Comic book retail has a long history of being a hard business. You don’t go into it to make money, you do it for the love of the medium. For 24 years Graphic Action Comics in Newcastle, NSW, Australia had been fighting the good fight. At the start of this month the store closed its doors for the final time.Read More
Lemmings is one of the greatest puzzle games ever made. It’s easy to learn but hard to master, yet if you weren’t a gamer in the 80s or 90s there’s a good chance you’ve never heard of Lemmings, much less played it.
Thankfully that can now change thanks to developers Sad Puppy who have released a reboot of the classic series to smart-devices.Continue reading “Lemmings Is Finally on Smartphones”
I didn’t do too well with my plans of posting a monthly wrap-up, so I thought that maybe I’d try something a little more manageable; a wrap up of the year that was.
2018 was quite a year for me personally. My wife and I moved from one city to another, I finally made the decision to get out of teaching and into another profession which, after roughly five months of very little work, happened. And I’m so much happier because of it. Oh, and I started getting paid to write articles on geeky stuff for Gemr.com. Awesome!Continue reading “2018 Wrap Up”
I’ve never had an instance of what could be described as “fanboy rage.” Sure, I’ve been disappointed by things such as Galactus being turned into a cloud or slightly disgusted by the utterly tone-deaf 2016 Ghostbusters film.
But full on rage? No, never. Until about a week ago.
When Paramount Pictures revealed their first glimpse at how Sonic the Hedgehog will look on their upcoming movie based upon the character, a rage enveloped me the likes of which I had never known.Read More…
Originally this article was just going to be about the history of the Myst series which, as you’ll know if you’ve followed this blog at all, is one of my favorite video game series of all time.
However, as I researched the game I realised that it would be much more interesting to look at both Myst and Doom, two games that came out the same year and had a huge amount of influence on the videogame medium, even though they couldn’t be any more different.
Hope you enjoy the article.
Another of my articles for Gemr.com recently went live. This one looks at various anthropomorphic video game characters that tried to cash in on the success of Sonic the Hedgehog. Some were good, some were bad, but all are wroth noting. Of course, the article doesn’t cover all of them, that would be nigh impossible, but I tried to have a decent cross section of characters.
This one was a lot of fun to research and write. I do enjoy these lighter articles and I’ve a similar one coming up sometimes next month. Please do take a look and let me know what you think.
P.S. I’ve added a Writings page to the site which lists, funnily enough, the various writings of mine that have appeared on several websites. It’s not 100% complete yet as I’ve not added the stuff I did while running ChonicleChamber.com. Everything else is there though. You can access it via that site’s main menu.
I simply do not have words to describe how I feel at this moment so instead I’ll leave this link to a wonderful look back at The Man’s career from The Hollywood Reporter.
As you may have gathered if you’ve looked through the blog at all, I’m something of a retro game fan. I grew up playing the Sega Master System and Mega Drive and had a Dreamcast before Sega moved to being a third party developer. I even owned a Saturn and Game Gear in there somewhere.
Still being a big Sega fan I love being able to replay these games, but it can be a little hard or inconvenient to do so. The original hardware is tricky to get to work perfectly on modern TVs (remember, this tech is 30 odd years old) and original games can go for insane prices. While it can be easy enough to set up an emulator on a PC, a PC isn’t really something you can just whip out for a quick game of Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine.
My third article for Gemr.com is up. This one looks at five characters/ franchises that deserve the have their own Pop Vinyl or Hard Candy figures from Funko. Hope you enjoy. 😀
My second article for collector website Gemr.com went live recently. This one was an absolute pleasure to write as it looks at the history of my personal favourite comics hero, The Phantom.
The article takes a bit of a different tact than most “history of…” articles thought in that it doesn’t just recount how the series came to be and where it is today, but rather the impact it had on the people who read it and how that in turn influenced their culture and the character himself!
Lots of research went in to this, so if you take a moment to read it (pleas do) I hope you enjoy it.