James Woodcock’s 2012 Article Highlights – Technology, Gaming, Travel, Music & DVDs

James Woodcock's WebsiteAs my website nears 7 years of existence, I thought it would be a good idea to take a look back over the last twelve months and pick out a few of the articles and videos I have created that stand out in 2012.

With the release of my very first album called ‘Anticipation‘, production of DVDs for the Yamaha Club, enhanced music releases for Beneath A Steel Sky & The 7th Guest and a variety of reviews, interviews and videos – there should be something that catches your attention!

So let’s begin with…

AnticipationAnticipation Audio CD – Original Music by James Woodcock & Tyros4 Keyboard [VIDEO] [SHOP]

Now available either as a physical Audio CD from the Yamaha Club website or as a digital download from this page, you can now purchase my album of original compositions – created using the Yamaha Tyros4 keyboard.

bassMy Beneath A Steel Sky Enhanced Soundtrack Updated – Version 1.1 Released for ScummVM

Beneath A Steel Sky has been playable through the ScummVM software for many years and I am pleased to announce that version 1.1 of my enhanced soundtrack is now available for you to use within the game, which will give everyone superior sounding music and not just those with powerful MIDI equipment.

hardwickhallHardwick Hall of the National Trust – Late 15th Century Property Owned by Bess of Hardwick

I recently visited Hardwick Hall in Chesterfield, England – which is owned by the National Trust. As a National Trust member, I have the opportunity to visit and then revisit many historic properties and their surroundings and on a very sunny Sunday afternoon that is exactly what I did.

tyros4Yamaha Tyros4 Keyboard Free Performance DVD – Edited by James Woodcock [VIDEO]

In the last few months of 2011, I had the pleasure of working with the Yamaha Club in association with Yamaha UK to produce a free DVD. The DVD which is only available from select UK Yamaha dealers is currently either very low in stock or has even completely run out due to demand in the initial few months of availability.

09 Technology Explained.Still001Yamaha Club Tutorial DVD ‘Tips from the Top – Volume 2 Now Available

‘Tips From The Top – Volume 2‘, the sixth tutorial DVD I have produced in the Yamaha Club’s ‘Playing Yamaha’ series, is now available.

scummvmarticlePodcast #32 – ScummVM – Point and Click Adventure Game Software

In my latest podcast, I interview developers Eugene Sandulenko, Arnaud Boutonné and Johannes Schickel from the open source software ScummVM. ScummVM allows you to enjoy point and click adventure games on a variety of platforms including computers, consoles and portable devices.

segaGames Britannia Replayed and Sonic & SEGA All Stars Racing: Transformed Special [VIDEO]

On Sunday 8th July 2012, I visited the Games Britannia – Replayed event hosted at the Magna Science Adventure Centre. Here I explored the retro and modern consoles on display as well as interviewing Steve Lycett, Executive Proucer at Sumo Digital to find out all about their upcoming title for SEGA – Sonic & SEGA All Stars Racing: Transformed.

7thguestThe 7th Guest Soundtrack Version 1.0 Released – ScummVM Music Enhancement Project [VIDEO]

I have released version 1.0 of The 7th Guest soundtrack as part of my ScummVM Music Enhancement Project.

Nene Valley RailwayNene Valley Railway – A Trip on the City of Peterborough Steam Locomotive [Video]

Today I visited the Nene Valley Railway in Wansford and finishing up in Peterborough, which features a number of steam and diesel locomotives.

thumbWindows 8 Review – Microsoft’s Bold New Operating System Revealed

For many years, rightly or wrongly, Microsoft have been accused of playing it safe with their operating system releases. Business customers in particular are often found to be moving at a snail’s pace when upgrading to the latest versions of Windows. This can be attributed to the time it takes to teach their staff the differences and the process of implementing any new technologies, which is a costly pursuit. With this in mind, it is quite easy to understand why a company such as Microsoft wouldn’t drastically change the basic interface we have all become accustomed to, whether in the business environment or even as a consumer at home.

7thguestPodcast #35 – Trilobyte Games, The 7th Guest, The 11th Hour, Tender Loving Care & More…

In my latest podcast, I interview Rob Landeros co-founder of Trilobyte Games and co-founder of Aftermath Media David Wheeler. Between them, they have been involved with such classic titles as The 7th Guest, The 11th Hour, Tender Loving Care and more.

cmpodcast17Monster Cast #17 – Where Can We Find Sailors? – ConsoleMonster.com [VIDEO] [PODCAST]

Today we recorded Monster Cast #17, produced for the Console Monster website – covering news from all of the major players including Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo.

Featuring special guest Steve Lycett, Executive Producer from SUMO Digital to discuss his experiences developing for the Nintendo Wii U and their upcoming title Sonic & SEGA All Stars Racing Transformed.

27327SART_SS_Sonic_CarSonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed Review for Xbox 360 [VIDEO REVIEW]

Now is the time to strap yourself tightly into a chair, preparing for adrenaline pumping action as we take on a wonderful new experience – recognising how this racing sequel has indeed… TRANSFORMED!

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See you all in 2013!

James Woodcock

Freelance Journalist, Author, Blogger & Podcaster specialising in gaming and technology. Ever since he experienced the first controllable pixel movement on the television screen, he has been entranced by the possibilities and rewarding entertainment value generated from these metal and plastic boxes of delight. Writing hundreds of articles including commentary and reviews on various gaming platforms, while also interviewing well known industry figures for popular online publications.