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Title: Commercial Breaks
Post by: TL on November 10, 2013, 00:40:08 AM
[align=center:dfh0nd8l][size=140]The full length version of the classic documentary about Ocean and Imagine Software in the early eighties, this is a really great watch so enjoy everyone![/size][/align:dfh0nd8l]

[align=center:dfh0nd8l]Commercial Breaks - A documentary about Imagine and Ocean Software (Full Uncut Version) (http://http)[/align:dfh0nd8l]

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Fantastic bit of history showing a behind the scenes of software houses Ocean and Imagine circa 1983/4. Following text from http://home.iprimus.com.au/danmcpharlin/purpleowl/psygnosis-history.html. (http://http) In early 1984 the Imagine team were working on a spectacular project known as Bandersnatch. The game was to come in an A4 sized box containing around 30 'goodies' including a required additional piece of hardware for your Spectrum computer. The retail price of Bandersnatch was expected to be around £40 and it was to be a completely new concept in computer games. Apparently 10 professional artists were working on the graphics alone. Bandersnatch was never released. On the 9th of July 1984, Imagine went bust after only 18 months of operation. Interestingly, its demise was documented by a BBC television program.*** *** Note. This is the very video that the text is talking about.
Title: Re: Commercial Breaks
Post by: TrekMD on November 11, 2013, 01:30:28 AM
Very cool.  Something else I've added to my Watch Later list.  :)
Title: Re: Commercial Breaks
Post by: Greyfox on November 11, 2013, 07:47:30 AM
This was a great insight to how things were hampered in the computer software business , crazy at one stage Imagine Software were been labeled on Le Mans racing tournaments which at the time huge money.

A great video and one which I believe allot of companies Learn from.

Amazing Ocean Software was not covered in the type of documentary when itself went under.
Title: Re: Commercial Breaks
Post by: zapiy on November 14, 2013, 20:07:00 PM
Brilliant vid fella.. Thanks for sharing that one.
Title: Re: Commercial Breaks
Post by: dot.fyre on November 15, 2013, 13:24:06 PM
Quote from: "Greyfox"
Amazing Ocean Software was not covered in the type of documentary when itself went under.

Ocean are featured in this too.
Title: Re: Commercial Breaks
Post by: jdanddiet on November 15, 2013, 16:51:17 PM
Imagine were so great in the early days. Their games were good and their presentation was far above anyone else. Then they just got ideas that were too big and pop! Shame.
Title: Re: Commercial Breaks
Post by: Greyfox on November 15, 2013, 17:38:30 PM
Quote from: "dot.fyre"
Quote from: "Greyfox"
Amazing Ocean Software was not covered in the type of documentary when itself went under.

Ocean are featured in this too.

Yeah I know fella, but I'm talking about a cover story of there demise in the mid nineties , it would of been very interesting as maybe better than this if it had of been documented via video.
Title: Re: Commercial Breaks
Post by: TL on November 15, 2013, 18:08:21 PM
Ocean didn't go bust though (like you said) they were bought out by Infogrames just before they became Atari.
Title: Re: Commercial Breaks
Post by: RPC_GAMES on January 03, 2015, 23:54:14 PM
Wow, I just watched the video. Totally amazing. Ocean makes millions of pounds at the beginning and then software piracy and other platform competition kicks in and suddenly their in dire straights. Owing money here their and everywhere. You would think when a company starts having financial difficulties that they start cutting costs and looking over expenses.
After watching the vid I actually felt sorry for Ocean and think where they went wrong. Obviously they spent too much time, effort and money on their super game with the expensive hardware add on. While watching the vid I said to myself "Bad Move" for them and that's what happened. At the end just a skeleton crew employed and writing games. You feel kind of sorry but software piracy in the 1980's was a big thing and sometimes you think to yourself, "Is it really worth it writing games, paying wages, expenses etc  only to be crushed by piracy."
But it was a great software company.

Pete  :4:
Title: Re: Commercial Breaks
Post by: Greyfox on January 04, 2015, 15:20:10 PM
Quote from: "RPC_GAMES"
Wow, I just watched the video. Totally amazing. Ocean makes millions of pounds at the beginning and then software piracy and other platform competition kicks in and suddenly their in dire straights. Owing money here their and everywhere. You would think when a company starts having financial difficulties that they start cutting costs and looking over expenses.
After watching the vid I actually felt sorry for Ocean and think where they went wrong. Obviously they spent too much time, effort and money on their super game with the expensive hardware add on. While watching the vid I said to myself "Bad Move" for them and that's what happened. At the end just a skeleton crew employed and writing games. You feel kind of sorry but software piracy in the 1980's was a big thing and sometimes you think to yourself, "Is it really worth it writing games, paying wages, expenses etc  only to be crushed by piracy."
But it was a great software company.

Pete  :( .
Title: Re: Commercial Breaks
Post by: RPC_GAMES on January 04, 2015, 22:34:38 PM
Thanks Greyfox, you are correct. I was watching the film while have a few Jim Beams but I do realize now that it's all about imagine software.

Thanks mate :4:
Title: Re: Commercial Breaks
Post by: zapiy on January 08, 2015, 23:48:30 PM
We all fall foul to the Jim Beams sometimes mate lol.
Title: Re: Commercial Breaks
Post by: RPC_GAMES on January 09, 2015, 02:19:45 AM
Quote from: "zapiy"
We all fall foul to the Jim Beams sometimes mate lol.

 :21:

Pete  :4: