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Year 2004

December 29th

Half Life 2 limited edition (PC) , Zenki FX: Vajura Fight (PC-FX)

December 8th

WarriorBlade Rastan vs Barbarian (PS2)

December 5th

Splatterhouse (Marty / Fm Towns)

November 7th

Sengoku 3 (Neo-Geo US AES)

October 27th

The SNES reviews section has been overhauled with a (hopefully) clearer layout. Also, some screenshots have been added. New update in the Art Books section

October 26th

To celebrate the 20th birthday of the Famicom (aka Family Computer), a Video Game Exhibition was held in the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography from December 4, 2003 to February 8, 2004. A book about the event has been published and it is called "Family Computer 1983-1994". What is interesting is that the text is bilingual (Japanese and English) and the book should cover all of the officially released games on the machine. It features many interesting information such as the genesis of Nintendo's mascot character Mario, or the origins of the Dragon Quest and the Final Fantasy sagas.
Also, the book includes a generous amount of interviews to top Industry people such as Shigeru Miyamoto, Hideo Kojima and Yuji Naka to name a few.
While reading the interview to Hideo Kojima (the creator of Metal Gear among other games), something he said felt almost like a punch in the teeth…When asked if he could create something he would be completely satisfied of, that's how he answers:
"I'm trying but there is a long way to go. What I like about making games is that they don't survive. You can't play with old games, as game machines are constantly changing. That means that people forget about the games we make , which is good. The Japanese proverb that says that you discard your shame when you travel, is what games are to me. Games should only remain in people's minds and in the history."

What Kojima says is right, but to a point. There are so many games released every year that it becomes really hard to keep up even with games that are only 3 or 4 years old. This means that not many gamers are willing to invest substantial time and money to dig into the past. Also, technology deepens the rift between older games and newer ones. There are multiple barriers to overcome if one wants to experience older games. Luckily, not everything is as bleak as it sounds. For one thing, gamers might want to uncover the origins of a particular saga of which they played the latest chapter on the latest hardware. Moreover, emulation provides another means to discover old classics, with almost no hustle. Often, when gamers play a Rom on their PC and they like the game, they will decide to purchase the original game. This phenomenon might not happen on a regular basis but we must acknowledge its existence! Finally, I do believe that games, old or new, can be a work of art. Today, people are still able to appreciate and enjoy B/W movies because of their intrinsic and artistic value. I think the same thing can be applied to older games. In the end, my point is that gamers should not forget about the past. On the contrary, real "connoisseurs" shouldn't be afraid to look back. Some rare treasures will make their trip a worthy detour.

October 24th

Bad Omen (MD)

October 23rd

Crimson Tears (PS2)

October 3rd

SNK vs Capcom SVC Chaos (PS2)

September 19th

Spriggan Powered (SFC)

September 6th

Pyuu to Fuku Jaguar: Byo to Deru Megane Kun(GBA)

August 22th

Today it has been a day full of updates! Aside from the games that you can see listed below, I opened up a new section called Legendary Series where I intend to talk about classic series that I have followed since they started. The existing Castlevania section is now under Legendary Series.

Also, I set up a Grading System that is now under the same section as Condition Scale. I started putting grades on the games so that now, it should be easier to understand how good (or bad) a game really is!

Defender of the Crown (CDTV)

Daimakaimura (Ghouls'n'Ghosts - X68000)

Argos No Senshi (Rygar - X68000)

Argos No Senshi (Rygar - Famicom)

Argos No Ju-Jiken (Rygar - Sega Mark III)

Castlevania (IBM PC / Tandy 1000)

August 21th

Gradius V (PS2)

August 17th

Art of Fighting 3 (Neo-Geo CD)

August 11th

Daemon Vector (XBOX)

July 26th

Twinkle Tale (MD)

July 14th

Conan the Cimmerian (A500)

July 14th

Blandia (Marty / FM Towns)

June 10th

Valis Visual Collection (PCE CD)

June 7th

Fausseté Amour (PCE CD)

June 6th

Nexzr (PCE CD)

June 2nd

Ginga Fukei Densetsu [Sapphire] (PCE CD)

Spriggan (PCE CD)

May 31st

Deathbringer (A500)

May 27th

Judgement Silversword: Rebirth Edition (SwanCrystal)

May 15th

The Reviews section (along with the comic books and art books sections) have been redesigned to make navigation more user-friendly. In particular, reviews should now be much more accessible!

May 8th

Silent Hill 2 (PS2)

As some may already have noticed, I have been busy trying to make my site more "readable" but unfortunately, since it is not automated in any way at all, I have to go back and update each review! I am not sure I'll do that because it would take for ever but I started with a selected few titles and sofar I think the imrpovement has been noticeable. You can see some of the updated reviews by clicking on the following:

Chohmakaimura (GBA)

Magatama (XBOX)

Also, I intend to update some sections in the future like the Links etc but there are so many things to do already!

May 8th

Shikigami No Shiro II (DC)

April 19th

I am still experiencing some inexplicable ftp server connections problems and it really is becoming a pain...I hope my ISP will be fixing them quickly cause I am running out of patience!

Metal Gear Solid the Twin Snakes (GC)

April 12th

Psyvariar 2 the will to fabricate (DC)

April 11th

C64 Tape

Barbarian (Psygnosis)

Black Tiger



Renegade III

Amiga 500


I finally got a real Job so I haven't really had to the time to update my site or even to play games unfortunately. I did manage to play Ninja Gaiden though, so click here for the review!

February 26th

The Adventure Of Little Ralph (PS)

February 24th

Odyssey (Amiga 500)

Nathan Never (Amiga 500 - not a new entry, just an update )

Onimusha 2 (PS2)

February 20th

I've been experiencing some problems with my ftp server so I haven't been able to update my site in a while Grrrrrrr!!!Luckily, I was finally able to fix the problems, so here I am back on track! For now, just a small update but there is lots more to come!

Otogi 2 (1st print including Otogi: Myth of the Demon) (XBOX)

February 23rd

Darius R (GBA)

February 15th

R-Type Final (PS2)

February 13th

King of Fighters'94 (Neo Geo CD)

February 12th

A small update for tonight, but hopefully I'll be back soon with more

Shikigami No Shiro Evolution (Red)

February 9th

Amazingly, when I updated the Commodore Section a few weeks ago, I didn't update the news section but anyway, here are the 'new' games:

C64 Software

Armalyte (tape)

Barbarian (Disk)

Barbarian II (Disk)

Defender of the Crown (Disk)

Hysteria (Disk)

Myth-History in the Making (Cart)

Storm lord II (tape)

Amiga Software

Another World


Castle Warrior

Death Trap



Gold of the Aztecs

Knight Force


Risky Woods


January 19th

Castlevania Lament of Innocence (PS2)

January 10th

Maximo vs Army of Zin (PS2), Night Raid (PS)

January 5th

Virtua Fighter 4 Evolution (PS2)

January 3rd

Magatama (Xbox)










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