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Club Diamond is a series for frivolous video game and movie chatter, and related discussion.

LIVE: ROM, Emulator and BIOS. Is it legal to give life to your old video games?…


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Date: July 16, 2018

01) LIVE: ROM, Emulator and BIOS. Is it legal to give life to your old video games?


“LIVE: ROM, Emulator and BIOS. Is it legal to give life to your old video games?

Today, let’s talk about a subject I was asked about many times. The legality of Emulators, like MAME, and ROMs. Is the development of emulators legal? Can you reverse engineer or copy BIOS for inclusion into an emulator? Can you download ROMs legally? Are ROMs fair use? Let’s talk”

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Fire Pro Wrestling World – Overview Trailer – PS4…


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Date: July 03, 2018

01) Fire Pro Wrestling World – Overview Trailer – PS4


“Get ready for the match of the century with this Fire Pro Wrestling World Overview Trailer!

Fire Pro Wrestling world hits the PlayStation®4 system for North America on August 28! The first-print run will include a New Japan Pro Wrestling Bonus Almanac. Supplies are limited, so pre-order today!

Official site:
http://spike-chunsoft.com/FPWW/

©Spike Chunsoft Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved. ©New Japan Pro-Wrestling Co.,Ltd. All rights reserved. Fire Pro Wrestling World is a trademark of Spike Chunsoft Co., Ltd. Licensed to and Published by Spike Chunsoft, Inc.”

This looks like it’s going to be a great expansion…I knew a big update was on the near horizon…It will be interesting to see what we get…I just hope it’s not an expensive DLC…

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Fire Pro Wrestling World…


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Date: June 19, 2018

01) Fire Pro Wrestling World Info & Discussion – #CUPodcast


“Fire Pro Wrestling World is coming to PS4 and Early Access on Steam – Pat & Ian discuss why they’re excited.”


Fire Pro Wrestling World Review (PC) + A Brief History of Fire Pro – Kim Justice:


Why buy Fire Pro Wrestling World on Steam?:

So…there I was, about six months back…wondering to myself, if they ever made a Zoo Tycoon 3…or if I could at least get a functional version of Zoo Tycoon 2, on Steam…

I have the complete version of the first game [never purchased the second], which I’ve had a hankering to play…but it’s “obsolete” on modern computers…So, I thought maybe I could pick up Zoo Tycoon 2 […3…4…whatever modern version might possibly exist] on the cheap…

As it turns out…this is now a game genre, in it’s own right…and a lot of knock offs have come into being…including online games…

Since this happened about six months back…and I should have written this while I was fresh, in the excitement phase…I forget exactly what I decided to also look for…but, I was kind of dissuaded by the prospect of having to wade through a bunch of cheap knock offs, to figure out what’s good…But, I decided to start snooping around at what was available in Tycoon games, instead…

For some reason, I typed in “Tycoon World”…

…and this peculiarly familiar graphic popped up, in the recommendation list…not directly related to the search, mind you…but I saw it recommended, when looking at games under the search term “world”…

Much to my shock…looking closer at the screen…I saw the words “Fire Pro Wrestling World”…

“Fire Pro Wrestling” is a very old series, which has it’s roots in the pro wrestling title for the original Nintendo Entertainment System…It’s continued on with 2D sprites, and really became a legendary series during the early to mid 90’s…

With only one exception…they never quit using 2D sprites [until now, where they’ve implemented something more 3D in nature]…which may sound insane…until you realize, what all this allowed them to jam pack into a game for actual pro wrestling fans, who love pro wrestling simulation video games…

This series has a bit of a learning curve…but once you get it…you come to realize, there has never been a better pro wrestling video game on the market…ever.

Of course…Fire Pro Wrestling has had a few “false deaths”…Notably with Fire Pro Wrestling Z [the intended finally], back in 2005 or so…followed up by Fire Pro Wrestling R [aka “Returns”…the intended comeback] in 2007…The latter would be the only game in the series, to get a proper North America release, with menus and text in English…and it didn’t manage to recapture the fan base excitement of previous installments [probably because it didn’t add an enormous amount of new content, and still more they’d planned on adding, did not make it in]…A few years later, the main creator behind the series died…and everybody thought Fire Pro Wrestling was totally over, for good…

This is a Japanese series…only released in Japan…With the first three installments that I purchased [G, D and Z], I had to download and print out a books worth of translations put together by the very dedicated North American fan base…

…So…this is a game community, with a level of dedication and love…that you just don’t encounter, with most games…

I’m aware of the Fire Pro Wrestling R release, on the PlayStation 3 network, three or four years back…to gage interest in the game…I didn’t bother purchasing it, because I couldn’t gather that anything of substance had been changed from the original…and I didn’t want to start from scratch, in recreating my own roster of private characters…just to play in the exact same game…

…But then…when I’d spent years believing that we’d never see another game in this series…and after the community enduring false stories about a new FPW game in development, created and spread by a member of the community…after I’d written this series off as totally done…I’d found out, that a new installment had been created and released, entirely without my knowledge…And there it was, on Steam…for something like $30…

After spending an hour or two verifying that it wasn’t a simple rehash of R…this became an instantaneous, “no more questions asked” purchase for me.

