Rode M3

The Rode M3 Cardioid condenser microphone is a good contender for overhead drum hihat microphone, but an even better contender for a hi-hat mic. It has an extended high end and produces smooth hi-hat sounds with an aggressive edge.

It has a polarized condenser transducer with high immunity to R.F. interference. This means that the mic won’t pick up sounds from things like lights on stage.

It has a strongly built metal body, a switch that controls the dB level, and a highpass filter. A highpass filter cuts off low frequencies and allows higher frequencies to pass through.

It sounds clean, crisp, and full-bodied.

The Rode M3 is quite long compared to other condenser mics. So, it might feel a bit awkward to position comfortably.

  • Extended frequency response with smooth extremes
  • Switchable HPF and pads
  • Gentle presence peak for subtle air
  • Awkwardly long

How to hide photos and videos that have been tagged from your Instagram profile

Instagram gives us the option to tag users in photographs in which they appear or, simply, in those that may be of interest to us. Automatically, these photos and videos appear on our profile. Not in the main feed, but in the tags section. Learn more about new devices at

We may not always be interested in anyone labeling us in content and this is added to our profile, so we are going to show you how you can prevent these photographs and videos from being present, as well as preventing them from being automatically added to our profile.

Disabling tagged photo posts

Disabling posts on photos and videos so they don’t appear on our profile is not a complex process, but it’s not as visible as it could. We have to click on the menu button, indicated with three horizontal lines in the upper left of our profile. The location is the same on iOS and Android. The options to deactivate the labels are found in the privacy section, in the general Instagram settings

Once here, we will click on settings, to access the Instagram settings. Here, we will look for the privacy section, and within it, we will see the option of labels. Click on it to start working.

First, we will see that, by default, the option Add automatically is activated. This option allows your friends to tag you in posts, so they are added to your profile automatically. If you don’t want this to happen, you just have to uncheck this option.

However, deactivating the automatic tags does not hide the photos, it does the option that you have just below: hide photos and videos in which you appear. We click on it, and it will take us to the list of photographs in which we have been labeled.

If we want to hide them, click on them. We will be asked for confirmation on whether we want to hide them or not . By giving it to them, they will no longer be seen in the profile. If we want to verify that the changes have taken effect, we only have to go to the section labeled content of the profile.

You have to win the game and Spelunky


In this game you are a speleologist, very Indiana Jones style, who is responsible for exploring a series of caves and caverns, looking for treasures, gems, items with supernatural powers without forgetting to avoid traps, kill enemies and save damsels in distress. The first version (2008) is free, and is available for Windows (with some unofficial ports for Mac).

The game has a remake in Steam with the same name, Spelunky, but with improved graphics and other details, although on its own page you can find and download the original version, along with its source code.

Curiosity: Spelunky has a clear influence of classics like La-Mulana, Rick Dangerous or what seems its clearest influence, Spelunker.

  • Style | Action, Adventure
  • Qualities | Graphics, Action

You have to win the game

Finally, we have You have to win the game, an original title for a careful remake of You have to win the game from Commodore 64 that the developer released on December 28, 2012. Finally, he adapted it for Windows/PC, and we can enjoy it in current computers, using the wonderful filters that the game has in its options and which I will talk about later.

In this game, you are a child who must go through all the screens of the game (each of them has its own name) and increase the counter (percentage seen on one side of the screen) to reach 100%, as that is the goal of the game. The main idea is to get the 4 orbs that exist to unlock the bricks that are originally invisible, and along the way get as much money as possible. The game has a considerable difficulty and it is made so that the duration of the same one is also high, although a priori it can seem like a short game.

One of the great aspects of the game is the filters section in its options. By default, it comes with a 4 color CGA filter (black, white, magenta and cyan), although you can deactivate and activate the 16 color palette. It also has another set of filters to get an interlaced image, emulate the curvature of an old TV monitor, as well as other interesting options. The game is also available to download and install for free under the title You have to win the game, in Steam.

Curiosity: The game comes with a DLC in which you are a cat, with a higher difficulty and the slogan “You are a cat and have 7 lives”.

