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19/05/2022

๐Ÿ’ฟ GOTHAM ’89 Video Game Vinyl Review From Shapeshift Records ๐Ÿ’ฟ @shapeshiftvinyl #Vinyl #VideoGameVinyl

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Purchase Link - https://shapeshiftrecords.com/products/gotham-89

A perfectly-timed release, with Batman being on a lot of minds following Matt Reeves’ (excellent) The Batman, starring Robert Pattinson as the scowl under the cowl – Shapeshift Records’ GOTHAM ’89 is a re-imagining of Danny Elfman’s 1989 Batman score as a 16-bit epic. Good.

Considering that this is Shapeshift records’ first release, it’s an impressive achievement as the presentation, design, sound – and quite frankly –the idea behind the album is all awesome.

18/05/2022

๐Ÿ›ฃ️ Road 96 Original Soundtrack Vinyl Review G4F Records ๐Ÿ›ฃ️ @G4F_Records #VideoGameVinyl #Vinyl

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Purchase Link - https://www.g4f-records.com/en/soundtrack/road-96-soundtrack/

My esteemed and roguish colleague Pixel Hunted recently covered Road 96, a narrative adventure from French developer Digixart – and had this to say:

“Road 96 has its heart in the right place, looks striking, is crammed full of good ideas, and has an exceptional soundtrack (it’s telling that the collectables are cassettes and that the game is full of tape players to listen to them on).”

Naturally, this information stayed rooted in my brain like an arrow of pleasure fired from a bow of joy, and so when I had the opportunity to cover the soundtrack on vinyl - I leapt upon it ferociously.

13/05/2022

๐Ÿ’ฟ Shatter Vinyl Review | Composer – Module (Jeremiah Ross) ๐Ÿ’ฟ @jeramiahrossnz @PikPokGames

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I had been previously unaware of Shatter, a physics-based puzzle game released on Steam and the PSN store back in 2009 by developer PikPok- and I certainly wasn’t aware of the quality of the soundtrack.

Following a news article that I posted on Twitter – regarding the games’ soundtrack now being available on streaming services – the original composer, Module – mentioned that there had been a limited vinyl release in 2011 through New Zealand-based label Mushroom Records…and there were actually a few records still available. Fast forward several weeks and the Shatter soundtrack arrived here in (not so) sunny Wales - and thus my love affair began.

10/05/2022

๐Ÿ“€๐Ÿ’ฟ Project Sidologie: Revolutions Vinyl Review ๐Ÿ“€๐Ÿ’ฟ @C64Audio #Vinyl #VideoGameVinyl

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Product link - https://c64audio.com/collections/project-sidologie/products/project-sidologie-double-vinyl-lp

“An offshoot of the successful Kickstarter ‘Project Sidologie’ (https://c64audio.com/collections/project-sidologie), Project Sidologie Revolutions is a double-disc vinyl that takes C64 tracks composed by such luminaries as Rob Hubbard, Ben Daglish, Matt Gray and Chris Huelsbeck, and re-imagines them as Jean-Michel Jarre soundtracks, with selections representing different eras of Jarre’s catalogue.

Certainly one of the more niche records I’ve covered, Project Sidologie Revolutions is very clearly a passion project from all those involved and is highly recommended for those out there with a love for SID chip sounds, as the versions captured here are expansive and evocative takes on tracks that pulse with a timeless Commodore 64 heartbeat.

A double heavy rare vinyl LP with custom artwork and a beautiful gatefold sleeve with Giger-esque artwork by Trevor Storey. Thoughtfully, it includes a high-quality digital download pack so you can play the unique vinyl mixes on other equipment.

09/05/2022

๐ŸŽ️๐Ÿ’จ Agent Intercept Nintendo Switch Review 7/10 "No, I exSpectre you to die" ๐ŸŽ️๐Ÿ’จ @PikPokGames

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A racing game with mobile roots that has now blasted across to consoles, Agent intercept casts you in the role of a spy that has been given control of the Spectre, an ultra-high-tech machine that has the ability to transform into other vehicles, fire missiles, turbo boost and generally be very, very saucy.

As you work your way through the missions, getting ever closer to taking down the evil CLAW – which reminded me of Inspector Gadget, good – you’ll take down submarines, helicopters, leap into airborne carriers... and blow up a lot of henchmen in jeeps. 

05/05/2022

๐Ÿ”  Mini Words Collection Nintendo Switch Review 8/10 "A fun way to learn and improve basic language skills" ๐Ÿ”  @qubytegames #IndieGame #IndieGameDev

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The below text is from the developer’s site, and pretty much covers what is on offer in the game. It’s a great and fun little title to improve basic language skills, but not particularly challenging for those well-versed in the English language, as the game is aimed at younger players or those learning English.

That said, Mini Words Collection is a fun way to pick up certain words from the languages listed. Even on the harder modes, it’s clear that this is more of a fun learning tool, I liked it!

