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Post by merman » Fri Sep 28, 2012 11:51 am

mikeb wrote:I've been in touch with Chris Jones regarding a company overview of Access Software - stay tuned.
Look forward to that. So sad that Bruce Carver is no longer with us though...
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Post by jdanddiet » Sat Sep 29, 2012 11:57 am

If anyone knows how to find Andrew Spencer, I'm happy to have a crack at Ecstatica, I love that game.
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Post by CraigGrannell » Mon Oct 01, 2012 10:41 am

jdanddiet wrote:If anyone knows how to find Andrew Spencer, I'm happy to have a crack at Ecstatica, I love that game.
If Andrew's interested and Darran would commission the article, I could put you in touch, assuming he's not moved on from where he was last time I spoke to him.
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Post by jdanddiet » Mon Oct 01, 2012 1:45 pm

That would be very kind Craig. I'll run it past the Darran.
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Post by paranoid marvin » Mon Oct 01, 2012 5:05 pm

jdanddiet wrote:If anyone knows how to find Andrew Spencer, I'm happy to have a crack at Ecstatica, I love that game.

Would love to see that, Ecstatica is an ace game!
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Post by kaiserpc » Sat Oct 06, 2012 9:15 am

Just read through the 7 pages - lots of skewed opinions against more PC articles, and some rubbish about PCs not being popular till the late 90s, and also not being popular in the UK! What tosh! The PC took over in the very early 90s - to argue anything else is just wrong - games like Wing Commander, Ultima VII, Doom, Fate Of Atlantis, MK Island II, kings quest series, Ultima Underworld could not be done on any other platform - unless you wanted 6+ disks, not as good visuals, and cut down gameplay. I bought my 1st PC in 1992 (with my 1st proper pay cheque) - a 486sx 20mhz, VGA graphics, with a SoundBlaster card, 8mb ram and a 100mb hard drive - my poor Atari ST never got a look in after that.

I would say the hey-day for machines was;
c64/spectrum 1984-1989
ST/Amiga 1989-1992
PC 1992+
c64 > spectrum 48k

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Post by AmigaJay » Sat Oct 06, 2012 4:32 pm

kaiserpc wrote:Just read through the 7 pages - lots of skewed opinions against more PC articles, and some rubbish about PCs not being popular till the late 90s, and also not being popular in the UK! What tosh! The PC took over in the very early 90s - to argue anything else is just wrong - games like Wing Commander, Ultima VII, Doom, Fate Of Atlantis, MK Island II, kings quest series, Ultima Underworld could not be done on any other platform - unless you wanted 6+ disks, not as good visuals, and cut down gameplay. I bought my 1st PC in 1992 (with my 1st proper pay cheque) - a 486sx 20mhz, VGA graphics, with a SoundBlaster card, 8mb ram and a 100mb hard drive - my poor Atari ST never got a look in after that.

I would say the hey-day for machines was;
c64/spectrum 1984-1989
ST/Amiga 1989-1992
PC 1992+
Well to argue a £1000-1500 PC is more powerful than an £300 Amiga/ST or £190 Megadrive is like stating a Sharp X68000 or Neo Geo is more also more powerful...yes of course they are, you get what you pay for...doesn't mean y ou didn't get great games on any of the other platforms...
The Amiga kept me going until 1995 with plenty of new and original games and 2/3rds of the ones you mentioned until the PS1 came out, and could do most PC games just as we'll for a fraction of the cost without a tenth of the hassle of a PC.

I am however interested in PC games, but only if they haven't been on other platforms and vice versa.

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Post by kaiserpc » Sat Oct 06, 2012 8:06 pm

AmigaJay wrote: Well to argue a £1000-1500 PC is more powerful than an £300 Amiga/ST or £190 Megadrive is like stating a Sharp X68000 or Neo Geo is more also more powerful...yes of course they are, you get what you pay for...doesn't mean y ou didn't get great games on any of the other platforms...
The Amiga kept me going until 1995 with plenty of new and original games and 2/3rds of the ones you mentioned until the PS1 came out, and could do most PC games just as we'll for a fraction of the cost without a tenth of the hassle of a PC.

