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The second day of Play Expo brought
more of that old-school goodness with a modern twist, more costumed shenanigans
and Retro game competitions with both prizes and pride at stake.
morning at Play Expo went a lot more smoothly without car worries to hold us
back. The Games You Loved team got through the doors as early as possible,
quickly unveiled our stand and hit the arcades for some cheeky games before the
I greatly appreciated the chance to try Smash TV and Tatsujin –
two games I’d only heard of and would never usually get the chance to play, let
alone see them in an arcade cabinet where they belong. As a younger generation
gamer myself, experiencing all the 80s arcade machines in all their glory was a
real privilege. The only thing I’d seen like it was Funspot, the American
arcade featured in the movie King of Kong
so it was a bit like standing on hallowed ground.
for being a bit biased towards shoot’em ups but I have an unhealthy love for
the genre, so here we go. I was able to play a real Galaga machine for the first time ever! Seeing the solid foundation
behind the games I love was very cool, Galaga
has definitely aged well which is probably why the series continues to this day.
The same awe from playing on a real machine hit me when I tried Sinistar as well, it’s amazing to see
how an old arcade game can be as intense an experience as Sinistar is.
beside my beloved Progear cab while
waiting for a turn gave me a chance to take in the friendly atmosphere of Play
Expo. Shared passion makes for easy conversation and after a couple of attempts
at my mission from yesterday I finally cleared the game on a single credit, and
people who’d seen my efforts were quick to approach afterwards, have a chat and
ask for advice about the game.
Day 2 brought out my competitive streak, even if that meant losing to Chris
from the GYL team at Kung Fu Master,
something I’m sure he’ll remind me of forever!
Alongside all this was a massive walkabout with Chris and a few of the other GYL team and some cool chaps in the community. When it came to arcades from Star Wars to Outrun you could pretty much take your pick.
I spent some
time challenging people at Street Fighter
games on the SNES, you have to respect the amount of time and energy these
guys ‘n’ gals put into learning their fighting games, some of these brawlers
were seriously good. I entered 8bit Planet’s Smash Bros Melee tourney despite being a pretty average player
Just watching the physical act of pressing buttons quickly was
impressive enough; the better players’ hands were just a blur of movement and
the game was being played so fast that a non-initiate probably couldn’t tell
what was going on. As for myself I had the rare pleasure of actually winning a
couple of matches before being knocked out of the third round in some really
close games. One of my opponents was so good at mind reading he could tell
everything I was going to do before even I knew, impressive stuff all round.
exploration led me to a new indie game for Xbox 360 and PC called Tiny Keep, which invited me to begin my
‘tiny escape’. It’s a roguelike dungeon crawler with a charmingly cartoonish
visual style that doesn’t detract from the game’s dungeon setting. You progress
through randomly generated floors, hacking your way through enemies or leading
them into traps. Once I figured out how to control my character I found it very
fun, the random element is intended to keep players coming back for a varied
adventure while each level has its own distinctive theme and boss.My escape was cut short however when I
ignored warnings to leave an ominous skull totem alone, disturbed it and was
mowed down by a sudden ambush of skeleton warriors. As a gamer it’s hard to avoid
interacting with any given object, but I definitely learnt my lesson.
tried out a retro arcade classic born anew on the Occulus Rift: Tempest! This was my first time trying
the Occulus Rift for any type of game, so allow me to state the obvious; that
it’s pretty damn cool. I won’t overdo it though. Even with the frantic shooter
action of Tempest and its constant explosion of trippy colours, I wasn’t freaking
out or having problems with my eyes afterwards like some testers have claimed.
Somehow even in this crazy cyberspace disco, being totally immersed and having
full use of my peripheral vision just felt natural. After trying Tempest I do wonder how I’d be affected
by an Occulus Rift game that makes use of visual realism.
Absolute bloody magic. Whether we’re talking atmosphere, cutting edge gaming or
arcane retro technology, Play Expo has it all. The team at GamesYouLoved
enjoyed today so much, we really had to give you an update tonight.
