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Posted on Mar 20th 2019 at 08:00:00 AM by (bombatomba)
Posted under FF9, FFIX, JRPG, Square

November 13, 2000.

When most in the gaming United States was buzzing about the wave caused by the newly released PlayStation 2, I was grudgingly purchasing Final Fantasy IX.  I didn't really plan on getting the game, but through a set of circumstances I was standing at the electronics counter of my local Meijer store, waiting for the employee to get my game from behind the glass so I could leave.

When Final Fantasy IX was originally announced, I was oblivious.  Well, I was slightly interested, but more because I was reading a lot of gaming magazines while working on the assembly line at Ford, and that game (as well as the upcoming Final Fantasy X) was the talk of the town.  We had been having a lot of multi-hour long "gaps" (empty spaces in the assembly line where a truck should be) and since I read at least three different gaming magazines at the time I guess it was just going to happen.  But despite the exposure, I didn't care as much as one might think.  Despite wringing some fun out of Final Fantasy VIII, after twenty hours the hormonal angst of Squall Leonhart had driven me away from any JRPG with a passion.  I don't hate FFVIII, but dealing with Squall's teenage-isms when I was twenty-two and newly married was about as fun as squeezing water from a rock.

Continue reading A Personal Journey into Final Fantasy IX

Posted on Mar 18th 2019 at 08:00:00 AM by (slackur)
Posted under You Mad Bro, Fallout 76, Anthem, I remember gamer rage meant the NES was in I will only blink and hate you mode

Recently I got a call from a good friend asking me to write about how much anger and negativity pervades gaming in our modern era.  I reflected the challenge therein, as many of the factoring instigators of such are outside the purview of our humble and relatively focused collector/gaming site.  Also, I've spilled much digital ink in various articles over the years championing virtues against such negativity.  It is not that more can't or shouldn't be said about the topic, just that there are times and places better suited for conversations that dig deeper into the myriad of problems that are the origin of said negativity.

And yet there are lots of angles about modern gamer anger that can be more readily addressed, if not overcome, by way of analysis and discussion on neutral grounds such as ours.  In fact one angle of discussion in particular came to mind by way of my recent reflections playing Fallout 76 and Anthem.  These two titles, in their design philosophy, problematic constructions, and correlating critical and commercial reception, pretty much embody the various threads into a cohesive strand of something larger, a specific anger-inducing phenomena inherent to our current-gen gaming.

Continue reading Thoughts On Games As Service, Anger, And Modern Gaming

Posted on Mar 16th 2019 at 08:00:00 AM by (bickman2k)
Posted under People of RF Generation, Playcast, Dragon Warrior, Snaaaaaake, love me some Cubivore

I found some writings on Erdrick's Tablet. The writings were this interview with the Playcast co-host GrayGhost81!

Continue reading The People of RF Generation - GrayGhost81

Posted on Mar 14th 2019 at 08:00:00 AM by (MetalFRO)
Posted under Shoot the Corecast, shmup, podcast, Zanac, Compile, shooting game, STG, shooter, shoot em up

This is Episode 009 of Shoot the Core-cast! In this edition, MetalFRO and Addicted look at Zanac, the classic NES shooter that most of us played as kids. Does it hold up? What's good about it? Why is it so well loved? To help us answer these questions, we called upon Collectorcast members Duke.Togo and Crabmaster2000, to weigh in on the game. We hope you enjoy it!

Direct episode link:

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We're on Stitcher Podcasts now, as well, so if you use that service, have a listen to the show from there!

We have t-shirts! Help support the podcast, and rep the shmup community by buying a Shoot the Core-cast tee!

Here's the thread from the play-through:

Thanks for listening, and any feedback would be greatly appreciated!

Posted on Mar 12th 2019 at 08:00:00 AM by (Pam)
Posted under video, collection

The Sega CD, though not a console I ever had or played as a kid, has become one of my favourites as I've expanded my knowledge of retro games. Its library is fairly small - 159 NA releases - and it consists of a lot of FMV games, movie adaptations, some great RPGs and standout adventure titles like Snatcher.

