Hart & Usagi #90: THQ


Episode 90 is here with THQ’s lack of research. They could learn from others like Rep. Ocasio-Cortez.

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* Bungie splits with Activision, keeps control of Destiny
* How Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wound up on a Donkey Kong 64 Twitch charity stream
* Capcom said Hideaki Itsuno could make Dragon’s Dogma 2, but he chose to make DMC5 first
* Pennsylvania considers a tax on violent videogames to help prevent school shootings
* Activision’s Plan to Cut Hundreds of Jobs Caps Tumultuous Week
* Capcom just added a buttload of its games’ soundtracks to Spotify
* Wrestler Booker T is suing Activision for allegedly putting his alter ego in Black Ops 4
* Tetris 99 is the Crucible That Will Make You a Better Tetris Player
* Xbox’s corporate vice president says criticism of game with exclusive Microsoft marketing deal is “whining”
* A single-player-only game like the original Uncharted “wouldn’t be a viable pitch today,” says Amy Hennig
* THQ Nordic Apologizes For Interview On Website Banned By Google

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Hart & Usagi #81: Solitaire Fame


Episode 81 of the Hart & Usagi Podcast is here! We welcome back Steve to the show and chat about a variety of topics like the Nintendo Switch controller issues, an April Fools joke that might be real, more Hall of Fame worthy games, and more.

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* Persona 5 streamers asked to adhere to Atlus’ guidelines or be hit with a content ID claim or worse
* April Fools Day 2017 Video Game Joke Roundup
* Nioh is the most successful game Koei Tecmo has ever published in the west
* These 12 Games Could Go Into A Video Game Hall Of Fame
* Nintendo’s Switch Joy-Con Problem a Result of “Manufacturing Variation”
* PlayStation 3 Production Ending Soon In Japan
* PlayStation 3 memories

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The Lost ’80s Tester of the Chaos Tribe


I’ve had a number of topics on my mind over the last few days and I figured that I’d share them. These may or may not be gaming related. You’ve been warned.

’80S Q&A
I participated in an impromptu ’80s Q&A with Usagi704 and a friend of ours recently. I’m more in the background when I talk and I don’t do much of that in the video. The questions revolved around favorites of the 1980s whether it be a TV show, movie, video game, etc. I thought it came off pretty entertaining and I think you’ll find it that way too. :)

From what I understand the television show Lost had its first show of its last season this last Tuesday. I kind of got the hint from all of the updates on Twitter about it.

I’ve never understood the appeal of the show. A smoke monster doesn’t exactly do anything for me. That sounds more like a crappy wrestling angle involving the Ultimate Warrior vomiting or something similar. :lol:

I remember watching one episode a couple of years ago and being, well, for a lack of a better term (or because I really want to make this pun), lost on Lost. I can’t say I’ll miss hearing about the show after this season.

Sony’s PSN exclusive reality show called The Tester had a trailer released earlier this week. After seeing it I can honestly say that I don’t have any interest in watching it.

The people on that show look and act ridiculous trying to compete to get the worst job in the gaming industry. Just watch the trailer and you’ll see a lot of crying! Yes, these idiots actually cry over a crappy job that they obviously don’t understand what it involves. What’s worse is that this job is made to look like it’s hard to get when it’s clearly not after hearing talk about it on the HotSpot.

Even David Jaffe as a judge won’t entice me to watch.

The teaser trailer was released by Sega yesterday and I’m sure it was the biggest news of the week.

I noticed some people mentioning that the animation didn’t look quite right. I’d like to know what those people were watching because I didn’t see any gameplay footage of the game to determine that, though it was said to be in there on Sega’s website.

In fact, I thought that’s what they were going to show, gameplay footage. Because of that I was underwhelmed by the 48 seconds that were shown. I can’t imagine any big fans of the series were any more excited than they previously were.

I don’t mean to disappoint, but I don’t have any new fight footage for you to view.

It’s been pretty frustrating taking on Usagi704, but that doesn’t have to do with any skill he may have over me (which he does). It’s with myself.

I feel like I should be able to take him out with my Kabal or Jarek, but nothing comes of it. It feels like the game’s very limiting in what I can do to retaliate against his attacks. It also doesn’t help that button input can be sluggish from time to time. That’s not lag as I’ve been extremely surprised and happy with the game’s online performance.

