Friday, May 25, 2012

Update Part Deux

I thought of combining this with the last post, but the list seemed long enough on its own. First thing to get out of the way is the latest poll. Results say I should skip Ys for the SMS. So, that's what I'll be doing. Two people noted they didn't know what Ys was, and I hope you were joking because I had just finished the remake. New poll is up, and this time I hope to learn more about why people visit the blog. What draws you here, console games in general, memories of the games, looking for a game to play, or is it the journey of playing through every console RPG? I'll leave this one up for a while; just pick the one that fits best.
A resounding 'No' is heard
Next up are the games. A lot of older games were introduced to me recently, and I'd like to get through them before I continue onward. This means I need to emulate them. I've added them to the top of the list in case you missed them in the last post. (List here.)

If anyone has done this before for Intellivision, Colecovision, or Atari 2600, and has a favorite emulator, please let me know so I don't have to fiddle around too much on my own. The next game won't be delayed due to this though, as Miracle Warriors should be easy enough to get going. One thing to note for those that happen to stop by my streaming page is I don't have a way to stream my desktop without completely lagging my system (i.e. no streaming for emulated games). Hope you understand.

Less, and less blog related we go... at this very moment there's a charity marathon going on at Speed Demos Archive. As a member of the community, I'm helping to spread the word. They'll be streaming video of games being speedrunned live. No restarting, everything in one attempt, for your enjoyment. It's a charity marathon though, so there's opportunity to donate in support of The Organization for Autism Research (100% of donations go to OAR). There's some benefits to donating during certain times of the marathon. If you'd like to know more, I suggest you check it out. They've already managed to raise $10,000, and are hoping to get to $20,000 by the end of the weekend.

Lastly, there is one thing that I think should get more attention. Storybricks is a new software platform that allows anyone to create interactive stories in a game setting. It's still in its alpha stages (many features are missing, including the game parts), but something to keep an eye on if you're into this kind of thing. They also have a Kickstarter going to help with funding. Help to spread the word.

I'm going to be enjoying a nice leisurely Memorial Day weekend, so I'll catch up more next week when I'll make the first posting for Miracle Warriors. I haven't taken a look at the game, but if naming characters or selecting classes is possible, then feel free to suggest here. Have a good weekend everyone.


  1. Oops, missed that poll, though I would have voted No anyhow. Too bad polls aren't available via RSS feeds (or perhaps I just miss whenever you bring it up). RSS is great for me as a reader, but I guess it isn't the best for the blogger trying to create interactivity...

    Have a great weekend!

  2. For Atari 2600 emulation I used Stella. The PC function keys emulate the switches on the console and I didn't have any issues running games.

  3. I try to mention the polls in the post, as I heard RSS feeds won't make them available. Maybe I'll try to make them even more visible somehow.

    @Wingnut: Stella is working out well. I ended up finding solutions for the others as well. Nostalgia for Intellivision, and ColEm for Colecovision.

    I have to say, I'm partially sad, but glad that most of the older games will fall outside my RPG rating system. It's good to have tried them in emulation rather than tracking them down, and realizing I'd bought games I didn't want to play. Especially since most are only available in costly bundles of 100 other games I'm really not interested in. :)