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Golden Axe (Video Game Review)

Video Game Review
Golden Axe
Sega Genesis
1989
Developed by: Sega
Published by: Sega

Golden Axe is a bad game. Why Sega felt it necessary to release this along with the launch of the Sega Genesis makes no sense. While the game does show off what the system is capable of graphically (although this game isn’t giving Sonic any run for its money in the speed department), the gameplay is dull and broken. There are much better beat-‘em-ups on the Genesis and even if there wasn’t, it’s the type of game that parents should buy for their kids to get them to stop playing video games.

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Weekly Video Game Post – April 10, 2010

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Weekly Video Game Podcast – Apr. 10, 2010 <83 mins (75.5 MB)>
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  • Jamie Gore, Chris Karpyszyn and Steve Wood
  • This is the 50th podcast on the site. We’re just getting started…
  • I’ve scientifically proved that Sega sucks. Yay science!
  • Mario vs. Sam Fisher. Winner: EVERYONE!
  • All our sales data comes from www.vgchartz.com
  • Continue reading for this past week’s release dates and expanded sales figure

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Madness Brewing Weekly Video Game Newsletter #001

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Well, it almost drove me insane between the editing issues and the podcast but the first Weekly Video Game Newsletter is out. I apologize in advance if there are any formatting issues as Word was giving me a major headache. The feature article for this week’s issue goes over all the big titles that are supposed to be released in the second quarter of 2010 (April through to June). There are also several reviews and Hall of Fame write-ups that were already featured on this site so you can take them with you to read on the go if you have a Kindle or some other e-book. There’s also a really interesting look at just how bad Sega’s sales have become. People complain about the Sonic games but it looks like all their games are garbage.

The newsletter is free of charge. The next issue will be published on Wednesday and will be a weekly fixture on the site. It is in PDF format so you can take with you on an e-book or a Kindle, read it on your computer screen, or print it off and read anywhere you want.

If you have any questions or comments, send them to madnessbrewing@gmail.com

Altered Beast (Video Game Review)

Altered Beast

Video Game Review
Altered Beast
Sega Genesis
1989
Developed by: Sega
Published by: Sega

If you want a good reason for why it took two years for the Genesis to become successful, it was because prior to the release of Sonic the Hedgehog in 1991, the pack-in title for the system was Altered Beast. Although, I was never a huge fan of the arcade game, I never expected the console version to be quite as bad as it is. It looks ugly for a 16-bit game and sounds even worse. Thankfully the game is very short. So at least there’s one positive thing about this title.

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Weekly Video Game Post – April 4, 2010

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  • Jamie Gore and Chris Karpyszyn
  • Chris talks up his visit to PAX
  • I’m glad I paid half-price for my Xbox 360…because I sure as hell don’t think it’s worth paying full price for.
  • Nobody cares about Linux…people just like to bash Sony
  • All our sales data comes from www.vgchartz.com
  • Continue reading for this past week’s release dates and expanded sales figure

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Weekly Video Game Post – March 10-13, 2010

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  • Jamie Gore and Chris Karpyszyn
  • Thanks to Chris’s mic doing its best Barry White impression and other assorted wackiness, the podcast is a bit late.
  • Lots of news though. Although none of it seems worthwhile. The moral of the story was GDC was a waste of everyone’s time.
  • Let me put it this way…I was holding back when I said how upset I was about the PSN crap that has been coming out for the PSP. I’m still anticipating angry e-mails from ticked off Sony fanboys.
  • All our sales data comes from www.vgchartz.com
  • Continue reading for all the release dates and expanded sales figure

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Super Thunder Blade (Video Game Review)

Video Game Review
Super Thunder Blade
Sega Genesis
1989
Developed by: Sega
Published by: Sega

When a console launches, the console’s manufacturer tries to make sure that the best software possible makes it to launch. How Super Thunder Blade made it through the launch window makes absolutely no sense. It’s not even a third party game since Sega was the company that made it. There’s a reason why nobody cared about the 16-bit Sega Genesis during the NES days until Sonic showed up; because of garbage like Super Thunder Blade.

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Sonic the Hedgehog (Video Game Review)

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Sonic the Hedgehog
Video Game Review
Sega Genesis
1991
Developer: Sonic Team
Publisher: Sega

There are some who immediately discount Sonic the Hedgehog because of how the game was created. Sonic was created by Sega to make a title that could be more popular than Mario. Sonic was going to be the poster child for 16-bit gaming whether the final product was any good or not. Luckily for Sega and all the gamers out there, Sonic the Hedgehog is an incredible fun 2-D platformer. The game is built for speed which both helps and hurts at the same time. Sonic the Hedgehog is the pinnacle of gaming for the Sega Genesis.

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Frogger (MB Hall of Fame Inductee)

Hall of Fame Inductee
Frogger
Original Release: 1981 (Arcade)
Designer: Konami
Publisher: Sega, Gremlin

It’s weird how the simplest of concepts that have no business of becoming popular find their way to the front of the mass-market audience. Konami’s Frogger is an example of this. Considering it was released in 1981, an era where the best games involved shooting at things or had at least more than one screen, Frogger was very modest in contrast. It only had one screen and the goal was to get a frog to run across traffic to go home. On paper it sounds like a dud. In reality, it’s a game that became an icon in the industry.

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Weekly Video Game Post – Jan. 14, 2009

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  • Jamie Gore and Chris Karpyszyn
  • I explain how capitalism works and why you can’t buy the game you’ve been waiting for from a mom and pop store
  • This week it’s my turn to be cranky; although cranky might be an understatement
  • Most of this podcast was just myself and Chris arguing with each other
  • If only Skype could make it possible for both of us to inflict harm upon one another, we’d probably have the best show on the Internet
  • All our sales data comes from www.vgchartz.com
  • Continue reading for all the release dates and expanded sales figure

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