Famous console malfunctions -Part 2

MALFUNCTIONLast Thursday I looked at the two biggest hardware malfunctions in gaming – but they weren’t alone; far from it! Every major console manufacturer has had issues that somehow sneaked past QA and made it into the public domain.

The issues here are far less serious than those in Part One; in fact it is completely possible that you never knew these issues existed because you probably never experienced them. I can assure you that there were/are a very real thing!

Here we are then, three more console malfunctions of varying severity.

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The Most Important Gaming Tech Evolutions

With all three major VR headsets now available to the general public; we have officially heralded the beginning of a new era; if the PSVR, Oculus and Rift have it their way – gaming has been irrevocably changed. We’ll not be able to go back to traditional, screen-based gaming; regardless of what Phil Spencer thinks

…PSVR has gotten me thinking though. I used to dream of something like this when I was a kid playing my SEGA Mega Drive, and now here it is and it’s almost as good as I pictured it way back in 1991.

What else has changed since then though?

Almost too much! There is literally too much for me to list here and still make it interesting. What I’m going to do instead is to tell you what I consider the best technological advancements in gaming.

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MrLuvva’s Luv-In #21

The big 21! That means that my (mostly) weekly  roundup is now a fully matured adult, with the ability to go out and get drunk then vote, anywhere in the world! There is no stopping this roundup now – what have I created?

It is October, that means we are starting our Frightfest season; October was our highest viewed month last year and that was down to the quality of those posts, so we are going to have to up the ante this year. I have some great posts coming your way, so prepare yourselves for a scary time!

Anyway on topic, here are the posts that I have enjoyed this week (in no particular order). As always, click on them and give them the attention and views they deserve! Continue reading

The Dreamcast Diaries: The House of the Dead 2

HOTD2

‘The House of the Dead 2’ is a game that sticks out in my memory for a number of reasons;

  1. It was the first game my Dad bought for me that was a) unprompted and b) not my birthday or Christmas.
  2. It was the first game that my Dad played with me religiously for months after release.
  3. It was the only time that my Dad went out and purchased an extra peripheral to play.

I remember when I found my Dreamcast on Christmas Day. My Dad took a real interest in it, coming upstairs with me, helping me set it up and watching me play my way through ‘Sonic Adventure’. This was the only console he took an interest in; well beyond that first day anyway. I’m not really sure what it was about the Dreamcast that he liked so much, perhaps it was all those days in arcades with us playing games, or perhaps SEGA just captured his imagination.

I’ll never forget the look on his face when he came home from work one morning (he was a night shift taxi driver) and produced a boxed Dreamcast blaster and a copy of ‘THe House of the Dead 2’ – he also had simple instructions; “make us a cuppa and I’ll fire up the SEGA”, he always called it a SEGA. Continue reading

Bolstering My Retro Collection: Dreamcast Bargains Pt. 2

In the last installment I outlined the purchases I have recently made for my SEGA Dreamcast. That post was only half the story however – there is still quite a bit to cover, many of these purchases I am very proud of as they were absolute bargains.

I’m not gonna bore you with a long intro – let’s get to the games! Again all prices include P&P.

Space Channel 5 (complete in box) – £2.42

Space Channel 5

This is a well-known, if under-appreciated, gem in the Dreamcast library – and another I never owned first time round! From a time when SEGA were taking massive risks; and it is quite uncommon. Finding it in the condition I did (like new) is incredibly hard at a good price; I was lucky enough to get this at the ridiculous price I got it for. I only wish it wasn’t so difficult – the action rhythm dancing action is made tough by the absence of any on-screen prompts! It’s a test of memory and reactions and I LOVE it!    Continue reading

Bolstering My Retro Collection: Dreamcast Bargains Pt. 1

As regular readers may be aware, I rescued my Dreamcast from my mum’s attic, this led me down a very dangerous path…

…game chasing.

Let me paint you the scene, you find a beloved old console and you plug it in, it works. You pop in a disc it also works and you have a lot of fun. Sometimes, that game you loved, doesn’t work – so you go to replace it. It ain’t cheap. On your search for a cheap/reasonable priced version of that game you find a whole host of other games for the console that you always wanted but never bought.

All of a sudden you have a massive list of games that you want – this is what happened me this summer! I have bolstered my Dreamcast Collection, but on the path of danger I have found some bonafide bargains.

Unfortunately we have no retro gaming stores in Northern Ireland so eBay was my only hope – here’s what I’ve got (all prices include P&P)! Please keep in mind that I am collecting these games in order to play them, the discs in working order is all I really care about!  Continue reading