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  1. Thanks for the heads up, just ordered a copy of the reissue on cd. Where are you getting to see all these legends? Been dropping a few big names since your return!
  2. One of my favourite BJ tracks (and one of those songs that I never tire of), this popped up on an old Essential Mix compilation from 1999 that I was listening to at work this week, so I decided to seek out the sample source. They definitely took a hefty chunk of the rhythm and groove from Airto, but added enough of their own touches to make it stand apart. Then I stumbled onto the live version by the Metropole Orkest and it's one of the best things I've heard for ages! Full Orchestra, Live Band and Choir, all jamming a sweet Brazilian groove. The original - Airto Moreira's Samba de Flora The reinterpretation The evolution
  3. Liking this - how does the rest of the album compare? I popped his name into Discogs, which was keen to tell me that I had one of his albums! Actually, he was featured on Dan Siegel's 1984 LP "Another Time, Another Place", which is a fairly nice album of smooth new-age jazz. Looking at the tracklist, I can't remember a standout track. Possibly the title track? I came here to post this track from Lyle Mays' (of Pat Methany Group) 1986 debut solo record. The rest of the album is a bit more jazzy - though still very new-age and melodic throughout.
  4. Under Defeat Stage 1 Original Dreamcast Version
  5. 01 - Kindness - Something Like A War 02 - Droid Bishop - Rebirth of the Machine 03 - Prins Thomas - Ambitions 04 - Tyler, The Creator - IGOR 05 - Steve Moore - Beloved Exile 06 - Lindstrom - On a Clear Day I Can See You Forever 07 - Erik Wallo - Sources (early works 1986-1992) 08 - Waveshaper - Artifact 09 - Janeret - Chōshinsei EP 10 - Khotin - Beautiful You (reissued on LP)
  6. Spent a couple of hours playing Mystical Ninja on the SNES last night. Remember it being a confusing and unforgiving video shop rental as a kid. Yesterday I started to work out the mechanics (grind, basically) and it’s pretty fun.
  7. So funky. Travel Agency from Mystical Ninja.
  8. I don’t really remember arcade machines being in chip shops etc. Maybe a fruit machine but never proper games. Is that because I lived by the seaside where we had a selection of proper arcades so they didn’t bother?
  9. I played the original Super Monkey Ball last week. Beginners courses were good and the mini games available (fight, race and target) were all fun to play with my daughter. Need to step up to the next difficulty level and earn some more points to unlock Monkey Bowling and more. It was so much more fun than Banana Blitz on the Wii, which I played the week before. It’s all about the precision controls.
  10. I was born in 1982. The first games I remember having at home were Adventure, Pele's Soccer, Centipede, Joust and Yar's Revenge for the Atari 2600 console around 1987? We had mail order catalogues (possibly Raven Games) that I remember reading but I don't really remember asking for anything particular, or getting games as birthday presents, but we did eventually end up with quite a lot of 2600 titles - Jungle Hunt, Summer Games and River Raid being three I remember fondly. My cousin also had an Atari (a woody) and so did a couple of friends, so we used to swap or play each others games. I also remember Binatone sets with Pong type games on, probably from a similar time. In 1990, in my first year of Junior school, my Mum won first prize in a raffle and I got to take home a NES Action Set - I was pretty chuffed! I played a lot of Mario and Duck Hunt and got other games for Birthday/Christmas (Kung-Fu, Rad Racer) as well as at boot fairs (Zelda) and second hand shops (Kick Off, Double Dragon III). My cousin also had a NES and so did most of my friends at school, so again, a lot of trading carts happened and I think it was at this time that the local video shops used to start renting out carts. In fact, looking through some image galleries of the PAL NES releases - I'd say I probably played 50% of them at some point. It was definitely the NES that got me into gaming. I don't remember any computers from School until I started senior school in 1993, where they had a suite of Acorn A3000's. I think my Dad already had one, or bought one around that time as I have lots of memories of the games on that system (mostly 4th Dimension titles) including Holed Out Golf, Break 147, Cataclysm, E-Type, Saloon Cars, Nevryon, Dropship, Inertia, Lemmings, Zarch (Lander), Chocks Away, Pac-Mania and a PD version of Asteroids with awesome music! Christmas 1993 was when I got my SNES (Mario All-Stars pack). That title in particular was a little underwhelming as I had played 3 of the 4 games to death on the NES already! But the SNES library probably holds the biggest space in my heart. It was far more popular with my friends than the Mega Drive and I just loved so many of the games. I lived very close to school and about 8 of us would bundle into my bedroom to play Bomberman 2 or something at lunchtime. Before school my mum would drop me off at a friends house on her way to work and we would play Super Mario World until it was time for school. After school I would regularly play Super Mario Kart or Killer Instinct among others. Some games were so good I used to get up early to play them before it was time to get ready for school (Secret of Mana). Christmas 1997 I got the PS1 for Final Fantasy VII. I reckon the Playstation was as popular as the SNES and there were lots of people to swap games with again. There was also the piracy alternative. My cousin knew somebody who would chip your machine and could source copied games. I finished school in 1998 but college just meant more PS1 love (Tony Hawk's 2) plus I had more money to buy new games (which were also getting cheaper). Throughout all of this there was always the arcade at the seafront. Fond memories of The Simpson, Turtles, Top Skater, Die Hard Arcade, Xmen VS Street Fighter.
  11. I assume he is referring to the keyboard layout rather than the physical hardware?
  12. Couple of vintage Sega jams. Sky High from Super Monkey Ball The Cosmic Smash from Cosmic Smash(!)
  13. Yeah I have Alien Crush Returns too. Never got into it but I should give it another try I suppose. I don’t remember enjoying the original Alien Crush as much as the sequels. I had the MD version of Devil’s Crush back when I had a Mega Drive, don’t think there’s much between the two versions gameplay wise. Having seen some comparison shots on HG101, I think I slightly prefer the graphics of the PCE version. Jaki Crush is my favourite because it seems a bit easier to keep the ball out of the gutters, plus nostalgia.
  14. Played Devil’s Crush (TG16 via Wii VC) and Jaki Crush (Snes Mini) for a few hours last night, both great games with awesome graphics and music. I also have Alien Crush on Wii VC so will play that next time. Does anybody know of any articles about their development?
  15. I bought the Wii original in the charity shop last week. It wasn’t that fun. I imagine non-waggle controls would improve things. I played the GC original afterwards and it was much more enjoyable.
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