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Trackmania Halo Edition

Reddit user ducain23 posted a track in Halo 5 Forge which reminds me an awful lot of TrackMania.  The dumb reddit video system doesn’t let me embed videos on other places sadly, so you’ll have to go to reddit itself to view the clip, needless to say, it’s pretty cool.  I like the way he’s used the geometry to counteract gravity and keep things from falling apart.  I’m not so sure I would be able to drive on this course without falling off.  I’m totally more of a gunner, and my game stats will back that up (though they haven’t been refreshed in years sadly).

I can envision a really interesting game mode here with drivers, gunners, and passengers.  The passengers are holding a bomb and you gotta drive through moving checkpoints to drop it off.  It might work similar to stockpile from Halo Reach.  It’s a work in progress but I think it could be tons of fun.

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Rollercoaster Tycoon – Unreal Style

It’s no secret (or it shouldn’t be anyway), that I love Rollercoaster Tycoon.  I spent many hours of my youth building parks.  Sometimes playing the scenarios, oftentimes just screwing around trying to build giant parks.  My favorites were building multiple mile long coasters with dozens of inversions, yet still trying to keep the ratings down to levels to get peeps to ride it.  In my later years, I got into some more advanced coasters with scenery and interaction between racing or dueling coasters.

My most recent favorites are The Dark Masters, 4 dueling coasters named of course after the Dark Masters in Digimon.

Anyway, imagine what RCT would be like with the above.  It’d be pretty neat wouldn’t it?

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The One

That’s what they hoped the new Xbox would be.  The One.

Well, not really, it was just based off of the love of The Matrix, and ideas that it would be a unique, immersive world.  The rest of the video goes over some of the history of how the video game console came to fruition.  The idea that the Kinect was going to re-birth the gaming system was pretty ambitious of them considering that Nintendo started that trend previously.

Any Hootie and the Blowfish, that was a pretty neat video, wasn’t it?  I really liked the part when Balmer crashed the party and insisted that the new console be a White Tower of Power.*

{Destructoid}

*Ok, I made that part up.

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The Art of the Title Screen

I may have posted about Naked Jakey before, or I may not have.  I’m too bothered to look up my usual post history.  I found him with his Halo Changed Everything video series. In the above, he goes over the under appreciated world of Video Game title screens.  Seriously, how often do you pay attention to those?  I like the categories he chooses, and overall, I agree with the choices.  I’ve played a number of the games he mentions, but also I’ve never played, or heard of a few of them.

It’s a good retrospective of the design, and how these subtle things can make a good game, even greater.

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Halo meets Zelda

I’ve posted quite a bit of DIY maps forged in Halo 5 that blend the chaos of some classic Halo matches, with other universes.  This one is pretty neat, if just alittle uninspiring in terms of unique elements.  It’s really just a room with some Zelda Themed wall decorations.  Granted, that’s all Griffball maps are, but come on, the Harry Potter one was awesome and unique.

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Jurassic Park Fridge

Jurassic Park Games 1

This auction may have just ended, (which is interesting, because it says it ends on June 22, 2015, which is in the future from today) but I’m sure you can contact the winning bidder and try and get some of these cartridges, afterall, what are they going to do with them?

To answer your first question, yes, that is a refrigerator full of Jurassic Park Super Nintendo game cartridges.  But, not only that, there are also some GameBoy games, and various Sega generation games.  There is also a half empty bottle of Rum.  That is not for sale, neither is the firdge, only the games, which number about 300, and have been being collected for about 3 years now.

The seller answers the question of why the best:

There have been a number of questions regarding this posting, and they all tend to revolve around the question “Why?”, besides the members who are punny and saying its cool in the fridge and one fellow telling me he loved me, which I responded telling him that I loved him as well. Regardless, the question of “Why?” is a very legitimate question in almost every way, so I will answer it here and post it on the eBay listing. Why do I have sooo many Jurassic park carts for the Super Nintendo? – Because it’s fun. Because I have fun collecting them and posting random pictures of them in my bathtub or in my fridge.

When I take a look at collecting and ask myself why I collect old video games, I come to the conclusion that the reason we collect at all is because we have fun doing it. Most people try and collect every title for a particular system, or if you want to go hard, multiple systems. And that’s great, if thats what they have fun doing, more power to them. Personally, I got bored collecting with the intention of going for a complete library for a certain system. I wanted to do something different.

Why did this happen (How did it get to this point)? – In 2012 I had an opportunity to buy out a portion of a game store. It was there in the basement of this old store that I had the opportunity to purchase a number of Jurassic Park carts i.e. 120ish. I said, “why not, that could be fun”. I posted the haul on NintendoAge, and goodness, did things escalate quick. Soon I had 200, then 250, and now right around 300. I traded people for them, did some auctions where members bid using jurassic park games as currency, and some kind guys and gals even donated to the cause.

Why sell them now? – There is no reason per say as to why sell them now. I have had a lot of fun with them, and this is an opportunity for me to share the fun I’ve had. It’s also an opportunity for me to possibly pass the torch so another can share the fun and maybe add to it. If any soul dares that is!

Jurassic Park Games up close

This isn’t the first time Jurassic Park has been represented on eBay.  Remember last year the R/V from The Lost World: Jurassic Park was put up on eBay for $15k.

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History of Halo

Did You Know Gaming has a nice video on the history of Halo: Combat Evolved.  It’s full of some interesting facts about the first game in the series, and some of the history of Bungie.  There’s some background information of weapons that were planned at one time for the game, some of the sounds.  But the real interesting stuff is how Bungie meshed with Microsoft when they were acquired.  That’s interesting.  I won’t spoil it, and it’s only 10minutes long, so watch it.

{Kotaku}

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James Bond Plays James Bond

It’s on the short list of the greatest games of all time, I’m talking about Goldeneye 007  Did you know that that game is 17 years old?  Did you know that the movie it’s based on is 19 years old?  Did you know that we’re all getting old?

Anyway, Jimmy Fallon was “interviewing” Pierce Brosnan recently, and instead of asking questions, and doing things, he decided to challenge him to a game of Goldeneye.  However it wasn’t so much a game as “let Jimmy kill you awkwardness.”  Oh well, such is life.  Watch it or not, but I think  you should go find some friends and fire up the old N64.

{Destructoid}

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A Floppy Symphony

Youtuber MrSolidSnake745 has perfected the art of using Floppy Drives to produce music.  He has an entire symphony set up from 4 up to 16 individual floppy drives used to recreate these themes.  Largely, he does Video Game music, but there’s a couple of songs in there too.  He was even commissioned by a museum to do one for Final Fantasy 7

4 hour long playlist:

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Aluminum Foil Creations

Mario

The Japanese artist Makaon uses the aluminum from old soda cans to create beautiful 3 dimensional works of art.  The majority of his work come from video games, but there are a few other things there notable Buzz & Woody from Toy Story.

Buzz

I like how he used the natural color of the metal to bring out the color of the characters.  Instead of painting it, and relying on after effects to get the look he wanted.  I like aluminum, it just so happens to be my 3rd favorite metal, behind Copper & Silver.  Aluminum is nice because it’s easy to work with and cheap.  Cheap enough to make these ace reproductions anyway.

Although, I kind of wish he made one of The Terminator (The 800 series), and then slowly lowered the aluminum body into a pit of molten metal (which could also be aluminum).  That would be so meta, (I think I’m using that phrase right).

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And now, for a very relevant video: