Tokio, Toobin (x2), Total Carnage (x2),Tower of Druaga, Trojan (x2), Tube It,  Two Crude Dudes, Up'n Down, Varth (x2), Violence Fight, Vindicators (x2), Volfied, Vulgus (x2), Wacko, Warlords (x4), Wild Western, Wizard of Wor (x2), Wizard Fire, Xenophobe (x2), Xevious (x2), Xexex, Xybots (x2), Yie Ar Kung Fu, Zaxxon, Zektor, Zoo Keeper


Neo Geo: Art of Fighting (x2), Art of Fighting 2, Art of Fighting 3: Path of the Warrior, Baseball Stars 2, Burning Fight, Fatal Fury (x2), Fatal Fury 2, Fatal Fury Special, Fatal Fury 3, King of the Monsters, Last Resort, Magician Lord, Metal Slug (x2), Metal Slug 2, Metal Slug X, Metal Slug 3, Metal Slug 4, Metal Slug 5, Metal Slug 6 Neo Turf Masters, Samurai Shodown (x2), Samurai Shodown 2, Samurai Shodown 3, Samurai Shodown 4, Samurai Shodown 5, Samurai Shodown 6, Sengoku, Shock Troopers, Super Sidekicks 3: The Next Glory, The King of Fighters 94, Top Hunter: Roddy & Cathy, World Heroes (x2), World Heroes 2, World Heroes 2 Jet, World Heroes Perfect

WHEW!  That is a hell of a lot of games!  And I am not exactly sure the information online is correct but honestly this is already a mad project!  Sadly now some collections I might want like the SNK 0 which was a Japan only PSP release covering SNK's Pre Neo Geo arcade titles has shot up to a 200ish dollar game are not in the cards.  Other titles like the King of Fighters collection I see little need for but who knows?

NEXT TIME IT IS PC COLLECTIONS. So more repeats of Atari 2600 and Intellivision games, plus a lot of non repeaters.



Thursday, June 1, 2017

Linksception : Or how old golf computer games treated customers like human beings.

  For those not in the know, Links was a long running series of computer golf simulations from Access Software who sublet their work to Microsoft, got bought out, and ended on the X Box original.  Yes, the series of super important electronic golf games that started on 8 bit microcomputers as Leaderboard in the mid 80s ended about 20 years later.  While some of the Leaderboard games had console platform ports, Links itself went from 1990 to 2002 (with a 2003 year date in the game) as a PC series that was famous for the sheer volume of courses released and how amazing the graphics were.

  We are both going to see Links going through five iterations and how a course from the original Links (albeit the CDROM budget rerelease.  In 3 cases my boxed copies of these games were later versions with some bug fixes or CD/Special Edition versions.) is still legal and playable throughout every game I have!

(Click for bigger if you need to and the image permits.  I tried to screencap mostly from my Windows 7 rig but some were on the square monitor 98se machine or photographs.)
While as mentioned the Leaderboard/World Class Leaderboard series is where the Access golf games began, Links is where it got SUPER popular.  Here we are at the white tee at Firestone.  For 1990 this looked amazing.  And it ran on 286 machines with VGA graphics.  

Yes a Windows 98se machine that was originally an XP machine (thus pretty much capable of running all 9x software at top speed if not beyond thanks to its specs as an Athlon 3200 CPU with a decent ATI card for 2004 and the whole ever increasing system hog thing Windows doing not being as big a deal.) is running Dosbox.  I sort of need it to transfer files over thanks to issues in LS 1998 when we get there.

The CD case back showing what they have to say about the game.

The next installment in the franchise was 386 which later became Pro CD.  My version has some Windows 3.1/9x support to the original DOS program which is handy.  Plus golf and golf computer games tend to be things rich older guys care about so not requiring to drop to DOS on their fancy machines was a good feature.  But belying the age, the conversion of old courses required a different program on the disk plus entering text commands.  So you needed the manual to really do it.

And here we have the same course, now converted over and running around twice the resolution.  Cool!  It is still a pain to see the course layout while actively playing but given the technology and resolution size it is kind of understandable.  Kind of.

Yes the attentive will see the included courses are on the Course Libraries.  Meaning two of the volumes they advertise are really four courses.  I guess?  Hooray?

One of the funnier bits of old OSes on newer machines and older software is getting "System Information" screens showing something reliable.  In many cases they have no idea what the hell is even going on and give inaccurate information.    And each time you check you get something DIFFERENT.  Like this time I got the info above.  Next time I got lower, a different time higher.

