Category Archives: Video Games

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SNES and the Secret S-Video

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In the past few years I’ve  enjoyed  repairing and restoring Super Nintendo (SNES) consoles. The SNES was released in the U.S. in 1991 and represented a major upgrade from the well-known Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). This leap in technology represented the first time that home video games were truly on par with arcade machines. One of the interesting quirks about the venerable console was a “secret” feature built into the visual processor: the SNES is able to output in high-resolution S-Video! Why is this significant? S-Video (Separate Video) actually has…

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Ninja Gaiden III: The Ancient Ship of Doom (NES)

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As an homage to my cousin Marc’s Games I Beat in 2014 blog, from time to time I’ll be adding some of the games I’ve played through in 2015 right here at Mountainous Words. What do you get when you combine sweet, sweet ninja action, an incomprehensible plot and legions of bloodthirsty birds? Ninja Gaiden of course! While the first two games of the iconic series bask in the glow of NES fueled nostalgia, the third and final 8-bit entry in the series is by far the least understood and…

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The 8-Bit Muse

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It is well-documented though rarely mentioned that Thoreau’s “isolated” cabin in Walden was only about a mile from town — a short enough walk for his elderly mother to regularly bring him fresh cookies. The myth of seclusion fits so neatly with the ideas in his writings that it’s easy to overlook the fact he was a 15 minute walk from civilization. I bring this up because at age 38, I’m working as a professional writer — have been now for almost 20 years. Like most writers, I have my…

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Retrobright Restoration Project

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“I told my dentist my teeth are going yellow. He told me to wear a brown tie.” ~ Rodney Dangerfield (Warning: there’s some real chemistry here, so make sure to use the appropriate protection when goofing around with potentially dangerous recipes you find on the Internet. Or in other words, if you go blind trying to shine up your Sega Dreamcast, it’s your own fault!) If you mention to people you’re using open source chemistry found on the Internet, most will (rightly) assume you’ve opened up your own meth lab….

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NES Toploader with AV Outputs

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At the time of its release  in 1993, the NES-101 barely registered on the radar for most serious gamers. With the 16-bit era in full swing, the low-priced NES ($49.99 at release) was lost in the shuffle. Known as the Top Loader, the cheap looking NES wasn’t as flimsy as it looked. Improved hardware and most importantly, an improved 72-pin connector meant the days of huffing and puffing into non-working game cartridges was a thing of the past. It would have been the ideal NES system except for one slight…

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Top 10 Most Violent NES Deaths

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Top 10 Most Violent NES Deaths Don’t let Nintendo’s censor-heavy standards fool you: the NES was home to some of the most violent deaths in video game history. Most characters shuffled off this mortal coil with a few respectful blinks before disappearing, sometimes leaving behind delicious apples or fanciful, bouncing coins. But there is a darker side to the NES, a place where living beings are eviscerated at the greasy hands of demonic fried eggs. Summon all your courage and read on gentle reader, though remember what has been seen…

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Roll the Bones

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Please don’t be scared off by the fact this blog entry starts off  by referencing a 22-year old video game about Feudal Japan. You need not have a love of the NES nor working knowledge of the Tokugawa Era of Japanese history to appreciate the sentiment. The game I speak of is the strategy-themed Nobunaga’s Amibition. You assume the role of a warlord (or Daimyo in Japanese parlance) tasked with uniting the country during a period of civil unrest. There are 49 other warlords competing to become the ruler of…

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Snowboardin’ Road Trip + Blaster Master

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As my bio says on the right over there –> I’m a connoisseur of the adventurous and the nerdish, which brings us to today’s post. In the spirit of adventure, Paul L. is on his way out here to join me for an awesome Colorado snowboard vacation to the south west. Our hit list starts locally with Eldora, A-Basin and Vail then goes out to Snowmass, Wolf Creek, Telluride and ending in Steamboat Springs! Paul should bring his snowboarding passport because he’ll have hit up some of the best resorts…

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