Castlevania II Vinyl Now Available

Mondo, the Austin, Texas-based online shop and IRL art gallery, has just released for sale the second title in their five-album Castlevania campaign: Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest.

The 10″ vinyl contains remastered music tracks for both the NES and Famicom versions of the classic game.

Currently available for order is the Night & Day variant limited to 1,000 copies.

The regular version — blue with green splatter — goes on sale tomorrow, January 11th at noon CST.

I missed the release of their Castlevania remaster the first time around, and it was sheer dumb luck that I stumbled upon this release just now while researching chiptunes on vinyl. I didn’t even hesitate to order a copy.

You can order your copy at mondotees.com.

We Are The Same

“Dalek,” the sixth episode of the new Doctor Who series, is the first 9th Doctor episode I really took to. This has a lot to do with it featuring such a classic antagonist as the Dalek. Their tank design and robotic voices really grew on me while watching the adventures of the 11th and 12th Doctors, and I enjoyed seeing all the swiveling of the head and torso and hearing all the variances in the Dalek’s voice as it struggled with emotion. The regeneration scene, the opening and closing of the armor, and the destruction scene were all just bonuses for an episode which really showcased the Dalek design.

All the scenes with the Doctor and the Dalek and Rose and the Dalek are great, as they deal with questions of ethics and individual purpose. This episode is one of those stories I am a sucker for: where evil shows it is capable of good, and good shows it is capable of evil. Furthermore, it’s a great companion episode in that Rose plays the conscience, guiding not only the Doctor but the Dalek as well.

Is That Majesco’s Rayne In Epic’s Paragon?

Upon closer inspection last night, what we thought was cloth in the new Paragon hero reveal from Epic Games actually appears to be hair. Red hair. As in really red red hair.

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That’s hair not a hood.

And that reminded us of BloodRayne. You remember BloodRayne: the hack-and-slash video game series that debuted during the 6th Generation of video game consoles.

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Wait, BloodRayne was available for Nintendo GameCube?

In that series, the protagonist is Rayne, a blade-wielding dhampir. She also wears a red pendant, as seen in this promotional art from EA Japan.

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Note the necklace and two blades.

So, while this new Paragon character is probably not Majesco’s Rayne licensed into Epic’s MOBA, she could be. Regardless, she definitely appears to be inspired by her. Which would mean we’re getting a blood-sucking female fighter added to the Paragon hero roster, and that is awesome news!

But just this morning, the Paragon account on Instagram posted this quick little clip with the tagline “Her hunger is eternal.”

Her hunger is eternal. #Every3Weeks

A video posted by @playparagon on

Red hair. Black outfit. Two blades. Seriously, is that Rayne?

Sadly, no. Epic has just revealed her as Countess.

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Meet Countess. Totally not Rayne.

Surprisingly, though she has blades, she’s considered a burst caster and not a melee fighter. Regardless, Countess is a teleporting, blade-wielding badass as evidenced from her announcement trailer. We cannot wait to play her October 25th!

Paragon is free-to-play and available for PC and PS4. We’ll be live on Twitch on Friday from 6 until 9 pm EST streaming this incredible MOBA from Epic Games!