Hey, here's a little post-Chronsega Episode 6 update for you! First off, if you haven't noticed, there is a follow up video to Chronsega 6 on Youtube. It simply illustrates a few differences between the arcade game and SMS game in regards to difficulty and ninja magic. The video is quite short but says a few things that weren't really touched on in Chronsega 6 (but should have been.)
Last Shinobi pic on this blog for a while.
Also, it's been pointed out that QuickTime might experience some problems with the h.264 version of Ep. 6. I tried playing it on Windows QuickTime and it wouldn't play at all. QT gave me some crazy error message saying there was a "bad public atom" in the file. Jiminy Crickets! Is QT really that fussy? One "atom" can mess the whole thing up? I can play videos files that are all corrupted and mangled to hell in VLC, but apparently Mr. Steve Jobs requires absolute perfection from our video files. Anyway, I re-encoded the file, but the result had the same problem. Oddly, the larger h.264 file I had also encoded worked fine in QT, so I've uploaded that version. So, if you had problems with the smaller file, and have a "fat pipe" just grab the larger one, I suppose.
In other news: some of the sites in the links seem to be going content-crazy lately. SMPS has been pummeling readers with articles in the month of January, including a daily series of SHMUP reviews. HG101 has also greatly increased their update frequency to the point where I can't keep up. Among the fascinating offerings are an almost pathologically detailed look at the 30 or so games based on the Astérix comics. Yes, there are seriously 30 Astérix games in Europe! They really love them some Astérix over there, I guess.
Also rising from the dead is a special, one-off new episode of Retronauts. Oh, and by the way, Chrontendo gets a mention by Frank Cifaldi in the latest Games, Dammit! podcast on 1UP (it's at the very end of the podcast, BTW.) Thanks, guys!
In some non-video game related (but still plenty geeky) news, Red Letter Media released the long-awaited Revenge of the Sith review a couple weeks ago. If any of you are not familiar with the "Harry Plinket" reviews of the Star Wars prequel films, and if you have any interest whatsoever by Star Wars, or were spiritually wounded by the awfulness of those films, I would highly recommend you view these, starting with Phantom Menace. These are not mere "reviews" but insanely long, mult-part analyses of everything that went wrong in those films. As such, they are far more interesting, well-written, and funny than the movies themselves.