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  • Watch Sega's 1996 training video for game testers

  • cawley1 20/05/2016

    My God! Those warehouse shots! eBay seller's wet dream!

    Also, shot and edited on Sony hardware - who will shortly be coming to eat your lunch!
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  • Shadow of the Beast review

  • cawley1 16/05/2016

    Jaz Rignall has given it 4/5 over on US Gamer, so that's good enough for me. Reply +3
  • cawley1 16/05/2016

    I'm still looking forward to playing this (when I get a PS4!) - I love the original, warts and all, so I'll probably be able to cope with 'an unusual game that carries with it the spirit of a lost era'.

    I also look forward to seeing the review in Retro Gamer, as they are probably more in tune with my way of thinking...
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  • Shadow of the Beast remake will include the original Amiga game

  • cawley1 04/05/2016

    I need a physical release of this, and I don't even own a PS4! I only want it to go with my Shadow of the Beast collection - I've even got the FM Towns version, FFS!

    Please make it happen, Sony.

    And make sure you put a T-Shirt in the box, while you are at it...
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  • What would you uninvent about modern games?

  • cawley1 03/04/2016

    I'd uninvent the bloody lot of it - anything online, anything 'social', anything that requires payment for you to continue playing or remove adverts, the yearly updates of boring sports and war games and first person war games in general.

    I'd uninvent the loss of the Japanese gaming industry pumping out 16-Bit awesomeness on a monthly basis, the death of once great companies like Capcom, Konami, Taito and the Sega of old.

    I'd uninvent the death of Commodore and Atari (the real Atari) with the innovation these companies used to bring.

    For me, gaming died around the time of Xbox and Playstation 2 - there are a few bright spots for me after these systems, but it's been pretty shit in my opinion for the last 10 years or so!

    I am happy to admit I am a crusty old bastard stuck in the past, though!
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  • What have walruses and video games got in common?

  • cawley1 05/03/2016

  • Now there's a Sinclair ZX Spectrum Vega handheld

  • cawley1 18/02/2016

    Let's hope it's more successful than Rick Dickinson's last handheld console design - the Gizmondo, fact fans!

    Having said that, his 80's designs are masterpieces.
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  • Two new Lumines games will launch this year

  • cawley1 09/02/2016

    I was making a bomb on eBay out of sealed PAL PSP Lumines when it was the only way to get custom firmware on it ('twas a short window of time, sadly!)

    On the other had, it's always been an excellent game, be it on PSP, PS2 or Vita! Good to see it coming to mobiles, as long as they don't screw it with naff IAP...
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  • Rare reveals canned Banjo-Kazooie precursor Dream

  • cawley1 23/12/2015

    While I agree with B1ad3runnder to a degree, let's not forget that Nintendo had first dibs on Rare before the 'Microsoft coup' and didn't like what they saw, so they passed it by. Reply 0
  • Watch the gameplay trailer for Monster Boy, the spiritual successor to Wonder Boy

  • cawley1 23/12/2015

    Here's another thing... Who owns the IP for the Wonder Boy franchise these days? Is it Sega, or whoever bought the remains of Escape/Westone.

    It looks so similar to the original games (same characters!) that I could see issues similar to TxK if someone wanted to get shitty.

    I am assuming Ryuichi Nishizawa does not own the IP, otherwise he would have called it Wonder Boy or Monster World.
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  • cawley1 23/12/2015

    As a crusty old retrogamer, it's the one modern game like this that I actually look forward to these days!

    Wonderboy is one of my favourite franchises, so I can't wait for this one - looks like it will be PC for me, as I don't own either console! Any luck it will also find it's way onto 3DS 9or Vita if I am really lucky!)
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  • Konami ceases triple-A console production on all but PES - report

  • cawley1 18/09/2015

    Holy Shit, from my rose tinted Coin-Op, 8 and 16-Bit era, Konami is one of the greats.

    Anyone posting toss on here like 'who gives a shit' clearly knows nothing of their output c.1984 - 1995. The rate they knocked out top SNES games was nothing short of a miracle.

