Awise from your Gwave – More 2008 Remakes links

January 25, 2009

Awise from your Gwave - Retro Remakes is back

Despite a recent destructive hack, the Retro Remakes site is back, much to the joy of retro game players (& makers). The forum has returned at a slightly different address, but sadly at this stage, the 2008 RR Competition downloads are not available.

Don’t worry; I’ve updated all my links to (off-site download) games, and added a few more, so you can catch up on your post-festive season gaming

Read the rest of this entry »

My Retro Gamer website reviews

January 22, 2009

Retro Gamer is the world’s only magazine dedicated to old-school videogames. In August last year, they launched a new (much more interactive) website, including a user review section (Cryptically titled “Retrobates”).

Read the rest of this entry »

This post contains no videogame references

January 22, 2009

Every now & then, I contribute to Crikey – an Australian subscription-based e-newsletter, which concentrates on media, politics, culture & business.

Here was my piece, published yesterday.


3 times in my 36 years, I’ve been awake at an early hour, due to events in America.

  • Early one morning in 1983, my father woke me up to watch Australians win a yacht race.
  • Early one morning in 2001, my mother woke me via telephone, telling me to turn the TV on.
  • But early one morning in 2009, I was already awake. My wife & I set two alarm clocks.

We watched history – listen to a new president “whose father less than sixty years ago might not have been served at a local restaurant”, and I rested my hand on my wife’s belly, knowing I’d have something to tell our son/daughter due in July.


Broooom! Broooom! Sega Rally 3 in Australia

January 17, 2009

I visited Galaxy World in George Street this weekend. Saw the new Rambo arcade machine. (More on that in a future post). Walked past rows of Tekken 6 machines, even saw a Street Fighter 4!

And then… I spotted it. A GIANT four-player Sega Rally 3. Wow. I’m not a massive racing fan, but this looked too nice to ignore.

Read the rest of this entry »

Oh you really are an A$$HAT. Whoever you are.

January 14, 2009

Sorry for the headline, but some little @#$%@#%# has been hacking forums on the net.

Not big forums with 57 technicians and a huge IT budget. Hobbyist forums like Retro Remakes which just manage to keep going each week without extra un-needed expenses.

This isn’t some trivial matter. The sites affected are all going to have to do serious work (which costs money) to get back up again. The forums won’t be up again for days, maybe a week.

Yeah, I know, the chances of the A$$HAT hacker reading this aren’t much. But maybe, if we all clap our hands together, in tiny fairy claps… THEY’LL WALK UNDER A BUS.

EDIT: I originally thought that Aussie Arcade was one of the affected sites. They were not.

(They suddenly disappeared – at around the same time as Retro Remakes – with a short error message that looked very similar to the one on RR) It turns out that their recent hosting issues finally came to a head, and a source tells me that she “should be back up again this Friday”.)

Stu C’s showreel

January 12, 2009

Some of you may have played Stu C’s recent “Retro Remake compo” entry Ultimate Bruce Lee.

What you may not know, is that Stu has helped remake many more classic games over the years.

Yesterday, he uploaded his “showreel” – showing all the remakes his done… and yes, he includes his website address at the end, so you can start playing.

Youtube clip appears after the jump…

Read the rest of this entry »

Get slimed this June

January 11, 2009

Atari has confirmed their upcoming Ghostbusters game will be coming out in June.

“Bustin’ makes me feel good!”