Wednesday, December 30, 2009

On The Road with Super Bomberman 3

For the X-mas holidays, I traveled down to see my family in Atlanta and instead of taking along my DS or PSP or Advance SP, I just took my MacBook, a USB Sega Saturn controller and a SNES emulator.

My girl couldn't join me until laer in the week, so each morning over coffee, I would play Super Bomberman 3, a super awesome Bomberman title.

Being a huge Bomberman fan, I have been playing the later releases sparringly so as not to run of of titles to play, so this was a total treat. I used save states to make it through to the final boss in few days and as usual, he kicked my ass a number of times, even when I knew what his patterns were going to be. I'll have to practice some to finish the game off, but really, the levels are the best part of any Bomberman title, so maybe I'll let him live for now.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

DoDonpachi high score #3

So it's not going to trouble anyone over at shmups, but as I am playing for distance, I don't actually care about the score. Think of these as "distance high scores" or something.

Anyway, sick home for the third day running, and got tired of Mahou, tried Donpachi, remembered that I didn't like it, and started in on DoDonpachi.

Got to stage 6, the last stage in the first loop and made two careless errors taking my last two lives without getting off one bomb. 12 bombs wasted. Damn. Felt like the 1CC was coming up, but it just goes to show you nothing is certain until the credit screen. I still really like this game after years of playing it and really would like to make the 1CC of the first loop at some point. Problem is, that the first four stages are pretty easy and pretty boring, so as I tend to only play things that keep me excited, starting in after five or six credits on a game where the first 15 minutes are sleepwalking is hard to do.

That being said, I will still keep coming back to DDP and someday (hopefully soon) I will be nailing the clear.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Mahou Daisakusen/Sorcer Striker high score #1


Started playing this again as I am home sick. Again. Gotta love flu season.

This has been on my wanted list for pcb's for a while now and I just started playing it for score. These runs were made with the Sorcer Striker rom set in mame to see if there are any differences and I can't tell if there are. Seems exactly the same to me, which makes sense as the region is set via jumpers on the board (EDIT: PLayed both a lot these past two days and I think there are differences, though subtle. Can't actually tell if they are just rank or differences in the rom, though).


Made it to the stage 6 boss and died twice on his early patterns to finish this run with a new high score of 1,396,060. Pretty close to the loop, may work on it some more soon.

Watching Battle Garegga master KET live II


In the last few weeks, KET has been rather sporadic with his playing live and those weekends when he has played, the games are, well, kinda sucky. Not that he's bad at them - he pretty much kills anything he's playing - but that you kinda of wonder why he's bothering with them in the first place.

Fox example, two weeks ago he played Majonng for an hour straight. Solo. No shooters at all that week from what I can remember, but my brain may have been mush from watching tile matching for way too long.

Them there are other weeks where he takes on some good classic shooters and gives you something to really sink your teeth into as you sit back and watch one of the best do what's their best at. This weekend was definitely one of those.


I started up Ustream and he was playing a UPL platformer, Ninja Kid, which actually was pretty cool. Weird, but it is UPL. He moved on from that to play some Garegga, playing a low rank Golden Bat run and dying on stage 6. Very nice. From Garegga, he moved onto R-Type. He stalled at stage 7, losing his life and powerups and trying at least 25 times via continue to make it past powered down and it just wasn't to be.

I stayed with him all morning until he signed off, which is a rarity recently. Normally, he'll start off playing stuff that like to watch and taper off into some terrible game and I start surfing the web, doing laundry or cleaning my apartment until he signs off. This last week was a pure delight and a pleasure to watch. Man, I really have something for superplays!