Archive for the ‘News’ Category


Episode 84 – UMBNews January 2016

January 5, 2016

Happy 2016 Blockers!


Time for a quick news show to kick off the year, here are some of the topics I cover:

Christmas Day Steam outage:

Day of the Tentacle Remastered:

Wolfenstein 3D re-recording by Rich Douglas:

Night Dive Studios FastCompany article:

Boxes, feelies, and the good old days of PC gaming:

Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak pre-order:

Total Annihilation on Steam:

Outtro: Wing Theme Surf ReMixed by Team Fat

Next time, I’ll be covering the 1994 Maxis construction sim, SimTower.


Stream the show live:

Direct download:


Episode 80 – UMBNews October 2015

October 8, 2015

News time Blockers!


Hello everyone, time for a long overdue news episode. In n effort to further play around with the format of the news shows, I’m joined by my buddy and fellow retro game enthusiast Brian Demodulated ( He is the host of the ever-amazing Square Waves FM podcast ( and I thought it’d be fun to get some of his thoughts on recent happenings in the world of retro-ish game news.

Here’s the rundown of stories we cover:

Star Citizen:

New Wacky Wheels:

How Save And Restore Classic Videogames:

13 years after release, Age of Mythology gets a new expansion:

The Red Baron prepares to fly again:

BATTLETECH by Harebrained Schemes

Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards (AGI) – Adventure remake is in the works!


Recent SpaceVenture update:

Video Game Story Bundle 7:

Next time, we’ll be covering the Looking Glass/Origin combat RPG series, System Shock.


Stream the show live:

Direct download:


Episode 74 – UMBNews June 2015

June 21, 2015

Hey there Blockers!

It’s the news! This time I’m switching up the format a bit and we’ll have a bit of a casual chat about things that have happened since the last news ep, up to and including E3!

fallout 4

Here are the stories covered:

Broken Age Act 2:

GOG’s Galaxy client is making good progress:


Hulu Lands ‘Myst’ Drama From Legendary TV & Matt Tolmach Based On Video Game:


Hero-U Fantasy Adventure Role-Playing Game:

Master of Orion reboot coming from the team behind World of Tanks:

XCOM 2 details emerge, and it’s bad news for humanity:

Fallout 4:

Fallout Shelter:

New King’s Quest is out Next Month:

After the news, we hear from Brian about his experiences with Mod music and the Demoscene.

Jaime sent in a great segment for us talking about the Demoscene, here are the links to what he discusses

kenny chow (cc catch from renaissance) one must fall 2097 music remake:

second reality by future crew:

fr-08 the product:


8088mph runs on ibm cga 4.77mhz

Stream the show live:

Direct download:


Episode 70 – UMBNews April 2015

April 15, 2015

Time for episode 70 and the news for March and April 2015!


Here’s the rundown:

Homeworld Remastered puts you in command of the most stunning space battles ever:

Underworld Ascendant Kickstarter reaches its goal:

Electronic Arts closes SimCity studio Maxis Emeryville:

Passing The Hat: An In-Depth Look At The New King’s Quest:

King’s Quest: How Sierra plans to reboot a three decade old classic:

Kickstarter: Descent: Underground

Broken Age Act 2 release date announced:

Kickstarter: “Order of the Thorne” & “Roehm To Ruin” by Infamous Quests:

Stardock Star Control FAQ:

Lucasarts’ Afterlife on GoG:

Videogame Publishers: No Preserving Abandoned Games, Even for Museums and Archives, Because All “Hacking” is Illegal:

Outtro music: “The Enlightened Alaskan” by MazeDude:

Support the show on Patreon:

Next time, I’ll be looking at the 1996 Activision FMV adventure, Spycraft: The Great Game.

