Drawlloween 2015 Part 2

November 2, 2015


Drawlloween is at an end! I actually managed to draw 31 pictures in 31 days, quite a challenge and didn’t think I’d do it, there must have been something in the water.

Anyways without anymore delay, here is Part 2 (17-31), if you missed Part 1 (drawings 1-16) the link can be found at the bottom of the page.

Thanks for looking and all the best :)


Drawlloween Part 1

Video Game Favourites

October 30, 2015

Just a few of my favourite (gaming) things, loved filling this out so just thought I’d share on here :)

Video Game Favourites


Game Over

October 27, 2015

Game Over

Game Over is a new retro gaming/internet cafe that has just opened in Old Portsmouth. It’s a great set up with many consoles on display, and more importantly, to play on, with plenty of games to choose from.

Sessions can be booked in 2 hour slots throughout the day and will give everyone a chance to book in and play through a few old favourites, or discover some new ones. I received a warm welcome when I arrived and the team are more than happy to chat and show you around even if you haven’t booked in, there’s a great atmosphere to the place and you’re drawn in from the street outside by the sound of great gaming and nostalgia.

Game Over is in the early stages of it’s (hopefully long) life so it would be great if people could help spread the word. They have plans to expand the range of games (which are being tested before being put out) and there’s the possibility of future events such as game tournaments down the line (4 player Micro Machines ‘may’ have been mentioned…).

Check out a few pictures below, and more contact details at the bottom of the page.

Few details below: 

Game Over – Internet/Retrogaming Cafe

Basement, 16 High Street, PO1 2LP Portsmouth, England

£5 for a two hour session, drinks/snacks 50p each.

For more details head on over to the Facebook page below, or book a session by heading over to the Game Over website.

Facebook Page

Game Over Website

Thanks for looking!


Drawlloween 2015 Part 1

October 19, 2015


Drawlloween 2015 is upon us! And also mostly over, still, better late than never.

In varying degrees of success, and whilst trying to maintain some sort of artistic integrity, I’ve managed to keep up so far with a daily drawing based on a Halloween theme.

I’ve been following the list below found on the awesome site Geek Mash.


Here are my attempts so far, numbers 1-16, some in a random order, and mostly presented in terrible photographic quality.

Thanks for looking, will post the second half sometime in November, but if you can’t wait until then, I’ll be posting the daily updates over on twitter, see below and follow.

All the best,


A few of my favourite things: Game Boy games!

September 29, 2015

The Game Boy, good times! Currently mine is in the loft, the plastic protective screen has fallen off, and it takes a few knocks to get it working, but it’s original, and has plenty of great gaming memories for me, mainly keeping me occupied over a few school summer holidays, and the odd Christmas when I’d run out of Bond or Carry On movies to watch.

Here are a few of my favourite games below, although playing them today gives me eye strain, even with the light magnifier, how did we manage it back in the day? And at the end a few honourable mentions.

Legend of Zelda: Links Awakening


Still my favourite Legend of Zelda game to this day, even with the twist ending the story was amazing and bizarre all at the same time, I mean, who thought up the Windfish? Always a pleasure to play I’ve re-bought this on the 3DS, I’m getting old and it’s slightly easier to see and navigate. The dungeons are some of the most memorable for me and they still hold up to this day. I’ve still got my eye on that owl though, I’m sure he’s up to something.

Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins


I remember playing on a friends copy of Super Mario Land and being suitably impressed that I could play a Mario title on a handheld, having only played previously on the NES. So much so when this one was released I remember specifically saving up money (all £19.99 of it, by mowing lawns for neighbours) to specifically buy this game, I bought it and played it over the entire summer holidays! All that gardening was totally worth it, still one of my favourite Mario titles.



Well, it was packaged in the box, so you couldn’t really avoid not playing it, especially if it was the only game you had for awhile. Unforgettable music and gameplay, still great, and I still only like this version though, anything newer just doesn’t seem to have the same impact/hold on me when playing. Also, the only game I had up until Pokémon that could use the link cable, pretty inventive and impressive to me at the time.

Tiny Toons 2: Montana’s Movie Madness


I have this weird soft spot for cartoon licences across many, if not all, retro gaming consoles, especially the Mega Drive, but for the Game Boy this one in particular grabbed my attention growing up. I loved the box art with Buster and the idea that it was a movie themed storyline in the game (I also have a penchant for other movie based games, such as ‘Premiere’ on the Amiga). I loved the platforming action in this one and the little running animation they gave to Buster. Good times!

