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I’ve been playing a lot of Wiz n’ Liz on the Megadrive. If anything is the definition of ‘overlooked gem’ it’s this game. It’s aged incredibly well. It’s not quite as good as the Amiga version but it’s still ridiculously playable. I highly recommend you give it a go.

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On 5/17/2019 at 3:03 PM, jazzygeofferz said:

I hate that whole "those SJWs ruined my videogame" argument as graphics become more realistic, games arguably become more mainstream and need to appeal to wider audiences. 

I was thinking about this the other day, and I think it's of a kind with "gamers" creating hierarchies of what constitutes "real" games versus "casual" games.

Video games are incredibly mainstream, just about everyone plays them in some capacity and, for several years, women have made up at least half, and according to several studies, more than half of the market. So one aspect of it (the "SJWs ruining gaming!" shit) is just a bunch of spoiled young boys throwing their toys out of the pram because they're expected to share, and angry that getting the mainstream acceptance that they thought they wanted also means their hobby gets held to a greater degree of scrutiny and a higher level of criticism, but it's also about "gamers" as a social identity - usually young white males - dealing with no longer being the majority of the demographic of people who actually play video games, so dealing with that by constantly redefining what constitutes a "game" and what constitutes a "gamer", in the process writing out everything that is predominantly played by women, children, or older "casual" gamers until, surprise surprise, our single white male "gamer" is conveniently the majority again.

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2 hours ago, BomberPat said:

Video games are incredibly mainstream, just about everyone plays them in some capacity and, for several years, women have made up at least half, and according to several studies, more than half of the market. So one aspect of it (the "SJWs ruining gaming!" shit) is just a bunch of spoiled young boys throwing their toys out of the pram because they're expected to share, and angry that getting the mainstream acceptance that they thought they wanted also means their hobby gets held to a greater degree of scrutiny and a higher level of criticism, but it's also about "gamers" as a social identity - usually young white males - dealing with no longer being the majority of the demographic of people who actually play video games, so dealing with that by constantly redefining what constitutes a "game" and what constitutes a "gamer", in the process writing out everything that is predominantly played by women, children, or older "casual" gamers until, surprise surprise, our single white male "gamer" is conveniently the majority again.

The turds who operate on the fringes can do one, so to speak. Truth is, the developers and others responsible for providing the content will do what they've always done. And that's make games that appeal to as wide a demographic as possible, because that's what sells.

Of the small demographic that bemoans changes in gaming to reflect modern culture it'll be an even smaller percentage who will actively not buy based on those beliefs. They'll do what people in that position have always done. They'll buy the product, then moan like fuck afterwards to their like-minded friends online.

Meanwhile the rest of us can enjoy the games, and also enjoy the fact that we're seeing more inclusion within the industry, which will mean more diverse games and more choice for players, which can only be a good thing.

I'm what would be termed an old fart in gaming circles, and I get my fix from retro releases for the most part, but anything that gets kids of all backgrounds and walks of life actively engaging with each other is a huge positive not just in gaming terms but in a societal sense. The market is big enough to accommodate everyone, and it should accommodate everyone.

Edited by David

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Thought I’d pop this here. We’re going to be working with Retro Soft who are making the RetroMania Wrestling game. We’ll confirm specifics at a later day, but yeah, very excited.

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We got them on our podcast for a chat recently, so thought I’d post it in here due to the discussion that was had on page 96.

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Here’s the tweet:

https://mobile.twitter.com/grapplearcade/status/1132568131929542657

and here’s the direct Pod Bean link.

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-zng98-b26702

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On 5/20/2019 at 1:11 PM, David said:

The turds who operate on the fringes can do one, so to speak. Truth is, the developers and others responsible for providing the content will do what they've always done. And that's make games that appeal to as wide a demographic as possible, because that's what sells.

Of the small demographic that bemoans changes in gaming to reflect modern culture it'll be an even smaller percentage who will actively not buy based on those beliefs. They'll do what people in that position have always done. They'll buy the product, then moan like fuck afterwards to their like-minded friends online.

Meanwhile the rest of us can enjoy the games, and also enjoy the fact that we're seeing more inclusion within the industry, which will mean more diverse games and more choice for players, which can only be a good thing.

I'm what would be termed an old fart in gaming circles, and I get my fix from retro releases for the most part, but anything that gets kids of all backgrounds and walks of life actively engaging with each other is a huge positive not just in gaming terms but in a societal sense. The market is big enough to accommodate everyone, and it should accommodate everyone.

I found it hilarious when people were bitching that the female characters in the new Mortal Kombat had covered up while my first thought was "but how does it play?"

That Retromania Wrestling game looks really interesting. 

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Getting married next month and the other half agreed to hire some retro arcades for the day! We got Sunset Riders, The Simpsons, Dungeons and Dragons 2 and Streetfighter Vs Marvel.

 

Proper chuffed.

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20 minutes ago, ReturnOfTheMack said:

Getting married next month and the other half agreed to hire some retro arcades for the day! We got Sunset Riders, The Simpsons, Dungeons and Dragons 2 and Streetfighter Vs Marvel.

 

Proper chuffed.

I'm getting married in November and we've hired the same thing! We've hired two cabinets but might stretch to four, and right now our short list is; Mario Kart '64, Goldeneye, Halo 3 and Super Monkey Ball.

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That’s what weddings are for, congratulations  😁

Oh, and to anyone interested in the RetroMania game, here’s a tweet containing a video of how the game is currently coming along. Gives you an idea of style/flow. Looking at Q1 2020 for it’s release. 

https://mobile.twitter.com/grapplearcade/status/1133008398130327552

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That second Dungeons & Dragons game is crazy with the levelling and inventories etc. Marries the RPG & beat 'em up together very well. 

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After a conversation over the weekend, I'm shopping around for a Dendy Jr. 

It's the Soviet Russian knock-off of the NES, with some bonkers games, including a Sonic/Mario sprite swap mess. There's a bunch on eBay which seem to be modern recreations with built-in games, which I might resort to, but was hoping for an original. For the price, I'm not sure how much I trust dodgy Russian eBay sellers, though.

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