Having finally gotten over a very hectic Christmas period (kids make Christmas they said..tell that to the wife and i) and being a little fatter, hoarser and probably bankrupt for it
I finally snuck away and threw myself headlong into the Jaguar Anniversary article.
I'm going to be honest and express my disappointment that the 2 Million European Pre orders claim made it in, i feel it's an unsubstantiated claim and needed some grounding before going in,but laird and myself discussed this at some length elsewhere on here a few weeks ago.
I came away from the article thinking this isn't for the likes of myself, but aimed at those who tend to ignore the Jaguar (PSJ you should really give it a glance as it might put the Jaguar and Atari's plight in a new light).
Without wishing to sound overly critical, Laird felt like the lowly scribe here, documenting a battle that had long since taken place, for the purpose of preserving the events..rather than a modern, front line reporter.
Rebellion for example, have given a good account of approaching Atari UK with that Viking Longboat game to a number of sources (including this one),some time ago:
https://www.trustedreviews.com/news/reb ... uk-3351966
Bill Rehbock and Frédéric Houde are familar names and again, stories they tell already exist free to view online for those who simply use a search engine:
http://arcadeattackpodcast.podbean.com/ ... interview/
The full story of the Dental Camera, again, so easily found:
For an anniversary article, i expected some high profile names..Gary or Leonard Tramiel, maybe Bob Gleadow if he's still with us, to give a corporate viewpoint..
John Carmack of I.D perhaps? Or possibly Adisak Pochanayon of High Voltage Software in terms of bringing the cream of Jaguar developers to the table..maybe Rob Nicholson of Hand Made Software?.
Perhaps even some of the Probe Software team talking about bringing Primal Rage to the Jaguar?
Something with a bit more clout and unique. Are people really that reluctant to talk about their involvement on Atari's ill fated hardware?
I don't wish to appear nit picking here and there is no agenda here other than a paying customer expressing honest disappointment,but after Laird stopped chatting in the Jaguar Birthday thread, i assumed he didn't want to take essential information from his Jaguar article, so i was understandably somewhat confused to find it contained such a high percentage of already well established information.
Right, Best explore the rest of the magazine before the bloody kids..i mean my little angels..start up again.
I hope all the RG Team and staff at Future Publishing had a very merry Christmas and my best wishes to you all for 2019.
Thanks for all your hardwork,it is appreciated.
in addition, I couldn't help notice your article appeared to state that Ubisoft's decision to bring Rayman to the Playstation caused the Jaguar version to be delayed by a year.
That's a curious statement, as at the time Ubisoft explained the delay very differently.
They claimed that one of the critiscms raised by people who'd played an early version at the E3 show, was the controls weren't responsive enough and caused frustration for players.
Ubisoft said they wanted gamers to have the very best experience from the game, so controls would be refined and play tested to perfection and whilst sadly this would mean the Jaguar version missing the original release dates, they were sure Jaguar owners would understand.
in other news... I'm half way through the Sonic article and am rather enjoying this so far.