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Post by Jax » Mon Mar 20, 2006 2:56 pm

Darran@Retro Gamer wrote:I've got the new Oli Frey book, it's bloody lovely :D

on my wish list :D

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Post by paranoid marvin » Mon Mar 20, 2006 3:36 pm

Jax wrote:
Darran@Retro Gamer wrote:I've got the new Oli Frey book, it's bloody lovely :D

on my wish list :D

Is much of it about his 8-bit days?
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Post by Darran@Retro Gamer » Tue Mar 21, 2006 4:59 am

paranoid marvin wrote:
Jax wrote:
Darran@Retro Gamer wrote:I've got the new Oli Frey book, it's bloody lovely :D

on my wish list :D

Is much of it about his 8-bit days?
You'll have to wait for the review ;)
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Post by Spiff » Tue Mar 21, 2006 6:55 am

paranoid marvin wrote:
Jax wrote:
Darran@Retro Gamer wrote:I've got the new Oli Frey book, it's bloody lovely :D

on my wish list :D

Is much of it about his 8-bit days?
The promo blurb for it emphasises the Newsfield/Thalamus games era, so: Yes!

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Post by backdrifter » Tue Mar 21, 2006 7:09 am

Spiff wrote:
paranoid marvin wrote:
Jax wrote:
on my wish list :D

Is much of it about his 8-bit days?
The promo blurb for it emphasises the Newsfield/Thalamus games era, so: Yes!
Woohoo! Yet more reason to look forward to it's imminent arrival!

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Post by CraigGrannell » Tue Mar 21, 2006 8:10 am

Darran@Retro Gamer wrote:I've got the new Oli Frey book, it's bloody lovely :D
Gnh! Not that I want that book right NOW or anything. From the couple of dozen PDF pages I've seen, this is going to be an utterly corking book (despite the lack of Metro Force 1*).

* Which won't mean much to many, but it's my absolute favourite piece of Oli art. Unfortunately, he gave it away many moons ago, and no decent copy still exists. It was used for the cover of Zzap!64 #3 and a Newsfield poster.
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Post by Spiff » Tue Mar 21, 2006 8:56 am

Yep, that was a fave of mine too.

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Post by Mayhem » Tue Mar 21, 2006 9:09 am

One of mine as well, along with issue #2.
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Post by Spiff » Tue Mar 21, 2006 9:28 am

Well TBH, I loved about the first 18 covers of Zzap; favourites thin out after that. Some great Fear covers too.

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Post by Kai » Fri Mar 24, 2006 4:00 am

Another great book I really can recommend is "The encyclopedia of Game Machines Consoles, handheld & home computers 1972-2005"

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"More than 400 dream machines and million sellers, bizarre slip-ups and exotic variants are celebrated in full colour chapters with extensive appendixes"

Here's the link:

http://www.game-machines.co.uk/gameplan ... /index.php

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Post by CraigGrannell » Fri Mar 24, 2006 4:27 am

Spiff wrote:Well TBH, I loved about the first 18 covers of Zzap; favourites thin out after that. Some great Fear covers too.
I know there's some Fear stuff in the books, and that they're some of Oli and Roger's favourites. As for Zzap! covers, Oli clearly had less and less time to spend on them as Newsfield grew and then Impact took off. Few of the ones from the reborn Zzap! are particularly memorable. However, there are still some decent post-#18 covers, such as #68's SCI, the rather fun Power Drift effort from #55, #50's crunching Speedball effort, and many of the covers from #23 (my first regular issue, and I bet the cover had something to do with that) to the Platoon cover early the following year.

The thing with Oli's art to date, though, is that it's been seen in relative isolation: a cover here and there, and the odd spot illustration (and the latter gradually disappeared from Zzap! as Markie took over those duties). I suspect a compilation of Oli's art will hold up very well, and I'm very much looking forward to seeing and reading the book, especially seeing as I know how much time and effort Roger and Oli have put into it.
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Post by Mayhem » Fri Mar 24, 2006 4:41 am

What about APB... the officer giving someone the bird? :lol:

Btw is it true Oli has done work on the Metal Gear Solid packaging?
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Post by Spiff » Fri Mar 24, 2006 6:37 am

Can't remember where I read that there's a MGS Oli connection, but sounds weird to me!

I don't think the *quality* of art went down too much, it was more the originality that suffered as Oli got busier. Plus I'm biased towards early Zzap for nostalgia reasons too.

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Another book to add

Post by Paranoia » Thu Apr 06, 2006 5:30 pm

One more to add is:-

Arcade Fever : The Fan's Guide to the Golden Age of Video Games by John Sellers, its out of print though still attainable through various websites I believe. :)

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Post by boyo » Fri Apr 07, 2006 2:41 pm

I am reading "The A-Z of Cool Computer Games" by Jack Railton at the moment and enjoying it. Purchased on Amazon.

I have Oli Frey's book on the way as well as The ZX Spectrum Book when it is finished.

I am hoping to have an original Oli Crash cover, framed, to auction at the Retro Fusion event for charity.

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