So recently I was investigating rare/expensive PS2 games (as you do) and I happened across an eBay auction advertising a rare PS2 game, the first and only Spain exclusive game on the system. The first thing that grabbed my attention was the boxart.
Well, that’s not something you see everyday. Que Pasa Neng! El Videojuego translates roughly as What’s Up Neng! The Videogame, Neng being the name of the character on the cover. This week’s weird video, returning after a short hiatus (i.e. I forgot it was Wednesday) is gameplay footage from this rather unusual game.
You can rest easy – this is satire, thank God, in the vein of Ali G. And, surprisingly perhaps, the game looks fun! I don’t know what is going on exactly: first you’re tasked with a Tetris challenge to stuff people in a car? Then you have to… catch and eat flies – or are you spitting them out? I can’t even tell. It’s all very random and Incredible Crisis-esque.
Think you’ve got what it takes? Do you have the Twerk- er, hang on, Quirk Factor?
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
By now, a large proportion of Londoners have no doubt seen or unwittingly walked past examples of videogame-inspired street art, from Pac-Man ghosts in Brixton to the baddies of Space Invaders in the West End. But are any aware of those natural features of the London landscape that correspond with those of videogames? And who is to say that videogames may not, in some senses, be our reality? Continue reading