I guess they still have to work out some bugs [I’ve not encountered myself, yet]…but, this is an amazing game!

…And it’s also the first time an FPW game exists…which can have easy expansions added, from the developer…It’s even being unofficially modded, by some players…Because it’s finally made it [or returned, technically] to the PC platform…when it was almost entirely a game for game consoles…

…So…this is, potentially, a “living” game…which can evolve…maybe get new game modes…

It can already create a limitless sized roster…with limitless number of groups and stables…limitless number of rings, with graphics you can import into the game…And it’s all tied into the Steam Workshop…so, the amount of downloadable content is staggering…and the ease of sharing your own content…Well…Let’s just say, I intend on sharing a project or two of my own, when I get them completed…Which isn’t something I typically do with the games I play…because my video game creations [IE: Mods] aren’t usually all that great.

I just wish I could openly talk about those projects here, without getting too reckless with my security…But, I’m afraid they’ll be very unique and somewhat obscure…

I’m not really doing this game justice, without describing it…but, I think these videos do a good job of that…And the basis of this post has been stagnating for six months, as I keep putting off writing something for it…even while I want to release the post…

At times…I’ve described FPW as “the world of pro wrestling, on a game disk”…It has a massive amount of moves and holds…an artificial intelligence editor, which is insane in depth…Every style of pro wrestling [power, technical, giant, Mexican, heel, Japan, and a number of others] and fighting [including MMA and kick boxing] is represented in this game…And the game mimics pro wrestling, as a simulator…It’s not some brainless, arcade like game, with the shallow aim of hitting your opponent till they run out of energy…There’s deep strategy behind this game.

I’m leaving it there…

…I don’t normally talk about this type of thing, because…well…it’s the world of “pro wrestling”…which is largely in an embarrassing state, these days…

…And it’s always been really dorky, at any rate…But I was once a tween, who fell in love with it…and stuck with it, into my twenties…

…I adore the Fire Pro Wrestling series…It’s the pinnacle of what is possible, with this type of game genre.

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Social Justice Journalists Outraged Over Refusal to Censor Games…


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Date: June 12, 2018

01) Social Justice Journalists Outraged Over Refusal to Censor Games


“A game that allowed you to play as an active shooter was pulled from the Steam Store and many on the left started praising Valve for doing so. But the game wasn’t pulled for being offensive, it was pulled because the developer was banned from the service.

Following this Valve clarified they would allow any game on Steam so long as it was legal and not trolling. Naturally the Social Justice left is furious over this refusal to censor legal content.

But why did Valve do it? Are they really standing up for free expression?”

I applaud Valve for this.

The reasons why you don’t give in to the “social justice” net nannies…include the fact that you’ll get an endless flow of nit pickers…who will make your life hell…

Once you compromise your stance and relent to one net nanny…you will greatly weaken your grounds on which to deny subsequent net nannies…

…You simply do not give up ground to them, at all.

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Mowgli Trailer #1 (2018)…


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Date: May 21, 2018

01) Mowgli Trailer #1 (2018) – Movieclips Trailers


“US Release Date: October 19, 2018
Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Cate Blanchett, Andy Serkis
Directed By: Andy Serkis
Synopsis: A human child raised by wolves, must face off against a menacing tiger named Shere Khan, as well as his own origins.”

It’s really strange seeing them release “The Jungle Book” story, when the last remake was only a few years ago…But, this looks quite good.

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A Brief History of… Myst…


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Date: May 14, 2018

01) A Brief History of… Myst


“Everybody knows Myst. It’s the one with the island and the puzzles. But the story neither starts nor ends there. We trace nearly 30 years of developer Cyan’s history from its humble beginnings into a garage and through the rise and fall of one of gaming’s greatest success stories.”

I played Riven, only…a very hard game.

In fact, I don’t believe I even own that copy anymore…I traded it in, likely.

I always thought the created world was neat, though…It just got mind numbing boring, wandering around at all the same places…randomly messing around with all the things you could alter, attempting to get any sort of foothold onto what was going on.

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