WRUP Friday Deals

Happy Weekend everyone. It's WRUP time and I'm struggling to find anything of note that isn't black Friday deal oriented. I suppose that's fine though seeing as how it seems like no matter satisfied I am with the current state of my PC there is always some deal on some part I don't have or is normally out of a reasonable price range that catches my eye. So with that in mind here are a few that did in fact catch my eye. My right eye. And my left. And the one by my third nipple. It's only weird if you make it weird. Read more

It’s Another WRUP

Good morning everyone, it's yet another weekend and that means it's WRUP time. We got our first snow this week and it was nice to see a change come to our incessant dry dusty weather. Also during that time my damn clothes dryer broke again so I ordered and new thermostat and fuse for that. I've got to figure out what's going on because dumping $50 every couple of months into the heater on my dryer is untenable.Not to mention the stupid amount of labor it takes to replace these tiny parts.

On another note, here's to everyone affected by these giant corporate layoffs happening all over the place. I know of at least a few people and am learning of more every day it seems that have lost their jobs, my sister is in fact one of those 11,000 people that were laid off from Meta. She'll be okay, she's already getting offers from other sources, but it's not fun to lose your stability. I feel especially for those who just moved to the bay area, just signed their one year apartment lease or whatever and then found out through an email that they've been let go because of some pandemic over-hiring or whatever it's being blamed on. I know of one guy who worked for Twitter and bought a house like 2 months ago, now he's jobless because a billionaire decided to take over a whole company and fire half it's staffing. Ridiculous. Anyway, to anyone out there who's been kicked in the teeth because you've been deemed expendable to the one per-centers who had to make very hard decisions good luck to you. Your resumes will likely get you back on track shortly. Read more

NovembWRUP

Hey everyone. Here's hoping you all had a good Halloween weekend and enjoyed whatever festivities you may have been involved in safely. I spent mine with some friends in their loft smoking cigars and laughing listening to music. It was a chill and very good time. Now though it's time for fall to really feel like the fall season. We've had our first snow already and I think by Sunday we're expecting a lot more at least in the higher elevations. It's the most normal November I've seen in a long time. This is like when I was younger.  Anyway, here's to another nice weekend of gaming and whatever else might be coming your way. Read more

Notable New Gaming Releases: Bayonetta 3, Persona 5 – Royal, and More…

So it's been a good long while since I've done a new releases post on this site. Back then it was all separate weekly posts for Nintendo, Steam, and PlayStation releases, covering all manner of titles, some of which may not have really been worth your time or mine. I have since decided to change my format to one in which I round up all of them up into one convenient post, alongside new GOG and Xbox releases, and to only focus on the heavier hitters. I also may only post it once every so often. Today, for instance, I'll be covering the most interesting new releases of the past three months. So, without further ado, allow me now introduce you to the Notable New Gaming Releases.

It's late October, which means Halloween's nearly upon us. What better way to get in the spirit of the season than by playing a brand new title starring everybody's favorite Umbra Witch, Bayonetta! Though most people are no doubt at least somewhat aware of the supposed controversy surrounding Bayonetta's voice actress shake-up with this third installment, it's probably best not to worry about it too much. To be honest, it's kind of a lot to untangle and, at the end of the day, it's more Bayonetta, the critics seem to love it, and Jennifer Hale is awesome.

Also out in the last 13 weeks, an enhanced Switch port of Persona 5, one of the very best games of 2017; the much-anticipated follow-up to 2019's best period horror stealth game, A Plague Tale -Innocence-; and a multi-console release of the 2020 My Little Pony inspired indie fighter, Them's Fightin' Herds. Beauty becomes the beasts. Jump past the break to see more new releases from the last 91 days.

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The SEGA Master System: A 3×12-Year Retrospective

Right around the same time that Nintendo released their 8-bit Famicom game console in Japan, the original version of what would eventually be released in the rest of the world as the Nintendo Entertainment System, arcade developer Sega released a competing console that they called the "SG-1000". Then, a year later, they released a redesigned version called the "SG-1000 II". Neither system was particularly successful. So after another year, Sega decided to make a few upgrades, most notably to the graphics chip, which would be based off of their System 2 arcade board. They then released this newly overhauled version which they dubbed, the "Mark III".

Unfortunately for Sega, they still couldn't stand toe to toe with Nintendo, even after multiple hardware revisions. At least, not in Japan. So Sega then decided to try their luck in the Western markets. The Mark III was rebranded as the "Sega Master System" and given futuristic-looking facelift. Once again, Sega managed to sync their release to Nintendo's, launching the Master System right around the same time that the Nintendo Entertainment System came out. Never let it be said that Sega was one to shy away from a fight.

Although the Master System was technically more powerful than Nintendo's console, with the exception of Brazil and a few European markets, it never really managed to come close to the impressive sales numbers of the NES. One major reason for this was a lack of software, primarily thanks to Nintendo's shrewd licensing requirements, that forbade third-party developers from releasing their NES titles on competing platforms. To Sega's credit, they did still manage to snag a few high-profile third-party titles, here and there, even despite this rather gargantuan obstacle. Additionally, being a (then) up-and-coming development house themselves meant that their console would at least have a stellar selection of first-party titles to choose from. So, even though Sega's hardware couldn't compete on quantity, that doesn't mean it didn't still have plenty of quality. Read on for a list of 12 of the best games that the Sega Master System had to offer.

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