Back in the mid to late nineties a lot of amazing things were happening in the world of Video Games. The Playstation 1 was in full force and the N64 console was in its infancy on the market. You might be asking why is she telling us this? The answer is simple: Paul Reeves. Over the last week I've had the absolute pleasure of chatting to Paul about his work and contributions to the gaming world which include working on the first Grand Theft Auto game (PS1) and helping develop games for Nintendo. Who better to describe what he does than the man himself with this quote taken directly from his website:
I'm an artist, actor, writer, and now moving into filmmaking. I've worked in the video games industry as a 2d/3d artist and animator for several different games companies including DMA Design AKA Rockstar North, Gremlin, Nintendo, Codemasters, Steelmonkeys, and Extra Mile Studios. I'm venturing into film making and writing my own material.
A lot of you out there may have heard of Funstock; a familiar company that has now reached out firmly in to the Retro Gaming Community. Funstock Retro has a catchy motto that let's us know exactly what kind of ethos they spread: "Europe's #1 Retro Gaming Destination". Having spent some time reviewing Funstock's products in the past I felt compelled to dive in to their world that little bit further to find out just what we can expect to see in the future. I had a chat with Andy Pearson; Funstock's Head of Marketing to establish just that.
#1Tell us a bit about yourself and how you became acquainted with Funstock?
I was originally working for PQube and part of my role there was to Market and PR the retro hardware range. Later in my role we setup Funstock as a retail channel to push this range to a wider audience. My background is Marketing and PR and it now encompasses all aspects of online retailing too.
#2What consoles and games did you grow up on?
I had pretty much everything growing up. I remember having a C64 but this is really really vague, I was born in ’86, so I would have been less than 10 when I had that. However, I vividly remember unboxing the SEGA Mega Drive with Golden Axe! From then on I had all of the key consoles, with some of my favourites being the SNES, Dreamcast, N64 and PS2.
Games wise, my all-time favourites are Zombies Ate My Neighbours (SNES), Roller Coaster Tycoon 2 (on PC), Warriors of Fate (arcade), Bezerk (arcade), Sunset Riders (arcade) and Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker (arcade).
#3You can take one console and one game to a desert island. What would they be?
Retron 5 and Super Mario All Stars (I’d go with the Retron 5 for the HD upscaling J)
Streets of Rage 2 on theSega Mega Drive/Sega Genesis was a staple title in my formative gaming years. I can count at least two times when my friend and I stayed up and had our first all nighter gaming session. Bashing the A, B and C buttons on the Sega Mega Drive controller and trying so hard to beat the game. Needless to say we never did. Sega got a lot right in the nineties. You wouldn’t have believed the Video Game Market crashed less than a decade before Streets of Rage 2 was released. Not in the nineties though; we were back and firmly in to a defining era of playing video games again. Streets of Rage 2 is one of those games that everyone cherished for its storyline, game play, variety and two-player prowess.
One year later
Streets of Rage 2 is set one year after the first game’s events and it seems like a lot had changed. With the introduction of Skate, the young brother of Adam, the storyline evolves in to a rescue mission that’s centred around the captive: Adam. Max is also added in to the deadly cocktail of characters and once again the streets are the backdrop for the long fights ahead. There’s not much more to say about the story other than, conclusively it’s a rescue mission. The formula seems to work really well.
Guest Blog by Todd McDonnell @TheTopLoader
As I type I can hear a lot of loud noise coming through the internet. Have I forgotten something? I take a moments break to see what all the commotion is about. Street fighter II turned 25 and everybody's celebrating as though they were aboard one of Ken's party boats. I sit and think - has it been that long since it was 1991 - well I've done the math and apparently math doesn't lie. Should I stop typing.. as everything that needs to be said about this game has been said. I don't need to tell you again how great it is, that would be an obvious statement. Then it hits me, and no it wasn't one of Sagats Tiger Uppercuts .. again - I realize that everybody is talking about this game because, everybody - from my generation at least - has a Street Fighter story, and guess what so do I.
Street Fighter 2 ? For me it Begs the question: If this is the second game then where in the world map was the first? I had always heard of the myths surrounding the original Street Fighter - was it even real? I had never seen or heard of it before. Later on in life i did find out that it did in fact exist as I finally got a chance to play it, and how this game got a second game made based on the original is beyond belief. How do you go from a laggy, unbalanced un-fun waste of time to arguably one of the best and most important fighting games in the history of video games? This time however, Capcom lined up its quarters ready to play again and won because this new challenger certainly got it - Perfect.
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