I do keep going back to MKA a lot recently so that says something for it. I’m sure I’ll get more fun fights uploaded soon.

I got a few new games and that required a broken promise from me to get nothing new until God of War III. I suck in that regard. At least the games only cost $20 total.

I couldn’t pass up a decent shoot-’em-up that I didn’t know about called Chaos Field. It also serves as another Gamecube game for the very small amount that I have.

A popular PC game that became free a number of years ago was Tribes. I was unaware that there were any console ports of the series. As it turns out Tribes 2 became Tribes: Aerial Assault on the PS2. It has online play and, yes, I did check it out and it still runs too! Nobody was on at the time, though.

Finally I found a cheap copy of Street Fighter EX3. I was never that fond of it, but the game was one that I had years ago so I wanted it back for that reason.


That’s all of the topics I have for this time. Thanks for reading!


Recently I decided I wanted to play my Game Boy Color/Advance games on my TV. Of course there’s only one way to do this and I didn’t have a thing that I needed outside of the GBA games.

Yeah you guessed it, I bought a Gamecube and a Game Boy Player. But that wasn’t all. I knew that a Gamecube controller wasn’t going to cut it for some of the games, so I also got a GBA to GC link cable.

While I was at it I figured that I’d check out some Gamecube specific games. After some looking around at reviews and video footage, I chose 15 games that seemed interesting. Eight of them were obtained as you’ll see below.

I also picked up a few other things like a GBA headphones adapter and Sly 2: Band of Thieves. The latter was to see if I like it enough to search for any of the other games in that trilogy.

Gamecube system
AC adapter
AV cables
Black & Indigo controllers

Game Boy Player
GBP start-up disc
Black GC memory card
GBA to GC link cable
GBA headphones adapter

Mega Man Network Transmission
Metroid Prime
Naruto: Clash of Ninja 2
Sonic Adventure DX: Director’s Cut
Star Fox Adventures
Star Fox: Assault
Super Smash Bros. Melee

Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest
Battlefield: Bad Company
Sly 2: Band of Thieves
WWF Royal Rumble

Thanks for checking this blog out. Check out the previous entry if you missed it.

The Conspiracy Is Here

My first three new games of the year have arrived. As you can see below they are Street Fighter Alpha: Warriors’ Dreams, Street Fighter EX Plus Alpha, and Deus Ex: The Conspiracy. Along with those games I also bought an S-Video cable for my PS2 so that those games can look the best possible on my HDTV.


Contrary to popular belief, I definitely won’t be diving right into playing these games. I hardly ever do that, but some people still think that it happens.

I did think that I ordered a complete copy of SFEX until the order arrived. I was probably thinking about SFA or some other game that I didn’t order. I’m still going to keep it, though. I’m going to try to keep the disc only games as just for the Sega CD from now on.

Another thing that I’m going to try is to tone down the number of games that I buy this year. I’m sure that after getting 242 additions to my collection last year that it’s going to be pretty difficult to keep that pace up.

Now Playing: May ’07

At the conclusion of Retro Revival Week at the beginning of the month, I didn’t expect to have the games I played to stack up as high. As it turned out I played 11 more games. Here are those games.

First off I’ll talk about the ones that I beat/completed. The NES game Probotector II: Return of the Evil Forces was the first game I played and finished. It’s the European version of Super C and I prefer it because the same code on the North American version that grants 10 lives gives 30 instead.

On WWE SmackDown! Here Comes the Pain I played as Kane through the full season mode and then with Matt Hardy (which I’m now in the middle of). Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Hyperstone Heist was a fun co-op experience. I especially like the run button, which isn’t present in the SNES game Turtles In Time. The final game that I beat was Golden Axe. It was a pretty short game, but I had way more fun with it than I expected to. The hardest part was the duel mode, but I did manage to survive it twice.

Another game I had lots of fun with was Raiden Trad. The best I did without continuing was getting to the boss of stage five with a score of 667,650. I also clocked in some time with Final Fight and
Super Castlevania IV on the SNES.

Super Street Fighter II on the Genesis was interesting with only the 3-button controller, but I knew that I’d be much better off with double the buttons. So with that in mind I found, bid on, and won two new 6-button controllers on eBay for only a penny (the only time they’re not BS). Other fighting games I played a few matches against Usagi704 on were World Heroes 2 (SNES), Evil Zone (PS), and Street Fighter EX Plus Alpha (PS).