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  1. merman1974

    Random News

    Here's a fascinating one for you - how many of you have heard of the 1979 arcade game BYTE DRIVER? This obscure title was the sole release from a little-known Japanese arcade company, and now Vector Hat (creators of RCOIL) have created a new conversion for Windows, Mac and Linux launching 28th May. The original mixed vector and raster graphics, leading to some interesting glitches that the new game emulates. https://vectorhat.com/bytedriver/
  2. merman1974

    TV Shows

    Loved the first two episodes of What We Do In The Shadows (spin-off from the film of the same name). Kayvan Novak as Turkish vampire Nandor, Matt Berry as Laszlo and Natasha Demetriou as Nadja - three vampires in a flat-share on Staten Island, New York. Filmed in the same documentary style as the film.
  3. Steve McNeil's book Hey Listen - A Journey through the Golden Era of video games (and a signed copy no less, from the National Videogame Museum)
  4. merman1974

    TV Shows

    So, Veep is over. This last season was funny but had some serious pacing problems. Two time jumps (six months and then 24 years!) were squashed into the last episode, which was very funny but felt rushed.
  5. merman1974

    What's your....

    I have spent the most on Rock Band, but really the most I spent on a single game is probably trading in over a hundred quid's worth of C64 games in exchange for a Jaguar with Tempest 2000.
  6. Epic are *not* the good guys and never were. The fawning interview with Tim Sweeney in the last issue of EDGE really got my goat.
  7. So I went looking for a particular game on Epic Store the other day... They call it a storefront but that website is a mess. Links that send you round in circles and few visible prices.
  8. merman1974

    Mortal Kombat 11

    Series co-creator Ed Boon talks to Retro Gamer about the evolution of the franchise and MK11 in issue 193 (in shops Thursday, subscribers receiving their copies now. Also includes my interview with Stoo Cambridge).
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    Helen McDonald - H is for Hawk (Costa book of the year winner) When Helen's father dies, she buys a goshawk and tries to train it. In returning to a childhood hobby and re-reading classic books on falconry, Helen deals with her grief and grows close to the hawk (who she calls Mabel). About a third of the way through and it's as brilliant as advertised.
  10. Tom Speight - Collide Debut album from this young British singer-songwriter, he worked with Olly and Gale from Turin Brakes on several of the tracks. He suffers from Crohns (like me).
  11. merman1974

    Random News

    Yeah, I enjoyed it too. Edge did a Time Extend on it recently.
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    1989: what if the Joker was a gangster? 2009: what if the Joker was a deranged anarchist? 2019: what if the Joker had a social media account and trolled a lot? (Saw this analysis on Twitter and thought it was rather apt)
  13. merman1974

    Google Stadia

    But is that model sustainable for anyone other than EA? And how are smaller developers going to gain traction AND be able to provide continuing content?
  14. Epic's Tim Sweeney claims gamers are criticising the Epic Store "because they can't see the good it is doing for games" Erm, that's nonsense. That's like saying Burger King is better for the cows than McDonalds.
  15. There's a lot of noise about Metro Exodus selling more on Epic Store than the previous Metro title in its first week - but that's down to the series being more well-known (and hyped) than before
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