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, […]


James Fallows updates us on China, with many links to many important goings-on in the Middle Kingdom.

Society sucks! What else is new?

by NFG - 23rd January 2014 in Editorial, Social Studies

On Facebook today two interesting conversations happened at the same time. One was a post about a clothing company’s catalogue which now features real models without any photoshop cheating, and another was a woman’s realization that she is treated better […]

Comic Coincidences

by NFG - 20th January 2014 in Comics

When I was sixteen I lived in Kelowna, in the Okanagan Valley. I was an avid comic buyer, (which contributed greatly to my perpetual poverty) and at some point I ended up owning a copy of Shadow Warrior, a locally […]

Repairing Robotron

by NFG - 15th January 2014 in Games, Hard Hackin, Hardware

As far as I’m concerned the best game ever made is Robotron, an 8-bit arcade game from 1982. Two joysticks, no buttons, and more than a hundred baddies on a single screen. It’s intense and it’s awesome. My PCB has […]

Hacking car stereos

by NFG - 30th September 2013 in Hard Hackin

I recently bought a new car (A 2005 Honda CR-V), and it had steering wheel controls for the stock stereo. The stock stereo totally sucked though, so I replaced it, and of course the steering wheel controls stopped working. Luckily […]

Hurrah! Dickwolves!

by NFG - 4th September 2013 in Editorial, Games

A lot of people like Penny Arcade, and a lot of people don’t. I used to, but lately I’m near the point where I may just stop going there because they don’t write about shit that resonates with me anymore. […]

Tales from the Arcade

by NFG - 4th August 2013 in Games, Japan

I’m on holiday in Japan, where the retro game scene has imploded upon itself, and so my thoughts turn with a distinctly rose-tinted nostalgia to my own gaming history.  Things were, as you young whippersnappers must know by now, so […]

America: Schizophrenic Clusterfuck

by NFG - 16th July 2013 in Editorial

The total lack of self awareness continues over in the USA. Frankly it seems as if the descent from empire to schizophrenic clusterfuck happens much faster than I thought. From Techdirt: The White House criticized Russia on Friday for allowing […]