So I was SUPER pissed yesterday at work; I had waited all day for Katie’s radio show at 4:00, and wouldn’t you fucking know, that’s precisely when the internet decides to die all throughout the school! And this was like my first chance to really listen to the whole show since Wednesday nights are usually reserved for movie night, which has been moved to tonight for this week only. Plus it was going to be right up my alley to, with the theme being either space or robots…. at least there’s always Katie’s podcast, which is basically an abridged, spruced up version of her radio show.
Anyway, last night I met up with Mike (dhex) and Joe (isfet) for drinks at Revival. We talked about the same old, same old: music, politics, Insert Credit drama, strip clubs, and guidoes. And of course, Mike just loves any chance to bring up the fact that I manage to piss so many people off (and furries), and with so little effort (though in the case of that random woman who called me an asshole, I guess she overheard me wanting to kill my roommate’s dog… though she obviously hadn’t paid attention to my reasons for doing so, which I’d like to think is totally understandable). Afterwards we went back to Brooklyn where I took them to this really decent Mexican joint in my neighborhood and then back to my place to show them some of the rare and obscure PSone games in my collection.
I started things off with the one game that I’ve been going on and on and on about at Insert Credit, especially since I’m almost certain that I’m only one of two people on this entire continent that has a copy of the world’s only girlfriend/mine cart racing/sandwitch making simulator, Love Love 2. And I’m happy to say that it lived up to the hype. Next was Masked Rider, a fighting game which does an incredible job of capturing the feel of those cheesy live kids shows from Japan in the late 70′s early 80′s; just think Power Rangers, with costumed super heroes fighting bad guys in really bad rubber suits, and huge explosions, but also with pompadours and huge lapels. All the fighting looks overly choreographed and flat out awkward, just like the real thing basically.
Joe brought along a few games, and showed us Speedpower Gunbike, which is sorta like Sonic the Hedgehog (well, at least the 2D bonus stage in part 2), except you’re a kid wearing a robot suit that can transform into a bike. Also, it has easily one of the funniest game over screens of all time; hopefully, Joe still has a screencap of it. He also had two other titles, Panzer Bandit and some FMV Mega Man game, both of which I was going to make copies off, but I didn’t have Toast installed (used to, but I forgot to re-install the program after the 15th or 16th time I had to re-intall Tiger).
Then I gave Vib Ribbon a spin for the guy, which simply blew them both away. And why not? The game is fucking fantastic. And both went pretty batshit when I popped in a Ministry CD (the game can generate levels based on my music CD you can feed it). I’d have to say in all honestly, playing Vib Ribbon to “Just One Fix” appears to resemble what hell might actually look and sound like, more so than Rez’s Trance Mission.
Plus, Joe bought my copy of Final Fight Streetwise off of me. The game was okay, just not my cup of tea (though there is something funny about hearing game characters you’re familiar with from your childhood say “asshole!”). I’m going to use the money towards a copy of King of Fighters: NewoWave, which I finally found at a record store in the city, and for just $20 (which is its MSRP, but the only place I’ve seen it at is Virgin, and they want $30). Either that or OutRun 2006, which came out yesterday, but I hear the Xbox version is pretty much impossible to track down.
Like I said, tonight’s movie night, which means I’ll be missing out on the chiptunes show that takes place at The Tank, so for anyone interested, this might be the last chance to see nullsleep play before embarking on that crazy-assed world tour of his and Joshua’s.
… BTW, if you’re reading this Jeremiah, you were totally spot on; Radilgy, and espeically Under Defeat, are both fucking tops…