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  1. Jekyll Hakase no Hōma ga Toki (ジーキル博士の彷魔が刻), released in the USA as Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, is a side-scrolling action game developed by Advance Communication Company and published by Toho for the Famicom on April 8, 1988.
  2. If I hit it with my browser's add-on translator, I get "Super Planet War". But what's hilarious is if I just select the first two kanji - it gives me the Chinese translation of "super confused."
  3. At every work party I go to, at least 30% of the people present don't drink alcohol. The easiest way to decline is to say you have to drive, since Japan has a zero tolerance policy. Of course, in your case, you've already got a legitimate excuse. But no one is going to ever press you for a reason, or pressure you to drink, so no worries. The only problem with not drinking is that most non-drinkers tend to go home after the first party. It's understandable, especially if the 2nd party is just another place where people plan to drink. What sober person wants to hang out with a bunch of drunks all night? Also, the check is always split evenly between everyone present, so non-drinkers kind of get shafted by paying more than their soft drinks were worth (the first party is likely to cost you at least $50-60, and the second between $20-30...and on rare occasions there might even be a 3rd it can get expensive.) But as you point out, the REAL reason for these parties to exist in the first place is socialization, and most of the non-drinkers miss out on half of that by leaving after the first/dinner party, so there are drawbacks.
  4. G.I. JOE is still awesome. It truly is an excellent cartoon with fantastic characters and writing, and I will defend it to my death as a show that is just as good now as it was then. But Transformers has nowhere NEAR the same level of characterization or narrative complexity. Perhaps it was intended for an even younger audience, but it just isn't as good. The movie is great, though. Love the soundtrack! Some of my most prized possessions - limited edition Botcon-exclusive CDs: And to be fair, later Transformers shows are much better. Beast Wars is still quite watchable (if not as good as it seemed the first time I saw it), and the recent Transformers Prime was also pretty good. And of course, Bumblebee was a pretty great entry in the otherwise execrable film series. But for 80s cartoons that still hold up, nothing beats G.I.JOE.
  5. Yeah, I think E-Day is proof that getting old magazines in Canada isn't much different from getting them anywhere else. But if you're unwilling to use eBay, it really limits your options, since that's where most people wanting to sell are going to take their product. You're not seeing gaming mags at Goodwill and yard sales because most people are savvy enough to know that they can sell them on eBay for a higher profit than they'd get by taking them to those places.
  6. It's extremely unusual for the number of hours I play games in a year to go beyond single digits. So at less than 10 hours per year, I'd rather not spend them replaying the same level over and over. If there's anything more casual than "casual gamer," that's me. Haven't had time for games for the past 15 years now...
  7. Thanks! I went with the bottom one when I heard "easiest." I had to unlearn some of my emulator habits like using save states. There's no need with unlimited virtual quarters! Also, while I at first lamented not having 3 friends to join me in those classic 4-player beat-em-ups, I realized I could just set all 4 players to the same buttons on my joypad and control everyone simultaneously. Sure, only the one I'm looking at is playing with any degree of skill, but the others are all jumping around and hitting stuff by accident, so it's kind of like playing with friends who are video game spazzes, which is almost just how I remember it being back in the day. And anytime I feel like playing a different character, all I have to do is shift my attention to them. Pretty sweet.
  8. Great Tank (released in the USA as Iron Tank: The Invasion of Normandy) is a top-down action game developed and published by SNK for the Famicom on July 29, 1988.
  9. Chōwakuseisenki Metafight ( 超惑星戦記メタファイト), released in the USA as Blaster Master, is a mix of side-view platforming and overhead action segments. It was developed and published by Sunsoft for the Famicom on June 17, 1988.
  10. Yeah, assuming you finish off one game per day with no breaks, you should be finished in 12 years or so. That's why I like videos like Chontendo. Rather than waste hours/days/weeks of my life trudging through games that don't actually bring me much pleasure, I can watch a vid covering 15 games in under 90 minutes with interesting and intelligent commentary (something extremely rare in a world full of AVGN stupidness pervading most gaming vids). And for whatever reason, watching Dr. Sparkles's videos satisfies whatever irrational internal compulsion I might have to "play everything," so once I watch his coverage of a game, I feel safe crossing it off of my mental "to play" list (although I will choose to actually play one or two of them every now and then). The only real chronogaming I can do myself involves playing only games or genres that I enjoy. So, doing a chronological playthrough of all PC games would be insane and a huge waste of my time, but doing a chronological playthrough of all PC graphic adventures is something I have enjoyed doing, since it's a genre I have great fondness for. With console titles I'm even more selective, since I usually end up underwhelmed by even those games that are universally lauded, and much like your experience with the NES, I find that even the ones that used to entertain me no longer do.
  11. Yeah, I like those too. As well as Parish's Retronauts podcasts. And Greg Stewart of EGM does his "Generation 16" channel which covers Genesis game in release order. I much prefer reading/watching things about games to actually playing them these days...