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Three for the Road: January 16th, 2011.

Three for the Road[ JAN . 16 . 2011 ]
 01.16.2011Greetings folks! Welcome to the January 16th, 2011 edition of Three for the Road. As always, we have a nice collection of indie developed titles for you to check out.

First up, is a multiplatform (Win, Mac and Linux) implementation of the Tron light cycle concept. Second, a modern day remake of SkyRoads that, if anything, is even harder than the original. This game is also multiplatform (Win, Mac and Linux). And third, an action adventure game about a man who is suffering amnesia and finds himself stranded in the tundra.. Now he must piece together what happened and who he is. This game is Windows only, but is available in it's native French language or English.


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Three for the Road: January 9th, 2011.

Three for the Road[ JAN . 09 . 2011 ]
 01.09.2011Welcome back! This week I'm trying out something a bit different.. at least as far as presentation goes. I've decided to replace the game thumbnail screenshots with youtube videos (at least, whenever possible). This way, you will be able to get more of an idea of how a game plays before you actually go to the trouble of downloading it.

And before the rash of "the video is too small!" comments hit.. remember you can tap the lower right corner of the video bar (box with four arrows) to zoom the video fullscreen.. then just hit [ESCAPE] once the video is done to return to the webpage.

Anyway, I'm interested to hear how you guys (and gals) feel about this format.. so leave a comment!

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Arcade Nano Sega Mega Drive/Genesis Unboxing and Overview

Here's another quick, late night overview and unboxing, this time for the Arcade Nano Sega Mega Drive/Genesis device from AtGames, available at www.gamesbasement.co.uk, who were kind enough to provide me with a review copy. I will follow this video up soon with a formal, written review and direct capture of the device's output.

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The Top Free Browser-based Videogame and Computer Emulator Sites - January 2011 Edition

I'd like to provide the latest update to my list of working emulator/simulator sites for various videogame and computer platforms. All of these enable play directly within your browser, so there's no sticky business of downloading software and finding the necessary game files to get it all going. These are all great sites and we should all show our support. This is the "January 2011" edition of the list and, naturally, I'd love to keep adding to it, so suggest away. Here goes:

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Three for the Road: January 2nd, 2011.

Three for the Road[ JAN . 02 . 2011 ]

Welcome back folks. I hope everyone had a great New Years! You may have noticed that we skipped last weeks Quick Peeks segment, and that's simply due to things being fairly hectic around here... Add to that, I'm also working on getting my Armchair Arcade Radio segment finished up.

Anyway, we've got a great selection of games lined up for today. First up is a remake of one of the first real-time 3D games for an 8-bit system. Second, a remake of an early split genre action game with a Halloween theme. Lastly, a curtain fire shoot'em with a resemblance to the great Touhou shooters by ZUN.

Read more here.

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A Review of the OnLive MicroConsole and Service

OnLiveOnLiveAs we've been discussing for a few months now, the OnLive service is quite intriguing, promising the ability for anyone with a quality Internet connection to play high end PC games on even modest PC's or Mac's, including netbooks. As I discussed recently in an unboxing video, the company has gone one step further and released a system of their own for $99, dubbed the OnLive MicroConsole, which is a miniature device that plugs into your TV via HDMI and allows you to play those same high end PC games from the comfort of your couch. I've had some time over the past few days to put the MicroConsole through its paces and I thought now would be as good of a time as any to provide a review of my experiences so far.

First off, it's important to remember that OnLive is a streaming service, and as such is highly dependent upon the quality of your Internet connection. While it does work over wireless, the variables inherent therein make even wireless-N connections sometimes less-than-ideal to play these games over. While it does work, graphical fidelity is reduced when there are connection issues, just like when Netflix streaming drops to lower quality when you're watching a movie or TV show. Only when network performance drops below a certain threshold (again, just like with Netflix) does the service stop working completely. In my experiments with my laptop, while I had a few drops in fidelity, for the most part it performed well over my standard wireless-N connection, though it's not something I'd necessarily recommend as a long term solution. Regardless, I was able to pretty much freely play Borderlands Game of the Year edition - which was my choice of free game for ordering a Microconsole - just as if it was installed natively on my gaming-optimized laptop.

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Three for the Road: December 26th, 2010.

Three for the Road[ DEC . 26 . 2010 ]
This week I bring you three great classic game remakes for the PC. First up is the classic Commodore 64/Spectrum shoot'em up/platformer Exolon. Secondly, the very odd Pickford Bro's platformer Zub. Lastly, a remake of the old Commodore 64 shooter Falcon Patrol.

Read more here.

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Three for the Road: December 19th, 2010.

Three for the Road[ DEC . 19 . 2010 ]
This week we have three more indie games for you to check out. An insane ball and paddle game, an on-rails shooter and a "Collect'em Up".

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Three for the Road: December 12th, 2010.

Three for the Road[ DEC . 12 . 2010 ]
Greetings folks. This Sunday I've got a great selection of titles for you to check out. We will take a look at Stu and Smila's new retro Commodore 64 style platform game, Kot-in-Action's new episodic top-down shoot'em-up and Uglysoft's new off-the-wall take on J-RPG's.

This is not one to be missed, so stop on by.

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Three for the Road: Chromatron, Cobex, 7th Swarming of the Machines

Three for the Road
>> Dec. 5th, 2010: Chromatron, COBEX: Cruising on Broadway Extra, 7th Swarming of the Machines.

Welcome back to Three for the Road. This week we have another line up of quality indie titles for you to check out. One puzzle game which is reminiscent of one of my favorite Commodore 64 puzzlers, One maze game with it's roots entrenched in two of classic gamings greatest titles, and one experimental platformer that shows the industry what kind of fun can be had when you start breaking all the rules.

Check it all out here!

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