Monday, January 21, 2019

4012 - An UK Publication Reminds You That Ataribox Is A Thing


I'm confounded by the lack of news regarding Ataribox. Isn't it supposed to be out a few months?

Speaking of Atari, I've played my Atari 7800 for the first time in a long while. First game I fired up was Enduro. Good times.

And yes, there will be Atari reviews... they need love, too.

Saturday, January 19, 2019

4011 - PixelPlayer Preview

Sunday Gimmick Table #6: Pixel Player Portable will premiere on Sunday, February 24th and work is going along nicely. Still need to dub half the games and film an ending bit... but all in all, things are going smoothly.

This is a one shot, however, which means this won't be on Dailymotion. However, as a bit of a consolation prize, you get the first 50+ minutes of the project as a sort of advanced preview. It's been reduced into standard widescreen definition due to heavy file size, but it's enough of a teaser to see what to expect from the rest of the project.

Friday, January 18, 2019

4010 - Hello From Hiatus...

Good morning, boys and girls. A post of random musings, updates, and thingamabobs.

The past couple weeks has been pretty time consuming and aside from some text posting preps and some background work, I've been keeping off the blog work for a time and even managed to get a bit more sleep, which is what I needed. Me folks celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary and we had a rather small dinner at this Portuguese grill on St. Hubert. Nice place, good food, loves their salad, wouldn't mind going there for another festive event one of these days... but not too festive. We got them plates and a fruit basket. They enjoyed it, it was fun.

Now that all the holidays and anniversaries are in the books, things are slowly returning to normal and less money will be spent. Thank fuck for that.

So this week, I start audio dubbing on a number of videos. This does NOT include the Pixel Player project; I've done dubbing on that on and off for some time now. But in terms of future reviews, DTM Rambles videos (those are coming back after a lackluster 2018 - got a few of those in the can already), and possibly a couple other potential projects, the text based material is prepped and I just need to turn that stuff into audio.

The reviews are basic stuff; a couple puzzle games, a couple quick titles, and there's going to be a week's worth of Atari reviews because they've also had a lackluster 2018 and need to be in the spotlight. After all, Ataribox is coming soon... or something.

Regarding the Pixel Player Project... I'm debating whether I'm going to release it as a single video or split it into smaller chunks. The video is going to be in HD for the most part, but it's entirely possible that I might reduce it to a standard def video (do people even call it that anymore?) if the file size turns out too heavy. After all, most of the video is composite video recorded onto DVD and blown up into a massive video frame for extra blurriness. Also, Vegas 15 is newer than what I'm used to (despite being the older one), but it does sometimes show signs of Vegas 14 when it comes to rendering needlessly complex and long video files... by crashing at inopportune times. We'll see how it goes in the future, but for now, the plan is a single video on February 24th, 2018 as part of the Sunday Gimmick Table series.

While we resume normal operations in February with the promise of daily posts - whether it'd be videos or things of that nature - things will only start formulating a month or so later. Eventually, I'll want to have regular features fill out the blog in some form or fashion. It's a hobby, but I want to give this my all as a personal exercise of sorts.

Well, that's the story for now. Time to get back into hibernation.


Wednesday, January 16, 2019

4009 - Royal Ramble: 2001

Rolling into the 2000s with the 2001 Royal Rumble, perhaps one of the better Rumble shows that I've seen live. Let's see if it still holds up.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

4008 - Royal Ramble: 1989

On this day, exactly three decades ago, the 1989 Royal Rumble took place on Pay-Per-View. And so, consider this a bonus of sorts as we touch on this event that shaped the Rumble into what we knew it as for a couple decades before it went to shit.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

4007 - Febtober Bytes... A DTM House Show Coming Soon

Even though "proper" blog operations resume February 10th, there's no reason to delay doing a quick house show before proceedings. Hence, Febtober Bytes... yes, we are bringing back the gimmick names akin to the old DM-exclusive specials from years ago and that's probably the best way to do these things until I've got the live set-up figured out well enough.

The show will open with an encore presentation of my old Outrun 2019 review from 2012, now with a new opening. Then it'll be followed by a fresh play of Outrun 2019 in semi-tolerable higher than usual definition. I don't know what else we'll do, but it'll be better than nothing, I suppose.

Other than that, background work on the blog in terms of both replacing old material and prepping new stuff has been slow moving, but otherwise moving along just fine. February might be when things start rolling again, but it'll probably be another month before everything is in proper working order. And there may be something... nah, I don't want to jinx it.

That's it for now, folks... later.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

4006 - G. Raffe, Future General Manager Of RAW...

Maybe if that happened, the show would stop sucking and I'd start watching.

