Wednesday, 29 October 2014

TSSZ: Vertical Slice - Wherefore Art Thou Sonic Boom?

TSSZ's most bestest, wonderful-lest column is back, and this month I'm commenting on the year long gap between Sonic Boom's broadcast in the US and France, and practically everywhere else. 

Who, what, where, when and how? Between you and me, I don't have the answers, but I sure like to pretend I do!

Check out the new article, Vertical Slice - Wherefore Art Thou Sonic Boom?, and have a read of the excerpt below:

Now, I've been trying to figure out the situation that will lead to a year long gap in Sonic Boom's worldwide broadcasting. Unfortunately, a lack of television broadcasting knowledge on my end, and a lack on communication on Sega's, has left me with my own speculation – speculation that points to Sega's inability to negotiate worldwide network deals.

Again, this is speculation, but if television broadcasting is anything like book publishing then Sega, as Sonic Boom's primary producer, might have sold the First English Language rights to Cartoon Network, which might be exclusive for a year, hence why British Sonic fans have to wait so bloody long.

Have a gander at the article in full over at TSSZ.

More From Vertical Slice:

Vertical Slice: So Called Journalism [TSSZ]
Vertical Slice: Just Like the Movies [TSSZ]
Vertical Slice: Anything But Shadow [TSSZ]
Vertical Slice: Sonic Fans are LOVE [TSSZ]

Monday, 27 October 2014

TSSZ: Tristan's 'Gotta Go Fast' Fundraiser

Tristan Oliver, head honcho over at TSSZ, will soon be running ten kilometres in order to raise money for Larc School in Bellmawr, New Jersey, over in the United States. It's a non-profit school for children with moderate to severe disabilities.

All of the money Tristan raises goes straight to the school, and if he reaches his donation goal of $2,500 by November 2nd -- the day of the race -- he'll run the entire ten kilometres with Blaze the Cat coloured hair.

Anyway, those interested in what Tristan's trying to achieve can head over to the fundraising site or the related TSSZ post. Maybe you'll donate, maybe you won't, I'm not trying to persuade MegaWestgarth readers either way, but spreading the word doesn't hurt.

What I can say is that Tristan's been planning this for many, many months now and has spent considerable time training his body and mind for what will undoubtedly be a gruelling run over the Ben Franklin Bridge. Oh, and Tristan's afraid of heights.

So once again, check out the donation page and see what you think.

Saturday, 25 October 2014

I Bought a Thing: XCOM Enemy Unknown

I've been wanting to play XCOM: Enemy Unknown since having a crack at it at GamesCom 2012. Yes, I remember my time with that demo well -- trying to navigate my way through complex menus entirely in German, with a cheesy German voice over advising me to shoot aliens or something, while a German attendant interminably asked if I was okay, in German. 

Interesting, but not as interesting as the German Capcom representative who screamed in German at a horde of excited German teenage boys, getting them to chant German praises in unison while throwing German copies of Devil May Cry HD Collection into the crowd.

It was all very German.

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Spooky Cross Stitch Patterns

My girlfriend runs a blog titled EveningEmma on which she showcases the numerous handicraft projects she works on. Some of these works have been based directly off videogames, but a lot of them are original designs, such as the cute vampire Halloween pumpkin above.

Emma actually created the cross stitch designs for four pumpkins well over a year ago, intending to release them on Etsy for Halloween this year. But... we forgot. The pattern includes a vampire, mummy, witch and Frankenstein pumpkin. 

If you're interested in cross stitching, or know anyone who is, head over to Emma's Etsy listing for her "Pumpkin Monsters Hallowe'en cross stitch patterns".

Friday, 3 October 2014

Chuckle-Bits Radio: Episode 7 - Windows 95 Special

Here we are once again with another stupendous episode of Chuckle-Bits Radio for you to download and enjoy. But wait, what's this? This isn't the Michael Westgarth and Stevie Grant we all know and love, these are alternate reality imposters, original characters, stuck in the ancient past when dinosaurs roamed the Earth and everyone used Windows 95.

Oh and Michael and Stevie also do a short commentary on the video above. Check it, yo.

Chuckle-Bits Radio: Episode 7 - Windows 95 Special (Official Site)

Don't forget to get in touch with Stevie and myself @TheStevieGrant and@MegaWestgarth on Twitter, and listen previous Chuckle-Bits Radio episodes via my "Published Works" page.