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Posted on Oct 14th 2019 at 08:00:00 AM by (slackur)
Posted under When to call it quits for sanity and enjoyment

image from wikipedia

I'm stuck on a boss in The Messenger.  This little bit of information is unlikely to sway any political elections, and on my own scale of importance from one to five it gets a solid "meh" and a shrug.

What this irreverent trivia represents, however, is a mite bit deeper.

Continue reading Time, Age, Gaming, Difficulty. Sadly Not A Multiple Choice Question.

Posted on Oct 12th 2019 at 08:00:00 AM by (Pam)
Posted under video, review, nes

The Three Stooges is a show I used to watch with my Dad when I was a kid. I remember it ran on Sunday mornings on a local channel called The New VR. I always got a chuckle out of the pratfalls and low-brow comedy. What happens when you try to bring a comedy show to the NES? Is it still funny? Can a proper game be made out of it? Watch to find out.

Posted on Oct 10th 2019 at 08:00:00 AM by (singlebanana)
Posted under News, Thank you, Playthrough, Shmup Club, submissions, October, database

We interrupt your regularly scheduled program to bring you the October 2019 edition of the RF Generation's Site News! In this issue, we will announce our November 2019 community playthrough title, unveil the next game for our site shoot 'em up club, announce the winner of our annual Pain Yourself With Submissions Contest, inform you of a few additions to our database, and of course, thank those members who sent in submissions to our site and registered approvals last month. However, our first order of business this month will be to address a tragedy that has befallen on our our members, continue reading to see how you can help out. 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: October 2019 Edition

Posted on Oct 8th 2019 at 08:00:00 AM by (MetalFRO)
Posted under Hercules, Dramatic Readings, Disney, Game Boy, game review, licensed title, Tiertex, Virgin Interactive

Welcome to a new episode of Dramatic Readings! This time around, I take a look at a later entry in the life of the gray brick, a Disney licensed title. Not by Capcom, and surprisingly, not by Virgin Interactive...at least not directly. This game comes to use via Tiertex, and its level of quality is suspect. I'll leave the rest to your imagination, however. You'll need to watch the video, to get my full take on the game. Let me know what you think in the comments - did you enjoy this game? What other licensed games do you enjoy? Let's discuss!

Here's the original written review this video is based upon:

Posted on Oct 6th 2019 at 08:00:00 AM by (Addicted)
Posted under Game Room, Hidden Gems, Game Blog

Over the years, I've invested a lot of time and money into streamlining my game room. I strongly believe that it shouldn't take more than five minutes to have a game and system ready to play. To accomplish this, I spent hours measuring, researching and arranging all my consoles and TVs into zones. Each zone has a specific purpose such as a retro corner with a CRT for light gun games, or an RF cart for pre-NES consoles. I recently set up a combination PC Gaming/SHMUP Station and here's how I did it.

Continue reading Gameroom Tales: Building a SHMUP Station

Posted on Oct 4th 2019 at 08:00:00 AM by (zophar53)
Posted under Doom 64, Doom, Switch, N64, id Software

As the Switch nears its 3-year anniversary, it's been interesting to watch the role it's embraced. Not just a home/portable hybrid gaming machine, its trajectory has more than a bit in common with the ill-fated Vita. Sony's Ferrari-of-a-portable turned into a fantastic way to play PSN and PS1 games on the go, and in a similar fashion, Nintendo's latest is giving new life to all the great Wii U games no one played, as well as hosting ports of a lot of mainstream games that usually wouldn't come Nintendo's way. This is no doubt due to its successful sales numbers, and given their recent buddying up with Xbox, it seems Nintendo has been courting 3rd party publishers pretty hard. There's been quite a few games I've bought on the Switch that I already own on other platforms, simply because the idea of playing them on the go is such an intriguing prospect (e.g. Diablo III, Doom 2016, etc.). One of the best examples of this role of giving overlooked titles another chance is the recent announcement that Doom 64 would be coming to the Switch.

Continue reading The Switch, Giving Doom a New Life For a Better Tomorrow

Posted on Oct 2nd 2019 at 08:00:00 AM by (bombatomba)
Posted under spirits, pokemon, yokai

At first glance there really isn't much that I should like about Yo-kai Watch: I am not a fan of anime in general, I am not a huge fan of the Pokemon craze, and I am certainly not at the age to which this games humor is targeted.  Nonetheless, I was pulled into Yo-kai Watch hard, and it has everything to do with the setting.

Continue reading Yo-Kai Watch for 3DS

Posted on Sep 30th 2019 at 08:00:00 AM by (Disposed Hero)
Posted under Review, Jaleco, Survival horror, Action, Adventure

When it was brought to my attention that September 2019 marked the 20th anniversary of the launch of the Sega Dreamcast in North America, I felt compelled to actually play something on Sega's short-lived final console, which is something I rarely do. Since the Dreamcast has a handful of exclusive survival-horror titles that have never been ported or re-released on other consoles, it only seemed fitting that I would check out one of these titles and see how it holds up. Being a huge fan of the Resident Evil series, I decided to go with an unabashed Resident Evil knockoff known as Carrier.

Carrier is a Sega Dreamcast exclusive survival-horror title that was developed and published by Jaleco. Released in North America, Japan, and Europe on January 31, 2000, February 24, 2000, and July 5, 2001 respectively, it was met with mostly mixed criticism. A sequel was planned to be released for the PlayStation 2 but was ultimately canceled. Carrier has since faded into relative obscurity as it was likely overshadowed by the much more popular Resident Evil CODE: Veronica which released only a month later in North America.

