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Soundtracks: Need for Speed: Carbon

Hello and welcome to the latest in the Soundtracks series, the title of which is fairly self-explanatory, but you can read more about its aims and intentions here. Today’s game is Need for Speed: Carbon, a middling-to-good entry in the NFS canon, but one with some fairly interesting visual choices that create a vaguely sci-fi […]

Soundtracks: FlatOut 2

Soundtracks is where we take a look back at the use of licensed music in games. So far I’ve covered a couple of EA games – FIFA 2000 and Need for Speed: Underground, while Stoo added a touch of class to what was becoming a dangerously flippant series with a look at the music of […]

Soundtracks: Need for Speed: Underground

Soundtracks is a series where we take a look back at the use of licensed music in games. Go here if you want to know a little more. Today’s game is Need for Speed: Underground, the point at which Electronic Arts’ long running racing series transitioned from middle-aged Top Gear territory into a street racing […]

Soundtracks: FIFA 2000

Hello and welcome to the first in a new series of articles looking back at the use of licensed music in games. If you want a little more background, there’s a piece here explaining what it’s all about. Today’s game is FIFA 2000, not a particularly standout entry in the series in terms of great […]

Soundtracks: Introduction

Over the years we’ve branched out from being mainly reviews-focused to the occasional blog series or regular feature. There are various reasons for this, among them that we don’t have as much time to play the oldies as we used to, but it also adds a bit of variety to the content on the site. […]

The Great Skate 8

For reasons unknown, my mind recently warped back to the 16-bit era and a game called Skate Tribe. It was developed in STOS, a version of BASIC geared towards making games for the Atari ST. STOS was one of those packages that was both too complicated for the unrealistic and lazy end of the target […]

It’s only us

I’ve written before about how I came to associate FIFA with Christmas, and following a recent clearout my parents reunited me with my old copy of FIFA 2000, which I think was maybe the last version I received as a present (the following year, I’d discover Pro Evolution Soccer). While browsing the excellent (but completely […]

TIE Fighter Soundtrack – a modern version

Pointed out to me by a friend on facebook: TIE Fighter soundtrack updated by Laserschwert The game originally used midi music, played through the dinky little synth chip on your adlib or soundblaster card. This chap however has instead used some professional-grade orchestral sample libraries. As much as I have a soft spot for the […]

the llama sleeps

Farewell to Winamp In some ways it was surprising they even lasted this long. Apart from an android version, I can’t remember much changing since Winamp 5 came out in 2003. Was there even a full time winamp development team? Was it like, one intern surfing reddit? Like many nerds out there winamp was the […]

Two-lane blacktop

Getting older, I’ve decided, is a process of everything changing so slowly that you never really notice at the time, until five years of sneaky, incremental change eventually adds up to one moment of consequence which suddenly hits you when you find yourself doing something that you never, ever, would have done once upon a […]