Matthew Perry (1969-2023)

This week has been pretty hard trying to cope with the death of my puppy Lanie, but I’m getting through. And it’s my wife’s birthday weekend. So that is always fun. And she has the Home Alone Lego set. I picked up the Tow Truck set. Plus, we’re going Funko shopping and hitting up some local art shows.

I rebuilt the Cinderella (1977) and Deadly Eyes (1982) pages I had lost in the great hard drive crash of 2023. Very, very slowly but surely.

Below is the October and November YouTube playlists.

Weekly Finds

I pull a lot of the items about gaming and movie news here from a number of sources: The Atari Age forums, Retro Indie NewsTime ExtensionIGNRetro Hour, Facebook, Twitter, etc. What shows up here will change weekly depending on what I happen to find in the wild. I try to include the original sources in the links.

Sight & Light – How to create 2D visibility/shadow effects for your game

It’s from 2014, but it was new to me. And I really dug it.  The author describes how he created the shadow and visibility effects in his indie game Nothing to Hide.

Full article at

Github repo for sight-and-light.


Edge Lighting and Normal Maps for 2D Sprites – Unreal Engine 5 Tutorial

Cobra Code has some excellent tips for adding much better lighting effects to 2D sprites in Unreal using normal maps.


SIGIL II from John Romero is going live in December.

Pre-Orders are available on his site.

Twitter announcement

The Romero Shop



Beyond Authentic Pixel Art in Unreal Engine

Chris Wilson from Cardboard Sword explains how they made the visuals in The Siege and the Sandfox better in Unreal.

Siege and the Sandfox site


There were quite a few awesome entries for the CPC Retro Dev 2023 game jam.

#CPCRetroDev2023 Game Jam on

Daily Drop Roundup

You can get daily drops in your socials wherever you live. First Facebook link is the the Nostalgia Drop page, and the second is to the group. The group is more fun.

October 29th, 2023

Jesus Jones – “Right Here, Right Now”

Microfilm Reader

Back in ancient times when card catalogs took up a significant amount of space in libraries, there were also filing cabinets full of research materials available on very small pieces of film. The Microfilm reader would magnify them to be somewhat readable.

Splatterhouse (1988)

Splatterhouse is a side-scrolling beat ’em-up about a resurrected college student named Rick who has to fight his way through horrific creatures from US horror films to save his girlfriend Jennifer.

Play TurboGrafx-16 Splatterhouse (USA) Online in your browser –

The Stuff (1985)

A new delectible treat is on the market, and the world cannot get enough of it. However, this treat is alive and consuming those who eat it. It is: The Stuff.

Watch it on Tubi!

October 30th, 2023

The Animals – “We Gotta Get Out of This Place”

Parachute Pants

MC Hammer popularized parachute pants in his iconic video, “You Can’t Touch This.” They were a short-lived craze, but everyone had to have a pair. Everyone. It was a law of the 80s or something, fer sure.

Echo Night (1998)

A first-person adventure for the Playstation, Echo Night takes place on the ship Orpheus where ghosts are haunting and protecting areas. The player must resove the personal issues of the ghosts to help them find piece. They must also escape the ship and recover colored stones.

Play PlayStation Echo Night Online in your browser –

Society (1989)

The rich aren’t just a different class of people. They’re a whole different species! As Bill, an adopted son into a wealthy family, learns more about his family at his sister’s sweet sixteen, he realizes all of society is an orgy of flesh-melting creatures who eat the poor.

Stream it on Plex.

October 31st, 2023

Dire Straits – “Romeo and Juliet”


Before CD-ROMs crammed as much information as possible on them, many households had a massive encyclopedia set for research purposes. Or to make kids behave. In 5th grade, I had made it to the S volume at the end of the school year.

Galerians (1999)

Psychic powers boosted by drugs and tank controls? Sign me up! Galerians is a horror-adventure game with Rion attempting to find a girl speaking to him in his mind. He uses drugs to boost his psychic abilities as evil henchmen are sent to stop and re-capture him.

From Beyond (1986)

When scientists create a Resonator to see things beyond the normal scope of reality, those creatures From Beyond begin to break through and change the scientists in horrific ways.

Watch it for free on Tubi!

November 1st, 2023

Helloween – “I Want Out”

JVC Videosphere

Michael Jordan: Chaos in the Windy City (1994)

True Lies (1994)

November 2nd, 2023

TLC – “Waterfalls”


Joe & Mac (1991)

Maurice (1987)

November 3rd, 2023

Beastie Boys – “So What’Cha Want”

Ewen McGregor and Nicole Kidman – “Come What May”

Rainbow Brite Dolls

Mario Kart

Adventures of the Gummi Bears (1985-1991)

November 4th, 2023

Tracey Ullman – “They Don’t Know”


True Lies (1995)

A Clockwork Orange (1971)

Weekly Tears

Matthew Perry (1969-2023)

Matthew Perry was an American actor best known for his ensemble role of Chandler Bing on the long-running comedy series Friends.

He passed away on October 28th, 2023.