Ah where to start. Childhood nostalgia I guess. I absolutely loved The Transformers cartoon back in the 80’s when it was first aired on Saturday mornings on SSVC. Got a bunch of toys, Starscream as a memorable first and after that something like a dozen or two more. Loved them to bits. Bought a few of the comics in Dutch. At some point the cartoon ended, the Dutch version of the comic ended and that was it. Yeah Beast Wars came on later but that was in crappy 3D and didn’t do much for me to be honest.

Fast forward a few decades and I somehow come across some artwork for a Transformers comic. And it’s awesome. I can’t remember which one exactly but it must have been one of these. So I start reading up on what happened with The Transformers since the old G1 days and it seemed I’d missed quite a bit. A few decades worth of comics from three publishers (first the horrible Marvel cash-ins, then the DreamWave reboot and after they went bankrupt the IDW reboot which has been going strong for years), multiple tv-shows and toys, toys, toys as far as the eye can see (we shall not speak of the Michael Bay films).

So I started reading the comics, and god the IDW’s are good (particularly the whole Lost Light storyline) and looking into the toys. Some are and have been produced to tie in with the newer shows or films but I have decided to focus on one line in particular; the Masterpiece series produced in the US by Hasbro and in Japan by Takara. They’re basically overpriced and over engineered fanboy wet dream reimaginings of the old G1 characters for adults. Because let’s face it when you take off the nostalgia goggles to look at the toys from the 80’s they don’t exactly look the part.

But with the Masterpieces all of a sudden you get figures that are nearly cartoon accurate both in robot as in vehicle mode. Which, as transformation accuracy was never on the checklist for the cartoon, is quite a miracle of engineering for some of these pieces.

Musical interlude, Bach’s Chaconne

I laughed at gravitation for a moment I was free

Snow Patrol – Set the fire to the third bar

Indila – Dernière Danse

Beautiful and gutwrenchingly sad.

Deadman’s Cross – Hidden Quests

Deadman's Cross

Having a hard time finding the hidden quests in Deadman’s Cross?
Here’s a list. Some are easier than others, for some you have to stumble onto the right path, for others such as Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous simply skip all the doors so you can go up all the floors to find the door marked with a red cross.

3001 Hidden: I Am Legion 1 – Found in Barbacking 3 (Area 2)
3002 Hidden: I Am Legion 2 – Found in Thug Life 3 (Area 8 – unmarked)
3003 Keys to the City – Found in Fall of Faith 2 (Area 5)
3004 Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous 1 – Found in Barbacking 5 (Area 10, door marked with an X)
3005 Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous 2 – Found in Barbacking 6 (Area 10, door marked with an X)

And in case you haven’t tried out this game yet, go grab it for free in the Apple App Store or on Google Play and use my invite code to get a free special card: C5IQ0D5 (that’s a zero, not a capital letter O).

Sony vs. Microsoft

How to do it.
How not to do it.

Round 1: Sony.
Maybe more execs will learn that having fun and believing in what you do makes you more believable (and thus gets you more results) than drowning in marketing research reports and demographic nonsense.

InFiné by Jean Michel Jarre

InFiné by JMJ

12 InFiné tracks from various artists, selected and arranged by the man himself and fully streamable here.

One emulator to rule them all


Coming soon, looks sweet. Multiple emulators in one and a nice interface to manage the games.
For the brave or the impatient you can grab the OpenEmu source on github and compile it yourself.

Work in progress... not home!
Trying to get all/most of the new code working before I start on the eyecandy.