  • Style | Platforms
  • Qualities | Retro ambiance, filters

Lyle in Cube Sector and Broken Cave Robot

Lyle in Cube Sector

Lyle in Cube Sector is a game in which we assume the role of the main character (Lyle), whose cat is stolen while he was sleeping. The objective of the game is to recover it by advancing through the different screens of “Cube Sector”. The game has graphic filters that emulate the old TV (interlaced mode) and a “chip tune” style music that will take you back to the style of games of the time.

The game doesn’t have a linear direction, and as you progress through the game you’ll be able to perform more actions, such as seeing the map or throwing cubes at enemies.

Curiosity: The website of the game has a very characteristic retro style, as well as some other games, comics and interesting links.

  • Style | Adventure
  • Qualities | Music, Graphics

Broken Cave Robot

The author of F(L)AIL also has another curious game, called Broken Cave Robot. It’s a small, broken robot that falls into a cave and has 5 minutes left to run out of battery. Then, restrict its functionalities to the minimum and start your adventure.

Your goal is to discover the cave, finding items to improve the capabilities of the robot and prevent the robot from being completely damaged. The game has a very curious feature, and that is that the map system of the robot game is damaged, so you can use it, but you have to draw the map manually, in a kind of rustic “paint” that integrates.

Curiosity: The game arose from a Ludum Dare, a competition to create video games in less than 48 hours.

  • Style | Puzzle
  • Qualities | Originality

F(L)AIL and Knytt


If you like puzzle games, you’ll love F(L)AIL (from FAIL). This is a game where you have to discover the mechanics of each level and solve the puzzles playing with items, gravity, jumps, inertia, etc. and reach the red zone where you ascend to the next level.

F(L)AIL is a very simple but terribly addictive game, which once started, encourages you to continue playing until you complete its 8 levels (which includes 10 phases each).

The game allows the multiplayer mode, so it gives a plus of competitiveness, where everyone can play simultaneously to try to win the level first. Time also influences the amount of points earned, so it is always a challenge to try to get a better score.

In Matt Thomson’s page, you can find several other free indie games of the author, some of them very curious.

Curiosity: The game has several unlockable elements as you progress through the levels. It’s also possible for a third player to use the mouse as an enemy and place bombs to make the game more complicated for the players.

  • Style | Puzzle
  • Qualities | Addictive


Knytt is a game that surprises in practically every aspect. It’s a game with an ultra minimalists interface, that just after starting the game shows us a series of options (a tutorial of the game, several slots to save our game and game credits).

The interface of the game is very simple and small, and in it we are a small being similar to a monkey, who moves away from his village and is abducted by another being that leads a UFO. On the journey, you have a problem with some asteroids that damage your ship and force you to land. Knytt’s mission is to find several parts needed to repair the UFO that are scattered along the game screens.

What is most striking about this game is the good game play it has and the impressive atmosphere. As we advance the screens, we will see that the secondary characters (with most we can not interact) perform actions outside the game, some very curious. The mixture of background music and sound effects create a curious game atmosphere that makes it quite interesting.

Curiosity: If you like the game, there is also Knytt Stories, with a lot of levels and even a level editor to create your own. On the other hand, in Steam you have Knytt Underground, the latest version of the game, much improved in different aspects.

  • Style | Puzzle
  • Qualities | Environment, playability

Maldita Castilla and Super Mario War

Maldita Castilla

Perhaps the previous titles are not very well-known in Spain, but if there is one that has become popular since its release in 2012 is Maldita Castilla. This is a platform game in the style of the well-known Ghosts ‘n Goblins, but using medieval Spanish and European mythology.

In the game, you control Don Ramiro Quesada, who following the orders of King Alfonso VI, will try to free the lands of Tolomera del Rey from zombies, demons and many other creatures. The soundtrack is created by Gryzor87, who has composed a brutal soundtrack, in the style of the “chip tunes” (specifically, Yamaha YM2203), further emulating the classic spirit of these games.

In the developer’s page, known under the pseudonym Locomalito, you have at your disposal several free games ready to download and play, in addition to Yo yo Games has the version of Maldita Castilla for Raspberry Pi. On the other hand, in Steam you have available Maldita Castilla EX, the extended version of Maldita Castilla.

Curiosity: In its official website, you have some interesting documents with tips on how to draw sprites pixel art style, the manual of the game set at the time (very worked!) or even the sketch to make the cabin of an arcade machine.

