Sunday, December 28, 2014

Capcom's Ten Game NES Leadoff

Today's post takes a look at Capcom's initial ten releases for the NES and how they set the tone for the publisher's 8-Bit success.


Friday, September 26, 2014

#GamerGate: Righteous Crusade Or DudeBro Creepiness

I took some time off after a successful Summer Of 8-Bit and return to something called #GamerGate. I was under the impression that the hashtag was created under noble intentions, but later discovered that it was nothing more than a ruse created by 4Chan users, scumbags, and trolls to harass a female game developer.

They did a good job hiding their true intent, and by bringing up a long rumored act of publishers offering payola to game journalism sites for good reviews they called to arms a number of gamers who were already leery of these sites. The thing about the truth is that it always comes to light, and the persecution of Zoe Quinn started to feel a lot like the witch hunt started when Anita Sarkeesian went on a crusade to analyze and bring attention to many of the archaic tropes in gaming. The attacks on both women have been treated by some in gaming communities as if they are some sort of mythical creature, but the threats levied at their families and friends are definitely real. They are so real that Quinn has gone undercover in 4Chan forums and downloaded entire chat logs discussing how they will attack her.

In recent discussions with people on assorted social networks, I've discovered that some folks truly don't believe that the attacks on Quinn are the real problem, but they do believe that #GamerGate is all about exposing some secret conspiracy hatched by government organizations to censor the content of our beloved video games. This all comes off as typical tin foil hat territory, and even if there is some truth to it, that is no reason to completely disregard the blatantly horrible treatment of gamers who aren't straight white males. It does go to show that those who aren't affected by not being privileged don't recognize the problems that some people face simply for existing.

The #GamerGate situation is a microcosm of the problems facing society as a whole, but it is more a situation that again makes me ashamed to be a gamer in some instances. If your crusade was truly about developers and publishers paying off gaming journalism sites for positive reviews, you would point out infamous examples of said practice like former gaming stalwart Gamepro Magazine offering positive reviews in exchange for advertising space. If someone is to ever want to really have that discussion, I'm all in for it. Until then, I advise you all to not believe the hype behind #GamerGate.

Friday, August 1, 2014

The Summer Of 8-Bit 3.0 (Finale): Mega Man 3

Today's video marks the end of this Summer Of 8-Bit with a look at Capcom's action masterpiece, Mega Man 3.


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Thursday, July 31, 2014

The Summer Of 8-Bit 3.0: Ninja Gaiden III

Today's video takes a look at Ninja Gaiden III from Tecmo.



Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The Summer Of 8-Bit 3.0: The Adventure Of Link

Today's video takes a look at Zelda II: The Adventure of Link from Nintendo.



Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The Summer Of 8-Bit 3.0: Ghosts 'N Goblins

Today's video takes a look at Capcom's NES port of Ghosts 'N Goblins.



Monday, July 28, 2014

The Summer Of 8-Bit 3.0: Recca

Today's video takes a look at Summer Carnival '92: Recca from Naxat Soft.



Sunday, July 27, 2014

The Summer Of 8-Bit 3.0: Twin Eagle

Today's video takes a look at the NES port of Seta's Twin Eagle from Romstar.



The Summer Of 8-Bit 8-Bit: Super C

Today's video takes a look at the NES port of Konami's Super C.



Friday, July 25, 2014

The Summer Of 8-Bit 3.0: The Zapper

Today's video takes a look at The Nintendo Zapper Light Gun.



The Summer Of 8-Bit 3.0: Game Genie

Today's video takes a look at the NES Game Genie from Codemasters.



Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Summer Of 8-Bit 3.0: Jordan Vs. Bird

Today's video takes a look at the NES port of Electronic Arts' Jordan Vs. Bird from Milton Bradley.



Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Summer Of 8-Bit 3.0: Orb-3D

Today's video takes a look at Orb-3D from Hi Tech Expressions.



Monday, July 21, 2014

The Summer Of 8-Bit 3.0: World Games

Today's video takes a look at the NES port of Epyx Games' World Games from Milton Bradley.



Sunday, July 20, 2014

The Summer Of 8-Bit 3.0: Loopz

Today's video takes a look at the NES port of Loopz from Mindscape.



