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by English Invader
Sun Nov 01, 2020 7:28 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Coronavirus
Replies: 412
Views: 11779

Re: Coronavirus

I don't think we'll get anywhere until we learn how to predict who will get life-threatening Covid and who won't. If we can figure out the genetic pattern that makes a 25 year old with no pre-existing conditions get full-blown pneumonia and die and a 65 year old with type 2 diabetes, asthma, obesity...
by English Invader
Mon Oct 26, 2020 8:36 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: The Handshake
Replies: 14
Views: 247

The Handshake

This morning I ran into someone who put his hand out and I was forced into an awkward choice between committing a social faux pas or doing something that puts me at needless risk of catching CV. I went with the latter option because I'm not in the habit of refusing handshakes and washed my hands tho...
by English Invader
Tue Oct 20, 2020 2:48 pm
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: Favourite Football Management simulation?
Replies: 14
Views: 420

Re: Favourite Football Management simulation?

Loved the original Football Manager back in the day, funny looking back at it as its soooo slow the way it did the results or league table. Me and my dad got addicted to it, even took the Speccy on a holiday to Cornwall to play it some of the evenings. Great times The BBC Micro version runs a lot f...
by English Invader
Tue Oct 20, 2020 8:39 am
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: Favourite Football Management simulation?
Replies: 14
Views: 420

Re: Favourite Football Management simulation?

Currently playing Premier Manager 2 on the Amiga. I don't like the game interface in PM3 and PM2 has a tougher game engine compared to the first game so this one is my pick of the bunch. This isn't a fashionable opinion but I think at this stage PM offers a more realistic experience than the Champio...
by English Invader
Mon Oct 19, 2020 4:47 am
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: What's the most iconic retro game that's actually rubbish?
Replies: 104
Views: 3428

Re: What's the most iconic retro game that's actually rubbish?

I love Q-Bert and the Gameboy version is awesome - I find its a real "flow" game. Once you get it, it feels great - but doesn't until you do. I find it takes me a few games now to get back into the flow - but then all is good! The Amiga has a very good shareware port called Q-Bic: https://www.youtu...
by English Invader
Sun Oct 18, 2020 3:21 pm
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: What's the most iconic retro game that's actually rubbish?
Replies: 104
Views: 3428

Re: What's the most iconic retro game that's actually rubbish?

Lemmings on anything bar the Amiga. The hardware mouse cursor controller made it flow real nice on the A500. PC version was pants. Strongly disagree with that. I was very happy with the Mega Drive version while growing up. People make a fuss about not being able to play Lemmings on any system witho...
by English Invader
Sun Oct 18, 2020 3:13 pm
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: What's the most iconic retro game that's actually rubbish?
Replies: 104
Views: 3428

Re: What's the most iconic retro game that's actually rubbish?

It's a relatively complex game that you can't just pick up and play. Reading the manual is necessary if you want to know how play the game, in particular little things like how to get out of a pit are explained within, as well as what you have to do actually complete it. Once you know how to play i...
by English Invader
Sun Oct 18, 2020 4:18 am
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: Favourite Football Management simulation?
Replies: 14
Views: 420

Re: Favourite Football Management simulation?

On the other hand, the Champsionship Manager series - which later morphed into the modern Football Manager - is impressive for the sheer depth even if it plays a bit like a spreadsheet at times. Actual clubs used its database for scouting purposes and I'm pretty sure that at least one real world ma...
by English Invader
Sat Oct 17, 2020 5:30 pm
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: Favourite Football Management simulation?
Replies: 14
Views: 420

Re: Favourite Football Management simulation?

I've been spending a lot of time with the Kevin Toms original both on the BBC Micro and the Android reboot and one thing that strikes me about it is that the simplicity of the formula gives the user a lot more control than the supposedly more advanced games that are overbloated with features that do...
by English Invader
Fri Oct 16, 2020 11:56 am
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: Analogue Making A New PC Engine
Replies: 4
Views: 137

Re: Analogue Making A New PC Engine

I like the sound of it but it would have to be Everdrive compatible for me to consider buying.
by English Invader
Sun Oct 11, 2020 7:41 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Android Tablets for Dummies
Replies: 5
Views: 175

Re: Android Tablets for Dummies

In the end, I went for a smart phone (Samsung A21s) and I've been having a great time with it over the last couple of days. Kevin Toms is everything I hoped it would be. I also discovered Chuckie Egg 2017 and I've even added emulators for the ZX Spectrum and the BBC Micro (they both have very conven...
by English Invader
Tue Oct 06, 2020 5:56 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Android Tablets for Dummies
Replies: 5
Views: 175

Android Tablets for Dummies

I've never bought a smart phone or a tablet before but I've found a couple of killer apps that make me want to take the plunge: Kevin Toms Football * Manager https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.gmail.toms.kevin.ktfsm&hl=en Play ZX: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.balt...
by English Invader
Sun Sep 20, 2020 2:03 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Lets talk about vinyl
Replies: 295
Views: 11755

Re: Lets talk about vinyl

Kraftwerk, Soest Live - early live performance from 1970; experimental but if you're interested in the history of synth music you'll love it. I enjoy it as much as I enjoy later Kraftwerk albums Has a very cool cover design: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B08977QMB8?pf_rd_r=YG23DVFV7B40SR1JFB1J...
by English Invader
Sun Sep 20, 2020 10:41 am
Forum: Retro Everything Else
Topic: Buying CD's
Replies: 81
Views: 6664

Re: Buying CD's

Downloads are pretty much dead these days. It's pretty much been supplanted by streaming for casual listening and the collectors will always want something to put on the shelf. I bought the Data Discs Streets of Rage 1,2 and 3 as digital files. It was a cheap and convenient way to get them in audio...
by English Invader
Sat Sep 12, 2020 12:50 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Lets talk about vinyl
Replies: 295
Views: 11755

Re: Lets talk about vinyl

New reissue of Goats Head Soup from the Stones. Double LP with the original album and bonus tracks. Very pleasant and surprising find in my local record store.

I now have 4 copies of this album (UK 1st pressing, US 1st pressing, 2009 CD remaster and the 2020 release).