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This Week on YouTube: It’s RAINing Soup

I didn’t get up to much this week with Katy’s birthday and work picking up. I did get to check out the latest from Nom Nom Galaxy’s Revision 55304 update and then another Body Harvest went up as we continue on to the triumphant conclusion of the Java level.

Katy’s channel has more of our playthrough of Earth Defense Force 2025 as well as a fun look back at Rain Wonder Trip (plus some outtakes) for the PSP. I came across the oddball “game” while checking up on iNiS and just had to take a look. I picked up one of my favorite indie games, NEO Scavenger, in a Humble Bundle and thought I’d sit Katy down with it for a bit. And there’s a new video of me reacting (overreacting?) to more K-pop music videos.

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I haven’t had much time this week to dig into old games but I did manage to hit a few. Team Innocent for the PC-FX is a crazy anime adventure game with outstanding production value for the time. From the intro to the extensive recorded dialog and even the Dragon’s Lair style death scenes, it’s a class act. Too bad it’s all in Japanese. I never had an arcade with Rad Mobile when I was growing up so the game was a complete mystery to me. I watched someone’s perfect run though and, wow, it looks even better than Outrun… except for the music. Then I had to know what the difference was between Rad Mobile and the Saturn “port”, Gale Racer. Gale Racer seems pretty lame in comparison.

This Week on YouTube: More soup, Ranger-X, VideOST debut

I’ve been meaning to play through Ranger-X again for years. It’s one of those games that I’m always on the verge of playing and this time, I finally did! I love the game so much that I recorded it twice, once as a mostly-blind run on Easy Mode and again on Normal Mode at a much snappier pace; the way I remember playing the game.

Nom Nom Galaxy got its first major update so I took a little time to play through a new level, show off co-op mode with Katy and detail the new changes in Revision 55272. And on Thursday I finally pushed through Java Stage 04 in Body Harvest, the most challenging level I’ve done yet. I managed to get two videos out of the end of Java so look for the conclusion next week and a teaser of America, 1966.

The big news this week was the launch of VideOSTs. Basically, it’s a game’s soundtrack accompanied by the game itself. The debut game is Beetle Adventure Racing (here’s the playlist page, or you can watch ‘em all right on this page!) since it was already in the N64 and doesn’t have a gargantuan playlist. I turned off the HUD, turned down the sound effects and ran a 3-lap race on each track. You can watch to see some bad turns and lots of shortcuts or just use it to listen to the music. It’s an idea I’ve had for a long time and I hope to get a new series up soon-ish… sometime.

Katy’s channel has more of everything again this week; more episodes of Beautiful Katamari, EDF2025 and Infinite Undiscovery. Katy’s also got another vlog up about the girl groups she likes (are there any!?) and there’s a new video of me reacting (overreacting?) to more K-pop music videos.

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The Game-Fan-remind-a-thon continues with old issues of the magazine reminding me of several games. Seriously, my list of stuff to dig up continues to grow! This week I managed to catch a playthrough of Nosferatu on the SNES which I was always fascinated by. I checked out the progressive princess-saves-herself PC-FX adventure Gotzendiener here and here. And I saw a speedrun of a Lovecraft inspired Virtual Boy game I had no idea existed; Innsmouth no Yakata.


This Week on YouTube: Soup, Nuts, Remote Controls

It’s been a bit of a mixer on YouTube this week. We started out way early with a first look at PixelJunk’s Early Access Nom Nom Galaxy. The Terraria/soup mogul game made for a pretty popular video so I have a second one going up today. We finally cornered the soup market and won!!

This past weekend I also picked up the Xbox One Media Remote and we filmed a video unboxing and our filthy first hands-on impressions. Thursday’s Body Harvest upload is full of pop culture references and made for a nice change of pace as the difficulty has ramped up in 1940’s Java.

Katy’s channel has more of everything this week; more episodes of Beautiful Katamari, EDF2025, Infinite Undiscovery and Minecraft Disney World. Katy’s also got another vlog up about her random issues with Kpop which led her to sit me down with a bunch of Kpop music videos to film my reactions.

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Holy cow, check out this voxel-based, FX2-powered Comanche “flight sim” that never made it out for the SNES. Spry Fox finally took the wraps off of Road Not Taken so you can now make some sense of how it actually plays. This XBLA wingsuit game — Skydive: Proximity Flight — looked neat until I saw it required the 360’s clunky Kinect. Speaking of Kinect, it was revealed that my favorite Doctor (David Tennant) will be the voice of God in Kinect Sports Rivals on Xbox One.

KatyCraft: The King has Spoken


You guys, Katy makes a lot of awesome stuff. She’s on Red Bubble, Storenvy, Etsy, and Gumroad with stickers, cross stitches, shirt designs, jewelry and more. This week’s featured item is that fretful father figure, that dad of doubtfulness, the King of All Cosmos. Offering the sagely advice to ‘do better’, you’ll see this shirt reflected back in the mirror and want to run home, roll up the universe and shove it down his fat throat!! So go buy one now in whichever style and color matches your favorite cousin.

This Week on YouTube: A different kind of bug

Sometimes you just need to unwind with some Beetle Adventure Racing! That was my exact thought as I tried for the umpteenth time to make it through the next stage in Body Harvest. That game’s gettin’ rough!

Beetle Adventure Racing is one of those games that I’m always ready to play and with the N64 set up to record it was finally easy enough to do so. I was hoping to make this another “I played all the way through” videos but I picked the wrong difficulty and it ended after 3 or 4 courses. No worries though, there’s plenty of ridiculous “shortcuts” to see here and I even boosted the video brightness through YouTube so you can see them!

