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video 2014-07-06 08:45

One more music post for the night and then I'm back to writing, but I wanted to share this, not because it's related to the project I'm working on right now, but because I was perusing Youtube and found this and it brought back some good memories.  I've mentioned I'm into retrogames, but this was definitely a throwback.


"Snatcher" is a cyberpunk game that was made for Sega, and it has one of my favorite storylines for the genre in gaming.  If you're into retrogames and like watching LPs, I'd recommend this one for the storyline.  The characters are fun, the setting's cool, and while I could tell who the bad guy was after a certain point, it does a good job of keeping you in mystery for events for a while. It has a smorgasbord of inspirations from The Terminator to Blade Runner among some other sci-fi bit references.


This song happens to be the opening theme. The opening sequence was one I really liked as well as the song.  I've used this theme as mood music more than once in some projects I've worked on.

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video 2014-01-19 09:08

Yeah, I'm pretty sure this is where I show my game geek tendencies, but I thought I'd do a random post while I'm still working on editing my YA cyberpunk story.


I'm kind of a retrogame fan.  Fair warning.  So I like watching people do longplays and LPs (Let's Plays) of different games from the 80s and 90s across different platforms, some I've played (especially for the NES/SNES), others I never had the chance to because I didn't own the system. (i.e. Amiga. And I still regret I never had the chance to play the "Shadow of the Beast" series) Sometimes newer, but usually only if I'm previewing a game I'm interested in or if I like the commentary of that LPer.


So, I came across this longplay of the NES version of Batman, and it brought back memories because I remember the day my parents brought this game home for me.  This was one of the toughest games I played around the age of 8 or 9, but I remember the experience being awesome.  One of the things I loved about it was the dark cyber structure to Gotham City - it was one of the first times I'd seen it interpreted that way.  Another was the music.  Epic game music was epic. Sunsoft actually did a really good job with music and graphics for the Batman games I played - this one and "Return of the Joker"  - if I recall.  The only one I own still to date is this one.  Return of the Joker I think I rented from Blockbuster, but never bought.  (That tells you how old I am. *sighs*)


The Longplay player in this video makes this game look easy, as they beat it in under 30 minutes.  It was not easy, it was not at ALL.  I died so many times playing this game, it was just...rough. It was all about timing and patterns.  First level wasn't so bad, second level was a little rough if you didn't know the pattern (and it featured my favorite music sequence as a kid).  Third and Fourth boss levels just killed me every time.  The actual battle with the Joker wasn't so bad.


But yeah, bit of random nostalgia as I'm reflecting tonight.

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