Another year and another update to the design. This update gave me a chance to organize the backend as well as update content across all pages of the site. You'll now find that copy throughout the site, and particularly copy at the Game Info pages, is much more coherent. A page for the next-gen Simpsons games has also been created and can be found here.
Beyond that stuff, I expanded the design to include a new left column with more information. Take a look, and vote in that poll if you haven't already. It'll be coming down soon!
15 Feb 2007
Yours truly had the honor of being interviewed by Simpsons community guy and webmaster Malachy. You can check out the interview at Simpsons Zip.
Merry... uh, Winter!
09 Jan 2007
Yea, so I'm a bit late with the holiday wishes. The fact is Q4 was a rough one and by the time the holiday vacation rolled around I was off and incommunicado for a few weeks. But, now I'm back to wish all you wacky CBG's VGC visitors a merry winter. Here are some holiday appearances by OFF and their Springfield buddies to tide you over until the next big holiday or actual news update. :)
Simpons Road Rage (2001)
Simpsons Road Rage features a diverse roster of many Springfield citizens among the usual Simpsons family cast. Two of these citizens got some extra love with alternate vehicles and costumes that could only be unlocked during Christmas and New Year's Day, respectively.
Who better to represent Christmas than an Indian Hindu dressed as Santa Claus? Christmas Apu becomes availabe when the date on your console or PC hits the 25th of December, aka baby Jesus' birthday. His car goes from red Firebird to a green car with "MERRY XMAS" painted across the side and a holiday wreath pasted onto the red hood. Apu dons a Santa costume and white beard. Unfortunately the car continues to be powered by 200 horses and not eight reindeer.
Perhaps a more fitting match, Krusty was chosen as the character to unlock on New Year's Day. Krusty's a natural drunk, but on New Year's Day he's bound to get beyond wasted. Perfect for getting out on the road in a clown car covered in celebratory images such as Baby New Year, streamers, and champagne glasses. Krusty sports a party tux and pointy party hat, completing the New Year's Day motif and giving us all a chance to imagine we're drunken clowns. Woo hoo!
Simpsons Hit & Run (2003)
Radical Entertainment, the developers of Road Rage, simply could not get enough of the hidden holiday treats. For this title they gave us hidden alternate menus that would change the Simpsons' living room based on the date. While they left out the New Year's theme this time, they did include a little bit of Christmas. Check out Homer in his Santa suit and other nifty Christmas brick-a-brack.
For those too impatient to wait until the end of 2007 to unlock the holiday wonders (or too lazy to change the system date), check out the Codes and Secrets page for codes to unlock these features immediately. Party on!
31 Oct 2006
The Simpsons are certainly no strangers to the spirit of Halloween. Since season 2 back in 1991, The Simpsons television show has featured an annual Treehouse of Horror episode consisting of three Halloween tales. Sometimes these are original stories, and sometimes the show writers take existing tales and retell them with a Simpsons twist. See IGN.com's feature "Top Ten Segments from the Simpsons' Treehouse of Horror" for details on the classic Treehouse of Horror tales.
The video game realm has received some Halloween love as well with two particular video games. The first and more Halloween-infused game is Night of the Living Treehouse of Horror for the Gameboy Advance. In this game the Simpsons' souls have become trapped in the treehouse of horror and they must escape their nightmares to return to their bodies.
Lisa in "Nightmare Cafeteria"
The second appearance of the Treehouse of Horror tales is in the final level of The Simpsons Hit & Run. In the climax of the game the aliens Kang and Kodos have turned Springfield into a ghoulish town filled with zombies and Halloween references galore, and it's up to Homer to stop the aliens.
Homer running over old (zombie) ladies in the final level
And hey, for the hell of it, here is a blast from my Internet past. I'm such a big fan of the Treehouse of Horror episodes that I ran two contests, one in '03 and one in '04, where online users could vote for their favorite tale or character from the Halloween episodes.
The Family Guy Video Game, developed by High Voltage Software and published by 2K Games, released last week across North America and Europe. The game features an intertwining tale of Stewie's quest to take over the world, Brian's escape from the law, and Peter's relentless fight through Quahog to find Mr. Belvedere.
Gamespot.com gave it a 6.4/10 and says "Though it gets the show's style of humor down pat, Family Guy is derailed by frustrating and uninteresting gameplay,", however 1UP.com chimed in with a decent 7/10 and "The Family Guy game is largely fan service and is mostly based on inside jokes and comedy that's clearly an acquired taste."
