Hart & Usagi Podcast #61: Remastered

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Remastering of last generation games — are they worth it? Free-to-play or Free-to-start — which is it? Also, we chat about Gamestop’s horrible recycling program, Nintendo going mobile, and Usagi704 purchases a Bloodborne PS4 faceplate…live! All this plus your feedback and more on episode 61 of the Hart & Usagi Podcast.

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NEWS/TOPICS:
* Mega Man Creator’s Other 3DS Game Cancelled
* Senate Intelligence Committee Greenlights CISA
* FCC Inspector General launches investigation into agency’s rulemaking practices
* FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler Facing Congressional Scrutiny Over Net Neutrality This Week
* FCC faces first legal challenges to Open Internet Order changes
* Major Loophole To Combat Copyright Infringement Left In Open Internet Order
* GameStop isn’t cheap for throwing out game products, it’s just terrible at recycling
* First Details of Nintendo’s Next System, the ‘NX’
* Atari Lawyers Demand Vita Game TxK is Removed
* Konami Tries to Quietly Erase Hideo Kojima as It Continues to Bleed Talent
* PS4 Getting 1080p God of War 3 Remastered
* Don’t Expect More God of War PS4 Remasters, Sony Says
* Batman Arkham Duo Remastered for PS4 and Xbox One, Report Claims
* Borderlands 1 Could Come to Xbox One/PS4 If Fans Demand It
* Nintendo Mobile Dev Wants to Topple Candy Crush
* Here’s Why Nintendo’s CEO Dislikes the Term “Free-to-Play”
* Full Hard Drives Mean An Uncomfortable Digital Age For PS4 And Xbox One
* Dear Teacher, A Video Game Developer Is A Real Job And Should Be Celebrated

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Over the last month these six items are the new additions.

I had $5 of credit to use on eStarland.com and decided to purchase a used copy of Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus. It also was what gave me the idea to do my month of Ratchet & Clank games, #RatchetNov, which I am currently in the middle of.

Tempest is one of those classic 1980s arcade games which I find quite fun to play. An upgraded version of the game on the Atari Jaguar called Tempest 2000 is considered one of the best titles for an otherwise horrible gaming system. Well did you know a further updated version of the game was made available on the original PlayStation? It’s called Tempest X3. As soon as I heard about it I had to have it. It was a cheap pick up on eBay.

Finally there’s Sniper Elite V2 and Payday: The Heist. On Steam a few weeks back there was separate 24-hour periods where these games were made available for free. I was somewhat interested in checking the game out and free certainly helped in my decision making.

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I also was able to find a couple movies on Blu-ray for a good price with extras included. Top Gun came in one of those sweet Steelbook cases. This is something I don’t have many of. The only other one I can think of that I have is the game Mortal Kombat: Armageddon for PS2.

Mrs. Doubtfire was the other film I got. It has a lot of neat footage of early makeup tests and a good featurette of the idea of what message the filmmakers wanted to say within the story. Recommended for sure.

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Retro Gaming Rules!

Recently I’ve caught the retro gaming bug. Well, maybe I’ve always had it, however, it’s affecting me more now than ever. It got to a point where I caved in and bought my first collection of classics from the long lost arcades of old.

The first title consists of three games, Pong, Asteroids, and Yars’ Revenge [official site] (which is also the name of the game). Pong is the game that started it all and is actually very difficult when playing against the AI. I always get beat, but at least I’ve managed to score four points so far. Now I just have five points to go for my first win. Asteroids is tons of fun. So much so that I challenged Revolver to better my score of 16,010. He has been unsuccessful to this point. Yars’ Revenge is the more complicated game of the bunch from yesteryear. I actually needed the manual at one point to know what I was supposed to do.

Another collection I picked up was Namco Museum [official site]. It includes such classics as Ms. Pac-Man, Galaxian, Galaga, Dig Dug, and Pole Position. Ms. Pac-Man and Galaga certainly don’t need an explanation. Galaxian may need one, though. It was the prequel to Galaga and isn’t as fun as it’s successor, but is still a good time. Pole Position was a favorite of mine that can still be found in some hotel game rooms. It has been awhile, but I don’t remember having to qualify for a race in the game. Maybe it was removed in Pole Position II and possibly that’s the game I remember more. Dig Dug was one game I didn’t play much of previously and I didn’t think it would be that exciting. I was wrong as it was chosen a number of times over the other four games.

A third collection on the way from eStarland.com is Atari Anniversary Advance [official site] (also known as Arcade’s Greatest Hits: Atari Collection 1 [official site] for the PlayStation). Six games are available in this package and they are: Battlezone, Centipede, Missile Command, Super Breakout, Tempest, and Asteroids (for the second time). Centipede and Missile Command are the most memorable. I’ve played clones of Super Breakout (on the TI-85) and Tempest (found within Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas), but never the originals. Nosbig is a fan of the former and it’s fun to watch Revolver play the latter. Like Dig Dug in the previous collection, Battlezone was one I never played much of before, but surely it will be fun just like the rest.

All three of these collections are on the Game Boy Advance. I feel that these types of games are better suited for the portable system because of the quick play sessions that are typical of them. They’re all great fun and you won’t regret purchasing any of them.