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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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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