My Old Day Job

by NFG - 23rd February 2018 in Personal

I haven’t worked a real job for about six years. I just found my old forum posts about my last year there, and it reads like a descent into a Kafka bureaucratic nightmare. I’m going to start re-posting them here. […]

Rediscovering: Whirlo

by NFG - 21st February 2018 in Games, Reviews

I don’t know where I got the impression that this game was a good one. Perhaps I thought, you know, Namco. And the main character was charming, who doesn’t want to play a cute green blob-like thing on an exciting […]

A quick look at the Godox AD-200 ‘Pocket Flash’

by NFG - 5th September 2017 in Photography

I’ve been having trouble with my Cactus speedlights lately. After two and a half years four of the five lights started acting up, failing to fire, failing to charge, or firing when I didn’t want them to. It cost me […]

Wonder Boy – A Sprite History

by NFG - 19th April 2017 in Games

This is one of a series of articles about sprite histories (see: Mario, Sonic, Castlevania, Bonk, and MegaMan). There are six Wonder Boy games. There are two number threes. There is no number two, four, or six. …And it gets […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]