Holy 75 Years, Batman! Part 1

This year marks Batman's 75th anniversary which is something I would have missed had it not been for How It Should Have Ended's video from San Diego Comic Con. My love for the Bat started many years ago as I remember seeing Tim Burton's film when it was on VHS and I'd also saw Batman Returns at the cinema (my Mum had sneaked me in to see it). In this post I'll talk about all the aspects of Batman that I know of, from comics through to video games. The Comics I've only started to colle...(Read more)

Posted by: namco | Sunday 10th August 2014

Star Trek XII: Into AAARRRGGGGHHH! Part 3

Warning: This post contains spoilers! Admiral Marcus appears on the viewscreen to have a chat with Kirk. Kirk tactfully plays dumb to see what Marcus does – all Marcus seems to want is Khan. Kirk jumps the ship into warp thinking he's left Marcus behind but Marcus' ship catches up, opens fire on the Enterprise and disables the ship, leaving the Enterprise very close to Earth's moon. The Enterprise's crew hails Marcus' ship at the request of Carol Marcus so that she can plead her father t...(Read more)

Posted by: namco | Monday 4th August 2014

Star Trek XII: Into AAARRRGGGGHHH! Part 2

Warning: This post contains spoilers! So, anyway, the first showing of the Klingons (with their masks on) look ok – a change from the original series, but a good one since in the original series the Klingons looked human with wispy beards. It wasn't until Star Trek: The Motion Picture that the Klingon look changed into what we know and love today, in fact, there was an explanation as to why the Klingons looked the way that they did and that was to do with a genetic virus at he time. So the ...(Read more)

Posted by: namco | Monday 14th July 2014

Star Trek XII: Into AAARRRGGGGHHH! Part 1

Warning: This post contains spoilers! So here we are again, another J. J. Abrams Star Trek film which means another ranty post, but don't worry I'm not going to be petty and do the whole ubergeek thing of lambasting small details that didn't happen in episode 6, scene 5 of Star Trek: The Original Series, however, I will be pointing out just how bad this film got from start to finish. Even my girlfriend who hates Star Trek hates this film and the ironic thing is that this series was written t...(Read more)

Posted by: namco | Monday 30th June 2014

It's been too long...

Too long. Again. But on the other hand you are now reading this on a brand new designed site - mainly thanks to the money I earned last year, as a freelance PHP developer, spent on graphic design books. Yes, I said graphic design books and not things to teach me how to use Adobe Photoshop/Illustrator because learning those teach you how to use those tools and not necessarily how to design properly. True, you can learn some design aspects from those how to create flavour of the month bac...(Read more)

Posted by: namco | Monday 23rd June 2014

Thief and Emergent Gaming

About three weeks ago, I was watching Total Biscuit's Thief video where he was showing his first impressions, and to be frank, it looked like there had been lots of care and attention added to it. Which is surprising, mainly because most publishers nowadays really don't seem to give a shit to either the legacy of the franchises that they are continuing to resurrect/carry on or the PC platform that it gets put upon. In these instances you can generally look forward (ahem) to direct console ports ...(Read more)

Posted by: namco | Wednesday 26th March 2014

Welcome to Manchester 17

Dear Mum and Dad, We are having a great time here in Manchester-17, there is plenty to see and the Combine soldiers try to keep the peace with the locals. Currently, we are bunking with a nice frightened couple, wearing armbands with the lambda symbol - this is the third place we've had to quickly move to since the combine keep doing raids. We were wondering past The Hilton, the other day, and spotted the lovely David Cameron talking about how everyone should work together as a nice bi...(Read more)

Posted by: namco | Sunday 30th October 2011

Different Spectrum loading screens

Have you ever wondered why the ZX Spectrum never had the same loading screen for a particular release (usually big budget/film tie-in games). Well, I came across this quite recently when I wondered why World of Spectrum has different versions of the same game, but those different versions sometimes had different "encoding schemes" and its those encoding schemes that determine the type of loader that you'll get! Here's a small guide, with examples: Haxpoc-Lock - Star Wars Version 1 (f...(Read more)

Posted by: namco | Monday 2nd May 2011

Untapped avenues

For the first time, last weekend, I actually bought a game from Steam that wasn't specifically Value related - like Halflife Episode #Whenever we can be arsed to make it or Left 4 Dead. It was an indie game called VVVVVV for a whopping £3.99! I had intended to use Steam for this very purpose, as in downloading indie games, since I'm a bit too much of an oldie and still prefer physical media for my mainstream games but I was rather impressed with the title. This reminded me of another si...(Read more)

Posted by: namco | Tuesday 19th April 2011

Been a while!

I haven't updated this in a while! Almost 6 months! That's about the time I start working on my projects again since after the last time I updated them. I don't mean to but life sucks y'know! So, lately I've been busy but I have made some new years resolutions, one is to keep this site updated regulary (Gamers has been a tad - when I finally started it, the Cynical Gamer needs another show putting up) and the other is to actually finish 3 homebrew games this year - I've started work again ...(Read more)

Posted by: namco | Thursday 3rd March 2011

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