    I know nothing about the company these days, and the culture sounds shit, but it semms to be another example of how the one mighty Japanese game industry has somehow collectively managed to totally drop the ball.

    With any luck Nintendo will step in an try to do something here, but it's unlikely - I wonder where all those amazing franchises will end up?
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  • Pac-Man 256 is a generous F2P game from the developer of Crossy Road

  • cawley1 19/08/2015

    Good on these guys... Hipster Whale seem like one of the good mobile games companies.

    $10m in 90 days is also due to people being too greedy to get all the characters in Crossy Road! You can unlock them all with coins you get for free in the game - it's just impatience that netted them that $10m, not some forced upgrade crap, so that is cool!

    Pac-Man 256 a fun little game, with no real piss-taking in-app crap. Remember kids, £5.99 is a quid less than early release Spectrum games used to cost over 30 years ago!
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  • £129 Xbox One Elite Wireless Controller nearly half price at Amazon

  • cawley1 12/08/2015

    I'm sorry, but what dickhead spends £130 on a control pad?

    The same dickheads that convince these greedy bastards there is a market for such a thing, sadly.
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  • London's last dedicated arcade calls for help after break-in

  • cawley1 23/07/2015

    @KrispyKrispy It was surreal coming downstairs waking up and seeing things missing - the PS2 was in an upright stand, and that had been left on the floor! My natural reaction in my muddled brain was my stepson must have taken it upstairs - but he was not there! It was a horrible feeling as it dawned on me what had happened.

    Mind you, we were all OK, so no real harm done, and I got Direct Line to let me source new NTSC consoles from SKILL in Ealing (remember them!) rather than some PAL crap from Comet/Curry's - that took some explaining to the middle-aged loss adjuster.

    I was most pissed off they nicked my Nuon game collection, but I managed to get it all back. Next was my GBASP and games, then the PS2 and Xbox...

    Eight years later we got done in our new house (in the day, when nobody in this time). We must just have shit luck, or something!
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  • cawley1 23/07/2015

    Also, reminds me of when I got burgled back in 2003 - they only nicked what was then current gen - my PS2 and Xbox. Incredibly, they left my Panasonic Q and GameCube games, as they obviously decided they had no value or the Q would be too difficult to sell on.

    Once they realised they were all NTSC systems and games, and wouldn't work with any UK stuff, I bet they were pissed!

    They had a good look round downstairs (while we were asleep upstairs!) but didn't take any 8 or 16-Bit stuff, thank Christ. They did nick a new pair of trainers I had bought for a holiday we were taking a few days later cnuts...
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  • cawley1 23/07/2015

    Don't know anything about this place, as I have never been there, but I did have the misfortune of working in Acton ten years ago, and the place was a nightmare, the theft from the retail store I was working in was unreal - these tossers would run out with stuff and just leg it across the A40! How none of them ever got hit, I will never know.

    Whole pallets of stock were unloaded over the top of a wall until an electric fence was installed, they used to come under the cover of night and help themselves.

    It was so bad that if delivery drivers left their cab unlocked to come and press the buzzer to get the gate open, when they got back to the cab, stuff had been nicked!!!

    So, if I were HOG, I would look for a more secure unit in a better part of town...
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  • Don't hold your breath for PS4 backwards compatibility

  • cawley1 20/06/2015

    FUCK ME!

    A week of articles and thousands of comments posted about a feature that hardly any of you would actually ever use!

    You most likely already have 'backwards compatibility' - it's called the last gen console that is still sitting under the TV, or hidden in your cupboard since you plugged in your PS4/XBone!

    Once you've titted about with the options, and seen it running a bit differently on alien hardware, you'll likely go back to your current gen games and forget all about it!

    It's like when Sony removed backwards compatibility from the PS3 all over again - storm in a teacup!
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  • Yooka-Laylee Kickstarter concludes with £2.1m raised

  • cawley1 17/06/2015

    There is one thing I don't understand about this game...

