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Games / Re: I've got a Totally Unoriginal Gaming Show on Youtube now
« on: 09 December, 2020, 05:17:18 PM »

I recently finished the second longest review I've put together. Now that it's out of early access for Patreon backers, I guess I ought to be airing it here!

I'm always trying to search out games to cover on the show that fit the definition of being 'interesting,' and this one certainly fits that description. FINAL FIGHT CD is a super whizz-bang enhanced conversion of Capcom's coin-op of the same name for Sega's Mega CD system... with an extra twist in so much as it wasn't actually made by Capcom themselves.

I dig into this one and find that, for an apparently simple game, there's a lot to talk about.

Direct link to video:

Games / Re: I've got a Totally Unoriginal Gaming Show on Youtube now
« on: 09 December, 2020, 05:11:42 PM »
Fascinating stuff,  cheers.

Ah, dangit - I managed to miss this post last time. Glad you dug it, Tordels!

Games / Re: I've got a Totally Unoriginal Gaming Show on Youtube now
« on: 10 November, 2020, 06:42:32 AM »
I have risen from my slumber!
(With a splitting headache. But that's by the by.)

Anyhoo, hope everyone's doing okay. Got something fresh to share here. My plan was to stockpile new videos so that I could maintain a regular release schedule next year, but seeing as the UK's in lockdown and I figure folks might appreciate having something to watch... NEW VIDEO! And this one's a genuine thing of wonder. It's a look at one man's attempt to de-make the ultra gnarly DEAD SPACE for, of all things, the ZX Spectrum!

You can watch the review via this link:

Some bonus info, which might be of interest:

This game is available as a legit free download from the developer. I'll leave you to do the Googling, but it's easy enough to find.

"But I don't have a ZX Spectrum!" you may cry, "They're ancient and knackered old computers, and nobody has them anymore, right?"

Well, even if you don't have one, you can still play this. I played the game for review purposes on my swanky ZX Spectrum Next, but the footage is captured from a Raspberry Pi running an emulator. There's no difference in performance at all. So, there you go... a possible solution for anyone looking for something fun to kill a few hours with in lockdown.


Games / Re: I've got a Totally Unoriginal Gaming Show on Youtube now
« on: 05 August, 2020, 08:42:39 AM »
New video thingy on the YouTube wotsit!

I managed to pull off a few insane technical tricks to bring some Commodore 64 content to the show. Behold... SUPER BREAD BOX!

This is a really fun version of a game you might have seen elsewhere, that ANYBODY can enjoy regardless of whether they own a C64 or not. Details are in a pinned post under the review itself on YouTube. Which you can find here: https://youtu.be/ZSda4KJcyBM

Just a quick note as well, for anyone around these parts who's been following and enjoying the videos up until now:

This video marks the midway point in the third season. I'll be taking a hiatus from the show for now as I need to work out a better strategy to keep it going.

I recently set up a Patreon page for the show in efforts to secure a little regular return for making it. Quite a bit of effort goes into making each video, and this step helps me to justify continuing to make new ones.

Sadly, YouTube as a platform seems determined to saw the legs off small ventures like mine, and I've seen evidence recently that my videos are being actively suppressed. So what I'll do for the remainder of this season is release new videos to my patrons as they're completed and stockpile them until I'm ready to put out one video a week for public view on YouTube. Then I'll be in a position to see if I'm satisfying their godawful algorithms or not. 

This stuff always feels like one long, ever evolving experiment. So let's see where it goes, I guess.

Games / Re: I've got a Totally Unoriginal Gaming Show on Youtube now
« on: 07 July, 2020, 04:02:25 PM »
New review is up today. In this one, I look at the follow up to a game a reviewed way, way back. QUARANTINE CIRCULAR, by Mike Bithell, plays with the same format as his previous Subsurface Circular, daring to tweak a few very minor things in the process. It's an interesting beast.

Direct link:


Mind you if I knew what I was doing and had a web cam I'd love to help you out.

After conferring with His Liquid Lordship, I've been told to advise 'the human weaklings' that questions need not be submitted in video format. So if you (or anyone else) wants to log a query for his consideration, you can always leave it in a comment under one of the videos.

I mean, personally, I lean in favour of not encouraging him. He's been INSUFFERABLE since he started gaining subscribers. Fancies himself as the next PewDiePie or something.


