Electron Dance

Electron Dance Highlights

21Mar/172

Side by Side: Magicka 2

Side by Side is a video series on local multiplayer games. This is the second series, episode 6 of 10.

Joel Goodwin of Electron Dance and Gregg Burnell of Tap-Repeatedly aim at the monsters yet totally kill each other dead in Magicka 2!

  • We agreed it was funny
  • We agreed it was fun
  • We agreed it took a while to show it's true colours
  • We agreed to agree

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5Oct/1610

Side by Side: Affordable Space Adventures

Side by Side is a video series on local multiplayer games. This is the second series, episode 5 of 10.

Joel Goodwin of Electron Dance and Gregg Burnell of Tap-Repeatedly take off together for some Affordable Space Adventures on an alien world!

  • This is a co-op title for the Nintendo Wii U
  • The car horn is adorable
  • "Whoa whoa whoa whoaaaaa we got a little bit close there"
  • Nicklas "Nifflas" Nygren of Knytt Stories worked on this title with KnapNok Games

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29Mar/1622

Side by Side: Archon

Side by Side is a video series on local multiplayer games. This is the second series, episode 4 of 10.

Before there was The Unholy War, before there was Battle Chess, there was Archon! Joel Goodwin of Electron Dance and Gregg Burnell of Tap-Repeatedly battle it out as the forces of light and dark in a game of chess crossed with stress.

  • Archon was a big deal in 1983 and one of the Electronic Arts' first titles; it's success led to a sequel the following year
  • We're playing the original Atari 8-bit version on the Altirra emulator
  • Archon was developed by Free Fall Associates which was husband-and-wife team Jon Freeman, Anne Westfall together with Paul Reiche III. Freeman and Westfall left Epyx to start Free Fall; Freeman had co-founded Epyx as Automated Simulations in 1978.
  • Free Fall Associates were also responsible for a procedurally-generated murder mystery Murder on the Zinderneuf, which was overshadowed by the success of Archon.
  • In the sequel, Archon II: Adept, pieces were conjured at will, power points moved and strategy was based on contesting power across different elemental planes. Adept is more innovative, but it has some flaws (I like to single out the Apocalypse spell which is an attempt to skip the war of attrition strategy games can descend into).
  • Paul Reiche III went on to found Toys for Bob in 1989 with Fred Ford. Toys for Bob were behind Star Control and Archon-like The Unholy War.
  • Closing music is the theme from the 2010 remake, Archon Classic

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12Nov/154

Side by Side: Crypt of the Necrodancer

Side by Side is a video series on local multiplayer games. This is the second series, episode 3 of 10.

Instead of a Let's Play, it's a Let's Bop and Sway! Joel Goodwin of Electron Dance and Gregg Burnell of Tap-Repeatedly engage in some deep shoulder action with rhythm roguelike Crypt of the Necrodancer.

  • Crypt of the Necrodancer came out in April this year
  • "I just like dancing in the room!"
  • "Yeah Joel I'll come over and help you - oh I'm dead."
  • "It collapses to single player very quickly."
  • "Before we turned the camera on, we got to Zone 2!"
  • Closing music this week is "March of the Profane" from Danny Baranowsky's Crypt of the Necrodancer soundtrack

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13Oct/155

Side by Side: Rocket League

Side by Side is a video series on local multiplayer games. This is the second series, episode 2 of 10.

Joel Goodwin of Electron Dance and Gregg Burnell of Tap-Repeatedly throw around words like "glorious" and "pathetic" when discussing what might just be multiplayer game of the year: Rocket League.

  • "It feels like a game that's come straight off a 16-bit console"
  • "I thought you were aggressive Gregg, but you're like a pussycat"
  • "And BANG - I've gone up in the air."
  • "WAAAAAHHHHH---"

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23Sep/159

Side by Side: Assault Android Cactus

Side by Side is a video series on local multiplayer games. This is the second series, episode 1 of 10.

Joel Goodwin of Electron Dance and Gregg Burnell of Tap-Repeatedly develop Cactus thumb in a bullet hell shooter for "beginners" called Assault Android Cactus. The game is out today!

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11Aug/152

If you can’t wait for Side by Side…

The second season of Side by Side is coming! It has ten episodes and I'm run off my feet trying to edit them into shape.

If you can't wait, did you know that Gregg and I did a few videos before Side by Side which are pretty similar? This video includes excerpts and links for them. Plus, just to whet your appetite, I've included a bit of raw footage of season 2 at the end...

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14Jul/152

Side by Side: Thoughts on Second Series

Side by Side is a video series on local multiplayer games.

The first series finished a couple of months ago and I thought I'd take a moment to chat about improvements we're going to make in the second series. Spoiler: We considered giving every subscriber lots of money but got cold feet in the end.

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16Jun/150

Side by Side: Season One Trailer

For those who have still not sampled the digital fruits of the Side by Side series, here's a ONE MINUTE montage of clips from the first series. There were 17 episodes; to check out everything on offer, have a look at our video page or plunge straight into the first season playlist.

19May/156

Side by Side: Bloop

Side by Side is a video series on local multiplayer games. This is episode 17 of 17.

In the final episode of the first series, Joel Goodwin of Electron Dance and Gregg Burnell of Tap-Repeatedly twist their fingers around Rusty Moyher's Bloop. A game so simple it makes you wonder why no one did it before.

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  • "It has a lot more depth and play to it than we thought."
  • "Now there's not much to this, but it's remarkable how enjoyable that was."
  • Bloop is available on iOS, Android and Kindle.
  • Side by Side hasn't done stunningly well, but we're not about to throw in the towel yet. We're planning on a second series which will start later this year.
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The series theme is the delightful "Adventures in your sleep" by The Blake Robinson Synthetic Orchestra.