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PostSubject: Random retro thoughts   Sat 25 Apr 2015 - 23:14

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So I read a great interview with Mark Healey of Media Molecule in issue 139 of Retro gamer earlier today.

It covered how he got into the industry and the games he's worked on etc and it got me thinking how I'd like to see more films that cover a similar topic as I think there'd be lot of great stories to tell.

(Fun fact: Mark Healey was responsible for the graphics in the SNES & Mega Drive versions of Theme Park which he completed in 3 days)
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PostSubject: Re: Random retro thoughts   Tue 28 Apr 2015 - 7:27

Hearing how people developed games in the "olden days" is fascinating. I always assumed they were mega space-wizards or something when I was a kid. But I remember Greener mention on TRP that e.g. people porting arcade games used to stand at the screen with tracing paper. So archaic.


Speaking of archaic, here's WHSmith's 1989 video promo loop for videogames. Spot which major section of the gaming market they don't cover. Also features a guest VO from the late great Emlyn Hughes.
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PostSubject: Re: Random retro thoughts   Sun 18 Dec 2016 - 12:55

Anyone got much experience with any retro computers that could be used for gaming as I was looking at the MSX last night but then saw Metal Gear which I would want for it is 200+ to buy meaning I'm not getting that.

Just wondering about the others as I know Jim is a fan of the BBC Micro and did his feature but are any of these computers really worth our time?
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PostSubject: Re: Random retro thoughts   Sun 18 Dec 2016 - 23:46

Short answer: no, unless you have nostalgia.

However, if you were to dive in: for computer hardware that has not stood the test of time, this is where you do want an emulator. Where the machines aren't being produced, and no-one is maintaining the usage or the rights to the firmware, it's just assumed that people are going to emulate it, and in fact if any fools people are deliberately developing software for these old machines, they're also automatically producing images to be used on emulators; that's certainly true for the BBC Micro, Commodore, Spectrum and so on. Old hardware tends to fail, and the computer industry is a rare example of things being made less well in the olden days (we went through 6 or 7 Acorn Electrons, due to motherboards and RAM dying); the rarity of working old bits also sprials up the cost - hence the 200 MSX. Where people try and make new hardware, unless it's for systems which already have a wide userbase (e.g. the Retron 5), it's not cost-effective to make new hardware with now-archaic specs - the Spectrum Vega is still 83.95 on Amazon, and it's replicating a system with 48K of RAM.
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PostSubject: Re: Random retro thoughts   Mon 19 Dec 2016 - 14:26

I've sort of got Nostalgia as I remember having Spectrum ZX +2 and a friend having one as well which was his dads and playing Donkey Kong along with Mario Bros on it.

I've had a C64 at one point and even Amiga 500 (I think, it was a 500) but for some reason I started to look at old consoles and computers I've never owned on eBay and due to me being fond of Metal Gear (which 200+ not the computer), I'd thought I'd look at the MSX for one.

I could emulate but I also prefer playing on the actual hardware or a official means like the VC.

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PostSubject: Re: Random retro thoughts   Mon 19 Dec 2016 - 22:22

I have some recollection of playing my dad's ZX Spectrum. More accurately, fiddling about with my dad's Spectrum and marvelling at all the tapes and the tales he told of copying games/ programming his own, then playing everything through emulation.
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PostSubject: Re: Random retro thoughts   Mon 19 Dec 2016 - 23:15

We had an Atari 65XE, which was Atari's answer to the Spectrum/C64 and about 1% as popular. It had some lovely games (Chuckie Egg, Centipede, that one where you were a tadpole that had to survive into froghood) but I am glad we've moved away from joysticks - joypads are comfy and easy to wear. Or something.
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PostSubject: Re: Random retro thoughts   Tue 20 Dec 2016 - 22:52

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that one where you were a tadpole that had to survive into froghood
Savage Pond? That Atari version looks much better than the Acorn version. Plus, I assume this version didn't have a bug in which, occasionally if you didn't press a movement button as you started a new game, the tadpole would disappear from existence and the game was basically knackered.
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PostSubject: Re: Random retro thoughts   Wed 28 Dec 2016 - 21:04

Read the retro books from gJones and yep I've decided from what are meant to be the best games of some micro computers that I don't need any of them and I'm not going out of my way to get one.

Unless I go to a boot sale and I see a C64 for tuppence that's when I would pick one up.
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PostSubject: Re: Random retro thoughts   Wed 28 Dec 2016 - 21:32

Jimbob wrote:
ZeroJones wrote:
that one where you were a tadpole that had to survive into froghood
Savage Pond? That Atari version looks much better than the Acorn version. Plus, I assume this version didn't have a bug in which, occasionally if you didn't press a movement button as you started a new game, the tadpole would disappear from existence and the game was basically knackered.

It was Savage Pond! :nostalgia: That took me right back, that did. We were so addicted that we once played the game during a lightning storm, and the screen went totally white at one point. Shocked
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PostSubject: Re: Random retro thoughts   Thu 29 Dec 2016 - 21:27

Hmmm... I might have to watch a YouTube play or something - it would be nice to see that game, but actually playable!
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PostSubject: Re: Random retro thoughts   Sat 21 Jan 2017 - 20:39

Sorry, me again.

Do you remember Alfred Chicken?

Do you remember what PR and marketing was like in the early 90s?

The answer to both of these questions
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PostSubject: Re: Random retro thoughts   Sat 21 Jan 2017 - 20:53

Jimbob wrote:

THIS.

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PostSubject: Re: Random retro thoughts   Sun 22 Jan 2017 - 0:11

Drunkalilly wrote:
Jimbob wrote:

THIS.


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The podcast Vidjagame Apocalypse has started running with this - it's their Solve My Maze at the moment.
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