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Stepping out of the shadows
Chiba3010
Been a member for some weeks now and am finally venturing into the forums. Like other members here who also grew up in the 80's (raise your hands, don't be ashamed), I enjoyed some of gaming's earliest days as it rose in popularity and mainstream acceptance. I'd say I'm lucky for the experience- it feels better than saying I'm old Wink Since arcade games represented the gold standard in terms of graphics and sound for so many years, the release of the AES left me hot and bothered. It was drop-dead, "gamer-gasm"-inducingly sexy but way too expensive for a paperboy's salary. Whenever I dropped by my local Babbage's to buy a new Sega Genesis game I'd always find myself gazing longingly at the huge, black-and-gold Neo Geo box sitting on a shelf behind the cashier, trying hard not to drool on myself. I never stopped wanting one and years later I'd get a better taste of the Neo's software catalog through emulation. Ultimately all this did was make me want an actual AES even more and three years ago I was finally able to get my hands on one and begin collecting! Since then I've built up a library of 54 games (which I'll try and post pics of soon) and continue play my Neo more often than my XBOX360 or PS3. What ultimately drew me into the forums was the GOTW threads which I started reading as valuable guides to consult before purchasing games. With time, I found myself increasingly inclined to contribute my own opinions and will try and find the time to do so. Wish I could be as active within the community here as a lot of the regulars but my schedule is just too demanding. Still, I find myself among a great group of passionate gamers here and will stop by as often as I can!
Edited by Chiba3010 on 14. March 2012 02:36
 
Murikov
Hey Chiba and welcome on board(s)! Thumbs Up

I bet your nick is based on the Japanese actor Sonny Chiba, isn't it? His movies sure are badass!

Good to have another 'original' here who actually lived in the golden gaming era. That generation is most related to these games, as their very youth memories are directly connected with these titles. I as a youngster, who knows the Neo for just about 3 years, can't say that.

And to finally own the real deal is the cream on the pie. No matter how good nowaday's Next-gen titles are, our beloved Neo Geo games never get boring, even after playing them millions of times.

Have you got any favorites amongst the Neo Geo library? I'm looking forward to see your well-grownth collection. Thumbs Up
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Kazuya_UK
I grew up in the 80's too, so hands up here Smile

Welcome to the forum, hope you have ag reat time here! Your story does sound a lot like mine, I can remember how often in the 90's I used to go into games stores and gaze longingly at the Neo Geo (I spent most of my time playing Neo games in the arcades). Being a kid at school I had no chance though, it took a lot to convince my family to get me a SNES never mind anything more expensive!!!

It's also great to know that you found the Game of the Week posts useful - we owe a lot to merlin, reelmojo, Murikov and everyone else that has helped for keeping them updated! Thumbs Up

Kaz
Edited by Kazuya_UK on 14. March 2012 13:13
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candycab
Welcome to the forums !

Always cool to see new old gamers on the forums.

Grin I'm probably the resident fossil @ 41 in another month Hmm
Edited by candycab on 14. March 2012 15:58
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neros
80s boy right here man!

I salute you Shadow Boy! Terry
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STE C
Welcome to the coolest site Chiba
 
RiKo
Welcome Chiba, i'm with you on the Neo, i play mine jjust as much as my 360 when i am in games playing mode. I like the more immediate game style of 2D and Neo Geo is probably the peak of the 2D consoles that offer that kind of play. Thumbs Up
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Chiba3010
Thanks for the warm welcomes and salutatios!

Murikov wrote:
Hey Chiba and welcome on board(s)! Thumbs Up

I bet your nick is based on the Japanese actor Sonny Chiba, isn't it? His movies sure are badass!


It is indeed! And I'm not the first to reference Sonny Chiba here on NGFL- you can see his eyes in NeoGeoNinja's signature banner! The glowering ninja featured on "The Revenge of Shinobi"'s title screen is actually a digitized still of Mr. Chiba taken from one of his movies. Might have been from "Shogun's Ninja" or "Shogun's Shadow", I can't remember which...

Have you got any favorites amongst the Neo Geo library? I'm looking forward to see your well-grownth collection. Thumbs Up


Of course!

Fatal Fury, Last Blade 2, Ninja Masters, Shock Troopers, Samurai Shodown 3, Metal Slug, Viewpoint, Real Bout Special, Magician Lord and... Ninja Combat Pfft. While some of you gather the pitchforks and torches over that last one, bear in mind some nostalgia comes into the selection of this "flawed favorite" Smile I'll post some pics of my "Retro Shrine" and library soon, as well as respond to some other posted greetings!
 
Wonderboy
Welcome

FWIW Last year I believe I recruited a member named Shintonshaad1230, who I occassionally play with on Kaillera West Wonderland, who is 47. It's never too old to play N-G... It would be correct to say you're the oldest active member candycab.
 
