Attract Mode’s Games You Should Play This Halloween

October 30, 2014 - By - Tags:

13. Haunting Ground – PlayStation 2
12. Deathsmiles – Xbox 360 (or the arcade version, if available)
11. Mr. Bones – Sega Saturn
10. Mansion Of Hidden Souls – Sega CD (Saturn version is “better”, but far less charming)
09. Bloody Bride – PlayStation 1 (fan translation, obviously)
08. Demon’s Crest – Super Nintendo
07. Michigan: Report From Hell – PlayStation 2
06. Shoot The Bullet – PC (but only with an arcade stick)
05. The Zombie VS Ambulance – PlayStation 2
04. Enemy Zero – Sega Saturn
03. The Tairyou Jigoku – PlayStation 2
02. Typing of the Dead – Dreamcast (ideally with two players)
01. … is a three way tie:

Illbeed – Dreamcast

Paranoiascape – PlayStation 1

Harvester – PC (good luck trying to get it run properly in Windows 7!)

Honorable Mention (haven’t played it myself, might not actually be legit): Pokemon “Black Version” – Game Boy

Yes, Someone Once Made A Game That Makes Fun Of Myst. And Yes, It Stars John Goodman.

October 28, 2014 - By - Tags: ,

Been waiting for the right opportunity to mention one of YouTube’s bet kept secrets. 1bit is either just another nickname for Johnny Rogers, who also goes by The New Jedi Order, and who also happens to be the CEO of JEDICOM, or is just some name he came up with at the top of his head when signing up for YouTube back in the day.

The above should hopefully appeal to those who enjoy a healthy dose of messed up NES sights and sounds, which I’m willing to wager is a significant portion of those who follow this blog. Though if you do a little digging, you may discover that Rogers is also way into the game Myst.

Here’s the theme to… not that game, but of a parody entitled Pyst. Which is sung by John Goodman, who actually makes an appearance. Not sure if the following is something that’s been cobbled together, or if Rogers is simply shining a spotlight on what was already there:

And here’s a play through of that game in its entirety for those morbidly curious. All that really needs to be said is that LOT of work went into such a thing, which is kinda amazing, among other things. BTW, Pyst isn’t the only parody of Myst out there that’s a full on game. Check Google if you don’t believe me.

Anyhow, Rogers also produces his own series of linking books, which is the primary object in Myst, out of old Disney storybooks…

He also has a Myst zine

Funky Kong’s Ride From The Airport Is ASMR-rific

October 20, 2014 - By - Tags: ,

The world of video games continues to be ravaged by craziness, absurdity, and flat out ugliness these days. Which is why, alas, more than a few friends and colleagues are currently not in the best of spirits.

So maybe the above might help? At least those who can be aided by the soothing mystery that is autonomous sensory meridian response. It’s the latest and greatest by the doctor himself, Doc Future to be precise.

Bonus vid time, and something else related to Mario Kart. The song is by Aaron David Ross, video by Nico Callaghan. And don’t forget: ”Love is the best thing we’ve got.”

Mystery Mansion, Beyond Just Six Seconds

October 14, 2014 - By - Tags: ,

Remember Mystery Mansion? That dude (real name Jonathan Sirlin, BTW/FYI) who can totally relax your ass with a combination of animated gifs and catchy tunes, in just 0.06?

Well, he’s finally decided to make songs that go beyond a few precious seconds. Behold The LEM EP, which can be enjoyed in its entirely above!

Though it’s totally deserves a place in your music library.

“All the excitement of pinball action can be yours!” Also, “Please don’t sleep!”

September 29, 2014 - By - Tags: , ,

If you lived in Pennsylvania between the mid 90s to early 2000s, and not only enjoyed video games but was also an insomniac, then you’re probably familiar with the late night local TV staple above. There are numerous many reasons why the TNT Amusements infomercial is so compelling, and many of them are as plain as day, so trying to even articulate a few feels silly.

But to me, it’s oddly heartwarming to watch a television program that depicts something that’s as youthful and hip and contemporary and edgy as video games, yet presented by someone who is essentially one’s “cool uncle”. The one who says that same dumb joke over and over again, expecting a laugh each and every time, and yet you can’t help but play along.

Plus anything that reminds me of the good old days in which a kid didn’t need an iPad to be content, but instead an old Bugs Bunny cartoon (projected no less), along with a small business owner who knows how to sell, sell, SELL also makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside.

I’ve actually written about the wondrous Todd N. Tuckey once before, back in the day for GameSetWatch; there was actually a second infomercial, and for my super detailed rundown, simply hit this link. And thankfully since then, TNT himself has uploaded this other infomercial onto YouTube; part one stars here.

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Red Bull Is Doing A Documentary Series On Japanese Game Music… And It’s Actually Really Good?

September 19, 2014 - By - Tags: ,

Hard to believe, but it’s true.

Diggin’ In The Carts, produced by Red Bull Music Academy of all people, kicks off a very simple slice of truth: “For many of us, the music of video games played more in our households growing up than any other form of music at the time.” And each episode seeks to trace its roots, which is firmly entrenched in Japan.

The entire thing is slickly produced and presents the facts ma’am in easy to process bits that are equally enjoyable to digest. But that’s to be expected with almost any documentary series these days. The most important thing is how it delivers on its promises by shining the spotlight on the men and women who pioneered the medium

Some are household names to those who are interested in such things, whereas others are finally getting the recognition that’s long overdue. There will be six episodes in total, and we’re basically at the halfway point. Episode one explains how Namco is “the godfather of game music” according to chiptunes virtuoso Hally, and also includes an interview with Hip Tanaka, who discusses his groundbreaking work on the Game Boy sound chip plus his love for reggae.

Episode two is a love letter to Konami, as well as tips the hat to Sunsoft, whose Famicom soundtracks are still largely unappreciated. Finally, the just released episode three is all about the move from 8 to 16 bits. I can’t decided what my favorite part is: Yoko Shimomura describing the last minute bit of inspiration that led to Blanka’s theme, or Hitoshi Sakimoto’s story about how he used to record audio from arcade games with his Walkman as a kid.

You can watch the whole thing here.

Zac Gorman’s Ideas For Sega Themed Shirts, A-Z

September 18, 2014 - By - Tags: ,

Friend of Attract Mode, Zac Gorman, as part of a drawing exercise over at this Tumblr, recently presented his vision for a hypothetical series of Sega themed shirts. You can check out the full res versions here and here.

Zac also wonders if Fangamer, whom we’re also pals with, might be interested in making them a reality. Now, not to butt into other people’s business, but I myself have wanted a Rez shirt for the Attract Mode shop for ages now. Though I also now really want a Trouble Shooters tee!

Anyhow, if Fangamer ends up tapping into Zac’s suggestions for their own, as in all of them, that’s totally fine. I’ll just ask him myself for shirts based on titles he missed. Like Dynamite Headdy, Thunder Force 4, and Last Bronx. For starters.