, The Dreamcast Junkyard: August 2009

Voting stage two is up! Three more days!

The main poll of the User Top 100 is closed, and now we have some polls up for the games that came in with a joint amount of points. What we need now is for you vote vote for one in each poll only, to decide which should be above the other. These games are:

With joint 160 votes:
MDK 2 vs Soul Reaver : Legacy Of Kain

With joint 140 votes:
King of Fighters 2002 vs Unreal Tournament

With joint 119 votes:
King of Fighters Dream Match 1999 vs Under Defeat vs Worms : Armageddon / World Party

With joint 106 votes:
Blue Stinger vs Fur Fighters

With joint 88 votes:
Cosmic Smash vs Fire Pro-wrestling D vs Puyo Puyo Fever vs Record Of Lodoss Wars vs Sonic Shuffle vs Yu Suzuki GameWorks (phew)

With joint 87 votes:
Illbleed vs Pen Pen Tricelon

With joint 81 votes:
D2 vs Spiderman

With joint 77 votes:
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure vs Wacky Races

Only a week of voting to go! We need your clips!

The Top 100 Dreamcast poll is close to closing, only one more week to go! The votes have been starting to slow down a bit, and there is still a lot of games with the same amount of votes as each other, so at the end new polls will be set up to get peoples favorites out of those.

Also editing together this top 100 video is going to be quite a mammoth task, so if you have any clips of you talking about your favorite games, please send theme my way as soon as possible so I can add them into the videos. Any interesting clips are welcome at this stage, seeing as I have so far...erm...none at all. I'm also going to need footage of some Dreamcast games I don't own or haven't got very good footage of (like for example from further in a game than just the first level), if any one can provide some that'd be great:

MDK2
NBA 2K Series
NFL 2K Series
Phantasy Star Online

Fur Fighters
Grandia II
Illbleed
Ikaruga
Record Of Lodoss Wars
Resident Evil 2
Resident Evil 3 Nemesis
Resident Evil Code Veronica
Space Channel 5 and Part 2
Sega GT
Seaman
Soul Reaver : Legacy Of Kain
Star Wars Episode One : Racer
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 and 2
Worms : Armageddon / World Party

The Dreamcast is very popular. A quick Video.

Well yet another gaming event has come and gone and yet again I was not able to get any decent video at all.

I really wanted to get some great footage of all the people having fun messing around with the Dreamcast but I did not get chance due to all the people milling around. I did try to interview some people but I only talked to like two people before I had to go back to managing the event.

I figured I would show off what little stuff I did manage to shoot (Some of it is Horrible Quality).




Youtube.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wPPa_TJ6KQ
DailyMotion.
http://www.dailymotion.com/user/Blandco/video/xa6wfv_dreamcast-at-the-video-game-tourny_videogames

I would like to note that the girl who talked about the Dreamcast won the whole tournament and pretty much destroyed everyone else. So I suppose my comments about there being very few female Dreamcast fans have been proved false.

I also am going to make a video promoting the top 100 event coming up and I hope to generate some more interest in it. I am glad that Gagaman(n) has gotten the ball rolling on this. I was considering doing some special stuff for 9/9/09 but I have been lazy as of late.

Video about the Top 100 CountDown on 9/9/09



Two videos in two days? That's not like me! This has been put up on Youtube to not only get more people voting, but also to see if we can get some quotes and even fan videos to add to the Top 100 count down videos that I will start uploading on 9/9/09 and most likely continue on into that week. If you've ever seen the Channel 4 Top 100 shows I'm going for a similar format to that.

DCJY InsideOut: GagaMan's Collection 2009 Update



You might remember my video from last June/July showing my Dreamcast collection. Well, it's changed quite a bit since then, so here's a new video showing what's new. I mostly ramble about unusual Japanese games I've picked up, some of which I'd like to Rummage review some time.

Still not sure about Wind & Water? Try out the demo!

I know there are some that are still not sure wherever or not they want to buy Yuan Works Indie Dreamcast release Wind & Water: Puzzle Battles. First of all watch my Rummage review, then if that intrigues you head over to DCEvolution who now have a demo download which you can burn and try out on your DC. Then hurry up and grab it if you like it, because there's no way of knowing how long the game will available!

There has been quyite a lot of activity going on over at DCEvolution lately, like DreamMP3 which comes with the Dreamcast EP by I have a Dreamcast on it, a demo of Goat Store's Inhabitants (another neat indie puzzle game), and other homebrew downloads.

Manchester Videogame Expo

Following on from this post, I thought I would share my brief experience at the expo at the Urbis. I went back in May I think (can't remember) and was disappointed with the lack of SEGA memories.

