“Handicapped. Disabled. Physically challenged. Crippled. Abnormal. Different. Every word to describe what I was, I’ve heard it all. Twenty-five years of living it all out. I've felt trapped, incapable, useless, and extremely dependent of others during the course of my usual day. My only escape is my perfectly capable mind. Something I have been blessed with all my life.”
So begins devoted gamer Mike Begum’s newly released autobiography, My Life Beyond the Floor, an 87-page e-book chronicling his adventures as a son, a brother, a friend, a survivor, and, perhaps most relevant to readers of this magazine, a serious competitor. Despite severe physical limitations, Begum, who wrote the book by holding a chopstick in his mouth, competes in video game tournaments throughout Texas and, recently, has been traveling to various competition events across the country.
I have been wanting to do this for a long time now and because my Xbox arcade is now “near perfect” it’s time. Basically what I’m going to do is hit the random button on my arcade and play the game for one credit. I will then talk about my experience.
1991 Data East
Rohga Armor Force. I’ve definitely never heard of this arcade game. Right on the title screen it says it’s by Data East and released in 1991. Data East did so many awesome arcade games in the late 80s and early 90s that it’s a surprise that I’ve not heard of this one.
So the game is 2 player cooperative which is always a bonus and the music sounds amazing. Upon pressing start you get the option to select a character or construct one, which is of course what I did. You get to choose different heads, bodies and legs for your character, which is a mech.
Rohga is a scrolling mech shmup where your weapons control like the classic NES Contra! As you progress there are spots that are isometric 3D that you can move up and down on to avoid enemies which is a nice touch. The difficulty is definitely arcade as I handedly got my ass destroyed not too far into the first level. Upon continue, even though you start off exactly where you died, your score resets to zero so there won’t be any world records for the richest kids on the block. That gives this game more replayability to me as you have that challenge aspect.
- Pros -
– Customization options
– 2 player coop
– Great music
– High score aspect
- Cons -
– Higher difficulty
- Single Credit Synopsis -
Overall, I really like Rohga Armor Force and will add it to my “need to play” list. It’s a solid scrolling ground based shmup with tight controls and a killer soundtrack.