GameCube Pick-Ups and The Sega Trio

Alright, first time posting on my own blog in a while, I would like to catch y’all up on some of my lucky finds while on the quest to video game bliss. I have begun to try and learn how to do repairs on retro systems so that I can possibly start to buy many of them wholesale to repair and make my gaming a little more self sufficient. I’m sitting right now with the Sega deadly trio Genesis, Saturn, & Dreamcast. No Master System for the time being but maybe one day. I successfully pulled off my first repair by re-soldering the power jack on my Genesis. It was definitely not pretty but it actually stays on without turning off all the time now, and that was the main goal. The Dreamcast was in great working condition when I got it but was only 15$ for the console alone so I had to get it when I saw it. The Saturn powers on but does not have any audio/video, this could be a number of things but for starters I am going to replace the watch battery that it has. I was blown away when I heard from MetalJesusRocks that the Saturn will delete all of your saved games if they are not moved to a save cartridge when this battery goes out (Yearly!!). It seems like a really cool console with some great games though and I look forward to the challenge of figuring out how to get it in working condition (any suggestions of what to check would be greatly appreciated). I found the Saturn locally for 30$ with all cables and a controller.

I almost forgot to mention that I got a copy of Shining in the Darkness from Lukie Games as well for the Genesis but sadly for now these may all be getting sold until I can get enough of them moving to keep some to hang onto. I want to have a nice collection, but I am also hoping to use the buying and selling as a means to keep my hobby self supporting and hopefully growing as well.

Sega was a cool brand for me to be able to play around with because I never had a Sega system growing up. I was only able to play them in passing at friend’s or family’s houses. I always enjoyed them and would like to work on a collection of them as I am able to. One great thing about Sega is there is no 30 steps to opening like an Xbox 360, you got a Phillips screwdriver? You can open it right up. It seems like the same goes for their cords and other things like that. I was able to find both AV and power cables around my house that worked perfectly for the Dreamcast. It may not be as much of a business friendly model, but that is extremely user friendly and I applaud Sega for their bold stance as far as that was concerned.

Onto the games! I found a great deal on Offer Up for some GameCube games that I have been dying to have. The list reads Zelda: Twilight Princess, Zelda: Windwaker (the only one I have already played but is an absolute favorite), Zelda: Four Swords Adventure, Eternal (MF’n!) Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem, Metroid Prime, and Metroid Prime 2: Echoes. All for the amazing price of 40$ I was super stoked to find such a great deal for so many games off my wishlist. I’m very excited to play all of them, Four Swords should be a fun one to play with my wife, and I am very much looking forward to my first run through with Twilight Princess. If I can go on a small tangent I would also like to mention that I have been seriously loving Skies of Arcadia, it is such an amazing JRPG and I have been playing the crap out of it lately. Back to the games I just got though. I have wanted to play Eternal Darkness since I had a GameCube as a kid, but especially ever since I have been digging into the work of H.P Lovecraft, it is supposed to be one of the best Lovecraftian games and I honestly never knew if I would find it at an affordable price. I’m not usually one for FPS games. There are just a number of reasons the genre fell out of favor with me. Mostly just because I prefer a nice story driven game with adventure aspects though. I feel like the Metroid Prime’s will definitely transcend that gap of interest for me though.

Anyways I didn’t have too much to say this time just wanted to do a little check in. Game-wise I look forward to reviewing Overcooked and Skies of Arcadia when I have the time to finish the two. Any recommendations of games for any of the systems I spoke about would be spectacular, thanks for reading!

I Am Legend (1954)

Read my review on I Am Legend (1954) on The Well Red Mage

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“The unreal is more powerful than the real, because nothing is as perfect as you can imagine it, because it’s only intangible ideas, concepts, beliefs, fantasies that last. Stone crumbles, wood rots. People, well, they die. But things as fragile as a thought, a dream, a legend, they can go on and on.”
-Chuck Palahniuk

I Am Legend is Richard Matheson’s masterpiece which has left a large mark on modern horror. There have been three large film adaptations (to my knowledge), one of which I will be reviewing in the future. It is also thought to be an igniting force behind the zombie apocalypse genre. Of course it is not zombies, but zombie-like vampires in the story that are haunting our main character, Robert Neville. The only film adaptation I have seen…

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The Case of Charles Dexter Ward (1941)

Read my first book review on a personal favorite The Case of Charles Dexter Ward by H.P. Lovecraft on The Well-Red Mage.

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“The essential Saltes of Animals may be so prepared and preserved, that an ingenious Man may have the whole Ark of Noah in his own Studie, and raise the fine Shape of an Animal out of its Ashes at his Pleasure; and by the lyke Method from the essential Saltes of humane Dust, a Philosopher may, without any criminal Necromancy, call up the Shape of any dead Ancestour from the Dust whereinto his Bodie has been incinerated.”
-Petrus Borellus as paraphrased by Cotton Mather and quoted by H.P. Lovecraft, The Case of Charles Dexter Ward



Alright, after finishing a review on the adaptation of this book  The Haunted Palace , it only seems fitting that next I would review the novel itself. So far this is the story by Lovecraft that has drawn me…

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Reviews of February (2017)

Check out the Reviews of February on The Well Red Mage, includes my reviews of Dragon Age Inquisition & the movie The Haunted Palace. There were a bunch of other really great reviews this month too so be sure to give it a look!

As the poet once said: “Time keeps on slippin’, slippin’, slippin’ into the future.” February signals the end of our first year as a blog, which we’re non-ironically calling Year One. Looking back on all of the experiences, conversations, and the nasty ache in my wrist from the word count, it went by so fast. Life is short, therefore life is beautiful.

