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(Game Review, Games, Megadrive, Modern Game, Review, Streets of Rage)


It’s no secret that I wasn't particularly fond of Sonic Mania. Having replayed it more recently, I still stand by my view. Sonic Mania was a game...

The first rule of 32-bit Audio Fight Club is that you don't talk about 32-bit Audio Fight Club. Actually, that's not quite true: the first rule of...

It's fun seeing how far you've come over the years anyway? Lets have a look at some of the Mechafatnick front pages over the...
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(Arcade, Games, Megadrive, PS1, Retro Games, Retrospective, Strider, Zx Spectrum)


In gaming there are the origin stories we all know – like the origins of Mario and Sonic the hedgehog – but there are many more characters who...
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(Dreamcast, Games, Retrospective, Sega)


Uh oh, Christmas is inevitably a time for misty-eyed nostalgia isn't it? Oh well - at least its the perfect time to look back 18 years to the...
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(Blog)


Whoops. Sorry It's been a bit quiet around here hasn't it? I know it's normal to announce these things in advance, but I've been on Holiday! ...
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(Blog, Dreamcast, Games, Retrospective)


Originally, I wasn't enamored with the Sega Dreamcast. In fact, it's a bit strange I even remember my first encounter, really: While my first...
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(Article, Games, PC, Retrospective, Switch, Untitled Goose Game, Zx Spectrum)


Everyone loves the Untitled Goose Game. I love the Untitled Goose Game. If you haven't played the untitled Goose Game, you should play the Untitled...

Have you ever wondered why arcade control sticks were always placed to the the left of the buttons? To be honest I'd never given it much thought...
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(Article, Games, History, Horace, Zx Spectrum)


All good things come to an end. In my case this turned out to be the relatively cushy storage solution i had for all of my old Spectrum gear. Still, ...
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(Article, Games, Getaway, PlayStation 2, Retrospective, Review, Sony, The Getaway)


This article was originally posted over at https://www.gametripper.co.uk. Why not head over there and see what lovely articles they have ready for...
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(Article, Games, History, investigation, Long Form, Magazines, Media)


When it isn't doing is it's upmost to sabotage Western democracy, one thing that can be said for Facebook is that it does have some of the...

Whether its the sheer mortal terror of a thousand red bodies angrily devouring flesh and bone or the more mundane worry of having endless ravenous...
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(Book, Chiptune, Game Review, Music, Music Review, Review)


I'm pretty surprised that its taken me so long to get round to reading this book myself, to be honest, but here it is: A quick review at Kenneth...
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(Article, Dreamcast, Mod, Review, SD Card Reader, Sega)


The cold embrace of death, eh? It comes for us all eventually, but for some - in this case CD-based games consoles - it comes quicker than most....
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(Article, Classification, Long Read, Megadrive, PS3, SNES, Xbox)


Ok, I'll have to admit it - as someone who fits in the relatively uncommon venn diagram between history and retrogaming, I probably let myself...
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(Apex Legends, EA, Respawn, Review, Titanfall)


It was the 90s! Spice Girls! Nude darts! Playstations! Obviously only the latter interested me, and amongst all the gaming triumphs on Sony's...
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(Game Review, Playing Cards, Review, Reviews Stuff, Saturn)


With January merrily barreling along, perhaps now is a good time to review a couple of interesting retro-themed bits that fell into my grubby...

I know this is the most boring and tedious thing that anyone can say at this time of year but BLOODY HELL, is it Christmas already? I don't feel...

Before I begin, I should point out I'm a fan of Choon, a music service that combines music and crypto currency in order to create audio-based fun...
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(Article, Game Review, Retrospective, Review, Zx Spectrum)


On reflection, it’s probably a minor miracle that the world ever persuaded us that £40 to £50 cartridge games were the way to go. Back in the...
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(Article, News, PlayStation, PS1, Sony, Wipeout)


Egad! I pop off on holiday for a couple of weeks and Sony go and release a full list of the titles they’re baking into the Playstation classic....

