Charity shops and flea markets should be every gamer’s best friend. Rummaging around for games in musty shops feels almost like a game to me. I love the mystery of not knowing what will be there, and it feels great those times when you find valuable/rare/unusual/cool games on sale for a pittance. Bombastic was a recent charity shop find, an excellent one at that, and even more recently I got an inside tip from (of all people) my mother, on a bunch of games for sale at a charity shop she volunteers in. Without knowing specific titles or even the total number of games, I asked if she could buy them for me. She bought all the PS1 games, but turned down Goldeneye on N64 out of hand because she figured I must already own it…bless you Mum, you know me so well 😥
Now the haul is in and we’re looking at 8 PS1 titles here of varying quality and interest, including one duplicate of a game I already own – not a surprising duplicate, since Rayman, the 2D platformer of choice for dedicated masochists, was an early PS1 release and the best ever selling PS1 game in the UK. With that knowledge, all those Rayman ports and re-releases churned out over the years with no accompanying fanfare suddenly make a good deal of sense as exact equivalents of the well known flatulent concept, the Ninja Fart, aka silent but deadly. Continue reading
Credit to People Will Be People for bringing the video to my attention. The gaming landscape isn’t all stereotypes and doom. This fascinating speed run of Ocarina of Time, comes complete with a commentary on the history of speed running/sequence breaking in the game, courtesy of the speed runner himself… while he’s actually playing it live for charity. He’s also wearing blue nail polish for some reason (I feel compelled to mention this highly irrelevant detail because it somehow contributes to the bizarreness of some of the events in the game). Even though I have little interest and no knowledge of speed running, the whole thing is totally compelling. Makes me wonder if I could do… no, no way. Don’t even think about it. You will never be this good! Besides, this guy is quite the multi-tasker, I find it a struggle not to drool when gaming, that goes for many other activities now you mention it.
Rudely pushing aside the really amazing stuff that happens in the video (“Navi dive? WTF!?”), it reminds me how stupidly rich videogames are as a medium. This video sketches the history of a tiny subset of the videogame fanbase dedicated to essentially breaking Ocarina of Time, which seems so totally removed from my own posts about the same game’s narrative it’s hard to believe they have the same game in common. I guess it’s something to do with that unique competitive sports element that sets videogames apart from other mediums like novels and films.