Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Silent Hill Music is Otherworldly

At one point, Silent Hill was considered to be one of the most important and influential horror franchise in the video game industry. Silent Hill 2 would likely make it to a list of my favorite games ever made. Its emotional storytelling interwoven with horrific imagery and unsettling locations makes for one of the most unforgettable experiences I've had. It went far beyond the expected tropes of "Here are some scary monsters! Better run/fight!" and got under your skin. It wanted to find out what really scared you.

Overtime the series has slowly disappeared. Hideo Kojima and Guillermo del Toro were working on what looked to be an exciting return to form for the franchise, but it appears now that Konami hates video games and would rather their most talented employees be janitors, but that's another story entirely. Today, we are going to listen to some Silent Hill music.

Lots of melancholy and YouTube links await!

Saturday, May 28, 2016

RGD on Twitch!

Today I wanted to throw up a quick post announcing that I have started playing classic games on Twitch periodically.

If you are into Twitch, please head over to my channel and give me a follow. Right now I don't have a set time for when I will be streaming, but it will likely be on the weekends. Overtime I should fall into a groove with things. This is new territory for me, so be patient!

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Pixels & Powerbomb Highlights, Episode I

Pixels and Powerbombs is a side project in which I attempt to play almost every pro wrestling video game ever made. Periodically, I will highlight a few games here on RGD. Check out two of them here!

Monday, May 23, 2016

Nintendo Customer Service Training!

Do you work at a department store in 1991? Are you tired of customers trying to abuse your return policy? Let Nintendo of America guide you to prosperity with this video that teaches you how to deal with skeevy customers.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

A Love Letter to 90s Shooters

I know what you're thinking.

“Tim, this game came out like a week ago. Why is it on a retro gaming website?”

That's true. It is a brand new game, but the reason I want to talk about it is because if you were to release a game like this on the PC in the late 90s, it would've been right at home. Doom (2016) embodies arena shooter mechanics in a way that so few first-person shooters have done in the past decade plus.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Batman Returns for NES is a Forgotten Gem

When almost anyone thinks of video game adaptations of the film Batman Returns, most immediately imagine the Super Nintendo game. A good with reason, too, It keeps in line with the atmosphere of the Burton film in tone, graphics and its music. The biggest reason, though, is that it was the "current" platform of the time. Releasing in 1992, with the SNES being well-established at that point, it was the "main" version of the game. Of course, Konami also realized that even though the NES was many years old at this point, it had an install base of tens of millions of units. That wasn't money they were willing to leave on the table.

Check out the rest of the article for more on this game.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Reflections on Sega Channel

In the mid 1990s, the Fox affiliate station in my area held what was called the "Fox Kids Club Expo," which was an event that had several kids activities and things to promote TV shows on at the time. The year was likely 1995. I've searched thoroughly online about this event but can't find any evidence that it happened, so I'm trying to piece things together with my murky memories.

The drive to this show was about an hour away from where we lived, which was a big deal. But my brother and I were able to convince my dad to make the trip to take us. It was awe inspiring. The biggest selling factor for me was a chance to meet the pink and red Power Rangers. Ultimately though, the thing that stuck with me the most all this time was seeing the Sega Channel in person for the first (and only time).

Read on for more.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Let's read Sony of America's website from 2000!

The year is 2000. The Sony PlayStation has been a massive success and it's next great platform, the PlayStation 2 is looming ahead. Let's see what SCEA's website looked like at this time and laugh at ugly old websites from 16 years ago!

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Introducing "Pixels and Powerbombs"

Hey, all!

Today I am happy to announce a new project under the Retro Game Dad banner, a blog called "Pixels and Powerbombs!"

Over at the website on Tumblr, which you can find here, I describe Pixels and Powerbombs as "a project in which I will attempt to play almost every professional wrestling video game in existence that I am able to get my hands on." I have identified well over 150 pro wrestling games from the past 30+ years that I want to play and document in one place. I will mostly provide screenshots and relatively short impressions on each game to fit along with what works on Tumblr.

I still plan on publishing on Retro Game Dad at the same rate I have been over the past several weeks, but I wanted to expand upon my love of professional wrestling games in its own space. I'll likely provide periodical highlights from P&P here on Retro Game Dad, but the bulk of that content will be on its own website.

If you like old games and professional wrestling, please check it out!