DBPG: NES Tennis Games – mini review podcast

In today’s video we go through every NES Tennis game, and give our thoughts for each one.  Many of these games tend to be mediocre, but there are a few diamonds in the rough, and we talk about them.   Website – www.drinkabeerandplayagame.com Twitter – https://twitter.com/ABeerAndAGame Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/DrinkABeerAndPlayAGame/…

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VGBS 40 – Starting a PlayChoice 10 Collection & Getting Creative Setting Up a Game Room – Voicemail and Text Hotline: (262) 264-VGBS

In episode 40 we concentrate on some specialized greatness! We first cover the bucketlist collecting mentality, then we pick Daria’s brain on her favorite NES/Famicom RPGs. We go over gaming forum thread shenanigans and cover some NES multiplayer madness. Then we go into detail on how to deal…

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See The Tetris 64 Bio Sensor In Action!

Did you know there was a Nintendo 64 peripheral that took your pulse, and only worked with the Japan-only Tetris 64? It’s the Tetris 64 Bio Sensor!

Well watch this video, and not only will you know more, but you’ll actually SEE me play Bio Tetris while having my pulse taken. What does this all mean?

Watch and find out!

Video Transcription

I’m going to try and make my heartbeat go higher, by breathing heavily which is going to make me look like a complete twat.

So for the last two weeks, I’ve been talking about some of the pickups I’ve purchased from the London Gaming Market and this is the final video that I’m going to use to talk about that, and the reason why is that I thought I’d make a special video just for one particular item I purchased the other week and that is this little guy here and I’ve referred to is as a biosensor because that is basically what it is. This is a Japanese-only peripheral that only came out in Japan and was only released and used for one game in particular, and that is Tetris 64. I thought, since no-one really knows too much about these things, it would be the perfect opportunity to show you something that not many people have seen – Someone actually playing Tetris 64 using the Bio Sensor, to see how it works, so I’ve got my N64 pad here and we’re just going to plug this bad boy in. Then, I’m going to clip this little thing to me ear here so it can take my pulse – It’s quite difficult to actually keep it on, it’s not very tight which is good in some ways, but I’m worried it’ll fall off a bit.

I’m going to start the game, and then see what we’ve got. We’ve got all sorts of different modes, luckily the menu is in English! So there’s a Sensor Check option, just to make sure it’s all working, so it’s taking my pulse – I don’t know if that’s good or not; 90 to 100. That’s probably normal, I guess. Hopefully. I don’t know if that actually changes depending on me talking as well, so lets see if that works.

There’s a Bio Tetris mode, and I haven’t actually properly played this yet, so I’m not sure what to expect. It’s my understanding that when I play this game, it’ll take my pulse and it will change the difficulty the game speed accordingly. So I’m going to start off on level 3, I think.

I wouldn’t say I’m the master of Tetris, but on the other hand, I wouldn’t say I’m terrible at it, either. I’m competent, I think is the best term you could use. You have that little pulse rate there, can’t talk too much because that’s going to…

It’s supposed to make it harder when my pulse rate is quite low, and easier when it’s high. To test that theory, I’m just going to hold my breath for a bit and slow my heartbeat down.

Now that my heartbeat is quite slow, it’s giving me very normal Tetris pieces. So far, so good. This one does have some very weird pieces for a Tetris game.

In a second, I’m going to try and make my heartbeat go higher by breathing heavily, which is going to make me look like a complete twat on video, on the internet – But this is all in the aid of science, and showing you something a little bit different.

I’m going to start breathing heavily now, to see what happens.

It’s not really doing very much to be honest. Although it’s clearly reading my heartbeat as a bit high, it’s not actually going a helluva lot, to be honest. I’m going to try and calm myself down again.

This isn’t working very well, I’m just going to try a different mode, just to see if it’s any different. So, I’m going to try B-Type.

Start off, from the beginning.

I’m just going to test a theory, I’m going to take this off, just to see if it actually changes anything. So, it looks like I’m dead, but I don’t know if this is reading it from my finger, maybe? Let’s try again.

So it’s got my pulse now.

There’s a part of me that thinks that maybe this isn’t working as it’s supposed to? I don’t think it’s a faulty unit, I think that’s working absolutely fine, I think it’s just a very low fidelity technology that doesn’t work particularly well. I think it’s picking up my voice more than my pulse at this moment.

I wonder if I put it on my finger…Might be a better place to put it.

It might not pick up my voice so much.

That looks a bit more normal.

It does actually tell you to put it on your ear, but it’s quite weird that it’s not working quite as well.