Then again, maybe not. Chances are WWE would ruin him too and have him job to Baron Boredom or something.

4005 - Mega Man Maker: Medium Normal Wily Challenge (RAW Footage)

My medium Wily Challenge run played on Jan-09-2019; no commentary or text pop-ups. Only gameplay.

I'd normally post this on the Archive channel, but I forgot to switch channels and just posted here. So there you go. Normal operations resume in February.

Some notes worth mention: one level gets skipped and one level loads twice.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

4004 - Royal Ramble: 1996

Last week, we did 1995 and got a so-so show kick off an otherwise shit year for wrestling. This week, we do 1996 and get... well, more of the same, I suppose.

Sunday, January 6, 2019

4003 - Bob "Super Dave" Einstein

So around the same time that news of Mean Gene's passing broke, there was also news that Bob Einstein, old Super Dave Osbourne himself, has also passed away due to his battle with cancer and that's a childhood passed away. Back when I was a kid and even a teen growing up, I'd be watching the family-friendly iterations of the Super Dave show where they bleep out all the swearing with funny duck quacks and things of that nature, which actually made it funny, but watching this alleged stuntman with this seemingly endless Super Dave Compound showing off all these gimmicks going wrong and performing all these stunts that turned out badly... man, you couldn't help but feel for the poor guy, but first let me laugh at the compressor turning him into a little head with two feet.

I recently found a Youtube channel that had most of the old Super Dave clips uploaded, all uncensored with all the colorful metaphors intact and just the fact that I remember most of these like they happened yesterday just shows how much of an impact and an affect that Super Dave had on my cumulative years. And those clips still hold up. When I got news of his passing, I loaded that page and binged on all those clips. And it was all due to SD, his deadpan, straightfaced reaction to all the stupid going on around him.

Bob Einstein did other stuff; he did Officer Judy in the old Smothers Brothers show, he was a recurring character on Larry David's Curb Your Enthusiasm, and a few other things... but to me, he'll always be Super Dave. And his being gone makes the world a less appealing place.

Godspeed, Super Dave Osbourne. May your stay in the ol' Super Dave Compound in the sky be free of accident... or anything made from genuine Saskatchewan Seal Skin Bindings.

4002 - Mean Gene

Only a day or two in and we've already have our first deaths... legendary wrestling announcer and WWE Hall of Famer Mean Gene Okerlund passed away on January 2nd.

Mean Gene... everyone has said their words on the influence and the aura that this man projected with his segments better than I could properly put into words. Mean Gene, in his best days, whether it'd be in the seventies where his best stuff resided, or during his WWF and WCW stints, would conduct the best interviews because regardless of whether he was interviewing Hulk Hogan or any of the big stars, or if he was interviewing some lower tier guy, he was able to make those interviews seem important and made you pay attention. Hell, if you weren't sold on a show, those Mean Gene segments would sell you those shows.

Gene Okerlund brought an air of legitimacy to his segments... not quite legitimacy, but rather importance. His presence, his quick wit, his tone, his timing, his deep voice, his professionalism made those interview segments that would be skippable fare if they were done by anyone else seem important and worth watching. Whether it was cutting interviews, hosting television segments such as WWE Confidential or the various retrospective specials... or whether it was being a character on something like the short-lived Legends House, Mean Gene brought the goods and that's what made him great.

There will never be another Mean Gene Okerlund.

Godspeed, Mr. Okerlund. And thanks for the memories. You'll be sorely missed.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

4001 - Royal Ramble: 1995

Even though the blog is supposed to be on "hiatus" this month, the Royal Ramble continues onwards... because they're already written and automatically publish on schedule. So enjoy some content on the blog, even if it's based on play fighting.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

4000 - Happy New Year Everyone... And Remember...

Until then... expect sporadic postings in the former of pre-written, scheduled Classic Wrestling Musings and other minor bits here and there. One might be coming tomorrow.

Monday, December 31, 2018

3999 - The Winners And Losers Of 2018

Happy New Year, everyone.

Before we begin, I'd just want to give everyone a heads up that I'll be taking this month off from material and that we'll resume this journey in mid-February. While 2018 has had some highs and lows on a personal front, I'm pleased to say that the blog and subsequent Internet presences have seen a significant boost in content and with material lined up for the future, things are looking up. But I need a cooling period, folks, so check back in about a month and we'll start things up again real soon.

This isn't a full-on "closure" of the site or anything. There will still be stuff coming up, like the Classic Wrestling Musings every Wednesdays and maybe one or two other things along the way, but it'll definitely be a much leaner month compared to the past few, which have been pretty heavy. Hopefully, things will be back to full force come February, where I hope to have a regular schedule of sorts, as it relates to content.

3998 - Pick-Ups for December 2018