REVIEW: Fez (Xbox 360 XBLA)

Gerald Lynch Features, Gaming, Reviews, Tech Digest news 6 Comments

The star of a much-hyped video game movie and the lovechild of one of the indie gaming community's most outspoken developers, can Fez ride the wave of expectation that's greeted it at every blocky, 8-bit corner? Read on for our review of the puzzler/platformer hybrid to find out.

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8-bit FM – chiptune and video game music, 24/7

Duncan Geere Digital Music Leave a Comment

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Do you like old-skool videogame music and chiptune acts like Pixelh8, Neotericz and Receptors? Then you’ll be pleased as punch about the launch of 8-bit FM, an internet radio station dedicated to the bleepy sounds of days gone by.

Although they’re currently working out some bugs, the plan is for the station to be live 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year. There’s a web-based flash player, and you can also listen in Windows Media Player, RealPlayer, Winamp, and iTunes. There’s even a live request system if there’s a particular choon you wanna hear.

8-bit FM (via Technabob)

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Space Phallus – the best 8-bit game you've never played

Duncan Geere Gaming 4 Comments

Space Phallus. Just from the name you already know what to expect. It’s an 8-bit shoot-em-up game featuring many, many cocks. You control the disembodied head of a dog, and you’ve got to make your way through space while waves of evil space penises assault you.

It’s available as downloads for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux, and it weighs in at about 10MB (well, the Windows version does, anyway). Download. Unzip. Cocks. The arrows move your ship around, z shoots, x shoots missiles, and c activates ‘fire breath’.

The best thing? It’s not only completely ridiculous, it’s actually an incredibly fun game, too. Kudos to creator Charlie of Charlie’s Games.

Space Phallus (via Rock, Paper, Shotgun)

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Remove all traces of joy from Christmas with the Radiohead NES remake collection

Gary Cutlack Computers, Digital Music, Gaming, Intellectual Property, Internet, Web 2.0, Weirdness Leave a Comment

Some extremely talented but sadly misguided musician has taken it upon himself to recreate a load of classic Radiohead songs using only the NES sound chip. The resulting generational soundclash is an appealing MIDI-like collection of easy-listening tunes.

Here’s one example – a stirring interpretation of ‘No Surprises’ from that album everyone liked a few years ago.

If you like that, you might also like Paranoid Android, a quite superb version of Creep and…

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YouTube Video of the Week: Computer history via interpretive dance

Duncan Geere YouTube Video of the Day Leave a Comment

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Again, not quite on YouTube, but I couldn’t resist this adorable video of pixellated office workers taking you through the history of computing in the form of interpretive dance. The music’s rather charming as well. I think we might have a rival to our very own Tech Trumpet.

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