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Retro Feed: Radiant Silvergun by +peter
July 18, 2006, 11:18 pm
Filed under: Retro Feed, Retro Gaming, Sega Saturn


Radiant Silvergun for Sega Saturn

I know you are watching this space, desperately waiting for some sort of progress update regarding the games by Glitch Feed. Do not quash your hopes just yet my dear friends for details are coming soon! If you could only see what I see now…

I feel blessed. I am an old enough to remember the game systems of yore. My first video game was played on my father’s Commodore 64. As soon as I could move my fingers independently of each other, I had a joystick in my hand. At such a young age I was successfully guiding Pac Man into the mouths of Inky, Blinky, Pinky and Clyde. My earliest memories of childhood often involved me expertly racing my Formula 1 car into the wall in Pole Position.

So, it should naturally follow that a few years later, my first system would be a Nintendo Entertainment System! I spent every moment I could practicing the fine art of jumping into the holes/water/lava of Super Mario Brothers. I mastered my ability to fire blanks into the sky in Duck Hunt. One of the first words I could spell in its entirety was name of god himself, Nintendo.

My best friend Adam was the luckiest boy in the entire world. He had EVERY game for NES. He later introduced me to the wonders of the Sega Genesis, Sega CD and the Super Nintendo. My next love affair was with the Genesis attachment, 32X. I was a Virtua Fighter! During this time I also developed an affinity for the migraines caused by my new Virtual Boy.

Yet something was wrong, after my Genesis I purchased a Nintendo 64, and after my Nintendo 64 I owned a Playstation 2. Time continues to pass and consoles come and go (I still play my Virtual Boy by the way), but I have always felt an awkward deficiency in my life. While it might have been the scurvy, I attribute it to utterly missing the entire 32 bit era. Sure I had a 32X and the VB was supposedly 32 bit, but lets face it, the 32X had about as much power as a potato light at an elementary school science fair and the VB is such an enigma that its power has yet to be quantified by man.

I was in dire need of a gaming intervention. How could I have missed such a pivotal time period in video gaming? It was a significant period because it chronicles the transition from 2D to the amazing new world of the Third Dimension. The transition did not come easily as many people then and still today blame new technology as a way to gloss over what is lacking in gameplay, story and character. Many developers tried to balance these differing perspectives, and many of gaming’s most influential and historically important titles came about because of this new and unique challenge.

Retro Feed is a Glitch Feed feature that will follow my exploration within the 32 bit era. Read on to discover Radiant Silvergun for the Sega Saturn…

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