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June 19th, 2014: Updates

So it's been a couple of months but I figured I'd give an update on current and future projects...as well as a couple unfinished projects so to speak. First the unfinished projects. I'm hoping to revisit the Metroid Minimalist Run soon and once again try to take down Tourian. I think I've distanced myself away enough to take another crack at it once some other projects are done. The other unfinished project is the Devil May Cry blind run. You may have noticed that the playlist and videos are no longer available. They're still there...just not public. I essentially unlisted them for now as Level 4 was basically pissing me off to no end, so if I can get a decent run of it I'll keep the LP going.

With that out of the way, let's talk current projects. The main one going on right now are the Mega Man Portable Perfect Runs. I've recently put up the Metal Man run which makes three of the first four robot masters done. I'm not looking forward to Air Man, but at least I'm still two more games away from Bright Man.

Review a Bad Game Day is getting closer so I'll be doing some work on that as I'll be reviewing Pocahontas to round out my Genesis Disney Princess Trilogy...well, quartet since I did two Beauty and the Beast games the first year. I'm hoping once that's out to get back to doing videos on a regular basis (ie. once a month) as I've already started working on a review for Destination Earthstar. The main reason for not getting more videos up in a timely manner is...as bad of an excuse this may be...work. Working full-time in a retail position puts a lot of stress on a person...well, at least my job does, so when I get home from work I often don't feel like doing anything. I'm hoping that changes soon.

If you haven't been catching my streams, feel free to check them out over on Twitch (channel is NeoScyther). I try to stream at least every Friday and occasional Saturday, basically whatever I feel like. Lately I've been doing a challenge run of Borderlands 2 I've been calling the Whitey Challenge. Basically I'm running a Mecromancer (named Whitey McWhiterton) through the main game using only white gear unless it's a customization skin or I have to use a mission-specific weapon to clear the mission (such as taking down Doc Mercy or testing Marcus's latest shipment of elemental guns). I've also turned off the Badass Challenge Bonuses for an extra challenge. So far it's not too bad, my own sense of bad navigation not withstanding. I typically stream around noon EST, give or take. I've also taken to the occasional speedrun and have been trying to improve my Chip N' Dale: Rescue Rangers time of 11:50 (current WR is 10:13 I believe by Feasel). Not a bad time but I can definitely improve it.

Football season is almost upon us which is when I'll be doing my next LP of sorts. I plan to go through a complete season in Tecmo Super Bowl...not an updated version, but the original NES version. I'm going to start the first week of Pre-Season using the Bengals and I plan to upload a game every Sunday (except the week of GenCon where I'll upload a game on the Monday I get back). Should be interesting.

Finally, GenCon is almost upon us as well. I'm hoping to do a few write-ups on here about my experiences as this will be my fourth year going. On top of that, I'll be working on a new project with my friend Kevin where we'll be recording a blind run of a new game that one of us picks up. The plan is to at least read through the rules to where we're pretty sure we have an idea as to how things work, then record us playing it for the first time. It should be an interesting experience.

That about does it for now. Hopefully I'll be able to provide more regular updates on here in the future.

April 26th, 2014: Two Updates in One Month? I Claim Witchcraft!!!

As we near the end of April and I'm about as moved into the new place as I can be (long story short, boxes everywhere with no place to put them yet), I figured I'd give an update on some things.

First off just to get it out of the way, videos and such will still be a bit spaced out for some time, mainly because I don't have a lot of room to hook up systems right now, but that's slowly changing. I'm also still doing the occasional studying for my A+ Certification. I know I keep saying "end of this month" or "end of that month", but I'm shooting for prior to GenCon at this point. I'll still read on it now and then, just trying to pace myself between studying and entertainment.

For current projects I posted the first two videos for the Devil May Cry blind run. I am enjoying it so far except I tend to rely on Dante's pistols a lot which is killer on the thumbs in the second mission. In terms of how I'll record, each mission will likely be a video unless I fly through a mission and can do two missions in one video. I'll likely also utilize "refreshing pauses" just in case I do have to split the session into multiple videos to make it easier on my self. With the yellow crystals, I used one in the first video after a semi-stupid death, but the way I'll do the videos is if I do die I'll use the yellow crystals, but if I legit Game Over I'll just restart that video/segment, hence the refreshing pauses. I'll note in the video description whether I had game overed or not.

