Tuesday, September 23, 2008

You Can Never Go Home (Mega Man 9)

The NES Mega Man games, especially 2 through 4, were an extremely large part of my early days as a gamer.  My friend and I would create and illustrate our own robot masters on 3x5" index cards in the sixth grade.

That said,  I've been watching a few YouTube videos of these games that I haven't played in almost 15 years, stages I'd totally and completely forgotten about, and nothing about it all makes me want to go back and revisit that in the slightest.  Hype nonexistent.  I'd say I envy others their own, but it's just not true.  Classic Mega Man doesn't do it for me anymore.

Strange, considering that last month I went back and played through (and completed) of Mega Man X for the second time ever--the last time being in front of our giant in-cabinet, on-the-floor CRT TV on the living room floor as a 12 or 13 year old kid.  Maybe that leap from 8 to 16-bit was larger than I remembered....

8 comments:

Necovia said...

Purge?

If you have anything you think I might be interested in, let me know. I will give you a better rate than Gamestop!

Greg said...

Hey uh....I'm open for any tips on how to induce the red rings of death.

Count Elmdor said...

I'm not a suckah, fuck Gamestop! No, there's this independent store I try to do business at as much as I can, they kick ass. I went in there the other day with a bunch of stuff I'd never play again, like DQ8, RE4, Hitman games, etc. etc., and I got like $120 in credit.

I'm waiting on them to get a shipment of Rock Band 2 in so I can pick that up, and the rest I'll use to pick up one of this fall's major titles, Mirror's Edge or Fallout 3, probably.

So far my efforts to cut back on game spending is going pretty well, and I've still got tons on the backlog.

Greg, to induce the red ring, just make the console hot. It's got to get so hot that the glue that holds one of the components (the GPU, I think?) melts. That's what causes the red ring, it's glue melting, the component coming un-connected or othewise shifting, and causing the console not to work. I've heard of people wrapping the console in towels or shutting it up inside an entertainment center with a door on it with it running to do the trick.

Can't be too hard, MS has probably replaced a few million of the things by now...

Greg said...

Well it would be my luck that I finally get a machine that won't go red ring on me but that has this rebooting issue.

This machine won't get that hot anymore. I might have to bake it in the oven...

Count Elmdor said...

You could always pull the ol' Wal-Mart switcheroo. That's where you go buy a new console, swap it with your current one (all cleaned up to look new), and return the old one. Just about any big box retailer could be substituted in for WM.

Just depends on how much you'd hate yourself afterwards...I think I did this once with a PS1...

Greg said...

Thanks for the suggestion. I wouldn't go so far as to pull the switcheroo.

After trying to get my console to red ring twice, I could only get two lights. Since then I have been able to play a Halo 3 match online without any issues. We'll see if regular use can eventually cause the red rings of death. This is my only hope...

Count Elmdor said...

lmao, you would be the only person in the world trying, unsuccessfully, to get the RROD.

Greg said...

Well tonight I did play Halo 3 online for about 30 minutes with my nephew and did not have any problems. Maybe it just needed to get a little warm? lol.

Anyway, yes, my nephew kicked my ass and he is only twelve. Excuse me while I go cry myself to sleep...