I recently got things set up at home so that I can capture footage off some of my older consoles like the Famicom here. So I did a little ‘Let’s Play’ video of Treasure Island Dizzy, a game I mostly remember from playing on the C64 and the Amiga as a kid. The NES version seems a lot closer to the Amiga version. Both being considerably easier than the C64 version.
Last Sunday we booked a big block of studio time and I recorded the latest Near Drama Company production ‘Rivitin’ History’
Now I’ve got to start on post production and get all the sound effects added in. We should be ready for broadcast in March.
This is a follow up to two previous episodes that were produced about 2 years ago.
It’s a Irish time travel comedy written by Pat Meehan who was one of the writers behind The Shamrogues series of childrens books back in the 80s.
We recorded a new podcast last week for arcadeandretro.com where we took a look back at the awkward history of sex in classic videogames.
I had a few friends over for a retro video game party last weekend and we decided to livestream some games.
Unfortunately we’re still working out a way to stream older systems, but fortunately the Wii U is backwards compatible and has a HDMI video output which is easy for us to stream. We played a game called ‘Escape From Bug Island’ from 2006 which we had a lot of fun with. There’s some amazing dialogue in this game.
We got a nice mention in the Irish Independent on Saturday for ‘A Woman, A Dog and a Walnut Tree’:
Finally, production deadlines prevented me covering this, but the ever-inventive community radio station Near FM deserve a mention for really pushing the boat out with a unique broadcasting event. A Woman, a Dog & a Walnut Tree (Wed, 9.30pm) was a radio play, but with a significant difference: it was performed live, over one-and-a-half hours. Written by Denis Byrne, the work tells the stories of three women in a refuge victims of domestic violence, and was followed by a panel discussion on the subject.
But it’s the live element that really tickled my fancy. What ambition, courage and imagination – would larger organisations, with better finances, take such risks? It’s all available to listen back on www.near.ie.