Tuesday, July 17, 2012

SegaSonic Cosmo Fighter Galaxy Patrol (Arcade)

I found this curio in a Singaporean mall, having jumped off the metro to avoid the seemingly endless rush-hour for ten minutes or so. Sadly, we were kicked out, as the place was shutting, and didn't get to give it a whirl. My other-half, unsurprisingly, considered this fortunate.

All pertinent information found here. Essentially, it's a Sonic kiddy-ride/shmup. The only way to play is arcade/over air-conditioned mall, the ROM has never surfaced and is still much-hunted among collectors.

During the rush, it didn't occur to me to video the gameplay, auld CRT-flicky style, but this is how it plays apparently. Courtesy of Alpha3TheGull:

Monday, July 16, 2012

Murakami/Itoi: Let's Meet in a Dream

You know Mother/Earthbound creator Shigesato Itoi and the much, much, much, much-lauded novelist, Haruki Murakami, once composed a book of short-stories together? Yes? You'll also be aware of it never being available in English, right?

Not any more, as some fine chap by the name of Andrew Miller has been running a series of translations on his blog since last year, and incrementally justifying the internet's continued existence ever since.

I've only read snippets here and there, but it's pretty cool to behold two undisputed legends of their respective fields in the relative infancy of their careers, and the little snapshots and glimpses to their future successes too.