Archive for February, 2010

The Laws Of The Game

Posted in Football on February 28, 2010 by RevStu

Does ANYONE understand them? Depressingly it seems not.

If you're joining us late, many years ago there existed a thing oft bemoaned by fans and pundits alike, called the "professional foul". This was a cynical deliberate foul, typically committed by a lumbering centre-half when he'd been skinned by a forward who was then heading clean through on the goalkeeper, but still a long way from goal. The centre-half would blatantly haul him down, making no pretence at a legal attempt to win the ball, and give away a harmless free kick perhaps 30 or 40 yards out.

The forward would thus be denied a chance to go one-on-one with the keeper and very likely score. The defender, meanwhile, would suffer only a yellow card at most – because his foul was in itself usually innocuous (being a simple trip or shove), leaving the referee no grounds on which to issue a red. It was clearly unfair, and something had to be done.

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Troubleshooting, Nintendo-style

Posted in Games, random pics on February 28, 2010 by RevStu

It's not that Nintendo thinks its customers are morons, you understand, but…

(Genuine scan from Virtual Boy instruction manual, highlighting added by WoSblog)

It costs 61p. How could you possibly NOT?

Posted in bargains, Games on February 27, 2010 by RevStu

Frankly, even not having an Xbox 360 is only a borderline excuse.

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I want to go back in time

Posted in Games on February 27, 2010 by RevStu

To 1977, meet Toshihiro Nishikado (the inventor of Space Invaders), show him this video (on my iPod, natch) and say "This is what your game will evolve into in the space of one generation".

That's all I want. Can someone sort it out, please?

The strange death of emulation

Posted in Games on February 26, 2010 by RevStu

The PSP? Hwurgh! What is it good for?

Absolutely some things! Say it again!

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Metal Slug XX review (PSP)

Posted in Games on February 25, 2010 by RevStu

Alert WoS viewers, who may find much of the text of this review oddly familiar (but do read on, for all is not quite as it seems), will already be aware of my range of views on the history of SNK's Metal Slug series. From a hugely refreshing beginning, the franchise rapidly degenerated into a cynical cash-milking business punting out lazy and increasingly inferior titles with ever-growing rapidity and desperation.

The nadir actually arrived fairly early, with the abysmal Metal Slug 3, and there have been a few flickers of hope – like the inventive Neo Geo Pocket spinoffs (now excitingly playable via emulation on PSP, finally solving the problem of the NGP's murky un-backlit screen and awkward controls) and the aforelinked GBA title, which came up with many of the ideas that have been more fully fleshed out in this latest release.

But mostly the announcement of a new addition to the Metal Slug family has been occasion only for some sad reflections on the latest half-arsed indignities to be inflicted on a once-proud name in the name of a quick profit. Metal Slug XX is a step back in the right direction.

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The worst videogame level of all time

Posted in Games, stupidity, things of all time on February 24, 2010 by RevStu

Is, I've today concluded after 33 years of videogaming, this one.

Arkanoid 2 - Revenge Of Doh (arcade)

But hey, don't take my word for it – you can give it a shot for yourself.

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