Exploring the Sega 32X – Metal Head

Originally slated to be a release game for the 32X, Metal Head was pushed back three months and instead released in February 1995. Unfortunately, the extra time wasn’t enough to polish the game’s rough edges and we are left with this unfinished product masquerading as the real deal.


Don’t get me wrong, there is a little bit of fun to be had here. But the glaring flaws are too frequent to ignore. Let’s step back and look at the big picture.

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The Backlog Chronicles – I’m Batman

As we steadily make our way through a mountain of unplayed video games, we will record the escapades in detail through The Backlog Chronicles.

I am the motherfucking Batman. Silent, but brutal. Humble, yet majestic. Have a gander at this magnificent bastard:

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Rules of the Road – The Backlog Chronicles


Over the next many months and years, Tom and I will be playing through our sickeningly large backlogs of video games. It’s a tough road ahead. These are the rules we will hold fast to.

  1. Once we start a game, we need to dedicate at least one full, uninterrupted hour to playing.
  2. At the one hour mark, we must decide on either continuing to play, or canning the game forever.
  3. If we decide to continue, we must see the game through to completion. This means at least beating the main story or all main levels.
  4. Only one The Backlog Chronicles game at a time from each of us. We can play other games during this time, but playtime must be minimal and secondary to the main backlog game.
  5. If we are unable to complete a game, either due to lack of skill or lack of interest, something bad will happen to us. I’m not sure what, yet. But it will be shitty.

The whole point of this is to shame ourselves into completing our backlogs. So it is written – the will of the Backlog Gods. Thou shalt not screw this up.

Got the Backlog Jitters? Don’t Panic!

I sit here, eyes wide and stinging from staring at the monitor for too long. My restless legs tense and relax quickly, compulsively, as my computer chair rocks back and forth. My heart – is my heart racing? I should calm down for a second and check – relax – focus. No, it seems fine, but it’s definitely beating a little faster than normal. I feel short of breath. Is this anxiety? I think this is anxiety.

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