April 1st, 2019 by Vega Montanez

Standing Amongst Olympians

Sega has been a player in the video games business for quite a few decades. And yet, they still never really manage to get a strong grip. They almost had a huge run with Sonic, but he was quickly bested by the plumber in the red overalls. Enough with the past, Sega is back and ready to rise to the occasion. 

The 2020 Olympics will be taking place in Tokyo next year. Besides already holding the licenses, Sega is taking this opportunity to try to make waves. First headlines were made with eh announcement of “Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 – The Official Video Game”. Coming to Playstation 4 and Nintendo Switch worldwide. Sega has gone on the record calling this new title “A fun-filled sports action game where you create your avatar and compete in olympic events. That’s right, you too can go for the gold from the comfort of your living room!

Our original linked video was taken down so here’s some NHK program. -Chet

Next, they announced the release of a brand new Mario & Sonic at the Olympics. It’s been a long 4 years since the last time we’ve seen these athletes on the field. Mario & Sonic at the Olympics 2020 looks much like past iterations but this time will have mini-games for your Joy-Cons. The only real question here is; will this game feature the movie versions of our two cover stars?

For those of us who have become avid mobile gamers Sega’s got something for you too, because mobile gamers count. Mario & Sonic will be attending the Tokyo Olympics on iOS and Android as well. Assuming the game will borrow some Joy-Con features and optimize for touchscreens, this will most likely be super casual. I’m predicting for sure at least one Temple Run style track and field game. Actually, bets are open.

Not excited about the Olympics!? Fine.

Fear not friends who could careless about professional sports or sports simulations. Or emotionless monsters who can’t find the humor in the “world’s fastest hedgehog” racing against the “most hard-headed plumber of all time”. There is some retro based good news. Sega is bringing a new challenger to the mini console revolution. 

The Sega Genesis Mini will be available on September 19th, 2019. Retailing at the great price of $79.99 the mini console will feature 40 classic games including Sonic (of course), Castelvania, and Ecco the Dolphin. For the record, Ecco the Dolphin is the second most exciting part of this for me. What’s the first? Well I’m glad you asked. So far, 10 of the 40 games have been announced and one of those game is, Comix Zone. Need I say more?

The console itself is reportedly about 55% smaller than the original and comes with two usb powered replica three button controllers. Also packed into the box is a USB to Micro-B cable for power and an HDMI cable for graphic fidelity. Because as we all know, it’s not a retro remake unless it’s in HD. 

What are some of the found memories you hope to relive with the Sega Genesis Mini? And for those excited for the olympics, what’s your favorite thing to have Mario beat Sonic at? And for everyone else, sorry you stuck around for that Vanquish sequel reveal. Believe me, you are not alone.

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October 2nd, 2018 by Vega Montanez

Remember back when the PSP was the coolest thing on the block?

And then all of a sudden anybody who could make a pandora battery was a master hacker? And the PSP ultimately became the greatest way to play stolen, I mean emulated, game?

It may seem so with the latest reports we’re hearing. Retro-Arch is back with it’s latest update friends. And this latest update is making major waves. If you don’t know let me be the first to inform you. Retro-Arch is a homebrew program that combines all your favorite gaming emulators into one beautiful new place. Development started back in 2010 (yea I know that was mad long ago. In fact I had just graduated high school!) and fast forward to 2018 and let’s just say its working.

It’s working so damn well it can run on everyones new favorite home console portable system hybrid. That’s right, if you fall into the “Criminal Activity Indulging” category of gamers, first off shame on you, second its your time to shine baby. That’s right the latest version of the app runs flawlessly on hacked Nintendo Switches.

We don’t encourage the use of hacked consoles on HardModeGamers but we do support the freedom to do whatever the hell you want with your console so long as you purchased it. With that said, don’t expect much more info from this guy. I already feel dirty including the link. Gross.

Let us know in the comments below how you feel about hacking your console for free games or in general.

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September 19th, 2018 by Kurt "Chet" Christel

Retro vs Modern

-The Splatfest for September 2018 asks, “What’s your style?”

-Splatfest launches @ Midnight, Sept 22nd.

The time has come once again to celebrate the greatest festival in all of squid culture. We are of course talking about Splatoon 2’s latest splatfest. For the month of September, it seems as though the theme is based on fashion. Retro vs Modern! Do you like to be hip and fresh, or rock it old school? To be honest, Retro vs Modern is kind of vague, don’t you think? I mean, a big proponent of modern culture is based on deviations from retro culture. The New 10s decade has sought a lot of inspiration from the 80s and 90s. In a world dominated by art styles like “vaporwave”, where does the line get drawn? Where does old fashioned end? Where does modern begin? Really makes you do the big think.

I, Chet, will be joining team RETRO this time, based on this evaluation. For it is the retro styles that govern what makes modern fashion so… fashionable. Mixing and matching different color schemes, adding new takes. Modern style is affected quite frequently by various interpretations of what made retro styles so cool to begin with. Look at game design itself. You have so many different games that base their locations on retro-futuristic ideals. You see? Retro styles bascially ARE modern styles, and that’s why TEAM RETRO will win this Splatfest. Or at least, it will win the popular vote. As always, the team with the most passion and the most skill will be the ones to reign champions. Be there, or be square, all day September 22nd. Tell us what you think is the best choice to go for in the comments. And enjoy this slideshow from OFF THE HOOK if you want to know more.

Splatfest September 2018 – 9/22 | Retro vs Modern

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September 6th, 2017 by Kurt "Chet" Christel

Sonic Boon

That f*cking missile brigade, man. The sliding scale of the bosses seems to be from 1-10 except they skipped 3-8. The bosses are either a cakewalk or death incarnate. The lives system makes this harder since if you fail during Act 2, you get sent back to Act 1. Ouch. C’mon, I know it was a staple of old video games, but times have change. You could have least let me restart on Act 2.

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