Archive for May, 2009

Re-Thought: Dynamite Deka

Posted in Gaming Rant with tags , , , , , , on May 10, 2009 by reasonjp

There are a couple of interesting problems that come up when writing  reviews of older games. Firstly, it makes the whole blog seem like a retro blog which Gaijingamers isn’t. Certainly this writer is pushing out retrospectives because 99 percent of Japanese developer output in 2009 is arguably even more generic rubbish than western games (prove me wrong, Japanese devs! Or just hurry up and release Dead Rising 2). Secondly there’s the nostalgia factor getting in the way of everything. Rose tinted specs often disguise the fact that the game you’re eulogising is in fact A Bit Crap, and really hasn’t aged well at all.

There are an elite few games that actually get better with age, and Dynamite Deka is one of them.

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The Island of Lost Games No.3: 3DO

Posted in Gaming Rant with tags , , , , on May 1, 2009 by reasonjp

Well, this should be a laugh, right? The 3DO is perhaps the easiest videogame system of all time to mercilessly criticise, a system that failed on nearly every front from hardware specs and software lineup, to pricing and management.Or did it?

There’s lots for the critics to find fault and poke fun at. First of all there’s the man behind the 3DO, Trip Hawkins, a guy who nearly put the game software industry’s 300 tonne gorilla in Electronic Arts, out of business by delaying the company’s involvement in console development on the grounds that he infamously felt they would be a passing fad. Not only that, but his company would create the Army Men franchise, a collection of some of the very worst games in history that only ended when banned by a UN resolution. Something about cruel and unusual torture. Probably.

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