29/07/2022

๐Ÿ’™ Safe In Our World #SafeMentaliTEE "The Greatest Moments of Our Retrogaming Journey" ๐Ÿ’™ @SquaredSeven @SafeInOurWorld

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Where It All Began

It was about 10 years ago when I first had the thought.

I was bored with the daily grind of my life and how I was spending my free time. I was in a rut and I knew I wanted to do something to get out of that rut. It was time to do something for myself to enrich my life and feed the inner creativity that had been buried deep inside me.

The problem was that I didn't have a clue where to start or what to do.

28/07/2022

๐ŸŽฎ Gamedec Nintendo Switch Review 7.5/10 "A Combat-Free Cyberpunk Tale" ๐ŸŽฎ @GamedecTheGame @AnsharStudios #GameDev #IndieGames

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I’ve been following the development of Gamedec for a couple of years, playing the PC preview back in 2020 really gave me a taste for the thought of a choice-rich RPG that was bereft of any combat in the core gameplay.

I think at the time, I’d covered a handful of games with clunky combat and the thought of an RPG fully focussed on the dialogue / investigative side of things seemed a very cool way to go.

27/07/2022

๐Ÿฒ⚔️ Souldiers Nintendo Switch Review 7/10 "A Lot of Dungeon for Your Dollar" ๐Ÿฒ⚔️ @souldiersgame @plugindigital #IndieGames #GameDev

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I’m not a completist. I’m not all about getting 100% on games. I didn’t even think about trying to hunt down all TWO HUNDRED pigeons hidden across the vast map of GTA4, for example, just for the sake of a fleeting smirk of satisfaction and a digital plaque on my avatar’s wall. 

26/07/2022

๐Ÿ”ช The Quarry Xbox Series X Review 8.5/10 "The Best Supermassive Title Yet" ๐Ÿ”ช @SuperMGames #TheQuarry

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We at GF – specifically, myself and Transvaal – are big fans of Supermassive Games’ approach to the horror genre, especially in the ‘one session and done’ The Dark Pictures Anthology series, which appears to be growing stronger with each release. And so we approached The Quarry with the (little) hope that we’d be in for a good time watching people have bad times, and that hope was rewarded with – what we believe to be – the best Supermassive Games release yet.

25/07/2022

๐Ÿฆ‹ Mothmen 1966 Nintendo Switch Ten Minute Taster Gameplay ๐Ÿฆ‹ @ChorusWorldwide #IndieGames #GameDev

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Mothmen 1966 is the first in a new series of interactive adventures: Pixel Pulps. Created by novelist Nico Saraintaris and artist Fernando Martinez Ruppel, Pixel Pulps are a fusion of exceptional writing and stunning illustration, inspired by mid-20th century pulp fiction and 80s home computer graphics. The first volume comprises three games: Mothmen 1966, Varney Lake, and Bahnsen Knights.

๐Ÿ“€๐Ÿ’ฟ Immerse Yourself in Nostalgia with Video Game Music Essentials: Ben Briggs ๐Ÿ“€๐Ÿ’ฟ @bbriggsmusic @FiragaRecords @MateriaStore #VideoGameMusic

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Firaga Records to celebrate talented artist Ben Briggs with a full spectrum album covering everything from Chrono Trigger to Super Mario Galaxy.

24/07/2022

๐Ÿ“€๐Ÿ’ฟ Britt’s Vinyl Fantasies #4 ๐Ÿ“€๐Ÿ’ฟ #Vinyl #VideoGameVinyl

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My last Vinyl Fantasies was back in April ‘22, and since then a lot of gold has been handed to me by my friendly neighbourhood postman, meaning that I have to talk about the wonderful albums that have been causing tiny revolutions to happen in my house over and over again.

As usual, the records are presented in no particular order.

23/07/2022

๐Ÿ’ฟ๐Ÿ“€ Matt Gray Reformation LIMITED EDITION Vinyl Release Review ๐Ÿ’ฟ๐Ÿ“€ @mattgrayc64 #Vinyl #VideoGameVinyl

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Description from 6581 Records website:

“The Limited Edition Double Vinyl (250 copies only) version of the original Reformation album by Matt Gray featuring remakes of classic C64 game music.

A selection of the best of the Reformation box set across 2 vinyl discs this is a limited edition of just 250 copies and should be highly collectable.

Comes complete with all 40+ tracks from the box set (does NOT include the full LN2 album) at full quality FLAC & MP3 downloads including additional bonus tracks.”

22/07/2022

๐ŸฏBright Memory: Infinite Xbox Series X Review 8/10 "I'm No Cosmologist" ๐Ÿฏ @FYQD_Studio #IndieGame #GameDev

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I'm no cosmologist, but I'm reasonably sure that if a black hole opened up in the sky then we would all be dead in very short order. However, this is the event that kicks off Bright Memory: Infinite, and by the end of the game (which is only about 2-3 hours), everything is broadly similar to the way it was at the start. 

Although you have killed quite a few people, as well as some unexpected historical warriors, in that time, as well as engaged in a gun battle on the wings of a plane that is being sucked into the said black hole.

21/07/2022

๐Ÿง› Vampire Survivors Receives Patch 9.0 ๐Ÿง› #IndieGames #GameDev

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After 100,000 positive Steam user reviews (including classics like “3 dollar cocaine”) 

Vampire Survivors receives Patch 9.0 on 21/07/22 (5 pm BST/ 2 pm EDT/9 am PDT)

This means they’re closing in on v1.0...๐Ÿง›

Documentary Review: Goldenera The Legend of GoldenEye 007 Revealed ๐ŸŽฌ๐ŸŽฎ @GoldenEraDoco #RetroGaming #007 #JamesBond

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A full-length documentary about ‘the most important video game ever made’, Goldenera is a pretty robust documentary that covers the background, creation, release, and impact of Rare’s seminal 1997 title, Goldeneye.