  Those of us who love retro gaming tend to be insatiable. There’s just a certain quality to older video games that’s almost inexplicably...
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(Arcade, Megadrive, PC Engine, Press, Research, Retrospective)


    Does any game own its genre as effectively as Mario Kart? Sure, the more po-faced among the racing brigade might draw influence from...
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(Adlib, Game Blaster, History of Gaming Sound, MS-DOS, MT-32, PC, PC gaming, PCjr, Research, Retrospective, Roland, Sound Blaster, Sound Canvas)


Modern games consoles, eh? With their bundled hard drives and insatiable hunger for game patches, they're effectively just user-friendly PCs aren't...
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(Choon, Music, Streaming)


    I'f you're reading this, it means that my music is now available on the exciting Choon music service! Choon is quite an exciting...
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(32-bit, 32x, Hardware, Megadrive, Retrospective, Review, Sega)


    For those willing to dabble in the murky world of emulation sites, the internet offers the most bizarre game prototype as a trophy. ...
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(32x, Game Review, Games, Megadrive, Review, Review a Great Game Day, Reviews, Sega, Shooter, Simulation, Space Combat)


  One of the little-known facts about the 32x (although, thanks to it's colossal commercial failure, most facts about the 32x are...
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(128k, AY-8912, Ghostbuster, Review, Spectrum)


  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9HRT2Nrlvco&t=27s (The 128k Ghostbusters theme)     This is a topic we've covered before - and i ...
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(Arcade, Article, Game Review, Master System, Music Review, Review, Sega, Space Harrier, Wiwi Jumbo, x68000)


    This was originally written for the lovely peeps over at gametripper.co.uk. So why not give them a visit as...

    Did you know that, unlike its Western Counterpart, the Japanese Sega Master System had its own FM soundchip? oh, you did? Well of...
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(ROM Hacks, Sega Master System, YM-2413)


Oh I see! Don't want my yacking, eh? Just go straight to the download then. Click: Here Did you know that, unlike its Western Counterpart, the...
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(Alien, Escape from Drill, Game Review, Gilbert, License, Review, Zx Spectrum)


    Average things can be difficult to review. When presented with a positive specimin there are praises that can be sung, with a...
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(Gig, Megadrive, Music, Music Review, Review, Sega, Streets of Rage, Yuzo Koshiro)


    When it was announced that London nightclub Fabric had lost its license back in 2016, It definitely felt like the end of an era. I...
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(FM, GEMS, History of Gaming Sound, Megadrive, Research, Sega)


    On the whole, sound engines aren't something people tend to discuss. That's perfectly understandable really: a sound engine is just a...
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(16-bit, Arknoid, Bad Omen, Bat and Ball, Devlish, Game Review, Megadrive, Review)


    There are so many predictable choices for games to play over Halloween, aren't there? Silent Hill, Resident Evil, Fatal Frame,...
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(8-Bit, Atari, BtoWofGX4000, Game Review, Klax, Puzzle, Puzzler, Review)


  The arcade business of the 80s and 90s was a decidedly daunting one. While some games achieved immortality by being ported to every home...
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(8-Bit, Amstrad, Arcade, BtoWofGX4000, GX4000, Outrun, Racer, Sprite-Scaler, Titus)


Players: 1 If there was one thing the fledgling GX4000 needed, it was an unquestionably epic (and preferably exclusive) action title. In Fire &...
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(2600, Atari, Game History, Hardware, History, Technical, VCS)


    Analogue Televsion standards, eh. They're not something you have to think about everyday, are they? That is, of course, unless you were ...
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(Game Review, Games, Megadrive, Review, Reviews, Sega, Sonic)


  So after a tremendous amount of build up, Sonic Mania has finally been released. The first "proper" Sonic game in over 20 years, this...
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(Blog, Colour Palette, Hardware, Quiz)


Colour Palettes (the number of colours a console has to choose from, rather than the number of colours it can display on screen) were one of the most ...
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(Article, Curiosity, Spectrum, Zx Spectrum)


Sorry i haven't been as active around here lately, but until everything's back to normal here's a nice tid bit brought to my attention by Ocean...
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(Dark Castle, EA, Electronic Arts, Game Review, Megadrive, RABGD, Review, Review a Bad Game Day)


Generally I try and keep things positive on Review a Bad Game Day. After all, while a game can be bad overall, it can still have individual elements...
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(Master System, Megadrive, Saturn, SG-1000)


List posts, eh? If there's a more cynical way of generating content than selecting a random topic from the news and assembling an assortment of ten...
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(Article, EA, Electronic Arts, Games, Megadrive, News, Politcs)


Electronic Arts, eh. Why does everyone hate them so much? Ok, that's a bit of an easy one to answer if I'm honest: Shutting popular studios,...
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(Album of The Week, Music, Music Review, Review)


I'd be the first to admit i don't really have my finger on the pulse when it comes to the newest releases, so it's nice to have picked up on...
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(Flames of Freedom, Game Review, PC, Retrospective, Review)


Oh look! Rock Paper Shotgun have posted a focused (though short and somewhat incomplete) look at one of my favourite PC classics of all time,...
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(Game Review, Master System, Review, Review a Great Game Day, Sega)