Saturday, July 19, 2014

The Summer Of 8-Bit 3.0: Star Trek 25th Anniversary

Today's video takes a look at Star Trek 25th Anniversary from Konami.



Friday, July 18, 2014

The Summer Of 8-Bit 3.0: Dragon Warrior

Today's video takes a look at Dragon Warrior from Enix/Nintendo.



Thursday, July 17, 2014

The Summer Of 8-Bit 3.0: NES Play Action Football

Today's video takes a look at NES Play Action Football from Nintendo



Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Summer Of 8-Bit 3.0: Cybernoid

Today's video takes a look at the NES port of Cybernoid from Acclaim.



Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The Summer Of 8-Bit 3.0: Battle Chess

Today's video takes a look at the NES port of Interplay's Battle Chess from Data East.



Monday, July 14, 2014

The Summer Of 8-Bit 3.0: WCW Wrestling

Today's video takes a look at WCW Wrestling from FCI.



The Official 8-Bit Army Tee Is Back For A Very Limited Time.

Hey! Did you miss out on the 8-Bit Army tee the first time they went on sale? Do you have $13 laying around? Do you need a shirt that may match those really cool sneakers you just picked up? Well, you're in luck because that very shirt is back on sale for a limited time. So, hop on over to Teespring and get yourself The 8-Bit Army Tee before they're gone for good.



Sunday, July 13, 2014

The Summer Of 8-Bit 3.0: Skate Or Die

Today's video takes a look at the NES port of Electronic Arts' Skate Or Die from Konami.



Saturday, July 12, 2014

The Summer Of 8-Bit 3.0: Treasure Island Dizzy

Today's video takes a look at Treasure Island Dizzy, the fourth and final game in Codemasters' Quattro Adventure multicart.



Friday, July 11, 2014

The Summer Of 8-Bit 3.0: Boomerang Kid

Today's video continues takes a look at Boomerang Kid, the third title in Codemasters' Quattro Adventure multicart.



The Summer Of 8-Bit 3.0: Linus Spacehead

Today's video takes a look at Linus Spacehead. The second game in Codemasters' Quattro Adventure multicart..



Wednesday, July 9, 2014

The Summer Of 8-Bit 3.0: Super Robin Hood

Today's video takes a look at Super Robin Hood, the first of the four games in Codemasters' Quattro Adventure multicart.



Tuesday, July 8, 2014

The Summer Of 8-Bit 3.0: Top Gun

Today's video takes a look at Top Gun from Konami.



Monday, July 7, 2014

The Summer Of 8-Bit 3.0: Bart Vs, The World

Today's video takes a look at Bart Vs. The World from Acclaim.



Sunday, July 6, 2014

The Summer Of 8-Bit 3.0: Solstice

Today's video takes a look at Solstice from CSG Imagesoft.


 

Saturday, July 5, 2014

The Summer Of 8-Bit 3.0: Darkwing Duck

Today's video takes a look at Darkwing Duck from Capcom.



Friday, July 4, 2014

The Summer Of 8-Bit 3.0: Rambo

Today's video celebrates America's birthday by taking a look at Rambo from Acclaim.



Thursday, July 3, 2014

The Summer Of 8-Bit 3.0: Little League Baseball

Today's video takes a look at Little League Baseball: Championship Series from SNK.



Post 500 Or How I'm Still Not Sure How To Thank Y'all.


