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by Matt_B
Sun Sep 14, 2008 9:39 am
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: Favourite 8-bit vertical shooters?
Replies: 47
Views: 1213

Flying Shark on the Speccy was superb, some great levels. Couldnt stand 1942 on the Speccy, Lightforce wasnt bad, great graphics but boring gameplay Which surely does make it a bad game? :wink: Not necessarily. All twitch games eventually get boring, but that doesn't mean that they're all equally c...
by Matt_B
Sun Sep 14, 2008 5:53 am
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: Favourite 8-bit vertical shooters?
Replies: 47
Views: 1213

Firetrack on the BBC Micro deserves a mention. Also, how about Starship Command? I guess you could just about class that as a vertical scroller.
by Matt_B
Sun Sep 14, 2008 5:33 am
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: Favourite Flight Simulators
Replies: 41
Views: 1056

EF2000 for me. All the DID simulations had a pretty high level of realism, but it was also one of the first games to have a proper 3D textured landscape allowing you to fly up fjords at wave top height. I'm a big fan of Flight Simulation, Fighter Pilot, Tomahawk, F-16 Combat Pilot, F-19 Stealth Figh...
by Matt_B
Mon Mar 03, 2008 4:22 am
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: Atari ST vs Amiga - total sales figure ?
Replies: 62
Views: 3751

The commercial deaths of the ST and the Amiga didn't really come that far apart. It's just that the ST had a slow decline from a peak in 1990 until Atari pulled the plug in November 1993 and the Amiga had a more spectacular one when Commodore went bankrupt six months later in 1994. But Commodore go...
by Matt_B
Sun Mar 02, 2008 6:25 pm
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: Atari ST vs Amiga - total sales figure ?
Replies: 62
Views: 3751

The commercial deaths of the ST and the Amiga didn't really come that far apart. It's just that the ST had a slow decline from a peak in 1990 until Atari pulled the plug in November 1993 and the Amiga had a more spectacular one when Commodore went bankrupt six months later in 1994. Certainly both th...
by Matt_B
Tue Feb 26, 2008 10:20 am
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: Atari ST vs Amiga - total sales figure ?
Replies: 62
Views: 3751

There's a site here that gives a figure of 6 million atari STs sold worldwide: http://www.old-computers.com/museum/computer.asp?c=922 This site here claims a similar number for the Amiga: http://www.amiga.com/about/history/?t=os Even allowing for the fact that the ST peaked much earlier, I'd be surp...
by Matt_B
Tue May 22, 2007 5:18 am
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: BBC Master, An appreciation Thread
Replies: 81
Views: 5763

One thing you might have to bear in mind is that the BBC Micro supported two different disk operating systems DFS and the later ADFS which supports directories, longer filenames and higher capacities. The Master 128 has both in ROM, but defaults to DFS. If you can't read a disk, try typing in *ADFS ...
by Matt_B
Sun May 20, 2007 3:07 pm
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: Best config for Elite playing on BBC Micro/Master?
Replies: 7
Views: 669

Re: Best config for Elite playing on BBC Micro/Master?

It's a bit of everything really. If you run it with a Tube it's a fair bit faster, although on a normal Master 128 there's not much in it in terms of speed. There's an extra ship - the Cougar - although it might take you a while to find it. There are also extra secret missions. Most noticeably thoug...
by Matt_B
Sun May 20, 2007 1:05 pm
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: Best config for Elite playing on BBC Micro/Master?
Replies: 7
Views: 669

Re: Best config for Elite playing on BBC Micro/Master?

You can find a SSD file for it on www.stairwaytohell.com

Look under BBC Software->Disk Images->Sorted by Filename and it should be fairly easy to find.

And yes, the game really does play that fast. :D
by Matt_B
Fri May 18, 2007 11:11 am
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: Atari vs C64 // was: 8-Bit Computer Poll
Replies: 2168
Views: 149235

Wasn't there a version shipped pre-built as well or is my memory failing... i must admit, i only read the part about Sierra when i re-read Hackers! There was no pre-built version of the Apple-1. Only a few hundred kits were sold in their entirety. It did make enough money to give them the idea of m...
by Matt_B
Fri May 18, 2007 10:27 am
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: Atari vs C64 // was: 8-Bit Computer Poll
Replies: 2168
Views: 149235

But the PET wasn't aimed at gaming or really for home use; no user-defined graphics, no sound, green screen display and it was very much the archetypal image of a business computer. Or a Star Trek prop. The Apple was aimed fairly and squarely at people who wanted a computer at home that'd make pret...
by Matt_B
Fri May 18, 2007 8:12 am
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: Atari vs C64 // was: 8-Bit Computer Poll
Replies: 2168
Views: 149235

And Apple had a head start on everyone but Commodore still managed to come along and make a dent in that market... which, considering Commodore's "marketing skills" is quite impressive really. =-) Apple didn't have a head start on Commodore. The KIM-1 was on the market a year before the Apple 1 and...
by Matt_B
Thu May 17, 2007 1:56 pm
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: Atari vs C64 // was: 8-Bit Computer Poll
Replies: 2168
Views: 149235

speccy was only big in the UK. I am actually ammazed it was a winner platform there. In hungary it was vice versa, c64 was the normal, and speccy was the poor man's computer. but that was later in time. Yep, the Spectrum was always the cheaper option. However, it was a lot cheaper up until about 19...
by Matt_B
Thu May 17, 2007 5:19 am
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: Can I play Elite now?
Replies: 52
Views: 3656

I'd say the best is the BBC Master/Tube enhanced version. Loads more ships, missions and great fast gameplay. The only downside is that it flickers a bit because the display isn't double buffered. The C64 version plays OK. It's just a bit on the slow side which makes the flickery redraw all the more...
by Matt_B
Thu May 17, 2007 4:53 am
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: Atari vs C64 // was: 8-Bit Computer Poll
Replies: 2168
Views: 149235

the C64 was unaffordabe for 99% of the kids at my Comprehensive school It depends when you're talking about. In 1982, a PAL C64 would have set you back around £400 and you'd be right. There were few kids with that sort of money, and most of those were getting BBC Micros at that time. For everyone ...