Saturday, 10 December 2016

Piano Collections: Chrono Trigger Album Now Available from Materia Collective

SEATTLE - December 9, 2016 - Materia Collective is thrilled to present Piano Collections: Chrono Trigger, a musical journey back in time to Squaresoft's classic SNES-era RPG, Chrono Trigger. Re-imagined on piano in the classical and jazz traditions by arranger and performer Trevor Alan Gomes, Piano Collections: Chrono Trigger is the first in a series of piano arrangement albums planned from game music label Materia Collective, with this debut installment's obvious nod to Square Enix's own Piano Collections albums. Piano Collections: Chrono Trigger is licensed and available wherever digital music is sold:

Featuring ten unique performances that span the timeline, listeners will enjoy dynamic performances that hit many fan-favorites including the determined main theme, "Chrono Trigger," the reflective and memorable "Yearning of the Wind," the brave and regal "Frog's Theme," the rambunctious "Jolly ol' Spekkio," the ominous "Magus Confronted," the moving ending theme, "To Far Away Times," and the warm and tender "Distant Promise."

The full Piano Collections: Chrono Trigger track list is as follows:

01. Chrono Trigger
02. Peaceful Days
03. Yearning of the Wind
04. Frog's Theme
05. End of Time
06. Jolly ol' Spekkio
07. Magus Confronted
08. Black Omen
09. To Far Away Times
10. Distant Promise

"Piano Collection: Chrono Trigger takes the same pristine, crafted quality of the Piano Collections: Final Fantasy albums to a beloved classic that had not yet been explored on the piano to such an extent," notes arranger and performer Trevor Alan Gomes. "The vibrance and creativity of Chrono Trigger translates to a piano album that is dynamic and versatile, with a fusion of classical, jazz, rock, Japanese pop and more, but in such a way that feels organic and essential. Each track has been carefully selected to create the most complete picture of the game possible in ten tracks."

Learn more on the official website: Materia Collective - Chrono Trigger: Piano Collections
About Trevor Alan Gomes
Trevor Alan Gomes is a Los Angeles-native composer and pianist specializing in film and choral music. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree in composition from BIOLA University and a Master of Music degree in composition from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. His choral works have been performed by numerous vocal ensembles, including the Pepperdine University Chamber Choir, the BIOLA University Chorale and the San Francisco Choral Artists. In film, he has composed numerous scores for LEGO® and has assisted with orchestration for such films as Bridge of Spies and Spectre.

Follow Trevor Alan Gomes on Twitter and SoundCloud
About Materia Collective
Founded in 2015 by Sebastian Wolff, Materia Collective began as a collection of musicians seeking to celebrate the music of Final Fantasy with a massive arrange album. Materia Collective has since grown into a label that produces and releases original music alongside creative interpretations and arrangements of new and classic game scores.
Today, Materia Collective features an international array of musicians, brought together by a passion for gaming, music, and creative entrepreneurship to continue developing the unique identity of the group.

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Wednesday, 7 December 2016

SRAM 2 - Cinomeh's Revenge

Wow, this game in development is... quite something.  It's a text adventure game with graphics, being developed for Windows and Linux.  For a full retro effect however it will allow you to change the in-game graphics to one of a massive 31 different graphics modes (you can swap at any time during the game):

* Amiga (2 versions)
* Amstrad CPC
* Amstrad Green Mono
* Apple II (2 versions)
* Atari 8-bit (2 versions)
* BBC Micro
* C64 (2 versions)
* Commodore Vic-20
* DOS CGA (6 versions)
* Game Boy
* Game Boy Color Hybrid Gold
* Game Boy Color Hybrid Brown
* Game Boy Color Hybrid Pastel (2 versions)
* MSX (2 versions)
* MSX2
* NES (2 versions)
* SMS (2 versions)
* ZX Spectrum

Thursday, 24 November 2016

'BLAZE Tab Plus' - New Improved £99.99 Android Gaming Tablet, Doncaster (24th, November, 2016)

The 'BLAZE Tab Plus' is the natural successor to the original 'BLAZE Tab'. It retains all the original functionality while featuring improved hardware and at the same price. Releasing in time for Christmas at just £99.99 the console will bring responsive gaming controls to your favourite android and retro games.

The console is a quad core high powered gaming tablet that can play even the most complex and processor heavy games and has been specially designed to work with both modern Android games (including Minecraft, Max Payne, Dead Trigger 2, Half Life and more) as well as classic retro games from Dreamcast, Nintendo 64, Playstation 1, and MAME with no lag or frame-drop. There is also HDMI support so you can play all of these games via your TV. You also have full access to the Google Play Store for the likes of Netflix, Youtube, and much more! 

General Manager of, Andy Pearson quoted:
"The BLAZE Tab was one of our most popular tablets that we helped develop for the community. We've worked hard on improving the performance and bringing a new design to the console itself (based on community feedback) while retaining the original £99.99 price tag is a great success"

The BLAZE Tab Plus features:
  • Quad core CPU for lightning fast gaming
  • Play your favourite Android games with true gaming controls (including Dead Trigger 2, Minecraft, Max Payne, Half Life and more)
  • Capable of playing: PS1, MAME, Dreamcast, N64, NeoGeo, Atari, NES, SNES, Gameboy, Gameboy Colour, Gameboy Advance, SEGA Master System, SEGA Mega Drive, CPS1, CPS2, Amiga, Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum and many more!
  • Save your game progress (multiple times) and load from your preferred choice
  • 7" screen with HDMI output - play at your convenience
  • 8GB internal memory holds thousands of retro games
  • Micro-Sd card slot for unlimited expansion of memory!
  • Key remapping function allows you to use the game controls with Android touchscreen games

"A Gremlin in the Works" book

It's not just Atari that's getting a new book!!  Iconic software house Gremlin Graphics are now in for the treatment.

With the British computer game scene about to explode, a small shop appeared on Sheffield’s Carver Street called Just Micro. It was founded by the partnership of Ian Stewart and Kevin Norburn, both with retail backgrounds but a desire to get into the business of games publishing. Fortunately the shop attracted local talent such as Pete Harrap, Shaun Hollingworth and Tony Crowther, and so, in 1984, Gremlin Graphics was formed.  
This lavish 572 page book plots the course of the company, from initial successes with Monty Mole, Jack The Nipper and Thing On A Spring, to its ground-breaking Lotus-branded racing games, and eventual purchase by Infogrames in 1999.