This week in Your Parents Basement, don’t be a dummy – Buckle up! From 1993, we’re playing various versions of The Incredible Crash Dummies by Gray Matter Inc. and published by (ugh) LJN for the Game Boy, Gear Gear, Sega Master System, SNES, NES and Sega Genesis.
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- 0:00 – Intro, which features a Blooperoonie and one of the dummies’ better PSAs.
- 27:00 – Huell has some reasons why the Game Boy version is… The Most Worst Game of All-Time.
- 32:00 – Todd has some reasons why the SNES version is… The Most Best Game of All-Time.
- 37:00 – Voicemails! Another former president calls in.
- 42:45 – Emails!
- 51:00 – As always, we help some people with Todd’s help, in Ask The Sweet Boys.
- 56:00 – Snifferoo. We’re playing a controversial Sega CD game, because it’s being re-released!
– According to Price Charting, all versions of The Incredible Crash Dummies can be purchased for $3 to $16. The box and manual for the NES and SNES versions push the price up to $22 and $49, but really, these games aren’t especially worth any price you’d pay for them.
– While we mentioned LJN, the game’s publisher, on the show, we didn’t talk about the developing company, Gray Matter Inc. According to Moby Games, they were Canada’s biggest game developer at one time, and they do have some OK games on their dossier, like WWF King of the Ring and NHL All-Star Hockey. But, they also did Wayne’s World, another notoriously awful game.
Whew, the weather is heating up just as July is on its way out! But thankfully, there is some good gamin’ news to help you through these miserable temperatures. (Note: Your region may vary.) On to the proper post!
– Ernie Smith of Atlas Obscura has an incredible piece on the Brazilian video game market, where the Sega Master System still sells 150,000 units a year.
– A cool documentary idea: Two guys try to buy as much of a NES collection as they can in 30 days. The film is called Nintendo Quest, and Geek & Sundry’s Robert Workman has an article on it here.
– In other Nintendo news, the company posted a surprising first quarter profit, per Financial Times and many other sites. The gains were attributed to better cost controls and the performance of Splatoon, a new shooter IP for the Wii U.
– Per Wired and other sites, Dragon Quest XI is the first confirmed game for the Nintendo NX, along with the 3DS and Playstation 4, confusingly. In comparison to Square Enix’s other big series, Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest games are usually simpler graphically, so the series could be on multiple, divergent platforms.
– The podcast I’m sure everyone was clamoring for: A game-by-game one on the Atari Jaguar! You can check it out here.
– From Wired’s Klint Finley, an article and linked YouTube on the “hot tech rivalry” between Amiga and Atari.
– James O’Malley at Gizmodo UK writes about a poll of British gamers and voters. Conservatives love Candy Crush, whereas Labour voters like that and Grand Theft Auto.
– In 1993, Ecco the Dolphin came out for the Sega Master System. The release date does vary depending on what site you look at, but the general dates are from July 29 to July 31 for the game’s release.
– Pokemon Crystal, a Game Boy color special edition of the gold and silver versions of that game series, came out in North America in 2001.
– And since it is still July, almost nothing else came out. (For the second week in a row!) Womp womp womp.