Adventures with the MSX
Since I got Windows working on my Mac I have been going back to some of the translated versions of games that I love for the MSX, mainly Snatcher. When I was trying to play thru this game before on my Mac set up I was using an emulator called Coco things were running smoothly until the text started to muddle and layer all over itself. Guys. pro tip: the easy fix for a lot of emulation problems on a Mac is to run Parallels and play games using Windows. For years I have been pulling my hair out trying to get older games to work on my Mac with not great results so breaking down and getting Windows was my last resort. I’m not even mad.
The first game I am re-looking at on the MSX is Snatcher which came out in 1988 by the infamous Hideo Kojima. Earlier in the year, I played through SD Snatcher on my Mac and talked a lot about the JRPG mechanics and differences between that and the later Sega CD port. Playing the game now I get to share how the game was originally intended to play as a dramatic film noir visual novel. When you compare MSX Snatcher to the later ports there are a lot of similarities as it was an almost direct port however a bunch of things were changed or censored due to graphic violence, overtly sexual themes and copyright violations.
I’m playing a strange translation of MSX Snatcher that really needs a re-edit. You might think that’s a high negative, but the Engrish is a whole new level of entertainment when I stream it. It’s unfortunate that this game will most likely never see a re-release and get a proper translation so that means its emulation and fan translations all the way.
Another interesting thing we discovered in my playthru of the game is the arcade gun tests modules the human faces look exactly like my pal and speedrunner Zallard1. Now I have more incentive to not shoot the humans as I don’t want to shoot my buddy Zallard1.
Lots of older stuff with newer stuff this week! I’m scanning in a bunch of these for the next issue of the Zine and touching up a few of the pieces where I rushed thru to get them done for the chats.
I try to share everything that I make for streams the best I can, so if you don’t see something here it’s because I have most likely forgotten or I just make so much Dank Art I’m saving it for an upcoming post.
A strange yet wonderful package arrived this week with a lot of cool gifts. Thank you so much to the anonymous gifter for this wonderful surprise package full of everything that I love. For those who are not in the loop, I have not been in the best of health the last few weeks and I have been in and out of the hospital. When I went to go check my mail this week I almost fell over with excitement at the sight of a strange package in there. I cannot thank you enough and I will make good use of it in future streams and feature a lot of the contents in future UnBoxing photo features in the Dank Zine.
For those who don’t know, I’ve started a new feature in the Zine where I feature photo spreads of some of the cool stuff in my collection that I have acquired over the years. It’s almost like doing an exciting unboxing online but 2D (lol).
It’s the long weekend which means I’m stuck working this Sunday. Don’t worry, my cosy Sunday stream will be moved to Monday and I should be going thru a bunch of fun games that day. I do want to go thru and play a bunch of stuff from my actual systems so if you have the day off Monday, come spend it with me and we will go thru a bunch of fun stuff in the comfort of my cosy apartment.
As I mentioned earlier, I have been quite sick. Many of you might have noticed that I have dramatically changed in a very short time. It is a little scary, but a lot of it has to do with my thyroid and I have been working a lot with my doctors to figure out what the next step will be. I will keep you all posted on what is going on as I don’t want to alarm anyone if I have to step away for a bit. All I can say is please don’t worry because it is what it is and I’ll do my best not to let it slow me down.
The Zine should be arriving Tuesday so stay tuned for giveaways, updates and chances to get free Dank stuff!