Continue reading Carrier

Posted on Sep 28th 2019 at 08:00:00 AM by (SirPsycho)
Posted under horror rpg, ps2, playstation 2, rpg

The Playstation 2 is an absolute monster for horror games and all kinds of variations on the genre's central themes. On top of the popular action format of survival horror, there are plenty of horror-based role playing games for the console. Shadow Hearts is one such RPG, as it melds traditional and Lovecraftian horror designs and themes in an alternate timeline setting of Earth in 1913 and 1914. And it has a rather unique, turn-based combat system. The game released in 2001, making it one of the earliest RPGs for the Playstation 2. The game was developed by Sacnoth and published by Aruze in Japan, and Midway Games in North America and Europe.

Continue reading Spooky Plays: Shadow Hearts

Posted on Sep 26th 2019 at 08:00:00 AM by (MetalFRO)
Posted under Blazing Lazers, Shoot the Corecast, podcast, Shmup Club, Hudson Soft, Compile, shooting game, caravan, Gunhed

With Episode 015, MetalFRO and Addicted dig into the first TurboGrafx game for the RF Generation Shmup Club, the early release, Blazing Lazers! This game has elements from other shooters you may recognize, because it was jointly developed by Hudson Soft and Compile, and their other games and influences definitely shine through. Does the game hold up today? We dicsuss that, and more!

Here's the direct link to listen to the podcast on the site, or download the MP3 for later:

Check us out and subscribe (and rate!) on Apple Podcasts!

We're listed on Google Play - subscribe and review the podcast over there!

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

We also have a presence on SoundCloud now, though it's just the most current episode at this time:

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

Here's the original discussion thread from the forum:

Posted on Sep 24th 2019 at 08:00:00 AM by (singlebanana)
Posted under Playcast, Danganronpa, playthrough, August, 2019, Concertcast

In this episode, Rich (singlebanana) and Shawn (GrayGhost81) are joined by their good friend, Crabmaster2000 from the Collectorcast. There's murder in the air, and boys must dust off their detective hats and put their wits to the test to survive Hope's Peak Academy and Jabberwock Island in Danganronpa: Trigger Happy HavocDanganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair. The guys discuss the ins and outs of these "gamey" visual novels and determine whether or not they are worth your time. Which of these two titles was their favorite? Who has never eaten a Twinkie?  And who is really creeped out by Orel Hershiser? Instead of chugging Snuggle, be sure to give this episode a try. 

As always, we are happy to hear your thoughts on these games on our discussion page (linked below). We will respond to your comments and are always happy to discuss the games more. Please be sure to rate and write a review of the show on iTunes and/or Podbean to help us increase our listenership. Thanks for the listen, we hope you enjoy the show!

Episode 65 discussion thread: http://www.rfgeneration.c...m/index.php?topic=19192.0

Get the show on Podbean:  http://www.rfgplaycast.com/
On iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/...ion-playcast/id1038953364
On Stitcher: http://www.stitcher.com/p...ation-playcast?refid=stpr
And follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rfgenplaythroughs
And on Twitter: @thesinglebanana & @RFGPlayCast

Continue reading Episode 65 - RF Generation Playcast

Posted on Sep 22nd 2019 at 08:00:00 AM by (GrayGhost81)
Posted under gaming, music

When it comes to sandbox games, licensed music is typically part of the package. It adds to the feeling of being immersed in whatever game world you have chosen. Get in a vehicle and tune to your favorite radio station. It's just like real life. Because I love music, this is one of my favorite elements of open world games. Even in games to which the "sandbox" moniker doesn't apply, like Fallout 3, I am always grateful for some kind of customizable radio function to choose my own audio backdrop for my adventures. Of course, some consoles allow you to add your own soundtrack from music on the hard drive or a streaming service (depending on the game), but here I'm talking about curated licensed tracks chosen by the developers specifically for their game.

Continue reading The Amazing Music of Saints Row: The Third

Posted on Sep 20th 2019 at 08:00:00 AM by (NeoMagicWarrior)
Posted under PC, Pinball, Steam

Join me for the Super Jackpot that is Neo's "A Brief Look At" series!

This month, we check out Pinball FX3 for the PC.

Check out more of Neo, and the rest of the RFGeneration stream team at http://Twitch.tv/RFGeneration

Posted on Sep 18th 2019 at 08:00:00 AM by (bombatomba)
Posted under Compilation, SNK, pre Neo Geo, Neo Geo,

This year I was fortunate enough to receive a Nintendo Switch console before Father's Day from my wife and kids.  It was a wonderful moment, especially considering I hadn't planned on purchasing one for another year (at least).  Despite this, I still had a nice list of games to buy, with one in particular standing out as an early purchase due the nostalgia that bubbled up whenever I read an article about it.

On Father's Day, imagine my surprise when the gift bag I assumed would hold a t-shirt and some homemade cards (which it did) also contained that very game I was wanting, that being SNK 40th Anniversary Collection (SNK 40th) for my new Switch! 

Continue reading SNK 40th Anniversary Collection

Posted on Sep 16th 2019 at 08:00:00 AM by (slackur)
Posted under Video Game Depot, Alaska

Somehow they misspelled slackur as C-a-b-e-l-a.  Easy to do.

Summer has been quite the whirlwind for my family.  Two retro game conventions (one debuting a testing table), family vacations, and various projects kept us quite busy.  But the beginning of August held the best event we planned; an Alaska trip for my Beloved and I's 20th wedding anniversary!  What does that have to do with video games?  Surely the frozen north holds little for us gamers, right?

Continue reading When In Alaska...

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