Sart added a blog entry in Sart's ShackStill here...March 2014 baby! Still at GRNET!
Remember when GRNET had a clan!? Then it changed it's name to TE (Tactical Elite I think)? That was bad-ass. We rocked some Alpha Squad tournaments, hiding in bushes while AI Russians walked a meter passed us because somehow they couldn't see our computer legs sticking out. Something about Jack Stone riding a boat down that river map. Also I remember ###### GOING DOWN on that docks map. Someone made an awesome shot with and AT launcher on the castle map as well but I don't remember who.
And then Ghost Recon 2 came out (not on PC though, ha) and everything went kinda south. That makes me sad.
GR was such a great game, Red Storm basically took Rainbow Six / Rogue Spear and moved it outside. Add some tanks, rocket launchers and grenade spammers and BAM, one awesome war game. Unfortunately they decided to go with the "4 men VS the world" system that every shooter ever likes to do and ruin the series. For me at least.
Rainbow Six has gone the same route. Is that series even alive?
But games set aside - "Real Life" has me rather busy. I'm in my eighth year in the military and have reenlisted for the final time (at least I think, this is the third time now). I'm tired of being yelled at because my hair is too long. Really?
That, and with the war in Afghanistan just about over (if you want to call it a war), there really inst a point in being in the service. My dad enlisted in the army when he was 18 to go to Vietnam. Once the war ended he quit because "What's the point if there isn't a war". I thought that was silly when I enlisted at 18. I figured I was just going to stay in till I retired. Turns out the old man was right, ain't no point. So when I do get out in the next year or two ill be following a different path. A path involving four legs, fur, and sharp teeth. Dog training. Weird.
That's it for now. Long live the mighty Sega Genesis!
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Sart added a topic in Arma 3 - General DiscussionAlpha Release - March 5thARMA 3's ALPHA release date was announced today:
CLICK ME - BIS FORUMS
To sum it up, you have to pay-to-play the ALPHA version. But before anyone flips, it's a pretty sweet deal. Basically if you pay now, you'll not only get access to the ALPHA, but also the BETA and the full game release. That's a rock'n deal.
There is also a "ALPHA Lite" version which is free, but it appears to be invitational only, meaning someone who has a full version of the ALPHA can invite you.
Anyway, BIS has a lot of different deals going on with this ALPHA release at the moment. The major things (game, editor, multiplayer, etc...) are available in all the versions. Make sure you check out the official website for more details and which package is best for you:
CLICK ME - ARMA 3 WEBSITE
Check out the "Play" link in the top right for all the package deals and the computer specs. needed to run the game. Also, a lot of new screen shots have been released, make sure you check them out as well.
See you on the battlefield!
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Sart added a blog entry in Sart's ShackPier Solar (HD!) coming to modern consoles? Take my money!"What the hell is Pier Solar?" That's the first question that probably will pop in heads if they see the title of my blog entry. By the way I hate the word "blog", it sounds stupid.
Pier Solar is a full blown 2010 game release for the Sega Genesis / Mega Drive developed by Watermelon and their Magic Game Factory. Yes, Watermelon and their Magic Game Factory. An old-school style turn based RPG, it relies heavily on grinding an exploring (sounds sexy) dungeons, towns, forests, etc... Usually getting in a billion random encounters, killing many a monster, saving the free world, meeting death a lot, getting angry and throwing the controller. What makes Pier Solar so special is-
1.) The Genesis isn't exactly known for its RPGs. Thats not to say it didnt have some kick ass ones (the Lunar series), but typically that was more of Nintindo's territory. Another addition to a somewhat limited lineup is great news for Sega fans.
2.) It takes advantage of the Genesis two embarrassing children - the Sega CD and 32X. If your one of those kids who got the unfortunate gift of a 32X for Christmas and cursed your parents very existence, well then today is your lucky day (if you still have it... and it works) as owning a 32X gives you access to SECRET ITEMS not available in normal game play. Actually I think it might just be one item, a pair of shoes or something. Whatever, who cares because if your cool as hell and own a Sega CD then you can enjoy awesome CD quality music thanks to Watermelon's "Enhanced Soundtrack Disc". Yup, just pop this bad boy in your Sega CD and BOOM - your ears get rocked. It's available for purchase as part of the Pier Solar OST over at Watermelon's website. Don't feel like paying for all that and only want the game disc? No problem, because Watermelon made it available to download for free, all you have to do is burn it to a disc and your good to go. Modern day gaming music combined with 16-Bit graphics, I like it.
3.) It's a new game for a twenty something year old gaming console. Sure it's been done in the past, but Pier Solar's success was amazing considering how it started off as a couple of dudes trying to have some fun and blew up into a full blown game release. The game has been mentioned on several popular gaming websites, and even comes in a full fledged Genesis style case complete with a colored manual and cartridge (and some other goodies). It's the real deal, and that's a big deal for retro gaming fans. The throwing will cost you a few controllers however.
