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.
Below is the October and November YouTube playlists.
I pull a lot of the items about gaming and movie news here from a number of sources: The Atari Age forums, Retro Indie News, Time Extension, IGN, Retro Hour podcast, Itch.io, 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.
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.
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”
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 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.
October 30th, 2023
The Animals – “We Gotta Get Out of This Place”
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.
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.
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.
November 1st, 2023
Helloween – “I Want Out”
Michael Jordan: Chaos in the Windy City (1994)
True Lies (1994)
November 2nd, 2023
TLC – “Waterfalls”
Joe & Mac (1991)
November 3rd, 2023
Beastie Boys – “So What’Cha Want”
Ewen McGregor and Nicole Kidman – “Come What May”
Rainbow Brite Dolls
Adventures of the Gummi Bears (1985-1991)
November 4th, 2023
Tracey Ullman – “They Don’t Know”
True Lies (1995)
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
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.