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Retro News & Chat / Re: The history of Batman Returns For super Nintendo
« on: August 15, 2021, 02:08:10 AM »
I was really fond of that one as a child--so much so that I purchased a copy many years later as an adult. The art style and soundtrack are ominous and fit the feel of the movie.

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Nintendo Chat / Re: Nintendo Wii Anyone ???
« on: May 16, 2021, 15:39:17 PM »
I suppose that's something I should do one day--clearing out my collection of games that I don't play anymore. As far as gaming goes, I've been living by the credo that "more is better," even if the "more" is just taking up space in my living room.

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Sega Chat / Re: GAIN GROUND!
« on: May 13, 2021, 02:04:33 AM »
I've been receiving notifications that Yahoo! Answers is closing down for good and purging all archives. This is only nominally relevant to the topic because many years ago, when I was semi-active on Answers, I helped a person identify a retro game based on the description that it takes place on a battlefield where the objective is to advance multiple characters to the exit at the top of the screen. I guessed Gain Ground and I was right.

I'm still proud of that moment.

Oh, right. The game. I do have some fond memories of playing this one with a friend. I believe our version of choice was Gain Ground on the Sega Genesis Collection for PlayStation 2. Despite the simplistic gameplay, there's a good deal of strategy involved as you cycle through the various heroes in the game. We never completed the game, but we made a decent push and got several stages in.

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Sega Chat / Re: Lost Castlevania for Dreamcast Found 21 Years Later
« on: May 13, 2021, 01:52:30 AM »

Lost me within seconds of seeing it in 3D.
Took the words out of my mouth. Out of all the Castlevania games that a possible "lost game" could represent the missing link for, the awful Nintendo 64 ones weren't at the top of the list. Good find, though!

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Nintendo Chat / Re: Nintendo Wii Anyone ???
« on: May 12, 2021, 18:10:50 PM »
The Wii was a great console with some classic games. I enjoyed Xenoblade Chronicles a lot; I abandoned my playthrough, though, and have decided to just start fresh on the Switch version since I purchased that recently. I made a lot of great memories with Wii Sports and Super Smash Bros. Brawl and hosted some fun parties with the Wii as the centerpiece and my chief source of distraction from the fact that I am indeed a general bore at parties.

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Sony Chat / Re: PlayStation 1 link up cable
« on: April 28, 2021, 14:29:08 PM »
Never linked a Playstation, in fact I think i only ever linked PCs and so on back in the day.
Same. In fact, I did it with the Game Boy pretty frequently to play multiplayer games. It was an awesome feature for portable consoles, where it made the most sense. The issue is that my household never owned more than one PlayStation at a time, and it wasn't exactly feasible for me to buy a link cable, invite a friend over, and set up a second TV. It would have been difficult for me to even convince my parents that it would be a worthwhile investment.  ;D

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Sony Chat / Re: The Sony PlayStation 2 Thread
« on: November 17, 2020, 02:57:11 AM »
Whereas I received a GameCube (one Christmas nearly 20 years ago), my brother got the PlayStation 2. This was largely a continuation of the loyalties we forged in the previous generation, as I was a staunch Nintendo 64 player and he a PlayStation gamer. Looking back, I'd say he made the more prescient decision with regard to the PS2; the library ended up being much more vast and diverse. (I don't regret owning a GameCube, though. It is amazing in its own right.) Only more recently did I start to collect for the PS2 and I realized I missed out on a lot of gem. To this day, I'm still collecting them with the hopes I'll someday play them all. ;) Of note, the PS2 is in possession of one of the strongest Japanese RPG libraries on console. I started the Xenosaga series a little while back, but I have really been wanting to sit down and play Persona 4, as I have a lot of friends who recommend that game wholeheartedly.

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Nintendo Chat / Re: Nintendo SNES Must have games
« on: June 01, 2019, 03:20:00 AM »
Long-time SNES gamer here. I could throw a few titles in:

1. Final Fantasy VI: The review I wrote for RVG summarizes my veneration for this game, a feeling that continues today. To me, FFVI is still fresh and exciting to play; it's timeless, and an essential part of any SNES collector's library.

2. Chrono Trigger: Same as above. Chrono Trigger was, in a way, what happens when two gaming giants (Square and Enix) combine forces. The battle system is innovative and keeps the action interesting, and the storytelling is superb, with plenty of twists to make things interesting.

