Last Time, at Gaming Hell Headquarters...
20th May, 2019
HAPPY 11TH BIRTHDAY, GAMING HELL!
Another year of this savage website all wrapped up, huh? Another year of being on the ENEMY OF THE STATE blacklist [I thought we retired this joke last year. - Ed], another year of warbling about video games. Because of the three month break we took after last year's big update though, it's been a bit quieter. Still, some big things have been ticked off the list- our first guest review from the lovely Cass of Bad Game Hall of Fame, the rare sighting of a PS2 game on here, the first and last Virtual Boy page we'll ever make, and probably my favourite, Kaiser Knuckle, at long last. Not a bad showing, really.
Now, this year's anniversary update isn't too special, but it is some unfinished business. Nippon Ichi's Masayuki Furuya returns with another dour puzzle-platformer with A Rose in the Twilight. Can it escape the curse of the firefly? This also marks the opening of another section in The Gathering of Games, focusing on Nippon Ichi's pocket horror games, Children of the Grave. We also went and touched up some of those older Nippon Ichi articles. Isn't that nice?
In any case, we thank you for continuing to load up this webzone and looking at the things that we splat upon it regularly. Here's to at least two more years of winding up my editor, participating in the concept of 'games' through electronic means, and being the strongest website in existence! For now though, we'll be taking next month off to prepare our next set of articles. Please look forward to it.
1st April, 2019
We're forgoing the ol' April Fools' Day thing this year... Sort-of. We've just made a hub page for our previous Micro-Visual Novels, which have also been spellchecked. Sorry Ed, you're out of luck this year! [Bah! - Ed] Instead, we actually have a proper update, the hand-destroying New International Track & Field appears, to be utterly defeated by Numan Athletics and Mach Breakers. Also this month, we updated our Sonic 1 on Mega Play page to make a note on this version of the game being included in the M2-made Switch version of the game. So that's nice.
4th March, 2019
We were so close to updating on the first of the month! However, we had to change plans because it is time to face a perfect soldier- Kaiser Knuckle and Dan-Ku-Ga crash head-long into battle! Also this month, we tweaked the Vampire Savior and Red Earth pages so the screenshots are now in the correct aspect ratio. All explained in the Editor's Note, for your convenience.
8th February, 2019
Getting close to first of the month updates again. Will Gaming Hell finally start getting consistent? And for how long? It's a total mystery. Anyway, this month's update is something a bit different- Insmouse no Yakata & Virtual Lab, a pair of Virtual Boy games. Yes, the Virtual Boy. You know, the red thing with the visor. Fortunately, emulating is actually a better option for these two games in particular, and because of the magic of changing the colour palette, we present these games to you in both blood-red and in greyscale. It's a whole new perspective on the Virtual Boy, or something like that.
One more commission of our site mascot for now, from Shunao.
What can we say? It's neat to see her outside of MS Paint, you know?
24th January, 2019
Aw, we had a straight run of updating on the first of the month for a little while there, and then we had to ruin it. Sorry about that, folks! Hopefully it was worth the wait, because we get to talk a lot about SNK 40th Anniversary Collection which is a pretty fantastic set. Hopefully we explain why. This also means the Psycho Soldier, P.O.W. - Prisoners of War and Iron Tank articles got small updates to add a little bit about the set... And it also had a knock-on effect of changing the score on one of our much, much older reviews, SNK Arcade Classics Vol. 1. Back when that was first written, a set like that was absolutely fine, partly because SNK had rereleased quite as much of their backlog. Nowadays, though, there are plenty of other options for playing Neo Geo games, and so this got reduced to a 3 down from 4. Maybe our standards have improved or something, but this is definitely a case of a rerelease being outclassed by progress in that field, and most likely won't be happening again. We will never take mercy on Hotaru no Nikki and increase its score, be assured of that.
In other news, another art commission of our site mascot! This time, courtesy of _neuphia.
1st December, 2018
Last update of the year! Time for a PS2 game, Haunting Ground. A game we bounced off so hard it took us four years to try again. It was worth the wait though! We also scrubbed through our Psycho Soldier article to make it less terrible and reflect the fact that Athena grew on us. We caught the idol sickness and learned how to stop worrying and love the Psycho Soldier theme. That's what this website has lead us to.
1st November, 2018
It's a simple one this month, the ol' hop and bop, the jump and bump, the mascot platformer. One from the golden era of the genre, Socket. Like Sonic if he was a duck and also electric. Only in the '90s!
1st October, 2018
Whoa, we're on-time again this month? Will wonders never cease? Anyway, this month it's all about an '80s Taito arcade obscurity- one of our favourite kinds of things- the Qix-alike Rumba Lumber. Please be advised, you will find yourself being chased by a dinosaur in this. And a mole. And a pterodactyl. Please, enjoy.
1st September, 2018
Our luggage has been unpacked, we've switched the heater back on (then switched it off again because England actually had a heatwave this year, somehow) and popped the kettle on- we're back! We hope you enjoyed our guest post while we were gone, but now it's back to business as usual, back to video games. This month, we take a look at Yomawari: Midnight Shadows, the sequel to a game that really impressed us last year. Can it live up to its predecessor? In a word, no. Read the article to find out how! We also whipped up a little bonus article on Famison 8BIT☆iDOLM@STER, in which we reveal we're both Love Live and iM@S fans. That's a plot twist, huh? In any case, we're back to regular monthly updates. Let's see how long we can keep this up before our editor stages a riot and demands a break!
One other big update this month:
* Time Gal - With help from Tikky and Misty, we updated our segment about the Mac port and documented the previously-unknown-to-us Windows version, released under the title Time Girl in Korea only. Whoa.
Also, we're planning on doing some big updates to the old Psycho Soldier and Momoko 120% articles over the next few months- in particular, an English version (possibly a prototype) of Momoko 120% was dumped recently and so we need to document it- so please look forward to them.
Oh, and we commissioned internet pal Pauli Kohberger to draw both our mascots this time. Non-MS Paint Sowertty and Sniper Honey!:
And also Liam Ashcroft drew Sarah S. Sowertty, with two different variants:
See you next month for our usual guff!
20th July, 2018
Now, we said we were on holiday for a little while... But a guest warrior has entered the ring! We are honoured to host Cass from Bad Game Hall of Fame, who put together a very thorough review of Cutie Suzuki no Ringside Angel for us! Bad Game Hall of Fame comes very highly recommended by us, and so we did an article trade- Cass let us on BGHOF to write about Dirty Pair: Project Eden for the Famicom Disk System. It's... It's a bad game. This was a lot of fun to organise, so we hope you enjoy both our writeups!
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