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Blow The Cartridge http://blowthecartridge.com Retro gaming comics! Nintendo, Sega, Commodore and more! Sun, 03 Jun 2018 01:18:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.6 Return Of The Jedi http://blowthecartridge.com/2018/05/09/return-of-the-jedi/ http://blowthecartridge.com/2018/05/09/return-of-the-jedi/#comments Tue, 08 May 2018 14:01:00 +0000 http://blowthecartridge.com/?p=3373 Return Of The Jedi

NEVER GIVE ATARI ANY MONEY FOR ANY REASON EVER Anyway! I really did not like this game at all. After the awesome 3D Star Wars and Empire Strikes Back arcade games we got this really simple affair which was hard to control and you never had enough time to see what was coming up ahead […]]]>

Return Of The Jedi

NEVER GIVE ATARI ANY MONEY FOR ANY REASON EVER

Anyway! I really did not like this game at all. After the awesome 3D Star Wars and Empire Strikes Back arcade games we got this really simple affair which was hard to control and you never had enough time to see what was coming up ahead and it all just felt very lacklustre. Avoid!

Bonus content! Here’s a 12 year old photo of me being angry in front of an Atari sign:

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Blagger http://blowthecartridge.com/2018/05/02/blagger/ http://blowthecartridge.com/2018/05/02/blagger/#comments Tue, 01 May 2018 14:01:00 +0000 http://blowthecartridge.com/?p=3367 Blagger

Blagger was a big hit on the C64 back in the day, but it was kind of before my time and I think it’s not really my thing. I watched some YouTube videos and…I don’t really get how this is meant to be fun? Ahhhh….early ’80s European platform games were really a different kind of […]]]>

Blagger

Blagger was a big hit on the C64 back in the day, but it was kind of before my time and I think it’s not really my thing. I watched some YouTube videos and…I don’t really get how this is meant to be fun?

Ahhhh….early ’80s European platform games were really a different kind of thing.

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Fighting Masters http://blowthecartridge.com/2018/04/05/fighting-masters/ http://blowthecartridge.com/2018/04/05/fighting-masters/#comments Wed, 04 Apr 2018 14:01:00 +0000 http://blowthecartridge.com/?p=3364 Fighting Masters

I need you to understand something: I really, really loved Street Fighter 2, but Street Fighter 2 wasn’t out for the Super Nintendo yet, and I really, really, really wanted to play a one-on-one fighting game at home, and so I…bought Fighting Masters for the MegaDrive. DON’T JUDGE ME. The game wasn’t totally terrible. It had […]]]>

Fighting Masters

I need you to understand something: I really, really loved Street Fighter 2, but Street Fighter 2 wasn’t out for the Super Nintendo yet, and I really, really, really wanted to play a one-on-one fighting game at home, and so I…bought Fighting Masters for the MegaDrive. DON’T JUDGE ME.

The game wasn’t totally terrible. It had a nice weight to it, I liked how you could throw an enemy and they would hit the edge of the screen with a satisfying thud. It was definitely no Street Fighter 2, but man, what is, right? We were living in desperate times and had to make do. Ask your parents what it was like only being able to play a couple of games at a time. We lived like savages.

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Nemesis http://blowthecartridge.com/2018/03/07/nemesis/ http://blowthecartridge.com/2018/03/07/nemesis/#comments Tue, 06 Mar 2018 14:01:00 +0000 http://blowthecartridge.com/?p=3361 Nemesis

YEP NOT ACTUALLY ABOUT NEMESIS AT ALL, NOT EVEN SORRY, WILL NEVER APOLOGISE I liked Nemesis on the Game Boy a lot as it turned out! It was the version I ended up playing the most, for some reason it never grabbed my attention on the C64 that much – I was always more into […]]]>

Nemesis

YEP NOT ACTUALLY ABOUT NEMESIS AT ALL, NOT EVEN SORRY, WILL NEVER APOLOGISE

I liked Nemesis on the Game Boy a lot as it turned out! It was the version I ended up playing the most, for some reason it never grabbed my attention on the C64 that much – I was always more into Salamander, Katakis or the still amazing Armalyte. But on Game Boy it was fantastic! It was so much better than it had any right to be, really, even with all that sprite flicker and slowdown. It was just great to play something of that arcade scale on a humble little handheld.

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TY The Tasmanian Tiger 2 GBA http://blowthecartridge.com/2018/02/14/ty-the-tasmanian-tiger-2-gba/ http://blowthecartridge.com/2018/02/14/ty-the-tasmanian-tiger-2-gba/#comments Tue, 13 Feb 2018 14:01:00 +0000 http://blowthecartridge.com/?p=3358 TY The Tasmanian Tiger 2 GBA

Hi! This is the first video game I worked on as a designer slash producer type and I am still especially fond of it. I recently started playing through it again on the big TV thanks to the magic of the SNES Mini and was still happy with how it turned out, all these years […]]]>

TY The Tasmanian Tiger 2 GBA

Hi! This is the first video game I worked on as a designer slash producer type and I am still especially fond of it. I recently started playing through it again on the big TV thanks to the magic of the SNES Mini and was still happy with how it turned out, all these years later!

We kicked some serious ass squeezing the massive console game into a tiny Game Boy Advance cartridge, and I’m still proud of how well everyone on the team did it!

I tell you what though, I was gutted when I found out that EA weren’t publishing the GBA version in Australia. I had to import my own game! How crazy is that! An Australian-made game set in Australia, not available in Australia. Publishers!

By the way, I’m doing a new series of comics about my time in game development – and lots of that about my time making this game – exclusively on my Patreon page, feel free to check it out!

