One of my all-time favourite video game intros has got to be the one from Cannon Fodder. If you’re not familiar with Cannon Fodder, then you’re probably either too young or you’ve were living under a rock back in the early 90s. Either way, I demand that you immediately familiarise yourself with it!
Cannon Fodder was a brilliant and bloody-hard top-down squad-based tactical shooter developed by Sensible Software and originally released for the Amiga in 1993, then ported to a variety of other platforms.
Notoriously, it managed to wind up both the Royal British Legion and British tabloid press, who sneered that it was a “shameful” insult to our war dead and a glorification of “war and viciousness”. They even attempted to orchestrate a boycott, which obviously only helped to promote the game and increase sales.
But I won’t repeat myself too much here, because a few years back I wrote an article all about the game and the controversy that once surrounded it. Or you could just grab an emulator and play it for yourself!
Anyway, I digress. The intro to Cannon Fodder was a basically an amusing monochrome (and highly-digitised) slideshow of the Sensible boys prancing around in a field somewhere, wearing rented WWII uniforms, playing with toy guns, and posing in front of military hardware. But what made it so memorable was Jon Hare’s and Richard Joseph’s sardonic reggae-style theme song “War Has Never Been So Much Fun”.
It’s a damn catchy tune and a big part of the reason why so many people got their knickers in a twist. Apparently, the sensationalist tabloid press doesn’t understand irony. Or, at least, are very good at pretending that they don’t.
What a lot of people may not realise, and I certainly didn’t until a few years ago (good ole YouTube!), is that the Sensible gang also made a video of their little office day out. Essentially a music video version of the original intro, it featured exclusively on the Amiga CD32 version of the game that was released in 1994. But what made this video even more elusive was that you also needed to buy and install the expensive FMV expansion module in order to watch it.
Well, I finally got round to ripping my own version, which I’ve upscaled to 1080p (just to annoy the aspect ratio pedants 😉 ) and uploaded to my channel. It’s a great video, enjoy! Also, if you want to know how to emulate a CD32, then check out my handy guide.