Britsoft: An Oral History Book Review.
Reading gaming related books as become a bit of a hobby over the past year or so with so many books being created with a core subject close to my heart, Retro Gaming. Britsoft: An Oral History is Read Only Memories latest book, designed as a companion book to go with the 2014 documentary, From Bedrooms to Billions. The book delivers some amazing untold stories all crafted together from the aforementioned documentaries video footage.Add a comment
Sensible Software Book Review.
Growing up during the late 80s to the early 90s I was like most people my age now a massive gamer. A fair few of the games I was playing during that period came from a developer called Sensible Software. You must have heard of them right? So its 2013 and this new book has just been released chronicling the Sensible Software years from 1986 - 1999.Add a comment
I won't waste your time with a pointless review of a game everyone has already played to death but do bear with me because this is actually for the Atari STe. Please, read on...Add a comment
You piloting a spaceship-like craft which is trapped within a huge multi-room cube and each of these inner rooms are littered with platforms that allow you to progressively boiing higher and higher into the air, as if on trampolines! This may sound rather silly (and it is) but its also quite a cool concept and one which is certainly well executed.Add a comment
Another day, another kickstarter that needs your attention, this time the guys who bought us the amazing Bedrooms to Billions and The Amiga Years documentaries its the turn of the Playstation, regarded as the system that bought gaming to the masses, this is one documentary many of us will back.
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Jet Set Willy
Who hasn't played with little Miner Willy in one form or another over the decades? Surely the most respected series of platformers ever to grace our screens and the ZX Spectrum obviously has claim to be the original and best.Add a comment
The Spectrum Works by Allister Brimble
What makes a game that extra bit special? Why, the theme music of course! That's not to say that a game needs an amazing theme tune to make it great, there are many that stand up on their own, but when the music is there and it's that good, there's nothing better. Did you ever load a game up just to listen to the music? Yep, me too. That's what I mean when I talk about how music can give a game that extra something, the same thing music does to a movie, to send shivers down your spine or just makes you drop your jaw.Add a comment
A port of the popular 1994 arcade racer by Midway, Cruis’n USA for the Nintendo 64 lets you take the racing action into your home with seven playable hot-rods and fourteen tracks based on landscapes from around the United States. If you’ve ever wanted to tear through the Iowa countryside in a souped-up luxury car, or tour the Arizona desert in a Ferrari, Cruis’n USA delivers the goods.Add a comment
By the mid-‘90s, every video game icon from Mario to Mega Man had its own 3D adventure game, so it was only natural for Bomberman to get the same treatment. Bomberman Hero was not the first game in the series to be released on the Nintendo 64, but it was the one that perhaps made the shakiest transition to the 3D realm.Add a comment
Video games let you act out a lot of different fantasies. Some will have you speeding down racetracks, and others will put you in the cockpit of a starfighter. The possibilities go on and on, so it’s astounding that so few developers have tapped into what is surely a common fantasy for a lot of people: demolition.Add a comment
It’s frustrating when a game promises so much in concept only to fall short in the execution. Bio F.R.E.A.K.S. certainly has all the makings of a great 3D fighter, with interactive arenas, robust move sets, and free range of movement. All characters are equipped with a jetpack that enables them to fly around the arenas, and they’ve even got the ability to land a fight-ending fatality at any point in the match.Add a comment
Banjo-Kazooie was dubbed Rare’s “Mario killer” for the fact that it proposed to do everything Super Mario 64 could do, but better. In many ways, Banjo-Kazooie does just that: the worlds are larger and more involved, the textures more detailed, and the gameplay has just as much depth. There’s no doubting that Banjo-Kazooie is a jewel of the Nintendo 64, and it’s about as good as 3D platformers come.Add a comment
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Donkey Kong Arcade Machine – The Home Straight - Part 2
Part 2 – The Home Straight
So in Part 1 you will have followed my journey so far in restoring this beat up Donkey Kong cab. I felt I was in the home straight now – it was time for some artwork to be applied to the sides of the cab. This part scared me to death, because once the art is on, it’s on. You can’t get it wrong, there are no second chances. So here it is. A step by step guide to applying side art:Read more ...
Donkey Kong Arcade Machine – Raising The Dead - Part 1
Part 1 – Raising The Dead
I can’t imagine what it must’ve been like to build arcade cabinets from the ground up on a factory production line back in the early 1980s. Rumour has it that those employed by Atari in California to hand build the classic cabs we know and love, were largely low-paid, permanently stoned hippies and Mexicans (am I allowed to say that?!). Some even go as far to say that the unique musty arcade “smell” you get when you switch on a thirty year old arcade cabinet is part weed, infused into the wood of the machines by the workers smoking on joints all day on the production lines.Read more ...