Dizzy Island Treasures

Possibly the laziest post ever the act being a sort-of modern parlour game by now but here are the instructions to Treasure Island Dizzy, by way of multiple Google Translates incl. via Japanese, Welsh and whatever. It is surprisingly relatively close to the original text. If you remember retro game plots/blurbs you won’t be much…

SDTOTD #11: W-Elements quickref [subset]

This is not the post you are looking for nor ever will be. I do obviously really want that shirt in the accompanying pic. I do also have a lot of inchoate thoughts on “elements” and the power/value/occurrence of incomplete sets generally in games. Instead: necessarily incomplete list of EleMonsters ahoy! Type Wizards Whales Fire…

In Praise of Michael Stern Hart et al

I don’t know all the ins and outs down the years and maybe it’s more complicated than I describe it, but there was a man who lived and his name was Michael Stern Hart. He was the first person to advocate, agitate and advance the gradual digitisation of the entirety of human knowledge as expressed…

It’s Behind You: The Making Of A Computer Game

It’s Behind You is a free ebook by the programmer Bob Pape primarily about his writing of the legendary Spectrum conversion of R-Type. Engagingly written, the book briefly covers the author’s background and first introduction to the industry as well as a short chapter on his only previous Speccy game which was the Rampage conversion,…

The In-Kim-Playte Eight

Pivot announcement! We’re going full Tales From The Darkside and are all about lists at VGR now. As soon as I can buy the URL Qmag90s.co.uk we’re migrating wholesale (don’t tell the others though, don’t think they’d be up for it!) A simple sampler of the sort of superior stuff set soon to surface [As…

Classic YouTube Comments #2

I’ve been half-clicking with this explore’em’up game off and on for a couple of months, yet still not done a 5MA on it. The unskippable intro/cutscene section features Dracula himself delivering the wonderful cod-Shakespearean rhetorical question and answer “What is a man? A miserable little pile of secrets.” Great stuff, if unskippable, grr! The above…

Devil World [Star Trek novel]

Not to be confused with the NES oddity of the same name Devil World is an early Star Trek spin-off novel from 1979. I bought a handful of reprints of those in the late-’80s/early-’90s from the local discount bookshop. The reason I’m doing a post about this one is because I recently bought it second-hand…

SDTOTD #6: ‘Ow chuffed? Spell-chuffed!

Earlier today I had cause to reference the notional, self-awarded badge one is accused of wearing when one is “chuffed”. Per Online Etymology Dictionary: “pleased, happy,” c. 1860, British dialect, from obsolete chuff “swollen with fat” (1520s). Because I was typing not talking I found myself caught trying to figure out, how DO you spell…

80 Days (PC)

This review contains some mild spoilers for situations which may arise in the game. This 2014 indie title which received a number of awards and mainstream press attention is based on the Jules Verne novel Around The World In Eighty Days. Maybe I should say “inspired by” as it takes the concept and main characters,…

What Is Best In Life #14

Having either hit a wall or finished (to my satisfaction) many of my recent games I’m on a reading kick at the moment. Having finally picked up that copy of The Werewolf And The Wormlord which I bought back in February, I found myself a chapter or two in confronted with the following: Stavenger, eh?…

The Lathe Of Heaven – Ursula K Le Guin

Spoilery book review follows! If you’re interested in ’70s sci-fi classics and likely to read the novel in the near future you might want to hold off reading. If anyone wants to borrow it you’re welcome, I’m thinking it’s definitely right up Retrolechuck’s street for one. I’ve not read any of Le Guin‘s novels previously,…

Hark, I Hear Herne!

Of Herne The Hunter — Of the Author William Harrison Ainsworth — Of LibriVox and the Free Audiobook experience — Being less a Review of These Things than a Short Ramble through the Grounds of Windsor Castle. Da22‘s post last month about his Beltain Festival experience had me thinking again about Herne The Hunter. Notably…