3. Super Mario World: Mario's debut on the SNES is still as charming and fun to play as ever, with a sound game engine and tight, responsive controls.

4. Donkey Kong Country 2: My personal favorite of the series, DKC2 offered the same platforming perfection as its predecessor but with more imaginative level design and ramped-up difficulty.

5. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past: One of the best Zelda games ever made, ALTTP perfected the concept of the top-down overworld and it arguably hasn't been done any better since. Reaching back to the first Zelda for inspiration, Nintendo wrote Zelda into the annals of history with ALTTP and developed a pattern that would be followed faithfully for years.

Many other games would follow, of course. The SNES library is huge, rich, and diverse, but these are just a small sampling of some of my favorites.

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Announcements and Feedback / Re: Changes at RVG on Self promotion.
« on: April 18, 2018, 22:48:20 PM »
But now I feel like I'm being told my work is not good enough. Somehow it's a nuisance.
I'm a retro gamer who enjoys sharing my hobby, but I feel like because I do it in video form, it's not welcome here.

Here's what I need clarification on: Does the leadership here currently view me as a nuisance or as someone who brings something of value to the forums?
My intuition says that's not at all what they are saying, NSG. It has nothing to do with the quality of your content nor the medium in which you present it (video) and, probably, more to do with the fact that YouTube videos are directing people off-site. I imagine RVG would like to promote content here at home. My understanding is that everyone here values your expertise and your terrific content. But anytime a poster leaves RVG to watch a YouTube video, the community here is in danger of shrinking a little. The ensuing comments become the YouTube channel's comments, the views their views, the subscribers their subscribers, and RVG is treated as little more than a launchpad to facilitate that exchange. If I have misunderstood the stance RVG has taken, I apologize for getting involved, but that is the way I interpret it.

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Announcements and Feedback / Re: New Site Live
« on: March 13, 2018, 00:09:20 AM »
Looks very good! I can't wait for the rest of the content to be ported over. I've been wanting to reread some of our old reviews. Let me know if you guys need new screenshots for the games I reviewed; I may still have them somewhere.

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General Retro Chat / Re: Fatal Fury VS Art Of Fighting
« on: December 09, 2017, 00:43:40 AM »
I think Fatal Fury has the more memorable and recognizable characters. It's my favorite SNK fighting game series next to Samurai Shodown and King of Fighters.

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Retro News & Chat / Re: The 4 Best & Worst Video Game Mascots
« on: November 28, 2017, 04:51:56 AM »
I think you've rounded off both lists quite nicely. It'd be difficult for me to distill the last 30-some years of gaming into just four mascots, but Mario, Sonic, and Pac-Man definitely need to be on that list for changing the landscape of video gaming forever. Somewhere in the list of most forgettable mascots would need to be Alex Kidd. Despite being heavily pushed by Sega in the late '80s, Alex Kidd possessed nowhere near the draw power of Mario and was relegated to obscurity once Sonic debuted on the Mega Drive. I don't think he's a particularly offensive character, mind you, just terribly plain. Later Alex Kidd games seem to suffer from an apparent lack of interest on the part of the developers, as at some point, it feels like Sega legitimately stopped caring.

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Retro News & Chat / Re: How is it pronounced again....?
« on: November 16, 2017, 23:55:22 PM »
Right. It's "id" as in "the id, the ego, and the superego." It's one of the principles of Freudian psychoanalysis.

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Announcements and Feedback / Re: Frontend
« on: November 13, 2017, 23:41:40 PM »
I think I have all the pictures still.  We need to reupload them to the FTP server so that they appear here.  If we are missing any of yours, feel free to send them along just as a backup.  Thanks!

Great. Before I do that, I'm going to try to finish some more reviews and send them your way. I realize it's been almost two years since I've submitted any.  :o I opened up the Word document where I have them all saved and I found a number of stubs that never got finished. I guess now's as good a time as any to finish them.

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Nintendo Chat / Re: The Super Nintendo thread.
« on: November 13, 2017, 01:42:20 AM »
Awesome! I agree with all of the picks in that video. The Super Nintendo library is vast and full of top quality games. Several years back I embarked on a campaign to collect and play all the SNES titles that I didn't get to play when I was younger. In the course of doing this, I quickly rediscovered my love for the console, and my collection of about five cartridges grew to almost 100.

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