Monthly Archives: September 2017

#77: Sonic CD



October 1993 – Sonic CD

If you’re strong
You can fly
You can reach the other side
Of the rainbow…


There are those that think of Sonic CD as the great ‘lost’ 2D Sonic game, who look at its relatively forgotten status when compared to the canon of Sonics 1-3 (& Knuckles) as some huge miscarriage of justice. Certainly, it was on these terms that I first ever encountered descriptions of the game’s existence, some years after I’d already become intimately familiar with all of the Mega Drive trilogy. And while it had a lot of work to do to supplant Sonic 3 & Knuckles at the top of the pile, I was definitely predisposed towards a positive outlook on it, especially after watching the intro cutscene. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on September 25, 2017 in 1993, Mega Drive, Sonic the Hedgehog


#76: Mortal Kombat


September 1993 – Mortal Kombat

There’s simply no way that I can approach Mortal Kombat without acknowledging Phil Sandifer’s fantastic essay on the game in his Super Nintendo project. It’s not the first time we’ve overlapped, but talking about Super Mario World, Link to the Past, and especially Lemmings, I found plenty of unexplored terrain left to uncover. But what can I possibly add to the Mortal Kombat discourse when the world already has “These days, there’s plenty of people whose spines I’d like to rip out, but that’s just called adulthood”? It’s impossible. He makes a compelling argument tracing a direct line from Mortal Kombat to the birth of Gamergate, and I can do nothing but nod and agree. It’s a tremendously ugly game, in all senses of the word, and I want nothing to do with it. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on September 15, 2017 in 1993, Mega Drive


#75: Lemmings 2: The Tribes


August 1993 – Lemmings 2: The Tribes

In the intro video for Lemmings 2: The Tribes, a grizzled old lemming tells an enraptured youth a tale of The Guiding Force, a figure of ancient legend who shepherded their people through the hardships of their time and brought them to prosperity, and of her prophecised return, before both turn to look directly at the camera like they’re on The Office. This reclassifying of the original Lemmings into the realm of mythology is presented with tongue firmly in cheek, and yet, in its critical and commercial success, the game was an absolutely monolithic presence in the world of gaming in the UK, and the enormity of the task of producing a true sequel (as opposed to a mere expansion) really could not be overstated. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on September 6, 2017 in 1993, DOS, Lemmings