Author Archives: Alan Chung

The Originals

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I wanted to bring to light the original games that started it all for 2 of the most famous video game franchises of all time – Streetfighter and Punchout.  The reason is simply because many gamers nowadays know little of their existence.  While I tend to be more biased towards retro games, I still believe these 2 games to be the best ever in their respective franchises.  Its unfortunate many never got to experience them.  Hit the jump for more details.

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Retro Game Jukebox #1

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Just a few game tunes stuck in my head recently that I thought I’d share.  Enjoy.

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Wii U

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I went into Gamestop about a month ago, looking to preorder the Wii U.  I was turned down.  They said they couldn’t handle anymore Wii U preorders.  I wanted to shell out my hard earned cash and they wouldn’t take it.  Wow.  I didn’t have a whole lot of money to blow anyway, so I pretty much at that point had given up on going for the Wii U (atleast for 2012).

Lately I had been reading about Wii U alot online, watching online video reviews, and just started getting really hyped for the machine.  First off, that Wii U Game Pad is beautiful, sleek, and black.  The screen is beautiful.  Way back when I had no reason to believe that the GBA third pillar would fall, I had envisioned then what the next gen Game Boy would be, and that image in my head looks very similar to the Game Pad we see before us today.  My guess at the time was that it would play Game Cube discs; not stream video from a console.  In any case, I had gotten myself so hyped, that I figured I owed it to myself to go to Gamestop and play the demo unit there.  I figured they must have a demo unit set up by now.  I had some errands to run, so I decided I would do those after I checked out the Wii U.  So I arrived there, messed with the demo unit, and figured what have I got to lose by asking if they had any.  I went over, and my question went something like “you guys don’t have the Wii U, don’t you?”  The response was “We do today, but not yesterday.  You are lucky.”  My heart went beating fast.  Hold on boy.  Remember you don’t have a whole lot of money here.  You are gonna regret it later.  I pulled the trigger, and my heart beated fast.  I put all my errands on hold and went home quickly.  That is my story for the day.  Seeing that it is Christmas season, I figured it wouldn’t be easy to get one, but I did today.  Lucky me.

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Video Game Cosplay: The Ladies of Nintendo

I am not the type of person that goes crazy for cosplay.  I know it exists, and occasionally I find cosplay pictures online that look really professional that I am a big fan of.  I personally am more interested in the female side of things in cosplay, rather than the male, for obvious reasons.  In this brief article, I will post some of my recent favorites that I’ve seen, and also a couple of live action videos that I think are really cool.  Hit the jump to see “The Ladies of Nintendo.”

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Netflix Feature Film of the Month #1

I caught a very interesting film yesterday.  It’s called “Chasing Ghosts: Beyond the Arcade.”  I caught part of it on the Netflix Wii, and the other half on my 3DS.  It’s a fantastic piece on the early history of video games.  As we all know, the arcades played a vital role early on in video games.  What this documentary talks about are the early geniuses of video games, or the gaming gods of the arcade era.

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Jaws 3-D-S

There is just so little written about this game online, that I felt compelled to write about it and inform as many people as I can; especially the fans of Jaws.  I want to help people so they don’t make the same mistake as I did.  There may be some people out there that would say Jaws would never make a good video game; why did you bother?  I personally don’t believe that, so let’s nip it in the bud right here.  There was tons of potential here for a great game.  This could have been good, real good.  But there are 2 main reasons why JAWS: Ultimate Predator is the worst game on 3DS right now.

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SNRPG is a Go!!

Swap Note is an new application that has become part of the 3DS operating system, since the last major update.  It is an improved iteration of Pictochat (for DS), which only had local wireless communications, but not over wi-fi.  Seeing as that the original DS had wi-fi capability, it was an odd omission.  It is a messaging program, that doesn’t use a keyboard (or text), but rather, stylus input, handwriting, and hand drawn pictures.  It differentiates itself as an alternative form of communication to texting or email.  Swap Note is improved in every way over Pictochat.  This news in itself is not particularly interesting.  It was a natural evolution, and kind of expected from Nintendo’s next gen handheld.

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