Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Passion for Pixels: Ep 36 - Failed Video Game Consoles

The Atari Jaguar, the 3DO, the Philips CDi - the list of failed video game consoles goes on and on. On this episode of retro gaming podcast Passion for Pixels, we look at why some consoles fail, and why others succeed.

Does the Sega Dreamcast qualify as a failure? It sold almost 10 million units, which sounds like a lot, but when Sony sold 150 million units of the PlayStation 2, it wasn't enough to keep Sega in business as a console manufacturer.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Street Fighter 5 - Hopes and Concerns

Street Fighter 5 is hitting shelves today and I’m not ashamed to admit that it’s the game I’m most personally hyped for in 2016. Given my obvious bias, any review I write should be met with scepticism so I’ll leave it up to the other resources out there to help inform purchasing decisions. In short, I feel that the Street Fighter 5 launch is more like a late beta stages early access and players who primarily play offline (not competitively online) should probably wait a few months for the fully fleshed out story mode. Instead of unpacking that last sentence into a review, I think it would be more useful to outline my hopes and concerns for Street Fighter 5 both now and in the future. 

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Passion for Pixels: Ep 35 - The Most Difficult Retro Games

On this episode of retro gaming podcast Passion for Pixels, we talk about the most difficult retro games, from Mega Man and Tennage Mutant Ninja Turtles, to Ghosts 'n Goblins and Battletoads.
Photo: Josh Lane / Flickr

Remember dodging those laser beams on the Quickman level of Mega Man 2, working up a sweat trying to beat the underwater level of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, running around in your underwear in Ghosts 'n Goblins, playing Battletoads in two player mode, or pretty much any level of Ninja Gaiden?