Category: YouTube

Hands on with Mondrian: Abstraction in Beauty

I got to play a preview version of Mondrian: Abstraction in Beauty over the weekend and recorded a few rounds while I tried to talk about it. There isn’t a lot in this build beyond the core gameplay but it’s still a nice little riff on Breakout with a lot of promise. I go over those promises in the video but you can also check out this post for a more thoughtfully worded version when I wasn’t distracted with 360-degree Breakout.

Mondrian: Abstraction in Beauty is being developed by Lantana Games and will be out on Steam, itch.io, and IndieGameStand this August. I’ll most likely be back with more after it’s released.

Some random playtime with Zero Divide

I’m not a super sociable person (even online) but sometimes conversations snowball and I find myself playing a game I wouldn’t have thought twice about a few days before. Case in point, I posted a random photo of Zero Divide to Instagram for #PlayStationThursday last week and it got a few people talking. What kind of game is it? What’s it like to play?

It was a perfect excuse to load the game up for a bit since I’m not in the habit of playing fighting games these days. I originally bought Zero Divide in 1995 but the copy I have now is from 2001 which is probably the last time I played it. Flashes of memories and re-discovery ensue and now I’m wanting to stick with it long enough to see the real ending.

The developers of Zero Divide also created the notable 2D shooter, Phalanx, and filled up the remaining PlayStation disc space with a “Tiny” version of their other game. It seems like a crazy, potentially illegal thing for a developer to do nowadays so I recorded a separate video just for Tiny Phalanx.

Get Funky with Sega Swirl’s Soundtrack

Thanks to Giant Bomb’s Dan Ryckert and the Demo Derby series, I was once again reminded of something I’d forgotten about; how great the music is in Sega Swirl! It’s also one of those great oddities of gaming, having only been distributed on demo discs or bundled on the Dreamcast Web Browser discs. I remember really enjoying it back in 2000 and getting much more use from it than the Dreamcast web experience.

It also had a great funky soundtrack that I quickly recorded. Though it’s lost to time now I remember emailing with Tremor Entertainment (or possibly Richard Jacques who is credited on the game) about the soundtrack. He mentioned that the music was interactive, changing with the player’s speed and performance. I swear I’ve never heard it change because the rounds are over so quickly. Regardless, it’s got a handful of great tunes and you can listen and watch along in my latest videOST playlist.

Other videOST offerings include Beetle Adventure Racing, Crash ‘n Burn, San Francisco Rush 2049, Extreme-G 2, and X-Men on the Genesis.

I made a new videOST for Extreme-G 2 (N64)

The transition from 2D to 3D in the 90’s wasn’t a pretty one. At least the PlayStation and Saturn had the benefit of CD quality sound but Nintendo held onto the cartridge format for the N64. This meant musicians needed to code their own music into the game which resulted in a lot (a LOT) of forgettable, sub-par soundscapes of squeaking, squirting ear noise.

Nintendo’s first-party soundtracks obviously benefited from their expert understanding of the hardware but there were plenty of other memorable and enjoyable scores. One of those shining gems is Extreme-G 2, co-composed by Simon Robertson and Steve Root. For a game where TRON-inspired bikes routinely shatter the sound barrier (a cool effect in its own that strips away the music), the music is surprisingly chill. I’d always thought of it back then as drum ‘n bass but nowadays I’d call it more lounge, maybe? Chill, for sure.

However you classify it, it’s good. So I spent part of the weekend recording each of the game’s twelve courses (some races went better than others) and setting them to their matching songs. There’s also an intro track and menu music. Oh yeah, it’s a new videOST.

Of 2014: The Most Watched Videos (on my Channel)

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With over 168,000 views in 2014, my YouTube channel is more popular than GameLuv has ever been. I should probably be turning every post I make into a video but text is way easier to bang out and I don’t have a “camera ready” personality. So, with very little shame I present the “winners” for ‘Most Watched YouTube Videos (on my channel)’.

Battletanx “Snuggle Bear” Nintendo 64 Commercial (5,252 views)

For a video that was up for just over half the year, this commercial for a largely forgotten Nintendo 64 game sure drew the views. Is it because it’s only 35 seconds long? Is it because the thumbnail sports a plush, cuddly rip-off of the Snuggle brand Snuggle Bear? Or is this game more fondly remembered than I thought? I wish I knew because I’d love to post more videos this popular in 2015!

Body Harvest Pt. 01: Greece, Stage 01 (3,045 views)

I think a lot of people came to this one out of curiosity. I’m no expert on collective consciousness but it seems like the word is slowly spreading on this proto-Grand Theft Auto game and people want to take a look. But they don’t want to look for too long; the other 9 parts of the series only have 3,000 views collectively and the count trails off as it gets to the end.

Special mention goes to Part 10 for being my most commented video of 2014. This is where I get stumped by the game and give up playing, disappointing all who had come so far to see an ending. Maybe some day I’ll cheat my way through it and put an end to this black mark on my name. Eh, maybe.

More Split Screen Earth Defense Force 2025! (2,855 views)

I have no idea why this video was so popular! Katy’s videos combined barely gathered 700 views but this 50-minute chunk of us playing split screen with a crummy headset between us nearly hit 3,000. Such are the mysteries of YouTube view counts.

The New Tetris (2,195 views)

Now this one I totally understand. The New Tetris is the best Tetris in my opinion and if people didn’t come snapping at it to see its hot visuals then they stayed around for its amazing soundtrack. I wasn’t able to monetize it but the music is just too good to cut out in order to make a few pennies.

Action! Adventure! Shortcuts! It’s Beetle Adventure Racing (1,931 views)

This is another one I completely understand because 1) Beetle Adventure Racing is outstanding and 2) people really want new arcade racing fun. The real mystery here is why it got 241 views on August 5th when it was published five months earlier with an average of eight views a day. Was it reddit? It was probably reddit.