For upcoming projects I do have a game review in mind, but with my room a total mess right now due to not much room to put boxes there's not much space for my camcorder, so game and CCG reviews won't be happening for a while now. For the Portable Perfect Runs I do plan to start those in the next week or two so I can finally get into Mega Man II. It's just a matter of getting the Super NES hooked up and finding my Super Game Boy and Mega Man II cart. It's also nice that I have an Elgato Capture Device so I don't have to mess with the Dazzle and sound mixer for the time being. Pretty nice.

That's about all I have. Thank you to those who have subscribed to me in the past year as I went from a few subscribers to close to 75 as of this post. Hopefully I'll get more videos out in the near future.

April 8th, 2014: Updates and Future Plans

So it's definitely been a while since I've made any progress...anywhere really. A lot of that has been my studying for some certifications, and a lot of that has been moving. As of now I have my NES, Xbox 360, and PC setup, but my recording setup isn't...setup. I'm hoping to get to that this weekend and once I do I'll begin working on the Mega Man 2 Portable Perfect Runs. I have practiced the MM2 robot masters and suffice it to say the RMs aren't too bad aside from Air Man; it's the stages that'll give me issues here.

Beyond that I'm also hoping to continue my Blind Let's Play series with Devil May Cry on the Xbox 360. I received the Devil May Cry HD Collection for Christmas last year and in the past I've only played a bit of one of the games (either 1 or 2, can't recall), so most of the game will be blind...actually, all of it will be because I can't remember a darn thing about them.

As for future projects, I do have a few in mind. First, reviews. I have one game review that's "in progress", by which I mean I have a script started, and come August will be my third Review a Bad Game Day video which will be Pocahontas for the Genesis. As for CCGs I'm hoping to work on either Game of Thrones or Sonic X soon. I'm hoping that both reviews will be up in May with Pocahontas being up August 8th.

I also have a couple other future projects for my YouTube channel. First is one that won't begin until late summer/early fall. I'm planning on going through Season Mode of Tecmo Super Bowl on the NES, uploading one game every Sunday starting with the first game of the regular season, possibly even a couple of pre-season games. My goal is to see how far I can get the Cincinnati Bengals, and this is on the original cartridge. No roster updates, no Tecmo Super Bowl 2014, just the original game, rosters, and playbooks. Should be interesting.

The other idea won't come to fruition until I get something to record component footage, but I plan to begin uploading some Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition matches at some point. Granted I won't upload every match, but if I think one's worthwhile enough I'll put it up. If I could I'd do that tonight with a match I had against a B ranked Ibuki (against my D+ Vega) that I won with the first round ending in a Double KO. Pretty good stuff. Now I'm not saying I'm a master at Street Fighter. Far from it in fact, but it's something different for my channel.

That's about all I have for now. Hopefully I'll starting uploading stuff again in the next week or two.


Februsry 1st, 2014: New Video and Updates

So...yeah. I finally finished the Cardfight Vanguard review. I'll admit this probably isn't my best work, but that's due to a couple of factors. I meant to release this back in November, but due to stress from working during the holiday season and a lack of motivation as a result, this video is a couple months late. However, I don't think it turned out that bad.

As for other projects, I'm hoping to start recording the Mega Man II Portable Perfect Runs this week after a bit of practice. It's been a while since I've played MM2 on the Game Boy but I don't think it'll be too difficult. Then again this game has Needle Man so that might cause some issues. Here's hoping I'll get this project off the ground this week as I've been itching to get back into the Portable Perfect Runs for a while now, but I wanted to wrap up other projects first.


January 4th, 2014: Updates

Hey everyone. Just posting a couple of updates about upcoming projects and such. I'm hoping to do updates at least once a week or every two weeks as I work more on projects. For starters, as stated earlier my main focus in the coming months is acquiring a new job, which means working towards a couple certifications. My first goal is to get my A+ certification and from there either Networking or .NET certifications, possibly Web Design. These will be my main focus for the first half of 2014 as I really don't want to spend another holiday season working retail.

In terms of YouTube stuff, the editing for my Cardfight Vanguard review is underway. The reason for the delay is pretty much nothing more than just a lack of energy to do it. During the past two months work has gotten a lot more stressful, even moreso than the holidays typically are where I work. Now that the holidays are over I'm hoping some of that stress goes away and I have the energy and drive to work on the review. It's all recorded, it's just taking the time to edit it together.

Finally there's the Klonoa Blind Run. I've seen videos in my Subscriptions on YouTube of speed runs near eight hours, so I know I have a lot of playing ahead of me as I'm only at Vision 3-1. I'm hoping this coming weekend to record a lot of footage as I have both Friday and Saturday off work, so while I'm not studying for certifications I'll be working on that and the CV review.

