Doctor (Howt) Who Theme

Happened across this excellent Open University-style piece explaining how Peter Howell created the second-best version of the Doctor Who theme back at the start of the ’80s for the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. The straightforward/naive explanations of the then fairly-novel synth tech are what really sell it. This amazing fat-synth, electro-dub version with the too-bright guitar…

Project X Zone Review – 3DS via Nintendo Life

I’ve played about 10 hours of Project X Zone this month already and so I was going to do a review, but I’m lazy and this review from Nintendo Life sums everything up almost perfectly.  I think the reason I’ve managed to put so much time into it is due to how easy it is to dip…

Rob Halford/Babymetal – Painkiller/Breaking The Law LIVE

Had to link this video. I can’t even begin to count how many (meaningless) musical movements separate these two acts. Have massive respect for the guy but I know about three Rob Halford songs, two of which are right here and the third being a Pantera collab on the Buffy film OST! Good on him…

It’s Behind You: The Making Of A Computer Game

It’s Behind You is a free ebook by the programmer Bob Pape primarily about his writing of the legendary Spectrum conversion of R-Type. Engagingly written, the book briefly covers the author’s background and first introduction to the industry as well as a short chapter on his only previous Speccy game which was the Rampage conversion,…

MWLITF: Yo! Shinji get in the robot

Was trying not to start more series, but I loves me a punny reference. Hence our inaugural Memes We Lost In The Fire which is this super tongue-in-cheek Nerdcore-style rap take on the theme from Neon Genesis Evangelion. Totally missed this when it was current. The cake is a lie!

Demis Roussos/Vangelis – Race To The End

You may be aware that I insisted that I wouldn’t treat VGR as my personal dream blog. What you may not be aware of is that I’m a liar. Had a proper mad dream the other day where I had to identify a song and nailed it down as Ravel‘s Bolero, except upon waking I…

This Weeks Top 20

In response to the recently published EDGE Magazine Top 100 Games, rllmuk forum (my home on the web) is collating its own Top 100 by asking users to subMit a ranked top 20. Brief guidelines for selections: For this top 100, I will take some inspiration from the recent Edge magazine list, and request that…

Mini Movie Reviews August 2017

I used to rate out of 10. Now I keep it simple with this 5 star rating system: bad or severly flawed average, alright good, enjoyable great, involving a classic Check out my letterboxd profile for all my movie ratings and my watchlist. Pandemic ★ – this had a 5 star rating on NowTV, which…

5ma – Frozen Synapse 

Not a fan of Pantera, so this is my 5 minute appraisal. I wasn’t alone for the duration of the playthru anyway! I remember liking the idea of this when I first read about it, shortly after its release in 2011. An abstract, turn based strategic cover shooter with multiplayer matches that could be played…

Mortal Kombat (1995)

Don’t expect every reader to have read every post let alone every comment on the blog, but following the conversation about the Mortal Kombat OST acidbearboy punted me his secondhand DVD of the film itself. I’ve only just got round to watching it and have a few quick things to say. Firstly, it must be…

Games Roundup August 2017

Games I thought about playing: Resident Evil HD remaster Castlevania Symphony of the Night Metal Gear Solid Rez Infinite Journey Wipeout HD Fury Fez Games I actually played: Nintendo Land (Wii-U) Aquaducts (Android) Frozen Synapse (PC) Mr Nutz (SNES) Joe and Mac Caveman Ninja (SNES) Kid Clown in Crazy Chase (SNES) Super Mario Galaxy (Wii)…