Pokémon Red


Why ‘Red’, I hear you cry? Well, mainly because my best mate had Blue, and after all, the object is to catch them all, no good if I bought Blue as well. I also partly decided on this version because of Charizard on the cover. I love that Pokémon, even in Pokémon Y I’m using Charizard. One of the Game Boy games I most regret losing, along with Tiny Toons, by lending them out to someone who didn’t return them.

A few honourable mentions:

Donkey Kong Land
Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3
The Simpsons: Bart and the Beanstalk
Kirby’s Dream Land

What are your favourite Game Boy games from back in the day? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter!







The Sound of CITV: Top Ten Children’s ITV Theme Tunes

September 23, 2015

James Hare:

Great post, loved re-watching all these intro’s, most of these would definitely be in my top 10, especially Trap Door, Dogtanian and Duckula.

Only one I didn’t know was Bangers and Mash! Also glad someone else remembers The Dreamstone, thought it was just me!

Originally posted on Wee Lin's Blog:

To celebrate their 60th anniversary on the air in the UK, ITV gave us The Sound of ITV: The Nation’s Favourite Theme Tune. As I only spotted one children’s programme on the list (Thunderbirds) I decided to celebrate my own wasted youth with a top ten list.

Though many, MANY classics were shown on this channel when I were a nipper (including X Men, TMNT and those awesome Disney Club cartoons) I’ve decided to stick with the programmes made for or by ITV. Also I’m not really considering the shows themselves – just the opening themes, as those were often the best bits. I mean, does anyone remember anything about Spatz apart from the piano tune and the little man tap dancing on the burger? Nope, didn’t think so.

Anyway, here it is – the Top Ten CITV Theme Tunes.

  1. Button Moon

Ah, here’s one…

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Altered Beast Comic 2.0

August 11, 2015

Few additions and corrections… also, I can see these 2 getting their own sitcom.

Added more panels...

Added more panels…


Altered Beast

August 10, 2015

First go at some sort of webcomic, this has probably been done a thousand times before but hey, this one is all mine. It’s a classic and memorable opening, but not really for amazing reasons, but definitely funny ones.

Everyone hears something different, but this is what I can hear when this guy speaks, there’s a reason the rest of his opening dialogue is typed out. I’m wondering how long these 2 could continue trying to understand each other until one just gives up.

Apologies for the slightly dodgy skills in Photoshop. Click on the image to show full size.

Communication is key to success.

Communication is key to success.

Thanks all!


Minecraft – The Retro Look

June 1, 2015

After years of internal debate I finally decided to buy Minecraft, I’ve no idea why it took so long but the final thought that won the argument was… “Sure, why not”.

I’ve been playing the single player game, which pretty much goes thus; mining, crafting, building stuff, moving on, mining, crafting, building stuff, moving on, accidentally destroying village and local population, moving on, mining, crafting… you get the picture.

However, in addition to this I’ve also been inspired to build some stuff in creative mode (thanks to Helen on twitter). So feel free take a look at the fruits of my desk based labours below, the internet is alive with good reference material so a little research went into each character before hand. I found it an absorbing, fun and relaxing way to pass the time and a great way to recreate some awesome retro gaming icons.

Excuse me, are you going to eat those?

Excuse me, are you going to eat those?

Inky, Pinky, Blinky and Clyde

Inky, Pinky, Blinky and Clyde

Pac-Man homage!

Pac-Man homage!

Sneaky Goomba


Dizzy hanging out with Guybrush (MI2)

Dizzy hanging out with Guybrush (MI2)

Dizzy, I love this guy :)

Tetris, seemed a good blocky place to start

Perhaps more to follow soon.

Thanks for looking and take care :)



Reality Check

April 14, 2015


Good news everyone, sort of… If you thought I didn’t post much now, just wait until August. Time for another Reality Check, this one though might have longer term effects on life in general… What I’m trying to say is, and badly, I’m going to be a Dad by the summer time!

It’s not immediately time to pack up all the games and consoles but preparations are being made to put a lot of stuff into the loft, and make room for new things, such as a cot, moses basket… and other foreign objects I’m learning all about (pram shopping is one hell of an experience, like buying a car, but more confusing).

Gaming won’t stop completely, but there’s a good chance the posts here on Reality Glitch might. I’m inspired by the amount of retro gaming Dads out there on twitter, proving that it is possible to continue your hobby whilst having kids, but at the moment I’m not wanting the distraction, I’m panicking enough as it is.

My Amiga 500 will be packed away neatly in its original box, the games stored in large plastic crates, the other games and consoles too. They might make an appearance again one day. I’ll still be tweeting away about random retro stuff, and re-tweeting all your awesome finds, pictures, reviews and collections as usual, so please follow me on twitter below.

Back in the loft with you old friend.

Thanks for reading, and donations of pipes, slippers and other Dad stuff welcome…

All the best



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