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About Areala

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    Champions of Norrath (PS2); Akai Ito (PS2)
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    Tomb Raider, Super Metroid, Final Fantasy VI

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  1. Totally! *huggles* Areala
  2. Yes, and I'll never pretend differently. *huggles* Areala
  3. *LOL* Who knew? Anybody who was a fan of Type O Negative. "October Rust" is the only album of theirs I care for, but that's because it was intentionally produced to appeal to a broad musical base. The rest of their albums are barely listenable to my ear, but "October Rust" is so beautiful that I don't care. I discovered them thanks to the soundtrack to the first Mortal Kombat movie. If you want music to annoy other people, I have plenty of recommendations I can give. Joan Osborne had a hit single in the 90's called "One of Us" that is simultaneously catchy and annoying as hell. Meredith Brooks did the same with a song called "Bitch", and so did Merril Bainbridge with "Mouth". And if Faith Hill's "This Kiss" doesn't make the rest of your friends want to destroy your stereo, you have better friends than I do. I also know of no one else besides myself who loves Chumbawamba's "Tubthumper" album, so playing that's all but guaranteed to get people throwing trash at you...although Japan went nuts for "Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen" which (for all of you who are not Kitsunebi, since he's the one who exposed me to that bit of aural agony) is literally about a guy who discovers he has a pen, a pineapple, an apple, and what happens when he tries to combine them, so clearly there's no accounting for taste over there either. *huggles* Areala
  4. My brother told me about the current sale on, so I had a look and grabbed 'One Unit Whole Blood' for $1.49, which is insane considering complete boxed copies of this sell for around $30-50 online. It's the original 'Blood' game made by Monolith Software using the Build engine, so it looks similar to Shadow Warrior and Duke Nukem 3D, the 'Plasma Pak' which was Monolith's official expansion mission, and 'Cryptic Passage', the Sunstorm/WizardWorks third-party add-on. GOG usually throws in some extras as well, so there's the game's soundtrack, all the manuals, and even the music video for Type O Negative's "Love You to Death", which was included on the second CD that came with the physical release of the game in 1996: 'Duke Nukem 3D' will always be my favorite of the Build trilogy, but man, 'Blood' really is something else. 'Duke 3D' and 'Shadow Warrior' are light, filled with humourous jabs and pop-culture references galore, but always with tongue firmly in cheek. 'Blood' pays homage to gothic literature, horror films, and pop culture as well, but Caleb's wise-cracks and one-liners are muttered and snarled. Duke and Lo Wang revel in the humour, Caleb's only got time for the killing, and the bloodier the better as far as he's concerned. It's not surprising, since he's essentially a reanimated zombie, doomed to an un-life of grief by the evil god worshiped by his cult, who slew the other three acolytes in front of his eyes, including his beloved Ophelia. Caleb's been grinding his teeth in a hollow grave for a long time. Duke's out to save the planet and get the women; Lo Wang's a skilled assassin targeted for termination by his former employer, but while they may not be paragons of virtue, they're still good people at heart. Caleb, on the other hand...doesn't really have a heart. He's willing to slay anything and everyone who gets in his way, up to and including the big bad guy Tchernobog himself. The world's gone to hell, and Caleb couldn't give a rat's ass: he's happy to let everything around him burn while he repays every cultist and hell-spawn back with napalm, shotguns, voodoo dolls, bundles of dynamite, and his pitchfork. I'd forgotten how much fun this game was, and if you're at all a fan of the old DOS-based FPS games from the 90s with a GOG account and haven't already put this one on your shelves, do yourself a favour and spend that buck-fifty. 'Blood' is a bloody good time. *huggles* Areala
  5. Pretty pretty pretty!!
  6. I think you guys are falling for yet another April Fools joke here. *huggles* Areala
  7. HAPPY APRIL FOOLS DAY EVERYONE! Readers one and all, it is my pleasure as Administrator to announce the single largest acquisition in the history of Retromags. After several weeks of negotiation, Retromags, LLC, a privately-owned Limited Liability Corporation subsidiary of Retromags, with the generous support of two venture capitalists requesting anonymity, has acquired the complete rights to the GameFan brand. Along with this purchase came two complete runs of the magazine. One run will be donated to an archival organization for physical preservation. As for the other set...well, hold on to your seats! Phillyman, E-Day, and Kitsunebi have been working their scanners to the breaking point to make this happen, but starting on the first of April (00:01 EST just so there is no confusion), we will features the first six issues of DieHard Gamefan. Every cover, every ad, every review, every comic, every letter, every page front to back: it'll all be there. Every 5 days (or thereabouts), the site will release a new issue of Gamefan in chronological order. We will continue this process until every last issue is available for download here, and only here, at no cost to you, as long as our servers can hold out. On behalf of all the administrators, moderators, editors, scanners, readers, donators, and uploaders, I just want to say THANK YOU for making Retromags the best damn archival site on the Internet! Now get your mouse-clicking fingers warmed up. In two days, Retromags unleashes hell! *huggles* Areala
  8. I remember back when I was writing for Game Bunker doing research for an article about sexuality in console and arcade games in the early 2000s, and running across some of these titles. One was for either a hanafuda or mahjong game where winning the hand showed you an FMV of your designated female opponent prancing around in her underwear or a swimsuit. I remember thinking that some of these girls looked WAAAAY too young, like they were maybe 14-15, and wondering if they had any idea the people recording them intended to drop the video into a Saturn game, or if they were told they were going to be movie stars. Either way... *shudder* I wound up not writing about them, and don't regret that decision in the slightest. *huggles* Areala
  9. I don't know too much about the PC Engine side of things, but weren't Sega and Sony still prudish in their tolerance for erotic content on their consoles, even in Japan? I've seen games like Eve Burst Error and Desire on the Saturn which stripped the nudity present in the PC versions, and the same goes for some PS1 and PS2 titles as well. Did they sell well just because they were Visual Novels then? Or were there some console releases that were uncensored over there? *huggles* Areala
  10. Personal anecdote, but I've seen "Ghosts 'n Goblins" cabinets in FAR more places where alcohol was served than in regular arcades. If this was deliberate strategy on Capcom's part, commend their genius. *huggles* Areala
  11. Awesome! Thanks, MKMoveList! *huggles* Areala
  12. You take care too, Matt. Remember you're always welcome here, whether you play games or not. I'll miss you. *huggles* Areala
  13. Author: Benoit Marchal ISBN: 0789722429
  14. Author: Ron Person ISBN: 0789700840
  15. Author: Lori Jaworski ISBN: 0789702541