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Hmm, I am a bit late to the party as usual but I saw this kickstarter a while back. This thread has been very helpful in pursuading me that this book might be of interest to me even at the high price. The redesigned cover is much, much better. My only gripe, as always, is how come you didn't cover the Jaguar?

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Introductions / Re: Hello from ScouseMouse
« on: August 25, 2017, 06:21:55 AM »
Welcome, you'll fit right in here.

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Introductions / Re: Greetings Humans!
« on: August 25, 2017, 06:20:11 AM »
Ditto, hello and welcome!

Hey, with the name "Keith" and a scouser, that makes you a somewhat rare animal. My dad hailed from Liverpool, great city.

EDIT: hang on a sec, getting my wires crossed a little. Anyway, "Keith" is still a great name 😉

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Entertainment / Re: Ready Player One
« on: July 31, 2017, 14:50:52 PM »
Well, I hope they prove Tom wrong and reflect more of the book. I have put the book in my basket on Amazon UK to order later, just £6.29 with free p&p. Kindle is just £1.30 so, I look forward to reading this.

The trailer, for me, is ok but much of what they show has already been done. My real interest however, is the from the Tron like sequences. Time will tell.

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Announcements and Feedback / Re: Site Supporter/Donations
« on: July 07, 2017, 18:04:41 PM »
Small donation sent.

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Retro News Round up / Re: Atari Box
« on: June 20, 2017, 13:02:23 PM »
I hope you are both right. I am intrigued by this new box but very much on side with Greyfox regarding past titles. Just waiting to be blown away, though I doubt it. The Jaguar is a prime example of hype from Atari. Good console, bags of potential, under supported.

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Entertainment / Re: Game of Thrones
« on: May 25, 2017, 07:42:06 AM »
I am really looking forward to this. Not quite sure where to find it on UK tv though. Obviously, Sky will have it.

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Entertainment / Re: Wonder Woman featurette!
« on: May 23, 2017, 14:57:51 PM »
Indeed, and I saw the trailer again on Sunday in the cinema (we watched Guardians of the Galaxy 2), and it is still exciting. If possible, I will definitely be going to watch this one. I love empowerment movies, make the lead character that cool mix of vulnerability, purposeful, determined, incredibly skilful and just the right level of sexy and you have a great film. DC seem to have got this one right!

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Retro Chat / Re: A look back on the golden age of Atari gaming
« on: May 23, 2017, 14:49:41 PM »
I have started reading it and enjoying it thus far, I will see what I can cobble together that you can use as a review but I'm not good at reviews (although I do like to express an opinion). I can say this much, the author is very pro Atari and is very keen to explore the best of the games released for the 8-bit line. So far, I have read about the history of these wonderful computers and he explains a number of things quite well and makes references to various sources to back up his explanations. It is written in an easy style and flows nicely. It is both educational and fun. More when I get chance.

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Android, iOS & Mobile Gaming / Re: Another World on iOS
« on: May 15, 2017, 21:37:04 PM »
I had most exposure to the Amiga version over the years. I also have it on Mega Drive which is a great version.
Its one of those games that blow your mind the first time around, especially when its something you just stumble across.

I was actually searching the App Store for Raiden, I don't know why... anyway this popped up as its from the same publisher (DotEmu, or something) and I thought hmmmmmm, I wonder.
I see, well now I am wondering also 😉

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I will be ordering as soon as I get back - they make a Crystal Castles mouse mat!!!
I think 💭 Trek missed my mention 😉

Yes Greyfox, I did think about the Jaguar the moment I read about them. I may well be entering into some discussions with them. My only concern is mouse mats are a bit passae. However, I can always frame them 😉

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Android, iOS & Mobile Gaming / Re: Another World on iOS
« on: May 14, 2017, 16:33:10 PM »
No, I haven't. However, it was made in limited numbers for the Jag and several reviews I've read say it is good. Of course, you have said the same and in respect of tablet form, I would also have my doubts. I played Boulder Dash on iOS and I did like the upgrade in graphics but quickly got fed up with the touch controls. Games designed for joystick control rarely translate properly for pads let alone touch screen. I would wait to see if anyone else has experienced the game on iOS before spending £3.99

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I am in Holland at the moment but I have bookmarked their site. Thanks for sharing!
I will be ordering as soon as I get back - they make a Crystal Castles mouse mat!!!