    Normally I would say a shooter that pits the player against an armour-plated hot air balloon would instantly earn its place among the ...
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(Article, Games, Politics)


Criticism of the presence of politics in videogames seems a bit bizarre. Did none of the complainers play Desert Strike when growing up?  Or...
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(Album of The Week, Music, Music Review, Review)


Though his soundtrack for Fatnick-favourite Outrun is widely lauded, Sega composer Hiroshi "Hiro" Kawaguchi sadly doesn't receive the same respect as ...
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(Game Review, Games, Modern Gaming, PC, Review)


Although my heart is generally in the old and peculiar stuff, I'm not entirely detached from modern gaming. Consequently, when i saw that Mirror's...
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(Album of The Week, Music, Music Review, Review)


  Blimey. I spend a lot of time trying to promote my own slightly rubbish music, so I thought it would be quite nice if i plugged some other...
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(Article, Chiptune, Music, Sega)


Thursday was a truly magnificent day: Completely out of the blue, Sega made a ton of their soundtrack albums available on Spotify. Blimey! The...
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(Electronics, Music, Music Gear Review, Music Review, Review)


Considering that my creative output is entirely digital it might not surprise you to learn that, when it comes to building things in the physical...
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(8-Bit, Article, Nes Mini, Nintendo)


If you're interested in old videogames, you probably already know that some clever chaps have worked out how to add new games to the NES...
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(Article, Games, Zx Spectrum)


Now you probably know we're big fans of the Spectrum in these here parts, so I was very excited to learn this morning that someone's created a new...
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(New Year, New Year's Resolutions)


  So now the dust's settled and the last of the obscene mountain of post-Christmas nosh has been forced down, let's have a quick look at how...
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(Article, Chiptune, Microcomputer, Music, Video)


  . . .Or maybe just the best thing i'll see today. At any rate, I'm not sure can you beat a segment about computer music on a vintage show...
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(Article, Games, History of Gaming Sound, Zx Spectrum)


For Zx Spectrum day over at Skirmish Frogs, I produced a couple of articles explaining why the Speccy is so important to UK gamers. I thought id...
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(Article, FM, Games, History of Gaming Sound, Music, Music Art, Music Article, Sound Chip, Synthesisers, Yamaha)


This company helped define video games throughout the mid 80's and early 90's, but you probably wouldn't think of them as a videogame company. Don't...
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(Album, Chiptune, Megadrive, Music, Sega)


Hello folks! Fancy a slightly less spooky Halloween? Well, good news! I've gone and released a brand new album: Modulated Frequencies. I...
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(Arcade, Outrun, Retrospective, Review, Sega)


Egad - today marks the 30th anniversary of the world-wide release of Outrun. Now, I think articles like this make no secret of the fact that I'm...
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(History of Gaming Sound, Nintendo, SNES, soundchip)


It's a pretty obvious statement that, when it comes to streaming and writing about old video games, some vintage consoles definitely are more popular ...
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(PS2, Retrospective, Sony)


For review a bad game day this year I've decided to look at a Play Station 2 title. I know some people view the PS2 as being too new to truly...
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(Blog, Event, Exhibition, Gaming, Play Margate, Review)


So yesterday I attended the Play Margate  gaming exhibition, held in the..err...lovely Kentish coastal town of Margate. Sun, sea and old video games...
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(8-Bit, Amstrad, Arcade, BtoWofGX4000, Light Gun Game, Retro, Shooter)


Players: 1 Back in 1990, a console simply wasn't a console unless it had a light gun with a couple of games to go with it. The Amstrad GX-4000 was ...
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(News, PlayStation 4, PlayStation VR, Scorpio, xbox 1)


While i may spend a good chunk of my gaming time hanging in the early '90s, i do keep tabs on what's going on in the contemporary gaming world (and...
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(Arcade, Game Review, Retrospective, Review, Sega)


If you've read any of my posts around here, you probably know that, if there's one thing I love, it's a good Sega arcade game. Consequently, I was...
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(Electronic, Single)


Don't know where you stand on the EU? This track probably won't change that to be honest, but at least it has a better beat than the same tired-old...
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(Equipment, Keyboard, Music, Music Gear Review)


As anyone who has tried raising a child in a British flat will probably attest to, space generally comes at a bit of a premium in these parts....
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(Amstrad Gx4000, BtoWofGX4000, Game, Game Review, GX4000, Review)


Players: 1 If there's one lazy generalisation people make about old videogames, it's that games based on films were generally quite bad. Though...
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(Video, Zx Spectrum)


I imagine that 3d print carvings of Spectrum sprites is what I'd spend my time doing as well. This is...
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(Game Review, Retrospective, Review, Review a Great Game Day, Zx Spectrum)


Oh look, It's another April 8th so it's time to look at another great game! This year I've opted to look at a title that just about crosses the...