    If Jeff Minter got done by Atari for having TxK being too close to Tempest 2000, won't Microsoft possibly play a similar card when this is released?

    Surely with all the publicity, and the fact it is clearly a very similar mechanic to the IP they own (3D platformer with two character combo) they could kick off and just crush this, no?
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  • Microsoft announces native Xbox One-360 back compatibility

  • cawley1 15/06/2015

    Backwards compatibility, eh?

    It's always one that seems to get gamers hot under the collar if it's not included, but if it's there, no fucker ever uses it!

    This goes back to the beginning of videogame time - Atari 2600, can't play it on Atari 5200... What?! Famicom, can't play on Super Famicom... What?

    So we had it in Mega Drive (with convertor) PS2, PS3 (kind of) and Xbox 360 (again, kind of) - How many people really use the feature?
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  • The best 3DS games

  • cawley1 03/05/2015

    Also... Get over to if you fancy Kid Icarus. It's £14.86 at the moment, just received my copy from them yesterday.

    Great price for a first party Nintendo title.
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  • cawley1 03/05/2015

    Bottom line is both 3DS and Vita are excellent handhelds and have some fantastic titles on them - I would not be without my Vita for TxK, and not be without my 3DS for the Nintendo titles, and the incredible Sega 3D releases!

    I have to say, I am surprised the route Sony has taken with Vita, though. I would be surprised if they announce another handheld once they finally pull the plug on it. What they would have done without Shahid Ahmad I will never know...
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  • Banjo-Kazooie spiritual successor revealed as Yooka-Laylee

  • cawley1 30/04/2015

    Soooo, won't this possibly fall into the TxK trap of being too similar to it's inspiration?

    As with TxK, even the name is clearly derived from the original...
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  • The new Shadow of the Beast is one man's dream come true

  • cawley1 16/04/2015

    @McCool Good shout - it's obvious the team behind this have a real love and respect for the original - would some of the beautiful coloured backgrounds not fit in, or does everything have to be brown and grey these days?

    I'd like some lush trees as well, please!

    It's current visual style reminds me a little of Shadow of the Colossus.
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  • cawley1 16/04/2015

    I LOVE Shadow of the Beast, even if it is mainly a tech demo for the Amiga! I have all three originals, and also have the first game on pretty much every format it was released on - even the FM Towns!

    The Mega Drive version was poor, though Japan got a tweaked version with some improvements. The Japanese CD versions (PC Engine and FM Towns) are very good, and were programmed here in the UK by Psygnosis, with red book audio by a British team as well, which is excellent.

    8-Bit ports were a bit ambitious (C64 is the best I would say), Master System was a much expanded game. Lynx version is true to the Amiga original. Don't even mention the ST port, should have been far better than it was, even if it was never going to get close to the Amiga.

    I don't own a 'current' console, as I decided my PS3 and 360 didn't see much love (I am not much into modern gaming!), but this might well make me want a PS4!
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  • DuckTales Remastered is now on mobile devices

  • cawley1 03/04/2015

    Capcom, please just port this to the Vita. That is all. Reply -1
  • Sony cuts PlayStation TV UK price to £45

  • cawley1 27/03/2015

    Hmm, well, I bought one of these for about £65 (before shipping) from Play Asia - it's in white and comes with a matching Dualshock 3 and 8GB memory card, and as I already have a Vita and was aware of what did and didn't work, I was more than happy to give it a go.

    I mainly bought it for one thing - TxK! and given recent developments, the fact that I can play it in native resolution on any HDMI TV going, and it looks like it won't be coming out on any other format, I am more than pleased with it for that alone.

    It also keeps my kids quiet with the decent Vita Minecraft port, and stuff like Fez and Limbo are also great on it.

    So, if you are gutted at not getting a home console port of TxK, grab one now - if you want it for Netflix, YouTube and other such stuff (that you could be forgiven for expecting as it's branded as a TV device), then I would give it a miss.

