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Episode 23: URNOT(red)E (1995-2001)

Post-production notes:

As I continue to catch up on posting April’s videos here on the blog, the post-production notes will continue to be brief.

There’s no question that the PlayStation was a big deal to me. From the first time I tried Ridge Racer, I knew that I had to have one– and I continue to enjoy PlayStation games to this day. In fact, I spent a good part of a recent afternoon playing games like NHL Championship 2000 and Big Ol’ Bass 2. Sure, the graphics may not have aged very well in many cases (as compared to what we see today), but that doesn’t mean that the games are any less enjoyable to me.

I could have covered so much more in this video, like the epic year of 1997 that delivered games like Ace Combat 2, Final Fantasy VII, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, PaRappa the Rapper, and more. I could’ve mentioned how the PlayStation introduced me to Tekken, or how I got my space combat game fix with Wing Commander III & IV, the Colony Wars series, and more. I spent a lot of time on the PlayStation, and it even competed for playing time against my Dreamcast in 2000-01.

I’ll probably revisit the PlayStation in a later episode– especially if I get my hands on an actual PlayStation console again (versus playing the games on my PS2, like I do now).

As always, thanks so much for watching.

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Episode 11: The Dream(cast) is Dead

Additional notes:

If there was an example of “it was the best of times, it was the worst of times” when it comes to my own experience with console video games… the abbreviated Dreamcast era is it. As I mentioned in the video, I’m still a little bitter about what happened to this day, and we’re 13 years later.

I was so gung-ho about the Dreamcast and its potential back in 1999 that I mortgaged a lot of my video game library at the time to be able to afford everything I wanted, which came to more than $700. It was, in retrospect, a foolish decision– I parted with my NES collection at that time to “upgrade”, and that was just plain dumb. I’ve since had to start over, which began on my 40th birthday in 2012, but I may never get back everything that I gave up. It’s not that I didn’t have a great experience with the Dreamcast for the short time that it was relevant, but I learned a valuable lesson in committing so much to a console launch; it’s better to gradually work your way in and stay within your spending means instead of trading away what you own and play.

The video game store owner that I sold the Dreamcast to was very understanding about the situation, and he ultimately did make most of the money back that he gave to me. In fact, I wound up working for him later that year, including earning a spot on his weekly radio show as video game news anchor.

The story had multiple happy endings, I guess.

Episode 5: 1st and 30

In this episode, I continue my look back at Midway’s arcade sports game dynasty with a breakdown of the NFL Blitz series.

The timing is perfect, leading up to the NFL Conference Championship games this weekend. Also, you’ll notice that I’m sporting my PlayStation 2-branded football jersey in this episode. I thought about breaking out one of my NFL jerseys, but this pick made more sense.

I’m taking the weekend off, but will be back next week to wrap up my Midway Sports mini-series and move on to other topics. In the meantime, thanks to all of you for watching the episodes and subscribing to the YouTube channel. 200 views and 30 subscribers in the first 10 days is a start that’s far better than I ever imagined for what’s a fun project for me. It means a lot that so many of you watch and like it.

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