All in all, it was pretty good though. I was lucky to go outside of the summer holidays, so no children were about. Playing the original wipEout brought back a few memories.

There should have been more Sonic material there... he was (is??) a massive gaming icon.


I did think this peice of art was fantastic though.

What really struck me was the lack of Saturn and Dreamcast information. The Saturn was a massively failure against the Playstation and should not be forgotten. The Dreamcast was SEGA going out with a bang - and should not be forgotten either. I was upset that I had more of a retro collection in my apartment than at an exhibition... but such is life.


On the pin-board I noticed this lovely note, so I had to take a photo of it. "What about the Dreamcast" indeed, my good friend.

Dreamcast User Top 100: Vote for your Favorite Games!

As I suggested in the comments some time ago, here's something I've been wanting to set up a big event for the Dreamcast's 10th Anniversary since it's American launch (because 9.9.99 is the date everyone remembers) and here it is. The poll was so big that instead of placing it on the side here where it would look rather ridiculous I've set up a temporary blog for it. You can vote for as many or as few games as you like, and you can also edit your picks too. The poll is open for 30 days.

Take note just reading through the list may take you a while, so wherever you want to pick every game you like or just your absolute favorites is up to you. There's 385 games to vote for spilt across eight polls (because it errored out when I had it as one large poll). That's almost the entire consoles library, Japanese, PAL, American, even indie releases are all included.

The poll will close on 4th September and the results of the top 100 (and the bottom 20, and maybe even the entire 385 if there is enough demand for it, will be revealed on good old 9/9/09. I really hope this becomes the definitive poll of everyone's favorite Dreamcast games anywhere, so the more people who vote the better. Get stuck in!

Cut Away

You know how I like to rape other websites for DC related shite? Well, I've been at it again. This time, it's our old friend Unseen64. Unseen is one of my favourite websites because it documents unreleased games across the whole spectrum of consoles, and it's updated quite regularly. Now, we all know about the unreleased stuff like Castlevania and the cancelled DC ports of Colin McRae Rally 2.0 and Max Payne, but Unseen64 has produced info on a title I've never heard of before:


It's called Cut Away, and whilst the only info they have on this mysterious title is an advertisement, its always interesting to learn of hitherto unknown games for our beloved undead console. From the promotional artwork shown, it appears that Cut Away may have been an FMV adventure in the style of D or Torico, but after a quick snoop around on Google I found this article giving more info about how the game may have played:


"As a third person adventure, the gameplay will unsurprisingly be similar to both Capcom's Resident Evil and Pulse's Undercover. While specifics are still being kept under wraps, it's clear that the story will take place in San Francisco. Plenty of CG movies are promised, as is an intriguing story to keep you on your feet. Speaking of which, bombs have been planted across the city by terrorists. As the hero, it's your job to stop them from causing complete and utter chaos, whatever the cost may be!"


Sounds a little too much like a press release to be truly helpful, but then again it's the only real info I could find on this highly enigmatic piece of vapourware. Curiouser and curiouser...

Isosceles

Apologies for my recent lack of input here at the Junkyard. I've been having a major malfunction on the broadband front and as such haven't been able to get anywhere near the internet for at least a fortnight. Sure, there are internet cafes dotted about, but I'd rather lick the decomposing innards of a CJD-infested cow cadaver than pay £1.50 for twenty minutes of shit-slow Netscape Navigator. But I digress. Last week I spent a few days in my home town of Manchester and I was both surprised and delighted to discover that a museum in the city centre was holding an interactive exhibition detailing the rise of the videogame.

This exhibition (aka Videogame Nation) was being held in what's known as the Urbis - a glass isosceles triangle of truly grotesque proportions:


Urbis, yesterday. Sans legions of skaters usually found outside.

Anyway, I grabbed a mate and went to check it out. It cost £3 to get in and was overrun by shouting kids, but it was quite a decent little exhibition - indeed I was initially impressed by the first display case I was greeted by because it housed copies of long defunct games mags and consoles of yesteryear. So I wandered around, played on a NES and an Amstrad GX4000, posted a lap record on WipEout and even had a quick bash on Banjo Kazooie...but something was niggling at me. And as I approached the end of the trip down memory lane, it hit me in the face like a massive wet fish swung by an irate cybernetic clown: The was no mention whatsoever of the Dreamcast, or for that matter, the Saturn!


As such, I was forced to draw a Dreamcast logo on a piece of paper and pin it to the comments board on my way out, along with the caption: "Dreamcast - gone but not forgotten!"

The Dreamcast Junkyard: still spreading the good word. I suppose I should've written "All Hail the Undead Console," but you can't have it all, eh?!