I’m a fan of The Shadow. I listen to the radio shows, I saw both the 1994 film and older films, I read the current comics, and I even have a nicely detailed figure on my desk (who sometimes battles other figures, but you know how that is). I have recently become a fan of Spotify, so imagine my delight when I found an album of 20 episodes from the old The Shadow radio show on Spotify!
Spotify is a great free music streaming service if you don’t mind a few ads between your tracks, but I found Spotify Premium to be a much more cost-effective solution for myself, as I often buy far more than $10 worth of music each month. One of the other advantages to Spotify Premium is that you can download tracks on your phone (or compatible mobile device) for offline listening, so I happily flew to and from Portland last week listening to some classic episodes of The Shadow. I’m sure the folks around me either thought I was weird or a genius, not that I cared too much, as I had a murder mystery to solve (or rather listen to other people solve).
Anyway, enough raving about Spotify. If you don’t know what The Shadow is, you’re missing out, and you might as well start by listening to a few episodes on Spotify. It’s 100% free if you don’t mind a few modern-day radio ads mixed in with the classic Blue Coal ads. If you’re not a fan of Spotify, you can still purchase the album from iTunes and Amazon. You can also find some episodes not included in the aforementioned album at Old Time Radio.
As you may have noticed, I’m a fan of the Mega Man X series of games. I love the gameplay, the overall concept, the level design, the story, the art, and they just seemed to arrive at the right point in my childhood.
Mega Man had his 25th anniversary last year, which Capcom rightfully made a big deal of, considering it’s one of their most profitable properties. What we got was rather underwhelming. Yes, we got Street Fighter X Mega Man, and the poor bot doesn’t even get top billing. Sure, it’s a clever game, but all Capcom’s hype left us with was a crossover game. No Mega Man X games in almost 8 years and no original series Mega Man games in almost 3 years, but hey, we’ve got a crossover with Street Fighter.
Fortunately, the entire Mega Man Franchise represents one of Capcom’s largest fan bases, second only to Street Fighter of course. Many fans stepped up to essentially fill in the cracks left by Capcom’s rather poor showing for the Blue Bomber’s 25th anniversary, my favorite being the following fanimation from Shane Newville, one of the animators behind Red vs. Blue. I can only hope there will be more of these in the future.