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Chiba3010
RiKo wrote:
Welcome Chiba, i'm with you on the Neo, i play mine jjust as much as my 360 when i am in games playing mode. I like the more immediate game style of 2D and Neo Geo is probably the peak of the 2D consoles that offer that kind of play. Thumbs Up


Agreed! It really is the crown jewel of arcade-style home gaming. These days, I have less time for games than I used to. I don't always have a block of several hours to spend on Skyrim or Deus Ex, so the pick-up-and-play nature of Neo games is yet another reason the system so great Thumbs Up When you only have time for a quick session, the Neo provides quality gaming for hardcore arcade-lovers who want the real deal instead of Angry Birds or Words with Friends or whatever casual gamers are into these days...
 
merlin
Hi Chiba and welcome aboard. Nice to read a bit about your Neo Geo history and sounds like you've built up a very nice AES collection. Would be good to see some photos of your collection.
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Chiba3010
Pics of my "Retro Shrine" Headbang

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The AES is hooked up with the X-Neo1 RGB/S-Video adapter (makes a HUGE difference in picture quality for an un-modded sytem). On the inside shelves are my Atari 7800 (upper), NEC Supergrafx (middle) and NES (bottom). The NG gets the most love by far Grin

Here's most of the game library, I'll re-post this shortly in the "Show us your collection" thread with all the titles and descriptions!

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priest
Hey Chiba and welcome to NGFL. Thats a very impressive collection / games setup you have thereThumbs Up

Chiba3010 wrote:It is indeed! And I'm not the first to reference Sonny Chiba here on NGFL- you can see his eyes in NeoGeoNinja's signature banner! The glowering ninja featured on "The Revenge of Shinobi"'s title screen is actually a digitized still of Mr. Chiba taken from one of his movies. Might have been from "Shogun's Ninja" or "Shogun's Shadow", I can't remember which...


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...I didn´t know this, thanks for the info.

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Murikov
Awesome shrine you got there, Chiba! Some really rare and great AES titles in your possession, I'm indeed impressed! Clap

I assume your AES Ninja Master's is a conversion, isn't it? Otherwise it would have a post-'95 snaplock case. To own the real deal is one expensive thing though, imo conversions are ideal for intensely playing these titles.

Good stuff, really!

And finally the Shinobi cover mystery has been revealed, it's actually from a series called Shadow Warriors/Kage no Gundan. Thanks for the pic, Priest!
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RiKo
Awesome Shrine Chiba, really nice setup you have there. Thats one shrine you wouldnt mind worshipping at.

Really nice collection of games too. How do you decide which format (US or Jap) to buy each game in?
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Chiba3010
Thanks Priest, Murikov and RiKo!

@Priest: You've got one helluva massive collection, yourself! I'm humbled to have impressed you Smile Had to reassure my wife that corresponding with someone who has spent even more on their AES library than I have wouldn't be a bad influence on me lol.

Murikov wrote: I assume your AES Ninja Master's is a conversion, isn't it? Otherwise it would have a post-'95 snaplock case. To own the real deal is one expensive thing though, imo conversions are ideal for intensely playing these titles.


Yep, that one is a conversion, along with MS1, MS3, Shock Troopers, Blazing Star and Sengoku 3 as well (please don't lynch me!). Given my current financial state I have to draw the line when games surpass the $800+ mark Shock(for what it's worth, conversions can be pretty expensive, too). I hope to someday replace these with original releases when finances permit. All the rest are originals! Pulstar was bought as a loose cart so it's housed in an old-style case with a custom insert from Southtown.

Murikov wrote:And finally the Shinobi cover mystery has been revealed, it's actually from a series called Shadow Warriors/Kage no Gundan. Thanks for the pic, Priest!


Aha! Good job clearing that one upThumbs Up

RiKo wrote:
Awesome Shrine Chiba, really nice setup you have there. Thats one shrine you wouldnt mind worshipping at.

Really nice collection of games too. How do you decide which format (US or Jap) to buy each game in?


Thanks, RiKo! For me, a game's condition is the most important deciding factor (excellent or better only). As far as format is concerned, I do tend to lean towards Japanese releases if I have a choice because I feel they generally have more attractive presentation and better artwork (should it differ from other regions). Also, I've never been a big fan of the dog tag logo on the spine of US releases...
 
NeoGeoNinja
CHIBA3010...
Welcome to NGFL my friend Smile

It's always nice to have newcomers to the site. Indeed, that is a wonderful collection of AES titles you have there. I noticed RB1 running on your TV there? Great game dude. The RB's are my fave series of fighters for the NEO•GEO Wink

SONNY CHIBA HUH?...
Someone, just the other day (on a another site) said "That's f*ckin' Sho Kosugi, right there... just so you know!"... Hahahaha! I shall have to correct him Wink

Only ever seen a few Chiba films. I was especially fond of the Streetfighter Trilogy. They're truly awesome movies...

Ninja
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