Friday, December 19, 2014

Hey Look, they remade Night Trap

Ok, so maybe Until Dawn isn't an exact remake of Night Trap but don't tell me it's not a modern day version of that sega CD "classic". In case you've forgotten Night Trap was one of those choose your own adventure style of games utilizing state of the art full motion video that were popular with the advent of the CD-Rom. The gameplay had you trying to save a group of girls at a slumber party from a hacker slasher bad guy that turned out to be a group of vampires. Like most FMV games you were reduced to making a choice in a menu and then watching the video unfold based on your choice.

Which is pretty much what this Until Dawn game is except instead of FMV they've just motion capped Hayden Panettierre in a towel. I don't know, call me crazy but the controls to a game are less complicated than Candy Crush I'm not 100% sure you've actually created a video game. Maybe a Blu Ray with extra special features?

Bonus Night Trap walk through:

Can you believe that at one time this was considered the most vile thing in video games. There were Senate hearings and everything. Man the 90s were crazy.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Christmas Wish List: Christmas Spirit

Hey kids it's December! You know what that means? Every day in December I plan on posting one thing from my official DevilDinosaur Christmas Wish List (patent pending). Why? Because I can.

Did you know there are like 7 days left until Christmas? Where the F is my Christmas Spirit? I mean I've watched a couple made for TV Christmas movies and been to a couple holiday parties but for whatever reason it just doesn't feel like Christmas yet. This is supposed to be my favorite time of the year, what's wrong with me? Watch, the second I start really getting in the Christmas groove it'll be Dec 26th.

The 12 WWE Days of Christmas

Here's the 12 Days of Christmas as sung by the current WWE roster. I mean it's not the entire roster, just the guys you see on RAW every week in the same stupid matches. If you see me this Christmas be sure to ask me my thoughts on the WWE. Make a drinking game of it, every time I say Vince McMahon is out of touch and senile take a shot. You'll be dead in like 4 minutes.

Top Ten Disappointing Games of 2014

Machinima has released this nice little video of their Top Ten Disappointing Games of 2014. Assassin's Creed, Call of Duty, Halo... notice a pattern here It's not just that these are big $$$ mega-franchises, although that's important to note, it's that many of these games were rushed and published without being %100 done. Say what you will about Rockstar and Valve taking forever to publish games but at least when they do it the games are ready to go. Which would you rather have. A new slapdash Call of Duty or Battlefield game every Holiday season that is barely an upgrade from the previous version or a whole new super kick ass experience every 2 or 3 years?

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

... The Blurst of Times: 12 Dates of Christmas

This years relatively slow Holiday season has provided me with ample opportunities to explore the depths of Lifetime and the Hallmark Channel's Holiday programing. With "..the Blurst of Times" I'll tell you all about whichever horrible made for TV movie I watched the night before.

12 Dates of Christmas is totes a Christmas rip-off of Groundhog Day. There's no two ways about it. Amy Smart's character is knocked out by some secret Christmas magic and spends the rest of the movie repeating the day before Christmas. That is until she finds true love in Mark Paul Gosselaar. Sorry I spoiled the ending for you.. With that that being said, it's a really good Christmas rip-off of Groundhog Day.

Frankly, and I know this sounds stupid, Mark Paul Gosselaar is kind of a good actor, so is Amy Smart. Arguably, they're both better than a cheeseball made for TV movie by on the ABCFamily channel. I guess their career loss is our Christmas gain. Like I said, it's a Groundhog Day rip-off. The first half of the movie Amy Smart spends the day before Christmas repeatedly attempting to break up her old boyfriend with his current girlfriend. She also has to deal with the inconvenience of a blind date with Gosselaar. Somewhere along the line she figures out it's not her ex-boyfriend she really misses, she's just lonely. Enter the dreamboat formerly known as Zack Morris.

Compared to last year's Christmas movie review, Help for the Holidays, 12 Dates of Christmas scores two thumbs way way up. I can certainly think of worse ways to spend the Holiday season, like hanging out with your family.. yuck.

Christmas Wish List: Homemade Retro Console

Hey kids it's December! You know what that means? Every day in December I plan on posting one thing from my official DevilDinosaur Christmas Wish List (patent pending). Why? Because I can.

Some guy on reddit posted this homemade Raspberry pi powered console emulator yesterday and it's all I've been able to think about for the last 24 hours. It doesn't look like it would be THAT expensive to build, $70-100 with controllers and it only looks moderately difficult. I mean I've put together PCs for years this can't be that different. It looks like the most complicated part is getting the software all set up. I don't know man, money is tight right now but imagine the possibilities. Thousands of NES, SNES Genesis games all loaded into a sleek, portable little unit. I know my son would get a blast out of it.

Maybe in a couple months I'll sell some more comics and put the money into a Raspberry pi fund. This just looks like too much fun not to give it the old community college try.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Teens React to Mega Man

It's been said before by smarter gamers than I, but as far as overall difficulty goes today's games are friggen clown shoes compared to games on the Atari and NES. Watch a bunch of teens get destroyed trying to play Mega Man, one of the more notoriously difficult games on the NES.

I had my own first hand experience at this just this weekend. For whatever reason Logan really wanted to play Zelda: A Link to the Past, so I dusted off the old SNES and we played for about 30 minutes. That game is TOUGH. I spent the first 5 minutes just trying to figure out how to equip my bombs. Long story short, you're on your own Zelda.

The Navy Blows Stuff Up with Lasers

Did you know the Navy has lasers? Did you know they have hype videos with cheezy electronica for their laser technology? Well, aren't you a mister smarty pants.

I assume this is just phase one of project Dr. Evil. If I was North Korea I'd start getting really nervous right now.

 

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