Music – The Ataris’ “My Reply”

Join me on a trip back like twelve plus years ago today, as I flash myself back to 2003 and So Long, Astoria. The Ataris released one amazing CD that I think resonates so much more now than it might of back in those heady days. “My Reply” is a great encouraging number that I’ve…

Opinion: Very Initial Reaction to the SNES Classic

So I finally had the two factors work in my favor to get a SNES Classic today: a) availability and b) money. My first reaction was holy fuck this is adorably tiny. Like I wanna cuddle it. I gave it a bit of a test run tonight, mostly playing Stree Fighter II Turbo and watching…

Music: 52 Women VGM Composers You Should Know About – Jun Chikuma

Jun Chikuma Chikuma began her composing career at Hudson Soft in 1985, with her first title being what would become the company’s enduring franchise, Bomberman. Chikuma would handle music duties for the series for over 16 years, producing soundtracks for 17 of the games between 1985 to 2001, including Super Bomberman, Bomberman ’93, Saturn Bomberman,…

Music – Our Lady Peace’s “Nice to Meet You”

Another cut from Our Lady Peace’s Somethingness, this one is a really great condensation of their sound. And it has a confidence that I feel has been lacking in the band since Gravity reoriented their map, a real depth that Curve began to reclaim but Somethingness seems to be grasping. I’m digging it. I should…

Opinion: My Idealized N64 Mini and the Cold Splash of Reality

So, Nintendo has been trademarking stuff related to the Nintendo 64 lately, including a controller graphic in line with the NES and SNES Classic mini consoles. So it’s pretty likely that a N64 Mini is on the way. Of course, what would I want on it? Well, here’s an extravagant list of 30 titles that…

Opinion: Team Sonic Racing is a mistake

Well, Sega had multiple outside companies tripping over themselves to spoil this surprise, so they just outright admitted that Team Sonic Racing is a real thing and will see release later this year. And I’d like to be excited, but I can’t because Sega has made a colossal blunder in stripping out the Sega component…

Music: 52 Women VGM Composers You Should Know About – Hiroyo “CHiCO” Yamanaka

Hiroyo “CHiCO” Yamanaka Yamanaka, better known by her performance name “CHiCO”, is one half of ACE (also known as ACE+ if a third member, Kenji Hiramatsu, joins her and Tomori Kudo), a musical duo who have recently exploded onto the video game composition scene with their triumphant contributions to Xenoblade Chronicles. Paired with legends like Yoko…

Music: 52 Women VGM Composers You Should Know About – Michiko Naruke

Michiko Naruke Michiko Naruke began her career in video game composition at Telenet Japan, contributing to Legion, Valis III, Dekoboko Densetsu: Hashiru Wagamanma, Psycho Dream, High Grenadier, and the Tenshi no Uta series. However, it was in the aftermath of that company’s dissolution that gave Naruke her big break: joining Media.Vision and becoming the lead composer…