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Apr 23 2014

Peripheral Vision: Nintendo Satellaview

Published by under Columns,Video Games

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Before there was Xbox Live, before there was PSN, before you were even sticking crappy broadband modems to your Gamecube and PS2 to play all of the five games that were compatible, there was the Nintendo Satellaview.

Released in the twilight years of the Super Nintendo (known as the Super Famicom in Japan), the Satellaview came out in 1995, only a year before the Nintendo 64.

This peripheral system plugged in to the base of the Super Famicom and acted as a modem that allowed you to download game data via satellite. The system boasted rare gems such as two sequels to F-Zero and a sequel/spinoff to The Legend of Zelda: Link to the Past.

Access to game content required not just the Satellaview, but also a receiver box for the main signal to be decoded and a monthly subscription fee paid to the satellite content service provider, run exclusively by a Japanese company called St. Giga. What’s more, game content was broadcast irregularly throughout the week and was only available during certain times of day according to a set program schedule. Think of the service as XM radio, but with game content instead of music.

Despite the high cost of entry due to equipment, service fees, and the limited window to access game content, the Satellaview was extremely popular in Japan. It peaked in 1999 with over 116,000 households subscribing. St. Giga was already a popular radio service, and their partnership with Nintendo only served to gain them more subscribers than ever before.

The service was canceled in 2000, just a few months before the release of the Gamecube, if that’s any indication of the Satellaview’s enduring legacy. Continue Reading »

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Apr 21 2014

PSA: Don’t Listen to Final Fantasy X’s Audio Drama

Published by under Editorials,Video Games

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I’m probably a bit late on this since the game came out weeks ago. However, I felt the need to write this after exchanging e-mails with another ardent Final Fantasy fan and regular Unreality reader @goseebananafish. He told me that people need to be warned about it and he was right. The irony of it is people will actually want to listen to it in order to satisfy their curiosity. It happens to all of us including me! I read reviews that explicitly warned readers to avoid it altogether, but then I thought that it couldn’t be that bad. I ended up being really, really wrong when I did finally get the chance to listen to it.

I finished Final Fantasy X Remaster with feelings of wonder, awe, and appreciation after spending 30+ hours. Unfortunately, all it took was 30 minutes of awful to taint that wonderful experience and my last moment with the FFX franchise left me with a bad taste in my mouth.

I must warn you about FFX and FFX-2 spoilers before you read the post. It’s necessary for the discussion so I’m going to bring some plot points up. If you really want to listen to the audio drama after playing these games, go ahead but don’t say I didn’t warn you. Honestly, you’re better off reading about it than wasting your time on it. Less disappointment that way!

Abandon all hope, ye who enter here.

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Apr 21 2014

The Seven Most Shocking Moments From South Park: The Stick of Truth Game (With Spoilers)

Published by under Lists,Video Games

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I will admit, when I sat down to play the new South Park RPG, The Stick of Truth, I had no idea what was in store for me. I mean, I definitely knew there would be some crude humor, as well as a cavalcade of Easter eggs from the show. But the truth is, even being a fan of the series, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. Continue Reading »

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Apr 18 2014

Even More Baby Pokemon Dressing Up As Their Final Forms

Published by under Images,Video Games

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I’m never one to let a good series go, and so when I heard that Birdy Chu had done even more of her adorable “Pokemon in Final Form Costumes,” I knew I should revisit her work.

She’s expanded her scope from the first few initial Pokemon to even more from the original Red and Blue, and others from Gold, Silver, Aqua, Navy, X, Y, Z, I’ve really sort of lost track as to what they’re at these days.

All are just as cute as ever, and you can check them all out below: Continue Reading »

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Apr 17 2014

Cosplay of the Day: Don’t Mess with Mecha-Chu

Published by under Cosplay,Images,Video Games

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What happens when Pokemon meets Warhammer 40K? Why, Mecha-Chu is born, of course.

This badass costume was spotted at Supanova in Australia by Furbeach, and there’s one more photo below.