  • Style | Platforms
  • Qualities | Look and feel, music and retro style

Super Mario War

There have been multiple clones or unofficial versions of Super Mario over time, but few can be as much fun as Super Mario War to play games with friends.

The game is based on a small screen, in the style of the classic Mario Bros original of 1983, but can play simultaneously 4 players and allow you to choose the type of game: classic mode, up to a number of deaths, count down, collect coins, cage mode, capture the flag and many others. You can also switch maps or even choose from a variety of characters, including Super Mario, Luigi, Toad, Yoshi, Bubble Bobble Dragons, Link, Pikachu, Kirby, Pacman, Chocobos and many more.

As if that weren’t enough, the game has a level editor (Leveleditor.exe) and a world editor (Worldeditor.exe), where you can configure the place where you play. The game is available for Windows, Mac, Linux or Wii, among other systems such as the consoles created with Raspberry Pi, where we can connect up to 4 USB controllers. It is even possible to create single player games where the rest of players is the CPU, although the difficulty is devilish.

Curiosity: In the Super Mario War section of Retro Pie you have abundant information about the operation of the game and all its characteristics.

  • Style | Battle against rivals
  • Qualities | Funny, multiplayer, all against all or by team.

Treasure Adventure Game

If Cave Story is a delight, Treasure Adventure Game (TAG) is not far behind. If you had to choose a game that matches the previous one, it would be this one without a doubt. Its author, Stephen Orlando, developed this free game for just over 2 years, focusing particularly on game play, history and design, and taking care of every detail.

In the game, the story is told of a boy who has an accident while accompanying his father and his archeologist friend in search of the secrets of a temple. As the years go by, you decide to go in search of the relics your father was looking for and you will discover the story behind it, along with what happened in that temple quite a few years ago.

The Treasure Adventure Game soundtrack is a real wonder and is one of the sections that deserves special mention. The high care in the details of the game, along with the atmosphere, graphics, plot, game play and its long duration, make it a must for anyone.

Last year I played TAG (free at GOG: …), a retro style game that I highly recommend. I found a great easter egg.

Remember that although you have Treasure Adventure Game on, the game is in English and you’ll need to download the game’s translation from its official website, translating the game’s multiple dialogues and conversations.

Also, note that the author is developing Treasure Adventure World by crowdfunding, a remake in HD of this game.

Curiosity: If we download the GOG version, Treasure Adventure Game comes with Karma, an early version of what eventually became TAG. Although not finished, the first three levels are fully playable and serve as a curiosity to see how the game evolved during its final development.

  • Style| Metroidvania
  • Qualities | History, playability, music, level of detail…

Cave Story (Doukutsu Monogatari)

If you don’t know Cave Story, you should, because it’s a real masterpiece. It’s a free game that attracts attention for being developed by only one person: Daisuke Amaya (Studio Pixel), who was working on the game for 5 years uninterruptedly until it was published (2004). You only have to play for a couple of minutes to realize that the work behind it is immense and very well set. In addition, the game has a story that allows you to play in a non-linear way, as well as reach several endgames.

In the game, you are a robot who wakes up in a cave without remembering anything at all. When he comes out of it, he encounters some nice beings, similar to rabbits, called Mimigas who lately are being kidnapped. From then on, you will go deeper into the story and discover what has happened, as well as knowing more details about yourself, your history and your past.

The game play, the progressive difficulty curve as well as the evolution of the story make the game a real delight. Initially created for Windows/PC, but over time has been ported to multiple platforms such as: Mac, Linux, XBOX, PSP or NDS among others. You can even play if you have mounted a console with Raspberry Pi style Mini NES Classic!

Remember that although the game is in English, in the “Downloads” section of their website you can download an official patch to translate into Spanish all the dialogues of the game. On the other hand, and although they are not free, the author of Cave Story has in Steam an improved version called Cave Story+, in addition to another game with the name of Kero Blaster.

Curiosity: In the game folder, there are three executable files: Doukutsu.exe (the game itself), DoConfig.exe (game settings, to customize keys and other details) and OrgView.exe, a curious music player where you can listen to the entire soundtrack of the game.

