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Outrun is 30: A Retrospective

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Watch the Video 30 Years since Outrun first appeared in our arcades. Can you believe that? Well, this video might help you wade through that timeline, and if your youth was anything similar to mine, you may have played quite a few home ports of this sensational game Subscribe to Nostalgia Nerd on Youtube You're [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

SkidMarks, Amiga Review

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Watch the Video Skidmarks for the Amiga was a revolutionary game, both in terms of it's isometric view point and the fact it was written in Blitz BASIC. It offered unique graphics with seemingly 3D vehicles on a carefully textured track (which just happened to retain the skidmarks you made on it, even after exiting [...]

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