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Dystifyzer’s Live 24/7 Nintendo Stream

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Whenever I create these amazing posts for MakeSandcastlesNotWar, I gotta have some fantastic music blasting.  Blasting some music gives me that creative energy surging through me during my writing.  Whether it’s the soulful jazz music from Weather Report or an adventurous folk-indie album that puts me into a mysterious new world, having that music blasting gave wonders to what has become the MakeSandcastlesNotWar blog.  A new topic, or a new path rather, places readers into the exciting journey today (and in most cases, stories that foreshadow another major event in the future!).

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Rather than dig deep into how to harvest that creative energy into writing ideas (those stories will be unlocked at a later time!), it’s time to dive into the music on YouTube.  YouTube has tons of albums up and are absolutely FREE to play.  Rock, jazz, metal, country, blues, and even ambiance music are easy to discover on this social media site.  As someone who loves video game music every now and then, I enjoy the video game playlists that are around.

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I’ve stumbled onto some crazy music playlists that introduced me to some original video games I didn’t get into as a kid.  Nintendo was always my favorite video game brand and I always choose to play their games every year.  Their games were so much fun, but it was also their nostalgic music that really tugged at my heartstrings.  It’s always cool running into music playlists catered only to the Nintendo series.  Discovering Nintendo music playlists was awesome, but then I found a video showcasing a live streaming service STRICTLY for Nintendo music!

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A 24/7 live streaming service featuring Nintendo music ACTUALLY exists on YouTube!  YouTube user Dystifyzer started streaming on August 23rd and has been streaming tracks from the Nintendo series.  Various users can listen in and chat with others about their favorite songs.  Dystifyzer’s unique channel has favored well with the audience and has been subscribed by over 16,000 users.

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The unique aspect of Dystifyzer’s live stream is the interactivity happening between the users.  Users can simply chat with others, request for songs to be played, ask for rupees (which can be cashed in for things like donating for new album drops!), and even hold mini marathons themselves.  There are over 10,000 tracks from hundreds of games to choose from. You can complete these commands by entering key codes into the chat using the exclamation point.  Typing !rupees will provide the users rupees based on the number of hours they have watch.  If you want to request a song, simply type !songrequest and choose the song from which game it came from.  The more hours you watched, the more rupees you will have to use.

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Users can also rank up by watching the stream service more often.  As you rank higher up, more features will be unlocked to use.  Some awesome features include holding a mini marathon based on your picks or purchasing new album for the stream.  Ranking up is one of those interesting interactive features that provide users more than just free music (did I happen to mention that it’s also COMMERCIAL-FREE as well?).

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With that, Dystifyzer’s live Nintendo stream is definitely worth checking out.  Dystifyzer combined users’ love of nostalgic Nintendo games with a chatroom full of interactive features.  It’s a great stream to kick back with some awesome music from Nintendo and talk amongst others about your favorite games.

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This is the kind of unique idea that pushes the boundaries of what YouTube can offer for its users.  Providing users the ability to share music albums around with other listeners is one thing, but creating a live stream service based on a unique theme is a whole other ballgame.  Its users like Dystifyzer that help build upon YouTube’s social community.

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Thanks to Dystifyzer, we now have a unique interactive live streaming service featuring some of the most timeless music from Nintendo series.  Hopefully other users will branch out from his unique idea and provide other video game streaming services (like for Sony or other video game brands!).

If you’re looking for an easy playlist, check out Dystifyzer’s 24/7 Nintendo Music Live Stream on Youtube!




Steam’s Mega Drive Into the Past


Twenty years ago there were two dominant video game consoles during the 90’s: The Super Nintendo Entertainment System and Sega Genesis.  We played these games for hours on end, drinking tons of soda and staying up way past our bedtime.  These are the old-school nostalgic games that 90’s kids grew up with before smartphones came into play.  You may not be able to find any games from the Sega Mega Drive console, but that is all about to change soon.


Sega announced that they are releasing tons of games from the Mega Drive console that you can play on Steam for free.  The release of Mega Drive games, initially called the Sega Mega Drive Classics Hub, will be released on April 28th on Steam.  This old-school video game hub will allow you to immerse yourself into the nostalgic world of 90’s gaming.


The hub itself was designed to look and feel like a kid’s bedroom during the 1990’s.  Anyone who collects at least one game from the Mega Drive system will be able to explore the hub for free.  This 3D hub even has that old CRT-TV that we all used to plug our video game consoles in!


A trailer was released to showcase the first look of the hub.  At first glance, we see a dark and cramped bedroom with a small nightlight lighting up a bookcase full of Mega Drive games.  The camera cuts to a shot of the old CRT-TV standing on a small box with a Sega Mega Drive console plugged into the TV.  We then see the overall design of the bedroom where you take a game from the cartridge library to insert into the console to start the game.  You can create your own personal library from the pool of games to choose from.  In the end, we see the title designed with shiny retro 90’s graphics.

Sega remarked that they were going release tons of their old titles back in 2011, but they wanted to add unique features that would enhance that retro-gaming atmosphere.  Players can modify and share their favorite games with other people through the player-content portal.  Other additional features for the Mega Drive Hub include local co-op option for games that support it, optional graphic enhancement filters, the ability to save at any point of the game, and controller/keyboard support.  Many of their featured titles that will be released for the hub include Ecco the Dolphin, Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master, Sonic the Hedgehog, Virtua Fighter 2, Streets of Rage, Phantasy Star II, Ristar, and many other classic games.

The Sega Mega Drive was released in the United States on August 14th, 1989 in New York City and Los Angeles.  It was released under the name ‘Sega Genesis’, constructing their marketing campaign around Sonic the Hedgehog as their mascot.  Sega was trying to market themselves as the ‘cooler’ alternative to the Super Nintendo, appealing the older audiences that were looking for edgier content.


One example of this marketing technique was the secret code programmed into Mortal Kombat.  On the game’s start screen, players had to press A, B, A, C, A, B, B to unlock the blood and gore content for the matches.  Because of the violent content, Mortal Kombat received more favorable reviews on the Sega consoles than the Super Nintendo and outsold the game 3 times as much.


Steam’s unique idea to release nostalgic games from the Mega Drive is a great way to tap into the millennial generation.  What enhances this project is that 90’s retro hub that you play your games in, immersing gamers back to that simpler times in life before we all grew up.  Before we played Candy Crush through our smartphones on our way to work, we had to invite our friend over if we wanted to play Sonic the Hedgehog.  Who knows, maybe Steam will work with Nintendo to release games from the Super Nintendo Entertainment System.  If that were to happen, the 90’s home console war between Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis will arise once again!