The weekly news, it went away for a while, but now… It’s back! For now, at least. Some clayysssiiicccc game headlines from around the web. If you have a tip, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org!
- If you were into roms and what not, always deleting after 24 hours of evaluation like a good sweet baby boy, you were probably sad that EmuParadise closed last week. Owen S. Good of Polygon has a good, deep look at why it closed.
- Matt Gander of Games Asylum has an interesting tale on two incredibly late-in-life system releases: Primal Rage for the Sega Saturn, and a Smurfs game for the 32X. You can read his piece here.
- Den of Geek has a list from Matthew Byrd of 25 underrated video game soundtracks. There are some good ones in there, like Earthworm Jim and Earthbound.
- From Gamesindustry.biz and several other sites, surprisingly, the Crash Bandicoot re-release and update is #1 for a seventh consecutive week in the U.K.
- The Gamer has a list of 30 impossible Playstation cosplays, although honestly, half of them seem pretty doable to me. Past YPB “favorites” like Coco Bandicoot are included.
ON THIS DAY (OR CLOSE TO IT!) IN VIDEO GAME HISTORY…
- Electronic Arts acquired Westwood Studios, makers of the Command and Conquer series, in 1998. At the time, the purchase was reported as for $122.5 million. The company was shuttered in 2003 when later games didn’t meet sales expectations.
- In 1993, Dune II came out for the Sega Genesis. You can listen to our show on it here!
- In 1998, the first game of the Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six series came out.
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This week in Your Parents Basement, we are living forever thanks to that filthy spice! From 1992 and 1993, we’re playing Dune II by Westwood Studios for the Sega Genesis and PC. We’re joined by special guest and spice miner Bob Hanson!
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- 0:00 – Intro, which features about 30 seconds of the nutty trailer for the bonkers Dune movie from the 1980s.
- 40:30 – It’s the eeeee-mail portion, of the show.
- 57:00 – Ask the Sweet Boys! We help at least one folk.
- 1:03:30 – Snifferoo. Japan loves Queen, and next week’s game.
– According to Price Charting, Dune II is one of the pricier games we’ve played. While the PC version is commonly free on many Abandonware sites, the Genesis version is $36.99 for the cart, and $59.99 if the you want the box and manual too. The Sega CD version of Dune is a port of the PC Dune I, confusingly, and costs about $24.99.
– The movie Dune is famous for being really nutty, like the book series it is based on, and for having a weird, tangled development process. Of all places, The Atlantic has a good, long read about that.
This week in Your Parents Basement, we are turning aside the Soviet threat, or, working as double agents! From 1996, we’re playing Command and Conquer: Red Alert by Westwood Studios and published by Electronic Arts for the PC. We’re joined by our special friend, DTR!
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- 0:00 – Intro, which features the DEATH MARCH theme from the game!
- 35:00 – It’s a sometimes-feature! Comments, Concerns and Questions.
- 42:15 – Emails! Someone just wants to say HI.
- 50:00 – Ask the sweet boys about allllll of your problems.
- 57:00 – Snifferoo. Next week, we’re huntin’ them dinosaurs really well!
– As mentioned on the show, Red Alert is now officially freeware! And it’s well-supported by fans. You can easily download a self-installer for it, as well as other games in the series and Dune 2000, here.
– IGN’s Alex Osborn has a great interview with Peter Moore, talking about why Sega failed as a hardware company. Understandably, the Saturn was seen as a turning point.
– From Mattel, via Polygon, Hot Wheels versions of Nintendo characters are coming soon! They actually look pretty nifty, so, congrats Nintendo. Thank you for successfully taking more of my money.
– Chris Schilling of VICE writes about how the Nintendo DS was his deepest love, when it came to vidya game systems.
– From noted video game journalism outlet InStyle, Christina Aguilera’s daughter had a Mario-themed party for her second birthday.
ON THIS DAY IN VIDEO GAME HISTORY…
– Command and Conquer, the first title of that popular series, came out on Aug. 31, 1995. The PC game from Westwood Studios became a staple of online RTS duels for years and years. It sold more than three million copies, and the series has sold more than 30 million units.
– An awesome character known as Crash Bandicoot had his initial release for the Playstation on Aug. 31, 1996. More on him Monday though.
– On the other end of the PSX spectrum… Released on Aug. 31, 1996, Beyond the Beyond terrorized Steve as a teen. He loved turn-based RPGs, but one of the main “features” of the game by Camelot Software was lugging around a cursed character for several hours. Fun, fun, fun.
– Guitar Hero 5 from Neversoft came out in 2009. It was the second-to-last hurrah for the series, as it was already starting to slowdown before Warriors of Rock came out in 2010.