    Your choice...
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  • Nintendo: "difficult" decision to hold back New 3DS release in Europe, US

  • cawley1 24/02/2015

    @Pocketgrandpa I'm a massive retro and platforming fan, and there are some cracking Sega 3D releases on the eShop which have been crafted by M2 with some real attention to detail...

    From the arcade you can get Afterburner II, Fantasy Zone, Galaxy Force, Space Harrier, Super Hang-On with more to come soon. Then you have some great Mega Drive ports, particularly Sonic and Streets of Rage.

    Pick up Shantae and the Pirate's Curse while you are on the shop if you like platformers.

    The you have Donkey Kong Country Returns, Kirby Triple Deluxe, New Super Mario Bros 2, Reident Evil Revelations and plenty more! As with most Nintendo hardware, first party titles are usually the best, but don't drop in price much.
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  • Q*Bert Rebooted review

  • cawley1 24/02/2015

    Well, I love Q*Bert! I'll be buying it for my Vita! Reply 0
  • New Nintendo 3DS sold 335k during EU/US launch week

  • cawley1 17/02/2015

    I am actually loving mine! I bought an original Cosmos Black unit on launch day back in 2011, but I have never been able to play it with the 3D activated - the 'sweet spot' people talk about is non-existent if you have dodgy eyes and a squint!

    The new version is a revelation, though! I played on it for over an hour the other night with 3D to the max and no problems at all, it's also much more comfortable to hold.

    Good job, Nintendo!
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  • cawley1 17/02/2015

    @shotbyascot Seems a very odd way to go about things, the console hardware market (along with pretty much every consumer market) is all about revision!

    If I use your way of thinking, I would never buy a new phone/TV/car/toothpaste until I was 100% sure it was the final, perfect revision of that particular item.

    Or you can buy the latest version and enjoy it now!
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  • Q*Bert Rebooted is coming to PlayStation platforms

  • cawley1 06/02/2015

    @youhavenomail : You obviously didn't live the PSone era! Reply 0
  • Sega to offer 300 staff voluntary retirement as it focuses on smartphone and PC online games

  • cawley1 30/01/2015

    @antoniomilo : Not strictly true, their output in the few years post-Dreamcast were still good.

    Xbox titles like Shenmue 2, JSRF, Gunvalkyrie, Outrun 2, Toe Jam & Earl 3, Crazy Taxi 3 etc. while Playstation 2 got Rez, Shinobi, Ferrari F355 and the amazing Japanese Sega Ages series.

    Even Game Cube got some love with Super Monkey Ball and Amusement Vision overseeing F-Zero GX.

    But I would say that from 2005 the Sega we all knew and loved had died.
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  • 3DS browser exploit lets you play Game Boy Color ROMs

  • cawley1 30/01/2015

    @Stig223 : No, it's really not! Even in the UK, it's Game Boy Color...

    Just go and look at the boxes for the system and games (never mind the screen bezel!) for EUR releases on eBay, if you need any further proof.

    It's 'Color' in all territories, despite it being the incorrect spelling of Colour here in the UK.
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  • Sony ending PlayStation Vita Maps, near features

  • cawley1 28/01/2015

    They do need to do something about getting Netflix into the EU store, though.

    Madness given Playstation TV practically demands that app!
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  • cawley1 28/01/2015

    Which reminds me... When is Forget Me Not and/or its sequel coming out on Vita? Can't wait...

    Er, why the negatives?! I'm asking a genuine question about when a game is due to be released?!

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  • cawley1 28/01/2015

    I love my Vita, so much so I even got a Playstation TV from Play Asia at the weekend!

    You can't go wrong with a system that has TxK, Fez, Minecraft and Another World and that's just with my retro leaning!

    TxK on the Playstation TV is incredible!
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  • That was quick: people selling New 3DS Ambassador Edition for up to £400 on eBay

  • cawley1 07/01/2015

    @vincefairbairn I am gobsmacked that people actually come out with crap like this!

