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Robbie Parry
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Posted: 05 March 2018 at 12:56pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Wow, where did the time go?

Patrick Moore as Gamesmaster, eh? The effects may seem dated now. I remember him answering readers' questions about cheats and tips. Nowadays, we'd just Google "video game cheats" for (choose a game).
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I loved Patrick Moore as the Games Master, there was something brilliant about the BBC's resident astronomer playing that role. I'm assuming the lines he had to speak meant nothing at all to him!
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I always wondered that. It was a bizarre choice. Imagine if they'd done the opposite, e.g. had a video game professional hosting an astronomy show!
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Posted: 07 March 2018 at 2:24pm | IP Logged | 4 post reply

Look at this passive-aggressive ad from the 90s:






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Sega ran this one in the US along with many like it:

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And this cheeky number was run by Virgin/Mastertronic who were Sega's distributor at the time.

These were run without Sega of Japan's knowledge, who apparently were not best pleased.

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Blimey! There must surely have been someone, at some stage, who thought it was a bad idea - and could have stepped in to stop it.
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There was a series of them but they stopped pretty sharpish!

I know back then the involvement of the likes of Sega and Nintendo in Europe was much less than it is now. They tended to let the local distributors get on with it while focusing on the Japanese and American markets.
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The thing is, ads like that are more likely to piss me off. If, say, an Xbox ad poked fun at PlayStation for not having access to a particular game, I'd be, "Fuck you, Xbox." I'd be more likely to buy a PlayStation.

Friendly competition is, of course, fine, but not passive-aggressive digs.
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Posted: 09 March 2018 at 11:18am | IP Logged | 10 post reply

Interesting:

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Cheers Robbie, good read. I fancy a game of Q Bert now.
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I think it's scary. Ultron is coming in the real world! :/
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We'll be fine, he'll be too busy chasing high scores!
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I saw you mention RICK DANGEROUS in another thread, Richard.

I had that for the Amiga. That was a hugely addictive and compelling game. Oddly, whenever I failed a level, I wasn't frustrated; so compelling it was, I was keen to dive straight in and try again.

It's also one of the few games I actually completed.
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Whilst not a video game, a video gamer I know said that this board game is a favourite of his:

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Rick Dangerous was great as were many of the games developed by Core Design.

Core were purchased by Rebellion in 2006, who also own 2000 AD.

I have to say kudos to you Robbie, Rick Dangerous was rock hard.
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Thanks, although finishing games is something that is very rare in my life, so I was probably lucky. ;-)

It's been interesting to find out what happened to a lot of the video game companies whose logos/brands were so ubiquitous many years ago! 
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 Robbie Parry wrote:
It's also one of the few games I actually completed.

I've heard this elsewhere, about people not finishing many games that they pick up, and I guess I'm just not wired that way.  Offhand, I can only think of two that I intentionally haven't finished and two that I'm still "working on".  As to the former, I didn't finish them because of a pet peeve of mine in gaming.  That is, training you how to play the game and then at the finale, demanding you play the game in an entirely different way.  The final installment of Max Payne was that way as was the last installment of Bioshock.  In both you could play stealth as your main way to get through the game (in Bioshock it was nearly required), but the last fight or Boss battle if you will required you to totally switch up your strategy and go in guns a'blazing.  Since I didn't play either game that way, I didn't know how to do it no matter how many times I watched someone else do it online. So I quit in frustration, never finishing the game.  

As to the latter, I've still got hopes to finish FALLOUT 4 and maybe get back to SKYRIM.  They were just two all-consuming games that life got in the way and I never finished.  Other than that?  I approach games like I do the books I read: dive in, play that one game for hours, complete it and then move on.  I don't play multiple games at one time and never finish anything.  I'm singularly focused.  I'll let other games sit on the shelf for months while I finish the game I'm currently playing.  I'm in it for the story.  If that doesn't grab me enough to finish what I started, then I figure what's the use in playing it? It's why I research the shit out of games before I pony up $60.  

So I guess I don't get not finishing a game.  I invest so much time into them that I can't see not knowing how it all ends.
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I can understand where you're coming from Matt in regards to modern games, which often have a far greater focus on narrative than their earlier counterparts.

With games like Rick Dangerous people often didn't complete the game through choice but because of the brutal difficulty.
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I've just finished reading this brilliant retrospective on the original Tomb Raider, lots of great discussions with many of the original team.

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Thanks, Richard. I didn't know much about it.

I've been reading about this game:

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I've never played it Robbie but I recall reading about it in this rather handsome set on the history of Gremlin Graphics.

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You are certainly the guy to go to for any sort of video game stuff. :)

I need to buy some books on video gaming.
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Posted: 11 March 2018 at 7:45am | IP Logged | 24 post reply

The last few years has seen some fantastic books come out, I've Kickstarted quite a few too.

These guys are great:



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The Commodore Amiga book looks compelling! 
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