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The evolution of the Donkey Kong Opening 'Theme'

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We love video game music here at TGAM and although there's been a rise in acceptance that listening to video game soundtracks or going to see concerts of the greatest hits isn't a weird thing to do, it's still an under appreciated part of video games.

Nintendo have been knocking it out of the park recently with their sountracks, especially on collaborative projects. Pokken Tournament had a soundtrack far too good for it (Haunted HouseNeos City and the phenomenal Magikarp Festival are favourites). Kirby games just keep remixing and reworking the seriously strong themes, Kirby's Epic Yarn's Lava Landing is a particular highlight of recent titles. Fire Emblem's game is strong with the J-Pop earworms from Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE through to Fire Emblem Warriors (This Precious World stands out in particular blending Fire Emblem Awakening and Fire Emblem Fates' themes). The Splatoon series is deserving of a thesis or two on the storytelling through music alone…

Pokémon Go: Back with a Vengance

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Oh boy,

Many moons ago we covered Pokémon Go in our regular/not-so-regular bit: Are mobile phone games any good yet? And our list of gripes beyond not being able to log in included:
Does this actually have anything to do with the actual games (is it canon?) Whats the point, beyond collecting them with an annoying catch mechanicHow do gyms work, why is no one explaining this? Two years on and even though there is still login problems (particularly trainer club accounts), the question of whether this will ever be compatible with the real games is still being asked, the game has improved! Not massively, it has not arisen like a mighty Ho-oh from the ashed of its former self, but neither has it eeked out like a wet quagsire queef.

Niantic have bothered themselves to include a friend system, this allows you to connect with your IRL friends and rival each other, and even help each other out with trades. This only seems like a little thing but it has re-kindled a little bit of love for the g…

In Love With The Nintendo Switch Capture Button

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With the Nintendo Switch's Capture button it's never been easier to snap a screenshot or your favourite games as you play them. Something that Nintendo has never been great at up until now, beyond titles that offer their own screenie buttons or with a strange Miiverse faff on the Wii U. It's not the most straight forward to actually get the images off of the Switch but we've done it to share some of our favourite screenshots from all the Switch titles we've been playing recently.



(Is this even a Switch screenshot?- Ed.)

 Happy Screenshotting!

Praise the Fairy

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Pixelated and graceful fantastical queen
You rule the of the of the bottom my garden, called the 90s
Separated by time
But my pixelated love for that decade’s alt Japanese pop culture,
like you will never die

Each year those letters “E”
Climb ladders and fall slowly, “X”
distancing
I try to grasp at you and encapsulate you “T”
Grappling back-and-forth,
Anxiety heightens
The bi-pedal shark
The unicorn snake “R”
The Amorphous yellow blob with ears
All march on to threaten my clenched prize

Faster as floristry agglomerations spawn
shiny plant buds.
*Boom*
“A”






Love and Deviant art really has everything,

Richie X

Bob Wakelin: Imagination fuel

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Bit of Shitty news: Bob Wakelin is dead... You can easily be forgiven for asking who Bob Wakelin is, but truth is he probably touched your life in some way without you realising.

Bob Wakelin was particularly famous for "Box Art" back when games were physical, you used to buy games in oversized cardboard boxes or in cassette tape and box form. And on these boxes was box art. And is was art, these guys were given the unenviable task of taking 8-bit sprites and re-imagining them. And imagining is the key word here the wonder of this box art is that is set a precedence for the game itself, no-one was under any false pretences that the box art would emulate the in-game graphics, but when you were playing it it would enhance the level of imagination you placed on it, especially when trying to decipher what some of those pixels were!

Bob's portfolio is extensive and I want to just showcase a few of our favourites:

The Newzealand Story:
The New Zealand (Newzealand?) Story, a ga…

Dolly post: Misfire

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Alright so, at Xmas we promised we would take pictures or our toys (or "dollies").

First up is everyones favourite magenta decepticon, our modern day RosenKavalier: Misfire.

Misfire is one of the original targetmasters and one of the "sort-of" regeneration of the seekers. The targetmasters made their debut in the final three episodes of the (western) cartoon "The Rebirth":


A collection of Misfire with awful animation.
TakaraTomy have recently, release their Legends version of Misfire, (LG-52). The legends version is Japanese revised version of the Titans Returns one,  with more accurate colouring and the added bonus of a targetmaster (though is headmaster was called 'Aimless' and so is his targetmaster...)


Anyways Enjoy some lovely Hi-res pics of Misfire and his buddies:

Say hello to my little friend Side box art with a tiny squished face
The name's Fire, Miss Fire... wait what?
Yeah so I did some focus stacking, got the lighting all correct, co…