If you've found your way to this article, I probably don't need to tell you that online gaming discussion gets a bit of a bad press. From the...

After a longer than expected wait, my new single New Year New You is available from pretty much everywhere...be it Spotify, iTunes, Tidal, Google,...
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(Electronic, Music Release, Single)


Has that January spark long since faded? In need of a little extra support and will power? Why not try a bit of ZX Spectrum-based Self help! Built...
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(Article, BtoWofGX4000, Game Review, GX4000, Review)


A rose, as some talentless hack once put it, may well smell as sweet by some other name...but there's no denying that certain titles come with some...

Well, in case you haven't noticed, there's nothing I like more than tinkering with things around here -  and up until today the store was a bit of a...

Like everyone else, i was a bit wary  of Tidal's music streaming service when it was announced, but now my music has finally had a fair number of...

Crikey! It's already been a year since i bought my first Everdrive. Lets have a look at it, shall we? For those not in the know, an Everdrive is...
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(Article, Blog, New Year)


Last year I actually made some New Year's Resolutions. Lets see how they went: Do a spot of tidying up around 'ere Finish the E.P. I started at...
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(Blog, Christmas)


To celebrate, here's a festive pixel dinosaur head. See you all in...
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(BtoZofGX4000, Game Review, GX4000, Review)


When you look at the title of our next GX4000 game, Copter 271, it looks like something's missing...a 'Heli,' perhaps? Either way, it turns out that...

24 years ago, my brother and I stumbled towards the end of classic intergalactic Megadrive adventure Toejam & Earl. Though we'd previously...
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(Review, Saturn, Why Wasn't It Released Here?)


The poor Sega Saturn. He definitely hasn't had much love around here has he? That's definitely not to say he's a bad little machine though...so lets...
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(Article, Megadrive, Retrospective)


Blimey! it's been two years since I, err, celebrated the Megadrive's quarter century by destroying a cartridge. Weirdly, however, the Megadrive's 25...
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(BtoWofGX4000, Game Review, GX4000, Review)


Blimey! Three reviews in and we've finally stumbled upon a GX4000 exclusive...and pretty much the most important exclusive at that! Developed by...
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(Article, BtoWofGX4000, Game Review, Games, GX4000, Review)


Players: 1 Genre: Action We live in strange times. On the one hand we have a bizarre cultural fetish for 8-bit video game aesthetics, while on...
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(Article, Dizzy, NES, News)


After a week of cryptic shenanigans, The Oliver Twins have announced the discovery of a new Dizzy game! Hurrah! (As a side note, it's Dizzy. Not...

Coo-eee I'm back! Well, that was a nice break. I've been away on holiday in Florida for the last couple of weeks, which is why things have been a...
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(Game, Game Review, Megadrive, Review, Why Wasn't It Released Here?)


I think I might have a new favourite Megadrive game - and an almost topical one too, considering how excited everyone was getting about Mad Max...

Eek! It appears that I've been caught slightly off guard. Despite having only submitting the final master around 48 hours ago, my new track is up on...
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(Drum'n'Bass, Single)


Can you build an entire Drum'n'Bass track around some drums sampled from arcade classic 'Rad Mobile' and a highly glitchy Sonic Spinball death...
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(Article, Chiptune, Media, Music)


I feel a bit miserly. On paper, you would think that the re-release of videogame soundtracks on socially-acceptable audio formats would be...
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(Article, Games, GX4000)


From Betamax through to Laserdisc, the history of consumer electronics is littered with some pretty spectacular failures. In the video game world, ...
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(Article, Articles, Music, Music Article)


One thing I would just like to add to my previous post about music streaming: It definitely is an exciting time to be part of the streaming music...
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(Apple Music, Article, Articles, Blog, Music, Music Article, Streaming)


I've been thinking of writing something on the whole music streaming world for a while now. Thankfully, Jasper Hamill over at The Mirror has given me ...
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(Game Review, Games, Megadrive, Review, Review a Bad Game Day)


The folks over at 1Morecastle have shut up shop, meaning there's no one to administer Review a Bad Game day this year. Ooh eck! But while there...
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(BtoWofGX4000, Game Review, Games, GX4000, Review)


  Genre: Adventure Players: 1   Its always best to start how you mean to go on isn't it? How fitting, then, that the first GX4000 game...
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(Article, Games, Megadrive, PlayStation, Zx Spectrum)


Ooh! The Ashes are here! The Ashes are here! and they're going on...RIGHT NOW. To celebrate, lets have a look at the cricket output of unarguably the ...

