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by snigfarp
Sun Dec 16, 2012 8:53 am
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: What games/consoles have you bought this week??
Replies: 31784
Views: 745691

Re: What games/consoles have you bought this week??

Not exactly a "console", but...

I gave in to temptation and about a 16K Sinclair ZX Spectrum this week. No games with it, but I've got plenty of 16K games already and am planning to write them myself too. So it makes sense to have this computer in my collection - that's my excuse anyway :-)
by snigfarp
Sat Jul 21, 2012 10:55 am
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: PC Love?
Replies: 241
Views: 7619

Re: PC Love?

Did you play PC games in the good old days of DOS? Do you still play PC games? I've been playing DOS games since college, about 1990. On old XTs with Hercules mono monitors, some wonderful games we played on there. I got my own PC in that year, but it was a similar spec and not a patch on my friend...
by snigfarp
Sat Jul 21, 2012 10:29 am
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: Which retro system limitations irk you?
Replies: 106
Views: 2788

Re: Which retro system limitations irk you?

My "other" vote was for the CGA colour palette restrictions seen in early PC games. A restriction of four colours at medium 320x200 resolution was fair enough with only 16K of video RAM. But limiting to a few pre-set colour palettes was most annoying - cyan/magenta/white, red/green/yellow or red/cya...
by snigfarp
Thu Mar 17, 2011 7:10 pm
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: Do Games Get Better With Technology?
Replies: 212
Views: 3722

Re: Do Games Get Better With Technology?

I'm firmly in the Yes And No camp :-) I agree with what Jonathan and others have said earlier about development for modern machines needing more resources, meaning less individuality and innovation, and less willingness on the part of publishers to take risks. The higher cost of commercial games pro...
by snigfarp
Sun Jan 02, 2011 5:21 am
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: The DOS games thread
Replies: 28
Views: 715

Re: The DOS games thread

It seems we don't get a great deal of DOS-gaming love on this forum, but hopefully I am not alone in appreciating some of the fantastic DOS titles that were released over the years - so let's make this thread a place to make recommendations/sharing of experiences. I love DOS games! I particularly l...
by snigfarp
Mon Dec 27, 2010 6:16 am
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: The Psion Organiser - did it play games?
Replies: 25
Views: 690

Re: The Psion Organiser - did it play games?

i am now wanting one too. I used have the old Brick Organiser II - but the later series look like fun. Go for it! They're especially good if you like to dabble in programming, being one of the last machines with some form of BASIC built in. Home brew games tend to under-use their capabilities, espe...
by snigfarp
Fri Dec 24, 2010 3:02 am
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: The Psion Organiser - did it play games?
Replies: 25
Views: 690

Re: The Psion Organiser - did it play games?

In a further answer to the question on this thread there's a new software release for EPOC32 (Psion Series 5 etc.) today: As you look over the city wall at the distant mountains and forests, so peaceful yesterday, you find that the long expected onslaught is here. The Barbarians are coming! If you w...
by snigfarp
Thu Dec 23, 2010 8:29 am
Forum: Retro Gamer Mag & Site Feedback
Topic: For the forum issue 86
Replies: 89
Views: 2884

Re: For the forum issue 86

It's got to be Fairlight for me. 3D rooms that weren't laid out on an obvious square grid gave it a bit more realism than the other isometric games out there at the time.
by snigfarp
Tue Dec 14, 2010 7:34 am
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: What are you currently playing?
Replies: 24059
Views: 474686

Re: What are you currently playing?

Currently playing Barbarians on the Psion Series 5. Okay yes, that's a plug for my forthcoming game. :-) I'm also, still, playing Warlords for MS-DOS. And I'm just about to take a look at Crimbo, a new game for the Spectrum - though I might wait till the holiday period proper for that one.
by snigfarp
Wed Dec 01, 2010 6:26 am
Forum: Retro Gamer Mag & Site Feedback
Topic: From the forum - Issue 85
Replies: 75
Views: 2920

Re: From the forum - Issue 85

I want to have a serious go at The Lords of Midnight on the Speccy. I can't promise to finish it, but I can have a jolly good try.
by snigfarp
Sun Sep 26, 2010 3:47 am
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: Making games, ever done it discussion
Replies: 37
Views: 582

Re: Making games, ever done it discussion

i was just listing folks on this board, if we start including everybody that's hundreds of people doing 8-bit code alone and it gets into the tens of thousands...
Then perhaps we should encourage them all to come and join in on the RG boards :-)
by snigfarp
Sat Sep 25, 2010 1:06 pm
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: Making games, ever done it discussion
Replies: 37
Views: 582

Re: Making games, ever done it discussion

There's also Jeffrey Daniels at Denial (http://sleepingelephant.com/denial/) who seems to be able to squeeze an amazing amount of playability (and sometimes presentation) from a 3.5K Vic 20.
by snigfarp
Sat Sep 25, 2010 11:02 am
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: The Psion Organiser - did it play games?
Replies: 25
Views: 690

Re: The Psion Organiser - did it play games?

Also Lorfarius: having just read your "making games" I can tell you that the Psion's built in OPL language is excellent for programming games in. It looks much like BASIC but has facilities for manipulating large areas of the screen easily, as well as easy access to all the GUI elements. If you'd li...
by snigfarp
Sat Sep 25, 2010 10:53 am
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: Horace in the Mystic Woods Spectrum conversion released
Replies: 11
Views: 644

Re: Horace in the Mystic Woods Spectrum conversion released

I look forward to seeing the review. What with this month's Julian Gollop stuff it looks like I might become a regular reader again!
by snigfarp
Sat Sep 25, 2010 10:48 am
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: The Psion Organiser - did it play games?
Replies: 25
Views: 690

Re: The Psion Organiser - did it play games?

Lorfarius: If that Series 3 is actually a Series 3 "classic" (not a 3a, 3c, 3mx) then I'd say it's not the best starter machine. The Series 3 classic is probably my favourite Psion, but much of the interesting software for 16-bit Psions needs the enhancements of a Series 3a or better. At the moment ...