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Super Street Fighter 2 http://blowthecartridge.com/2018/02/07/super-street-fighter-2-snes/ http://blowthecartridge.com/2018/02/07/super-street-fighter-2-snes/#comments Tue, 06 Feb 2018 14:01:00 +0000 http://blowthecartridge.com/?p=3355 Super Street Fighter 2

And my misadventures buying Street Fighter games continue. You can read my death-defying exploits buying Street Fighter 2: The World Warrior, or getting literally shot at after buying Street Fighter 2 Turbo, this one is just about being a drug mule. What could go wrong? I totally get why digital downloads are so attractive. Anyway! It was […]]]>

Super Street Fighter 2

And my misadventures buying Street Fighter games continue. You can read my death-defying exploits buying Street Fighter 2: The World Warrior, or getting literally shot at after buying Street Fighter 2 Turbo, this one is just about being a drug mule. What could go wrong?

I totally get why digital downloads are so attractive.

Anyway! It was totally worth the hassle. That intro where Ryu throws a fireball at the screen? Oh man, I loved that, even though I’m not looking forward to a modern remake.

And yes, this stupid story really did happen. I was so blown away by visiting these strange apartments in the city and seeing 20-somethings just hanging out in a room full of gaming consoles I could only dream about after reading about them in magazines. They had, like 3DOs just sitting there! Absolute madness. It was like finding a doorway to Narnia, except Narnia was inside the pages of Edge magazine.

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Super Sprint http://blowthecartridge.com/2018/01/31/super-sprint/ http://blowthecartridge.com/2018/01/31/super-sprint/#comments Tue, 30 Jan 2018 14:01:00 +0000 http://blowthecartridge.com/?p=3353 Super Sprint

I cannot imagine how ticked off I would be sitting in the audience of a Super Sprint race. I mean you don’t even have time to get a drink and start convincing yourself you’re having fun being outside instead of safely at home playing video games. Anyway! I liked this game back in the day. […]]]>

Super Sprint

I cannot imagine how ticked off I would be sitting in the audience of a Super Sprint race. I mean you don’t even have time to get a drink and start convincing yourself you’re having fun being outside instead of safely at home playing video games.

Anyway! I liked this game back in the day. The arcade machine looked weird and cool, with three steering wheels that you could spin like mad, they basically had no friction so you have to be super precise with any movement. The C64 home conversion was buggy but still perfectly playable, and didn’t cost me 40 cents a go!

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Spyro 3: Year of the Dragon http://blowthecartridge.com/2018/01/24/spyro-3-year-of-the-dragon/ http://blowthecartridge.com/2018/01/24/spyro-3-year-of-the-dragon/#comments Tue, 23 Jan 2018 14:01:00 +0000 http://blowthecartridge.com/?p=3350 Spyro 3: Year of the Dragon

This comic is mostly true, except I left out how horribly drunk I was and how I’m pretty sure that the guy demoing the game was Ted Price, and I’d like to offer my sincerest apologies to the whole Insomniac team not only for this sordid episode but also those Spyro games I was the […]]]>

Spyro 3: Year of the Dragon

This comic is mostly true, except I left out how horribly drunk I was and how I’m pretty sure that the guy demoing the game was Ted Price, and I’d like to offer my sincerest apologies to the whole Insomniac team not only for this sordid episode but also those Spyro games I was the Lead Designer on. I AM REALLY SORRY BUT GOSH I LOVE SPYRO, I TRULY DO.

(Man, why does like every story about me at a video game trade show start off with me being really drunk? SHAMEFUL!)

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Moon Cresta http://blowthecartridge.com/2018/01/17/moon-cresta/ http://blowthecartridge.com/2018/01/17/moon-cresta/#comments Tue, 16 Jan 2018 14:01:00 +0000 http://blowthecartridge.com/?p=3348 Moon Cresta

Tim McEwen was one of the very first real comic book artists who inspired me to throw my hat into the ring. When I was a kid he was the co-creator of an awesome locally made comic book called Greener Pastures about a bull who goes to university. It blew my mind to see a […]]]>

Moon Cresta

Tim McEwen was one of the very first real comic book artists who inspired me to throw my hat into the ring. When I was a kid he was the co-creator of an awesome locally made comic book called Greener Pastures about a bull who goes to university. It blew my mind to see a comic on the newsagent shelves made here in Australia, and it showed me that I could do it too one day if I tried. They were even kind enough to run my dumb fan art in the letter’s page of a later issue! Cut to many years later and he was also kind enough to let me turn his Moon Cresta story into a Blow The Cartridge comic. I’ll always be so grateful to the guy for his supreme kindness and support.

Moon Cresta! I remember playing a bit of it on the C64 way back when, and I liked it enough, but I was always more of a Galaga and Gyruss kind of guy.

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Yu Suzuki http://blowthecartridge.com/2018/01/10/yu-suzuki/ http://blowthecartridge.com/2018/01/10/yu-suzuki/#respond Tue, 09 Jan 2018 14:01:00 +0000 http://blowthecartridge.com/?p=3345 Yu Suzuki

My pal Chris got the chance to hang out with the legendary Sega game designer Yu Suzuki and I kind of…extrapolated from there, in an effort to mask my seething jealousy. As you can see it totally worked and I AM TOTALLY FINE.]]>

Yu Suzuki

My pal Chris got the chance to hang out with the legendary Sega game designer Yu Suzuki and I kind of…extrapolated from there, in an effort to mask my seething jealousy. As you can see it totally worked and I AM TOTALLY FINE.

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