03/05/2022

๐Ÿ˜Ž GAS - The Gaming Athlete | Blue Light Blocking Glasses & Compression Socks ๐Ÿ˜Ž @The_GasOfficial

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https://thegamingathlete.com

A bit of personal background before I dive into this article. 


I’ve been aware of the health benefits of compression socks and blue light blocking eyewear for a little while now, for two different reasons – in terms of compression socks, several years ago I had a minor health complaint that resulted in my doctor telling me that the situation would improve if I wore compression socks – the issue was partially linked to my job, which – being office-based – meant that it was a pretty sedentary affair for 7 hours of every day. 


I baulked at the thought of compression socks, as from my understanding they were flesh-coloured, and mainly for the elderly. I couldn’t imagine dropping my jockeys in front of my fiancee whilst partially dressed as Mrs Doubtfire, it seemed a recipe to fizzle out our future romantic encounters. And so, I pushed the idea away and mosied on.


Where does that health issue stand now, several years later, after doing nothing?


Marginally worse, unsurprisingly.

02/05/2022

⚡️ NeonLore Xbox Series X Review 5/10 "A cyber library" ⚡️@playstige #IndieGame #IndieGameDev

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NeonLore has quite an interesting premise - more an interactive short story collection than a game per se, the hour or so you’ll spend drenched in neon sees your character walking around several blocks of a futuristic dystopian city, reading snippets of various characters’ lives, solving the occasional puzzle, and listening to audio stories.

21/04/2022

๐ŸŒด Slipstream | XSX | Review | 8.5/10 | "let it drift into your gaming library" ๐ŸŒด @ansdor #IndieGame #IndieGameDev

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As I’m sure I’ve mentioned on these virtual pages before, my taste in racing games leans much more towards the arcade-style over deep simulation, and so Slipstream’s retro aesthetic and pick-up-and-play approach is very much burnin’ rubber down my Strasse.

19/04/2022

๐Ÿ† Trophy | XSX | Review | 7.5/10 | "If you like early Mega Man, here’s your Trophy" ๐Ÿ† @6502Collective #IndieGame #IndieGameDev

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Originally programmed for the NES, Trophy has now made its way to modern consoles, and your take on gameplay firmly rooted in the past as well as your affinity for the Mega Man series of games will very much dictate how much Trophy appeals to you.

15/04/2022

๐Ÿ”๐ŸŽฎ Good Game Cafรฉ, Cardiff | Review ๐Ÿ”๐ŸŽฎ @goodgamecaf

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Was this a Bruce Forsyth Tribute Cafe?

A couple of weeks ago, my partner and I visited a nearby farmer’s market, and after spending a shocking amount of money on cheese, we remembered that just around the corner was a place we’d been meaning to visit for almost a year… the Good Game Cafรฉ.

Located just outside the city centre and a couple of minutes’ walk from the Principality Stadium, the Good Game Cafรฉ is situated on Tudor Street, which is currently being renovated and given a new facelift by the council, meaning that the sparkling new signage acted as a beacon to us, teasing of games….and awesome food.

12/04/2022

๐Ÿ’ฅ Xenocider | Retro Sumus | WAVE Game Studios | Dreamcast | Review | 8/10 | "The first 3D Dreamcast title in 15 years" ๐Ÿ’ฅ @WaveGameStudios #RetroGaming #IndieGame #IndieGameDev

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Purchase Link - https://www.wavegamestudios.com/shop/xenocider

Wave Game Studios are continuing to release a tidal wave of Dreamcast magic throughout this year, the most recently released title being Xenocider, a 3D rail shooter that tips the hat to Space Harrier… and then blows him away in a barrage of gore.

05/04/2022

๐Ÿ’ฟ๐Ÿ“€ Britt's Video Game Vinyl Fantasies #3 ๐Ÿ’ฟ๐Ÿ“€ #Vinyl #VideoGameVinyl #VGM

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Hello all! My last entry in this ongoing series was back in October 2021, and I thought it was a good time to cover the records that have been getting heavy rotation over the last few months here at GF towers.

The last few weeks have seen some more gold turning up for future articles, but these are the records that have been keeping me warm and dancing through the cold, winter months. 

Along with tequila. 

This list also features two albums that are kind of video game-related, but I just wanted to mention my positive experiences with them and their creators - also, just to clarify - this list is in no particular order.

30/03/2022

๐Ÿ’ฟ Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy | Vinyl | Review | Mondo Records ๐Ÿ’ฟ @MondoNews @pinchemoreno #Vinyl #VideoGameVinyl

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https://mondoshop.com/collections/all/products/marvels-guardians-of-the-galaxy-official-video-game-soundtrack-2xlp

A very different beast to the last Marvel soundtrack I covered on the site (https://www.gamesfreezer.co.uk/2021/10/spider-man-original-video-game.html) Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy takes the approach of having a double-disc setup featuring two incredibly different genres of music.

