Creative Christmas Day 4: Which video game soundtracks would be on your playlist?

🎶   22 December 2017:   It’s now Christmas Eve and you’re throwing a lively party for all your friends, family and favourite characters. Which video game soundtracks would be on your playlist?

There are so many good video game soundtracks to chose from. I’m not really a soundtrack person though – I like hearing real musicians play songs from games…Sega games!

I’d definitely say the Outrun soundtrack…an all time gaming classic. Let the SST Band, comprised of Sega in-house musicians, show you a Passing Breeze!


Another Sega game I love is Super Hang On. I raved about the sound track to this recently as part of the 30 Day Video Game Challenge. Here is Tetrimino with their take on Outride A Crisis…it’s one of the best things I’ve ever heard.


Of course, no party is complete without 1) moshing and 2) Altered Beast. So I’d let Brazilian metallers Megadriver take us out….


Creative Christmas Day 3: Which video game character would you recruit to help out Santa?

🎅   21 December 2017:   You receive a call from Santa, as the elves desperately need a hand in the workshop getting all the toys ready. Which video game character would you recruit to help out?

There is only one creature able to help out in this situation….

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That’s right – I’d call in Sonic The Hedgehog to help Santa out! There’s a few good reasons…

  1. He’s really really quick
  2. He does have experience of ice and places covered in ice.
  3. He has lots of friends – might be good for some of them to make themselves useful for a change…
  4. It might get him away from the Mario vs Sonic Olympic games Nintendo keep bringing out.
  5. He’d probably do it for pizza and some gold rings.

So, in closing, I think it’s the best option for both mankind and Sonic. We get our presents and Sonic gets pizza, rings and an excuse not to be involved in sporting mini games…

Creative Christmas Day 2: Favourite Christmas Memory?

👪   20 December 2017:   You’re wrapping presents while listening to cheesy festive tunes, and start to reminisce about holidays past. What’s your favourite Christmas gaming memory?

An easy answer for me this – Christmas 1994, when I got my Mega Drive.

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I remember it so well…it was Christmas Eve and our presents were out on the table in the corner, ready for Christmas Day. My main present was a big box shaped present…it was obviously a Mega Drive, but my ten year old mind was suffering some serious anxiety over this. I wanted a Mega Drive so badly…I had decided that I needed to move on from the Master System (the Master System would remain with me and my family until 2010, so don’t feel too sorry for it!) and upgrade…I was ready for 16-bit!

So…I had a discreet feel of the box. Surprisingly though, I couldn’t tell if the present contained a Mega Drive by touch alone. Oh no….so, I discreetly tore part of the wrapping off the present. Just at the back where no-one could see. Underneath, there was a black section of cardboard with the familar ‘white wire’ design. This confirmed that I was to be the proud owner of a Mega Drive and I relaxed.

Cue Christmas Day and after being ‘surprised’ by my new Mega Drive, I spent a fun day playing all my new games…Chuck Rock, Sonic 1…and Kid Chameleon, amongst others. Despite Kid Chameleon, I had a great day and finished with a all-nighter (well, until 10pm…I was ten!) on European Club Soccer, a game I considered to be amazing thanks to it’s kit design feature and cheery 90’s music.

In hindsight, it was a great day and I can’t say I’ve ever quite had a Christmas Day as exciting in terms of gaming. I can remember what I got every Christmas, but nothing was as good as that year…to get such a great system and so many good games (and Kid Chameleon) was a really memorable experience for me.

You know, maybe I should get a Mega Drive and European Club Soccer for this Christmas, so I can relive that great Christmas?


Golden Axe III (1993)

Before I get into Breath Of The Wild again, I decided to finish up a bit of Mage work by completing my trilogy of reviews on the Mega Drive Golden Axe games.

I like Golden Axe and think it’s better than given credit for. Hopefully, my review can change some minds….

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“After all, even the wool of a black sheep is just as warm”
-Ernest Lehman

HandheldMage1 “The following is a guest post by the Hopeful Handheld Mage.”

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The tale of Golden Axe III was told as a tragedy for many years; this game was seen as the final nail in the coffin of a once great franchise. Golden Axe III was the black sheep of the Golden Axe family – you had the much loved original,the lazy sequel, the mysterious arcade sibling… then the oddity. The game that no one knew a great deal about, apart from it’s inaccessibility. How did the Golden Axe series get from widespread acclaim to quiet banishment in the space of five years?


By 1993, the side-scrolling beat ’em up genre had seen better days. Despite the excellent Streets Of Rage 2 coming out at the start of 1993, the genre was…

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#20 – Galaxy Force II

I don’t think the force is with me on this one….

Guilty Party – Retro Redress

Crime – Never playing Galaxy Force II

Redress – Spend an hour playing Galaxy Force II.

I’ve owned various Sega systems and compilations over the years and they all have one thing in common – I don’t play Galaxy Force on them. I’ve owned Galaxy Force II a few times, but I’ve never played it for more than five minutes.

Well, you know what that means? Like Columns and Space Harrier II, we need to dedicate an hour to Galaxy Force II. Let;s do this…

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#17 – Super Thunder Blade

Thunder (Blade) in paradise?

Guilty Party – Retro Redress

Crime – not completing the Sega Ultimate Genesis Collection’s challenge for Super Thunder Blade

Redress – Go back and complete the challenge

As with Flicky a few days ago, today’s redress is for a game that I had on the Sega Ultimate Genesis Collection and couldn’t beat the challenge for. The challenge for Super Thunder Blade was called ‘Get To The Chopper’ and the aim was to get over 1,000,000 points on Stage 1. I remember trying the challenge repeatedly and failing…not sure why I was trying to complete it to be honest, the reward was the arcade version of Space Harrier. Having played Space Harrier II for an hour, I can’t say I’d be too thrilled with that ‘reward’. Still, I failed a challenge and feel like I should try it again, for my own peace of mind at least…

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#16 – Space Harrier II

In space (harrier), no one can hear you scream…

Guilty Party – Retro Redress

Crime – being unable to play Space Harrier II for more than five minutes

Redress – dedicate an hour to playing Space Harrier II

After my attempt to defend one of my favourite retro games , the next stop on my Sega holiday is to play a game that I’ve only ever really dabbled with, despite owning various versions of it over the years.

Space Harrier is a game that I…just don’t get. I first encountered the original Space Harrier on the Atari ST nearly thirty years ago. At the age of five, Space Harrier was little more than a novelty to me – running into the screen and shooting strange creatures was a new experience for me, but after the game over screen, I just moved on to a different game. That’s never changed either – my attempts to play Space Harrier usually end after a few minutes and I move on to the next game.

A few months ago, I addressed another game I had this problem with.. I decided to dedicate an hour to playing Columns so I could say I had given it a fair chance. I enjoyed my hour with Columns and thought maybe Space Harrier II would benefit from the same treatment. So…am I ready to go to the Fantasy Zone…for an hour?

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