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      Weekly Dose of Gaming News - Zoasty Sets a New Super Metroid World Record

      Weekly Dose of Gaming News - Zoasty Sets a New Super Metroid World Record

      Huge news for Speedrun fans and Super Metroid fans! A brand new world record has been set for Super Metroid in the 80% category by none other than Zoasty.
      Oh- did we mention that he beat it twice? The first time was August 25th, with a time of 40 minutes and 50 seconds, an impressive feat in itself, but the second time just a few days later on August 28th, he managed to beat his previous time by 4 seconds with an amazing 40 minutes and 46 seconds.
      Fans of Zoasty on Reddit were excited and amazed at both times and the fact that he managed to get two world records so close to each other. One Reddit user noted the mistakes in his record-breaking 40-minute and second run that cost him a few seconds and commented on the "new tricks that improved his time in the second run", however Zoasty replied saying that there were no new tricks and went on to say "Yeah, both runs have mistakes. It's pretty unavoidable in this game, I think... It's more about reducing them to the minimum and less catastrophic mistakes paired with stretches of great gameplay and fortunate RNG, recovering from things and trying to finish strong." When asked about game cycles that he might be trying to figure out, he said "Phantoon RNG would be nice. It cycles between Fast Mid Slow Slow every frame, so you'd need to manipulate it frame perfectly into the boss room to get a fast manip."
      We're incredibly impressed with the near flawless execution and almost perfect RNG of both runs, and we can't wait to see what he has in store.
      To check out both record-breaking runs, click the links below.

      Weekly Dose of Gaming News - Lego NES Super Mario Set

      Weekly Dose of Gaming News - Lego NES Super Mario Set

      The Nintendo Entertainment System, Super Mario, and Legos have teamed up for the ultimate retro experience.
      For $229.99 you can have a super sweet Lego version of the classic NES complete with a controller, a game pack cartridge, and a TV straight out of the 80s, knob dials, and all. The TV has a crank that allows you to move an 8-bit version of Mario and a goomba across the screen.
      You can also get an interactive Mario sit on top of the TV and react to what's happening on screen, oh- and it plays the original game theme. Our inner child is screaming, and we want to dive into the 2,646 pieces right now. No, like right now.
      Is the over $200 price tag worth it? Is this something that you would be interested in having in your collection?
      To find out more, click the link below.

      Weekly Dose of Gaming News - Zangief in Street Fighter 2

      Weekly Dose of Gaming News - Zangief in Street Fighter 2

      Turns out we could've gotten a very different version of Zangief for Street Fighter 2.
      In a youtube video, game producer Yoshiki Okamoto shared some very interesting insights regarding the strength of the character. Zangief has become known as one of the weaker characters in Street Fighter but it wasn't always that way. In the early development of the game there was one player aftly referred to as the Zangief expert, who would always, and we mean always win with that character.
      No matter what the developers try to do to modulate the character, he still won. The company even sent some of their staff to observe the player and reported that he managed to win a whopping 85 times in a row. This led to developers majorly scaling back on the strength of the character and Okamoto blames the whole thing on that one player saying "It's your fault Zangief became weaker. But thanks to you, he's become a specialist's character throughout the series."
      See the whole video, click the link below:
      Who's your favorite Street Fighter character?

      Twitch Feature Menu: Minnesota Toz

      Twitch Feature Menu: Minnesota Toz



      29-year-old Englishman that loves curry. I started on twitch as a Minecraft and Stardew Valley streamer but that changed when I celebrated reaching 100 followers by making a Ramen. That stream was so much fun that I continued as a food streamer ever since. Outside of my stream I create food and drink events for the twitch community, I manage a community channel as well as co-own a creative online community currently sitting at over 1700 members.


       Minnesota Toz



      First Gaming Memory: First gaming memory was playing Pong with my dad on an old Atari he had bought in the early 90's.

      Favourite Gaming Memory: Favourite gaming memory was probably the 3 years spent playing Destiny 1 with the same fireteam almost every day.


      What inspired you to start streaming?

      My wife got big on twitch and it looked fun so I started streaming as well, I got into food & drink streamers after following a train of raids into a food streamer and was absolutely amazed. This led to my 100 follow celebration Ramen stream which caused me to stick it out as a food and drink streamer.


      What do you love most about your community?

      I love the amount of outreach it has given us on the platform, we have raised 10's of thousands of dollars for charity and made some very close friends along the way, it's something I never thought I would have a hand in creating.


      What motivates you to participate in charity streams?

      Knowing that the time I'm spending streaming is doing good for others.


      What encouraged you to start cooking as a beginner?

      I have always been interested in cooking since my mum let me help her bake cake when I was super young, I probably got back into cooking about 6 years ago when I taught myself how to make bread and now it's all about learning as many skills as I can.


      Where did you first pick up the recipe you did on stream?

      What I made for the Bite The Bullet stream was a google search until I found some recipes I liked, my curry attached is something I made up from scratch.




