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by Rory Milne
Mon Apr 06, 2020 12:19 pm
Forum: Retro Gamer Mag & Site Feedback
Topic: Retro Gamer - Issue 205
Replies: 25
Views: 611

Re: Retro Gamer - Issue 205

NickThorpe wrote:
Mon Apr 06, 2020 11:55 am
Rory Milne wrote:
Sun Apr 05, 2020 7:28 am
If I had to bet, I'd say 206 will be printed and distributed to wherever is still selling magazines.
I'd hate to lose you a bet, Rory, but that's not the case. Please see this thread for our current plans.
Thanks, Nick. I knew there was a reason for why I don't gamble! :)
by Rory Milne
Mon Apr 06, 2020 4:23 am
Forum: Retro Gamer Mag & Site Feedback
Topic: Retro Gamer - Issue 205
Replies: 25
Views: 611

Re: Retro Gamer - Issue 205

Blimey! Sorry of it was a bit cryptic :D At least I though it was amusing! (and Retro Bob by the look of it) :) You weren't being cryptic. :) I get it, some people have had a nightmare with their subscriptions. I thought it was mainly overseas readers, but I'm not on here very often, so I've probab...
by Rory Milne
Sun Apr 05, 2020 7:28 am
Forum: Retro Gamer Mag & Site Feedback
Topic: Retro Gamer - Issue 205
Replies: 25
Views: 611

Re: Retro Gamer - Issue 205

But I'm guessing subscribers will get told by email if there are any issues, I like it :lol: I don't get it - although maybe I'm just being thick. :? I know about the issues that overseas subs on here have had, of course, but I've never had a problem with my UK-based sub in the 10 years or so that ...
by Rory Milne
Sat Apr 04, 2020 2:48 pm
Forum: Retro Gamer Mag & Site Feedback
Topic: Retro Gamer - Issue 205
Replies: 25
Views: 611

Re: Retro Gamer - Issue 205

I have issue 205, sorry I meant the next one, due on the 16th. Are the printers and other workers involved with the production of RG at work? Oh right, issue 206. Good question. I've no idea about the printers or the distribution chain, to be honest. But I'm guessing subscribers will get told by em...
by Rory Milne
Sat Apr 04, 2020 9:48 am
Forum: Retro Gamer Mag & Site Feedback
Topic: Retro Gamer - Issue 205
Replies: 25
Views: 611

Re: Retro Gamer - Issue 205

Will there be a physical copy this month for non-subs? It was on sale in the W H Smiths in and around Aberdeen before the lockdown, so it should still be on the shelves in the supermarkets near you that usually stock it. Otherwise, you can get a copy posted to you from the link below. :) https://ww...
by Rory Milne
Fri Feb 14, 2020 9:12 am
Forum: Retro Gamer Mag & Site Feedback
Topic: Got a question for a ZX Spectrum legend?
Replies: 5
Views: 220

Re: Got a question for a ZX Spectrum legend?

Why wouldn't Simon tell Jon Ritman how Knight Lore worked when he sussed out how some of its graphics could go behind others before the Head Over Heels author did, and what was Jon's reaction to Simon insisting on keeping schtum over the mechanisms used in the classic Ultimate title?
by Rory Milne
Tue Jan 28, 2020 4:55 am
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: Trying to get good screenshots
Replies: 9
Views: 256

Re: Trying to get good screenshots

I can't speak for the captured images you've been finding online, but here's a shot I took of the Spectrum original Stormlord II. All the pixels in the shot are perfect squares. Any rectangular shapes in the shot are made up of perfectly square pixels lined up next to each other or on top of each ot...
by Rory Milne
Sun Jan 12, 2020 4:45 pm
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: Trying to get good screenshots
Replies: 9
Views: 256

Re: Trying to get good screenshots

I see what you mean about the Donkey Kong shot - the diagonal row you've highlighted is made of rectangles. It's running on bespoke arcade hardware, so I've no idea if that diagonal line is made from single square pixels grouped together or if the coin-op's system board uses rectangular pixels. Eith...
by Rory Milne
Sun Jan 12, 2020 1:09 pm
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: Trying to get good screenshots
Replies: 9
Views: 256

Re: Trying to get good screenshots

Just thought, some arts packages allow you to place grid lines over the top of the image you're using, where you can specify the distance between the grid lines. They aren't saved as part of the image, they're just guide lines, so you could use a grid to identify each distinct pixel regardless of th...
by Rory Milne
Sun Jan 12, 2020 1:05 pm
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: Trying to get good screenshots
Replies: 9
Views: 256

Re: Trying to get good screenshots

Most Eighties' games have graphics built from square pixels, although there are exceptions. I won't get into vector graphics, because they don't use pixels. In the case of the Donkey Kong shot in your post, all of the pixels used are sqaure and are of the same size, *but* some of those pixels are of...
by Rory Milne
Sun Jan 12, 2020 7:59 am
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: Trying to get good screenshots
Replies: 9
Views: 256

Re: Trying to get good screenshots

P.S. Load TZX game images by typing LOAD "" - there's an onscreen keyboard helper listed under the 'Help' menu if you struggle to find the 'LOAD' button. Hit the 'Command finder' tab and then 'Symbols' from the drop-down to find the " symbol, and finally hit enter and the TZX should load the game.
by Rory Milne
Sun Jan 12, 2020 7:55 am
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: Trying to get good screenshots
Replies: 9
Views: 256

Re: Trying to get good screenshots

Any Spectrum emulator will let you take screenshots, you'll just need to make sure that there the one you use has all of the display filters turned off. I use ZX Spin - you can download it from here . It's a zip file full of files and folders, which you'll need to create a folder for somewhere. Afte...
by Rory Milne
Fri Nov 08, 2019 6:47 am
Forum: Retro Gamer Mag & Site Feedback
Topic: Retro Gamer - Issue 200
Replies: 60
Views: 3117

Re: Retro Gamer - Issue 200

Ha! I have a memory like a sieve! :) I only remembered Marty Goldberg's piece because it mentioned PLATO, which I've always thought was super-cool. Thanks for the compliment, though. :) And thanks for pitching your excellent Matt Smith article for 200, without which I wouldn't have been asked to wri...
by Rory Milne
Fri Nov 08, 2019 5:56 am
Forum: Retro Gamer Mag & Site Feedback
Topic: Retro Gamer - Issue 200
Replies: 60
Views: 3117

Re: Retro Gamer - Issue 200

Marty Goldberg wrote a piece called 'Before Videogames' back in 2012 that had four paragraphs and two captions on Spacewar, maybe RichL is remembering that - see link below: https://archive.org/stream/retro_gamer/RetroGamer_108#page/n31/mode/2up There's no interview with Steve Russell in it, mind. I...
by Rory Milne
Wed Oct 30, 2019 12:53 pm
Forum: Retro Gamer Mag & Site Feedback
Topic: Questions for Barry Leitch
Replies: 12
Views: 414

Re: Questions for Barry Leitch

Thanks. :)