I was rudely awoken earlier in the month by an excited Elvis
telling me that hell had frozen over, several porcine mammals
had taken flight and Freeloader, the region free gaming
bootdisc, had shipped. You can imagine which event surprised
me the most.
from a shakey start involving shipping buggy versions of
the software (1.04) and the subsequent riots which broke
out on Datel's forums amongst disgruntled early adopters,
Freeloader does, largely, what it says on the tin, and is
an essential purchase for those PAL gamers who are tired
of poorly optimised, delayed Nintendo sofware (and NTSC
gamers who wish to try the odd cheeky rental).
frankly astonishingly clever piece of hacking isn't quite
the model of simplicity that Datel have been pimping to
us for the past seven years, as it requires users to test
no less that four boot methods to get their Gamecubes to
recognise alternate region discs, each one involving three
or four steps and a degree of button pressing.
Our lab test have uncovered an additional boot method
not detailed in the manual for those still struggling to
get software running on Freeloader.
Boot Method FIVE:
Freeloader disc into Cube with the lid up and switch
the power on
a small efficy of Donald Sutherland from twigs and smear
it with the blood of a virgin goat.
a dried Badger and start thrashing it around your lower
torso whilst chanting the lyrics to the Bucks Fizz's1970's
hit "Making your mind up"
hammer on your neighbours wall with a bagette shouting
"I know what your whoreing wife has been up to"
game of choice, ensuring that any curious ants don't
touch the controller.
Mario Pac - Skill with Prizes!
Instead of shaking his head and saying "I don't get
it" upon looking at THIS
spoof on Uncleclive.co.uk a few months back, talented Uncle
Clive reader Matt Verran took it upon himself to turn the
concept into an actual working game.
Based on the ZXSpectrum classic 'Jet Pac' Matt has created
this Mario Sunshine tribute, and I kid you not, its an absolute
masterpiece of bootleg gaming.
Win a 'Loadrage' tee-shirt
Super Mario Pac, and when you think you've got an
unbeatable score send the given code to me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
COMPETITION NOW CLOSED ++++
A free game for Windows XP/2k/ME/9x.
on Utimate's (now 'Rare') 'JetPac', oldskool gamers will
feel completely at home with this gem, those who haven't
had the pleasure will revel in its charming simplicity
and funky stylings. Videogaming like it used to be.
need to keep Mario's waterpack topped up with water from
the well, and drop the purple blocks onto the piranha
plant a few times to gain access to the pipe. Squirt water
at the baddies to clear a path. Full joypad compatibility
and user-defined keys for the hardcore. PC only.
more games visit Matt's website at:
So as Nintendo's 'Megaton' turns out to be little more than
'something to do with a comic strip in a games mag or
something' we here at Clive Heights were a little disappointed
that Nintendo's main announcement was simply a 'useable'
version of the GameBoy Advance - the GBA SP.
This was announced just after Christmas, and after the original
versions were sold off to an unsuspecting public. Still,
that's big business for you (although I feel its a PR disaster
for a company with a shrinking market share).
damaging new direction
My primary concern though at the moment regarding the GBA,
is the way Nintendo and other developers are attempting
to kick start the GBA cartridge market by making certain
titles a 'key' to opening up extra features in GameCube
games (and vice-versa). When
I first learned of the GBA link-up facility, I assumed (perhaps
naively) that it would be a way of using the GBA as a GameCube
'peripheral', but it increasingly seems that you need TWO
games, one on each system, in order for it to work.
It certainly annoys me to think that I'll be missing out
on the full experience of any given title I've purchased
if I choose not to spend £30 on the GBA version of
I understand Nintendo are using this facility to try to
cross-sell their products, isn't there a danger that gamers
won't purchase 'GameCube Game X' because they don't have
the GBA version of it to take full advantage of their potential
me your thoughts for a possible follow up in a future
Matrix Re - Load "ED"
Clive reader 'Fishy' discovered this curious ZX Spectrum
feature photoshoot from 1984's 'INPUT' magazine, which predates
the Wachowski's magnum opus by about 18 years.
meets the Matrix? Surely that would be the best thing ever?
Oh, hold on a second....
Enter the Matrix videogame, yesterday
Uncle Clive 'Gameboy Player' GameCube peripheral. Savings
gamers cash the world over.
Clive's money saving tip: No:33 GameBoy Advance Player
Far from rewarding patient GameBoy Advance owners with a
lead which would them allow them to hook their handhelds
up to a TV, Nintendo have seen fit to ask gamers to shell
out for a new peripheral, the GameBoy
Player, which fits under their GameCubes (provided of
course, they already have one).
one to try and save his loyal readers a few quid, Uncle
Clive has devised a cheaper method of achiveing basically
the same thing.. Uncle Clive's GameBoy Advance games
player. (pictured left).
place your old SNES (or purchase one for £10 from e-bay)
under your GameCube and enjoy the following benefits:
Gameboy Advance games YEARS BEFORE THEY COME OUT FOR
2000 games already available (in your loft or £3
each on e-bay)
existing SNES controller with its
a greedy entertainment giant that you aren't prepared
to shell out four times for the same piece of hardware
(SNES, GameBoy Advance, Gameboy Advance SP, GameBoy
Fast - He's a man from the past!
Llamas and Games... Oh My!
Jeff Minter is set to bring his own unique brand of
recreational merriment to the GameCube in the intriguing
'Unity'. This reporter predicts it to be a most intriguing
televisual experience, involving changing coloured
lights and an exciting timpanic musical accompanyment.
Peter Molyneaux from Lionhead Studios has decided
to fund this enterprising beatnick, and this will
serve two purposes. 1.
Traditional British entertainment being played by
children across our great nation 2. It prevented
the bearded Mr Minter from being lulled by foreign
company Infinium labs, with their proposed 'Phantom'
electronic entertainment unit, which is an
abomination of science gone awry.
device, which undoubtedly will turn out to be the least used
videogame peripheral of all time next to THIS
ONE, is already causing problems for gamers several months
BEFORE its release (here).
ever hopeful Microsoft have even put up a photograph of something
which will simply never happen - a girl playing videogames,
via x-box live, wearing the X-Box communicator. Each one of
those points in isolation is unlikely, but together they create
an absolute mathematical certainty.
absolute mathematical certainty:
far more likely scenario:
absolute mathematical certainty:
eh? I wish we could return to more noble times when we all
looked and behaved like THIS
much to report.
all a bit 'rubbish' at the moment isn't it? Everyone gearing
up for Christmas, price slashing left, right and centre. The
Gamecube was cut to a 'rude not to' price, Microsoft are expected
to follow and Sony could put the PS2 price UP for all the
difference it'll make to their market share. Lawks, I've even
had to slap a couple of this sites 'rejected' items up given
the lack of inspiration about.
last week saw the arrival in the shops of a new hardware platform
- Nokia's 'N-Gage'. You didn't know either? Not so much as
an advert in the small ads section of the Accrington Herald
coincided with the launch. So little trumpeting for a company
who expect to take on Nintendo in the handheld market. Oh,
'N-Gage'.... 'ENGAGE'. I've just got it. Very clever.
proper update coming soon. In the meantime, Yoshi's
Fruit Adventure claims its latest victim (14 meg WMV file)