Got my copy -
The games success has spawned two other projects by Watermelon: "Project Y" for the Sega Genesis, which is a beat-em-up style game currently in production, and "Project N" for the Super Nintindo, which who cares because its Nintindo.
Anyway, with Watermelon's Kickstarter campaign being a total success (over $231,000 pledged for a $139,000 goal) comes the release of a High Definition version of Pier Solar on consoles such as the XBOX 360, Wii U, and the all mighty Dreamcast. It'll also be available on some other platforms that I don't care about.
Except for Playstation 3, lolz!
Pier Solar Website
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Sart added a blog entry in Sart's ShackGames I Beat This DeploymentDown time is game time...
1.) Streets Of Rage 2
3.) Toe Jam & Earl
4.) Golden Axe
5.) Golden Axe 2
6.) TMNT: The Hyperstone Heist
7.) Sonic 3 & Knuckles
8.) Demolition Man
9.) Halo: Reach
10.) Halo: ODST
11.) Ecco Jr.
I've never been big into the Halo series, but 'Firefight' is sooooooo much fun.
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Sart added a blog entry in Sart's Shack$40 I'm Not Getting Back - A Thrift Mall TaleMy hunt for older games usually has me visiting various flee markets and thrift stores around the area. As you can imagine, it's pretty hit or miss. I usually stick to the closer ones for this reason, as I don't have the most fuel efficient vehicle around, and driving for an hour or more just to "miss" is kind of a kick to the balls.
Today I decided to push out though and check out this place about an hour or so down the highway that I've never been. After all, digging around a thrift mall or a flee market is a lot more fun then getting ripped off on Ebay. Since places like these never have the same things twice, sooner or later you're going to get lucky. I got the directions and headed out, and to my surprise, there were two stores in the same little shopping center! Awesome!
The place I wanted to go to was closed for another hour (I live on the border of a time zone, and I keep forgetting that little fact), so I went in the other place to waste some time. It wasn't very big, and mostly old clothes, but I grabbed a t-shirt and a cassette storage case to justify walking in there. Cases bult to hold old cassette make a great way to store loose Genesis cartridges.
I headed over to the other place once it opened, and it was way better. Didn't find anything game wise except for a few old NES games and some XBOX discs, but whatever, the place was still huge and fun to walk around.
I did find a cool cookie jar shaped like a Siberian Husky, which I picked up as a gift for my mom. I just have to find a way to wrap it and get it mailed without it getting busted. I also saw an old CRT television that I wanted as a replacement for the one I use.
I've wanted a replacement TV for a while, but some factors come into play with finding the right one:
It's for the Genesis only, so it pretty much has to be an old CRT. A lot of modern flat screens don't support the lower resolution of older gaming consoles, so while it may be a nice fancy screen, the game itself will look terrible.
Light-gun games don't work on new televisions, which sucks. I don't know the exact science, but it has something to do with the way old tube TVs display light or whatever. I'm not a big light-gun fan, but I would still hate to have to switch an entire television every time I wanted to play one. Also rule #1.
It needs to have A/V cable receivers. That sounds silly, but a lot of old CRTs only have that coax input. That means I have to use an RF converter to connect my consoles video to the TV. That's one more thing with a power cable in an already fire hazard looking set-up (My current TV).
Black. It has to be black. Genesis is black, speakers are black... TV needs to be black.
"SOLD AS IS" - That alone should have made me walk away, but I wanted it. It looked cool, and the screen was the size I wanted. I plugged it in at the store and it powered up fine, so it seemed great to me. I dished out the $40 for the TV and another couple of dollars for some other things and I was on my way.
After me and my cookie jar dog got home (and a couple of hours of ARMA), I got to work lugging this giant heavy thing called a television upstairs. I hooked it all up, chunked that RF box in the closet, switched the TV to channel 3 and got ready for some Sonic & Knuckles!
Only I didn't. What the hell!?
I heard the "SE-GA!" come over my speakers, so my audio was good. The video cable from the Genesis was in the right receiver on the TV... but there wasn't any video! Maybe it was dirty? I did the only thing I know with dirty sensitive electronic equipment - blew in it. That didn't work either. Great.
So I dug out the RF converter and ran the video into that and hooked it up the old fashion way, that god dammed coax cable. It worked, I had picture. So great, the video input doesn't work - fantastic.
Whatever, at least the screen had nice color and overall just looked good. I wasn't that upset - yet.
There I am, running around beating up on robots and saving animals when out of nowhere the picture collapses on itself (that's the best way I can describe it at least). Again, I resort to "Fixing Electronics 101" and smack the side of the TV and poof, It's back to working normal. Then a couple minutes later it does it again... and again.
So there you have it. I'm the proud new owner of a TV that works, but doesn't.
SOLD AS IS.
Maybe I can find a repair shop or something. Or just smash it with a bat.
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