Once those two projects are behind me I'm hoping to work on the Mega Man 2 Portable Perfect Runs. Unlike with MM1 I'll be doing all eight robot masters since staring with this game the second group of four all have their own stages and passwords once you finish them, so recording will be a lot easier. Here's hoping 2014 goes a lot better than 2013.


December 22nd, 2013: Website Update

Just wanted to provide a bit of an update to how the site now looks. While the layout and general design looks the same, you'll notice the links on the side look a bit different. There are now dedicated pages for NS Game Reviews, First Impressions, and CCG Edition, as well as a page for my YouTube projects. It's not perfect as I don't have links to my NES Challenge list (which I haven't touched in a while to be honest) as well as my current and upcoming projects, so it's still a work in progress, but a bit of an improvement in my opinion.


November 9th, 2013: Future Reviews and Such

Recently I made a post on Facebook regarding upcoming reviews for both NS Game Reviews and CCG Edition that would take me through January. Well after doing thinking, this may change a bit. Over the course of the next week or so I do hope to work a bit on the Cardfight Vanguard review. Beyond that however, things are going to slightly change.

I have no plans to completely stop doing reviews and such and will still do one or two now and then. However, I think the time has come for me to finally get back to work on some of my programming projects. With that said, I wouldn't expect a whole lot out of me in terms of reviews in the coming months. However, I will still do some other YouTube projects. I hope to start a blind run for Klonoa for the Wii in the next month or so, and I still have my stuff at Gaming Nexus to do. However, beyond that I'll be focusing more on my programing projects, namly my CCG Database, as I'm hoping that within a year's time to finally get a job that puts my college degree to use more than my current job, which is retail.

Long story short, you'll still see reviews out of me, but they'll be quite sporadic for the next several months. The YouTube projects don't require a lot of time for editing, so I can do those here and there, but beyond that I'll be focusing on some programming projects in the coming months.


October 12th, 2013: Updates via Vlog

Time for more updates, only this time via Vlog. In this Vlog I discuss recent happenings on my YouTube channel and current Gaming Nexus projects. The big GN project is reviewing Pokemon X and Y...well, for the record I'm playing X, but I'm guessing that, as per the norm with Pokemon games, aside from version-exclusive Pokemon the games are identical. For anyone asking since I recorded the Vlog before starting X, I started with Chespin. I've always gone with grass starters after Red (where I started with Charmander). I'm thinking of adding a page to my site to list the current Pokemon on my team and updating it from time to time. Anyway, enjoy the Vlog!


September 17th, 2013: Take a Guess.

Yep, updates. First for the site iteslf. I'm planning on making a few changes to the site in terms of links; nothing major, but streamlining some things. Mainly the sub-pages, such as for NS Game Reviews and CCG Edition. Both of those pages have an index page, but hardly anything gets put there. The intention was to be used as an updates page for those sections, but I'll be using this page for all updates. When done, clicking the links for the sub-pages will take you to the main page for that sub-page. For instance, NSGR and CCG Edition will take you directly to the audio/visual page. I'm not sure when this will take place, but hopefully within the next couple of weeks.

Next up, videos. As stated not too long ago I've posted all of my NS Game Reviews videos over on YouTube. I'll also add a link to my YouTube channel at some point when I'm editing the links. As for upcoming videos, I have a script I'm working on for my next video game review, and my next CCG review will likely hit YouTube next month as I FINALLY take a look at Cardfight!! Vanguard. It's an interesting game. While at GenCon I played against a friend where we each used "half decks", demo decks consisting of twenty-five cards each. After finally getting the rules right, the main issue I had with them was that each half deck only had one Level 3 unit, so ranking up to Level 3 was tough and could make things one-sided. However, I think the trial deck I have has around eight Level 3 units, so we'll see how it goes.

As for other YouTube projects, I've not put up anymore videos for Record of Agarest War Zero yet because Corel VideoStudio likes to crash at the end of compiling a video from time to time, so I'm waiting until I get my new PC built to attempt compiling anymore videos. Parts three through five are put together, they just need compiled and uploaded. It also takes about an hour to compile the videos, so it's a bit of a waste of time to attempt to compile it just to have Corel crash at the end. My new PC will have a much better motherboard and processor (an AMD FX 8320 8-core), so that should really help. I might also attempt recording a Metroid minimalist run down the road in the meantime as I have an idea about something I didn't think about last time in terms of how to record it.