    I work a 39 hour job (but actually put in more hours than that) - to afford the stuff I want for myself and my family, what is the issue if I choose to buy and sell to add to my income, especially when everyone has the same ability to do the same thing the majority of the time (this Ambassador lottery not withstanding)

    If those single wage mothers put in the same effort, they will be able to supplement their single wage and be able to afford more for their children!
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  • cawley1 06/01/2015

    I am what some of you would call a 'scalper' - but why shouldn't I be?

    I spend shit-load over a year on Videogame related items (consoles, games, downloads, magazines), not only for myself, but my three young kids.

    It's not a cheap past-time, and if I bought a limited edition PS4 or New 3DS and chose to sell it on (also depriving myself of it, I might add), then why the hell shouldn't I? This is a consumer, capitalist society, we are not in North Korea!

    A good example would be hard(er) to find Amiibo figures. Some of these are going for £25+ on eBay, but if someone wants to go to the trouble of tracking it down, buying it, listing it, packing it, posting it and then hoping that nothing happens to it on the way (especially international sales), whiles others who could do the same thing just sit there and bitch, then put up and shut up, in my opinion.
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  • Surprise! New Nintendo 3DS Ambassador Edition goes on sale

  • cawley1 06/01/2015

    Bought it, don't really know if I want it though (White is not my colour). Reply 0
  • cawley1 06/01/2015

    Just read this:

    >"The New Nintendo 3DS Ambassador offer is by email invitation only for selected Club Nintendo members in Europe only who fulfil a certain criteria,"

    Well, I registered a WiiU as well! Maybe that is it?
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  • cawley1 06/01/2015

    Well, I moved the Nintendo email I received to the folder I usually dump them in as usual, then read this, so went to check and I have been chosen!

    Now, do I buy it or not?
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  • Games of 2014: TxK

  • cawley1 24/12/2014

    This is a fucking excellent game, but you probably have to have been around in the 80's to truly appreciate it! Reply +1
  • 20 years of PlayStation: Japan's war on cliché

  • cawley1 08/12/2014

    As much as this article has depressed me that consoles, games and shops are not what they once were, it has also reminded me that I was SO lucky to live through this period of time and experience it first hand.

    Sad my kids won't ever experience the likes of it, though.
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  • PlayStation TV release date, price and compatible games list confirmed

  • cawley1 22/09/2014

    In fact, the only issue I can see is that I worked out that PSone classics for the PS Vita bought from the European PSN store are the crippled 50hz versions (why?!).

    Gaming nightmare of the 90's comes back to haunt me in 2014...
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  • cawley1 22/09/2014

    Shit... TxK works on it!

    Bye Bye £84.99!
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  • The New 3DS XL unlocks the potential of Nintendo's handheld

  • cawley1 20/09/2014

    I don't get why people moan about upgrading handheld consoles - I'm on my 4th iPhone now, and I don't hold it against Apple that the camera/screen/features in my 3G were not as good as they are in my 5S!

    It's similar to the upgrade in the screen between the Game Boy Advance SP and the original Game Boy Advance 10 years ago, you could argue they 'should' have put the backlight in the first model, but technology and feedback over time make hindsight a wonderful thing.

    I will likely get hold of one of these, as I got the 'Cosmos Black' unit on launch day back in March 2011 - I don't really use the 3D as I find getting the sweet spot a pain in the arse, but maybe this will make it easier to play with it switched on!
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  • Lode Runner creator Douglas E. Smith passes away at 53

  • cawley1 16/09/2014

    Wow, got the Game Boy version only last week and looked him up - now he's passed away.

    RIP Doug...
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  • Nintendo's Amiibo figurines cost £10.99 each in the UK

  • cawley1 05/09/2014

    Hmm, those ones on plastic cocktail sticks look a little fragile, IMO.

    And this is coming from a house with three boys and a load of Disney Infinity - how Jack Skellington has lasted nine months, I'll never know - the boney devil!
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  • Xbox One launches in 28 new countries this month

  • cawley1 03/09/2014

    I just assumed it was already released everywhere, given it's 2014 and all that!

    It's just like the good old days of 16 and 32-Bit all over again!
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