Getting to know the Cactus V6 (again)

by NFG - 3rd October 2015 in Hard Hackin, Hardware, Photography, Review, Tech

I don’t know what happened, but the original of this article has evaporated into the internet ether. Let’s all thank the internet archive and maybe give them some money. Anyway, the Cactus V6! — The Cactus V6 transceiver is a […]

Car Stereo Hacking (again)

by NFG - 13th September 2015 in Hard Hackin, Hardware, Sound

You might remember I hacked up the stereo in my car a while back (but you probably don’t). Long story short, my new-to-me Honda CR-V had a steering-wheel stereo control that used two wires to communicate with the stock head […]

Sony: Fucking Idiots

by NFG - 29th July 2015 in Uncategorized

It’s been a long time since I felt this familiar anger, this boiling frustration with preposterous dumbassery that promises to make my life a little awesomer and much worse at the same time. But oh, Sony, you guys are fucking […]

MiniDisc Frequency Analysis

by NFG - 29th July 2015 in Hardware, Sound, Technology

I’m not late to the MiniDisc party, I was a supporter from the early days. I fell out of love with the format when I bought a Rio Karma, a 20GB HDD-based player that was far more convenient than MD […]

Things Samsung Should Fix

by NFG - 21st May 2015 in Editorial, Mobile Devices, Technology

I recently purchased a Samsung Galaxy Note 4. It’s a brilliant piece of hardware let down by its software. Samsung does not, it seems, give much of a shit about their software. My guess is they would rather not bother […]

For Want of a Button

by NFG - 21st May 2015 in Hard Hackin, Mobile Devices

I recently purchased a Galaxy Note 4 phone, and I love it. It’s an amazing piece of hardware let down only by Samsung’s inability to write useful software. Or perhaps it makes as much sense to say that Samsung can’t […]

Militarization and Societal Polarization

by NFG - 1st May 2015 in Australia, Editorial, Social Studies

I’ve long been aware of a particular shift in our collective cultural thinking, towards the belief that our military, and its warriors, are beyond reproach, beyond criticism. In the same way that we often hold our police to be incapable […]

A quick thought on free speech

by NFG - 1st May 2015 in Australia, Social Studies

From a recent ABC news article, this reply by Tim Wilson makes a very important point about free speech. Scott McIntyre was an SBS Journalist who some contentious tweets, on ANZAC Day, which I thought were a fairly reasonable (though […]

Review – Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions Evolved

by NFG - 1st April 2015 in Games, Review, Reviews

The problem with Geometry Wars 3 is that it tries too hard to be better, without understanding what made the prequels good. Geometry Wars is basically Robotron for the modern era, and the first GW games knew this. They adhered […]

Capcom’s CPS Changer

by NFG - 21st March 2015 in Games, Hardware

The nineties were a time of weird and wonderful experimentation in Japan. Flush with bubble-era cash and without a clear idea what to do with it, a lot of companies tried a lot of ambitious things. Minidisc, X68000, Skyline GT-R. […]

Resurrecting the Dreamcast with GDEMU

by NFG - 21st March 2015 in Games, Hardware, Reviews

The Dreamcast has long been one of my top-5 consoles, along with the Super Nintendo and PC Engine, but Sega’s attempts to region-lock it made it less valuable to me as I bounced around the world from NTSC-U to NTSC-J […]


“From the discomfort of truth there is only one refuge: ignorance. I do not need to be comfortable, and I will not take refuge. I demand to know.”

Richard Morgan, from the novel Black Man.

Twenty Years of the Sega Saturn

by NFG - 22nd November 2014 in Games, Hardware

Twenty years ago today Sega’s 32-bit Saturn console was launched in Japan. I was living in Canada at the time, managing video game store, and my Japanese friend imported one as soon as he could. He guarded it with some […]

Review: Shantae: Risky’s Revenge

by NFG - 18th July 2014 in Games, Reviews

How long do you need to play a game before you decide you don’t like it? How many minutes are required before you say to yourself “Well, that was ten bucks wasted, thanks for nothing Steam’s Refund Policy.” For me […]

PC Engine Magazine Retrospective

by NFG - 2nd June 2014 in Games, Hardware, Japan, Technology

I’ve been going through a massive archive of PC Engine magazines recently. Complete runs of every PCE mag ever printed, basically, 43 gigabytes of scans that brought me on a roller coaster of PC Engine history. The entire history of […]

Problems with MAME (update: SOLVED)

by NFG - 9th March 2014 in books, Games

You might remember I’m writing an update to the NFG pixel art book. Remember, the one that’s selling on Amazon for seven thousand dollars? Ridiculous. Anyway, I’m having trouble with MAME and I’m desperate for assistance. UPDATE: The problem is […]

Updating the NFG Book

by NFG - 25th February 2014 in books, Games

You might remember I wrote a book on video game sprites and pixel art. It was fairly well received, and for a while sold on Amazon’s famously fucked-up marketplace for half a thousand dollars. Or over seven thousand dollars if […]

Book Review: Influx, by Daniel Suarez

by NFG - 25th February 2014 in books

I’m a very fussy reader. I require my stories to be smart, and the characters in them to be relatable. When a story’s premise is daft, I can ignore it for the sake of a rollicking good yarn, but if […]

iiNet mailed me a KYP USB key

by NFG - 4th February 2014 in Hardware, Technology

I received an interesting thing in the mail yesterday, it’s a USB dongle from iiNet, a large Australian ISP. It was glued into a large postcard-type panel, and is basically a tiny USB circuit board with a plastic tab so […]

Robotron: Sprites and Fonts!

by NFG - 27th January 2014 in Games

I love Robotron. You may have heard. Using Sean Riddel’s Williams Gfx Ripper application I scoured the Robotron arcade ROMs and pulled out all the Robotron sprites. While Mr. Riddel’s page had them already prepared, the image was a JPG, […]