Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Video Game Cheats- Why does VMTV feature them?

When we first relaunched Video Masters (VMTV) in 2006, it didn't take long before viewers would ask us the point of featuring video game cheats when they're readily available in text format online. While this is true, have you taken a good look at these cheat code websites? True, many of them have great tips, strategies, passwords, etc. Once in a while, you'll notice that it's mostly a cut and paste job from other sites. In addition, some cheats I'll come across are not always accurate.

This is an example of inaccurate information. The above instructions are for the Sega CD version of Spider-Man Vs Kingpin. You'd easily get "Unlimited Webbing" by just setting the options to "Easy". No need to fiddle with options, or press any buttons. It's possible the original poster did not know this, and the cheat itself just spread to other sites through the copy and paste method.

Interestingly enough, my cousin and former Video Masters Co-Host Jason (seen here reviewing Assassin's Creed) had suggested to me not too long ago that our "Cheat Sheet" segment could try to debunk some of the more phony/inaccurate cheats out there. We tried something similar back in 1997, when there were fake cheats floating around America Online to play as Luigi or Yoshi in Super Mario 64.

That cheat.. does not exist, however it's possible in Super Mario 64 DS for Nintendo DS.

Here's another example of inaccurate cheats:

I did this cheat for Revenge of Shinobi for the Genesis back in Season 6. Initially, I was inspired to do this cheat from watching the 1990's show, Video Power. There, Johnny Arcade (the host) was telling the viewers that the way to get Unlimited Shurikens was to rapidly hit the A, B, and C buttons in the options screen. Actually, it's a matter of waiting about 5 or 6 seconds after setting the number of shurikens to 00, as illustrated in my video.

The point of this post was not to complain about this site or that site. They'll do our thing. We'll do ours. I've chosen to feature cheats on VMTV because not only does it scratch that nostalgic itch for some players..prompting them to dig out their old games and try out a cheat they may not have known about, but to demonstrate carefully how each cheat works, and prove it's on the level (no gaming pun intended).

 I'm glad you're enjoying Season 12 so far, everyone. We do plan on featuring more cheats here and there, and possibly exploring them for consoles like the Xbox 360, PS3, Gamecube, Wii, and so on.

Thanks for reading! Take care of yourselves, and keep playing.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Final Fight Fan Film: The Broken Gear

Hey Gang. Here is the Final Fight Fan Film, The Broken Gear, as seen our August, 2019 episode of VMTV. Enjoy!!

Digital Dig- August, 2019

Video Masters TV- Season 12, Episode 1- August, 2019

Our newest Season brings us a review to the Sega Genesis game, Rocket Knight Adventures, and a look at a fan Film based on the Final Fight games from the 90's. Also, watch for an Ad-Block featuring a well known actor, and some sweet Digital Digs.

Friday, April 12, 2019

Video Masters: Flashback- Incredible Hulk Cartoon (1982)

This week, we're doing something different and looking at the short-lived Incredible Hulk animated series from the 80's, and how it became a part of Saturday Morning Cartoons during that decade.

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Gaming Under the Stairs airing new episodes in August.

Hey gang! As some of you know, we aired a new animated series a few weeks ago, Gaming Under the Stairs. I know it doesn't fall under the "Video Masters TV" category, but it does fall under Gaming as our two main characters, Gibby and Sully, play a retro gaming console for the first time in the 1980's. I plan on writing more episodes to air, and they do take time, so I'm setting a release date for August 2019, much like we used to for VMTV Season Premieres. Who knows what retro games you'll see parodied in this series? Watch this spot for more info in the coming months. 

Friday, March 22, 2019

Video Masters: Flashback- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1989)

In week 4 of our Flashback series, we'll check out the 4-player arcade sensation, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and how this beat-em-up tried to enter the home gaming market.