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Dragon Quest TV... in the US

Posted on 10/16/2019 at 05:50 PM | Filed Under Blogs

Funny thing: Most people see a Dragon Quest game for the first time and ask why it looks so much like Dragon Ball Z. I was the opposite. Since I played the games and watched the anime years before DBZ started being localized, I thought, "This looks a lot like Dragon Warrior!"

Episode 162: Edgy Nerds

Posted on 10/16/2019 at 05:35 PM | Filed Under Feature

Wendy's was my first job. I got a 50% employee discount at lunch and when going home, so I ate a lot of Triple Cheeseburgers and Big Bacon Classics. Surprisingly I wasn't overweight during the entire 2 1/2 years I worked there. I miss the old kaiser buns they used to have for the Big Bacon Classic. 

One time, the shift manager, who is still a friend today, made me a burger with six patties and six pieces of cheese for lunch. And I ate it. He did pay for it since he came up with it.

The first thing I bought with my first Wendy's paycheck was a PS1 to play Final Fantasy VII on.

Episode 162: Edgy Nerds

Posted on 10/14/2019 at 04:26 PM | Filed Under Feature

It turns out that there are a couple of Portillo's here in Phoenix.

Guess I shouldn't be surprised. A lot of people living here nowadays are Chicago and Detroit transplants. People get all surprised when they hear my family has been in Arizona for almost 100 years.

There's a New Machine at the Arcade - Kid Chameleon

Posted on 10/11/2019 at 05:46 PM | Filed Under Blogs

I remember playing a platformer called Alisia Dragoon at a Genesis kiosk at Walmart when I was a kid. It never made any Genesis collection, but I believe Sega did put it on the mini-Genesis.

Episode 162: Edgy Nerds

Posted on 10/10/2019 at 02:59 PM | Filed Under Feature

We have Culver's all over Phoenix. I have never tried Culver's.

Episode 162: Edgy Nerds

Posted on 10/09/2019 at 11:36 PM | Filed Under Feature

They do have small grocery areas in most stores I've been in, at least since the 90s, mostly selling beef and dairy products. Braum's won't open any stores that are more than a day's drive from their farms in Tuttle OK and Byars OK, I guess so they can claim their product is fresh. I've actually seen their farms. They actually drove Dairy Queen out of business in Oklahoma for ten years, that's how popular they are there.

Episode 162: Edgy Nerds

Posted on 10/09/2019 at 04:29 PM | Filed Under Feature

I live in Arizona, and being in a midpoint between California and Texas, we've had both In-n-Out and Whataburger for years. I eat whatever strikes me at the time. Whataburger has an advantage of being 24 hours a day, and I work nights on the road, so its nice to be able to get something to eat that late. One local/regional burger chain I'd like to mention is Braum's in Oklahoma. I lived in Oklahoma for a long time. Not only are their burgers good, but they have some of the best ice cream out there. You can get a thick 20 oz shake or malt in any flavor you want for 3 bucks.

The N64 kind of pissed me off. Super Mario 64 was fantastic, Turok and Doom 64 were good, and then...? I will say I didn't love Rare all that much and would have traded them for Square or even Capcom or Namco in a heartbeat. Also, I'm a huge RPG addict, so the N64 was a bit like a steak-lover going to a vegan restaurant in that regard, and the final straw for me and the N64 was when Earthbound 64, one of the only two or three RPGs announced for the system (one of the others, of course, being Quest 64) went into development hell and never got released. Other than the two Zeldas, I was kind of done with the N64. So that's where my rather harsh take on its library came from. To this day the N64 is my least favorite Nintendo TV console. Nintendo EAD had good stuff, Konami had a couple of good games, that was it. I got a PS1. 

Stage Select:

I'm going to offer a classic: The 7th Guest, by Trilobyte. It naturally has some of the hammiest acting you'll ever see, but it was impressive for its time. My parents played it, i kind of dabbled in a few puzzles. I mostly liked the spooky, jazzy soundtrack by George Sanger, aka "The Fat Man."

I'd also go with Haunting Ground. Its death scenes are very unsettling, and the main character was intentionally designed to make you feel helpless without the dog to protect you. 


Cage Match:

Probably Soul Reaver, since it was a bit more aligned with my tastes in gaming. I didn't really play much of either one, though somehow Sir Dan Fortesque's name has stuck in my head. I think they're remaking MediEvil now.

Octoberween 2019 Video Weekend: Lazy Masquerade

Posted on 10/08/2019 at 11:38 PM | Filed Under Blogs

I need to find some horror-themed games for this month. One of my childhood Halloween traditions was watching really, really bad horror movies with my dad.

Couch Gaming

Posted on 10/08/2019 at 04:13 PM | Filed Under Blogs

Softcore pornography on a Nintendo system. Who'd a thunk it? Yes, I'm aware that plenty of Japanese only releases were more risque than what we got here. Heck, the mermaid originally lost her bikini top, not her necklace.


Posted on 10/08/2019 at 03:35 PM | Filed Under Blogs

I like handheld gaming, but at this point I'd rather have portability as an optional feature rather than as the focus of the whole console. It's why the Switch Lite is not a product for me. Games which could just as easily be played either on a TV or on the go are something I've always wanted. I own every Nintendo console in some form except the Virtual Boy, but who didn't dream of a handheld that could play straight-up NES or SNES games? I also had both the Super Game Boy and the Game Boy Player for Gamecube. 

That said, given that one of the Switch's defining features is that portability is an option, Nintendo needs to be paying attention to seeing that Switch games work just as well in portable mode as in handheld mode. And fix the freakin' drift!

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