Ten years ago London, my home in pretty much every sense of the word you could possibly imagine, came under attack. Given the circumstances, I...

It's almost three years since I finally got round to building myself a dinky little WordPress site. Blimey! The Internet's come on a bit since then...
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(Fatnick Makes a Game, Games)


Blimey! Has it really been a month since i last updated? Oops. I've been busy. Well, not for the last couple of weeks or so, but up until then I...
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(Guide, Making Music, Music, Single, Soundcloud, Walkthrough)


It's been a bit of a busy 6 months over here in Fatnick towers. Though I've been doing lots of STUFF, I hadn't actually got round to releasing...
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(Art, Music, Music Release, Noise, Politics, Queen)


I tend to steer clear from politics around here (unless it's absolutely necessary,) but as things in the wider world are so terribly grim at the...
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(Industrial, Single)


I wish I could say I created this because I have a noble political agenda. In reality I just couldn't pass up an excuse to use a sample of the queen...

I like Science, I like video games. Rarely, however, do I like the two together - and that's certainly true of today's "video games are...
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(Article, Games, GX4000)


So the other day I took delivery of something quite exiting: An Amstrad GX4000 games console. If you're thinking "Amstrad?" and "Games Console?"...
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(Fatnick Makes a Game, Games)


(Part 5) I don't know about you but if there's one thing I hate, it's being ill. After all, aside from feeling like crap, you don't have either...

Well, in case you hadn't noticed, there's been next to no activity around here recently. Boo, There has been a good reason for that though: My wife...
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(Game Review, Games, Retrospective, Review, Zx Spectrum)


Somewhere in the dark and nasty regions, where nobody goes, stands an ancient castle. Deep within this dank and uninviting place, lives Berk,...
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(Fatnick Makes a Game, Games)


(For Fatnick makes a game Part 4, click here) Hello everyone, Since my last update a lot of stuff has changed! Having completed my test track,...
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(Arcade, Game Review, Games, Retrospective, Review)


One of the most exciting things about having an extensive MAME library ( on my unjailbroken iPhone as well. HA!) is that it allows you to access to...
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(Teardown, Video, Zx Spectrum)


A fascinating video this, but not exactly for the faint hearted:   No...
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(Article, Games, Megadrive, Outrun)


I may about 20 years late to the party, but I thought I'd quickly share the Easter Eggs that developer Hertz included in their Sega Megadrive port of ...
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(Album Art, Cd Cover, Photo, Riot City, Soundtrack)


One of my local train stations has a massive derelict tower block sitting right outside. Today, it looks like they've started work renovating...
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(Fatnick Makes a Game, Games)


Crumbs! Quite a lot has happened since I popped up here with part 3. SO let's get stuck in. Having got something playable up and running, I...
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(Snow, Winter, Zx Spectrum)


Zx Spectrum...
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(Fitbit, Fitness, Health)


OK, after spending a bit more time with my Fitbit, I no longer have any reservations at all. The device is amazing. Previously, I mentioned...
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(Fatnick Makes a Game, Games)


(Part 2) (Skip the boring stuff and go straight to the playable work in progress? click here then!) Blimey, I've done quite a bit since my last ...
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(Fatnick Makes a Game, Games)


(Part 1) So last time on Fatnick Makes a Game we looked at how to fire up Unity, create a cube and some spheres, then sit and stare at the screen...
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(Fatnick Makes a Game, Games)


So, making good on my New Years Resolution, yesterday was the first day I tried to MAKE A GAME. But how, exactly, do you go about making a game if ...
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(Blog, Happy New Year, Resolutions)


It's the first proper working week of 2015. Eeek. Before we get back to the depressing reality of the endless, monotonous grind towards inevitable...

Hello! Yes, sorry about that. Things have been a but busy over at Fatnick Towers, what with an exciting weekend break to New York, getting...
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(Article, Games, Outrun, Retrospective, Xbox)


The 10th of October 2004 was a Wednesday. As it was a Wednesday, I wouldn't have been in university. Instead, I should have been at home working on...
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(Games, Godzilla, Retrospective, Zx Spectrum)


What's this? Someone made a Godzilla game for the Speccy? Why haven't i heard of this before? Is this the title to put an end to the Big Gs run of ...
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(Articles, Music, Music Article)


Hang on, how did I not know about this? Red Bull have commissioned a documentary series, called Diggin in The Carts, which is all about the history...