That's about all I have for now. I'm hoping to post an update at least once a week, likely on Saturdays, as to any progress on various projects. As always if you have any suggestions, feel free to hit up the NS Game Reviews facebook page or email me at nsgr@neoscyther.com.


September 11th, 2013: Updates and Extra Life Charity Event

There's really not much to update. The main thing however is that from this point onwards I'll be posting my videos to my YouTube account, mainly to get more content over there and also because I'm not making much over on Blip, maybe a dollar in three years. That said I've also updated my Projects page (as well as made a link to it on the left side of the screen) to reflect what I'm currently working on.

On a side note, I'll be participating in this year's annual Extra Life charity event, once again raising money for the Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, OH.. Check out the page on my site for more info as to what I'll be doing this year as well as links to a couple videos from last year's event and the page to this year's donation page.


July 30th, 2013: New Projects Page

After thinking about everything I want to get done prior to my vacation in two weeks, I've decided to make a page that lists my current projects and some upcoming and future projects that I want to do. Check out my new Projects page to get a glimpse at what I'm currently up to and what I will be up to once vacation has come and gone.


July 12th, 2013: Some Updates...What Else?

Yeah, I've been neglecting things on here. A lot of it is that I just haven't had the drive or the energy to update as often as I should, but hopefully that will change.

First off, the pages for both NS Game Reviews' A/V page as well as the one for CCG Edition have been updated to reflect recent episodes, including those for my Power Rangers Month. That will run through July and I'll also be posting a video for the 2nd annual Review a Bad Game Day. I have my candidate in mind, it's just a matter of obtaining it and getting the footage.

I hope that once those two projects are completed I'll be able to focus on a couple of YouTube projects. For starters, I will finish Mega Man: Dr. Wily's Revenge perfect runs and I hope to get those done or close to it prior to my vacation next month. After that I have two projects in mind. One is a minimalist run of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. Somewhere I have a list of everything that's absolutely required to complete the game, I just need to re-find it. The other project is to start up a blind LP of a game that I've had for some time but never played. I'll say it right now, it's an Xbox 360 game.

Speaking of vacation, I'll be heading to GenCon once again, only this year will be a little different. This year I'll be entering my first ever Magic: the Gathering tournament with a monoblack Lockdown/Punishment style deck in Modern format. I'm not looking to go all the way perse, but basically to get some experience with tournaments. Should be fun. I do plan to report on here, either via video or text, how I did, just don't expect a turn-by-turn analysis of each match. My memory's not that great.

That's about it for now. I apologize that things have been rather quiet around here lately, but I plan for that to change soon.


March 25th, 2013: Quick Updates

It's been a while since I've given any sort of update on here about anything, so I figured I'd go ahead and post a few updates on things.

I haven't done any video reviews this year outside of the Medabots CCG review. That will change…somewhat. I do have a review I'm working on for the end of the month as well as several videos for July. Outside of those and probably one for Review a Bad Game Day if that happens again, you won't be seeing much out of me in the ways of video reviews. Part of it is that I sometimes just don't have the drive to do the reviews. Part of it is also the fact that I just seem to weigh myself down with way too much at once. I'll still do some video reviews now and then, they'll just be a bit more spread out. I'd rather do them when I want to do them, not because I feel like I have to for one reason or another. However, you can still expect a constant stream of demo reviews for the First Impression series. As long as there are demos to review, I'll make videos for them.

However, in place of my normal videos on my Blip.TV channel, I'll be working on projects over on my YouTube channel. I do intend to work on the Cut Man Portable Perfect Run in the next couple of weeks, mainly once my April video review is finished as that'll be getting most of my attention for the next week or two. I'm also going to be preparing for a new project: a minimalist run of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. That's going to require me to run through the game and see what items I must obtain. This is going to be an interesting challenge as I've never done a challenge run on any Zelda game, but I'm curious to see if I can do it. The Portable Perfect Run series will also be progressing beyond Dr. Wily's Revenge, so there's still that to look forward to.

Well, that's about it for now. As always, if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, shoot me an email at nsgr@neoscyther.com.


January 17th, 2013: New Series on YouTube

I know I'm a tad late on this one, but I have recently started up a new series on YouTube: Mega Man Portable Perfect Runs. Inspiried by YouTube Let's Players Roahm Mythril and Kevvel, I'm hoping to perfect run the portable Mega Man games, starting with Dr. Wily's Revenge. The Ice Man and Fire Man runs are up if you're interested in seeing them (the link takes you to the playlist on YouTube). You can also check out the Fire Man run below. My apologies for the video quality, I was using a different editor to see if I liked it. I don't.


