Thursday, March 26, 2009

8-Bit Hip-Hop Medley

Thanks to the fantastic intro music on the Cheap Ass Gamer Podcast (#153, btw), I discovered "Remix Medley #1" by Jesse Tugboat. This shit is off the hook, yo. Get the MP3 here.

The list of songs featured on the track are as follows:
Jay-Z — Dirt Off Your Shoulders
T.I. — What You Know
Chamillionaire — Ridin’
Ludacris — What’s Ya Fantasy
Bonecrusher — Neva Scared
Twista & Kanye — Overnight Celebrity
Ludacris — Move Bitch
Lil’ Jon — Get Low
Kanye — Gold Digger
I might as well take a moment to give a shout-out to CheapyD and Wombat of CAG fame. I've been meaning to blog about them for a while. Their gamer podcast is extremely entertaining week in and week out. (I discovered them way back at episode 8, when Cheapy did some coverage of GameTap.) If you haven't listened, you should. A couple of cranky Jews from Long Island talk about games, deals...and pooping on the floor. Thanks, fellas!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Top Ten

Okay, so after thinking about it some more, here are my Top Ten Games:

1. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (SNES)
2. Dragon Quest VIII (PS2)
3. Resident Evil 4 (Wii)
4. Elevator Action (arcade)
5. Metroid Prime (GameCube)
6. Guitar Hero (PS2)
7. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (GameCube)
8. Super Metroid (SNES)
9. Super Mario 64 (Nintendo 64)
10. Adventure (Atari 2600)

At some point I'll justify why, even though I loved it, I don't put Ocarina of Time on the list. But I might add The Ocarina of Rhyme.

The Best "Best" Lists

So I couldn't sleep last night and I was surfing the interwebs. Found: someone has compiled a collection of "Best Of" video game lists, and used the lists to unscientifically determine which games are, in fact, the best games of all time. The writer sums it up by saying that he was "hoping to see if there appears to be any consensus as to what games truly are history's best."

The results are not too shocking...you can probably guess what they are. But it got me to thinking about what my "Top 5" games are. Numbers 1-3 were easy, but 4 and 5 were kinda tough. In my experience, the best games are the ones that you are thinking about when you are not playing them. This is, beyond any shadow of a doubt, the best indication (for me) if a game is good. So, here are mine:

1. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (SNES)
2. Dragon Quest VIII (PS2)
3. Resident Evil 4 (Wii)
4. Elevator Action (arcade)
5. Metroid Prime (GameCube)

I don't have the time (or energy, zzz) to support these choices at the moment...maybe later. Anyway, the writer also posts his own personal Top 10 at the bottom of the page, indicating that he picked the games that he admires most for their ingenuity. He also says something curious: "I'm not really that knowledgeable about video games... there are a lot of classics I've never played. But I know what I like." Dude, if you bothered to create a website that compiles lists of top games, you may not be that knowledgeable about them, but you're definitely a nerd!

So hats off to whoever you are, and thanks for helping me get to sleep last night.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

A Boy and His Hand-Drawn 2D Animation

Well, this was completely off my radar, but a glance at Kotaku this morning brought this to my attention: a stunning Wiimake of A Boy and His Blob, presented in gorgeous, hand-drawn 2D. (UPDATE: Kotaku posted new screens.) Sounds like it will be a bit of a departure from the original, as well.

Though only us hardcore retro types seem to remember this, A Boy and His Blob was created by David Crane, the man behind many of Activision's great Atari VCS games, including Pitfall! Funny enough, I remember playing A Boy and His Blob on the NES and finding it incredibly difficult. It was more of a puzzle game than an action game, as I recall. I wonder if David Crane is at all involved in this remake? And if he thinks it looks as cool as the rest of us?

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

8 Bit Killer

The fantastic 8 Bit Killer is a wonderful piece of freeware brought to my attention by the latest issue of Game Developer. Though it has 3-D objects, the game essentially mimics the classic (original) 2.5-dimensional Doom and Wolfenstein shooters, but with a serious 8-Bit/SNES sheen. Reminds me a lot of the SNES port of Doom, actually, but a lot more fun. Complete with Bionic Commando-esque cut-scenes and a fair degree of challenge, not to mention an awesome soundtrack, this is a must-play if you like modern execution with a retro flair. Destined to be on your iPhone soon. Props to Locomalito!