The PlayStation Classic has not had the best start. The console was launched 24 years after the original PlayStation released in Japan on December 3rd 1994. Over the last 24 years the PlayStation has been host to classic games (and franchises) like Tomb Raider, Crash Bandicoot, Spyro The Dragon, Ridge Racer, Gran Turismo and more. In fact many, many more PlayStation Games have entertained us for years. I remember being completely stuck at the end of the first disc of Metal Gear Solid. Back then I did not have the luxury of checking out a guide/walkthrough on YouTube. I had to run down to a friends house to ask about the code on the back of the case. That will teach me for playing copied PS1 games.
Fast forward to 2018 and we are over five years in to the PS4 Generation of gaming (and of later years; PS4 Pro). Not only that we were all at the peak of excitement when Sony announced we’d be getting a PlayStation Classic. In essence; a mini PS1. How many games did Sony confirm? At the time of announcing the PlayStation Classic only five games were announced; arguably the stronger five. Without beating a regurgitating information we eventually got the list of PS Classic games:
If you’re like me then you’ll be sick of hearing “there’s no Tomb Raider, there’s no Crash Bandicoot…” So often we are quick to judge a product in what should have been instead of taking a look at what we actually have. Now whilst a Tomb Raider game would have been great I think there’s enough Tomb Raider games out there to entertain us for a lifetime. Not to mention that the original Tomb Raider game is so common that we could quite easily play it on original hardware for super cheap.
Metal Jesus Rocks slammed the PlayStation Classic indicating that he was not happy with the game line-up which ended in him cancelling his pre-order. As a much smaller influencer than Jason (aka Metal Jesus) it is easy to judge a product and have a little rant on YouTube. I was guilty of this myself when the NES Mini Classic was announced. I now understand that in order to judge a product then you must experience it. I was naive in my NES Classic video rant and I turned out to love it. I value influencers who are willing to take the leap; rather than bow out over a semi-decent game library.
An exploit was discovered by Retro Gaming Arts in which a Korsair Keyboard can be plugged in to the Playstation Classic Controller port. Once a game is loaded you can press ESC in order to access the PS Classic Emulator settings. From there the PlayStation Classic comes alive; even more so in its base form. The nine PAL PlayStations rooms can be switched in to NTSC format which increases the frame rates. Additional settings can be manipulated such as increased save states and more. Be warned though, this has only been done with various Korsair USB keyboards so unless you own one you’ll be unable to access the PlayStation Classic Emulator settings. Perhaps a new work-around will come out within the next couple of weeks?
The burning question is this: Is the PlayStation Classic worth buying? In its base form; the PS Classic has a lot of flaws. Frame drops, screen tears, polygon bleeding, one save state, the inability to change the aspect ratio and more. The price is a little high for such a sub-standard product especially from a gaming giant like PlayStation. If you’re a person who wants to be blown away by the PlayStation Classic then turn away now. This product is not for you. If you’re like me and loves a nostalgia boost (despite blatant flaws) then you are going to love the PlayStation Classic. Despite a huge retro game collection my heart feels warm when I turn on my PlayStation Classic. Embrace the child in you and go and buy the PlayStation Classic. Don’t be grumpy.
Blog post by: Gemma @ Juicy Game Reviews / TheGebs24
By Gemma @Thegebs24
I've long been a fan of Metal Jesus Rocks' Youtube channel and can fondly remember when his channel first sprang in to action way back in 2010. His Retro Video Game channel has grown considerably since then and upon myself, returning to Youtube in march 2014, I felt compelled to try and catch up on the two and a half years worth of videos I'd missed needless to say I'm still watching videos I've never seen. His popular playlists like Hidden Gems and Forgotten Games helped to catapult his channel to well over 200,000 Subscribers at present. That's seriously impressive stuff and Metal Jesus Rocks is arguably one of the most widely known Retro Video Game YouTuber's out there.
I reached out to him to talk more about about his incredible channel. Let's see what he had to say...
1) Metal Jesus, remind the community of how you got your Youtube name?
