Yesterzine

Yesterzine is a show about games and how well they may or may not have aged, told through flicking through a different old gaming magazine every episode.

 

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Yesterzine 11 : "3DOh no!"

Posted on 22nd November, 2019

It's the 25th Anniversary of the Sega Saturn today!

 

So here's a show about  the 3DO.  It's this kind of top quality click bait that got me where I am today.

 

 

But this is a show about late era 3DO as we experience both a machine and magazine in sharp decline clutching at any straws that might indicate the machine, and thus the magazine may actually have a future.

 

The Gaming Heaven is a simulation of that most high level of famous football tournaments, the Olympics.  The Gaming Hell is one the 3DO's few sequels and just as few console exclusives.  But how lucky are we it stayed there.

 

Fundamentally though this is a story about launching a format while not being one of the big names.  But while also being a big name.  And a lament to the variety we lost.

Penn, Teller and The Desert Bus for Hope

Posted on 6th November, 2019

In 1995 Penn and Teller wrote a game.  It was never released.

But by 2019, that game had raised $5million for children in hospitals.

How did that happen? What would a Penn and Teller game even be like? And how can you help them raise the next $5million?

 

 

Child's Play : http://childsplaycharity.org/
Desert Bus for Hope : https://desertbus.org/
Loading Ready Run : https://loadingreadyrun.com/
LRR Twitter : https://twitter.com/loadingreadyrun
LRR YouTube : https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwjN2uVdL9A0i3gaIHKFzuA

What is Desert Bus For Hope? : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vvU3KXtOg8Q
What is Child's Play? : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MGrvnSdRVug

The Nintendo SNES could not have happened without Sony.  The Sony Playstation is direct attributable to the actions of Nintendo.  Between these 2 events they made a console together, but you've never played it.  Just what in the hell happened there and how did the vision of one Japanese engineer give gaming it's most recognisible hardware brand?

 

Meanwhile our top scoring game is a Mario game that's not a platformer and doesn't start Mario and the lowest is a game even more past it than the man whose licence it carries.

 

 

Sega Mega Drive Mini Part 4

Posted on 27th September, 2019

And the final part. You now have all the information you need to make good life choices when you all buy a Mega Drive Mini next week.

Spoiler : The good life choices involve playing any game with "Street" in the title.

 

 

 

Sega Mega Drive Mini Part 3

Posted on 20th September, 2019

It's Friday so you know what time it is! (for the last 2 Fridays and next Friday anyway)

 

It's part 3 of the attempt to look at every game on the forthcoming Mega Drive Mini.

 

This video covers from Mega Man : The Wily Wars up until Space Harrier 2.

 

 

Sega Mega Drive Mini Part 2

Posted on 13th September, 2019

The 2nd bit of a marathon.

 

Leading up to the Euro launch of the Mega Drive Mini I play all 42 games over 4 bitesize parts in order to answer one question only "Which should you be playing when you get it?"

 

 

Yesterzine doesn't care if a game was good then, it cares if it's good now and there's some that have very much traveled in the wrong direction.

 

Part 2 covers Dynamite Headdy to Light Crusader.

Sega Mega Drive Mini Part 1

Posted on 6th September, 2019

The start of a marathon.

 

Leading up to the Euro launch of the Mega Drive Mini I play all 42 games over 4 bitesize parts in order to answer one question only "Which should you be playing when you get it?"

 

 

 

Yesterzine doesn't care if a game was good then, it cares if it's good now and there's some that have very much traveled in the wrong direction.

 

Part 1 covers Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle up to Dr Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine.

Original vs Remake : The Great Giana Sisters

Posted on 30th August, 2019

A new series for me!

 

 

Original vs Remake pits an old game against it's more recent remake, reboot or remaster to find out which you should be playing in 2019. This episode : The Great Giana Sisters, the most infamous 8-bit platformer of them all.

 

The Great Giana Sisters was on sale for about 20 minutes before Nintendo noticed. 25 years later it got a sequel. But does the original live up to its mystique and is the sequel better than a chance to cynically cash in on that interest?

 

 

 

Yesterzine - Tokyo Mangachan

Posted on 23rd August, 2019

New Episode!

 

In "Tokyo Mangachan" we apparently need 4 people to look at the rise of FMV games as people struggled to know what to do with the massive storage space on CD. One company was king, "Digital Pictures" and one of its games is this issue's heaven.

 

Meanwhile the single worst game we've ever seen is the gaming hell, but at least there's a story.

 

And to comfort ourselves we look at a semi hell, where I finally play a game I've been wondering about for a quarter of a century.

 


Yesterzine : Press Gear To Play

Posted on 9th August, 2019

 

In this we take on a milestone C+VG issue from the annex of the 8 and 16-bit eras where no fewer than 11 machines were getting uk game releases.

 

In it we deal with a milestone open world strategy again game on the Atari ST and a Sega Arcade game getting the treatment it deserved, but which of these 96% games aged better.

 

Another classic arcade game comes to Amstrad CPC and Commodore 64, but with very different levels of success and we look at how in the 1980s, game boxes took advantage of your lack of knowledge to outright lie to you with impunity.

 

And then we're a fish. It works about as well as you'd imagine.