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Old 12-24-2010, 11:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Illicit Thrills and Dubious Pleasures

Yeah, yeah, the NES revitalized the U.S. gaming industry, turned a faded fad into a sustainable market, blah blah blah. You know that part. What Nintendo likes to gloss over was the shady black market lurking around its fringes, eager to scrape up a little loot by any means possible. Most visibly, that manifested in a thriving cottage industry of unlicensed games.

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Old 12-28-2010, 01:37 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I rented the majority of those cloned/ copied games and can only say that a lot of the time they were better than Nintendo's official games that bore their {Ah - hem} 'Seal of Quality' {more like quality control, checked by agent #_}

Whatever.
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Old 12-28-2010, 03:05 AM   #3 (permalink)
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That poor dude "ugly". He's really not even that ugly. I bet he's bad enough to be "bad" and that other dude can be "ugly", he's not exactly man pretty either.
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Old 12-28-2010, 03:36 AM   #4 (permalink)
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It was the harshness of the old wild west {it's still wild by the way, only with newer buildings} that put the ugly on men at an early age.
Judging from what I've read of this period that's probably to their favor = looking mean could save your life.

But yeah, none of them are exactly pretty, and any could have played the 'ugly' part ... I think perhaps they were referring to their overall character, like Dungeons and Dragons' character alignments?

Duco was a slimy little rat, but Angel Eyes was pretty evil .. and I don't know what to think of Blondie.
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Yeah I know JG I was just being cheeky about it.

As for the topic I'm not sure what to say. I like that these companies managed to make a difference but I don't think I've played one of those games and liked it. Any really good ones stand out?
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There was this version of Strider {Tengen?} that was just awesome once you got past the first screen, but I can't remember which console it was for.I'm not certain if either of these is the one I remember, could there have been another?
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was pretty popular {among my friends and I} for a while, and a few others that I remember had those 'funky', unusual cartridges.

Sorry, Tails, no Cheetahmen 2.
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As for the topic I'm not sure what to say. I like that these companies managed to make a difference but I don't think I've played one of those games and liked it. Any really good ones stand out?
Tengen released good stuff.

The best port of Ms. Pac Man to any system in that era.
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A better version of Tetris than Nintendo's.
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I remember the name Tengen distinctly from when I was a kid but I don't recall if it was the licensed games or not. I was never a big pac man fan so I doubt it was that one.
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Tengen = Atari
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I read about that connection but my memory is of the black cartridge games with Tengen on it.
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Tengen and Atari are both terms in the board game Go which was a favorite passtime of Nolan and Ted.
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