I dunno.

A teasaurus, Shirley?

I'm told he prefers the term 'lord and master.'

And don't call me Shirley.  :P


That cup of tea has swallowed a thesaurus...   :lol:

He DOES go on, doesn't he?

Games / Re: I've got a Totally Unoriginal Gaming Show on Youtube now
« on: 16 June, 2020, 05:59:41 PM »
Last week was a pretty big week for my little video game show. Not going to say much as to why, because I'm a bit scared I'll jinx things. Suffice to say, after a LOT of hard work, things may finally be about to pay off.

For now though, I'll just share the latest video. Which is a review of BURGERTIME for the NES.

Here's a direct link to the review:

'Ow do, folks.

I don't know if anybody's seen this, but I've recently been roped into helping a sentient cup of tea out with his YouTube channel recently.

Yes. You read that sentence right. He's apparently decided to give mankind the benefit of his immense wisdom during the current crisis, or some guff. Folks seem to be asking him some really important questions, and he encourages audience participation. So I figure you guys might fancy having a look.

Here's his latest (direct link below image.)


New video is up!

In this one (which was an absolute PIG to edit together and kept getting pushed all over the place thanks to my busy rock star lifestyle of late) I look at Arc System Works' conversion fo Irem's VIGILANTE for the Sega Master System.



Off Topic / Re: activities of the trapped
« on: 19 April, 2020, 10:12:49 PM »
Archived on YouTube, eh?

You do see some funny stuff on that YouTube.

For example, a sentient cup of teaavailing the entire human race of his boundless wisdom during our time of crisis.


I have *no idea* who comes up with this stuff.

Books & Comics / Re: Lockdown comics
« on: 18 April, 2020, 07:34:17 PM »
Just a quick heads-up that I've made a comic free to read for anyone who wants it.

This one's had an airing in the past in the Multiverse anthology that was sold at Cardiff Comic Con in 2014, and then again in the pages of Paragon. People seem to get a laugh out of it, so I figure it's maybe a good choice to put out there. I hoep it gives folks something to smile about, even if only for a little while.

Special thanks to Davey Candlish and Dan Harris (of Lou Scannon / Attic Studios fame) who both agreed to let me share it publicly. You can find it on my lettering blog, here:


Also, if anyone has a chuckle at it, please do feel free to share the link around wherever you like. Quite sincerely, I just hope it cheers a few people up.

Games / Re: I've got a Totally Unoriginal Gaming Show on Youtube now
« on: 18 April, 2020, 06:35:06 PM »
Ah well, if you have a new Spectrum, is it worth doing an extended episode that covers the 8-bit 2000ad games? I really enjoyed listening to the history of them on the recent Thrillcast - would be great to see them in action (unless the YouTube version of the Thrillcast showed gameplay).

I'll probably not be doing anything quite like that, as those sorts of videos can be VERY time consuming. And, for the time being, I've got to think carefully about how I split my time between doing these video reviews and lettering comics. But if there's demand for 2000AD themed content, I can certainly scribble that in the ol' notebook!

As for this comment:

Btw: I bought and played SUBSURFACE CIRCULAR On the basis  of the review upthread. It was great... And what an ending!

You have NO IDEA what a shot in the arm this is to read! You're actually the first person to tell me they've bought anything off the basis of one of my reviews. And that's made all the sweeter by the fact that the Subsurface Circular review has been a source of major angst in the past. To date, it's one of my least popular, and earned a slew of early insta-dislikes from people who couldn't deal with the fact that I was suddenly uploading gaming content.

Glad to hear you enjoyed the game - it's certainly something different! And if you enjoyed that, there's an upcoming review scheduled for later in this block of videos that I think you might like...

Games / Re: I've got a Totally Unoriginal Gaming Show on Youtube now
« on: 17 April, 2020, 09:40:37 PM »
Enjoyed the Jetpac review. But it also left me aching to see Sabrewulf and Knightlore in action again.

I've hit a bit of a bump in production at the moment, but I've been weighing up how realistic it is to cover some proper home computer content for a while now. Those games aren't on my review pile as yet, but now that I've got a swanky new ZX Spectrum Next, I might see if I can crack into them for a full-blooded Speccy flavoured review when the timing's favourable.

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