Gaming Bus Live Stream, Vol. 13: Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar (NES)

Welcome to another edition of the Gaming Bus Live Stream. We’re a little delayed this week because of what I can best describe as The Motherfucker Of All Toothaches. This thing was so bad it kept me up all Thursday night into Friday morning as I literally got about twenty minutes of sleep. Instead, I decided it was in my best interests to postpone the chat, figuring I wasn’t sure if I was going to be awake at 9:30AM. Turns out I was, but I was unable to do much because of the pain. Related to my toothache issues: it turns out that the best way to relieve the pain on a toothache is to soak the affected area in sake. Sake! Also related: my liver and I are listed on Facebook as having an “It’s Complicated” relationship at the moment.

Last week, we did two chats. The first one was for The Little Mermaid, which was not a success because of Live Stream issues, but the latter one—which was all over the place—was a blast. They can both be downloaded from http://www.gamingbus/com/videos. This week, we’re going to be doing the NES version of Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar. Ultima IV is one of my favourite games of all time even though I am horrible at it. In it, you take on someone looking for the Avatar, which can only be done by mastering the eight virtues, which include valor, humility, compassion, etc. Even the NES game is very open ended, and it’s extremely easy to lose your way. I’m going with the NES version because while I feel it’s slightly inferior to the DOS/Commodore 64 version, it’s easier to play—meaning, I’ll spend less time looking up what commands keys do—and it’s more stream-friendly because it’s better produced, having music and the like. There’s also no need to read the massive book that comes with the PC version. No, seriously, that thing is huge.

Sit back, enjoy, and wallow in the old-school RPG! Also, like all of my other live streams, I recommend having headphones if you have family around because these streams are not safe for work, unless you want to explain why the guy on the computer with the funny accent says fuck so much. The fun begins at 9:30PM as usual.

Christopher Bowen

About Christopher Bowen

Christopher Bowen is the Editor in Chief of Gaming Bus. Before opening Gaming Bus in May of 2011, he was the News Editor at Diehard GameFAN, a lead reporter for DailyGamesNews, and a reviewer at Not A True Ending, also contributing to VIMM, SNESZone and Scotsmanality. Outside of the industry, he is a network engineer in Norwalk, CT and a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom.