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Taking a look at things that cause me interest. Things, stories about things, goods and other stuff like that.

How Does Plug & Play Work?

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It's another episode of Byte Size, and in this one I'm exploring the wonderful, wonderful world of Plug and Play.. or Plug and Pray, as it was known in the early 90s. I'm sure you can guess the reasons behind that. I had my fair share of plug and play misery and shenanigans, but in [...]

The Id Software Story – from Hell

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Id Software is more than a little bit famous. This fame came from various games, including Wofenstein 3D and Quake, but mainly from Doom. Doom was the game which really kicked off the FPS genre, and it's so well known today that Doom 2016 has just been released. But aside from Doom, the actual story [...]

How to Make a C64 Game in Basic

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Programming was something most 80s kids had - if they owned a home computer at least. It was the default landing space when you turned on your machine, and so learning it was almost mandatory, and obviously pretty exciting. With the layers of GUI and hidden code we have now, it's harder for the average [...]

What is MMX Technology & Why Was it Flawed?

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MMX Technology sounds like a distant memory, and indeed it is. But it's actually still with us today - it has to be, to remain compatible with older software, something the x86 line tends to do, although not always completely successfully anymore. But the MMX story is an interesting one. MMX was kind of an [...]

How Lotus 1-2-3 Improved DOS Gaming

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Lotus 1-2-3 was a Spreadsheet program developed by Lotus Software (who are now part of IBM), which emerged from 1983 and went on to massive success. You might think that a Spreadsheet is as far removed from gaming as you could imagine (if you don't count the flight simulator built into a later version of [...]

FiFine USB Microphone vs. 90s Quickshot Mic

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I recently felt the need to purchase a new budget microphone for my Youtubing purposes. The requirement was to accompany my Doom 2016 PC which is located downstairs. I settled on the FiFine USB Condenser Microphone from Amazon. It offers a 20Hz to 20KHz range, so should be able to pick up all sounds audible [...]

Super Cars II Review – Amiga

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Watch the Video Super Cars II for the Amiga - a top down racer released in 1991 for the Amiga 500 and above computer format. Developed by Magnetic Fields Ltd and Gremlin graphics, I put it through it's paces in this fully reviewed and prepared mini-review for your viewing pleasure. This is the first in [...]

Doom Clones – The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

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Do you remember when DOOM emerged onto the PC? I certainly do. It was a cold winter's evening in December 1993, when my eyes were almost burned out of their sockets. How was this possible? Were these TV presenters taking me for a laugh? It was like you could step into another world, without even [...]

1993 Doom Pre-Release Alphas & Betas

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Watch the Video The Original Doom Pre-Release Alpha and Betas, worked on by John Romero and John Carmack before Doom's original release in 1993. These demos are unmistakably Doom from the off, but there are various quirks and changes which were added and removed along the way, including the weapons, pickups, levels, gameplay and a [...]

Spectrum Games Top 7

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Watch the Video This video is about ZX Spectrum Games. But it feels a good day to remind ourselves of a time when Britain was united, exciting and accepting of the new digital computer era. A time when the Sinclair ZX Spectrum was the home computer king, and the extensive software library ensured that there [...]

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