A title that fuelled millions of hours of gaming upon its release, and for a lot of people, was the nucleus for some of their most treasured videogame memories.

20/07/2022

๐Ÿ›ธ๐Ÿ‘ฝ The Anacrusis PC Ten Minute Taster Gameplay ๐Ÿ›ธ๐Ÿ‘ฝ @anacrusisgame #IndieGame #GameDev

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The Anacrusis is a four-player, cooperative first-person shooter set aboard a massive starship stranded at the edge of explored space. Team up with your friends in an infinitely-replayable fight against alien hordes to unlock perks, weapons, and new ways to play that you can share with your team!

19/07/2022

๐Ÿ“–✅ Go Straight: The Ultimate Guide to Side-Scrolling Beat-’em-Ups Review | "I’ll see you at the player select screen" #VideoGameBooks

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We’ve been lucky enough to cover some of Bitmap Books’ previous releases, and all have been some of the most impressive tomes to cross our desks, from the likes of the (as far as I’m concerned) legally definitive A Guide to Japanese Role-Playing Games to the more -surprisingly – emotional hit of A Gremlin in the Works, Bitmap Books are seemingly the pinnacle of quality books for the gaming scene. Perfectly edited, beautifully illustrated and wonderfully written.

๐Ÿ’ฐ Fantastic Deals On Trust Gaming Gear! ๐Ÿ’ฐ

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Even though Prime Day has passed here are some fantastic deals from gaming specialist Trust that are currently live on retailers Argos and Very, running up until the 2nd of August.

With up to fifty per cent off, there are great savings to be made on streaming mics, gaming headsets, gaming chairs, speakers and mice.

⚔️๐Ÿด๐Ÿค– Shared open-world RPG Tower of Fantasy Reveals New Trailer ⚔️๐Ÿด๐Ÿค– @ToF_EN_Official #ToF #Toweroffantasy

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Level Infinite and Hotta Studios, the creators of the shared open-world adventure Tower of Fantasy, released a new character trailer today that introduces the vibrant and unique characters that will be featured in the game when it releases this year.

Premier Audio Brand EPOS Relaunches Wireless Gaming Earbuds with Highly Requested Mic Feature

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The GTW 270 Hybrid low-latency wireless gaming earbuds now allow mic connectivity via USB-C dongle, providing both on-the-go, console and PC gamers more communication freedom when gaming.

The GTW 270 Hybrid wireless earbuds from premium audio company EPOS are stacked with key features sought out by gamers: low-latency wireless technology, closed acoustic sound, multifunctionality between devices and ergonomic shape for comfort. 

Now including the highly requested feature of mic connectivity from the USB-C dongle, in addition to the original Bluetooth® mic function, the GTW 270 Hybrid is an even more versatile product for true audio freedom.

18/07/2022

๐Ÿคผ‍♂️ Big Bang Pro Wrestling Nintendo Switch Ten Minute Taster Gameplay ๐Ÿคผ‍♂️

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In Big Bang Pro Wrestling For The Nintendo Switch, it's about to pop off as the original Neo Geo Pocket Colour game makes its way to Nintendo and Rich gives it a whirl...

Muscle-bound wrestlers take the stage for a bombastic all-out brawl! Easy controls allow you to pull off sick and devastating special moves from the push of a button!

-10 fighters to choose from including fledging newbies, masked wrestlers, and hulking heavyweights! The ring is calling you!

-Each wrestler comes with their own personalized Finishing Move. Fulfill the proper conditions and let it rip to win the fight!

-Change up the rules with exciting modes like Coffin Death Match where your goal is to toss your opponent into a coffin. 

Or, try to steal away the reward in Reward Death Match to really stick it to your opponent!

eShop Link:

17/07/2022

๐Ÿ APICO Nintendo Switch Ten Minute Taster Gameplay ๐Ÿ@apico_game #InidieGames #GameDev

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APICO is a laid-back beekeeping sim game about breeding, collecting, & conserving bees! Set in a series of lush environments, APICO uniquely combines resource gathering, biology, and beekeeping minigames, taking ideas from a mix of real-life and fantasy apiculture & floriculture.

16/07/2022

๐Ÿ’ฟ๐Ÿ“€๐ŸŽถ Wayo Records Interview (Jonathan Khersis) ๐Ÿ’ฟ๐Ÿ“€๐ŸŽถ #Vinyl #VideoGameVinyl

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Established over a decade ago in Paris, French record label Wayรด Records have made a name for themselves by releasing consistently high-quality albums such as Actraiser, Across the Worlds and Metal Slug X, to name but a few, as well as some truly gorgeous music boxes.

I caught up with Jonathan Khersis to find out the history of the label and it’s clear that this is very much a passion-driven company that goes far beyond standard releases.

15/07/2022

๐Ÿšจ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Autobahn Police Simulator 3 Review 4.5/10 "New ideas can’t paper over the issues that carry through the series" ๐Ÿš” @AerosoftGmbH #IndieGames #GameDev

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I reviewed Autobahn Police Simulator 2 back at the end of 2020, and, whilst I enjoyed my time with the game, the unavoidable technical issues really hacked away at what was a solid premise with some great ideas floating around. In my review of the previous entry, I stated:

 “Whilst Autobahn Police Simulator 2 is a tough one to recommend due to the above-mentioned issues, I really hope that a third game comes out and has more time spent on the basics such as camera work, animation, controls and overall smoothness.”

Unfortunately, this is not the case.

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