November 10th, 2012: New Article and Future Projects

So for those who don't follow me on Facebook, I postd a new article last night that gives my opinions on the recent sale of Twin Galaxies International and how it has affected me as a staff member. The article can be found under NS Game Reviews with the rest of the articles.

As for future projects, I do have a few in mind to work on prior to the end of 2013. First is my November review which, thanks to helping with a current project at work, I'll have roughly one week to get footage, write the script, record, and edit it. Thankfully it shouldn't be too long of a video as there's not much to the game itself. Next up I do have plans for stuff in December that'll keep me busy during a lot of my non-working waking time. Thankfully though it's to celebrate the twenty-fifth birthday of a certain Blue Bomber, so it should all be worth it.

Next, I would like to get a new CCG review up by the end of the year that takes a look at the Medabots CCG. I've read the rules a couple of times and it doesn't seem too bad. Come 2013 I'd like to do a CCG review at least once every two months, hopefully more as I have plenty of material to work with.

Finally, I actually recorded some footage and voiceovers for a new project that I plan to debut in 2013. However, I'm looking to actually redo the two episodes I have recorded due to my new sound setup that I used for my Super Mario RPG marathon a few weeks back, as I should now be able to commentate on games as I record them instead of doing post-game commentary. The rest of this year is going to keep me very busy with projects on top of doing a couple reviews for Gaming Nexus, so it should be interesting.


August 1st, 2012: Updates

So many things to talk about, so let's get started. First off, my video for the first ever National Review a Bad Game Day is completed and will be uploaded sometime next Wednesday morning. More than likely, it'll be around 9:00am EST, give or take (depending on when I wake up). The video is my longest game review (not counting CCGs) clocking in at around 25 minutes and...while it's not my best review, it's also my first review for a bad game. I had some fun writing the script, but the execution wasn't quite where I'd like it. Still, I hope you enjoy it next week.

Next up, Sivak released a new trailer for Battle Kid 2: Mountain of Torment a while back with a release time frame of this summer. Once the game is released, I do plan to order it, and if you have an NES and like a good challenge, check out the original over at retrousb.com. Definitely worth the money. As for BK2, I tried the demo and got a decent ways in (past the first actual boss, not counting what I'm calling a mini-boss), and then it starts kicking my butt, so the actual game should be interesting.

Finally, GenCon 2012 is right around the corner and I've signed up for two events: the Mega Man Mega Awesome Challenge (hopefully different than last year's) and a Retro Game Challenge (which I believe is also via emulator on a PC). If I have time I'd like to make a section of my site dedicated to GenCon and what all is going on. Here's hoping.


July 14th, 2012: Updates and New Videos

About two weeks ago I moved to a new apartment and after getting things setup and getting some much needed rest, I've put up two new videos. Well, technically four, but the three on my YouTube channel are for my latest Let's Play and my first in about a year, that being Mighty Morphin Power Rangers for the Super NES. The other video is my July video for NS Game Reviews, basically just a video detailing what the Mega Man Mega Awesome Challenge was at GenCon last year.

I've also started playing The Secret World in preparation to review it for Gaming Nexus. So far it's not too bad. If you play and are on the Daemon server, I'm a Templar by the name of Russell "NeoScyther" Archey. I'm wearing a green jacket, red and black polo shirt, glasses, blue pants, and blue shoes, so I kind of stick out a bit as I kind of look like a nerd. Can't imagine why.


May 4th, 2012: Ever beat Zelda II? Ever do it without getting hit?

Like a lot of people, I spend a lot of my free time watching videos on YouTube, but more specifically, there are a couple specific Let's Players that I like to watch (people who have seen my videos or articles may have see me mention Roahm Mythril quite a bit).

Well, one of them, PinkKittyRose, has been working on one of the best Let's Plays I can remember in recent memory: playing through Zelda II: The Adventures of Link on the NES...without taking a single hit. Now keep in mind that she is using an emulator, but no save states perse. I believe she uses a save state when she's done for the day and loads it when she's ready for the next video, but she doesn't save or load in the middle of the video. If she took a hit in a run, she'd stop the video, reload the save, and re-record the segment. A couple of the videos do have a couple instances in which the video jumps slightly due to the software being used.

Bottom line, it's a nice challenge and so far, she's done a great job up through six palaces. if you want to check out the videos, her channel is www.youtube.com/pinkkittyrose.