Here's a look at my collection of Sega CD games as well as a look at the console I play them on, the JVC X'Eye.

Posted on Mar 10th 2019 at 08:00:00 AM by (singlebanana)
Posted under news, Thank you, Playthrough, Shmup Club, submissions, Donation Drive, NES Challenge, February

We interrupt your regularly scheduled program to bring you the March 2019 edition of the RF Generation's Site News! In this issue, we would like to update you on our site Donation Drive, announce our April 2019 community playthrough title, unveil the next game for our site shoot 'em up club, and of course, thank those members who sent in submissions to our site and registered approvals last month. Thanks for keeping it on Channel 3!     

REMEMBER: If you have any news about upcoming events or topics that you think the site needs to hear about, please PM singlebanana and put "RFG Site News" in the subject line.  Who knows, maybe your news will make our front page!

Continue reading All Our News Are Belong To You: March 2019 Edition

Posted on Mar 8th 2019 at 08:00:00 AM by (MetalFRO)
Posted under Championship Pool, Game Boy, GameBoy Guru, Mindscape, billiards, snooker, game review, handheld

Here's my take on Championship Pool, from Mindscape and Bit Masters. You wouldn't think that you could do justice to a game like pool on the Game Boy's tiny 4" screen, but you'd be wrong. Rather than a simplistic game of billiards, this cart gives you a ton of game modes and options to play with, all backed by the "Billiard Congress of America" so you know it's official. Surprisingly deep and playable, Championship Pool condenses down the sport, without losing any of the rules or technique that you might expect. Even if you're not a fan of the game, this is a title worth looking into, especially for anyone looking for something different from the normal puzzle game fare on the handheld.

Posted on Mar 6th 2019 at 08:00:00 AM by (Addicted)
Posted under Power, Hidden Gems, Power Plugs

When I designed my game room I wanted to have as many systems readily available as possible. To achieve this I had to use several power strips, and video switchers. These along with the consoles and TVs sucked up an alarming amount of electricity and forced me to search for a quick and efficient way to manage the power consumption of my setup.

Continue reading I've Got the Power: How I Solved My Game Room Power Problem

Posted on Mar 4th 2019 at 08:00:00 AM by (zophar53)
Posted under Review, 8BitDo, Retro, Controllers, Genesis, Mega Drive

For the past handful of years, 8BitDo has been bringing retro controllers and adapters to its fans at a regular clip. In general their quality has been pretty high, and the combination of retro styling and modern conveniences has made them the aftermarket manufacturer of choice for many gamers looking to add wireless controller support to their NES Classic or get a SNES-style controller with dual analog sticks for their emulator setup.

The M30 is 8BitDo's newest release, and to my knowledge it's the first Genesis-styled offering from them. I own a couple other 8BitDo controllers and have been considering dipping into the Genesis library recently, so I figured the timing was perfect to put the new gamepad through its paces.

Continue reading Review: 8BitDo M30 Bluetooth Gamepad

Posted on Mar 2nd 2019 at 12:00:00 AM by (Crabmaster2000)
Posted under NES Challenge, Nintendo Entertainment System, Community, Credits, End Screen, Licensed

The RF Generation community of collectors and players has committed themselves to demolishing the entire licensed NES library in the year 2019. Is that even possible you say, with your help it totally is!! Check out the RFGen 2019 NES Challenge thread to see how to join in at anytime throughout the year. There is plenty of opportunity to participate regardless of your skill level, favorite style of game or the amount of time you have to invest. Come over and play with us here:


Although we fell just a little shy of our February community goal of beat at least 250 total NES games we still made great progress knocking down another 72 games in the shortest month of the year. That combined with January's amazing start puts us at a solid 222 going into March.

Our personal goal for February was for every to pick at least one sports title to beat. These are often not the most highly anticipated games to be picked so this was a small effort to get a few out of the way early in the year so that when we dwindle our list down as the year goes on we are not simply left with lots of long seasons of sports titles that no one is particular interested in playing. We saw members tackle some great sports titles such as: Blades of Steel, Base Wars, Tecmo Super Bowl, Skate or Die, and Super Spike V'Ball, and some not so great sports titles like: Bases Loaded IV, Baseball, 720, Championship Bowling, WWF King of the Ring, Jack Nicklaus Major Golf, and Jimmy Connors Tennis.

