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|Pilot:||24th October, 2011|
|Latest:||25th April, 2016|
|Episodes:||43 + pilot|
|Links:|| Chainsawsuit Original|
Original YouTube Channel
PortsCenter is a webseries which looks at interesting and unique ports, conversions and re-releases of video games. The pilot episode launched on 24th October, 2011 and the show was successfully Kickstarted in August 2012 following an unsuccessful Kickstarter the previous year.
The show is created, hosted, edited and written by Ben Paddon, better known to the Worms community as Squirminator2k. The original intent was to produce a season of 13 episodes, however the show continued and has grown steadily in popularity. The first season ended up being 24 episodes long. A second season of 15 episodes ran in 2014. The third season ostensibly started in 2015, with three episodes produced in 2015 and one to date in 2016. The "seasons" concept was discarded in 2015, with the first two seasons now referred to as "waves" and the current run as "Wave 3".
The show was added to the Retroware roster shows - part of the Screenwave Media network - from August 2013 to December 2014. While the original channel is still part of the Screenwave network, new episodes do not appear on the Retroware channel.
The show makes heavy use of library music. Early on, music from the Incompotech royalty-free music library was used. Occasionally music from the Ren & Stimpy music library is used - these episodes cannot be monetized as the music is not in the public domain. Public-domain classical music from MusOpen.org is also used. A chiptune rendition of "The Gonk" is occasionally used, with an updated version of the piece making its debut in a 2015 episode.
Infrequently music from the game(s) being covered will be used in an episode - the Worms episode relies heavily on music from Bjorn Lynne's soundtrack for Worms 2, a game which was not featured in the episode itself.
The show's opening theme, along with its title sequence, is an original composition by Professor Shyguy. In episode #043, an instrumental version of Shyguy's song "Keywords & Dubstep" is used at the close.
Links to Team17 the Worms series
- Episode #012 looks at the entire Worms series, from the game's initial release up to Worms Reloaded, omitting handheld releases. Special attention is given to the console ports of Worms, Worms Armageddon and Worms World Party. Worms: The Director's Cut is also briefly touched upon.
- Episode #018 focuses entirely on Worms: The Director's Cut and speaks on a technical level about the enhancements added to the game. The episode features usage of WormPrefs, the Sheep-on-a-Rope in use, and of Ben using the Graffiti Mode to draw what he describes as "a massive cock." This episode also includes footage from Worms 2, captured by GreeN. Episode #024 corrects an error mentioned in this episode with regards to the game's customization features.
- In episode #029, the PlayStation and Saturn ports of the original Worms are cited as examples of console ports that are identical to their PC counterparts, while the PlayStation version of Worms Armageddon is cited as an example of a port that has been cut down due to technical limitations. This is also explicitly stated to be the only mention of the franchise in 2014.
- Footage from the Worms table of Addiction Pinball is seen in episode #034.
- Footage from the Amiga CD32 port of Worms appears in episode #041.
- Episode #010 takes a look at the MS-DOS port of Team17's cult platform game Superfrog.
- Episode #037 follows on from this episode to look at the 2013 update, Superfrog HD.
- Team17 are mentioned in jest during episode #003 as the only company who cared about the Amiga circa 1994.
- Episode #007 looks at the Amiga port of Mortal Kombat, the music for which was produced by Allister Brimble who provided the music for many of Team17's early titles.
- Episode #039 looks at various ports of Lemmings, including Team17's own ports for the PSP and PlayStation 2, as well as their PlayStation 3 pseudo-sequel.
- The aforementioned episode #041 includes footage from the CD32 version of Ultimate Body Blows.