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Space Invaders-Inspired Alfa Romeo MiTo Ad February 16, 2010

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Pretty cool concept, shame about the car. This is the full version of the advert, the one shown on TV is a bit shorter.

An Awesome Chiptune… January 20, 2010

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Bit Shifter – March of the Nucleotides live at Blipfest ’08

Originally appears on STFUAJPGM #4

A Podcast Approaches… January 13, 2010

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Done a podcast with some folk from GRcade:

Join Aaron, Graham, Matthew and Chris for a brief currently playing and hot picks for 2010. It’s a quick show that next week should be bigger(if some people aren’t on deadline). And was thrown together in mere minutes.

Download it here: http://www.archive.org/download/grcadegrcade/gr.mp3

And it’s now available in iTunes, subscribe here: http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=350456576

Game Of The Year Awards 2009 January 5, 2010

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Back after a two-month hiatus caused by playing about stuff rather than writing about stuff. Much like last year, I’ve decided to do my own awards – at least that way they’ll all be correct (bleoww). Couldn’t be arsed with too many categories, genres and sub-genres etc. The games in the platform-specific categories are platform exclusives – just because. So onto the results below…

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Picture Of The Day… November 2, 2009

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Beatles_STFUAJPGM

aka Episode #7 of STFUAJPGM is now available HERE. It’s a brilliant series of chiptune mixtapes, which I have mentioned previously, and this one contains the awesome remix of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band I mentioned the other day, as well as a few other cover versions of various artists.

This week’s theme: Alternate Worlds

In late 1988, the great professor Philip Henry Guttenburg Von Datamosh XIII disappeared from his home laboratory. He was known for his immense knowledge in many fields, as he held 9 doctorates in an array of fields including Ancient History, Computer Sciences, and Music Composition. The last known footage of VonDatamosh was taken from a security camera in his home. He was seen turning on his NES and Particle Field Generator at the same time. Years later, his journal was found in the very spot that he was last seen standing.

Enjoy! http://stfuajpgm.com/episode7.html

Gundam October 29, 2009

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gundam_litup

Some massive Gundam statue thing somewhere – probably Japan. Looks cool.

That is all.

8-bit Beatles October 28, 2009

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8bitbeatles

Following the re-release and remasters of all The Beatles’ albums, and The Beatles: Rock Band, comes WANNA HLD YR HANDHELD, VOL.1 by the 8-Bit Operators:

Almost 2 full years in the making, the 8-Bit Operators’ “Wanna Hld Yr Handheld, Vol. 1” Beatles tribute focuses on the glorious avant-garde and electronic side of the Fab 4 with over 20 of the biggest international names in 8-bit chip music, all utilizing the hardware of re-tooled, classic Game Boys, Ataris, Nintendo Entertainment Systems, circuit-bent toys, Commodore 64s and Apple II computers.

It’s pretty good, with my favourite track being the cover of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. You can listen to it via the site, or you can pay fro the download HERE.

EXCITE! October 28, 2009

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THE GAME WILL LOOK NOTHING LIKE THIS

Great timing, this. I just recently downloaded Excitebike on the Virtual Console via that free-NES-game-if-you-downloaded-the-internet-browser offer on the Wii shopping channel, so the announcement of Excitebike: World Rally on WiiWare was a nice surprise. It still takes place on a 2D plane, but with a 3d makeover, and the inclusion of online multiplayer and track editor makes this a day one purchase for me. The original is a forgotten classic, and Excitebike 64 wasn’t too shabby (Virtual Console, please) so here’s hoping that, unlike Excitebots, this actually makes it over to Europe. Preview at IGN is HERE. Trailer is in the video below, skip to 0:55 and avoid the irritating presenters if you don’t want to lose the will to live.

Games Of The Year So Far August 15, 2009

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We are more than half way through the year now (I actually meant to post this a month ago) and it’s been a pretty good one for games so far with the Wii in particular having a surprisingly strong line-up. While this will probably be a little different at the end of the year, click below for  a list of my favourite games of the year so far (in no particular order)

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I Come To Shanghai August 15, 2009

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icts

If you’ve been a regular listener to any podcast starring freelance games journalist Robert Ashley (GFW Radio, A Life Well Wasted) then you are probably aware of his band – I Come To Shanghai – formed with his friend, Sam Frigard. Their debut album was released a few months back on their website as a free download, “name your price” download and a hard copy for $10 – the option I went for. I won’t pretend to be  a music buff or anything, all I’ll say is that their music is some pretty decent psychedelic pop/soft rock. My favourites out of the ten tracks are; “Pass the Time” with it’s simple yet hypnotic beat, the delicate piano melody in “I Watch You Sleep” and the muffled drums of “Salvation is the Country”. While perhaps too varied and disjointed at times, it’s a good album and worth checking out.