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Time for another Vacation!

Time for another Vacation!

When I was setting up the RetroPie last summer I was scrolling through the NES games and spotted Disney Adventures in the Magic Kingdom, a game I don’t remember even seeing as a kid. My sister had Mickey Mousecapades and I was naturally into Ducktales and Rescue Rangers, but somehow this game about Disney World slipped by me.

It pretty much slipped my mind again in 2016 even though I meant to play through it before this day arrived: the day we leave for our own adventures in the Magic Kingdom, in real life. I don’t think it’s going to be as charmingly pixelated as the map above but I’m sure I’ll run into a few game related things that I’ll post on Instagram. I guess it’s as good a time as any to finally say hey, I’m on Instagram! I never did set it up to post to GameLuv like I did with flickr so while we’re gone you’ve got 700+ photos to catch up on. I’ll just leave you to it then.

Take care over and we’ll  ♪  See Ya Real Soon 

Introducing a new series: Promo Man

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I guess you could call me a recovering packrat. I’ve gotten much better since moving five times over the last decade but I’ve never been able to resist stockpiling free video game junk. As a kid I would load up on pamphlets at stores and write letters to publishers who would reply with promotional goods. Back then I had aspirations towards marketing so I needed extra copies of the Sega Seal of Quality to paste onto all my fake ads. I had a folder dedicated to each platform that was part inspiration board and part historical archive.

So you shouldn’t be surprised that I still have duplicate copies of the Summer ‘93 issue of Sega Visions from when I raided CES. Naturally, I packed empty luggage to bring back maximum swag when I finally made it to E3. That’s how I wound up with a few plastic crates that I couldn’t lift on my own. Paper, it gets so heavy so fast.

In 2008 I began to work on a project I dreamed up to capitalize on this obsession. I started scanning and canning all the one-sheets, press releases, torn out magazine articles and hand typed letters. I wanted to start a subscription based website where people could peruse a vast catalog of this stuff… but web development is really hard. I wound up dumping a bunch of it on flickr and making a few posts on GameLuv before giving up on the endeavor.

Just some of the upcoming stuff

Just some of the upcoming stuff

Today I’ve still got plenty of unscanned material and a 750gb hard drive that’s half full of files I’ve never put online. If I start sharing it again I’ll eventually run out of material and have to get back to work. The internet wins more airbrushed ads from the 90’s and I win more free space to collect actual games. That’s Promo Man. That, and Proto Man turned into an ad man.

I’ll be queuing up at least one new post a week featuring high res scans presented in WordPress’ slick new lightbox where you can pop up full size versions, comment and navigate with arrow keys (my favorite). Of course, I’ll ramble a little with each post, maybe tell a story or relate it to something from my past. Feel free to do the same in the comments and I hope you all enjoy the nostalgia soaked offerings to come!

Achieving: New Torment Unlocked!

I completed the career mode in Trials Evolution over the weekend even though I was only partway through the first tier of Hard level tracks. I guess it’s based on the number of medals earned and probably accelerated by my determination to get a Gold medal on all the previous tracks. My reward for such dedication? Even harder to earn medals! Platinum times are now unlocked requiring, for example, that you finish the gargantuan Gigatrack with zero faults in seven minutes or less. In my shot for Gold times I had apparently already unlocked two Platinums but since then I’ve only managed to get two or three more.

One tip to cull the madness of Trials’ demanding track times and precision bike control? Go play some of the RedLynx top pick user tracks. There are some that are so punishingly rough that the official tracks almost (aallmmoosstt) feel like a breeze in comparison. Beyond that, lay off the gas. I still find it hard to think there’s any other way to win than to never lay off the throttle but it’s very true.

Achieving: Tales of Pointless Self Reward in Games retold in brief posts whenever we feel like it.

Over a decade later and these things STILL cost too much!

Target is finally closing out some PlayStation 2 products and these once-$30 Memory Cards still seem too expensive at only ten bucks. I don’t miss memory cards as an overpriced accessory but having come to store all my Xbox 360 saves on a USB drive I do love the convenience of having all my saves and profiles at hand.