      Chicken Chana Aloo (The Toz Curry)



      • 4 Tbsp Peanut or Vegetable or Canola oil
      • 1lb potato, chopped into 1 inch pieces
      • 1lb boneless chicken thigh, chopped into 1 inch pieces
      • 16oz can chickpeas, drained
      • 16oz can crushed tomato
      • 1 cup chicken broth
      • 7oz coconut milk
      • 1 large onion, chunky dice
      • 1 shallot, small dice
      • 6 cloves garlic, fine dice**
      • 1 Tbsp ginger, fine dice**
      • 1 Tbsp Madras Powder (or basic curry powder)
      • 1 tsp Cumin
      • ½ tsp Coriander
      • ½ tsp Cinnamon
      • ½ tsp Cayenne Pepper*
      • ½ tsp Garam Masala
      • ½ tsp Paprika
      • ½ tsp Yellow Mustard Powder
      • ½ tsp White Pepper
      • ½ tsp Tumeric
      • 3 Bay Leaves
      • Salt to taste



      1. Heat oil in a large cooking pot on low heat.
      2. Add diced onion and shallot to pot, cook until they begin to turn transparent, stir when needed to avoid onions browning.
      3. Add chicken pieces and cook until it loses its raw colour.
      4. Add garlic, potatoes and chickpeas, cook for 5 - 10 minutes stirring occasionally.
      5. Add all spices and stir until all ingredients are evenly coated, turn heat to medium, cook until the spices start to stick to the bottom of the pan and become fragrant.
      6. Immediately add the cup of chicken stock and bring to a boil. The spices will burn quickly when they begin to stick to the bottom of the pot.
      7. When boiling add crushed tomatoes and stir.
      8. Return to rolling boil and stir in coconut milk.
      9. Reduce heat to low and simmer with lid on for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
      10. After 30 minutes, test if the potatoes are cooked through. If not, continue to simmer until the potatoes are done.
      11. Serve with basmati rice and garnish with diced green onion.



      • * Cayenne pepper spice ratings
      • A nice meal - ½ tsp Prickly - 1 tsp
      • Hmmmm - 2 tsp
      • May I have water? - 1 Tbsp
      • Mother, help me - 2 Tbsp
      • I must leave this planet - 3 Tbsp

      ** You can use 2 or 3 Tbsp garlic ginger paste in lieu of diced garlic and ginger

      Sometimes I will do a fine dice of fresh red thai chilies and add those in at the same time I add the garlic, potatoes and chickpeas.

      4 Modern Run & Guns to Keep Your Sights On

      4 Modern Run & Guns to Keep Your Sights On

      I don’t know about you, but I could play the Metal Slug series for the rest of eternity. The games are timeless run & gun shooters featuring some of the best pixel art to ever grace a 16-bit arcade screen.

      But only playing Metal Slug would be like only eating tacos every day. Sure, you’re consuming the pinnacle of food, but a little variety in your diet never hurt anyone and will make you a more interesting person. Also, think about what you’re doing to your waistline.

      So, where does one go these days when they need an injection of some old fashioned arcade run & gun action? We’ve got a few suggestions to keep your sights on.




      Blazing Chrome

      While the original Contra is a classic, it’s hard to deny the series was really rocking it during the 16-bit era. The double strike of Contra 3: Alien Wars for the Super Nintendo and Contra: Hard Corps for the Genesis offered up some unforgettable experiences packed with that classic ‘90s attitude.

      The team at JoyMasher picks up the torch where Konami left it all those years ago and runs with it in Blazing Chrome. They’re delivering some impactful run & gun, spiced with that delicious ‘tude. It has everything you’ve come to expect from the genre: fast-paced gameplay, an arsenal of cool weapons, and some deliciously retro pixel-art.




      Iron Meat

      From Russia with love, Iron Meat is delivered by Ivan Suvorov and comes with a heaping helping of sidescrolling violence. Taking place in a cyberpunk hellscape, Iron Meat bills itself as a grindhouse gunner, bringing with it all the delicious gore that title entails.

      Currently still in the development phase, a demo of Iron Meat is available for you to taste test. It’s currently single-player only, but couch co-op is planned for the future.





      Huntdown is an absolute killer time. Developed by Easy Trigger Games, this run & gun hits the cyberpunk streets to deliver explosive action. A little bit of Contra and a dash of Gunstar Heroes makes this game a gem too tantalizing to not dig up. It’s no wonder it was critically acclaimed at release!

      With co-op action, 20 levels, 3 playable characters and a whole heap of baddies, this game is looking like non-stop action. It certainly helps that its arcade inspired pixel-art graphics are gorgeous and the style is just dripping with personality.




      Bite The Bullet

      Fresh off the grill and ready for your thumbs, Bite the Bullet is Mega Cat Studios’ very own love letter to the run & gun genre. Taking the venerable action gameplay and giving it a twist with some Rogue elements, a smattering of RPG elements, and a whole lot of gluttony, Bite the Bullet is the world’s very first run & gun & eat.

      You heard right, don’t just gun down those zombies -- put them in your belly! Chomp down on everything you slay; from robots to unimaginable monstrosities. What will that do to your waistline? Who cares! It’s nutrients! Devour everything in sight.

      Bite the Bullet is now available on Steam, Nintendo Switch, PS4, and Xbox One.

      Yet the run & gun genre is a vast, deep ocean and new drops are falling into it every day. We’re fans, too! Got any suggestions for us? We’d be interested to hear!