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Book Review

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 15:43 — CiaranORian


Why are video games and gamers are alike?  They both get better with age of course.

For most of us here on 2old2play we started playing games during the late 70’s and early 80’s.  This was an era when gameplay really did trump fancy graphics and music. Without your imagination it’s hard to get excited about your knight/spaceman/hero when in reality they’re represented by a pixelated block.  Much like reading a good book, our imaginations filled in the gaps.

The enduring nature of video games from this period is explored in a new book by Brett Weiss called “The Best 100 Greatest Console Video Games: 1977-1987”.  It’s clear that classic video games are a passion for Weiss and the knowledge he possesses of the subject shines through in this beautifully produced hard back volume.  The book consists of a rundown of the “best” games of this decade as selected by Weiss himself.  As you’d expect the usual suspects are there such as Pac Man, Legend of Zelda and Metroid, but there are also some gems that you most likely have never heard of before such as Killer Bees! and Escape from the Mindmaster. All video games consoles are covered (no computer games sorry) including Atari 2600, Odyssey2, Intellivision, Vectrex, ColecoVision, Atari 5200 and NES. The attention to detail is quite remarkable.  Each game gets 2-3 pages during which Weiss presents a brief description of the game, some of his own opinions as to the merit of the game and a justification as to why it should be included in the list (if your particular favourite isn’t included, don’t worry it most likely made the 100 “next best” list Weiss includes as an appendix).  Rounding out each chapter is a recap of review scores the game received on its release, a list of any reissues and remakes, and in many cases quotes and anecdotes from some of the programmers and people involved in making the game.

Weiss has done a remarkable job in putting all of this together and his love for the games shines through. It’s also clear that he has played each game - there are no fillers here.  The graphical presentation is top class and each page has at least a couple of game-associated images. One could be critical of the lack of screenshots for the games; I can only assume related to copyright issues. Instead we get box art, cart art (if there is such a thing) and also my own personal favourite, original print advertisements from the era.

For anyone interested in the collecting aspect of older games, Weiss includes a commentary on the rarity and value of a particular game, when relevant, as well as a rough price guide.  It’ll be interesting to the see the impact the digital download era has on classic game collecting in the next few years.

Overall, I can’t recommend this book enough, especially for gamers reared during the emerging years of video games. It would make a really great Christmas gift and who knows, waking up Christmas morning this year you may just be able to justify to your kids exactly why Joust is better than Destiny.

Now join us over at the 2old2retro forum to continue the conversation………..

What should we do for MCC release?

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 15:33 — Doodi

Since we're a community that started with Halo, what ideas do you guys have for the release of Halo's MCC?  All night customs?  2o2p Match making?  Let me know!

What's new?

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 09:13 — GUL74

Let's see new job, new girl in my life.. I'm still a gamer at heart and would love to play but lately some events has made me put these things on hold for the time.. Me and th new women need to find a new place to live and unless I live like 50 miles away from Boston its just really expensive. So I've been working on that and my Xbox & laptop are in 2 different places so my internet use comes from work or my phone..Hopefully when I get a new place I'll have internet and be able to play MCC with everyone ..But anyways I wanted to check in and give you all an update ..Hope everyone is doing well




Got the XboxOne and Destiny

Sat, 10/11/2014 - 12:19 — Bee

I told myself I wouldn't do it, but I couldn't help myself.   When I imported my GT to the one, i used the wrong email, new gt=Bee Silver (old xbox silver account).  Please add it or whatever it is you do on the xboxone, looking to just do some missions and take it slow, I already feel like I'm drowing in deep water on the game, don't really get it yet.

First Youtube Video EVAH!

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 00:43 — Gatsu first youtube video ever. There's issues with it....I know. But not bad for a first attempt. I've seen worse. I'm still ironing out details on how to capture the footage AND get the best quality I can out of it. Right now I'm using Open Broadcaster, but it's very buggy when you start capping high-def video to your hard drive. So the quality isn't quite where I'd like it yet.

But anyway. Check it out and lemme know what you think.


Life and gaming

Sun, 10/05/2014 - 21:56 — Bonecollektor

Been a while since i've logged in and i need to be a little more active around here. Things have been crazy lately and Inhaven't been playing as much sadly.  I did pick up Destiny on the PS4 so I'll  be checking the forums for folks to add and game with. 

