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by Matt_B
Sat Jul 11, 2020 9:15 am
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: Amstrad, Spectrum or C64. What is the worst and best hardware for gaming?
Replies: 15
Views: 229

Re: Amstrad, Spectrum or C64. What is the worst and best hardware for gaming?

In terms of actually playing, I would still pick the C64. Keyboard is better, two joystick ports built-in and instant loading from cartridges. The modern storage solutions also render complaints about slow loading obsolete. It's a bit subjective as to which keyboard is better but I'd take both the ...
by Matt_B
Fri Jul 10, 2020 9:12 pm
Forum: Retro Gamer Mag & Site Feedback
Topic: Home Brew Section
Replies: 201
Views: 27707

Re: Home Brew Section

What is Home Brew? Every month I look at these pages and see ‘new’ games for computers I used to love and I have no idea how this all works. I’m assuming they’re not being made available on the old bits of kit and that you need some sort of emulator? For example, I would absolutely love to play the...
by Matt_B
Fri Jul 10, 2020 7:49 pm
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: Amstrad, Spectrum or C64. What is the worst and best hardware for gaming?
Replies: 15
Views: 229

Re: Amstrad, Spectrum or C64. What is the worst and best hardware for gaming?

What are you basing that on? We've had this discussion on the RG forum a few times, the Amstrad was never 'hard to code for' - it's just time and money was more important (i.e. quick lazy ports were made) rather than getting the best out of a newer, less popular machine (i.e. newer than it's compet...
by Matt_B
Thu Jul 09, 2020 10:00 pm
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: Amstrad, Spectrum or C64. What is the worst and best hardware for gaming?
Replies: 15
Views: 229

Re: Amstrad, Spectrum or C64. What is the worst and best hardware for gaming?

In terms of what's possible with the hardware, it's basically what you see in the games and demos. That's not to say that they make it easy for you though, and what you can achieve with them will depend upon how familiar you are with their quirks as well as your experience as a programmer. From my e...
by Matt_B
Mon Jul 06, 2020 7:32 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: What Films/TV Have you Watched Recently?
Replies: 14708
Views: 252957

Re: What Films/TV Have you Watched Recently?

Funnily enough, I just finished watching the new SAC 2045 series. The CGI animation is decidedly uncanny valley and the first couple of episodes don't really go anywhere, but it's decent enough when the plot finally kicks in and yeah, the Tachikomas are back. Ah well, still better than most of the o...
by Matt_B
Sat Jul 04, 2020 2:31 am
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: Need help identifying an old computer
Replies: 4
Views: 165

Re: Need help identifying an old computer

The Tandy 2000 (an early 80s somewhat IBM compatible PC) is a very different machine to the TRS-80 but it's certainly true that neither resembles the VIC-20 much. Tasco are also a company I'd more associate with optical instruments - there are some binoculars sold as Tasco 2000 - than computers. It'...
by Matt_B
Thu Jul 02, 2020 6:43 pm
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: Pre-Zelda 1 games with a save feature
Replies: 6
Views: 123

Re: Pre-Zelda 1 games with a save feature

If you count being able to suspend and re-start applications via the operating system as a 'save feature' there are mainframe games from the 1950s that might also qualify. Getting back to games that had their own save feature though, Adventureland from 1978 is the only thing I can come up with that'...
by Matt_B
Wed Jul 01, 2020 4:12 am
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: FAVOURITE TOTAL WAR GAME?
Replies: 7
Views: 129

Re: FAVOURITE TOTAL WAR GAME?

Time Commanders used an early version of Rome. The full game wasn't released until after the first series had aired.

I think there was at least one other TV series that featured the games though.
by Matt_B
Tue Jun 30, 2020 10:10 pm
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: FAVOURITE TOTAL WAR GAME?
Replies: 7
Views: 129

Re: FAVOURITE TOTAL WAR GAME?

Napoleon is certainly a good one. It cops a lot of flak from fans of Empire for being a considerably less ambitious follow-up, but what it loses in scope is more than made up for by the increased focus on what the series does best. Oh, and not randomly crashing is always a plus too. On the whole, I ...
by Matt_B
Mon Jun 29, 2020 10:34 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Chip Shop Puns
Replies: 13
Views: 227

Re: Chip Shop Puns

HADDOCKEN!!
by Matt_B
Mon Jun 29, 2020 8:15 pm
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: Entombed - Atari 2600 game
Replies: 1
Views: 55

Re: Entombed - Atari 2600 game

It's somewhat misleading to say that nobody understands how the game makes the maze. The code itself is fairly simple, using a look-up table to generate the next line from the existing maze, and anyone with a reasonable understanding of 6502 assembler could tell you how it works. Indeed, for anyone ...
by Matt_B
Mon Jun 29, 2020 6:57 pm
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: Virtual Pinball
Replies: 25
Views: 581

Re: Virtual Pinball

I asked the people selling the one I linked, and they said they couldn't do VP tables "for legal reasons", even though they were able to supply the units with 400+ FP tables... VPX uses the MAME license, which means you're not supposed to ship it pre-installed with hardware. Nobody cares too much a...
by Matt_B
Mon Jun 29, 2020 1:19 am
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: Virtual Pinball
Replies: 25
Views: 581

Re: Virtual Pinball

Good luck getting your hands on a working second-hand Switch at the moment. Still, if you've already got one, there are options for docks and most of the pinball games I've seen on it will work in vertical orientation. If you want a big screen, have a look at this cardboard beauty: https://imgur.com...
by Matt_B
Sun Jun 28, 2020 9:06 pm
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: Virtual Pinball
Replies: 25
Views: 581

Re: Virtual Pinball

Failing that, there's always Pinball Fantasies on the Amiga. :D Im more Space Cadet Well you could build one that just emulates console/computer Pinball games, would be a lot cheaper. Not as cool You could probably do that with a Windows Atom tablet, and a suitable dock. Mind you, there don't seem ...
by Matt_B
Sat Jun 27, 2020 9:25 pm
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: Virtual Pinball
Replies: 25
Views: 581

Re: Virtual Pinball

Yup, it cant run on a cheap-o PC, even if the prices of such a thing seem to be dropping. I was very surprised when they told me Visual Pinball was much more resource-greedy than Future Pinball, because many years ago when I first got into pinball emulation the reverse was true. But I didn't really...