Memoirs of a Spectrum Addict Review.

Memoirs of a Spectrum Addict.

Memoirs of a Spectrum Addict by Andy Remic is a full length documentary feature film which takes a detailed look at the ZX Spectrum. Starring such notable industry legends as The Oliver Twins, Clive Townsend, Mark R. Jones, Jon Hare, Jim Bagley, Steve Turner, Oliver Frey, Rich Stevenson, Roger Kean, Mev Dinc, Simon Butler, Jas Austin, and the original designer of the Spectrum – Rick Dickinson.

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Tempest 4000 is Coming!

Jeff Minter is working on a new version of Tempest for PC's and modern consoles called Tempest 4000!  The game will be published by Atari as well, which is yet another surprise.  

Here's the official blurb, courtesy of Atari:

"In Tempest 4000, players are once again in control of the Claw, a powerful spacecraft equipped to destroy deadly creatures and other obstructions with rapid-fire shots on vibrant geometric prisms. With three game modes to choose from and 100 levels to conquer, players must eliminate all enemies as quickly as possible to survive and achieve that coveted spot at the top of the leaderboards."

Unfortunately, we have no idea what the game will look like yet as Atari has not released any screenshots but the game will be shown at Gamescom later this month.  So, looks like we won't have to wait too long to find out what the game will be like.

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New Kickstarter: Games for Atari: 1977 to 1995.

Games for Atari: 1977 to 1995.

Another Retro Book kickstarter hits the scene “Games for Atari: 1977 to 1995”, a project the author wanted to realize for a long time. The book celebrates the games for the legendary Atari 8-bit video game and computer systems:

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The Unofficial NES/Famicon: A Visual Compendium Book Review.

A Review of The Unofficial NES/Famicon: A Visual Compendium.

When reading a review for a product, if you slice through all the wordy prose, you generally arrive at one of two distinct messages:

Either buy it, or don’t.

So, if you’re the impatient type or just glancing down at this review as you move through another hectic day, trying to glean the overall gist as your attention is drawn to a million other points of light on the information superhighway, the answer is this:

Buy it.

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Top Ten ZX Spectrum Games of 1982

TOP TEN ZX SPECTRUM GAMES OF 1982

Thirty-five years ago today, Sinclair Research finally released its long-awaited new micro, the ZX Spectrum. Sir Clive had grand hopes that his new baby would become an integral part of the modern household, and those dreams quickly turned to reality - although perhaps not quite in the way he had anticipated. Sinclair may have pitched the Spectrum as an inexpensive all-round solution for every aspect of modern home computing, but the major driving force behind its success would turn out to be its large and diverse library of computer games.

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The unofficial SNES/Super Famicom: a visual compendium.

The unofficial SNES/Super Famicom: a visual compendium.

Sam at Bitmap books is at it again with another fantastic Kickstarter campaign to create an unofficial coffee table book on the SNES/Super Famicom. The book pays tribute to the amazing pixel art, product design and graphic design associated with these iconic 16-bit systems.

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PlayStation Anthology.

PlayStation Anthology.

THE PLAYSTATION

Simply revolutionary! With over 100 million consoles sold worldwide, the PlayStation truly changed the face of the gaming industry. The power of its technology, the design of its shell, the greatness of its library and marketing campaigns, all laying the groundwork for what has become one of the industry's most important driving forces. It was a culture-defining console, the combination of Ken Kutaragi's genius and the power of one the entertainment industry's most influential brands, as well as the boundless passion of so many other contributors over the years.

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SID Waves - A Vinyl Tribute to the Commodore 64 SID Chip.

SID Waves - A Vinyl Tribute to the Commodore 64 SID Chip

Checkout this Kickstarter campaign to release the SID Waves album on Vinyl, CD, Audio Tape & digital download. The album pays tribute to the amazing sound of the vintage 1980s synths and the even more amazing Commodore 64 SID synth chip. This is the ultimate 1980s SIDpop album!

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Reformation 2 C64 Soundtrack Remakes.

Reformation 2 C64 Soundtrack Remakes.

