The Curious Case of Tiger Woods 99 PGA Tour Golf

I was an exceedingly curious child, always getting myself into trouble while trying to figure out how and why things worked. One of my experiments was putting a Playstation disc onto my PC just to see if it would play the game. Back then I didn't understand the concept of operating systems, BIOS, or why some games would only run on whatever system. The only thing that happened was a window popped up displaying the contents of the disc, much the same as it would for any data disc. Clearly I wasn't the only curious person out there as it ... Read more
Posted 10 hours ago

Peripheral Vision: Intec PS6010A w/ Turbo

Back in the day Intec were heavy hitters when it came to gaming peripherals. I don't necessarily mean they were good, but they sure released a lot of them. Today I'll be putting their PS6010A (is that the best they could come up with?) through its paces and see whether this controller was worth however much it retailed for. Although I never personally seen one of these in a store brand new, I can imagine a young me being drawn to this controller back in the day. When almost every Playstation controller was ... Read more
Posted 3 days ago

Wave Race for the Nintendo Game Boy

Believe it or not I didn't know the Wave Race series began on the Nintendo Game Boy until I found and purchased a copy a few years ago. Produced by the ever popular Shigeru Miyamoto, Wave Race was released on the Game Boy all the way back in 1992, but only for North America. Europe had to wait until June 1997, making it feel more like a portable sequel to Wave Race 64, while Japan seemingly never received a local release of Wave Race at all. Wave Race still sold well ... Read more
Posted 1 week ago

Video Game Power Supplies

Those among us who are both vintage gaming fans and avid thrift shoppers will likely know that sometimes old consoles are easier to find than their essential hookups. Some thrift stores will split up a perfectly good set that came in complete and price everything individually to maximize profits. This means if you hit the store at the right time you may be lucky enough to find the whole set. But what happens if you've found everything but the power supply? Using the correct power supply on a console is crucially important, something that can literally make or break your video ... Read more
Posted 1 week ago

Peripheral Vision: Namco NeGcon

Way back at the end of 2010 I saw one of the strangest controllers I had ever seen at a local thrift store. For some reason I decided to pass on buying it until I went back a few months later, during their New Years sale. Seeing it was still there I purchased it without hesitation. After purchasing this odd little peripheral I didn't do much with it beyond making sure it worked and putting it away with the rest of my gaming controllers. The poor thing has ... Read more
Posted 2 weeks ago

Rockin Kats for the NES

In 1991 the good people of Atlus released a game by the name of N.Y. Nyankies for the Famicom in Japan. Later that year North America would receive it as Rockin' Kats. When I finally got my hands on a copy of Rockin' Kats, many years later, I remember loving it right from the start. At its core the game is a platformer much the same as the Super Mario Bros. series, but Rockin' Kats brought its own style to the genre and added aspects that made it feel completely unique. ... Read more
Posted 2 weeks ago

Can Google Translate Help Play Imports?

Throughout the years there have been a few video games that I've desperately wished would be translated into English, but for whatever reason simply never got that treatment. Whether it's an official localization or a fan translation from websites such as RomHacking.net, many video games are readily available to be enjoyed by nearly anyone speaking any language. But what is a potential fan of any given game supposed to do when that game is left in the language it was originally released in? While learning other languages is something I recommend, doing so just for one ... Read more
Posted 3 weeks ago