Blimey, things got a bit heated over the weekend didn't they? What with Zoe Quinn revealing the identity of the folks behind her harassment and the...

With all the talk of ZX Spectrum related stuff on here lately, why don't we take a look at another Speccy classic: Streaker. First a shocking...
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(Music, Music Release)


Hello you! Hope you're having a lovely week. Did you know that Speccy Jams is now fully streamable on Spotify? If you want to listen you don't even...
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(Album, Blog Post, iTunes, Speccy Jams)


Blimey, The Speccy Jam has begun, and it's already getting a lot of coverage! Check out this article in the Guardian. It's just a shame, inevitably,...
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(Album, Chiptune, Music, Release, Speccy Jams)


Hello Spec-chums! This is all getting quite exciting. There are now just three days to go till the start of the second Speccy Jam and two days...
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(Album, Music, Release)


Next week, a bunch of friendly and talented people will begin a frenzied week-long dash to create a game for the second Speccy Jam. It's going to be...
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(Article, Games, Megadrive)


Crickey, 25 years ago the Sega Genesis launched in the US. That can't be right, surely? It is? I feel...

This probably shouldn't come as a massive surprise, but Night Trap now has its own HD Kickstarter. I don't know how I feel about this. As much as...
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(Website Stuff)


So this is EXCITING:  I have created my own very own online store, and on this very website to boot (yes that's it! in the bar at the...
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(Game Review, Games, Retrospective, Review, Zx Spectrum)


Is it that time of year already?  four months ago we looked at a truly great game, so now it's time to look at something utterly dreadful....

Well this is the stuff that (weird retro gamer's) dreams are made of: Virgin Games' supposedly unreleased Judge Dredd Spectrum game has turned up. On ...
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(Games, Megadrive, Retrospective)


The internet community's a funny old thing isn't it? In the old days, the only options you had for judging a game's overall popularity were ELSPA...
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(16-bit, Chiptune, Electronic, Ellie Goulding, Free Music, Music, Music Release, Pop, Sega, Track)


While having an incredibly dance-ready toddler often has its down-sides (especially in public,) one of the upsides is that I'm forced to to listen to ...
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(Articles, Drums, Guide, How-To, Music, Music Article, Music Production, Reaper, VST)


I've had a few people ask me how I produced the drums Modulated Frequencies (you know, that track you can see over on the right? Why don't you listen ...
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(Games, Megadrive, Retrospective, Why Wasn't It Released Here?)


Maybe its just me, but there's few gaming things more exciting than an import-only game. From the feeling exclusivity, to the illicitness of owning...
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(FM synthesis, Megadrive, Modulated Frequencies, Music, New release, Single)


Blimey! I haven't updated that much over the last couple of months have I? The reason for that it because I've been (surprise surprise) really busy....
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(Games, Master System, Megadrive, Outrun, Retrospective)


As we've already established, I like Outrun. Probably to an unhealthy extent. In fact, not only do I love the original arcade Outruns (in all their...
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(Games, Review a Great Game Day)


Hello, If you've just arrived here from the RAGGD site, thank you for taking the time to read my review. If you don't know what I'm talking about,...
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(Game Review, Games, Retrospective, Review, Zx Spectrum)


Do you remember Review A Great Game Day 2013? No? That's ok. It was a while ago (a year, in fact) and a lot has happened in the interim. So then Last ...
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(Music, music making)


Generally I don't release works in progress, but I'm really loving Aly James Lab's Super PSG plug-in and I wanted to show you the amazing...
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(Games, Outrun, Retrospective, Zx Spectrum)


Its cold, its wet, its nasty and half the country is underwater. There's only one thing for it: it's time for an Outrun marathon. Dissapointingly...
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(Article, Games, General)


So far this year I have played through just two titles. On the modern front we have Batman Arkham Origins, while on the more classic side of things...
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(Picture, portrait)


Yesterday marked me becoming another year older and another year wiser (though I'm not so sure about the second part. Think i'll ask for a refund.)...
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(Chiptune, Music Release, Single)


Things were looking up…so what better track to test out the capabilities of Aly James’ superb FM Drive plugin? Another free download from...
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(Chiptune, Cover, FM-Drive, Happy, Music, Pharrell Williams, Single)


Ahoy, Happy New Year! Sorry I've been a bit quiet, but I've recently started a new day job. Hurrah. Unfortunately, the process of finishing  job A ...
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(Games, Master System, Retrospective, Zx Spectrum)


With the family packed off an the turkey completely devoured, now's the time to generally start getting stuck into the Christmas games. Hurrah! No ...

