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Sims 1 vs Sims 2 vs Sims 3 vs Sims 4

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Watch the Video It's not often I get to compare 4 generations of game, but The Sims 1 vs Sims 2 vs Sims 3 vs Sims 4 is one I've found intriguing for a while, especially as it's technically on the same platform still. This video charts the Sims Evolution from it's conception with The [...]

How PC Memory Evolved

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I'm pretty sure that some things I find utterly compelling, most people just couldn't give a nat's arse about, and this is one of those things. PC memory has followed a long and winding path, with numerous updates, revisions, speed increases and oddities, and it's all these things combined which make the story an interesting [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Atari Vault Review

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Watch the Video Atari Vault Steam keys can be grabbed at over half price though G2A at https://www.g2a.com/r/atarivault ... Today is 24th March 2016. I decided to purchase Atari Vault on Steam this evening, and having been utterly impressed by it, I decided to write a review... so here it is, my Atari Vault review. [...]

Amstrad PC1512 Review & Retrospective

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Watch the Video Today I'm looking at my Amstrad PC1512, whilst also providing a bit of back story to the iconic machine. Name Derived from: PC (Personal Computer) 1 (1st in Amstrad's IBM compatible line) 512 (512kb of memory) The original internal code name within Amstrad for the 1512 was "Airo" reputedly standing for "Amstrad’s [...]

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