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by scotland
April 24th, 2015, 6:11 am
Forum: Video Games General
Topic: New Forums Open for Business!
Replies: 68
Views: 9216

Re: New Forums Open for Business!

I was perusing the 'Reader Review' forum, and some of the oldest threads were empty once you opened them. Example: http://videogamecritic.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=38790&t=414 I had not noticed threads were only some of the posts migrated. Is it only threads or posts from several years back, or...
by scotland
April 22nd, 2015, 12:52 pm
Forum: Now Playing
Topic: Console Wars (book)
Replies: 3
Views: 615

Console Wars (book)

Sut mentioned he has begun this book about the Genesis vs SNES console struggle. Thought I might join him in a book club. Anyone else want to hop in? One comment I saw on Amazon was that the book mostly ignores the technology, but focuses on the marketing and similar business issues. Given the war p...
by scotland
April 22nd, 2015, 8:44 am
Forum: Video Games General
Topic: Nintendo in a blue ocean
Replies: 4
Views: 811

Nintendo in a blue ocean

In reading about Nintendo, you might come across the term 'Blue Ocean'. I decided to peruse the book the term comes from, the book Blue Ocean, written about 10 years ago. In general, most markets are red, with lots of competition competing for the same pool of customers. You survive in a red ocean b...
by scotland
April 21st, 2015, 10:36 pm
Forum: Now Playing
Topic: Making of Karateka (Book)
Replies: 6
Views: 760

Making of Karateka (Book)

I will make a 'Reader Review' when I can structure my thoughts, but just finished this book today. I am going with this forum for quick impressions, but maybe the two forums could be merged? The book is a series of excerpts from the developers journals on making Karateka for the Apple II while in co...
by scotland
April 20th, 2015, 7:31 pm
Forum: Video Games General
Topic: Video Game Narrative
Replies: 22
Views: 1734

Re: Video Game Narrative

Okay, here's another question: what is/are the best video game stories you've ever heard? I'll put out the challenge to do more than that - don't just name drop a game, like "Mass Effect is a great story". Back it up. Tell us why. What about it makes you think its a great story? What is t...
by scotland
April 20th, 2015, 7:14 pm
Forum: Reader Reviews
Topic: Video Games Puzzles and Quizes (1983 Book)
Replies: 1
Views: 744

Video Games Puzzles and Quizes (1983 Book)

Another 1980s Scholastic book by George Sullivan. https://covers.openlibrary.org/b/id/6666636-M.jpg There were lots of these kind of books in the 80s, from 1001 pickle jokes to Star Wars Jed Quiz books. I had a bunch. This particular one has , about 65 puzzles, with some being word searches or visua...
by scotland
April 19th, 2015, 6:19 pm
Forum: Video Games General
Topic: Video Game Narrative
Replies: 22
Views: 1734

Re: Video Game Narrative

I think its clear video games can be a storytelling medium, its just a discussion on its relative merits and shortcomings. Some might say the shortcomings are massive, but I think it has potential. Like motion pictures were once derided, video games, anime, manga, western comics and animation, and o...
by scotland
April 19th, 2015, 9:26 am
Forum: Modern Gaming
Topic: Retro VGS
Replies: 8
Views: 1313

Re: Retro VGS

To be fair, cartridge based systems continue to be made. Advertising this as the first such system in decades is misleading. From modern Nintendo portables using flash cartridges, to 'clone' consoles like the Polystations and Viis. Go to some of those direct from china sites and you'll see many vari...
by scotland
April 18th, 2015, 2:22 pm
Forum: Review Feedback
Topic: 2015/4/18: Genesis: Rastan Saga II, Ex-Mutants, Gauntlet 4
Replies: 5
Views: 1153

Re: 2015/4/18: Genesis: Rastan Saga II, Ex-Mutants, Gauntlet 4

You might argue Gauntlet has not aged well, but this may be the definitive console version. Not aged well? It was a marvelously fun game in its day, and aged as well as any contempory arcade game. It does become tedious, but it was a quarter muncher so that is not a fault but a feature. Who is sayi...
by scotland
April 17th, 2015, 10:28 am
Forum: Reader Reviews
Topic: How to Win at Video Games (1982 Book)
Replies: 4
Views: 1126

Re: How to Win at Video Games (1982 Book)

Oh wow this brings back some memories. Back in the day my sister got this for me for my birthday! It's got a blue cover right? I really need to dig through my stuff to see if I still have this. Thanks for the write up! The book with the blue cover you are thinking of is Michael Blanchet's "How...

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