Rediscovering: Metal Warriors

by NFG - 29th April 2013 in Games

Back in the day, c.1993 or so, I was managing a video game store called Master Player. It was pre-Playstation, and the games industry was sort of wondering what it was going to do next as the kids started to […]

Ghouls n Ghosts Sprite History

by NFG - 14th April 2013 in Games

If you’re a gamer beyond a certain age there’s a game you’ll remember from the old days called Ghosts n Goblins, or its sequel Ghouls n Ghosts. They were mid- and late-eighties Capcom games known for their unforgiving difficulty as […]

Interview with Henk Nieborg (2)

by NFG - 7th April 2013 in Games

This is a followup interview I did with Henk Nieborg, focusing mostly on the Nintendo DS release of Contra 4. Sadly I promptly lost this text, and finally published it a loooong time later. And now I’m re-posting it because […]

Interview with Henk Nieborg

by NFG - 7th April 2013 in Games

Near the end of 2005 I interviewed Henk Nieborg, one of the greatest pixel artists around. He’s been pixelling since the earliest days of the C64, and he’s still going strong today – he recently completed all the backgrounds and […]

WonderBoy Sprite History

by NFG - 5th April 2013 in Games

This is one of a series of articles about sprite histories (see: Mario, Sonic, Castlevania, Bonk, and MegaMan). There’s an updated version of this page right here!

Best game cover ever?

by NFG - 20th March 2013 in Games

Is this the best game cover ever? I think it just might be.

The problem with Zen Pinball

by NFG - 7th March 2013 in Games

There aren’t many companies making pinball games, and fewer that are basically only pinball creators. Zen Studios do make other games, but they’re secondary (and basically irrelevant) compared to their pinball offerings. They take pinball seriously, and they make games […]

Real Racing 3, In-App Purchases, EA and CliffyB

by NFG - 5th March 2013 in Games

The internet is a funny thing. Where else can you read about people you’ve never met talking about games you’d never play and then participate in the conversation as if somehow it has anything to do with you? Anyway, a […]


Zen Studios has announced Star Wars Pinball which might actually be the best-ever use of the license.

Bullet Hell on Android is Hell

by NFG - 27th January 2013 in Games, Mobile Devices

Cave, one of the last Japanese developers still making shooters, has eight titles for the iPhone, and two for Android, which they didn’t even release themselves. Rather, they farmed them out to G-Gee by GMO who – for a long […]