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9:30 PM on 04.02.2013

Download this: Banjo-Kazooie soundtrack now on Bandcamp

After Banjo-Kazooie composer Grant Kirkhope's recent appearance on Game Grumps, I've had the game on my mind and wanted to run through the Xbox Live Arcade re-release for old times' sake. Seemingly out of the b...

Jordan Devore

2:30 PM on 03.31.2013

Ex-Rare composer reaffirms dream to make Banjo 3

I was away on a self-imposed hiatus this past week, thus I missed out on sharing this recently released Game Grumps guest starring Grant Kirkhope, composer for Banjo-Kazooie, Donkey Kong 64, Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, th...

Tony Ponce



My ultimate gaming tradition of Old School Day photo
My ultimate gaming tradition of Old School Day
by Taylor Stein

Gamers are a diverse breed. From PC aficionados and console fanatics, to retro devotees and casual admirers, there is no one-size-fits-all model of videogame hobbyist. Though we possess many differences, like game preferences, level of devotion, and platform of choice, we can all unite under a common flag of shared interest. There is one event, however, that my family celebrates. A monthly tradition that I believe just about every gaming fan can appreciate. I call it Old School Day.

Old School, Retro, or Classic Day as the name suggests, is a celebration of your personal gaming past. This holiday of sorts should not be compared to the feeling on Christmas morning or the anticipation of New Years Eve, Old School Day is simply in a league of its own. Whether you have been hooked on virtual adventures since childhood, or if you're a current-gen convert, the first experiences that characterize an activity like gaming are special and worthy of remembrance.

Exactly how the gaming festivity is commemorated is completely up to you. There is one stipulation, however, simply that a hectic work week, argument with the misses, and any other stressor of life takes a back seat for a few hours in pursuit of videogame nostalgia.

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The power of videogames can bring the family together photo
The power of videogames can bring the family together
by Taylor Stein

Not every hobby is created equally nor is every pastime equally respected. As a gaming enthusiast, videogames represent the epitome of entertainment in my eyes. They alone reign atop my personal pedestal of happiness, a special zone that dictates everything from individual spending habits, conversational topics, and recreational choices. While I acknowledge gaming as an art; a vehicle to combine innovative ideas from cinema, literature, and music, not everyone sees it that way. My parents never quite understood the sheer awesomeness of videogames and I'd bet that most of your parents don't either.

Parents come in all shapes, manners, and styles: stamp-collecting dads, karaoke-singing moms, and every possible combination of cool, strange, love-to-hate characteristics in between. To complement the diversity of parenthood, attitudes about gaming are varied as well. There is no one-size-fits-all sentiment in the league of moms and dads. But rather, a mosaic of admiration, consent, censure, and disapproval that constitutes two overall attitudes, a general acceptance of videogames, or a dismissal of videogames.

Join me as I attempt to understand the complicated relationship between parents and videogames.

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12:30 PM on 10.05.2012

brentalfloss wanted to join Banjo-Kazooie's sound team

brentalfloss loves Banjo-Kazooie, but that shouldn't come as a surprise. I mean, doesn't everybody? In his younger, flossier days, he wanted to be a part of Rare's BK team. Let him explain: I found some old compositions of ...

Tony Ponce

8:00 PM on 09.26.2012

A spiritual successor to Banjo-Tooie by ex-Rare, you say?

"Let's make the spiritual successor to Banjo-Tooie! Core members of the original team are ready to go. All we need is your support," reads Twitter account @MingyJongo. Why, that sounds too good to be true! And maybe it is -- ...

Jordan Devore

11:00 AM on 01.05.2010

Games on Demand picks up Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts

Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts was a weird one for me. I loved it as an outlet for creativity with familiar characters and it's got one thing I can always support, vibrant blue skies, but I'm still not over thinking about ho...

Jordan Devore

11:20 AM on 06.29.2009

Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts OST headed for retail, iTunes

When I think of my favorite videogame tunes from the N64 days, the sounds of the original Banjo-Kazooie often fill my head. I mean, at the mere mention of "Freezeezy Peak," I immediately hear the opening to that wor...

Jordan Devore

12:40 PM on 04.22.2009

Latest screens and trailer for Banjo-Tooie XBLA excite

You know what today is, don't you? An average, boring Wednesday. But exactly one week from now? Why that's the day Banjo-Tooie comes out on Xbox LIVE Arcade, of course.At 1200 Microsoft Points, I can understand how some of yo...

Jordan Devore

11:20 AM on 04.15.2009

T-minus two weeks until Banjo-Tooie hits Xbox LIVE Arcade

So, we already knew that the Xbox LIVE Arcade version of Banjo-Tooie was coming this month, and that it would feature full "Stop 'N' Swop" support, but we didn't know the exact date ... and now we do. Mark your cale...

Jordan Devore

11:40 AM on 03.31.2009

Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts' upcoming DLC detailed

The first premium downloadable content for Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts has been priced, dated, and well, explained. L.O.G.'s Lost Challenges, as its called, will be up on Xbox LIVE Marketplace starting on April 7 for 400...

Jordan Devore





10:40 AM on 03.24.2009

Achievements for upcoming Nuts & Bolts DLC reveal all

Rare has been hinting at downloadable content for Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts for some time now, but it wasn't until today that we had any real idea of what the DLC would entail.Thanks to the add-on's Achievements being p...

Jordan Devore

2:40 PM on 03.06.2009

A word from L.O.G. on Nuts & Bolts' forthcoming DLC

Saying that I weep nightly for the criminally unplayed Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts is a serious understatement. I mean, hell, the game was on sale for a mere $20 -- at that point, there are very few acceptable excuses for...

Jordan Devore

5:20 PM on 01.27.2009

Banjo-Tooie XBLA port dated, Stop 'n' Swop to work as originally intended

I have got fantastic news to share with you, fellow Banjo-Kazooie die-hards -- the Xbox LIVE Arcade port of Banjo-Tooie was given a rough release date of April by Rare earlier this morning.My experience with the XBLA version ...

Jordan Devore



Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts gets text embiggening patch photo
Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts gets text embiggening patch
by Nick Chester

If you own a standard definition television and played through Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts without having a clue what was going on, Rare's got your back. 

Today an update for Nuts & Bolts went live that offers a "Large Dialogue Text" option that will make in-game text far more readable on standard definition televisions. Simply hop online, start the game, and agree to the update. It's easy like that. You'll have the option to turn the option on and off, as well, so the large and somewhat gaudy text won't be forced upon you.

You can see our "before and after" comparison screens after the jump, but keep in mind these were taken with my digital camera off the screen of a high definition television. I left my SDTV somewhere back in 2004, so this is going to have to do. You can still see the difference, in that the text is clearly larger and bolder.

If you have a standard def telelvision, let us know if this was the solution to your woes.

[Thanks, Nicholas!] 

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5:00 PM on 12.18.2008

Take pictures of your sweet Nuts & Bolts vehicle, become a part of Banjo history

Got a killer ride in Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts that doesn't infringe upon any copyrights? Why not take a few snapshots of your vehicle, upload them to the Showroom, and possibly have your likeliness appear in the game i...

Jordan Devore