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Party of One: The Jeff Gerstmann Home Game: Cool Spot, Ikari Warriors, Irritating Stick, and More!

The holidays are upon us, so that means it's time for two different Elevator Action games, that GBA version of Tony Hawk 2, and some hard realizations about the NES version of Ikari Warriors.

Who wants a delicious solo stream with your favorite video game personalities? Your table is ready!

Nov. 22 2017

Cast: Jeff

Posted by: Jeff

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#TwoPillarsOfInternet

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That's a dusty room!

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Neat, my third pillar joke made it in!

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That whole Pac-Man segment is a trip.

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#TwoPillarsOfInternet

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I can barely hear Jeff at all. Anyone have audio issues?

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I never thought I'd own one, but i IMMEDIATELY and IMPULSIVELY ordered that fidget spinner. Thanks Giant Bomb.

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The third pillar is nazis.

Man that Tony Hawk game looks incredible for a GBA game.

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@jeff: "Everyone has shit fuckin' speakers."

Hell of a response to the shit audio you're streaming out here, breh

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Tony Hawk 2x my dream og xbox on xbox one bc game.

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I could watch Jeff listen to French video game music for hours :p. What a weird thing.

I can barely hear Jeff at all. Anyone have audio issues?

It improves, but it's definitely quiet (even on decent headphones).

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Holy shit this is freaking me out. I was just watching old youtube videos, specifically Jeff playing Ikari Warriors back in 2016. Then I immediately took a nap and when I woke up and checked the site this was top of the page... and I had a LEGIT "What year is this...?" moment.

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I usually love the at home streams but man Jeff you fucked up on the audio on this one no we do not all have "Shit speakers"

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The audio gets better after about 25 minutes.

Also I was going to suggest Pac-Man 2 on Twitter, even if Drew already beat you to it during his Extra Life stream. It was glorious.

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I can barely hear Jeff at all. Anyone have audio issues?

It's just the Tony Hawk 2 GBA game is too loud. It gets better after that.

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I was a QA tester on that Tony Hawk GBA game!

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I usually love the at home streams but man Jeff you fucked up on the audio on this one no we do not all have "Shit speakers"

When did he say that?

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There's a GameCenter CX of Pac-Man 2 where Arino is just as bewildered, annoyed, and confused as Jeff. It really is a shitty game.

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Watching Jeff play Cool Spot made me think about the advertisement game that i used to play.

Max & Sparky came with Omo detergent and seemed to revolve around cleaning up the world with your bubble-gun. There were also instances were you turned into a ghost (by draping a white cloth over Max). It was probably not a great game, but i remember finishing it and having a pretty good time with it. Also, what the hell is this pattern?

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@clapmaster: YES! I never had that because it was only a NA release if I remember correctly. I played 1,2,3 and 4 to death, but I always wanted 2X!

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Pac man 2 is so fucking bad. I have no idea how that game got made.

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@topcat88 said:

@clapmaster: YES! I never had that because it was only a NA release if I remember correctly. I played 1,2,3 and 4 to death, but I always wanted 2X!

Yeah 2x is my favorite THPS. It was THPS 2 with every level from THPS 1 and like 5 more levels on top of that. Some people weren't big on it because THPS 3 was soon out but while I do love 3 I still like 2 more. Also THPS kinda sucked with the og xbox controller.

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I would really love to watch these but the consistent stuttering is just too much. It's like it skips a frame or two every second.

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I can't stop staring at the boxart slideshow. When did video game boxart get so safe and boring?

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GOTY discussions almost beginning. Best year in gaming (in for)ever. Jeff is playing old garbage. Sure, that seems like a good use of his time.

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Man I don't remember this THPS2 at all. Looks completely foreign to me for some reason.

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Not sure if it's an rss thing or the app's fault but this isn't showing up on the Giant Bomb Video Buddy.

edit: scratch that, had to run a search for it.

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@loktarogar: Huh?

He's filling in a couple of hours before Thanksgiving with a semi-regular video series and is probably technically on holiday.

That actually does seem like a good use of his time.

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Ahhhh the hitching on these last few home vids Jeff has done hurt my brain. Makes it real hard to watch. :(

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@bonelesszombi said:

I usually love the at home streams but man Jeff you fucked up on the audio on this one no we do not all have "Shit speakers"

When did he say that?

He said it when he turned down the game vol on Tony Hawk. I was having problems hearing him and I have floor standing speakers.

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THPS2 for GBA was, in honesty, my first introduction to Tony Hawk games, and it set my beliefs for the franchise. Even at the time I remember being really impressed at how good they looked and how well they ran, given the GBA.

I ended up being actually pretty disappointed when I tried a normal Tony Hawk game, because it just didn't play like the games I had been playing.

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Holy shit Tony Hawk 2 for the GBA was amazing. Thinking about it, it's probably my most played GBA game. Especially when the SP came out, would play it in bed all night.

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Dang it, Jeff. I do like limited sneakers and I will buy a fidget spinner. You got me.

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Watched the Drew stream of Pac-Man 2 mentioned above and it is comedy gold. His reactions, and the cavalcade of things going wrong, are priceless. Jeff's sheer bafflement here is a great intro to it.

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The funny thing is that Jeff’s voice probably stands out MORE on shitty speakers than good ones, given the frequency response curves bad speakers tend to have over good ones (i.e. pretty limited to vocal-ish ranges). That was such a bizarre response.

Anyway, I love a good Jeff stream, and Elevator Action Returns kicks so much ass. I’m in love with the way it looks (though maybe the arcade version a bit over the Saturn one). Taito had some good style around then.

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Speaking of Skateboarding games. The Kickstarter for Session is up.

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The Tony Hawks GBA game rocked my world. When I ended up inheriting the PSX version, I couldn't stand it, the viewpoint was so disorientating to me!

I remember the roof gaps being pretty challenging on the GBA game, also that weird sculpture grind was a cross-your-fingers special.

I love Jeff's reaction to Pacman 2 so much. Such a weird game, it reminds me of Wonder Project J (but far less controllable).

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@jeff Fair amount of frame stutter on your gameplay capture :\

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I remembered that Dan has also contended with Pac-Man 2 during his days at Game Informer.

(I have to say, though, that I am impressed with the sheer number of animations they gave Pac-Man in this game.)

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perfectly good xbox one x and ps4 pro back there, just collecting dust!

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Is anyone else's favorite part the box art corner?

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always bet on burnquist

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Hello!

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I played a bunch of THPS2 on GBA while on vacation and was pretty into Rage Against the Machine by then, but I somehow never noticed that the BGM starting at 5:18 has a guitar riff that sounds straight out of their track Roll Right.

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Ikari Warriors NES TAS: http://tasvideos.org/3450M.html

I recall homemade irritating stick games at places like church festivals, except instead of a stick between two barriers they usually had a loop you had to guide around a structure of copper pipes (and by touching you'd close a circuit with a bell). Either way, play Kurukuru Kururin instead.