Check out all current reviews for the game at Gamerankings.com.
The Simpsons Revealed for the Wii
02 Oct 2006
Over at IGN.com (aka the FOX-owned video game and entertainment website) there is now an official page for the Wii version of The Simpsons. While EA has only announced that the games will release on "next-gen consoles", this is a tidbit that came along with the flurry of recent Wii announcements.
The page can be found here: Wii@IGN.
Game Manuals Update - Part 2
23 Sep 2006
So it turns out my crazy eBay spree resulted in many more games than I originally thought. Today I have the next three of twelve manuals. Check out the manuals at the Game Info page.
Bart vs. the Space Mutants Guide
10 Sep 2006
After months of putting it off I finally completed the guide for the Genesis version of Bart vs. the Space Mutants. You can check it out at the Game Guides page.
Game Manuals Update Part 1
25 Aug 2006
Today I uploaded the first half of a bunch of new video game manuals that I got along with the games in last month's big eBay shopping spree. You can view the new manuals at the Game Info page.
Massive Images Update.
02 Aug 2006
I went a bit eBay crazy last month and picked up a bunch of old Simpsons video game magazines. You can check out the newest ads, articles, and covers at the Images section.
Gamers with an Xbox 360 can now download the Simpsons Movie trailer on Xbox 360 Marketplace. Check it out and let us know if it's any different from the one we've all seen on Youtube. :)
Site Design 6.5 Now Live!
05 Jul 2006
If you're a regular visitor you may have noticed a few tweaks to the site. If you're new, welcome to the newly redesigned CBG's Video Game Collection, version 6.5! It's not a complete overhaul or anything that extreme, just a few design issues that were bugging me. There might also be a few weird errors that I'll fix over the next few days.
Next-gen Simpsons Game to be a Platformer?
02 Jul 2006
I recently came across a job posting at the EA Jobs website that called for a level designer to work on an upcoming Simpsons game. Some of the requirements include "getting" action-adventure games, having experience with platform gaming, and level building skills. Given that the most recently announced Simpsons game has had no details released, and the Simpsons movie has also been announced to release in Summer 2007 (a likely target season for the game as well), it's safe to say that this level designer will be creating platform levels on the next-gen Simpsons game.
It is honestly a bit disappointing to see EA Redwood Shores (the developer) take such a standard direction with the game, but given the limited time to have the game done on a next-gen system I can't blame them for going towards platformer. Simpsons Hit & Run was a bit on the platformer side and it was fun, so I won't knock the next game 'til I try it.
Articles from merry ol' Brazil.
24 Jun 2006
Macbee contributed some awesome scans of Brazilian magazines featuring Simpsons games. Sure, it's the same information that many of the other articles have, but it's in Portuguese! Check 'em out in the image articles section.
Bart vs. the World (2006)
19 May 2006
Hey folks. Macbee, the creator of Return of the Space Mutants, is working on an awesome new game called Bart vs. the World (2006). It's a recreation of Bart vs. the World using the beat 'em up engine from games such as Streets of Rage. Check out some preview pics in the forum.
Revamped Downloads Section
07 May 2006
Today's update is a revamped Downloads section with new downloads and more organized sections. Check out the Downloads page for the latest stuff.
Simpsons no longer for sale
26 Apr 2006
I reported a while back that the rights to all of the classic Simpsons games from the early to mid 90s were being auctioned off for $7,500. The auctioneer recently updated the site to reflect the changes since that auction, and it turns out the games sold! Now the only question is who they were sold to. My hope is that FOX purchased the lot and will use the games wisely (a.k.a. make some money from them) and in turn provide fans with compilations of all the games. Check out my opinion on that matter.
Family Guy Article
14 Apr 2006
The May issue of GamePro magazine has a great preview of the upcoming Family Guy game. In the article there is a small feature on animated shows of the past and their attempts at breaking into video games; naturally, there is a blurb about the Simpsons. I have updated the articles section with the feature.
Simpsons Video Game... Accessories?
04 Apr 2006
FOX and 4Gamers quietly announced a deal back in March that would see Simpsons-themed video game accessories come to the market in the UK.
"Our product development team are currently working on the initial launch line up targeted at the crucial Back to School season later this summer" said Bill Stirling, Sales Director at A4T. Check out the article.