I think my favorite are the Pokeball shoulders and the string of Badge-ribbons on his chest. I’m half surprised he’s not toting Meowth’s severed head on his belt, but perhaps that would have been taking things a bit too far. Continue Reading »

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Apr 16 2014

Pokemonified Versions of NBA Logos

Published by under Images,Video Games

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I think we’ve seen Pokemon versions of NFL logos in the past (though that could have been a weird dream or something), but now we’ve moved onto the NBA.

The logos seen here are a mix of actual NBA teams and Pokemon cities. I don’t know enough about sports to say that ALL are direct parodies of NBA teams, but they could be and yet again, my athletic knowledge fails me,

Check out a big chunk of the teams for yourself below:  Continue Reading »

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Apr 15 2014

The 50 Most Frustrating Moments in Video Games

Published by under Video Games,Videos

As I watched this video I was surprised with just how many I’d actually experienced, most being pulled from my childhood because well, nostalgia. I almost started getting mad just thinking about some of these, further proof that video games cause aggression through losing, not violence.

Could have done without the narration, but it’s a very comprehensive list. What would you add to the pile here that wasn’t mentioned?

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Apr 15 2014

A DIY Borderlands Claptrap Trashcan

Published by under Images,Video Games

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The good folks at Our Nerd Home have created a DIY project like no other. It’s a Claptrap garbage can, the robot pulled from the Borderlands universe where he’s usually standing around being snarky rather than shoving trash inside his head.

The process to create the can was pretty lengthy, and you can see all the stages at their site here. You could probably do it yourself if you had the time and talent, but I’m content to admire from a far.

A few more pictures of Claptrap in action below: Continue Reading »

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Apr 14 2014

Indie Game: The Art

Published by under Images,Video Games

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The last few years have seen an explosion of Indie games as audiences have accepted cheaper, simpler games that are executed well. No need for huge AAA campaigns or super HD graphics. Rather, it plays well and/or is hilarious, that’s good enough to fashion an Indie hit.

This artwork by Memoski takes nearly all the biggest success stories of the Indie scene and puts them in one place. If you can name them all, I will give you the key to Unreality (it’s a figurative key. and shaped like a Pokeball fused with a Disney Princess tiara).

 

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Apr 14 2014

Discovering Free-to-Play Online Rhythm Game OSU

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Yesterday, I discovered a tragedy as I browsed through the iOS App Store. I was hoping to find the game Tap Tap since I haven’t played it in the longest time. It was one of my favorite games when the iPhone and the iPod Touch were still in its early generations. However, I was puzzled upon noticing that there was no trace of it. I even typed Tapulous, the developer, in the search bar to no avail. Alas, my worst fears came true when I finally sough to find the truth. The company shut down along with all of its titles years before. Guitar Hero was gone too!

My friend knew about my plight and introduced to me a similar game called OSU that he and his other group of friends were obsessing about. OSU is a free-to-play online rhythm game that’s primarily available on PC platforms. You use your mouse instead of tapping or stepping on a dance pad. It reminded me of the Dance Dance Revolution PC emulators my friends had. I found them similar because other players can create their own levels and upload them online for others to download.

Is this something you might want to check out? Read on for more about OSU and what I thought.

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Apr 10 2014

The Dream Team

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Deviantartist LoneFireWarrior took to Garry’s Mod and Photoshop to craft what could be the most badass cast of characters ever assembled in one place. He’s pulled from mostly video games, but a few films (hello ringleader Fett) and I’m not sure who you could add to make this team more scary. Batman? Kratos? Jesus Christ?

Here’s a question. Out of everyone here, who is actually the most powerful? I know Fett is iconic, but frankly, I think he’s one of the weakest. Dude was accidentally bumped into a Sarlac pit, after all. I’d have to go with Starcraft Sarah Kerrigan being on a whole other level compared to the assortment of space marines seen here. That girl’s got power.

What do you think?

 

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