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Well shit in my eye - it's Friday the 13th! AAARGH!

Ahem. Following on appropriately:

You know, they say (whoever the fuck 'they' are) that for every good thing that happens in life, another thing just as astonishing - but in a shit way - occurs to readdress the balance. A bit like when that Newton fellow decided that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.

After the last few days' events, I'd like to find this Newton geezer and knock his fucking head off.

Some of you reading this may have been privy to one of European football's most spectacular displays of brilliance earlier this week. Yes, Manchester United's systematic destruction of Roma at the Theatre of Dreams, Old Trafford. Twas a night to remember and signal of intent to all of the lesser teams daring to attempt to win the Champions League. I for one was making merry after the final whistle. As I'm also sure (blue scum) Father Krishna was :-)

So far, so good.

Imagine my horror then, when not so long after those (Spartan-esque) heroic events on the hallowed turf at Old Trafford, I discovered that while moving my beloved Dreamcast stuff from my mother's old hovel to her new...erm...hovel (I keep my stuff there because I have no space for it!), the shaven monkeys masquerading as removal men had virtually destroyed every single jewel case in my possession. Quite how, I'm still not sure - but rest assured that every single mother-humping case is in some way broken. Not a big deal you may think, but after taking so much care of the boxes for so long...and to have them all smashed to bits by fucking ignorant Neanderthals is extremely annoying.

Nay - heart rending.

Nevertheless, life goes on (whereas my old Mum's nearly didn't when she remarked "they're only games..."). As such, let me illustrate two of my newest Dreamcast purchases:

Tee Off Golf
The Dreamcast's only golf game (I believe), Tee Off is a twee little title in which massive-headed cartoon characters battle it out for golfing domination across several generic courses. It's certainly no Tiger Woods or PGA Tour Golf (Mega Drive version), but it's playable enough and has a multitude of game modes (including a rather strange virtual reality bit). Oh, and the graphics are quite pleasant - look:

Unfortunately, listening to the 'music' is akin to letting Thor smash bolts of lightening through your ear drums with his Thunder Hammer (TM).

Tech Romancer
A frankly brilliant fighting game that has you smashing the shit out of each other...whilst controlling fuck-off massive robots! Heaven! It sort of reminds me of GASP!! on the N64 (is that a good thing?), only...erm...better. The controls are pretty simple and it's really easy to pull off some epileptic-fit inducing special moves. The best thing about Tech Romancer though (no, it's not the name), is the way each battle has the feel of an episode of a Manga-style cartoon. All round brilliance, make no mistake. Not Soul Calibur by any means, and the in-game graphics are hardly stellar, but still...Tech Romancer is a highly decent game of robotic fisty-cuffs.

Hopefully, I'll be able to keep at least these two games in some sort of semi-complete state, and even retain the little plastic tabs that hold the cases together. Hopefully...

Finally, whilst perusing Google (utilising somebody else's unsecured wireless network, I might add) I found this rather nifty (read: Geekish) Dreamcast-oriented word search! Cool or what?!

Not that I can be arsed finding all the words, mind.



henzenmann said...

One thing I found really annoying about Tee off is that there is loading going on between the turns in a match...

fatherkrishna said...

There was a 'serious' golf sim destined for the DC but it never saw the light of day! I'm sure vapour ware maestro Gary (dreamcasting@btinternet.com) can find out what it was and probably deliver a copy for a fee...

I liked Tee Off being a fan of this sports niche on various consoles.

Tech Romancer looks awesome and is definitely on my wish list...

Blue Scum? Well yes proudly MCFC I remain. I didn't make merry after the Trafford Redsox played a good game against the Italians.

I will make very merry if it's MUFC and LFC in the final and The Stretford Dodgers blow the treble....

God I've missed you Tom! LOL! :)

Great post BTW...

gnome said...

Roma. Sniff... Ah, Totti. Damn!

Anonymous said...

If you don't already know you can buy spare Dreamcast cases on eBay.
I know I saw some on there the other day. Probably quite expensive if you're looking to replace them all but if you can't stand to see broken cases in your collection perhaps it's worth a look.

~ new reader, so that makes for a total of four. ;o)

Caleb said...

My collections is actually 3/4 broken cases and such since I buy on the cheap.

Most of the are from the Gamestop "end of selling used dreamcast" sale and don't even have original cases.

However my new in shrink wrap stuff and my mint condition stuff...if someone broke those...

...pain. My prediction is pain...

...however that would never happend since I would never entrust them to someone else.