Posts Tagged ‘1up’

CO-OP

January 22, 2009

First episode of CO-OP is here! The former crew behind The 1UP Show are back and in this inaugural episode former 1UP/EGM staff talk Game of the Year 2008. Between CO-OP, Rebel FM and The Geekbox, it almost feels like old times. Now I just need Garnett, Shane and John Davidson to reunite and record a podcast on a weekly basis and then and only then will my need be completely satiated.

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1UP/EGM Forever

January 18, 2009

This…is…rad. I grabbed this from Dan “Shoe” Hsu and Crispin Boyer’s site Sore Thumbs. This piece was done by artist Bill Mudron, who drew EGM’s Seek And Destroy series, as a goodbye and tribute. It supposedly contains every 1Up staff and tons of EGM inside jokes throughout it’s run.

Click to enlarge.

1UP

Okay here’s who I got so far. I probably got a few of these wrong. If any 1UP/EGM super fans can help fill in the blanks, please comment and do so.

Top Center Cirlce: Dan “Shoe” Hsu, Mielke, Shawn Smith, Mark Mcdonald, Donahoe?, Quarterman, Sushi X.

Right Side Top Circle: Jeremy Parish, Scott Sharkey, Ray Barnholt?, Jenn Frank, Alice Liang, other two I don’t know.

Right Side Bottom Circle: The 1UP Show Crew, Ryan O’Donnell, Matt Chandronait, Jane Pinkard, Kathleen Sanders, David Ellis, Rob Bowen, is that Che Chou? And I don’t know who’s at the very bottom.

Left Side Top Circle: Nick Suttner, Phil Koller, Anthony Gallegos, Crispin Boyer, Greg Ford, Jenn Tsao?, Tina Sanchez.

Left Side Botom Circle: Jeff Green, Ryan Scott, Shawn Elliot. Other two I don’t know.

Bottom Circle: Skip Pfister, Todd Zuniga, Shane Bettenhausen, Luke Smith, Garnett Lee. Two guys on the right, I’m not sure.

Outskirts: Sean Baby, Andrew Fitch, Demian Linn.

R.I.P. EGM/1UP

January 17, 2009

It’s been tough for me to see the recent demise of EGM and 1UP. I’ve been a huge fan of 1UP for a couple years now and I would spend literally 5 to 6 hours of my week listening to the various podcasts and watching the latest episode of the 1Up Show. After all that time you really got to know these people like they were your friends who you talked and played games with. To see so many of them lose their job is a very grim thing. Not only for many of us who are fans but most especially for them no longer having a job.

Electronic Gaming Monthly was the other major casualty of the UGO buyout. I haven’t subscribed to it since I was in high school but ever since I’ve been playing video games, it’s been Gamepro, EGM and which ever Dave Halverson magazine was out at the time. To have one of them not on the magazine rack is pretty damn depressing. It’s a small part of my childhood gone for good.

EGM Sheng Long Scan

The earliest, most memorable EGM moment was back when I was in 5th or 6th grade. I was riding the bus home from school and someone had the EGM issue where they had that infamous “Sheng Long” screen cap. I freaked out and thought to myself, “Who the fuck is the old guy with fire on the end of his Dragon Punch?!”

My friends were saying how it was some secret boss even more harder to beat than Bison! My mind exploded. I don’t remember when I found out that that was all just a April Fools Day prank but I, along with EVERY other kid who was obsessed with Street Fighter, felt like a complete idiot.

April Fools!

*sigh* Remembering this makes me a little teary eyed. Goodbye Quarterman. Goodbye Sushi X. May you two live forever in the annals of game journalism. Farewell EGM, thanks for the memories.

Metroidvania

July 19, 2008

“Metroidvania” is a term I feel more gamers should be aware of. Here Jeremy Parish, Scott Sharkey and Chris Kohler of 1up and Retronauts fame discuss a sub genre that is pretty much obsolete in our current state of gaming. “Metroidvania” is basically a free roaming, back tracking 2D game where your exploration relied on obtaining certain items which allowed you to continue to unlock and explore new areas. What’s funny is that the first Castlevania had definite level divisions with no back tracking whatsoever. That’s easily overlooked considering Castlevania: Symphony of the Night is probably THE pinnacle of all 2D “Metroidvania” games. It’s the gold standard in which all other games in this odd sub genre are compared to.

A totally interesting yet completely hilarious podcast. It made me realize how important and revolutionary both the Metroid and Castlevania series are and have a new found appreciation for them.

You know, I kinda like the term “Castleroid”.

Retronauts

May 3, 2008

I was looking for a good video game podcast to listen to. I had had enough of Cagcast and visited 1up and thought the sound of a podcast concerning old video games alluring. Gave it a try, loved it and I’ve been a huge fan ever since.

I’ve had many a favorite podcasts that I’ve listened to but I have to say that 1up’s Retronauts is my absolute favorite. Retronauts is a podcast which focuses on old video games and consoles. The show has had over 40 episodes of vintage gaming goodness and have covered everything from the history of Mega Man and Secret of Mana series to the death of the arcade and past video game music. The show is hosted by 1up editor Jeremy Parrish with Retronaut regulars Scott Sharkey and Wired Magazine’s Chris Kohler. The show also features a rotating lineup of various 1up editors such as James Mielke, Shane Bettenhausen and Ray Barnholdt.

This show is easily one of the geekiest podcasts I subscribe to. The amount of gaming knowledge that is on display when you listen to the show is unbelievable. No fact is too obscure. The show has gotten me back into games from my past and games I never got around to playing and is the reason I occasionally do a Retro Games post. If you prefer old school games over the new fancy crap that’s out nowadays(of course I’m only saying that because I don’t have a next gen console and will probably change my view the second I get one), then give it a listen.

My Top 5 Favorite Retronauts Episodes:

5. Episode 37: Super Smash Bros. – I don’t particularly like this game but I love this episode. It’s two hours of hilarious banter over the uber fan service of SSB.
4. Episode 22: Neo Geo – I never knew anyone with a Neo Geo console growing up. To me, it was the console of myth. A console that only existed in the import game advertisement page in all the old video game mags. It was nice to finally hear first hand experience on people who owned it.
3. Episode 23: Secret of Mana – A history through the Mana series from its glorious beginnings to its shit ass present day versions. I love this episode because they talk about one of my favorite games of all time, Seiken Densetsu 3. A game which I had the import of and beat without knowing how to read a word of Japanese. I always have to mention that whenever talk about this game.
2. Episode 30: Chrono Trigger – Revisiting one of the greatest RPG’s to ever grace a console. One of the funniest episodes to date.
1. Episode 37: Sega Saturn – This is the show that started it all for me. The amount of importing game knowledge of these guys blow my mind.

Street Fighter IV Footage

December 29, 2007

So here’s a truncated version of a 20 minute preview of various 1up editors visiting Japan to get a first look at Street Fighter IV. The guys get to do an in-depth interview with the lead producer, Yoshinori Ono and get actual hands on playing time with the game. The guys add their analysis of how they thought it played, what they hope to see in it and what they expect with the games eventual release.

From what I’ve seen, i’m still excited just as I am for any new iteration of Street Fighter but I’m not completely feeling the art and character design. I expect that to change though, adjusting to the change in graphic style usually takes some time to grow on me. They’re just so bulky. And as I’m disappointed in that there will be no parries in the game, I’m anxious to see how the elite players will use this new “saving” feature.

This video is just the scenes that show gameplay.* If you want to watch the whole thing(and I suggest you do), head over to 1up.

*Old video was removed, so I posted the full.