Friday, November 9, 2012
The wait for Chronsega 8 has become so protracted, that this episode now has its own trailer. Yes, an actual teaser-trailer type deal has been created for this episode. As I stated a while ago, there are some big changes afoot for Chronsega, and the new episode will introduce the new Chronsega. We might call it Chronsega 2.0, or perhaps Chronsega 360, Chronsega Vista, Chronsega X, or hell, maybe we'll just call it Chronsega: The New Batch. We also roll out the stupidly fancy-looking new Chronsega logo, which will undoubtedly be improved in later episodes.
Most of Chronsega 8 is done, but one game has turned out to be long, grueling slog. But I considered this game to be "important" enough for me to finish, so I'm toughing it out. If you've watched the trailer, you can probably figure out which game I'm talking about.
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It says episode seven in the trailer!
Your eyes must have been playing tricks on you. Check again. This supposed "Episode Seven" reference never existed, and never will. It was all a dream....
Wait! What? Are those Genesis games in your trailer??? Are you going to jump in the 16 bit generation??? Or are you just going to do a Genesis preview segment? The plot thickens.
And if your talking about a long slog of a game that can only mean Phantasy Star 2. Surely WB3, cloud master, altered beast and Thinder blade are not slogish games. I think PS 2 nearly broke Zenic Reverie on RPG consoler.
Loving the new logo.
It's great to see presentation deserving of the quality of your commentary.
Glad to see the increase in production values, since you're the only video-game-video-guy smart enough for me to actively listen to.
Looking forward to this new episode, as it contains some of my fave SMS games (Wonder Boy 3, Cloud Master...). Cloud master has always made me chuckle with its flying ramen bowls and gun-toting pigs. Just love that game. :)
Well, it is chronSEGA, so I'd eventually expect mega drive/genesis games. :)
There won't be too much of a presentation upgrade this episode, aside from the goofy new logo. More changes will slowly be folded in as time goes by.
Yes, PS II is the only game I'm still working on. I'd never played it before, so its design philosophy of "let's throw a series of almost identical, yet incredibly long and hard to navigate dungeons at the player," sort of took me by surprise.
As for Cloud Master, I'm glad someone likes that game. I personally did not care much for it.
I see that with this episode you'll be entering "contested grounds" with Player One Podcast's Greg Sewart's "Generation-16" show.
I'm sure the Internet's big enough for two archival show looking into the Sega Megadrive/Genesis. And I'm mostly kidding about insinuating some sort of "cut-throat heated competition" between the two shows as Generation-16 does credit Dr. Sparkle.
Anyway, I'm excited for this new frontier. And I'm also hoping that more SMS games will still be covered.
I've always wondered (and perhaps you've addressed this before), but how many of the games that you play do you finish?
It's been my impression that you played enough to get a feeling for the game and finished it only if it was short, interesting, or fun.
Also, how much do you play of sports games? Do you finish a season (to the extent that these old games had season modes)? Do you ever get someone else to play the 2 player mode?
Really looking forward to your thoughts on WB: The Dragon's Trap. I loved that game when I was a kid.
Anon - Regarding finishing games: you are just about right on the money. If a game is good, or "important" or I want to finish it, I'll play it all the way through. Otherwise I play it to the point where I think I've seen enough of the game to "get it." With golf games, that might mean about 2-3 holes.
In the new Chronsega, for example, I finished PS II (against my better judgement), Wonder Boy III, and, for some reason, Altered Beast. I was going to go all the way through Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle, but quickly became disenchanted with that game.
I love you work, is there any reason you switch between NES and Sega? What is what is the latest year of the NES you working on currently?
The three series are supposed to be kept contemporary with each other. Currently, we're at mid 1989. This works out to a few episodes of Chrontendo, then one episode of Chronsega or Chronturbo, etc.
I feel you on Phantasy Star II. I forced myself to play all the way through it some years back, and the game is simply brutal. I never imagined that top-down dungeons could be quite that maddeningly difficult to navigate. It's interesting to me that the original PS series is so revered, yet the only one that's really accessible and genuinely, consistently fun to play without the benefit of nostalgia is IV.
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