Gemr.com – Sonic the Hedgehog and the Mascot Swarm

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.

Read the full article HERE.

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 Bought Myself an 8Bitdo Mini Controller

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.

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Gemr – History of The Phantom

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.

Read the full article on Gemr.com

Finally, After 20 Odd Years, I’ve Completed Shenmue!

For those who may not be aware, Shenmue is a game originally released for the Sega Dreamcast in 1999. An early example of an open world game, it was incredibly innovative for its time. Recently, Shenmue creator Yu Suzuki announced that the long awaited Shenmue III was finally being developed. To celebrate, the original two games have been re-released on modern consoles and PC.

I played Shenmue for the first time when it originally came out on the Dreamcast, but 14-year old me was never able to get past the early parts of the game’s closing act. Hopefully, with age and wisdom, the re-release would afford me the chance to finally see the game’s end.

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My First Article For Gemr

For roughly a year I’ve been cataloguing my collection at Gemr.com, a social network of sorts for collectors. Well, about a month ago I was given the opportunity to contribute to their blog and today that contribution has gone live!

It takes the form of an (I like to think exhaustive) article on the history of my favourite ever toy line, Mighty Max.

I’ve very humbled to be given the chance to put my writing out there on a (much) larger platform than this humble blog, so please take a moment to head on over and give the article a read!

Cheers.

Read the full article HERE

Liv Tyler: A Celebrity Crush Story

Liv Tyler was, and is, my biggest crush.

While not the first woman my younger self had a crush on (that honour goes to Secret World of Alex Mack star Larisa Oleynik when I was around 8 or so,) she is the longest lasting.

My first memory of seeing Liv was on the poster for That Thing You Do, a musical comedy released in 1997, the year I turned 12. I remember thinking how sweet and cute she looked. I didn’t actually see the film until a few years later when it aired on Australian free-to-air TV, probably in ’98 or ’99.

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A Fanboy’s Thoughts on Sonic Forces

Last night I finished the main story portion of Sonic Forces, and you know what? I rather enjoyed it!

Given the amount of negativity surrounding the game within the Sonic fan community I expected Forces to be at best another Lost World, at worst another Sonic ‘06 (not that I’ve actually played that one). Instead, I found it to be somewhere between “above average” and “pretty good.” A solid 7 out of 10 I’d say.

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