I am however interested in PC games, but only if they haven't been on other platforms and vice versa.
I wasn't arguing that a £1000 PC was more powerful than a £300 Amiga. I was just pointing out that by 1992 the PC had overtaken the Amiga/ST technically as a platform - Ultima VII and Underworld were PC exclusives and could not be done on the Amiga. Other games like Fate of Atlantis required multiple disks, had inferior graphics, and no talkie version. Yes I'm sure Amiga games were produced up to 1995 - but many games were produced for the c64/spectrum after 1989 - but the ST and Amiga were more popular by then and had better games.
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Post by AmigaJay » Sun Oct 07, 2012 1:49 am

kaiserpc wrote:
AmigaJay wrote: I wasn't arguing that a £1000 PC was more powerful than a £300 Amiga. I was just pointing out that by 1992 the PC had overtaken the Amiga/ST technically as a platform - Ultima VII and Underworld were PC exclusives and could not be done on the Amiga. Other games like Fate of Atlantis required multiple disks, had inferior graphics, and no talkie version. Yes I'm sure Amiga games were produced up to 1995 - but many games were produced for the c64/spectrum after 1989 - but the ST and Amiga were more popular by then and had better games.
Sales wise then yes certainly the ST had dropped off by 1992, the Amiga was still strong for another year, PC gaming certainly in the UK wasn't as massive as some try to make out, yes in the US were the Amiga wasn't as prominent the PC ruled the computer gaming roost from probably even earlier than 1992, but even gallop charts in the UK from late 1993 to mid 1994 have Amiga CD32 titles outselling Mega CD, CDi and PC CD combined! Obviously after the announcement of the liquidation of Commodore sales started dropping off on all Amiga platforms.

Regarding multiple disks, this is also true for PC disk versions and yes you could install both versions to hdd anyway!

But yes with the advent of 3d titles I agree the Amiga could no longer compete, but for me personally Ultima and Underworld do nothing for me, as an Amiga owner it wasnt until the end of 1994 when i started to get jealous of some great looking PC games, like I said Amiga kept me going until 95 when the PsX came out to compete with the 3D games of high end PCs so honestly I only had a year to wait in my mind.

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Post by Antiriad2097 » Sun Oct 07, 2012 5:22 am

AmigaJay wrote:kept me going until 95 when the PsX came out
PSX wasn't released until 2003:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PSX_(DVR)




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Post by AmigaJay » Sun Oct 07, 2012 7:23 am

Antiriad2097 wrote:
AmigaJay wrote:kept me going until 95 when the PsX came out
PSX wasn't released until 2003:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PSX_(DVR)




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Post by ChipTune » Mon Oct 08, 2012 5:03 pm

I've just this minute uploaded a feature I wrote today onto my blog. It is all about DOS gaming, with a special look at APOGEE software.

you can read it here:

http://retrospiritgames.blogspot.co.uk/ ... tware.html

I hope you enjoy it.
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Post by Ronin » Sat Oct 13, 2012 10:47 am

My propositions for future isuues:
1. Making of... any flight/sea simulator form PC DOS era
2. Making of...any "Quest" series game - Police Q., Space Q. or King's Q.
3. Another conversion capers
4. Clash of the titans - compare same game on c64, Spectrum and CPC or Amiga vs ST vs PC

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Post by theantmeister » Sun Oct 14, 2012 10:22 am

ChipTune wrote:I've just this minute uploaded a feature I wrote today onto my blog. It is all about DOS gaming, with a special look at APOGEE software.

you can read it here:

http://retrospiritgames.blogspot.co.uk/ ... tware.html

I hope you enjoy it.
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Post by kelp7 » Mon Dec 24, 2012 7:15 am

Everyone seems to think the interest in PCs and PC gaming started with the 486 for some reason, which is also b*llocks
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