About the Afrikaans mistake, fair point. Ek is baie jammer, maar dit was nie nodig om dit te ŝe nie.Super King wrote:He should leave the Afrikaans to actual Afrikaners.
I haven't spoken it regularly in 12 years and so am a little rusty. I probably should have checked with relatives (who are fluent), but hey, deadlines etc. Crikey, it feels like I'm back in school at the front of the class again, trying to remember vocabulary. Give an ex-pat a break, you should be happy I'm giving the language some page time, which is more than what most other people would do!
Also, regarding "glaring omissions", I make no apologies for that. I have something like 1200 words to cover everything, and I'm getting a little tired of constantly being told I never included everything. Yeah, I'm well aware of the gameboy situation, and everything else. But look at your lengthy posts, they're almost as long as the article itself!
What do you people want from me? For these articles to become a 300 page tome written in blood?
Also, I think you totally misunderstood what I was saying with regards to PAL gaming. I know SA is a PAL region, I say as much. But despite this, and due to various restrictions, there has always been a strong grey import market. As for being asked about USA/JPN Megadrives, this happened to me at North Gate shopping centre, back in the early 90s. The arrival of the PS1, which was marketed strongly, I'm told took away a lot of the wind from the grey import market. Hence my wording it as "cemented the country as a PAL region". In that, while it always was PAL, the products available weren't necessarily PAL. You see what I was doing there? Highlighting an unusual market anomaly, which changed when gaming become more mainstream.
I should add, what I wrote about was what I saw living in Johannesburg, it may have been different elsewhere in the country.
As for the ZX Spectrum, I'd NEVER seen or heard of one while living there, and only heard about them when I moved to England. Also, all of the people who I spoke to, didn't mention it either, and I specifically asked about home computers in case it was just me who missed them. Everyone I spoke to (aged between 20 to mid 30s) said they never saw them, and the only mentions I got were of the C64. Which I did mention, in relation to that shmup remake which by a C64 enthusiast in South Africa.
I am well aware that the Spectrum was popular everywhere from Russia to Brazil, but in my real-life travels in SA, and contact with people, I found literally NO EVIDENCE of it existing there. Which proves to me it couldn't have been as popular as you say.
I also contacted people at NAG magazine, who shared THEIR retro experiences, which I found to be nearly identical to mine.
So, when everyone I speak to, including staff at one of SA's leading magazines, recall events almost exactly as I recall them, I obviously assume I'm on the right track. I mean, that's a reasonable assumption to make, right?!
What I wrote IS correct in terms of me having experienced everything. Now, I'm sure that my personal experiences won't be identical to everyone elseâ€™s, but this article was NOT poorly researched. It was a more personal reflective GG than normal, and it was backed up by several others who I spoke to. I'd argue it was very well researched, with things seen first hand. Plus, I've had people privately contact me to say how happy they were with it, and how it reflected THEIR experiences perfectly.
The South Africa, as well as Polish Global Gaming articles, were the two that I was most satisfied with, since I knew those places better than anywhere else.
Still, it should please people to know that Global Gaming won't be in the next issue of RG.
Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go take a va