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)…

The In-Kim-Playte Eight

Pivot announcement! We’re going full Tales From The Darkside and are all about lists at VGR now. As soon as I can buy the URL Qmag90s.co.uk we’re migrating wholesale (don’t tell the others though, don’t think they’d be up for it!) A simple sampler of the sort of superior stuff set soon to surface [As…

The Holy 10 Video Games Of All Time

OK so here goes, the impossible task completed.  Naming ten of your most favourite games of all time isn’t an easy matter.  Its not a five minute thing for me to whittle down ten games that have had my eyes popping out, heart racing, control pad clenching euphoric emotion over the last 30 years.  Whatever the opinions you…

Eating. My. Hat

A wee while ago I made the assumption Microsoft wouldn’t follow suit with Sony releasing a console on RedBull (other energy drink are available). https://vgr2016.wordpress.com/2016/05/26/10331/ However on the eve of Gamescom we are going to actually see games running in XBOX hardware. I still think it’s a strange precedent being set and a taste of…