Last time we gave Bowser his first stomping and collected all but one of the power stars from Course 5; Big Boo’s Haunt.
Now it’s time to head into the basement to chase a crude yellow rabbit named after a CPU, hear the Underground theme from Super Mario Bros. hop into a volcano and raid a pyramid.
Oh, and collect the final two power caps.
Concorde and a Spitfire.
What more needs to be said?
Interesting to note that the Spitfire is more or less going flat-out whereas Concorde is going almost as slowly as it can, hence it’s high angle-of-attack.
Unlike more modern delta wing aircraft or any military jets post-Vietnam, Concorde has neither flaps or slats.
So it’s stall speed is relevantly high.
You’ll have to forgive my nerdiness on this one, but this really caught my eye by the beach today.
Busways was one of two major bus operators serving my home region of Tyne and Wear from 1986 until it was bought by Stagecoach in 1994, though it wasn’t until 1998 when this livery was completely phased out.
It’s worth noting that until the merger, Busways was owned by its own employees and so a company wide vote was held regarding the plans to merge, with 99% in favor.
Since I was 5 years old, I had a diecast model by Corgi in this exact livery, though it was a new model of bus.
So, this is EJR 111W. A preserved Leyland Atlantean of 1980’s vintage in a 1980’s livery.
The first time I’d seen either in over 15 years, so I had to snap a pic.
Apparently the Atlantean pioneered the concept of double decker buses with the door at the front, allowing them to be do away with the conductor, which has since become the norm for almost all double deckers, aside from London’s Routemasters.
A Gaming Request
If anyone can help me out by recording some footage from Tomb Raider 2 and The Last Revelation, either the Playstation or PC versions, please do get in touch with an ask, reblog or on my public twitter @BrySkyeGaming
'Signal boosts', ie reblogging this, would be greatly appreciated. It's become a fairly important part of the Gaming Shark Week project.
There is nothing more fun than split-screen gaming
It’s absolutely true, hence why on the first Tuesday of every month, I invite 3 friends over to relive our late 90’s experiences with Mario Kart 64, early 00’s times with Super Smash Bros. Melee and as of May, Mario Kart 8.
Then the results occasionally get uploaded to Youtube. :P
One more to end todays splurge.
Haven’t posted a photo showing any of my diecast models for ages.
This photo itself is two years old now, just been sitting on my cameras SD card all this time.
Century Wings A-6 Intruder in USMC livery, as depicted during Desert Storm.
No photoshopping in this one, I’m merely holding it up by the tail. :P
We do get nice weather in England, from time to time.
The 1:72 diecast Harrier collection now stands at 23 jets and covers every single seat variant. :P
This was almost a month ago now, but another delivery (and massive indulgence to be quite honest) was a Couchmaster Pro set from Nerdytec in Germany.
Essentially it is a desk for your lap, albeit rather elaborate with the two large cushions that not only add some height to the desk portion, but function as armrests.
The main goal is to make Mouse and Keyboard gaming viable from a coach, or anywhere that isn’t a desk.
Saying as I use my PC as a super console, plugged directly into (and hidden behind) my 46” TV, this is actually quite important.
Especially for PC games that still don’t provide controller support, such as the Mass Effect trilogy (for shame, Bioware. No excuse, especially for a franchise that originated on the Xbox 360!)
Just as important for me, and demonstrated in the final photo, is for typing. Keyboards are not really designed to be used on your lap.
If you were to place it on your lap and look at the location of the keys, you’d notice the typing keys are actually off to your left.
Not comfortable or natural!
So this solves that for me as I try to get into writing again.
The pro package with a powered 4-way USB 3 hub and a 5 metre USB 3 extension cable.
The intention being to mount the hub -inside- the couchmasters central ‘desk’, which is then plugged into your PC with the extension cable.
You can then connect your keyboard, mouse, etc into the hubs and keep all those wires out of the way while only needing one cable to go across your room.
It’s a lovely theory, but saying as I don’t want to use the couchmaster all of the time, I instead chose not to feed any wires internally.
Just a matter of flexibility as I have a keyboard meant for gaming and another meant for typing.
When not in use, those plushy foam cushions are doubling up as headrests for my sofa, lol.
Overall, it’s quite pricey, but it’s a very neat all-in-one solution and very convenient.
The material is nice, the stitching tidy and all in all, very comfortable.
Vorsprung durch Technik indeed.