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(Article, Copyright, Games, News)


So there are lots of people who are angry with Google's new policy of screening all affiliate Youtube channels for content violations. This is...
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(Article, Games, Licensed Games, Zx Spectrum)


So the other day we discovered that licensed games aren't all rubbish, but are they actually any good? We're not looking at games that simply avoided ...
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(Chip Tune, Games, Megadrive, News)


So today I have two pieces of music for you. The first is the background music for "Ice Cap Zone" from Sonic 3 on the...

How exciting! Two brand new next gen consoles to choose from - but what do you go for? The Sony Brick Station 4 or the Microsoft Underpowered TV Box? ...
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(Article, Games, Licensed Games)


  Today, I want to take an tentative look at the subject of licensed games. We all know the contradiction: Everyone has a number of favourite ...
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(Free Music, Jazz, Jazz Funk, Music, Releases, Streaming)


Blimey! Its been months since I've released anything musical. Don't worry though, I've been working on something special. A few months back, my...
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(Article, Games, General)


This video combines both the Spectrum AND twitter. I'll just leave this...
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(Fake, Fraud, Music, Piracy, Spotify)


I was browsing the tech blogs yesterday when this caught my eye. I was partly intrigued because Spotify are a service I use to distribute music, but...

Cor! The Sega Megadrive has reached the same age as a 25 year old person. That's a quarter of a century! Do you feel old? I do. How do you celebrate...

Blimey! Can you believe there are people out there who've never even seen a Spectrum? For those unlucky souls, a vibrant blue -and-yellow-bordered,...
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(Art of Porting, Games, Master System, Retrospective)


So today i want to talk about Strider on the Master System. Licensed by Sega but developed by Tiertex (they of HKM fame,) it's a largely terrible...
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(Games, Retrospective, Zx Spectrum)


The weird difficulty spikes, the jerky animations, the single playable character. what? You didn't think we were talking about timeless classic "The...
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(Chiptune, Music Release, Single)


Who said the Master System soundchip couldn’t generate some funky music, eh? (Vocal samples are, of course, from the original Chase HQ arcade...
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(Dreamcast, Game Review, Games, Godzilla, Retrospective, Review)


So it turns out that today is Review a Bad Game Day. Hurrah! Now, what to pick? In some ways, the unending barrage of terrible games makes this...
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(Photography, Specified Photos, Zx Spectrum)


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(Games, Mega CD, News, Retrospective)


So the other day,  1morepodcastle host/Nintendo Legend author Eric Bailey posed an interesting question on twitter:   What single video game ...
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(Specified Photos)


Thank...
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(Games, Outrun, Retrospective, Zx Spectrum)


So the other day i popped down to  RetroGameBase in Streatham  ( absolutely amazing shop by the way - well, well, well worth a visit.) Despite an...
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(Music, Music Release)


Phew! Ever have one of those projects that starts out as simple, straight forward and whimsy, but ends on dragging on forever? This feels a little...

This goes a pretty long way...

So a lot has been said about the Xbone, the PS4, and the possibility of controlling used game prices. This is an interesting one for me, as for once...
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(Article, Games, Megadrive, News)


In 12 hours time, someone out there will be the proud owner of a Sega Pluto. What's a Sega Pluto, i hear you ask? Well, it's essentially a redesigned ...

Someone shared this with me, so I'd thought I'd share in turn: Here's a step-by-step guide for making your very own PIP-Boy, the Radiation...
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(Chiptune, Music Release, Single)


This one's a bit of fun: It's an upbeat piece built around a number of samples from forgotten Sega/Westone arcade game 'Riot...

Nice day for...
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(Game Review, Games, Retrospective, Review, Zx Spectrum)


Right, so according to the nice chaps over at 1morecastle.com, today is review a great game day! Hurrah! But there are so many great games, how...
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(Blog Posts)


So Mrs Fatnick and i are in the process of relocating to a new FATNICK TOWERS. How very exciting! Unfortunately, this means people are currently...
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(Article, Games, Master System, Retrospective)


So over the Easter Break I liberated my old Master System 2 from my parent's house. This is pretty exciting stuff: The Master System was my very...
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(Arcade, Game Review, Games, Retrospective, Review)


The great thing about mucking around with old arcade games is that, sometimes, you stumble across half-remembered titles which you weren't completely ...
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(Arcade, Game Review, Games, Retrospective, Review)


