Sam Dyer’s latest book celebrates the beauty of the Commodore Amiga. Full of pixel art, iconic box art and contributions from industry legends. Congratulations are in order for Sam Dyer, whose Commodore Amiga: A Visual Commpendium received 5 times the amount needed to launch the project!
It must have been one of these singular Eureka! moments in the history of the world when Sam Dyer, a graphics designer from Bath, conceived of his book Commodore 64: A Visual Commpendium, now available from www.funstock.co.uk. Here is a brief reflection on why this elegant publication matters so much.
Retro Asylum, the UK’s No. 1 retro gaming podcast show, featured an outstanding episode dedicated to one of gaming industry’s most divisive developers, Psygnosis (click here to listen to RetroAsylum’s Psygnosis special). I contributed a segment on one of Psygnosis’s earliest releases, the trading-resource management shoot ’em up crossover Terrorpods.
In the weeks leading up to the Psygnosis-podcast’s release, RetroAsylum regular Sam Dyer kindly pointed out to me an exciting ebay offer, a sealed copy of Terrorpods for the Commodore 64. Quickly did I jump at this opportunity to come full circle and procured said 8bit conversion. Box in hand, how did the C64 incarnation fare in comparison to the 16bit classic?
Continue reading “8bit terror on the Commodore 64: Terrorpods – A reconsideration”
Although the Retro Asylum team often post videos via YouTube, they have never actually had a dedicated channel that the entire team could upload to. Thankfully this has now been put right! The channel currently features videos by the great retromaniac Dean Swain, yet all members of Retro Asylum are set post videos in the very near future, so I highly recommend to get watching and subscribe instantly!
Remember how the original Star Wars teaser trailer began? “Somewhere in space, this may all be happening right now…”
So to commemorate the 12th anniversary of the opening of Star Wars – Episode II: Attack of the Clones, let me indulge in an alternate space recital of that Prequel’s release trailer…
I was jostled from sleep this night at 3 a.m. for reasons I could not fathom until I was notified, upon checking the time, that the great James Gandolfini had died. In memory of his great persona and talent, I have compiled a few clips and articles on the one and only James Gandolfini.
From www.imdb.com: New Jersey-born James Gandolfini began acting in the New York theater. His Broadway debut was in the 1992 revival of “A Streetcar Named Desire” with Jessica Lange and Alec Baldwin. James’ breakthrough role was his portrayal of Virgil the hitman in Tony Scott‘s True Romance(1993), but the role that brought him worldwide fame and accolades was as complex Mafia boss Tony Soprano in HBO’s smash hit series “Die Sopranos” (1999). He currently lives in Greenwich Village in New York City. Full article >>
Brian Lowry, Variety: James Gandolfini’s Unlikely Stardom, and the Role of a Lifetime
Justin Chang, Variety: James Gandolfini: A Rich Bigscreen Career in the Shadow of Tony Soprano
You Tube: James Gandolfini on Inside the Actor’s Studio – Part 1
You Tube: The Sopranos – “Are you in the Mafia?”
You Tube: James Gandolfini Plays with Fan’s Puppy After God of Carnage
Farewell, Mr. Gandolfini, you will be greatly missed.
The other day I dropped by IGN to learn that Aspyr had released a stunning iPad conversion of the LucasArts/BioWare classic Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (KOTOR) on Apple’s iTunes Store. Although I beamed with exhilaration at the news, I still resisted the lure of one of the great roleplaying games of all time, but gave in a day later: why the reticence when there is so much joy to be had?
I finally had a chance to enjoy the latest major strides taken in the field of visual effects, J. J. Abrams’s latest entry in his alternate universe Star Trek ouevre, Into Darkness. Industrial Light and Magic had once again been tasked with rendering the Final Frontier.
To justly rate the stupenduous effort, one must look no further than the opening moments.