On a side note, I finished another 60-in-1  arcade. This one is a small bartop. Turned out pretty cool.

anyway, better go for now. 




Tue, 09/23/2014 - 21:58 — twistedcaboose

My clan pages disappeared.devil

Insert *waving emoticon*




The reality and the grind

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 10:43 — Megatron

a little over 3 months ago I had decided to come back to halo after taking 2 years off from playing any video games. A lot of friends had asked me why come back, and my response was MCC. I have a lot of excitement for Halo 2 on dedicated servers and how much fun it will be.

What I didnt know or expect was how hard it would be to come back and get into what I considered "shape" for MCC. The first issue was remembering my login for my original xbox live account so I could recover it, that took about a day of going thru emails upon emails upon emails. Once I sorted that out i logged into Halo 3 for the first time in 2 years, the sound of the music, mmmm, i missed this, it was like a warm blanket.......

Im an MLG player, always have been, so i changed the playlist to MLG and up pops my rank, 45. In my mind I knew all the strats, all the maps, all the jumps, the nade placements, the callouts, but executing as I found out after a long hiatus was going to prove to be a very painful one.

I start up matchmaking and get into my first game, and promptly get my shit pushed in. It was an ampflied slayer game and everything seemed so fast, my aim was all over the place, i was missing jumps, late on callouts, blowing nades throws, some i threw at myself. WTF had happened, how the did I go from playing in MLG tournements and being pretty solid to I cant even buy a kill in just 2 short years. OLD AGE lel... over a 2 week period i continued to play everyday as I was determined to get myself back to my old playing days. well.....I went from a 45 to a 28, it was just a downward spiral of suck and I was not happy about it. I was spending 4 hours a night now every night trying to get better and I wasnt getting better.

thankfully Trizev and Biorod still played halo and were still damn good. I needed to get back to the my old practice routines from back in the day. The first was my aim and sniping and nades. So octagon it was, so for months every day i made them start the night with octagon and i could slowly start to feel progress being made as i the gap between me winning those games grew further and further. instead of winning by 1 i would start winning by 10, then 20 then 60. We started winning the majority of our games instead of losing them which was nice, but it took a lot of practice, more than I had anticipated. It was like my brain knew what needed to be done but my reactions just wernt there.

After 3.5 months i decided to create a twink tag, i wanted to see how far my progress had come. within 3 days I went from a 1 to a 40, and have been bouncing between 40-45 since. Id say im ready for MCC and that im back, with some major differences. Im older now, 38, so while im still competitive i have a lot more fun in games now then i did before, and im not as upset about losing as i used to be. Thats doesnt mean i wont bitch from time to time, it just means i wont put my hand thru a wall lol.

all thats left to do is buy an xbone and await the mcc drop. november cant come soon enough




Where the hell have I been?

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 15:26 — Agonizing_Gas

You're probably not even asking, but I'll tell you anyway.

About 5 years ago, I tried to come back and hang with the 2o2p crowd, but I just didn't end up making the time. WoW primarily had my attention, and the console titles that came out only held my attention for short periods of time. Since the WoW community here on 2o2p was waning, and was likely on a different server/faction than I was playing, I slumped back into my WoW rut. And that's pretty much where I stayed.

Since my divorce in 2006, I've been packing on weight. Not that I was ever thin, but food was a big comfort thing for me, and it filled the void when either stress or depression reared their ugly heads. Which they did a lot. Eventually, I got up to 360 pounds, and I wasn't feeling great. My weight was causing back issues, which took me out of work for a few months, and that caused more depression, and even more weight gain. As a matter of fact, my family even had an innervention with me about my eating and how they feared for my health. I've got an entirely different blog about my quest to get in shape, so I won't put all the details here. I will say that I've since sound success, and I've lost over 100 pounds since April.

This lifestyle change has really made me reflect and think about what I really value, and what makes me happy. I miss the folks here. A lot of great nights yelling at people through my headset. Heck, there are even people here that held my hand as I took some of my first steps into WoW. The forums themselves were a hangout for me, and I recall having a great time getting to know everyone. I even attended the first 2o2p LAN in Chicago.

I hope to find some of the folks I miss, if they're still around, and I hope to meet some new folks to share verbal abuse with. Trash talk and immaturity is really at its best when it comes from people that are old enough to be exprienced at it.

See you online!


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