Delivered about an hour ago by Amazon UK, I’ve finally gotten around to upgrading my Wii U Gamepad battery in preparation for the multiple releases coming at the end of the year, such as Hyrule Warriors and, of course, Smash Bros.
This is an official Nintendo product (they even provide a screwdriver!) that has been released in Japan and Europe but, strangely enough, not in North America.
It’s badly needed as well, saying as the standard 1500mAh battery is only good for between 2 or 3 hours on a full charge.
The packaging claims the new battery is good for between 5 and 8 hours.
I would say 5 sounds about right, given the difference in capacity.
Though it does, of course, increase the weight of the controller even more.
You’d think the internet and tumblr is really massive, and yet a recent follower happens to reblog some gift art featuring characters belong to a artist you really have some bad blood with.
Big but evidently not big enough!
Here we are with part 2~
In this hour long session we 100% one more world, get all but one star in two other worlds (cap limitations!) and face off against Bowser for the first of three battles.
…Complete with a handful of incredibly embarrassing gaming fails…
lol… definitely points for originality. I wasn’t really thinking of completely fictional species though. :P
With that said, Shark Week is a mere month away from us now.
Whilst I personally feel that the programming Discovery have put out for the past decade of Shark Weeks is utterly shambolic, it is nonetheless a surprisingly large event.
So it’s occurred to me to put together some videos for the occasion.
Sharks in Gaming.
Essentially looking at some of the notable titles where Sharks have had significant roles and a complete playthrough of Jaws Unleashed.
I’m pretty confident that despite the subject matter, I’ll be throwing in more Shark facts than the typical show Discovery will be broadcasting. :P
I encourage you all to send me ideas and suggestions for games you feel should be featured.
Get in touch via asks and reblogs. Spreading the word would be appreciated.
It took me nearly 8 years after buying it for the original Xbox in 2006, but a few days ago I finally finished Jaws Unleashed, albeit on PC.
In no small part because it was never made compatible with the Xbox 360’s limited backwards compatibility features.
But this is just as well since the PC version was enhanced in many ways and my current PC can run the game at 3200x1800 without breaking a sweat.
It was the final game by Appaloosa Interactive, better known for the Ecco the Dolphin franchise.
Indeed, Jaws Unleashed runs on a modified version of the Ecco the Dolphin: Defender of the Future engine that was originally written for the Dreamcast before being ported to the PS2, which further explains the games lack of visual fidelity (though do remember it was released as a semi-budget title).
Of course it’s a game that should never be taken seriously.
I can’t stress that enough.
Much like the monsters from the movie franchise that its based on.
After the incredibly dark, serious and puzzling nature of the Ecco games, Appaloosa went wild with this silly and over the top take of a giant Great White Shark with an insatiable appetite showing up around a popular island resort.
Still, credit where it’s due, this is a very well animated and rendered shark for a video game.
Probably posted this a long, long time ago, but so what?
Got lots of new followers since then. :P
A little info about the Harrier GR1 entering service with the RAF and AV-8A with the USMC.
But in-between a section talking about the Harriers participation in the 1969 Daily Mail Trans-Atlantic air race. An event (competition really, with prize money) to mark the 50th anniversary of the first Trans-Atlantic crossing by an aircraft.
Despite being subsonic, the Harrier easily won the Westbound leg, in no small part because it was able to take-off vertically from a coal yard next to London’s St Pancras train station as well as landing vertically on the queyside of Bristol Basin in New York City, both locations significantly closer to the start and finish lines than the airports the other competitors were forced to use.
As a matter of diplomacy, the Royal Navy won the Eastbound leg and set a new record for a New York to London crossing, though they were pushing their F-4 Phantoms Rolls-Royce Spey engines to the very limit, making use of reheat/afterburners.
So not a very big response to the pop quiz a couple of days ago.
For shame. :P
Well, the answer I’m putting forward is the Tiger Shark, for reasons that should be clear by now after you’ve looking through the pictures.
Given that the Tiger Shark has evolved teeth rather similar to those we humans have designed for use on circular saws, it should come as little surprise that they are more than capable of biting clean through turtle shells and bone, thanks to the characteristic sawing motion a shark makes.
Both the teeth in the upper and lower jaws have this distinctive design, whereas in many other predatory sharks, the lower teeth are more narrow and pointed for gripping, while the upper teeth are for cutting.
Probably the most well known survivor of a Tiger Shark attack/accident in recent years is surfer Bethany Hamilton, whose entire left arm was lost to a Tiger Shark when she was 13.
The bite was described by surgeons as “a very clean amputation”