Continue reading RFGeneration Challenge 2019 March

Posted on Mar 1st 2019 at 08:00:00 AM by (ErbBetaPatched)
Posted under Blood Will Tell, dororo, ps2, review, osamu tezuka

I was very excited to learn about the new Dororo anime. I was even more excited to find out that I would have enough time to put out a review of Blood Will Tell before it came out. Well, it's a day late, but it's close enough.

Continue reading Blood Will Tell l Review The PS2

Posted on Feb 28th 2019 at 08:00:00 AM by (singlebanana)
Posted under fundraiser, donations, fund drive, 2019, site, RF Generation

Today is the last day members! We have had several donations over the past week, but as of yesterday, we are still behind in reaching our goal.  With our donors' generous pledges, we are just over 71% of our goal! Please donate now to help us reach this goal! (you can donate here now: http://www.rfgeneration.c...m/index.php?action=paypal), so be sure to donate today to get in on the raffle of great prizes donated by our staff. You can check out a list of all the raffle prize lots HERE

The staff at RF Generation would first like to take a moment to thank those who have donated since the last update:


Thanks to all who donated! Please remember to PM me the email address you donated with, so that we can properly thank you when we reveal the final results and I can also provide you with the proper number of raffle tickets.  If you donated recently and do not see your name, you may have donated after I pulled numbers. If you don't see it, PLEASE send me a PM and I will check on your donation status.  Please remember that RF Generation takes donations throughout the year, so if now is not a good time to donate, you can do so down the road. 
Grand total raised so far: $1,068.00

Posted on Feb 26th 2019 at 08:00:00 AM by (Disposed Hero)
Posted under Review, Dragon Quest, PS4, PC, Switch, Square Enix, RPG

While the JRPG has been my favorite genre of videogames ever since I was old enough to read, my experience with the Dragon Quest series is admittedly limited. After having played the DS remake of Dragon Quest V a couple of years ago and playing the 3DS remake of Dragon Quest VIII shortly after, I felt like I had already experienced the best this series has to offer (at least according to most people) and decided that I should move on to other things if it was all downhill from there. Once Dragon Quest XI was released and garnered rave reviews, many claiming it to be the best in the series, I was immediately intrigued and didn't wait long to start playing it.

Continue reading Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age

Posted on Feb 25th 2019 at 08:00:00 AM by (singlebanana)
Posted under fundraiser, donations, fund drive, 2019, site, RF Generation

This is the last week of our annual fund drive to help with the server costs for 2019. So far, we have had a decent turnout and I am happy to report that with our donors' generous pledges, we are just under 59% of our goal! We will be taking donations for the fund drive through February 28th (you can donate here: http://www.rfgeneration.c...m/index.php?action=paypal), so be sure to donate during this time to get in on the raffle of great prizes donated by our staff. You can now find a listing of all of the raffle prize lots HERE.  The staff at RF Generation would first like to take a moment to thank those who have donated since the last update:

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Thank you all! Please remember to PM me the email address you donated with, so that we can properly thank you during our weekly updates and provide you with the proper number of raffle tickets.  If you donated recently and do not see your name, you may have donated after we pulled numbers. If you don't see it, just send me a PM and I will check on your donation status.   
Grand total raised so far: $883.00

Posted on Feb 24th 2019 at 08:00:00 AM by (SirPsycho)
Posted under platforming, playstation, ps1, psone, psx, platformer, 3d

The Playstation and Nintendo 64 rarely had games that competed directly. Nintendo has long been going their own way, and that was no different than during this generation. One area where the two consoles did compete was in the realm of 3D platformers. The debate about which console has the best 3D platformers of this era still flares up from time to time, in a way similar to the much more fun 16-bit war between Sega and Nintendo.

Continue reading Spyro the Dragon

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