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Hello people! For my mashup, I decided to show the evolution of handheld Pokemon games to show how we got to what we have in the modern era. The video shows short clips of 5 different generations: Red/Blue, Gold/Silver, Ruby/Sapphire, Diamond/Pearl, and most recently, Black/White. The background music is the song “Stupify” by Disturbed. This assignment was loads of fun to do although finding gameplay footage I wanted to use in the video was rather time consuming, I’m rather pleased with what I found. Again, apologies for the watermark that reads “trial version”. The reason it’s there is because it’s a free version of the only program that I could get to work on my computer after about 7 others failed to work. I was inspired by many “AMV’s” that are posted on youtube, which are basically anime music videos. The evolution of the graphics and framerate is quite noticeable throughout the 5 generations and I thought it would be interesting to place them all in chronological order. To go along with the video, the audio chosen was done so to add to the intensity that is Pokemon battling. The intense guitar/vocals featured in ‘Disturbed’ songs go hand in hand with the video in my opinion and that’s why I chose it. Well, I hope you guys enjoy my final product which I uploaded on Youtube. For some of you guys, this may bring feelings of nostalgia so be have the tissue box at arms reach, haha. Well, without further ado, here it is: 5 Generations of Battling: The Evolution of Handheld Pokemon Games.

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System: Super Nintendo

Released Date: April 18, 1994

Metroid is the lesser known franchise that often gets overshadowed by the likes of the Mario Bros. series, as well as the Legend of Zelda series. This saddens me, because in my opinion, Super Metroid easily belongs in the top 3 games of all-time. Basically, the main character is a bounty-hunter called Samus. Throughout the game, the player controls Samus, but doesn’t actually find out that she’s a female until she takes off her helmet. The plot is basically that Samus needs to kill an evil creature known as Mother Brain who controls evil creatures that take over a planet known as Zebes. Throughout the adventure title, Samus upgrades her power suit by defeating numerous bosses. As new items are acquired, Samus is able to explore new areas of the planet previously unreachable. The game features awesome music, gameplay, and most importantly, an epic storyline.

Review:
Graphics: 10
Sound: 10
Fun Factor: 10
Gameplay: 10

Overall: 40/40 = Masterpiece

Here is a speed-run of the entire game. He finished it in an hour, that’s insane! Check it out here:

One of my favorite video game songs of all time definitely has to be Dire, Dire Docks from the Nintendo 64 game, Super Mario 64.  To go along with one of the all-time classic video games of all time, this song adds even more to the legendary experience.  The music is often described as making many people feel very nostalgic because it is definitely one of the songs that stands out as being an all-out masterpiece.  I have even read some comments stating that some people “want this song to be played at their funeral”.  Yes, that is how much meaning this song has to some hardcore gamers.

Listen to the song for yourself here:

Great news for Nintendo fanboys! Nintendo officially announced that their next home console will be released late in 2012. Supposedly the system will feature high resolution graphics which will surpass those of Playstation 3 and Xbox 360. This will certainly boost competition for Microsoft and Sony. Who isn’t looking forward to the numerous possibilities possible with a system with such high potential.

Here is a link to the article from ign.com.

http://wii.ign.com/articles/116/1161875p1.html

New Handheld System

I found this cool article on Gizmodo.com and knew I had to share it on my blog. The article shows a new system that’s bringing back old school gaming. That’s right, now anyone will be able to play real Super Nintendo cartridges on a handheld system! How crazy is that?!?! I’m not too sure this device will fit in your pocket but it certainly has an awesome retro feel to it. To wrap it up, Super Nintendo in my opinion is the best gaming system ever created, so to have a handheld released that’s compatible with the retro games is simply amazing!

Check out the original article:

http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2011/04/the-super-nintendo-you-can-hold-in-the-palm-of-your-hand/

One of my favorite mash-ups combines my favorite tv cartoon series(Pokemon) and one of my favorite action movies (300). The creator used parts from the first 6 Pokemon movies and mixed in music and voice-overs from 300. The editing is very well executed and makes me wish that this were in fact a trailer for a real movie. The whole trailer features fantastic quotes from 300 mixed with some of the best visual scenes from the Pokemon movies. Take a look at the epic trailer here:

TRON 2.0: Flash Game

This post goes along with my previous post. I embeded a flash game called Tron 2.0 which is a modern interpretation of the classic arcade game released in 1982.

Object of the game: You control a car that makes a “wall of light” which is deadly if your opponent touches it. You basically win if you’re the last one standing. So basically try to fence in your opponent, or simply try to avoid their “light wall”.

Controls:
Space bar= Start game
Arrow Keys= Control Car
Turbo boost= Enter

HAVE FUN!!!
http://www.classicgamesarcade.com/games/tron.swf
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