Posts Tagged ‘ action ’

DUKE NUKEM

Duke Nukem is a video game series focusing on its protagonist, Duke Nukem. Originally created by Apogee Software Ltd/3D Realms as a series of video games for the PC, the franchise expanded to games released for various consoles by third party developers.

The series has been generally popular since its inception. Duke Nukem and Duke Nukem II, along with Commander Keen helped make the genre popular on the PC as against games like Super Marios Bros. for video game consoles.

The games broke out of the shareware niche and into the mainstream gamer audience with Duke Nukem 3D, which also brought the series to the forefront of video game controversy.

Yet another PC fave of mine however Duke Nukem 3D has been dubbed too controversial with depictions of sexuality, pornography, obscenities, graphic violence, drug use and other taboo topics.

GOLDEN AXE

Golden Axe is a side-scrolling beat ’em up and hack & slash arcade video game released released in 1989 by Sega for the System 16-B arcade hardware.

Makoto Uchida was the primary developer of the game and also was responsible for the creation of Altered Beast, a similar game. Several ports of the game were created, most notably for the Mega Drive/Genesis and Master System. 

The game takes place in the fictional land of Yuria, a Conan the Barbarian-style high fantasy medieval world. An evil entity known as Death Adder has captured the King and his daughter and holds them captive in their castle.

He also finds the Golden Axe, the magical emblem of Yuria and threatens to destroy both the axe and the royal family unless the people of Yuria accept him as their ruler. Three Warriors set out on a quest to rescue Yuria and avenge their losses at the hands of Death Adder.

The first is a battle axe wielding dwarf, Gilius Thunderhead from the mines of Wolud whose twin brother was killed by the soldiers of Death Adder.

Another is a male barbarian, Ax Battler wielding a two handed broadsword looking for revenge for the murder of his mother.

The last is a long-sword-wielding Tyris Flare an amazon whose parents were both killed by Death Adder.

 

The warriors save the inhabitants of the ransacked Turtle Village, which turns out to be situated on the shell of a giant turtle.

The turtle takes the characters across the sea and they then fly to the castle itself on the back of a giant eagle.

Once at the castle they defeat Death Adder, who is wielding the Golden Axe and save the land.

In the Mega Drive and PC versions, and also in other ports, the characters also battle Death Adder’s mentor, Death Bringer as the true final boss.

I played this on PC and it was insane! 98% of the time I’d picked the dwarf because he had the most finesse.

My fave part of the game was being able to hi-jack a fire breathing dragon and ride it all the way to the end until you go head-to-head with Death Adder.

Bonus was being able to conjure up magic and unleashing those lightning bolts! Boo-yah!

COMMANDER KEEN

I heart MS-DOS games!

Commander Keen is a series of video games developed in the early 1990s. The series focuses on the adventures of Billy Blaze, an 8-year old boy who travels through space and assumes the identity “Commander Keen”.

The series was successful at replicating the side-scrolling action of the NES Super Mario Bros. games in DOS. The cartoon-style platform games are notable for their pioneering use of EGA graphics and shareware distribution and they were some of the first games by id Software (which went on to develop blockbusters like Doom and Quake).

Billy Blaze is an eight-year-old boy genius who has constructed a spaceship in his backyard from old soup cans and other household objects called The Bean-with-Bacon Megarocket. When his parents are out and the babysitter falls asleep, he dons his brother’s Packers helmet and becomes Commander Keen, Defender of Earth.

 

Seven official Commander Keen games were released for the PC under MS-DOS.

They are divided into mini-series, and are considered “episodes” of the full series.

I cherish the days where games were as simple as pressing the [shift], [control] and [alt] buttons to jump and shoot.

DANGEROUS MINDS

This movie makes me feel so bad ass everytime I watch it…

Dangerous Minds (1995) is an American drama film based on the autobiography My Posse Don’t Do Homework by former U.S. Marine, LouAnne Johnson who took up a teaching position at Carlmont Highschool in Belmont, California where most of her students were African-American and Hispanic teens from East Palo Alto, a then-unincorporated town at the opposite end of the school district.