I’m going to try a different mode again, just to see if another mode works. I’m just going to start quite a high level, just to see if I can artificially make my heart beat quite high organically just by playing the game. It’s not actually working now, which is a bit weird.

There we go.

Things are moving a bit differently now, I don’t know if this is related to the pulse rate I’m going to hold my breath again just to see if this slows down.

I don’t know if you can tell whether it’s making any difference to the speed – It’s hard for me to tell. It could just be the level I’ve put it on. Again, I don’t think it’s doing much, which is quite weird.

There is a multiplayer mode on this, with up to four Bio Sensors. When you go into the Sensor Check there are other spots to have more of these on, but again – Not really much happening when you actually play the game.

Let me see what happens when you change the Bio Feedback, just to see if it’s something a little bit different.

I’m going to put the level up again to see if there’s any difference to actually playing it like this. The other thing it could be is, it depends how stressful Tetris makes you. I’m naturally a very calm person for the most part, so playing Tetris is not something I’d consider a strenuous activity, or something that would make me particularly stressful, and maybe that’s showing in this. It’s hard to tell.

I’m going to hold my breath to see if anything changes, I don’t think it is.

Honestly, I think I’m going to give up at this point, I think.Tetris 64 with a Bio Sensor is a great idea, but I don’t think the technology quite works up to the potential. I’m surprised that Nintendo haven’t come up with their little BioSensor they were talking about a few years ago for the Wii U, and this is probably why because it doesn’t work particularly well. So I’m actually going to leave it there. It’s not the most exciting video, so I’m sorry – But you can’t always trust technology, especially from the late 90’s. I’m going to leave it!

Thank you very much for watching, as always you can subscribe to this channel which is great and keeps you up to date all of the videos I do, from retro stuff to modern stuff, the random stuff to do with Bio Sensors, all that guff. And I’m going to see you around, thank you very much for watching, and don’t forget to keep gaming positive!

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Series: RPGBros

What do you get when you mix urban 90’s culture with two aliens rappers crash-landing on planet Earth being forced to go on an Easter Egg hunt? Not a game concept you’d think. How on “Earth” could that concept work you’d think. That game sounds dumb you’d think.…

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At The London Gaming Market

The first of its kind in the area, the London Gaming Market came to the capital on Sunday November 15th, containing tons of sellers related to gaming and board games, as well as a lot of eager folk trying to grab a good bargain.

I was there for this inaugural event, and as well as picking up a few bargains (which you’ll see in a future video), I also had a chat with console modder Retrospective22, and the editor of fanzine Hyper Play!

You can see (and buy) more of Retrospective22’s work at http://www.retrospective22.com

Buy your copy of Hyper Play from http://www.hyperplayrpg.com

Video Transcription:

This is Pug Hoof Gaming, and we are at the London Gaming Market!

On Sunday, 15th November, the Royal National Hotel hosted London’s first Gaming Market. The first of its kind to take place in London, this event featured a whole host of games traders, ready to sell their wares to an eager bunch of collectors and gamers alike.

With the organisers at Replay Events, Showmasters and Dark Cleo Productions planning to host one of these events every four months, I just had to be there at the very first one, to see what the fuss was all about. It was also a great opportunity to chat with friends old and new, as well as talk to some of the market vendors themselves. One of the highlights for me personally was a stall belonging to Retrospective22, a seller of cosmetically modified retro systems that impressed me with their creativity.

So we’ve got games, and we’ve also got hardware, we’ve also got some specially modified consoles by this man here. What’s your business name?

Retrospective 22.

So, I’ve seen you do quite a lot of different modding stuff, do you mod any console?

Yeah, we’ll give it a go, but I like to do the retro ones mainly, customise them and theme them on pop culture things.

Is it just cosmetics you do, or do you do a bit of the functional stuff, like lighting.

There’s a few things we do, like the DMGs, in NESes we do the region mod. But I like doing the paints, on the Gamecubes.

You’ve got some really nice Gamecubes over there, very subtle, single colours, double colours really with an insignia over the top – They’re really nice – I’ll put them in the video i na second so you guys can actually see. Actually, we’ve got one here that’s just been handed over to me. As you can see, very simple, really nice little look for that there, very stencilly.

So with this one, I was kind of inspired by the N64, the Pokemon one.

Yeah of course!

So it was the yellow and the blue. When I do a custom job on a console, I try to keep it as original as possible, because I think you can either go two ways with a custom job. You can overdo it and it’ll look a bit tacky, or you can try to keep it as original as possible, and make it a better finish.