LS 1998 was a bit nicer having a conversion program within the program itself instead of off on its' own.  It also has absurd resolutions for the time that I am unaware if my old flat CRT monitor can even handle.

Because of the age and era you could even leave courses and other content on the disks.  Now with modern machines and the like space is approaching infinite for old stuff.  (Provided you aren't a pirate or doing massive amounts of audiovisual work on your machine as well anyhow!)

In LS 1998's case, some courses were pre converted on one of the multiple CDs the game came on and merely required the disk to verify you bought the old content.  Or in a case or two it wasn't converted over and you had to go without.  

Firestone keeps getting a bit prettier though!  Sadly I had a bit of a derp moment with tee selection and was at Blue for 98 and 2001.  You get the idea though.  We have evolved to the interface taking up less of the screen.

The last of my "Big Box" era Links games.  This one has more propaganda in the front opening flap but let us just pretend you are a normal lazy person and just look at the back and that is it.  (The same situation will apply to the last two boxes.  I can't be arsed to scan six more images of ad copy.)  Also the front of the box has a foil sticker saying it really does 1800x1440 resolution.  In a game from 97/98.  Yeah.  

2001 is almost a beta version of 2003 so they tend to be very similar though 2001 uses older 2d video styled golfers and hasn't added in the Real Swing form yet though it does have a different analog styled swing mode.  So basically we now have actual course data being imported though we need to take the CRX files from the LS 97-99 days  and get them converted with this program to CRZ.

2001 isn't as good as 03 so I merely installed all 1.5 gigs of it to take a couple screenshots and had to patch and download a NO CD crack because of an issue Microsoft was aware of where the copy protection didn't work with all CDROM drives.

Now it looks more or less like 2003 does although not quite as good.  And finally a nice overhead view of the hole on screen as a default that you can aim on and leave up.  You don't see the maps on the earlier screenshots because it wasn't a default.  In some editions it could be a preset window cutting your view down, or a thing you brought up with a button to look at then closed.  Which is annoying.

There is a joke about YOUR MOM'S BOX here but I can't think of a clever one...

My version of 2001 was a Championship Edition so what I spent 10 bucks shipped for got me lots of good content to bring forwards into 03.  (See I only owned Links, LS 1998, and 2003.  Some dumb idea made me get for 10 shipped and boxed 2001 CE, and PRO CD.  10 each is GOOD VALUE!)

Pre getting 2001 in the mail I had this many courses to play with.  Now including some free courses (and a couple patches from Linkscountryclub.com) I have THIRTY.  30 courses of golfy goodness!

All praise the REAL TIME SWING.  At least on one of the easier modes.  My mouse space isn't that large!  But said patch gives me lovely 1080p resolution.
Obviously courses designed from the ground up for later editions are going to look much better though.  More variations in terrain and all that.   Plus we see the Real Time Swing results.  I kinda hooked it here...

 My skills have gotten better though.  However in the easier mode I am in while swinging the ball isn't quite as sensitive as it is in harder difficulties the AI opponents in the various modes are also not as good either.  I kind of wish I could have slightly better opponents while also having a slightly more lenient swing.

 And the final box back before EA basically became the only real Golf game maker of note.  

Hopefully everyone enjoyed this little trip down Video Golf Memory Lane and can appreciate the fact much of the content from the original Links was able to be played in every game after that.  (Well that I own.  I don't have all the LS year games and I am honestly not sure I need them.  30 courses is a TON of content.)

A shame most game makers don't do things like this when possible.














Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Another Image Dump

Mostly because Facebook SUUUUUUCKS at image hosting.  They degrade the image, make it sometimes challenging to link to said image, and then as older posts on my blog show, move the image location making my blog look shoddier than it usually is.

Also a couple of these images might be previews of future projects.

 I continue to buy more old retro computer games I don't have time for.  Why?  Because I get em cheap.  And then in the case of one game waste printer ink printing out the manual from an online source.  Because who doesn't need proper information to play an Air Traffic Controller game?

 Well technically this image here is both a preview of a stupid post I may do soon about the evolution of Golf computer games in a single franchise.  And how unlike many modern games content I bought in a 1990 title was still valid to be used in the 2003 edition.    As my blog shows I do collect some HOBBY GAMES GONE ELECTRONIC and thus Dragon Dice was a good buy.  That I wasn't honestly aware existed.  And my Atari 8 bit collection all but required that book.  