I also posted the next stage in Body Harvest: Java Stage 02. This isn’t the one I’m currently stuck on, that’s Stage 04. This one is still filled with whimsy… and tanks. And more than a few of my own sound effects.

Katy’s channel rages on with more episodes of Beautiful Katamari, EDF2025, Infinite Undiscovery and Minecraft Disney World. Katy’s also got another vlog up about her experience at SM Town in Paris back in 2011.


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I’ve been flipping through old issues of GameFan before bed and jotting down games I’d forgotten about or ones I never got to play. Loadstar is maybe the slickest FMV rail shooter of them all, featuring Ned Beatty and some quality emoticon gags. Ultra Vortek for the Jaguar is as painful a Mortal Kombat clone as you’d imagine. Kaze Kimi wasn’t thrilling to watch but has an almost Bushido Blade-esque strategy to its 2D ninja action.



HEY! You guys, Katy makes a lot of awesome stuff. LISTEN! She’s on Red Bubble, Storenvy, Etsy, and Gumroad with stickers, cross stitches, shirt designs, jewelry and more.

HEY! This week’s featured item is that delightful sprite of spite, Navi! Link’s eagle-eyed sidekick is back in T-Shirt form to let everyone in your life know it’s time to listen to you! I put it on appropriate green for this image but LISTEN! it’s available now in an array of colors on a variety of shirt styles… HEY!

This Week on YouTube: We’ve got a big alien bug problem

The giant alien bug slaughter rampages on! I finally posted a video of our time with Earth Defense Force 2025 (Katy’s got lots more, and more coming) and set foot in 1941 Java for more N64-style bug slaying in Body Harvest.

Another rampage took place on Tuesday; a rampage of my heart. R-Type Tactics II finally broke me (as I knew it would) on Mission 05. After six attempts I finally understood what was happening and was able to record but the spark has left me. Without being able to read or understand what’s going on there’s not much fun in it for me. This is the last regularly scheduled R-Type Tactics video for the time being.

Katy’s channel continued this week with more installments of Beautiful Katamari, EDF2025, and Minecraft Disney World. On a personal note, she’s also posted a vlog about her history with Kpop.

KatyCraft: Earth Defense Force 2025 Shirts


You guys, Katy makes a lot of awesome stuff. She’s on Red Bubble, Storenvy, Etsy, and Gumroad with stickers, cross stitches, shirt designs, jewelry and more.

This week’s featured item is from Earth Defense Force 2025 which we’re currently obsessed with. She’s got two designs — the one seen above and another that’s more like a logo — each available on a variety of tops in even more colors. Katy says:

Commander: Give me a status report

Troops: The citizens are being attacked by giants insects!

Commander: Attack the giant insects and protect the citizens!

Troops: YES SIR!

- Earth Defense Force 2025

The Earth Defense Force, a unified multinational military sponsored by nearly every country, is founded after detecting an impending alien visit in case the aliens prove to be hostile. In the year 2017, that proved to be true and the EDF fought against the Ravagers, an alien race that attacked Earth with giant insect-like creatures, UFOs, robots, and gigantic, 120 foot tall lizard-like creatures. Eight years after defeating the last Ravager in Arizona, they attack again with new creatures, evolved from their underground nest. Among them is the Retiarius, a spider-like creature which makes gigantic spider-webs, and giant bees. In the year 2025, the EDF must protect the Earth again from the alien invaders. source

I love this game series!!!

This Week on YouTube: Giant Alien Bugs set the tone

I really need to get crackin’ on these recordings but EDF, guys, is so good. I did make time for Spelunky and used XSplit’s new Gamecaster software to telestrate all over City of Gold or Bust! Day 6. I also inched one step closer to that terrifying mission #5 in R-Type Tactics II by posting Mission 04. Last up for me this week was the final mission in Greece in Body Harvest: Pt. 04: Greece, Stage 04 – ALL the Explosions. Now I really need to start recording that one again!

Katy’s kept things a little more lively on her channel. There’s more Beautiful Katamari, our first night with Earth Defense Force 2025, the next part of our Anniversary trip to Minecraft Disney World and another installment of Infinite Undiscovery.

This Week on YouTube: Our anniversary trip to Minecraft Disney World

It’s finally New Game Season around here which means my YouTube recording schedule is going ignored. Bravely Default and Earth Defense Force 2025 are hogging all my time but I did manage to get a decent assortment of stuff uploaded, at least for one more week.

I hopped into that Titanfall beta on Xbox One and had fun for an hour or so. Multiplayer shooters aren’t my thing anymore so I got bored with the killing and decided to go admire the game’s gorgeously ruined sci-fi world in An Architectural Walking Tour of Titanfall. Tuesday saw a new installment of R-Type Tactics 2, the first mission in the game featuring Bydo units and one that should be familiar to anyone who’s played R-Type Final.

Then things got really weird on Wednesday as I dove into the MegaRace bundle that lifelong friend Auritech gifted me. They’re a pair of turn-of-the-tech, 90’s car combat games held together by the unflinching FMV performance of ChristianErickson. It’s fabulous! Our adventure into Body Harvest continues as well with Part 3. It took me so many tries to get this one recorded so it’s a pretty straight-forward run. Still, there’s plenty of boats and airplanes to see (and nearly crash).

Katy’s got a lot going on over at her channel. There’s three more installments of Beautiful Katamari (02, Collection 02, 03) and Part 5 of Infinite Undiscovery. I sat her down with Jazzpunk, totally sight unseen and we began our anniversary trip to; Minecraft Disney World.