We had a
great time even after a fairly disastrous beginning. After cramming in a quick
breakfast with the Funstock team (full English, of course), we jammed a bunch
of old school consoles and equipment into the car and headed off. Immediately
upon reaching the venue however, our car window refused to close, the mechanism
had broken! We hadn’t even set up yet, so picture those stress levels going
through the roof. Suddenly we’re in hard mode; getting the stand put together
while trying to get the AA on the phone!
everything was fixed and good to go soon after the doors opened. What struck me
about Play Expo was the amount of space given over to gaming itself, almost
half the venue was dedicated to games already released for people to actually play rather than obsessing over new and
upcoming releases. This idea of gaming in the present and of course, the past,
instead of a fixation on future gaming really speaks to me, the expo certainly
lives up to its title.
floorspace was filled with every game under the sun, many of which were
multiplayer set ups, you felt like you could start a game with anyone. There
were a couple of consoles I hadn’t even heard of before, I tried an FM Towns
Marty for the first time, there goes my credibility eh?
still a strong presence from the new console generation though, the big three
were out in force.
hype was radiating from the arcade section: an absolutely mindblowing
collection of cabinets, shoot’em ups, racing games, all that good stuff set to
free play so you could game as much as you want. Personally the chance to play
some real shooters by CAVE on an actual arcade cab was just awesome. With all
the score competitions going on there were opportunities for all that bedroom
practice to be seen by fellow gamers who genuinely appreciate it too. I’ve got
a score to settle with Typing of the Dead tomorrow, that’s for sure.
It was all about playing the games, but also the retro community that surrounds us all. Retro Joe, Tooty UK (Stuart), Rich King Retro, Cybersnake (Jason), Dave 'imagamegeek' to name but a few where there. The GamesYouLoved crew and these guys and others took time out to chat and do some mutual filming too. All in a days work for these massive retrogaming fans. Not only this but we hooked up with Sam (@MrSidC64) to chat about his Commodore book on the www.funstock.co.uk stand - where we fitted in a short interview of this and his new Amiga Kickstarter which begins Monday 13th October.
walk through the venue presented me with crazy cosplay karaoke competitions
going on in one corner next to a casual Smash Bros tourney run by the Bristol
boys who’d come up for the weekend. Alongside this Retro Collect had their many competitions on and kept the energy up all day - great job guys.
There were enough stands selling retro
games, quality prints and other merchandise to make me believe my wallet had a
mind of its own. There was even a bloke selling swords, but thankfully the
cosplayers weren’t all armed to the teeth.
So the end
of the day found me back on an arcade cab playing Progear, just dying to finish
my credit (it was a good run!) while being asked repeatedly by security to
finish up as it was closing time. Eventually I had to relent and abandon my
plane to its fate. See you all tomorrow though yeah?
In this day and age we are all for collecting all the classic games
and playing them on the original consoles with the original
controllers. That is the best way to play retro games, the nostalgia is
there with the feel and the touch of the machines.
Pushing in a
cartridge into the slot on the Sega Master System, pressing the power
button on your Nintendo NES console or even pumping coins into an original arcade cab. These are all the things we remember of gaming as kids and still love to do, but in
the present day this is not always possible for everyone and we like to preserve our
machines and games of old and keep them in good condition plus access a range of games at any one time.
But wait........our delivery from
Funstock.co.uk landed. So without delay we
opened it up to see an Android tablet ..." But wait ........this had
analogue joysticks and a D-pad! We now had in our hands the JXD S7800b !
this is an Android tablet built for retrogames....we are quite
impressed! The console holds well in your hands and is light
too.weighing only 500g! Your thumbs lay ontop of the joysticks just
right and still leaves your fingers to be hitting the L1 and R1 buttons
curved into the corners of the console! The tablet has all the buttons
you'd expect from modern handhelds and they are all positioned correctly
which will suit most games and gamers!