 What is the best way to get into model kit building?  With 8 dollar Petit Bearguys!  Cute, quick to build, charming, and a solid way to cheaply try out new techniques on as you aren't out a lot of time or money if you screw up.  A good first kit for kids too.  Make and modify them to your heart's content.  I have one more of my slowly growing army of the little blighters I may use as a blog project.  I have a "proper" Gundam kit to finish panel inking first though.

IN 2017 CRT LIGHT GUN VIDEOGAMES WERE RETURNING.  I had a good friend help me move a 27 1/4 inch console TV set up a flight of stairs.  Some cleaning and moving things around (that isn't done yet), and a 15 dollar dongle from Amazon.com, and now both my Sega Saturn and my Playstation 2 are back on their old stomping grounds but now in S Video!  Something I wasn't even aware this set had until I had help moving it around 2007.  It still works lovely.  I gave the screen a good cleaning and now all I need is to adjust the location and angle and get a bean bag chair or the like and get my SHOOTY BANG BANG on.  I could also probably hook up the Dreamcast (well my second machine.  I have 2 because of the infamous RESET issues they have.  Both work now.), and the 8 bit consoles for more Light Gun fun.  But right now I want to keep things a bit nicer looking and the Saturn in the space below and the PS2 up top is the best solution for the moment.  Plus more cleaning and organizing needs doing before I make any final decisions.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Busy But Image Dump Funnish

Yes I am still being a lazy bastard.  A mixture of ennui, business, and terrible time management.  But.. I have some new STUFF anyhow.  Let's do a quick show and tell.

(As usual click image for bigger)

 Finally my Second edition Warhammer 40K rules type product collection is complete to the best of my knowledge!  While I paid a bit more than I wanted (50 USD shipped) generally even loose copies run a bit more than that.  Eventually I would like to do a review of this puppy.

 Some of my semi recent retro computing pick ups.  Not all of them (not even including the following image) but a fair bit.  Touchdown Football is GOD AWFUL.  To think Electronic Arts would go from that to eventually the legend that IS the Madden Football series.  (For good or ill.)

 More retro computing goodness!  For 25 bucks I got all three Magic Candle RPGs in one box even though I had the first title already.  Given that I already own Siege I should probably just try to get the 3 or so other Mindcraft released games in this same setting to have a complete collection.  (And then the creator's previous RPGish game he made for SSI just because I collect SSI games.)  Yes that Jack Attack 2 is in fact a big boxed PC game sequel to a Commodore published launch title for the venerable C 64.  It was so cheap I had to get it.  And I finally unwrapped it.  VALUE RUINED.  Crimson Skies fits my Hobby Games Gone Electronic niche, and Secret Weapons of the Luftwaffe is just one I have wanted for a good 20 years now.  And I got it cheap.

And more retro computing and computer port goodness.  With Hard Hat Mack and Murder on the Zinderneuf I now am more than halfway down on having every Electronic Arts released title on the Atari 800 family.  Only one that is gonna be rough to get is Archon 2.  Even though the C64 version is super cheap.  And technically my 800 version is the Atari published cartridge edition.  Reminds me I do kind of need to crack open Mail Order Monsters someday.  I just feel bad about taking it out of the plastic!  Ultima 6 on the SNES loses out on character portraits but makes up for it with control pad play and has a more full screen view of things compared to the tiny window of the original.  Bubble Ghost and Pinball Fantasies are Euro Microcomputer games on platforms people actually own!  Are they better here than their home versions?  Dunno yet!

MDK 1 and 2 are apparently superior on the PC and given how cheap they were I had no trouble getting the original to replace my PSX original.  Same with Tomb Raider. Combat and Battlezone are modern remakes of classic games which is another of my idiot niche collections.  Star Wars Arcade is a decent FOR THE TIME port of the best arcade game ever.  Though the later 80s Domark ports are superior though still not completely arcade accurate even on the high end machines.

D has a PC port and its one I have been looking for for years.  Rise of the Dragon is a game I now think I have bought THREE TIMES.  Amiga, PC, and now Sega CD.  

 And 40K Rogue Trader is complete too!  Sadly this one wasn't in great shape but again dirt cheap compared to usual prices.  Also it has no rules in it and all the fluff and background stuff seems to have been cut and pasted into one of the other RT Ork books.  Still cool to have!

Now I just need a good half dozen or so issues of White Dwarf to be 2nd and maybe RT rules complete.  But they run around 12.50 or so shipped an issue which is a bit of a biter pill to swallow when I can get classic computer games for 4 bucks, or around a magazine shipped.


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