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Update: 2/05/2017

If you follow my account on Twitter, then you probably know that I completed out 2016's Capsule Reviews awhile back. If you don't, I thought I'd let everyone know they're done. I didn't announce it earlier because I didn't update the index pages...and in fact, I still haven't, but since I also completed January 2017's Reviews, I thought I should mention it now and fix the index pages later. I've also done some slight adjustments on those pages to make them easier to read on widescreen monitors.

-FO


Update: 1/26/2017

I managed to identify James's mystery song. It's "Keep Holdin' On" by Jack Wagner, from his 1985 album, Lighting Up the Night. I discovered I have a connecting memory to this. I looked to see what else Jack Wagner is known for. He's an actor from various soap operas and had a hit song in the 80's called "All I Need". I looked up "All I Need" on YouTube and recognized it as a song I'd heard on a soap opera when my mother used to watch them. I guess that makes sense.

Anyway, I bought the MP3 from Amazon and transcribed the lyrics to "Keep Holdin' On", since no one else has them:

(I let myself get swept away)

Eccentric tastes of delight
Keep me so warm through the night
Beside me

That question yet will arrive
I wonder is the world alive
Without me

There's nothing left in it for me
Look close and chances are you'll see the answer
Deep inside me

Keep holding on, holding on
To the dreams that make tomorrow
Keep holding on, holding on
Never let them turn to sorrow
Keep holding on,
Never stop holding on to your dreams

Temptation whispered my name
Since then I've never been the same
So lonely

I played the games and always won
Tried to pretend that I had fun
Illusions

Open your eyes and you will see
The simple life can always be the answer
Waiting for you

Keep holding on, holding on
To the dreams that make tomorrow
Keep holding on, holding on
Never let them turn to sorrow
Keep holding on,
Never stop holding on to your dreams

I let myself get swept away
Won't you listen to what I say?

Keep holding on, holding on
To the dreams that make tomorrow
Keep holding on, holding on
Never let them turn to sorrow
Keep holding on,
Never stop holding on to your dreams

Keep holding on, holding on
To the dreams that make tomorrow
Keep holding on, holding on
Never let them turn to sorrow
Keep holding on,
Never stop holding on to your dreams

Keep holding on, holding on
To the dreams that make tomorrow
Keep holding on, holding on
Never let them turn to sorrow
Keep holding on,
Never stop holding on...


Update: 1/23/2017

Hello, FlyingOmelette.com visitors. Not a new admin, just a guest blogger. My name is James, and I'm one of the staffers of the DHN Community Archive. FO and Pero are doing this as a favor to me. I have a song mystery that I'm hoping someone can solve.

Since 2015, we've had a tradition of posting songs in the Port Saiid Music Forum. A few weeks ago, someone posted Stevie Wonder's "Hold On To Your Dream", which stoked a memory of another song I heard in the 80's that had lyrics about holding on to dreams, but was not the same as the Stevie Wonder song. I Googled the lyrics I could remember, thinking it would be identified shortly. The only lyrics I remember are the chorus, which went something like this:

"Keep holding on, holding on to the dreams that make tomorrow.
Keep holding on, never stop holding on.....to your dreams!"

After searching through several pages of results, I could not find a match. I inquired about the song on both Port Saiid and Twitter, and some people offered suggestions of other songs about holding onto dreams, but none were a match to what I remembered. I asked my older sister. She seemed to remember it, but her suggestions all turned out to be wrong, too. For all intents and purposes, it seems like this song simply does not exist.

I began to think I had imagined it, except I finally stumbled upon *one* reference to it in a posting on Amazon.com:

I'm positive that the song this person quoted is the same one I remember. He/she attributed it to Richard Marx, but I cannot find a Richard Marx song with these lyrics. I'm thinking they confused it with "Hold On to the Nights", which is not the same song. This song I remember was faster-paced. However, the vocalist was male, and the style was similar to 70's/80's bands like Jefferson Starship, Survivor, and Triumph.

FO found an archived webpage that also showed the same lyrics being quoted in a high school yearbook from 1988. The yearbook gave no artist for the lyrics, but it does prove the song had to have been from 1988 or earlier. I wondered if it would help to know that I lived in the Chicago area in the 80s because I thought it might have been something that was only popular locally, but that yearbook is from a high school in Masachusetts, so maybe not.

I'm hoping someone else remembers this song and can tell me what it is - the name of the song and the artist, and if there's some chance it's from a movie or TV show, what one?

If you know, either send it to the staff email, or contact me on Twitter: @JamesMendou

-James

Addendum By FO: Even if you don't know the title or artist for this song, but think you have heard it and have more information on it, such as more of the lyrics or where you may have heard it, please contact us anyway. The more we can learn about it, the better a chance we have of identifying it.


Update: 1/15/2017

There's been a fad in the media lately of people finding glitches or odd tricks in old video games that may be somewhat obscure, but have actually been known and documented on various websites and videos for years, and acting like those tricks are completely new. The most recent case in point was people acting like the sliding glitches in Super Mario World were only recently unearthed when they not only appear in the top results on search engines for "Super Mario World glitches", but can also be found being performed in YouTube videos that are several years old. A good rule of thumb if you think you've discovered something in a game that's decades old and has been thoroughly played and dissected by now is to do a quick search (Bing, Google, whatever your choice site is) to see if someone has already mentioned it. Chances are, someone has, and there's probably also an explanation as to why it happens.

On that note, I found this in River City Ransom years ago, but never made a video until now. I didn't think it was necessary because I figured people would just try the trick themselves. However, now I'm concerned that someone will try it, and then claim they're the first to discover it. So, here it is:

This is what (sometimes) happens when you start a new game in River City Ransom, but don't touch any buttons. Enjoy!

-FO


Update: 1/14/2017

Hello, everyone. I believe we may have (somewhat) solved a video game mystery that's over a decade old. Perhaps you remember that whole "L is Real 2041" mystery from Super Mario 64? In case you don't, there's a mysterious star statue in the castle courtyard that has a plaque with nearly indecipherable writing on it, as seen in my screenshot here:

Here is the tile ripped from the game in its native resolution:

For years, players thought the upper row said, "L is Real 2041", and deduced that it was some vague hint at Luigi being hidden somewhere in the game.

I think it's possible that we finally deciphered the tile's handwriting, although we can safely say it has nothing to do with Luigi and likely was never intended to.

It was already known for a few years that the upper row of letters actually says, "Eternal Star", not "L is Real 2041". The plaque being sitauted on a star sculpture, and the final level of Mario Party being called "Eternal Star", easily back up this theory.

But nobody was able to tell what the second row said, although many sources agreed it was likely an artist credit for whoever made the sculpture.

If we're right about what it says, well...it's nothing earth-shattering, but it makes the most sense of anything I've heard:

"Eternal Star By Super M", as in "Super Mario".

The real question is...what's the deal with this thing? Obviously, it has nothing to do with Luigi, but certainly it must have some purpose, right? I don't know, but I can speculate that since the final level of Mario Party is the Eternal Star, it may have been planned to have such a level in Super Mario 64 at one point, and maybe this was intended to be the gateway to it. Perhaps this was overruled by the developers wanting Bowser's final battlefield to take the shape of a star when he pounds the floor as the fight goes on instead of being on a star to begin with.

Credit goes to my co-admin, Minerva K Red for being the one who came up with this particular theory, although really it grew out of the combined efforts of the community's sleuthing:

Original Topic of Discussion @ Port Saiid

-FO

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