Pixel Art Games You Should Try This Year. Part 3


It probably sounds familiar to all of you, but for those of you who don’t know it, Hotline Miami is a series that features two video games and that, thanks to grotesque and disturbing graphics (which also don’t cut a hair) and an effective zenith perspective, immerses the player in a brutal history of truly insane violence that even invites us to reflect on the player’s role in the violence he or she exerts.

The playable offer consists of going through each one of the levels of the game finishing with all the enemies of each zone, either using our fists or any of the many weapons (white and of fire) that we can find in the scene or to snatch to the enemies.

Both the player and the enemies die with a single blow which, added to the fact that we reappear almost immediately after each death (which will happen quite often), gives rise to a game play as hard as addictive in which, despite the frustration, it is always easy to get carried away to do it better and throw “one more game”.


Hyper light drifter is one of those little hidden treasures that come up from time to time and that, while they don’t revolutionize anything or invent the wheel, they have enough personality and charm to stay with you long after they’re finished.

What this pixel art game offers is an adventure of zenith perspective with clear influences of sagas like Zelda or Dark souls, in which we will have to go through beautiful environments full of details to find and finish with the four bosses hidden all over the map (which is completely open from the beginning).

A mission that will not be easy because to achieve it we will have to overcome tough battles full of enemies in which we will need to use our attacks both hand-to-hand and at a distance (in addition to our useful ability to “dash”) if we want to emerge victorious.

These clashes can be really tricky and if we hit buttons like crazy the only thing we’ll get is a quick death. Understanding the tempo of our attacks and evasions, knowing how to use weapons properly at a distance and looking at the patterns of enemies are essential skills to survive these tough battles.

However, what is truly characteristic of the title is its history, its stages, its music and, above all, the sensation of melancholy and loneliness that it evokes.

As I said before, Hyper light drifter drinks directly from the Souls saga and this can be noticed enormously by way the story is told us: through the stage and with dozens of details here and there that make the world another protagonist of the program.

In this case we travel through a desolate world in which it seems that everything important has already happened and in which we are always late. And it is that the history of this world is not our history, we are nothing more than a foreigner whose purpose is not entirely clear, which only accentuates the cryptic of history that, if that were not enough, completely dispense with texts and tell us everything through cartoons and illustrations.

A smart decision on the part of the developers, since it makes the hard journey of Hyper light drifter even more enchanting, mysterious and magnetic.

Pixel Art Games You Should Try This Year. Part 2


Crawl is a game focused on local multiplayer games (no online mode) in which up to four players will have to play one of the heroes trapped in a terrible cursed dungeon from which, unfortunately, only one can get out alive.

The approach is simple: the hero who wins the initial battle will have the opportunity to explore the dungeon, which is generated procedural and has several floors filled with all kinds of enemies (some with a really cool design), various traps and lethal mechanisms threatening in every corner and even shops where to buy weapons, upgrades, equipment and a variety of skills.

The funny thing is that players who have died at first will assume the role of a disembodied ghost whose mission will be to own the traps and monsters of the dungeon in order to end the hero’s life before he defeats the boss and manages to escape. If a ghost manages to kill the hero before this escape both players will exchange places and the adventure will continue until one of the four participants manages to go outside (or until the protagonist dies and the ghosts are defeated), which results in some fun games that, although they can be enjoyed alone playing against the CPU, reach their peak when we gather a group of friends on the same console. Pikes are guaranteed.


Enter the gunge on is a zenith view shooter that combines the infinite challenge of the rogue likes with the hell of the bullet hell projectiles in a mixture as challenging as it is addictive loaded with action, weapons, bullets and jokes with the word “weapon”.

What the game offers us is to use one of its six playable characters (two initially blocked) to go through a series of procedural generated levels in which we will have to fight chaotic shootings against crazy enemies and get dozens of weapons ranging from the apocalyptic to the directly absurd.

Among our arsenal we can find pistols, shotguns, death rays, lethal bananas and even a bullet-shaped weapon that shoots pistols that in turn shoot bullets.

EVERYTHING in Enter the gunge on is a constant joke about weapons, the enemies are bullets and grenades armed to the teeth and the bosses have names and designs to each more ingenious (careful with the “anaconda”) which, added to their intense and dynamic shootings, make the title a small jewel for lovers of pixel art, action, the “rogue likes” and a good dose of humor.