There’s definitely a very nice finish to those consoles, you wouldn’t even know they were painted, to your credit it’s a good way of doing that. Is the Gamecube your favourite console to to a paintjob on?

Yeah, I enjoy doing painting the Gamecubes, but my favourite console of all time is the SNES, that’s the only one I collect

I can’t really argue with a man that picks SNES as his favourite – A man after my own heart here! You can’t go wrong with a nicely modded SNES. You’ve got some Legend of Zelda ones over there, an Iron Man Mega Drive – You’ve got everything here! A great variety of pop culture favourites here. Very nice, a different approach, and not just video game focused, but pop cultury stuff as well, which is very different. It stands out from a mile away – If you saw it from the other end of this room (If you could see, because it’s so busy here!), you’d actually see them from quite a way away.

I really love these, what’s your website link? Twitter? Tell the guys!

It’s Retrospective22, Retrospective22.com on Facebook it’s the same, and Instagram as well. We’re not on Twitter yet, but I think we’re going to have to do that.

You gotta go on Twitter! We’re on Twitter. Thank you very much for taking the time to chat, and have I hope you have a good day!

Board games also had quite a big presence, with tons of the games for sale at some stalls, with a few tables set up with some demonstrations of some of the cooler games. As someone who’s recently been playing more board games, it was great to actually see some of these games in action. While it started off as the quieter room or the event, it certainly filled up a bit later on!

It’s about ten to twelve, so it’s been open for only 50 minutes, but it’s absolutely busy here!

With so many attendees in such a small space, it wasn’t easy even getting to some of the stalls. Thankfully, everyone else seemed to be polite enough to step aside if you asked nicely, but you definitely had to be quick in order to grab those bargains. My wife was looking for a PS1 copy of Parappa The Rapper, but unfortunately, someone had already got the one available copy first. Despite this minor setback, I still managed to pick up a few real bargains myself!

But it wasn’t just about buying video games or board games, as there was a good sense of community throughout the two rooms of the Royal National Hotel, as well as something I hadn’t seen in quite a while – A homemade fanzine for sale! I had a chat with the creators to find out more.

So, what started Hyper Play?

Well, I was looking for a fanzine online, something which was all about Nintendo and retro games, but I couldn’t find one in print, obviously there’s stuff on the web. I thought, maybe something to enjoy away from the screen, at the end of the day, also all the Nintendo magazines were closing and I thought “well, why not do my own?”, so here we have Hyper Play RPG. It’s mostly RPGs, but also Nintendo of any era as well. Trying to bring back the love.

So it’s mainly JRPGs at the moment, any other import stuff as well as JRPGs?

Absolutely!

It sounds very interesting actually, it’s very interesting to do something in print these days, as everything is digital, ebooks, PDFs.

It’s the retro love, really.

It’s a classic black and white, can we have a quick flick through to show everyone? So it’s all black and white, text.

Plenty of content.

It’s very old school, you can’t get any more retro than a black and white fanzine print. It’s actually quite impressive, I’ve had a quick flick through after I bought my copy just now – So this is issue nought? When it issue 1 coming out?

Issue 1 is coming this month, maybe December – But it’s coming. On the back, we do a preview, Xenoblade Chronicles – Knights of the Old Republic, and a couple of other retro games as well.

So if you want to get a copy of this for themselves?

Well, it’s online, we’ve got out own website – HyperPlayRPG.com, and you can also get it on eBay where you can pay what you like for it.

I can’t say fairer than that! How about Twitter?

Yes on Twitter @HyperplayRP, so we’re on that.

Excellent, thank you very much! Check out Hyper Play, it’s very good so far, if you like retro, SNES and JRPGs it’ll be right up your street.

So that was the London Gaming Market, it’s been a pretty good day, a really nice turnout. It’s so nice to see so many people celebrating the world of retro gaming, modern gaming and of board games of course. Lots of bargains to be had here, I did pick up a few things – I’m not going to show you what they are, I think I’m going to save them for another video. I met a load of great people, it’s been a wonderful time and hopefully this will be the first of many London Gaming Market video from events like this in future. Thank you very much for watching, as always you can subscribe to us, which does me a favour and also keeps you up to date with all the latest videos we’ve got. You can follow me on Twitter @PugHoofGaming and keep up to date with all the stuff I’m doing, all the places I’m going, the people I’m meeting and blah blah blah!

Just keep on watching our videos, share subscribe, like, all that good stuff. Thank you very much for watching and until next time – Keep Gaming Positive!