Because it's taken me AGES (to be this good, etc) to find a decent MAME/front end combination for the mac, we might as well get our money's worth -...
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(Arcade, Game Review, Games, Retrospective, Review)


For anyone wondering (ok, so you probably weren't) the vocal samples from Monkey Man come from an old Sega-published Brawler called 'Riot City.'...
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(Music, podcasts, Shameless Promotion)


The chaps over at 1morecastle have nicely decided to include one of my tracks on an edition of their podcast! Well worth a listen if you like all...
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(Admin, iTunes, Music Uploads, Notice, Upload)


Look at this: Fatnick has invaded the iTunes store. Click these links to download the Attack of the Terrible Lizard Kitty (Video Game Soundtrack)...
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(Game Review, Games, PlayStation, Retrospective, Review)


I've always had a bit of a soft spot for Jumping Flash! I first encountered it on one of the demo disks (what a quaint concept!) originally bundled...
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(Christmas)


From Fatnick and the magical Spectrum...
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(Bad TV, Hoax, Moon Landing, TV)


I decided against watching the Did We Land on The Moon? documentary last night, and reading the posts on Twitter makes me very glad that I didn't....
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(Arcade, Game Review, Games, Retrospective, Review)


Creating Fatherhood required a surprising amount of mental discipline, thanks to a sudden and almost irresistible urge for PROCRASTINATION....
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(Blog, Holiday)


Don't panic everyone! I'm not dead, I've just been on holiday! After 3 weeks touring the US...and a couple of weeks sorting myself out...I'm back and ...
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(Chip Tune, Chipsounds, Music, Music Gear Review, Retro Gaming, Review, Virtual Instrument, VST)


Plogue have  just released an update for their Chipsounds plugin - something I've used extensively on Attack of The Terrible Lizard Kitty - and...
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(8-Bit, Photo, Power Station, Retro, Specified Photos, Zx Spectrum)


Taken on my ride into work: Raw...
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(Game Review, Games, Retrospective, Review, Zx Spectrum)


El Reg have written a retrospective on one of my favourite Speccy Games, Ghostbusters: ...
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(Article, Games, General, News)


It's with a heavy (and deeply surprised) heart that I bid farewell to another fantastic UK games developer - Sony Liverpool. [caption...
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(Landmark, London, Piccadilly Circus, Specified Photo, Zx Spectrum)


Piccadilly circus, specified! I much prefer it this...
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(Article, Games, Zx Spectrum)


...but most people don't leave the original Spectrum loading procedure intact! "paulisthebest3uk", I salute...
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(Installation Nightmares, WAAAAHHHH)


Hello folks, In light of the FANCY new Workpress facebook plugin, i thought it would be a good idea to finally get round to update the site to the ...
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(Music, Music Review, Review)


A weird gig in many ways. Would many people turn up to see a partial PIL line up play a bastardised version of a 30 year old album? Yes, apparently...
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(8-Bit, London, Photo, Photography, Retro, Spectrum, Zx Spectrum)


You are drab and miserable, but you are home. Even if you didn't elect me as...
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(London Election, London Mayor, Marriage, Politics, Wedding)


Londoners! It has come to my attention that our candidates for the office of the mayor are all entirely unacceptable: Boris Johnson has entirely...
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(Marriage, Personal Blogs, Wedding)


It gives me the greatest pleasure to announce that on Friday my fiance, against her better judgment, finally became Mrs Fatnick. Much like a man...
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(anniversary, Happy Birthday, Topical, Zx Spectrum)


Happy 30th Birthday Zx Spectrum! You were so much better than the C64. Well done to Google for their ingenious St George's day/Zx Spectrum...
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(Nutmeg, Terrible Lizard Kitty)


For the Terrible Lizard Kitty. She's being neutered this morning. If you here any reports of any sky scrapers being felled, that will be...
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(8-Bit, Photography, Retro, Zx Spectrum)


In happy spectrum...
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(Tape file, Tape Loader, Zx Spectrum)


Yes, Using the powers of modern technology, you can HEAR my face...
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(Ableton, Cockos, DAW, Logic, Music, Music Gear Review, Reaper, Review, Software Review)


In the old days it was simple: If you wanted a DAW, you either went with Cubase, Logic or Cakewalk. There were a couple of others, but these were...
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(BusyBusyBusy, Personal)


I have neither gone away nor have i been DESTROYED by a bus: I am still here and making music. My latest album is taking a little longer than...
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(Welcome)


  Welcome to the offical website for Fatnick. Check back for music, noise, and giant mechanical...