Matt's last project, “Reformation Last Ninja 2 C64 Remakes” was a huge success. It featured remakes of his own music, but a stretch-goal bonus disk also remade iconic Commodore 64 classics such as Knucklebusters, W.A.R, Arcade Classics, Phantoms Of The Asteroid & Sanxion (Thalamusik) by Rob Hubbard, and Arkanoid, Rambo First Blood Part 2 & Green Beret by Martin Galway.

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Classic Game Covers by Mike Winterbauer.

Classic Game Covers by Mike Winterbauer.

This Kickstarter closes on April 18 2017 so head over to see Mike's dream of seeing his game cover art book printed.

Go HERE to see more and pledge.

 

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Commodore: The Inside Story.

Commodore: The Inside Story.

With no more than a day or so left the Commodore: The Inside Story kickstarter campaign has smashed its target of £25k, you can still pledge your support by following this link HERE.

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Commodore 64: For the Love of a Machine.

Commodore 64: For the Love of a Machine.

The C64 is seeing a lot of love of on Kickstarter at the moment, here another new book is currently running until April 30th 2017. 

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The Commodore Story.

The Commodore Story - Changing the world 8-bits at a time.

A new Kickstarter for all you retroheads

UPDATE @80% FUNDED

See HERE for more.

As a special backer only offer we will double up the Blu-ray Disc and/or the Book an additional £10 or £20 for both.

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Trashman

 

Trashman

In the days before gaming was big business, there was a beautiful moment in time when games were perhaps at their quirkiest - when one person in a spare room, hunched over a black and white portable TV, could produce something completely unique and off the wall and then somehow manage to get it commercially published. This period of time produced not only some of the oddest but also some of the most uniquely British titles that have ever been released. And despite it's Americanised name, New Generation Software's 'Trashman' is very, very British indeed.

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Top Ten ZX Spectrum Games of 1982

TOP TEN ZX SPECTRUM GAMES OF 1982

Thirty-five years ago today, Sinclair Research finally released its long-awaited new micro, the ZX Spectrum. Sir Clive had grand hopes that his new baby would become an integral part of the modern household, and those dreams quickly turned to reality - although perhaps not quite in the way he had anticipated. Sinclair may have pitched the Spectrum as an inexpensive all-round solution for every aspect of modern home computing, but the major driving force behind its success would turn out to be its large and diverse library of computer games.

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Onimusha Retrospective.

 

Onimusha Retrospective by Alex McCumbers.

Onimusha has an interesting history in its conception. Originally, the idea was to put the Resident Evil series into feudal-era Japan, creating a large house filled with ninja-style traps. This Playstation game was also one of the few to take the actors voicing the characters and model them through face mapping and motion capture. This means that while Samanosuke is a fictional character, he looks and speaks like Takeshi Kaneshiro.

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Top Ten ZX Spectrum Games of 2016

TOP TEN ZX SPECTRUM GAMES OF 2016

It may come as something of a surprise, given that it was 34 years old this year, but the ZX Spectrum continues to be a hive of gaming activity even today. 2016 was another brilliant year for new releases, many of which put the even the best commercial games of yesteryear to shame in both the technical and gameplay departments. So as the year draws to a close, I thought it might be nice to collect together my ten favourites like those 'proper journalist' types do.

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Cronosoft: A Retrospective.

Cronosoft: A Retrospective.

With the rise and popularity of next generation consoles, it seems they are taking over the world. New games are released every week and you can’t get away from the ads where you think you’re watching a film trailer and it turns out to be the latest PS4 game. How did that happen? It seems us retro game fans are being left behind when it comes to new releases. Of course, this is inevitable as technology develops and games become more complex so this is something everyone has become accustomed to. But, if like me, you think ‘I would really love some new games for my 30 year old computer! Why can’t people keep on making games? Is that too much to ask?’ - there are some people keeping this dream alive.

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Donkey Kong Arcade Machine – The Home Straight - Part 2

Part 2 – The Home Straight

 

So in Part 1 you will have followed my journey so far in restoring this beat up Donkey Kong cab. I felt I was in the home straight now – it was time for some artwork to be applied to the sides of the cab. This part scared me to death, because once the art is on, it’s on. You can’t get it wrong, there are no second chances. So here it is. A step by step guide to applying side art:

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