Stream the show live:

Direct download:


Episode 67 – UMBNews February 2015

February 16, 2015

Time for episode 67 and the news!

ascii sector

Here’s a rundown of the stories discussed:

King’s Quest And Sierra: An Interview With Ken Williams:

New Baldur’s Gate game in the works using its original engine:

Kickstarter: Shadowrun: Hong Kong by Harebrained Schemes LLC:

X-Wing sequels head up GOG’s latest batch of Star Wars classics:

Rogue Squadron 3D and Rebellion added to GOG’s Star Wars catalogue:

Tex Murphy eBooks:

Double Fine Has The LucasArts Singapore DOTT Assets:

Kickstarter: Underworld Ascendant by OtherSide Entertainment:

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Now On GOG.COM:

Gary Owens, Announcer of ‘Laugh-In’ Fame, Dies at 80:

ASCII Sector: Text-based Privateer remake:

Outtro music: “My Loved ones are Gone” by Psycho Crusher:

Support the show on Patreon:

Next time, I’ll be looking at the 1998 Lucasarts adventure, Grim Fandango.

Stream the show live:

Direct download:


Episode 63 – UMBNews December 2014

December 30, 2014

Good evening Blockers,

Time for our second news-only show brought to you by

dott special edition announcement

In the news this month:

Ur-Quan Masters HD has entered beta:

Broken Age Act 2 due in early 2015:

Day of the Tentacle Remastered!

New Carmen Sandiego

Elite: Dangerous released

Satellite Reign available via Steam early access:

Father of video games, Ralph Baer, dies at 92:

Ken and Roberta Williams presented with Industry Icon award at The Game Awards

Next time, I’ll be covering Strife

Stream the show live:

Direct download:


Episode 60 – UMBNews November 2014

November 23, 2014

Good evening Blockers,

It’s the first news-only episode thanks to your incredible generosity on Patreon!

starting ms-dos

News discussed in this episode:

3D Realms bundle released:

Lucasarts games now available on GoG:

Star Citizen FPS module revealed:

Ken & Roberta Williams get a sneak peak of the new King’s Quest:

Tim Schafer discusses an open-world Grim Fandango sequel:

Thimbleweed Park, a retro adventure from the creators of Maniac Mansion:

Elite: Dangerous drops offline single player gameplay:

Hero U has a revised release date of October 15, 2015:


‘In Ten Years’ by H.P. Mendoza:

‘Pirate Shout’ by audio fidelity, Derek Meler, Eric Griffin, Marcus Affeldt:

Support the show on Patreon:

Next time, I’ll be covering the 1985 Micoprose sub simulation, Silent Service.

Stream the show live:

Direct download:


SpaceVenture Kickstarter!

May 8, 2012

Hey there Blockers,

Going to talk about this in more detail on the podcast but I thought I’d get the word out ASAP: There’s a new and awesome Kickstarter that just opened up. Scott Murphy and Mark Crowe, a.k.a The Two Guys From Andromeda, a.k.a. the creators of SPACE QUEST are back together! They are working to fund a game called SpaceVenture, a new adventure game in the spirit of the original Space Quest series.

Check out their kickstarter page and see for yourself. Space Quest is one of my all time favourite game series so I am super excited for this one!

Two Guys SpaceVenture – by the creators of Space Quest via Kickstarter

P.S. Stay tuned for an upcoming show on Space Quest in the very near future!


Fallout free for 48 hours on GoG

April 5, 2012

Twitter has informed me that for the next 48 hours (a bit less as of this posting), you can download the original Fallout for free at their site.

I remember beating my head against this very challenging game for hours on end. It’s usually only about 5 bucks on GOG, but you can’t beat free for an awesome classic game!

UPDATE: The free deal is now over, the game can still be purchased for 5.99. Hope you got in while the deal was on!


Leisure Suit Larry Kickstarter!

April 3, 2012
Larry 1

Larry Modern

Leisure Suit Larry was a great series back when it was first published. Despite the fact I was probably a bit young to be playing them, I have fond memories of directing Mr. Laffer around Lost Wages, a cruise, tropical resorts and other locales filled with women way out of his league.

Replay Games, a group of former Sierra On-Line staff, have bought the rights to the franchise. Along with Larry Creator Al Lowe, they launched a five hunded thousand dollar Kickstarter who’s goal is to remake the original Leisure Suit Larry.

If you’re a Lafferite and want to see Larry ride again consider throwing some cash their way!

Find the Kickstarter at: