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Retro Media. / Re: Atari Gamer Magazine
« on: August 30, 2015, 21:16:17 PM »
Wow! That looks incredible. Must be great to see all that hard work manifest. Really inspiring stuff.

Ah, Lure of the Temptress! That was the first point and click game I ever completed after being completely stumped by Maniac Mansion (only to find out later that copy protection was the reason I couldn't progress!). Recently I went back and finished Beneath a Steel Sky, and although Lucasarts are often lauded as the kings of the genre, I have to say that these two are the masterpieces in my eyes. I found the stories to be more coherent and engaging, and the atmosphere that the games created were so immersive that I got lost in those worlds and felt the frustrations of getting stuck in the puzzles a lot less as I was exploring.

One genre I have never really got into is the text adventure. I tried Zork, but it was virtually impenetrable. Can anyone recommend a good starting point?

Introductions / Hello!
« on: August 30, 2015, 20:20:10 PM »
Hello everyone! I haven't been around here for yonks, but someone one the RVG official twitter prodded me and told me to come on over. So I have! ;)

Other machines I owned back in the day: Acorn Electron, Amstrad CPC 464, SNES, N64, Dreamcast (I know... I was always on the wrong side of the playground arguments and still have the emotional scars to prove it)

Looking forward to chatting with you on these here forums!


Retro Chat / Re: I choose you!
« on: September 16, 2013, 22:08:42 PM »
Quote from: "Katzkatz"

I can't believe anyone would choose this guy to play as, he is such a pansy! Seriously, he's down in two hits at the beginning! It makes sense to choose him as your partner because of his high IQ, but come on, how could you resist this 'tache?

He's like Tom Selleck with a bazooka!

Graphics, Sound & Programming / Re: The Computer Chip Tune Thread
« on: July 06, 2013, 22:37:40 PM »
Quote from: "The Laird" ... es-by-jess

Ha! I just discovered that one for myself today. I wouldn't have counted Jess amongst my favourite composers until listening to that. There are some amazing tunes in there, and quite a range of different styles.

MAME & Emulators / Re: Coinops for Xbox
« on: February 21, 2013, 10:27:28 AM »
Thanks for the info Doug! I built my first PC a couple of months back, so I should be ok. What's the difference between IDE and enhanced IDE, and will an enhanced IDE drive work in an XBox? I think I need to do a bit of research...

Entertainment / Re: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
« on: February 21, 2013, 10:18:51 AM »
I saw it a few days ago. I was putting it off because I am a huge fan of the book and was very worried... but I needn't have been. Yes, it changes some events, shuffles others around, adds stuff from the other Tolkien books/notes and totally changes the tone and sub-text of the story, but (I can't believe I'm saying this) it just works. It's a great film. Trying to stay faithful to the book would have resulted in a worse film, I think.

Maybe I'm mellowing in my old age, but I applaud all involved for having the bravery to change things in order to make the best film they could. I prefer the book, but hey, its still there, I can still read it and its exactly the same as before the film was released. I don't get why some people get so up in arms about this kind of thing.

Entertainment / Re: Star Trek done Pixar-style
« on: February 21, 2013, 10:12:02 AM »
Ha ha! McCoy is brilliant!

A Pixar remake of Star Trek would be hilarious. If only...

Android, iOS & Mobile Gaming / Re: iOS/Android Game Recommendations
« on: February 21, 2013, 10:06:59 AM »
Quote from: "TrekMD"
I understand it is also available on iOS (can someone who uses iTunes verify?).

Retro Chat / Re: Favourite and most memorable moments in video games
« on: February 20, 2013, 21:04:47 PM »
Quote from: "The Laird"
On Cabal when you complete a level and the character dances off into the distance!

I remember that from the ST version. It is completely insane. Does it do it on the original arcade version too?

MAME & Emulators / Re: The Pandora
« on: February 20, 2013, 20:37:48 PM »
This would be an awesome way to take my ST games with me when I'm out and about! It's a little rich for my blood, though!

I've heard it runs on Linux. Is that right? If so, what distrobution? Is it a stripped down version, or fully featured?

MAME & Emulators / Re: Coinops for Xbox
« on: February 20, 2013, 20:35:57 PM »
Wow, this looks amazing! How easy is it to replace the XBox hard disk? Mine is soft-modded but still has the original HD.

Retro Chat / Re: HD Remakes Of Classic Games - Good Or Bad?
« on: February 20, 2013, 20:13:05 PM »
I'm in two minds about them. I'd much rather play the original on the intended hardware, but that isn't always possible, usually due to financial constraints, or practical factors.

So generally speaking, they are making great games more accessible, which can only be a good thing, but if they are done badly it is saddening to see a great game sullied like this.

Rez HD was phenomenal, definitely a high watermark for this kind of thing. I've also enjoyed Out Run 2, Guardian Heroes (once all the stupid rendering was turned off and it was basically just the game I love in widescreen!) and Perfect Dark. I can play both of the last two games in there original form, but involves going into the loft and setting stuff up (damn kids, taking up all the room!) so it is nice to have them instantly accessible.

Retro Chat / Re: Favourite turn based games?
« on: February 20, 2013, 20:05:09 PM »
Nobody's mentioned Buck Rogers Countdown to Doomsday on the Megadrive yet, so I thought I'd give it a nod. Great atmosphere, and I loved the fact that you could befriend the alien races if you trod carefully, providing really powerful allies. The further you got in the game, the more you got attached to the characters you created. Great stuff.

Has anyone said Advance Wars yet? That was so simple, so easy to get into, and only started to unfurl its nuances and strategic depth as time went on. Very addictive, and great for a mobile platform.

Retro Chat / Re: Videogames that made you smile!
« on: February 20, 2013, 20:01:47 PM »
Quote from: "The Laird"
Grand Theft Auto

That's a great shout. I remember my mate getting that on his PC, it was so exciting - and I was a cynical teenager by this point. I remember four of us huddled around his PC desperate to get our hands on his joypad (oo-er, that sounded ruder than intended). Shame it wasn't a multiplayer!

Viz on the ST was another game that made me smile. It was never laugh out loud funny, but you've got to crack a smirk at a guy in a running race who has to dump his over-sized nuts in a wheelbarrow in order to keep up.

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