Wistful nostalgia aside, February’s end also signals the arrival of the Nintendo Switch on March 3rd! Woo yeah! February was a fun month with several games that I’ve been wanting to play or replay for some time. There’s no feeling quite like “beating” a game by writing down all of my thoughts about it, setting them immortally in letters. That, and I enjoyed many discussions and a lot of awesome contributor posts joining in on this adventure in February. It was a month in which we focused on some…

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Well-Red Mage interviews Sublime Reviews (The Midnight Mystic Mage)

Read my interview with The Well Red Mage, I really enjoyed getting to talk about some of my favorite things and there are plenty of recommendations. Lovecraftian, hidden gems, horror and otherwise.


“There are lines that shouldn’t be crossed in my opinion, and sometimes excessive violence is used in place of any kind of story development. Regardless of the perversion of the genre in many cases, I feel like it can present some of the deepest subjects and concerns that may be too dark and heavyhearted for other genres to tackle.”

Turn the lights down low and bust out the incense sticks because we’re back for our tenth blogger interview, this time with an adept of the arcane, The Midnight Mystic Mage, aka Sublime Reviews.

Our titillating talk got pretty spooky pretty fast so maybe don’t turn the lights down too low. Our interviewee is an excellent writer and reviewer but he also lives up to his moniker as a creature of the night by showing off his knowledge of things that go bump in the night. For horror fans…

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The Haunted Palace (1963)

Check out my review of “The Haunted Palace”, a movie based on H.P. Lovecraft’s The Case of Charles Dexter Ward, starring Vincent Price.

That corny tag line though!! “The following is a guest postby The Midnight MysticMage.”

“Do not call up that which you cannot put down.”
-H.P. Lovecraft, The Case of Charles Dexter Ward

The Haunted Palace is a movie starring Vincent Price that is based on Lovecraft’s only novel,The Case of Charles Dexter Ward. For some reason though, the title is after that of The Haunted Palace by Edgar Allan Poe. This is a rather short poem that I will attach below.

I don’t understand how the film was inspired by The Haunted Palace but there must have been some reason behind their use of the title. It was eventually used in The Fall of The House of Usher as a song written by Roderick Usher. This movie was 1 of 8 “Poe Adaptations” released by the director Roger Corman. I use the term lightly because this one…

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Dragon Age Inquisition (2014)

Check out my review on Dragon Age Inquisition (2014) on The Well Red Mage.


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“I love the name of honor, more than I fear death.”
-Julius Caesar

Dragon Age: Inquisition was named Game of the Year by many when it was released. Game Informer, IGN, Polygon, The Escapist, DICE, & many more. It is undoubtedly one of the best games I have had the pleasure of playing, and does so well at continuing the Dragon Age series, making it comfortable to players who are new to the series, but also doing a fantastic job of calling back to earlier games for players who are fans of the first two.

I have played all of the Dragon Age games now, and was very intrigued by how they decided to work the past story into the newest edition. You can actually go online and enter in all of the choices that you made in the previous…

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Amnesia: The Dark Descent (2010)

My first blog on The Well Red Mage, hopefully with many more to follow. Amnesia was a horrific game, but it doesn’t rely on cheap jump scares. Check out my post to find out more.

amnesia10 The journey to find who you are and where you are, will take you through many unsettling turns. mystic_knight1“The following is a guest postby The Midnight MysticMage.”

The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.” – H.P. Lovecraft

I would like to start off by giving my warmest thanks to The Well Red Mage for accepting me as a contributor. I will do my best to conform to the styles and level of knowledgeable content that is always seen on this page. I know that I enjoy what I read on here and I hope that I can prove myself to be a valuable addition.

This was without a doubt one of the most disturbing & psychologically thrilling games I have had the pleasure of playing. The Lovecraftian qualities were definitely in full force…

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Recent Gaming Finds

Then I asked that monster how much he wanted, he said Free – Fitty!
So I have already shared my excitement about this find with some fellow bloggers. I was looking on Craigslist and stumbled upon somebody who was getting rid of these 4 GameCube games for free. The original picture had Skies of Arcadia towards the back and very hard to read and recognize. I kept searching and went back to reading blogs and searching for different GameCube games when I saw a picture of the case for Skies of Arcadia. When I put it together that it was one of the games he was giving away I was overjoyed. I immediately messaged him and let him know I would stop by after work. It was well worth the 2 and 1/2 hour drive to pick up the bag of games. I haven’t been able to play Tak 2, Spongebob, or Harry Potter, but Skies of Arcadia is just as amazing as I had hoped it would be. More to come from that game on this blog when I get around to finishing it.

“And God said, let there be Shining Force!”

This Sega Genesis II was a cool little Flea Market find on Christmas Eve. I got it for 20$ with no chords or controller which after investigation wasn’t the best or worst deal but I’ll take it. I missed on personally having any Sega systems, so the Genesis and Dreamcast have really been on my radar as systems to nab if I run across. I will be able to get the chords and two controllers on Amazon for around 20$ so I am overall satisfied with my spontaneous pick up and hope to get some great gaming time from it in the future. I have a list of RPG’s that we’re supposedly few and far between on the Genesis, but the ones that it does have look like some really great ones. 

That’s about all I got for this short blog post, I hope that you and your familys are having a wonderful holiday season. I will be back with Reviews soon, and I am planning some fun things with The Well-Red Mage that will be coming to fruition shortly.

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