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Castlevania: A Sprite History

by NFG - 5th October 2016 in Games

Konami’s Castlevania is an unusual series. For the longest time it was a consistently poor seller in its native Japan, but incredibly popular in the West. Konami kept the series alive when many companies might not have. It has so […]

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Bonk’s Adventure: A Sprite History

by NFG - 4th October 2016 in Games

It’s not well known that Hudson, the game developer, created the chips that powered NEC’s TurboGrafx-16 console. After an astonishing series of hits on the MSX and Nintendo’s Famicom, Hudson was sitting pretty. They dominated the 8-bit consoles and, with […]

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Arcade Fonts: Only 64 Pixels

by NFG - 4th October 2016 in Games

In just about every game ever made scores, instructions, alerts, and the gentle invitation to insert some currency and play need to be conveyed to the player. Typically the quickest way is via the usual alphabet and symbols, and so […]

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A View of Old Akihabara

by NFG - 5th September 2016 in Editorial, Japan, Social Studies, Technology

Things change. Nothing stands still, no matter what we’d prefer. What seems to be a static, ordered existence is constantly in flux and, in the grand scheme of things, it’s all going to rise and fall in the blink of […]

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Atari Jaguar Phear Brochure

by NFG - 30th August 2016 in Games

If you’re at all interested in the Tetris/Phear Saga I’ve got the full text of H2O’s brochure here. At the time it was written it’s pretty clear that they were a small team of bedroom coders. I wonder where they […]

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Cactus Radio Trigger for Ricoh Theta S

by NFG - 29th August 2016 in Camera, Hard Hackin, Hardware, Photography, Technology

Recently I picked up a Ricoh Theta S 360-degree camera. You can read my experience with the Theta S if you’re curious. It’s pretty cool and Ricoh has been good about supporting it with different ways to use it. One […]

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Ricoh Theta S Review

by NFG - 24th August 2016 in Camera, Hardware, Review, Technology

A few years ago I heard about the Theta camera from Ricoh. Not much larger than two large fingers side by side, it offered two 360-degree cameras, one on each side, for one-button surround panorama photos. Damned cool, thought the […]

Cultural Appropriation isn’t a Thing

by NFG - 8th June 2016 in Uncategorized

This Cultural Appropriation thing has been bothering me for a while now. Cultural Appropriation isn’t a thing. I mean, it happens, but it’s not something we can get upset about. Copying their hair, wearing their clothes, isn’t it just one […]

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Ghost in the Shell: Whitewashed.

by NFG - 15th April 2016 in Comics, Editorial

There’s a lot of internet outrage lately, about the new Ghost in the Shell movie featuring Scarlett Johansson. First of all, we’ve known for a long time that this was coming and so the outrage happening now seems weird to […]

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Seagate’s SMR Hard Drives – Cheap, Fast, Tricky

by NFG - 13th April 2016 in Tech

I’m a photographer, and I shoot RAW images that are 20-30MB each. I’ll create anywhere from 2 to 50 GB of images for a photoshoot, and I never throw away my images. So, in 2015, I needed a little more […]

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The Hitachi HiSaturn Navi

by NFG - 3rd March 2016 in Games, Instagram

The HiSaturn Navi is the only non-standard Saturn system sold to gamers. It had a built-in GPS navigation system, karaoke features, a 12-Volt power supply for use in cars, and it looked -amazing-. You can read more about the HiSaturn […]

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The Korean Vistar 16

by NFG - 3rd March 2016 in Games, Hardware, Instagram

Korea hates Japan, but they do love making money off their stuff. Korean companies released several Japanese consoles, including most Sega systems, some Nintendo ones and NEC’s PC Engine. Or rather, the TurboGrafx 16. It was renamed the Vistar 16, […]

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PC Engine RomRom Amp Manual

by NFG - 3rd March 2016 in Games, Hardware

Since I’ve got the scanner out, I’ve scanned the PC Engine RomRom Amp manual. This cool little stereo amplifier came with two speakers and was made to fit under the CDROM system. It has some cute art inside.

PC Engine SuperGrafx Manual

by NFG - 2nd March 2016 in Games

While I lost all my hardware in the 2011 Queensland floods, I still have some manuals. And because I didn’t see this already available online, here’s the PC Engine SuperGrafx manual, at 300dpi. Enjoy!

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SNK Neo Geo CD Pad Review

by NFG - 29th February 2016 in Games, Hardware, Reviews

The Neo Geo CD pad is typical SNK: it’s strong, impact-resistant, supremely comfortable and utterly unique in its manufacture. It’s also fundamentally flawed and so prone to failure that you’re virtually guaranteed to get a flaky one if you buy […]

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Thinking about Video Games

by NFG - 11th February 2016 in Editorial, Games, Personal

I’ve never really been comfortable with modern game thinking. A lot of people I know subscribe to this idea that videogames can be more than they are, that they should be more. More emotion, more story. They see this as […]

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The New Bike

by NFG - 8th January 2016 in Australia, Review

When I lived in Canada I was doing a lot of mountain biking. I had a habit of breaking cheap bikes and so I kept getting bigger and better ones, eventually ending up with a Specialized Big Hit, a monster […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]


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