Hello! How do you do? I'm Fatnick, a chiptune-making ZX Spectrum-loving frog from South London. When not skirmishing, you can find me over at or @Mechafatnick and listen to me on Spotify

In Pursuit of Power Drift

Does any game own its genre as effectively as Mario Kart? Sure, the more po-faced among the racing brigade might draw influence from other (more realistic) avenues, but if you’re looking towards making a light-hearted kart racer, it’s impossible to avoid the touch of Nintendo’s ineluctable offering. One…

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The 32x Wasn’t that bad, really.

    For those willing to dabble in the murky world of emulation sites, the internet offers the most bizarre game prototype as a trophy. Produced for Sega’s 32x Megadrive expansion and dubbed Virtua Hamster, the game puts the player in control of a loveable furry rodent who…

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In Defence of GEMS

    On the whole, sound engines aren’t something people tend to discuss. That’s perfectly understandable really: a sound engine is just a bit of code that allows composers to talk to the sound hardware contained in a console. Even in the relatively niche world of retro gaming…

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OOky-Spooky Halloween Fun: Devilish

    There are so many predictable choices for games to play over Halloween, aren’t there? Silent Hill, Resident Evil, Fatal Frame, Clock Tower. . . hang on, I appear to just be listing random “survival horror” titles here, but you get my point. Let’s look at something…

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My Thoughts on Sonic Mania


  So after a tremendous amount of build up, Sonic Mania has finally been released. The first “proper” Sonic game in over 20 years, this should naturally be right up every aged Sonic fan’s alley. I can’t say I’m quite as enamoured as everyone else seems to be,…

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In Defence of…Electronic Arts!?


Electronic Arts, eh. Why does everyone hate them so much? Ok, that’s a bit of an easy one to answer if I’m honest: Shutting popular studios,  unleashing Origin, the legacy of the Ea Spouse stuff, the revolving door of controversies surrounding their Downloadable Content Policies. . . I think…

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Review a great Game day 2017: G-LOC


Normally I would say a shooter that pits the player against an armour-plated hot air balloon would instantly earn its place among the greats, but the Master System version of G-LOC was probably a disaster waiting to happen for a couple of reasons. For one, there was the…

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A 24 Year Old Fashion Magazine

Criticism of the presence of politics in videogames seems a bit bizarre. Did none of the complainers play Desert Strike when growing up?  Or Civilisation? Or Theme Park? There remains, however, one complaint that seems like it may have some validity: Surely no one can deny that, since…

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I unlocked my NES Mini

If you’re interested in old videogames, you probably already know that some clever chaps have worked out how to add new games to the NES mini. Now, generally I’m quite a cautious sort, so when it comes to unauthorised 3rd party hacks that can brick your hardware, I…

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Zx Spectrum Day Part Two: The Games

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Hello! If you’ve seen my other article you’d know that, in its’ own lunchtime, the Zx Spectrum was a pretty big deal. Things have progressed since its’ 80’s heyday however – so does the humble Speccy still have any games that are worth playing today? I argue yes. It…

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An Unsung giant of 80’s Gaming

This company helped define video games throughout the mid 80’s and early 90’s, but you probably wouldn’t think of them as a videogame company. Don’t believe me? Their tech was used in both the Megadrive and the Japanese Master System, but they aren’t anything to do with Sega. It also…

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The Megadrive Sound Challenge!

Skirmish Frogs! I’m currently writing a pretty long article, and to illustrate one of the points I thought i’d make a short video. I wanted to quickly illustrate the fact that the Megadrive games tended to use both the Megadrive’s FM synthesiser chip and the Master System’s Programmable…

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The Mysterious Legacy of the SNES Soundchip

  It’s a pretty obvious statement that, when it comes to streaming and writing about old video games, some vintage consoles definitely are more popular than others. It’s also true that, when it comes to the chip tuning scene, some hardware platforms are inevitably more popular than others. Speaking…

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A.B. Cop

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So, it’s Sega week around here, eh? In that case, let’s take a look at one of the more obscure titles in the Sega stable: A.B. Cop. Never heard of A.B. (Air Bike) Cop? Don’t worry, most of the internet doesn’t seem to have either. Not only is…

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