Short Thoughts: Tomb Raider Suite Pre-Sale Live.


Back in April at ‘PAX’, Nathan McCree announced a suite, playing the music from the first three Tomb Raider games that he had written and composed, live and with an orchestra.

You may recall I did an interview with him a few years ago, which can be read here.
Today, the pre-sale is now live, allowing fans to buy tickets 48 hours before they’re officially available on Friday.
You can buy a variety of tickets, from standing to seating, to VIP. But I imagine they’ll be hard to find in a few days after official release.

But I have my ticket bought.

With the 20th anniversary of the series this year, I imagine there’ll be even more announcements to come. But listening to the music live and hearing Nathan give some stories before the main event, will make it a great show to attend.


Short Thoughts: Classic Lara Returns.

As part of ongoing #TombRaider20 celebrations hosted by Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix, Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration launches on PlayStation 4 October 11. Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration will include the award-winning Rise of the Tomb Raider, a new story chapter called “Blood Ties,” co-op play for “Endurance Mode”, all previously released DLC, and more.

  • Re-envisioned cold-weather outfit and weapon for Lara inspired by Tomb Raider III
  • Classic Lara card pack which will allow fans to play “Expedition Modes” using one of several classic Lara models


Rise of the Tomb Raider has been announced for PS4 as an improved port, but some additional features mentioned above have, swayed me to buy it.
You can play as Lara from Tomb Raider II or III, while modern Lara has her own Antarctica costume from Tomb Raider III.

There’s even a variety of missions set in Croft Manor, as you use PlayStation VR. Interesting.

I wonder if there’s a hidden switch to play ‘Venice Violins‘ once again in the dining room.


Short Thoughts: NES Mini Announced.


“Relive the 80s when the Nintendo Classic Mini: Nintendo Entertainment System launches in stores on 11th November. The classic NES is back in a familiar-yet-new form as a mini replica of Nintendo’s original home console.

Plugging directly into a high-definition TV using the included HDMI cable, the console comes complete with 30 NES games built-in, including beloved classics like Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, Metroid, Donkey Kong, PAC-MAN and Kirby’s Adventure.”

Didn’t expect this to be announced. The ‘Classic Mini’ tells me this isn’t the last we will be seeing of a console re-release in this series.

I will definitely be buying one when it’s released on 11th November.

I wouldn’t be surprised to see a ‘SNES Mini’ appearing next year.


Testing the Dolphin 5.0 Emulator.

Second to OpenEmu on the Mac, this is an incredible Gamecube/Wii Emulator that can run 99% of games full speed, depending on the PC or Mac system you own.
I had posted a gaming test three years ago, along with a Dolphin 4.01 post last year, with the MacBook Air running a few games such as Wind Waker and Super Smash Bros Brawl, alongside Bioshock Infinite.

But with this major release, I wanted to come back to it and post some more games running on the same system.

Emulator site.


Summer Games Done Quick.


It’s an event I’ve been following for three years now.

Their last one was back in January where they raised over $1.2 million.

The latest event began tonight with Super Mario Sunshine, while it will be going non-stop until next Sunday with many games played in aid of ‘Doctors Without Borders’.

The schedule can be viewed here, while the stream itself and ways to donate can be seen here.

Special Stage 6 – Sonic 3.

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“The game is a lesson in game design, sound, and pacing. From the other video games that influenced me such as Metal Gear Solid and Tomb Raider II, this is the one it all comes back to.

I don’t have a lot of patience, and I do think that its mostly because of this game. You need to jump, dodge, and run through the levels as fast as you can. You don’t have to, but if you do, thats when the game excels. You miss everything and nothing at the same time.”

Today is a throwback to a post I did when I was contributing to my University’s magazine.
It was a monthly feature on games that linked back to my childhood, and one month featured Sonic 3.
I figured for this feature, it would be apt to link to it on one of these days this week, and today it’s come.
It can be found here.

Special Stage 5 – Cheats.

Up, Down, Left, Right, A+Start.

09, 65, 09, 17.

Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Left, Right, Right.

Those three cheats all enabled the ‘Level Select’ cheat in Sonic 1, 2 and 3 respectively.

Alongside Debug Mode, the cheats were as fun to me as the standard play through of the games were, or still are for that matter.