It has Android OS so this tablet is easy to navigate with the D-Pad or even the touch screen (yes
touch screen!!) The Google Play store app is supported so you can
download your Gmail or any other Android apps that take your fancy, even
the retro games which are available are easy to access. So this being just like your
Android phone (without calls) you can also surf the internet with pure ease
No beating around the bush, this is a very fancy
multi emulator in a branded tablet - but JXD have done this very well. As
we all know downloading ROMS can be annoying but the JXD makes this
simple. The console comes pre-loaded with a cloud app that puts your
games into genres and categories for you. All you have to do is simply
choose your game and press download! Its that easy. The 8GB of storage
gives you tons of space for games and if you want more for movies or
such there is a memory card slot too. The JXD is pre set to play
Megadrive, SNES, Famicom, Gameboy, DS,GBA, MAME, PS1, N64, Arcade
and better still the DREAMCAST!!!
Of course you can download more
emu's for other consoles and formats (if you know how to do that sort of
thing) and we are told the JXD also supports Speccy, Amiga, 32x and
One of the best features of the JXD is the screen
it comes in at a massive 7" and is bright, responsive and colourful
which makes the games llok great! If you wish to have more definition
you can plug this badboy into your HDMI on your TV and go Large!!! The
speakers sit either side of the console giving you good stereo sound.
There is a 2.0 megapixel camera on the back and also one on the front if
you want to take selfies, there is also an excellent Key
Mapping feature if you download Android games that use touch screen
controls, but you do have the option to use these on all games....we
Battery life is good, we have been playing Crazy Taxi most
of the day and with its 5000mah battery you can play for quite a while! There is not much else to say about the JXD you just haver to play it
for yourself to experience it. This is a great retro meets modern
gaming console with added emu's to get you started. There are even a
few bundled games on there to get you going!
Like any emulation system -it plays emulated games, this
means sadly that not all games play perfectly or have sound, but this you'll experience across a number of systems anyway. The majority of roms across a range of systems worked. Some didn't so we moved onto the next game - easy. Watch the Official Trailer below or visit Funstock.co.uk to snap up your console (don't forget to use the code GYL at checkout for 5% off!!!)
If reports are to be believed the worst game ever is ET for the Atari 2600 and it holds the unwanted accolade of potentially causing the collapse of the video game industry in the early eighties. Rumours rumbled around for years that thousands of copies of this game were buried in a New Mexico desert with many thinking that was just an urban myth until earlier this year when the site was found and the games excavated....but one of those games found its way to Sussex!!!!
Your favourite GYL guest reviewers Hedger & Preece have decided to take one for the GYL team and set about the task of seeing just how bad this game really is.
A flick of the power switch takes us straight to the loading, title and intro screen (all cunningly disguised as the same screen with a rendition of the ET theme tune playing sweetly in the background or is that bleeping sweetly? In terms of the gameplay I think this game can be best summed up by the word 'toilet' (one that doesn't appear to flush). You have about 5 different screens that appear one after the other, in an unending cycle, as you (playing as the eponymous ET) are chased by an FBI agent, a scientist and Elliott. I think the idea is to collect parts of a spaceship whilst trying to avoid some holes in the ground (yes... I remember that bit in the movie too). I say 'I think', as what appeared to happen, at length, was I'd get picked up by one of these other characters and get taken to a screen that looked like a cross between the Acropolis and a small housing estate.
Needless to say this game drew a semi-permanent, confused frown from within me as I tried to work out what the hell was going on. Even now, reflecting upon it with the clarity that a cup of tea and a Jaffa Cake bring, I still am at a loss. Still at least I can now say that I have experienced a part of gaming folklore – just quite possibly the worst part of it... For me the rating for the game are : Sound 2 – Only the fact that the title screen had a tune that resembled the ET theme saved this from a 1 Graphics 2 – ET's head movement is about the only impressive thing Playability 1 – You really won't want to play this a second time – even if you know what to do. Overall 2 – But if I were you I'd score yourself a 1 for a) actually reading a review of the Worst Game Ever™ and b) reading it to the end! Reviewed by Dean Hedger and Jon Preece