January 23rd, 2017 by Benj Edwards
Tags: Retro Scan, Sega, Genesis, Game Gear, Arena Entertainment, Alien 3, VGCE, advertisement, 1992
A very good existential question for these times
I seem to recall Alien 3 being a fairly well-received game for the Super NES. But I'm not sure I've ever played the Genesis version. In fact, come to think of it, I don't think I've ever even seen the Alien 3 film, despite being a fan of the first two films in the Alien series.
So what do I know about this game? Nothing!
But I like the art in this advertisement. Its headline question very clearly conjures up how I feel these days about uncertainties in life, the economy, and politics.
Speaking of the economy, I recently started a Patreon campaign to fund my work on this site. In fact, everyone donating $10 or more a month on Patreon is getting access to a 600 DPI version of this scan (along with access to full research interviews used in future articles). At some point I hope to make available high-res versions of all the previous Retro Scans available to select patrons as well.
[ From Video Games & Computer Entertainment, November 1992, p.23 ]
Discussion Topic: What's the scariest classic video game you've ever played (let's say pre-1997)?
October 31st, 2016 by Benj Edwards
Tags: Retro Scan, Halloween, TurboGrafx-16, NEC, TTI, TurboExpress, Dead Moon, Ghost Manor, VGCE, advertisement, 1992
Ghost Manor and Dead Moon on a Zombie Console
[ From VG&CE, November 1992, p.47 ]
Discussion Topic: What's the scariest 16-bit era game you've ever played?
March 14th, 2016 by Benj Edwards
Tags: Retro Scan, Dune II, RTS, Westwood Studios, Virgin Interactive, PC Games, strategy, Wolfenstein 3D, 1992, VGCE, advertisement
I just got a craving for The Spice
Dune II is to the real-time strategy genre as Wolfenstein 3D is to first-person shooters. Like Wolf-3D, Dune II wasn't the absolute first example of its genre, but it was the first game to bring together all the distinctive elements of its respective genre into one title — in this case, those elements would later be copied and expanded upon over and over again by games like Command & Conquer and Warcraft.
That being said, I've only played Dune II a few times — only many years after its release. I never got into it, but I can see why it is a historically important game. Warcraft was my first modern RTS game.
[ From VG&CE, November 1992, p.4 ]
Discussion Topic: What's your favorite Real-Time Strategy game of all time?
January 11th, 2016 by Benj Edwards
Tags: Retro Scan, Football, sports games, Arena, Super High Impact, Sega, Genesis, Arcade, ports, advertisement, VGCE, 1992
The NFL really needs to do something about these bone-crunching incidents
People seem to be talking about football a lot these days, and I'm not quite sure why. To appease the raving hordes, I thought I'd throw out a Football retro scan. In this case, it's for Super High Impact on the Sega Genesis.
I've never been a fan of Football video games in general — my favorite is probably still Tecmo Bowl for the NES. Nostalgia for that game's intro music alone is enough to get me to play it a couple times a year.
[ From Video Games & Computer Entertainment, November 1992, p.15 ]
Discussion Topic of the Week: What's your all-time favorite American football video game from the pre-32-bit era?
October 6th, 2015 by Benj Edwards
Tags: Retro Scan, Sega, Genesis, Nintendo, NES, Super NES, comparison, famous ad, advertisement, VGCE, 1991
Before the Sega Scream, there was the Sega Insult
This is a rather famous early ad for the Sega Genesis that I have never featured until now. It played upon the dramatic graphical differences between the Genesis and the NES, claiming "Genesis Does What Nintendon't."
It's worth emphasizing that Sega is comparing its console to the 8-bit NES here, and not the Super NES — Nintendo's 16-bit machine had not yet been released in the US, allowing Sega to get a jump on the next generation in the American market.
[ From Video Games & Computer Entertainment, January 1991, p.50-51]
Discussion Topic of the Week: What year did you first get a Sega Genesis? What were your first games for it?
August 3rd, 2015 by Benj Edwards
Tags: Retro Scan, TTI, NEC, Hudson Soft, TurboDuo, Bonk, Air Zonk, TurboGrafx-16, advertisement, VGCE, advertisement, 1992
The 4-inch Michael Jordan
I remember seeing a playable demo of Air Zonk in my local Toys 'R' Us around the time it came out (probably early 1993). I remember it being marketed as a pack-in for the TurboDuo. Upon playing the demo, my first thought was along the lines of: "Wow, the TurboGrafx-16 is still around? They must be desperate."
(For those of you who don't know, my brother and I took the TG-16 plunge circa 1990 or 1991.)
By 1993, the SNES and Genesis were in full force — I owned a SNES and enjoyed it quite a bit. I was deep into Street Fighter II fever at that point. I drooled over the TurboDuo when it came out, though, and I always had a soft spot for the TG-16.
My second about Air Zonk was, "Hmm, this game isn't very good." So I released the controller and didn't play it again until perhaps 20 years later on an emulator. I still don't like it very much.
[ From VG&CE, November 1992, p.46]
Discussion Topic of the Week: Which do you like better: Air Zonk or Bonk's Adventure?
June 22nd, 2015 by Benj Edwards
Tags: Retro Scan, Boxing, sports, George Foreman, NES, SNES, Genesis, Game Gear, Game Boy, VGCE, advertisement, 1992
It's not a grill, but it'll do.
[ From VG&CE, November 1992, p.29]
Discussion Topic of the Week: What's your favorite boxing video game of all time?
April 21st, 2014 by Benj Edwards
Tags: Retro Scan, Crystal Quest, Game Boy, Nintendo, Apple, Macintosh, Data East, VGCE, advertisement, 1991
Game Boy: The Final Frontier
Fans of early Mac games will no doubt remember Crystal Quest, which (I believe) was the first Mac game to use color graphics just after the Mac II came out in 1987.
Crystal Quest on the Mac played like a space-based Robotron: 2084 controlled with the mouse, albeit with a loose trackball feel because your ship kept moving in the direction you nudged the mouse until you corrected its course. So I'm not sure how it played in this obscure Game Boy port from 1991. Perhaps I'll fire up an emulator right now and find out.
[ From Video Games & Computer Entertainment, August 1991, rear cover]
Discussion Topic of the Week: Can you think of any other game that started on the Macintosh then received a port to a Nintendo console?
May 13th, 2013 by Benj Edwards
Tags: Retro Scan, Side Pocket, Game Boy, Nintendo, pool, billiards, advertisement, Data East, VGCE, 1991
The balls are moving and the cue ball hasn't even hit them yet. Spooky.
[ From Video Games and Computer Entertainment, January 1991, back cover ]
Discussion Topic of the Week: In your opinion, what's the best pool/billiards video game of all time?
December 3rd, 2012 by Benj Edwards
Tags: Retro Scan, Quickshot, Bondwell, joysticks, controllers, NES, Genesis, Super NES, Atari, VGCE, 1991
INSIST ON QUICKSHOT! THE GENUINE PIECE!!!
I own a few QuickShot joysticks, but I don't believe I've used any of these particular models. Third-party console controllers weren't all that popular in the age of the NES (relative to the 2600 days, at least), likely because the NES's own pads (and the NES Advantage and Max) were so good to begin with. Same with the Genesis and Super NES. That fact alone probably killed a few third party video game peripheral companies that were hanging on from the Atari 2600 era, although the QuickShot brand lived on until the late 1990s.
[ From Video Games and Computer Entertainment, August 1991, p.21 ]
Discussion Topic of the Week: Did/do you commonly use third-party controllers for your classic video game systems? Which one is your favorite?