10th anniversary episode! It’s wild to think we started only two and a half months ago, yet we’ve covered SO many games. I really would have not gotten through nearly as many titles in my backlog were it not for this show, so a big thank you to anyone who has tuned in and supported the program at any point over the past 10 episodes.
This week was a trickier one because I decided to pivot after giving the original 1999 release of Homeworld (PC/Mac/Linux, Relic Entertainment and Sierra Studios) a shot. This retro title, while surely revolutionary for it’s time, held a degree of challenge that I simply couldn’t overcome. Maneuvering and crafting your ships is different here than in any other game I’ve played, and though I tried to figure it out enough to progress through the missions, it proved too much of a challenge for this host. I made sure to do some research on the plot, legacy, and development of the game though, such that we’d still have a bit to discuss on air and I wouldn’t be coming from an uneducated background. So I hope you were able to enjoy our minisode on Homeworld.
Beyond that, though, I absolutely HAD to give some love to the folks behind the best Chiptune release every year, without fail: Chiptunes = WIN. They’re a group of extremely talented musicians, gamers, and fans of old-school tech from all over the world, and every year, they host a competition to get the best chiptune tracks centralized into one place. They are big on inclusivity and not hammering out an exact definition of “chiptune”, so you are going to hear a lot of tracks you probably wouldn’t have expected. Some tracks draw from ska, some from synthwave, others are IDM (intelligent dance music). They really showcase what a knowledge of the hardware/software capable of producing “chip sounds” is like in the right hands.
Oh yeah, also, every release of theirs is available for COMPLETELY FREE download! You are more than welcome and invited to pay what you’d like for their Bandcamp releases, but by no means required to do so. So take a listen, check out their massive discography of the best chiptune has to offer, and support their mission of basically being a non-profit collective of worldwide musicians. Thanks for listening!
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