Category Archives: Club Diamond Arcade

D&D’s Forgotten 1995 Horror Game – Ravenloft: Stone Prophet Review…


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Date: November 30, 2022

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“This time it’s not Strahd we’re fighting – but the vengeful mummy Anhktepot in the nightmarish desert of Har’Akir.

Ravenloft: Stone Prophet was the second of the two Ravenloft video games that were created by SSI in the 1990’s. This one roughly follows the plotline for the lesser known ‘Touch of Death’ module that was released for Advanced Dungeons and Dragons in 1991.”

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4-Bit Video Games: Tron, Scramble, Lupin, and Caveman by Tomy…


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Date: November 29, 2022

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“Tomy made a lot of great handheld electronic games in the 1970s and 1980s, but my all-time favourite is Tomytronic Tron, based on the 1982 Disney movie. Over the years I picked up Scramble (Tomy) and Caveman (Tandy, by Tomy) and eventually noticed they have exactly the same form factor. With a bit of research I found out Scramble also goes by Alien Attack, Astro Blaster, and Rambler (exactly the same gameplay) but there’s one more unique game in this unofficial series: Lupin, which has an interesting story as well, somewhat connected with the Cliffhanger laserdisc game. Finally, I have all four games, so here’s a video showing them all in action, and I even have a shot at explaining how they work: they use the earliest SoCs (“system on a chip”) available, which are 4-bit CPUs with integrated I/O, ROM, and a little bit of RAM, which were originally designed for use in electronic calculators. So these are essentially 4-bit video games.”

I totally remember these…They looked so cool on the store shelves, and in magazines.

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Why has Black & White Been Abandoned? – Noclip Greatest Hits…


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Date: October 28, 2022

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“We talk to Peter Molyneux & Mark Webley about the development of Black & White and investigate who is responsible for abandoning this PC Gaming classic.

0:00 – Intro
1:57 – Founding Lionhead
4:22 – Building the Team
7:22 – Artificial Intelligence
9:51 – No Interface
11:24 – Singing Sailors
13:36 – Hype
16:45 – Crunch
18:55 – Legacy
21:00 – Who Owns Black & White?
23:48 – Conclusions
26:58 – Credits”

I played this…but I did not like the complete lack of menus. There was enough stuff to have to remember, to make it difficult.

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This era of CD Gaming was Bizarre…


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Date: October 26, 2022

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“Back in 1989, two companies had an excellent idea; To create a CD full of games, that could then load on 8 bit machines like the ZX Spectrum and Commodore 64. Rainbow Arts was first up, with the 1st CD-Edition, swiftly followed by the Codemasters CD Games Pack. So let’s look at the history of both and find out why we weren’t flooded with 8 bit CD Gaming.

00:00 Introduction
02:27 Knight Rider Promo
03:25 The Concept
07:45 The CD Games Pack
19:22 Why did it fail?
24:03 Credits”

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RPG Maker Unite – Trailer #1…


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Date: October 24, 2022

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https://www.gematsu.com/games/rpg-maker-unite

RPG Maker Unite is a role-playing video game creation tool developed and published by Gotcha Gotcha Games.

About

RPG Maker Unite—currently slated for a 2022 release on Windows and Mac—will leverage on the highly-popular Unity and aim to make RPG game development more intuitive and fun for anyone than ever!

Like past Maker series titles, RPG Maker Unite will retain its unique code-=less nature that opens up the dream for more people wishing to become a developer. Not only that, with Unity’s native support of mobile platforms, RPG Maker Unite would become more fit to provide users with the options to easily widen their player-base broader than ever!

At Gotcha Gotcha Games, it is our sincerest wish to unlock many creators’ path to becoming a game developer but are turned back by the many hurdles of game development—RPG Maker Unite is our latest endeavor to this mission.

Key Features

Create RPGs without Coding – With the RPG Maker series’ powerful command system and editable parameters, users will be able to rapidly create systems without any sort of coding knowledge!

Beautiful Resources to Make Compelling Games – Streamline your game development process further with our library of assets! From audio, characters, enemies, world biomes, and more, you can create a game immediately!

An Enhanced Map Editor – Want to improve your maps further than before? RPG Maker Unite will also feature support for pre-rendered backgrounds and object-oriented map structures. Elevate your game’s presentation with our new tools!

Featuring an Established and Versatile Database System – RPG Maker Unite, like its predecessors, will also provide a premade database that is necessary to create an RPG! It will include Character stats and classes, items, abilities, monsters and so much more! You can customize and add your entries to stand out!”

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Steam Deck Could DESTROY PlayStation in Japan!…


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Date: October 07, 2022

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“The Sony PlayStation brand has a damaged reputation with Japanese games due to a focus on western games, and Valve’s Steam Deck could open the floodgates for the Japanese PC gaming market. Between this, the uptick in Xbox sales, and the Nintendo Switch completely dominating … is it game over for Sony in its home country?

Citation:
https://clownfishtv.com/japanese-gamers-abandon-the-playstation-5-xbox-and-nintendo-sales-benefit-from-backlash/

How is it the Xbox has done just fine, while the PlayStation brand has floundered so bad?

This is just sad.

I don’t want to see the PlayStation die…but it looks like that is exactly what’s happening.

I still want to get a Steam Deck, though…I should start saving up for that.

Honestly, though…I’ve been contemplating the purchase of a Nintendo Switch…since you cannot get a PS5…and I’ve decided to skip the PS4, which remains to blasted expensive…might as well just go for the PS5, if you’re going to spend the money at all.

Oh…who am I kidding?…I’m not going to buy any of this shit, with money being so tight…

…except…maybe…eventually…

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Are Emulators Legal? Here’s Everything You Need To Know…


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Date: October 06, 2022

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“Emulators are 100% legal, as is the process of downloading them. They are no different to other programs you might download such as word processing or music player software. Downloading and uploading ROMs is illegal, however, so make sure you use your own game files. Retro Dodo does not condone downloading ROMs illegally.”

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