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Dustin's Quick Thoughts - October 01, 2016


The End...?

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As of RIGHT THIS VERY SECOND, I’m discontinuing this blog for personal reasons. I already removed some posts and will be moving/removing the rest of the posts in the coming months.

If you were a fan of the content, I’ll continue writing elsewhere. And if you want to, drop me a line! dustinleavins@gmail.com is one way!

And if you know me IRL and you’re cool, I will tell you about the new site when that happens.

Fun fact: search engines didn’t properly index this site because it was the one technical mess that I could not clean.

Sweet Video Game Videos - August 2016 Edition

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It’s another one of these!

More Saturn Videos!

Yo, you’re a gamer, right? You probably know about Digital Foundry already and may have read some of the graphical comparison articles that they’ve done. They typically cover new games, but they cover older games as part of the Digital Foundry Retro series on YouTube. One of their recent videos looks at Castlevania: Symphony of the Night:

DF Retro: Castlevania Symphony of the Night In-Depth Analysis

This is, by far, the best explanation of the issues with SOTN’s Saturn port that I have ever seen. Oh man, there were a tons of problems with that port!

SOTN’s port on Saturn makes me kinda sad, so, uh, here’s a more positive Saturn-related video:

LGR - Oddware - Diamond Edge 3D (nVidia NV1+Sega Saturn)

In a sense, you could play Saturn games on your PC! But not really. There were some PC ports of Saturn games that were best enjoyed with the Diamond Edge 3D. Watch the video to learn more! Lazy Game Reviews uploaded this video some time ago. Maybe you already watched this video and almost forgot about it like I did! Either way, enjoy a history lesson in weird, Saturn-related computer hardware.

Goldeneye 007 XBLA Footage

I’m sure you’ve seen it by now, but someone was able to upload 30 minutes of footage from Goldeneye 007… for XBLA! Which was never released!!!

Half Hour of GoldenEye 007 XBLA Gameplay

I don’t know if I believe it. I mean, Unseen64 reported on it (GoldenEye 007 Remake [Xbox 360 – Cancelled]) back in 2010. And this video looks like the screenshots and looks like a legit work-in-progress game. But I grew up in the 90s, and there were some truly insane Goldeneye-related rumors out there.

Here’s one that I remember from the playground back in elementary school: someone claimed that you could into a tank on Streets (like, physically get inside of the tank as opposed to riding on top of it) that was full of babies.

Since I heard that rumor, I take anything related to Goldeneye 007 with a grain of salt.

One of the cool things about the video is that the person playing it zooms-in on the island in Dam. It was a tiny little island with a guard tower and turret that you could not reach, but I remember there being a whole ton of speculation about it. Why was it there? Was it involved in some content that didn’t make it to the final game? If so, how were you supposed to reach it? It was very mysterious, and all you could do with it was look at it.

Sweet Video Game Videos - June 2016 Edition

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Here’s some low-effort content!!!! I’m working on a few posts, but none of them are ready, so here you go!


Trials of the Blood Dragon Trailer: Launch - E3 2016

E3 2016 happened earlier this month. And my #2 game of the show was Trials of the Blood Dragon. Trials AND Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon are now together forever, and this trailer got me very hyped for the game. Reviews from users and critics have been disappointing, but that won’t stop me from buying this today! Maybe I will enjoy it?

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - Official Game Trailer - Nintendo E3 2016

My #1 game at E3 20016 was Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. It looks like an open-world game, and if Nintendo delivers, it will be so much fun to play.

THPS Stuff

Fog’s TAS of Tony Hawk’s Underground 2

Tony Hawk’s Underground 2 by Plumato in 21:17 - Awesome Games Done Quick 2016

I didn’t buy THUG2 when it came out because I thought it was dumb. I still don’t own a playable copy of it. But after watching these videos, I want to buy it now that I know how utterly insane it is.

The TAS (tool-assisted speedrun) covers the story mode and features a copious amount of ridiculous happenings that may very well blow your mind if you consider the THPS series to be slightly grounded in reality. I’m talking about necromancy, Bigfoot, and high-flying glitches.

The non-TAS speedrun tackles the classic mode and features Shrek. Yes, THUG2 had Shrek as a playable character, and I had no idea until I watched this speedrun. That was quite surprising, and I still don’t fully comprehend what I saw. I guess you could say that I can’t get ogre it.

Sega Saturn Stuff for Some Reason

The Launch of the Sega Saturn (1995)

Classic Gaming Quarterly is a pretty cool channel that has, among other things, in-depth retrospectives of system launches. This video is an informative recap of the Saturn’s US launch and one I recommend watching if you’re a Sega fan.

Speaking of the Saturn, here’s an excellent and extremely in-depth video about the Saturn’s graphical capabilities:

Sega Saturn Graphic In-depth Investigations

And when I say extremely in-depth, I mean it. Get ready to have a headache (in the best way) when watching it.

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