The film, starring Michelle Pfeiffer was released to mixed critical reception, but became a surprise box office success in the summer of 1995.

Louanne Johnson is an ex-marine, hired as a teacher in a high-school in a poor area of the city. She has recently separated from her husband. Her friend, also teacher in the school, got the temporary job for her. After a terrible reception from the students, she tries unconventional methods of teaching (using karate, Bob Dylan lyrics etc) to gain the trust of the students.

 

The soundtrack and its lead single “Gangsta’s Paradise” enjoyed major success and received nominations for the Grammy Award for Record of the Year.

Coolio won the Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance for his vocals.

At the MTV Movie Awards 1996Dangerous Minds was nominated in four categories: Best Movie, Best Female Performance (Pfeiffer), Most Desirable Female (Pfeiffer) and Best Movie Song (Coolio).

This will forever be a legendary film. With the risk of sounding corny Dangerous Minds was inspiring and convinced me to try harder at school.

I even bought the 1996 Grammy CD just for Gangsta’s Paradise.

GLADIATORS

I wanted to be a contestant on this show. BAD! 

Prolly would’ve ended in a blood bath since I suck at sports.

American Gladiators is an American competition TV program that aired from September 1989 to May 1995.

The series matched a cast of amateur athletes against each other, as well as against the show’s own gladiators in contests of strength and agility.

The concept was created by Dan Carr and John C. Ferraro, who held the original competition at Erie Tech High School in Erie, Pennsylvania.  They sold the show to The Samuel Goldwyn Company/MGM where the concept was enhanced and became American Gladiators.

An effort in 2004 to launch a live American Gladiators show on the Las Vegas Strip became mired in a securities fraud prosecution. However, TV series was restarted in 2008. Episodes from the original series were played on ESPN Classic from 2007 to 2009. Several episodes are available for download on Apple’s iTunes Service.

 

Ever try to use the escalator at the shopping plaza as your very own Travelator? 

THE WIZARD

A stellar eBay purchase, I jumped around when my DVD copy of The Wizard was finally delivered.

The Wizard is a 1989 adventure dramedy film starring a young Fred Savage, Luke Edwards and Jenny Lewis (scrapes into the 90s because it was released in Australia in 1990).

The film follows three children who run away from home and hitch cross country to compete in the ultimate video game championship. 

The Wizard is famous for its numerous references to video games and accessories for the NES and has been called a feature length commercial.

The film was also well known for being North America’s introduction to what would become one of the best-selling video games of all time, Super Mario Brosthers 3.

Remember the “Power Glove” LOL.

Imagine being a video games savant… gotta be every kids dream in the 90s and WTF Nintendo, a magic flute that let’s you warp worlds! Love it.

PIKACHU

“I choose you, Pikachu!” [throws Pokéball]

Pikachu is a species of Pokémon creature from the Pokémon media franchise (a collection of video games, anime, manga, books and trading cards). Within the world of the Pokémon, Pikachu is often found in houses, forests, plains and occasionally near mountains, islands, and electrical sources.

As an electric-type monster, Pikachu can store electricity in its cheeks and release it in lightning-based attacks.

Pikachu is the most recognizable Pokémon, largely because he is the central character and regarded as the official mascot. He has become an icon of the 90s and Japanese culture in recent years.

Pokémon is an animated series based on the popular electronic toy “Pocket Monster” in which children raise an electronic monster and train it to fight other monsters. In this show, Satoshi and his monster, Pikachu travel the land hoping to improve their skills and eventually become the grand champions.

Move over Hello Kitty cos this little guy was the new marketer’s dream! Pikachu’s face was plastered on every piece of merchandise you can think of… from lunch boxes to key chains.

Somehow (against my will) I was dragged to watch the movie adaptation of Pokémon in ’97, one word – painful.

I was so irritated by Pika’s voice (squeaks more rather) that I kept trying to zone out.

The only glimmer of hope was anticipating S2M’s “Don’t Say You Love Me” which (fingers crossed) would play during the end credits.