Cannon Fodder – war has never been so much fun!

Featuring a sardonic reggae-style theme song, a disclaimer that “This game is not endorsed in any way by the Royal British Legion” and a slideshow of the Sensible boys prancing around in WWII uniforms in front of military hardware, it’s arguably one of the most memorable openings to any game. More than 20 years after…

Syndicate: the violent birth of the sandbox city

The 1990s was an exciting time for gaming. The technology was allowing creative designers to invent and develop many of the concepts and mechanics that we now take for granted. Games were increasing in depth and sophistication, and new genres were being born. We were moving beyond the plethora of simplistic arcade-style shooters, beat ’em…

Another World: a timeless classic

In the 30 odd years that I’ve been gaming, few titles have captured my imagination like Another World — it is, without doubt, one of the standout games of the Amiga era and justifiably still enjoys a cult status to this day. I fell in love with this game the first time I played it…

Wolfenstein: a pioneering franchise (mostly)

I recently bit the bullet and picked up Wolfenstein: The New Order (MachineGames May 2014). I wasn’t going to bother, but a good friend recommended it and I managed to pick it up for half price (damn you Steam and your bloody sales!). Not exactly groundbreaking or even remotely original in terms of gameplay (did…

The Chaos Engine CD32 intro

The intro from Amiga CD32 version of The Chaos Engine, a Bitmap Brothers game originally released in 1993. I recorded this while testing out Shadowplay on the WinUAE Amiga emulator. Seems to be working well. I used to love this game, it’s a classic top-down shooter. It was pretty hard and best played with a…

Guru meditation

I’ve been setting up a virtual Amiga environment on my PC (using WinUAE), as I want to get some videos and screenshots to use on this blog. Messing around I managed to crash system and trigger the mysterious sounding “Guru Meditation”, the Amiga equivalent of the PC’s notorious “Blue Screen of Death” (BSOD). Ah, fond…