I worked a corporate job with a lot of people in cubicles and button down shirts. However, I typically wear rock t-shirts (just like my videos!) and I had thousands of rock and metal songs on my computer that was shared out for anybody to listen to. One day in a meeting, a fellow coworker called me “the Metal Jesus” and it just stuck!
2) Tell us about your favourite gaming memory of all time
I really loved playing the Atari 2600 with my cousin back in the early 80s. His bedroom had wood panelling and he had a ton of classic AC/DC vinyl records. We would pop cartridges in all day and rock out pretending we were rock stars. Those were great times!
3) What is your favourite playlist on your channel?
That’s a tough question because I have over 330 videos…but probably the playlist I’m most proud of is my Special Episodes playlist. That playlist is full of episodes that were very challenging and interesting to create from a producer / video editor point of view. Specifically the I HATE U videos, which had a live camera person, green screen footage, gameplay and much more. It’s incredibly challenging to take 2 hours of footage and cut that down to 20 minutes and still keep the narrative entertaining.
4) Who is your idol or main hub of inspiration? This can be related to anything that drives you
I pull inspiration from almost everything: Film, TV, Documentaries, other YouTube channels, commercials, Music Videos. I have been a lover of shooting and editing video since I was a kid and now I can fulfill that dream on YouTube. But the best part is that people seem to appreciate it, and for that I am eternally grateful :) A specific example is a gaming party video I shot a few years ago. When it came time to edit it, I watched a bunch of MTV shows to see how they edited random party footage. They did things like speeding up and slowing down footage, crazy filters and just the pacing of the cuts. I used that to give me some direction on how I would take my video, and it worked pretty well.
5) If you could change one thing about Youtube, what would it be?
I wish there was a way through YouTube I could easily and safely use copyrighted music in my videos. Specifically I would LOVE to PAY to have access to all of ASCAP’s music for my videos. Wouldn’t it be great to pay $50 or $100 a month to have access to all of the recorded popular music? Hell, I would even include a link to their song on iTunes so people can go buy it… I would really love to see that happen.
6) How did you feel when you passed 100K Subscribers? It must seem like a long time ago now as you're well over 200K
It was a great feeling crossing the 100k mark for my channel, because in the beginning you struggle to even get 50 or 100 subscribers… I am very grateful that people like my videos enough to subscribe. But at the same time, I would like to do YouTube full time and I know that the real goal is 300k or 500k subscribers to make that financially possible, so at 100k the work and dedication had only just begun :)
7) If you could have any celebrity featured on your YT channel who would it be?
Any celebrity!? Tough one… I probably would love to see somebody crazy famous in my game room. Actually now that I think about it, it would be funny to get Robert Downy Jr and my friend TheBigJB together on a video and have them do a competition where they play an Iron Man game or something… TheBigJB gets the Iron Man comment all the time on my videos and man, that would make a great thumbnail!
8) What is your most prized gaming possession and why?
I have a lot of really amazing Big Box PC games in the collection that I never thought I would get back again. A lot of classic Sierra titles from when I worked there… but also some of my other favorites are System Shock 2, Planescape Torment, Half-Life, and all of the gold box SSI D&D games.
9) How do you cope with haters on youtube?
Here’s an import thing about my YouTube channel: it is not a Democracy. It’s my name on the channel and I get final say what happens there and that includes the comments. Some people don’t like that, which I understand…and there are literally thousands of other channels out there that let you can post whatever you like. But on MY channel, I do not like it when people post nasty negative comments about my special guests or post comments that are not constructive criticism of what I make. And often I don’t even engage trolls, I just delete the comment. If the troll posts again, they are blocked. No warning. No discussion. I know not everybody is a fan of my methods, but it has worked pretty well so far and it makes for my videos to be a generally positive place to interact with fellow viewers.
10) What can expect from Metal Jesus in the future?
I keep a list of potential videos and right now it’s over 30+ long! With over 40 years of video game history to draw from, there is no shortage of topics to cover. What I can tell you is that I will continue to bring on really cool special guests who are passionate about gaming and will help bring variety to my YouTube channel. I really love having a diverse class of people each week who bring their own knowledge and personality to the channel!
Thanks Gemma for questions!
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