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OpFor: Red River. A review.

CubaLibre Sat Dec 20, 2014 8:37 pm

This was supposed to be posted on ABDN but I guess it's broken forever because Tim is lazy. The tagline was going to be: Operation Flashpoint: Red River is "Gen. George B. McClellan, cap in hand, in Lincoln's Oval Office." Enjoy.

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Once there was a game called Operation Flashpoint.

Actually, let me back up. It's hard for me to know how far to back up, to provide the context a body needs to understand just how much contempt deserves to be spat upon Operation Flashpoint: Red River. So let's start here:

There used to be a current in so-called “Western” game design called simulationism. The idea is that instead of creating discrete and distinct game-objects whose interactions are exhaustively prethought and finely-tuned (a more Japanese style – think Super Mario Bros.), games most fruitfully exploit their interactive potential by consisting of . . . Read more

Relentless/Little Big Adventure was free on GOG for a day

Dark Age Iron Savior Fri Nov 07, 2014 7:10 am



also there was a discount on the sequel

If you didn't get a code, ask someone, maybe? Not me.
Huh, Dragon Lore.

http://www.gog.com/
http://www.gog.com/game/little_big_adventure
*****
http://www.hardcoregaming101.net/lba/lba.htm
http://www.mobygames.com/game/relentless-twinsens-adventure

GOG says that it is for "Windows (XP, Vista, 7, 8) and Mac OS X (10.6.8)", which I'm pretty sure means it's the original DOS CD release wrapped up in DOSBox or something. If you're running Windows proper you might prefer LBAWin. If you don't groove with any of those, than maybe you should steal the PAL PS1 release and emulate that. I don't know, I don't care. Just play the game.

THE ONLY THREAD WE APPARENTLY EVER HAD ABOUT IT: http://forums.selectbutton.net/viewtopic.php?t=42073

People try to compare this to Japanese games of various sorts.
This is horseshit.
LBA is pure dreamlike Euro-adventure.
You start in an insane aslyum/prison and end in a volcano.
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Podcast Episode #69: Nontraditional Holds

another coma Sun Nov 02, 2014 7:32 pm




Atari Joysticks: the early-2000's Mad Catz of the 80's.

We return to talk about all sorts of input devices and their influence on gaming; d-pads, shoulder buttons, triggers, motion wands and piles of Atari Joysticks that are all slightly different from each other. We also talk about that various ways that we've worked against controllers in order to secure victory in games and the destruction that ensued. Enjoy!
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Select Button Podcast 69, ft. Felix, Laurel Soup, MattCD42, Texican Rude, and wall of beef

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Touring Super Mario World in 2014

diplo Wed Sep 10, 2014 12:02 pm



Thanks to having read an excellent analysis of Super Mario world, primarily on its level design, on Patrick Holleman’s site Reverse Design, I was prompted to play through World again, including its secret stages. I might as well come right out and say that reappraising World through the assistance of Holleman’s document hasn’t caused me to like the game much more, and I haven’t liked World a whole lot for a long time anyway, but it has helped in reformulating some criticisms (and was certainly enjoyable to read in its own right). Coming off of Super Mario Bros 3, World feels tonally cold. Part of this has to do with how there were conversational, or at least textual, interactions in 3 that are not present in World to nearly the same degree of regularity of volume -- the Princess doesn’t even say anything to . . . Read more

Brick By Brick

diplo Fri Aug 29, 2014 12:20 pm



Hey, all. I've begun transferring my posts from the blogspot version of Brick By Brick over to tumblr, which I feel will be a more attractive and relevant platform, even if the main way of interacting on tumblr is unfortunately passive. Figured a frontpage post here couldn't hurt, either! Youpi very generously did much of the layout for me in HTML after I gave him some direction based on the original site's look.

Brick By Brick


Brick By Brick wrote:
Having been engaged with the Castlevania series since the early 2000s, and having written extensively on its titles (informally and formally), I felt it was time to start up a site that would serve as a home for future writings. This site was also born out of the perception that there is a
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Metal Gear Solid [1998]

Rei Thu Jul 17, 2014 12:14 pm

Forced out of retirement, Solid Snake must thwart a nuclear attack staged by members of his old military unit, FOXHOUND, who have seized control of a nuclear weapons disposal facility on an Alaskan island.

“It’s rude to keep a lady waiting.”

— Naomi Hunter

No female character in Metal Gear Solid is treated with any semblance of gender parity, but Hideo Kojima and company come closest with Ukrainian weapons analyst Nastasha Romanenko. This is partly because Snake is never required to speak to her. Nastasha is the only named character other than the already deceased Donald Anderson and Big Boss who, despite having official artwork and a short biography in the user’s manual, never canonically speaks to Snake within the game’s mandatory cutscenes or Codec calls.



Snake is surprised to discover Nastasha’s gender when Roy Campbell first mentions she will be on the . . . Read more

Podcast Episode #68: Shoot, Date, Hack, Save the Galaxy

another coma Thu Jun 12, 2014 1:02 am



The perfect soundtrack for some lame fantasy inn.

The Mass Effect Episode. We take a look back at BioWare's space-opera superman date sim killstravaganza for some memories, some laughs, and a very timely review of Bethesda's Daggerfall. Get on your space boxer-briefs and get listenin'.
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Select Button Podcast 68, ft. cubalibre, glam grimfire, DJ, felix, and Tulpa

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Cavesweeper has been released!

QUIMDUNG Thu Mar 27, 2014 10:48 pm

Will you please care to enter this dungeon? Minesweeper RPG awaits.

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Antiquated Game Player

jjsimpso Mon Mar 17, 2014 8:28 pm

So, I decided to make a magazine. I'm doing it mostly for fun but I hope someone else gets some enjoyment out of it. I just released my first issue, the theme of which is Computers and Dragons. I mostly discuss D&D and computer games. In future issues I hope to cover simulations and other such things.

You can grab a free PDF at magcloud. Print version is $7.50.



Here's the blurb:

Antiquated Game Player is a magazine for the old school game player of both electronic and paper-based games. Journey back to a time when games were made to target niche audiences: role players, history buffs, wargamers, trekkies, and various other minorities. Featuring game reviews, genre surveys, historical explorations, game design analysis, and more, Antiquated Game Player is your source for in depth coverage of the past you
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Podcast Episode #67: Now and Then

another coma Mon Mar 10, 2014 9:24 pm



December, 2006

We take break from THE LATEST IN GAMES COVERAGE for a selectbutton.net retrospective. We reflect on the inception of our own website, do a bit of introspection on where we were as a community circa 2006, and where we've come since then. All of this leads to some pretty serious revelations about The Drunken Samurai. Um no really!


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