28/03/2022

๐ŸŽ™️ ROCCAT Torch | USB Microphone | Review | "GF Recommended!" ๐ŸŽ™️ @ROCCAT

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https://uk.roccat.com/products/torch

Having covered – and been impressed by - the ROCCAT Magma keyboard last week, I was keen to check out the Torch - ROCCAT’s USB microphone, which comes with a mixer base.

Details:

  • Sample/Bit Rate: 48kHz,
  • 24-bit with optional selection for 44.1kHz
  • Capsules: 2 × ROCCAT Proprietary 14 × 6.5mm condenser capsules
  • Pickup Patterns: Cardioid, Stereo, Whisper (ROCCAT Proprietary)
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz – 20kHz
  • Max SPL: 110dB
  • Zero-latency 3.5mm, 4-Pole headphone socket

26/03/2022

๐Ÿ’ฟ๐Ÿ“€ The Songs of Time (Vinyl) | “A Melancholy Tribute to The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time” | Composer: Daniel Collins (TPR) ๐Ÿ’ฟ๐Ÿ“€@TheMangoMage

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Record Label: Mango Mage Records & Respawned Records (a collaborative release)

Product Link -

https://www.mangomagerecords.com/products/the-songs-of-time-by-tpr-king-of-thieves-var?variant=39835808366797

“A Melancholy Tribute to The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time”

Being as loved as the Zelda franchise is, there are several takes on the music from the series out there, of which I’m most familiar with Mikel’s Zelda & Chill. Mango Mage’s The Songs of Time, composed by TPR actually acts as a fantastic companion piece to Zelda & Chill in that the groovy, night-time trip-hop of the latter leads beautifully into the hazy morning mellowness of the former. I found myself really letting the music of The Songs of Time wash over me in the mornings, sipping a coffee in the early sunshine, it perfectly matches that ‘dawn of the day’ mood with its tinkling, relaxing melodies.

24/03/2022

๐Ÿ’ฟ Across The Worlds – Chrono Cross Wayo Piano Collection | Wayo Records ๐Ÿ’ฟ @WayoRecords #Vinyl #VideoGameVinyl @WayRecordsJP

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“Created to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the release of Chrono Cross in November 1999 (Japan) and August 2000 (USA), Across the Worlds is an arrangement album licensed by the Japanese music right-holders Septima Ley and Procyon Studio (Yasunori Mitsuda’s company). This album is the concretization of a long time dream to create a high-class piano solo album featuring the music from the legendary game, arranged, designed and produced with veteran Japanese video game artists.

23/03/2022

๐ŸŽŽ Shadow Warrior 3 | XSX | Review | 7.5/10 | "More Wang Than You Can Shake a Shotgun At" ๐ŸŽŽ @ShadowWarrior #IndieGame #IndieGameDev

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I’ve had a pretty good time with the Shadow Warrior games since their reboot in 2013 and, upon finishing the second title, I remember being completely in the zone, pumped up for the third entry in the series.

Now that it’s here…I enjoyed my time with the game, but the changes to design and focus – whilst I can clearly appreciate their appeal to some – removed some of the joy for me.

21/03/2022

⚔️ Dark Deity | Nintendo Switch | Review | 9/10 | "A Shining Example of The Genre" ⚔️ @DarkDeityGame #IndieGame #IndieGameDev

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A Kickstarter funded title from developers Sword and Axe LLC, released through Freedom Games - Dark Deity was brought to my attention through an innocuous press release.

Initially, upon seeing a few screenshots – and thus the anime-styled character portraits, combined with blocks of dialogue– I foolishly assumed that it was a visual novel and my expectations dropped accordingly…until I watched the trailer.

20/03/2022

⌨️ ROCCAT | Magma Keyboard | Review | "GF Approved!" ⌨️ @ROCCAT #GamingKeyboard

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Product Link - https://uk.roccat.com/products/magma

“The ROCCAT® Magma™ Membrane RGB Gaming Keyboard is ideal for RGBA enthusiasts seeking a competitive gaming keyboard. Its top plate is fully illuminated in 16.8 million RGB colours and AIMO compatible, making it ready for stunning lighting showcases. Featuring silent membrane keys, ROCCAT Easy-Shift[+] technology, a detachable palm rest and a low maintenance design.”

Features:

  • 5-zone, 10-LED 16.8m colour RGBA backlighting

  • Semi-transparent top plate

  • Solid and responsive typing with silent membrane keys

  • Advanced anti-ghosting technology

  • AIMO lighting engine

  • Detachable palm rest

  • ROCCAT Easy-Shift[+]® button duplicator

  • 2-year manufacturer warranty

A key part of any working or gaming day is the trusty keyboard. I’ve used dozens in my time, and a keyboard that isn’t up to scratch can affect everything, from constant typos to missed opportunities in myriad games – plus, using a keyboard that doesn’t feel right just removes the fun and flow from whatever it is that you are doing.

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