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3:00 PM on 04.03.2015

Xbox boss would like to see Banjo-Kazooie as Smash Bros. DLC

Head of Xbox Phil Spencer likes to talk about games. However, that doesn't mean that he restricts himself to only talking about titles that his company's working on. No, he'll discuss anything, even Nintendo properties. When ...

Brett Makedonski

9:00 AM on 03.23.2015

Game News Haikus: Battlefield Hardline, Banjo-Kazooie, Final Fantasy XV, and more

Last week we took a break from the usual poetic news recaps to highlight our favorite games from PAX East, but now we are back in the swing of things. You can check out all of the past episodes on the Game News Haikus YouTub...

Darren Nakamura

1:30 PM on 03.15.2015

New Banjo-Kazooie shown at SXSW

Are you ready to have a sad? The SXSW Gaming Awards had Banjo and Kazooie on screen being flown through the air via audience participation with the use of motion controls. No new game has been announced from Rare just yet, th...

Jed Whitaker

4:30 PM on 03.14.2015

Former Rare devs share first look at Banjo successor

Today at EGX Rezzed, Playtonic showcased the first in-engine screenshots of Project Ukulele. Speaking at the event, the seven-man team of former Rare veterans said they were blown away by the fan response to their recently an...

Kyle MacGregor


4:00 PM on 02.16.2015

David Wise and Grant Kirkhope join Project Ukulele

I need to take some deep breaths here. Former Rare developers are creating a spiritual successor to "those fondly remembered platforming adventures we built in the past," and they've brought on Grant Kirkhope, David Wise, an...

Jordan Devore

1:30 PM on 02.10.2015

Could this be it? A true Banjo-Kazooie spiritual successor?

We've been let down before, but I'm unable to contain my enthusiasm for Playtonic Games' Project Ukulele, a new platforming adventure from the people we want making this type of game. Formed by six former Rare staffers, the s...

Jordan Devore

6:30 PM on 07.09.2014

Oh hey, an excuse to talk about Banjo-Kazooie

Before 4J Studios became involved with the console versions of Minecraft, it ported Banjo-Kazooie and Banjo-Tooie to Xbox Live Arcade -- rather well, I might add. If you haven't yet played them on Xbox 360, they're worth a re...

Jordan Devore

3:15 PM on 04.21.2014

That Banjo-Kazooie spiritual successor 'fell to bits'

Too good to be true, I worried, when first hearing about a spiritual successor to the Banjo-Kazooie series that was to be made by former Rare staffers. "Mingy Jongo." Perhaps that name still rests in your memory. I had forgot...

Jordan Devore

10:00 AM on 05.31.2013

Guh-huh! Banjo-Kazooie Symphony is up for download

Ready to celebrate 15 years of the Bear and Bird? Blake Robinson's Banjo-Kazooie Symphony is ready for your Jiggies! We previewed select tracks from the album a few weeks back, and now the 30-song, 72-minute release is avail...

Tony Ponce

5:00 PM on 05.16.2013

Preview the upcoming Banjo-Kazooie Symphony

Abridged soundtracks to Banjo-Kazooie and Banjo-Tooie were recently released online for free, and Banjo composer Grant Kirkhope has been popping his head seemingly everywhere. Is it just me, or is the classic Rare platforming...

Tony Ponce

6:00 AM on 05.02.2013

Banjo-Kazooie composer is doing Castle of Illusion's OST

The Bear meets The Mouse! Errr... sorta. Okay, not really. But wouldn't that be something? The Castle of Illusion HD remake will now be even more spectacular thanks to the knowledge that former Rare composer Grant Kirkhope is...

Tony Ponce





3:00 PM on 04.18.2013

Even more Rare tunes: Banjo-Tooie soundtrack on Bandcamp

In case you missed it, composer Grant Kirkhope recently tossed the soundtrack to Banjo-Kazooie up on Bandcamp with the pleasant option to pay what you want for the tunes. The decision did not end in painful regret, it would s...

Jordan Devore

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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