Thursday, September 21, 2017

Blaster Master part 2 of 2

Saved the world / rescued my frog. Also got a sweet hybrid tank out of the whole thing. And my hair turned blue.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Hanamaki Matsuri 2017

Four years ago I wrote about the Hanamaki Matsuri, a three-day festival in my wife's hometown in Iwate Prefecture. Since then, a few of the food offerings have changed, but not much else. Unless you count the fact that, in 2015, the event actually made it into the Guinness Book of World Records with the most mikoshi on display at a single location (114).

This year there were only 104 mikoshi, but it's still the same good time it always was.







That last picture is from the shishiodori (deer dance), in which a hundred men and women in scary, predatory deer costumes jump around while playing noisy drums. It's probably the single coolest thing about Iwate Prefecture.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Gameplay without commentary...what a novel idea

Just in case there are people out there who actually don't find my impromptu lyrics to game music endlessly hilarious, I'm going to try uploading a few long-plays without commentary. No commentary means less editing, which makes such videos a relatively low-stress form of easy content for my channel. Here's the first half of Blaster Master for the NES.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Another podcast episode

From now on, the IKINARI! Podcast blog will be the primary place to go for links to audio and video episodes. I've added a permanent link to the right, although it will take me a while to get it looking pretty, I'm sure. Head over there to check out our first full-format (three-host) episode! It's about scary things.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Introducing IKINARI! Podcast

More NES gameplay! The Bringin' It Back playlist gains a three-part assault on Double Dragon II: The Revenge. You'll laugh. You'll cry. You'll talk like Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Incidentally, this game has some masterful box art.


In Prey, I run across a new, terrifying enemy: the Phantom. He's a scary guy who hangs around at the opera, apparently.


But wait. Here's the really big news. Get a load of IKINARI! Podcast, a new attempt at meaningful, games-related discussion from my co-workers and me. For the pilot episode, we took on a topic that was a little too big for us: Games as art.

If things go well, we plan to continue making this podcast weekly for as long as it takes us to run out of discussion topics, or get discouraged because nobody listens to us, whichever comes first.

Watch the video below, or listen to the audio-only version here.