So, I’ve been at a complete loss as to what to use this space to talk about. This blog has lasted for 499 previous posts, and today, I’m struggling in regards to what to say and how to say it. Sure, reaching this milestone is a testament to either the blog’s longevity or my stubbornness, but regardless it’s something that doesn’t happen often. The Digitized Ramblings Of An 8-Bit Animal began simply as a way to not lose my ability to manipulate the written word all while discussing about one of the things I’m most passionate about.  I never had any allusions about this blog becoming a paying gig, or being accepted by the any of the big gaming websites. This site is apparently a niche thing, and those who do read it are appreciated.
For every misgiving or doubt I have that what I’ve said in these posts simply don’t matter in the grand scheme of gaming, I always hear from readers who tell me that they respect my opinion over a major site or now defunct TV network. Knowing that letting someone know how short the story mode in Bioshock Infinite was saved a gamer from spending $60 months earlier than they really wanted to or discussing the story elements of Catherine actually inspired a couple to play it together (the first time they had done so) always brings a smile to my face.  That’s the point of this blog, to give you not only an informed opinion, but to inform so that you can form your own opinion.
With that all said there have been a number of times where I have legitimately considered letting this go. Self doubt, anxiety, and moments of depression are scary on their own, but combined they become a hydra of personal struggle that is pretty difficult to conquer. I regularly say that I am infinitely harder on myself than another person could ever be, but knowing that you appreciate and support what happens here reassures me that what I say here matters.
Over the last four plus years, The Digitized Ramblings of an 8-Bit Animal has allowed me to share my gaming knowledge and that you have stood beside me is a blessing, and I hope you have all enjoyed what myself and the other contributors here have given you. With everything I have said here, all that is left is to thank you for being a part of this small movement that has grown into an army that stretches across the world. I’m excited about what will happen in the future and hope that you will be along for the ride. Thank you for all the love and support.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

The Summer Of 8-Bit 3.0: Gauntlet II

Today's video takes a look at the NES port of Atari's Gauntlet II from Mindscape.



Tuesday, July 1, 2014

The Summer Of 8-Bit 3.0: Athena

Today's video takes a look at the NES port of SNK's Athena.



Monday, June 30, 2014

The Summer Of 8-Bit 3.0: NARC

Today's video takes a look at the NES port of NARC from Acclaim.



Sunday, June 29, 2014

The Summer Of 8-Bit 3.0: Wizards and Warriors III

Today's video takes a look at Wizards and Warriors III from Acclaim.



Saturday, June 28, 2014

The Summer Of 8-Bit 3.0: WWF Wrestlemania Challenge

Today's video takes a look at WWF Wrestlemania Challenge from LJN.



Friday, June 27, 2014

The Summer Of 8-Bit 3.0: Karate Champ

Today's video takes a look at the NES port of Karate Champ from Data East.



Thursday, June 26, 2014

The Summer Of 8-Bit 3.0: Shatterhand

Today's video takes a look at Shatterhand from Natsume/Jaleco.



Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The Summer Of 8-Bit 3.0: Section Z

Today's video takes a look at the NES port of Capcom's Section Z.



Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The Summer Of 8-Bit 3.0: Marble Madness

Today's video takes a look at the NES port of Atari's Marble Madness from Milton Bradley.



Monday, June 23, 2014

The Summer Of 8-Bit 3.0: Zoda's Revenge

Today's video takes a look at Star Tropics II: Zoda's Revenge from Nintendo.



Sunday, June 22, 2014

The Summer Of 8-Bit 3.0: Base Wars

Today's video takes a look at Base Wars from Konami.



Saturday, June 21, 2014

The Summer Of 8-Bit 3.0: Exodus - Journey To The Promised Land

Today's video takes a look at Exodus - Journey To The Promised Land from Wisdom Tree.



Friday, June 20, 2014

The Summer Of 8-Bit 3.0: Ninja Crusaders

Today's video takes a look at Ninja Crusaders from American Sammy.



Thursday, June 19, 2014

The Summer Of 8-Bit 3.0: Spot - The Video Game

Today's video takes a look at the NES port of Spot - The Video Game from Arcadia.



Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The Summer Of 8-Bit 3.0: Raid On Bungeling Bay

Today's video takes a look at the NES port of Will Wright's Raid On Bungeling Bay from Broderbund.



Tuesday, June 17, 2014

The Summer Of 8-Bit 3.0: Soccer

Today's video takes a look at Soccer from Nintendo.



Monday, June 16, 2014

The Summer Of 8-Bit 3.0: Rad Racer II

Today's video takes a look at Rad Racer II for the NES from Square.



Sunday, June 15, 2014

The Summer Of 8-Bit 3.0: Batman Returns

Today's video takes a look at Batman Returns from Konami.



Saturday, June 14, 2014

The Summer Of 8-Bit 3.0: Karnov

Today's video takes a look at the NES port of Data East's Karnov.