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by seanmcmanus
Mon Sep 11, 2006 10:31 am
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: Most reliable retro computer?
Replies: 62
Views: 6131

The Amstrad CPC tape machines are very reliable. The disc machines aren't though - the disc drive belt needs replacing, which is a sod of a job to do.

The Spectrum is pretty unreliable - the keyboard membranes seem to go much more than on other machines.
by seanmcmanus
Mon Sep 11, 2006 10:11 am
Forum: Retro Gamer Mag & Site Feedback
Topic: Official Feedback for Issue 29
Replies: 160
Views: 19065

Can someone tell me where the phone ads thread is please? I was going to comment that I think they're inappropriate, held off because Darran said there's a separate thread, and I can't find it now. Thanks.
by seanmcmanus
Mon Sep 11, 2006 10:05 am
Forum: Retro Gamer Mag & Site Feedback
Topic: Games TM Anthology 2
Replies: 178
Views: 19902

I got one and it looks great. Since I don't get Gamestm that often, this was a good way to catch up with its retro coverage and represented reasonable value I thought. It's more of a book than a magazine and is priced accordingly. I couldn't find it in several shops I visited though - the option to ...
by seanmcmanus
Mon Sep 11, 2006 9:50 am
Forum: Retro Gamer Mag & Site Feedback
Topic: Official Feedback for Issue 29
Replies: 160
Views: 19065

Great issue, one of the strongest - lots of 8 bit and arcade coverage, which is what interests me. After buying GamesTM for its strong Spectrum feature this month, I was disappointed to see it turning up in RG a few weeks later, though. If this kind of thing is going to happen in future, perhaps the...
by seanmcmanus
Wed Jun 21, 2006 4:11 am
Forum: Retro Gamer Mag & Site Feedback
Topic: A few questions
Replies: 17
Views: 2391

>Do you have to pay people for interviews featuring in the mag,or do they do it for free? People usually speak to magazine journalists for free, although Brian Eno negotiated a deal with Wired where he would be paid the same as the writer was. He argued that he was giving up his time and wasn't like...
by seanmcmanus
Mon May 15, 2006 5:40 am
Forum: Retro Gamer Mag & Site Feedback
Topic: I'm drooling over your anticipated Amstrad feature...
Replies: 181
Views: 17583

The Amstrad was a great machine in every way. It was reliable, was great for programmers and had its share of truly great games too. Some of the early games were rubbish, but so were the early games on every other platform. I'm really at a loss to work out why some people hate the machine so much, e...
by seanmcmanus
Fri May 05, 2006 5:03 am
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: RetroDev Games!
Replies: 16
Views: 1393

What platforms are they running on?
What is your website address?
Are they free?
by seanmcmanus
Tue Apr 25, 2006 7:33 am
Forum: Retro Gamer Mag & Site Feedback
Topic: Feedback for Issue 24
Replies: 183
Views: 23340

Is this the same Linda Barker who works in advertising now, selling sofas on the telly around bank holidays?
by seanmcmanus
Fri Apr 07, 2006 9:14 am
Forum: Article Suggestions & Pitches
Topic: all time 100
Replies: 17
Views: 4380

Worst game I've seen: Supergran on the Amstrad. There were many early Amstrad games with a bad reputation, but they mostly had some redeeming features (ie, they'd made a bit of an effort with graphics, or you could see what they wanted to do). Supergran was steaming poo: nothing good about it. You a...
by seanmcmanus
Thu Apr 06, 2006 7:45 am
Forum: Retro Gamer Mag & Site Feedback
Topic: Suggestions For Developer Interviews
Replies: 39
Views: 5522

I'd like to read an interview with David Jones who did the Magic Knight games. I loved Finders Keepers and Spellbound. Spellbound consumed most of my school summer holiday one year. The other games looked great too, but I never took the time to get into them. An interview with Alan Sugar would be gr...
by seanmcmanus
Tue Apr 04, 2006 8:42 am
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: RG forum's 100 great retro games—as chosen by YOU!
Replies: 522
Views: 71057

30. Get Dexter (Amstrad CPC) This was a game that took the isometric 3D format and made it a truly playable game. It was fast, the graphics were colourful, the rooms felt real and didn't feel like the map was drawn on graph paper, and the game had a great sense of humour. You would bounce on the be...
by seanmcmanus
Thu Dec 15, 2005 1:13 pm
Forum: Retro Everything Else
Topic: Magazine program listings
Replies: 47
Views: 11362

I typed in loads of listings and learned quite a bit from them. I remember typing in games from Computing with the Amstrad, many of which were better than the games Amsoft was selling at the time. I don't remember any that didn't work, although I tended to steer clear of anything that had an artisti...
by seanmcmanus
Thu Dec 15, 2005 9:35 am
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: Favourite Computer
Replies: 93
Views: 14509

I've got to stand up for the Amstrad. It had great games, was a joy to program and was the only machine that you could realistically use for serious stuff too. It was good to see some decent Amstrad coverage in RG this month. It got a bit overlooked in the old RG. Hope it's going to get a bit more a...
by seanmcmanus
Thu Dec 15, 2005 9:31 am
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: If you could be a game character...
Replies: 33
Views: 6118

Dexter from Get Dexter (the game known as Crafton & Xunk in France). It was probably Amstrad only. They did start a Spectrum conversion but couldn't complete it. He was way cool - he could jump on the beds, kill monsters by dropping things on them and had a cute pet called Scooter who came to him wh...
by seanmcmanus
Thu Dec 15, 2005 9:26 am
Forum: Retro Gamer Mag & Site Feedback
Topic: Price Guide
Replies: 18
Views: 4096

Oops - sorry I missed your mention of the 664 above.

Sean