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Retro Chat / Re: A retro state of affairs: Your opinion...
« on: May 07, 2017, 22:40:51 PM »
Fantastic thread, I have to agree with the state for the retro scene, of course from a website point of view all the kickstarter and Homebrew stuff its a great driver for traffic and ultimately its a great way to stimulate interest in the scene, what I would say is there is a lot of people out there buying stuff at car boot sales and flea markets to then sell on at maximum profit, also lots of people buying job lots and splitting them to again sell on. All that achieves is higher prices for you a me, do I think the bubble will burst? Yes I do in short.
Funny you should say that. When I set myself up as "Blitterchips" donkey years ago, I made money out of buying up boxes of 2600 titles and consoles, splitting them up and reselling. However, I like to think I had more morals back then than those who inflate prices these days. I actually set myself up as a bit of an authority on the 2600 with hands-on experience of every game I sold. I did dabble in other systems like the Megadrive but quickly gave up on those as the competition was everywhere but no one was supporting Atari. I wonder why lol Still, it was fun for a couple of years.

I guess the point I was going to make was that the era of the 2600 had all but gone, yet I found a niece in the market. As I said, I only did it for a few years, maybe three in total and then the very name "Atari" and the 2600 all but faded away. So, the bubble had burst and for something like 10 - 20 years there was a retro market for current and not so old systems. However, today, thanks to eBay and social media, the 2600 is seeing something of a resurgence. Does this mean that the retro money making machine does grind to a stop only to re-emerge at a later date? Whatever the answer, there will always be unscrupulous companies and individuals very willing to prey on the interests of others. A sad state of affairs in all.

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Retro Chat / Re: A retro state of affairs: Your opinion...
« on: May 03, 2017, 23:07:21 PM »
Yes, a whole can of worms. From my memory, everyone I know was excited when systems like Atari 2600, Colecovision, intelivision etc hit our shores (UK). This was not only the opportunity to play arcade classics at home but to build a library of games and play them with friends. Alternatively, playing alone, we would talk about our achievements and even take pictures of the tv screen, enter competitions, read magazines and so on. The whole scene was buzzing and ironically, this was about family entertainment not "gamers". This was a time when these consoles were seen as another household item, somewhat like a vhs tape recorder.

Naturally, I and many others, look back upon the 80's fondly. Personally, I was never in a position to buy many of these games and so, like Trek mentioned, I am now in a position to acquire some of these expensive systems and try the games that were always out of reach. That said, I had the opportunity about twenty years ago to buy a Jaguar and a few games. At one point I got a second hand copy of AvP and became hooked. I remember thinking finally, Atari have got their act together and will once more take over the world. How wrong was I. Still, I love the system and after all that time, I now have an enviable collection. I have considered other systems but I can't justify the cost nor the space.

Now, you mention the newer systems by Sony and Microsoft and as impressive as they are, I don't feel they have quite the same appeal. I also think the whole philosophy behind modern gaming is too financially motivated. Yes, back in the 80's, everyone wanted to be rich but there was a kind of purpose. Atari certainly had the right idea in the early days with their catch phrase "Power without the price", because if you could make a console and its games affordable then you could reach a wider audience. For about a decade, this was a good idea but by the 90's the whole ethos was changing. The rest is history and the Jag, sadly, is a very good example of too little, too late. Roll over Atari, Sony have arrived.

eBay etc is a medium that has a good principle, allowing individuals to trade with each other. However, if a system can be exploited, it will be. Hence, we are all being ripped off. That said, you can buy many things from, for example, China for next to nothing. There is a whole lot of politics in that statement so I'll leave it there.

So, in conclusion, do I agree with the idea of a 10 year old' perspective? No, because the whole idea of video games back then was new and very exciting. You did not really have the pressure of kids asking for consoles and games like they do today. Back then the kids had to fight there parents to get hold of the joystick because we all wanted a piece of the action. Technology, constantly moving forward? Yes, that has always been the case and trying to keep up is a mug's game. Has the bubble burst? Maybe, take a guess. Either way, the current situation is not sustainable. I am happy with what I have and try not to get too carried away with the hype. Sorry to go on a bit, I hope some of that makes sense.

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