FFVII – Opening Bombing Mission music

The interaction between computer gaming and honest-to-goodness actual musicians is a ever a fascinating one. I started by YouTubing up some filthy FFVIII Fithos Lusec Wecos Vinosec, because if VGR suffers an absent friend or three it’s in no way attributable to their damn fine taste. The inevitable subsequent stroll through Black Mages’ (and other)…

Samsung gear Vr

I recently.. well November took the opportunity on a particularly good mobile phone deal and swapped my trusty LG G2 for a galaxy s7. This opened up an opportunity that I was interested to partake in, VR.  At present it’s far to niche for me (anyway) to splurge out serious bucks on however a trip…

REmember TomorROw

OK, bit of inside-baseball here, but what are blogs for, eh? For years now your humble hosts at VGR have made time with friends for an annual gathering of retro-gaming and catching-up. For the busier among us it’s a rare chance to sink teeth into some solid extended gaming time. Original hardware, pads and peripherals…

I Found Out What It’s All About

OK, so Christmas is upon us which means there’s a lot of slow music on public permaloop, including old jazz standards alongside the seasonal staples and glam rock classics. End result is Stevenger going back on his Fallout 3/New Vegas/Singing Detective ’30s/’40s/’50s binge. Lots of Louis Armstrong, Andrews Sisters, Inkspots (obviously!), a bit of Billie…

Metallica Game inc

Not quite Metallicock vs Warbarsted but I recently came across this cancellation of a Metallica themed open world racer. Doesn’t look half bad for a Ps2 title:

Ridge Racer 5

Here’s a nice little retrospective by Digital Foundry focusing mostly on Ridge Racer V, a game which I never played on release as I was a latecomer to the PS2. I’ve seen plenty of love for the game online in the years since its release but the couple of times I’ve tried it myself  as…

Pac & Pal

This 1983 evolution of the original Pac-Man game was a Japanese-only arcade release. Subsequently it’s been released on various Pac-Man and Namco compilations. It’s also playable with MAME. I’ve been playing the 2014 Pac-Man Museum version for Xbox 360. In common with the other games on that collection and a lot of the retro ports…

Video – the Nintendo Playstation

Heck, Ben Heck that’s who, this guys an electronics whizz. I’ve been dipping in and about his projects for ever how long but this one really peaked my interest. It’s all about the fabled Nintendo Playstation and comes in two parts, both extremely interesting.. What a guy!    

Games I’ll never play #1

Dragon Quest and Final Fantasy – Itadaki Street Special Japanese only party/board game by square enix for ps2. Great cover art and a nice introduction video. Undecipherable I’m sure.

PS4 NEO & XBOX SCORPIO

With talks of upgraded hardware halfway through the console cycle it begs the question… What do I think? The rumours if true suggest that the two big boys are going to boost the current consoles umph but why? In the age of yearly mobile phone upgrades and the youth demanding instant information,  can we be…

The Fourth Unity Is Control

Things to know before reading. This isn’t a game review, although there are very minor spoilers for Brothers: A Tale Of Two Sons (Xbox 360, PS3, Steam) and Abe’s Oddysee (PS1), plus I once read the Wikipedia article on Aristotle’s Classical Unities. If you take nothing else away from this piece, remember that last one….