Archive for the ‘Cobblers’ Category

Happy Birthday, Sonic

Friday, June 24th, 2011

For those who missed it, Sonic The Hedgehog was 20 yesterday.  To celebrate, here’s 10 facts (plus a bonus) which I randomly squeezed out onto Twitter last night and you may have missed.  All of these are true.

No. 1: Sonic 2 was released on “Sonic 2-sday”, which was a Tuesday, which was a great play on words but also quite odd.

No. 2: The cheat codes for Sonic 2 in the UK were exclusively revealed in the VHS databurst on ITV’s Bad Influence!

No. 3: Rik once knew 10 cheat codes/glitches for Sonic 2. Play 19, 65, 09, 17 in Sound Test & A+Start in menu for level select.

No. 4: Sonic & Knuckles gives a series of “special stages” if plugged into any other MD cart, A+B+C+Start on title screen.

No. 5: Sonic CD had a cheat code that allowed you to play with the orientation of the 3D cloud texture on the title screen.

No. 6: The Sonic CD Wacky Workbench zones – the Past variant – had a secret statue in a room that threw you rings.

No. 7: Sonic 2 & Knuckles contains a bunch of new extra lives in hard-to-reach places that require climbing. Have a hunt.

No. 8: The Spring Yard Zone (Act 1, I think) is the only level in Sonic 1 to have 2 separate exit signs. (They both spin.)

No. 9: Extra lives in Master System Sonic 1 disappeared forever after collection, except one which gave 2 lives & didn’t.

No. 10: Tails’ full name is Miles “Tails” Prower, the quality of which as a pun is left as an exercise for the reader.

Bonus Mario Fact: Super Mario Bros. 2 was a completely unrelated Japanese game, with some sprites & title screens changed.

Sign Of The Times

Saturday, May 21st, 2011

Spotted on the way home through Central London late one night this week –  looks like even our road signs are doing their bit to help out the Big Society.

A thing that annoys me about Firefox 4

Monday, February 14th, 2011

I know that it’s tiny and insignificant, and I can see entirely why there isn’t room for the extra dot, but it’s still been driving me absolutely mental.  Perhaps I should write an add-on to fix it.

(Is it obvious that making sure things line up is my job?)

It’s a Blimmin’ Miracle!

Monday, November 29th, 2010

Continuing today’s impromptu Leslie Nielsen-theme on Shinypixel, here’s an oddity.  Despite there never being – to my knowledge, at least – any gaming spinoffs of the franchises he starred in, the two collided when he once managed to grace the full back cover of ZX Spectrum bible Your Sinclair.

This appeared on the back cover of Issue 73, upside-down compared to the rest of the mag.  (Just like the Student Radio Awards magazine, actually, but that was two-mags-in-one.)   Presumably knocked up mega-quickly at the last-minute when an advert deadline fell through, I can totally sympathise with the frame of mind of its mystery author.  Those were the days.

Cat Rock

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

Those following my Twitter account (and if you’re not, why not, eh?) may have seen this already.  Pointed out by treblekicker the other day, it’s a one-note series of images depicting the above cat.  And a rock. Cat rock, you see?  (It costs $29.99)

Each one has a different slogan, all of which make exactly the expected amount of sense.  As a bonus, there’s occasionally a Spanish cat which pops up all moody and black, accompanied by (I am reliably assured) some bizarre Spanish.

I mean, what’s not to like?

Cat Rock on Tumblr