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    The future of emulation

    Not sure if it's on topic, but I feel the future of emulation (well, old games that are currently emulated) is along the lines of the new SNK 40th Anniversary Collection - i.e. a curated collection of games with added bonus material like magazine scans, covers, interviews etc. I think with HD and 4K resolution consoles, the clarity of printed material is amazing on a TV. Even the Nintendo Switch NES covers look absolutely stunning on a TV. They did do a bit of this in the past (like the Activision Anthology) but it only feels like now it's really possible on a TV due to the resolution. I suppose it feels like we need to get beyond the ability of just being able to play an old game. You want to try and recreate the nostalgia around it all. A game that really recreates that was Retro Gaming Challenge on the DS. Although it was made up games, I loved the fact you played through a timeline with new editions of a magazine being released with tips for current games and previews of upcoming games (that you'd eventually unlock). I'd absolutely love something like that for the C64 or Spectrum - being able to instantly tap into the relevant game magazines with the reviews etc. You can kind of do it with the spectrum computing website, but it would be fantastic on a TV. Maybe more relevant is the problems with emulating servers etc. I think the biggest issue is that so many games have a significant component that's built around online multiplayer and without those other players, you're never going to recreate it again. It's like Splatoon. Sure, you can go back and play the single player campaign but it was at it's best with the Splatfests, lobby filled with Miiverse quotes and then going online against random strangers. You're never going to be able to recreate that again. Same with Fortnite. With those games, you just have to appreciate them and live for the moment knowing that it likely won't last forever. But that's just like life...
  2. Haha, is the person playing fast asleep (and snoring), check it out at this point (1:37) - should automatically play at it.
  3. Ah, I'd forgotten about this one. I remember a mate having it for his Commodore 64. The loading screen had Cilla Black being accompanied to a fight by Ronald Reagan! Written by the same company that did the amazing Desert Fox and Dambusters... I remember it scored really highly at the time (it got 93% in Zzap!64) but I remember it as being quite dull.
  4. First up, Barry McGuigan's World Championship Boxing. Best on the C64, but also good fun on the Spectrum 128k. It involved a bit more tactics than just button mashing. Rocky on the Gamecube/PS2 (and I think Xbox) was good fun, essentially a modern version of Barry McGuigan's Boxing with a bit more tactics and with the boxers ending up with totally mashed faces within a few blows. Great fun. Couple other mentions.. Barry McGuigan's Boxing was originally released as Star Rank Boxing in the States and Activision did re-release "Star Rank Boxing 2" on the C64. I've never actually played it (going to try it later today) and I can't find a video of the C64 version, but here's one of the PC version And finally a little appreciated NES boxing game - Ring King by Data East which was originally an arcade game. Again, side on (but you can move around the ring), good fun to play! One dishonourable mention.. so bad it's good.. Monkey Puncher on the Game Boy Color. It's like a mix of RPG and boxing, except where you train up a monkey to fight. It's almost like an Alan Partridge game.
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    Console start up sounds

    Was this the first? Yes, it's very minimal... but effective at making you stick a disk in!
  6. Kjonami really went downhill after the rebranding/renaming to Konami
  7. I know Jonathan Cauldwell has made the Arcade Game Creator, that's used quite extensively for a lot of home-brew games, but as an actual games creator, he's always come across as a bit of a self publicising knob. The only thing I remember him doing, when the Spectrum was still actually going, was the shit Egghead games on Crash cover tapes. You know, the filler games they needed when they didn't have enough games. It's not as if he's "1001 Ltd" - those nameless geniuses behind "Floating Hand Throwing Mini-Spears Simulator" and that Transformers game featuring the bike/glider Transformer. Think it was called Optimus Bikeus or Glidertron? "1001 Ltd" also did possibly the best cover tape published by the magazine itself. Scrolling shoot em up. What was its name? Zsa-Zsa I think. When you fired up that Sinclair User Megatape and the loading screen said "1001 Ltd" you were like "YES!!! This is worth at least 10 times more than the 50p surcharge for this months magazine GET IN!!!"
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    I came to this thinking it was about how Disney were giving away Solo for free.... But this does look good And is probably better than Solo.
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    Netflix - Releases & Recommendations

    Outlaw King.. starts off great, quickly ends up an incoherent mess with a great big massive fight at the end. Basically like going to a Scottish Wedding.
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    Breaking Bad

    Is this the end of the golden age of TV Drama and a new golden age of Cinema Drama? It's kind of ironic that Netflix and Amazon Prime have taken what would have been enough plot/storyline to make a decent couple of films into 10 episodes of paper thin plot (Stranger Things to some extent, definitely Maniac), because everyone was jumping on the TV Drama series bandwagon after Breaking Bad, Mad Men etc. And now we have Breaking Bad becoming a film, because the quality of TV Dramas is getting worse.
  11. Or a cynical attempt to get around YouTube's new "recommended for you" algorithms preferring videos that are at least 15 minutes long.
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    Rami Malek is Freddie Mercury

    Came across this page covering some of the more glaring fact v fiction in the film http://ultimateclassicrock.com/queen-bohemian-rhapsody-movie-fact-vs-fiction/ I guess with Mercury, Jim Hutton and especially Paul Prenter being dead, there's little recourse in making up stuff about them. I understand why they might want to dramatise some of the facts, but how Mercury's relationship with Jim Hutton is portrayed is an unbelievable cliche. After Mercury meets him at the party, Mercury asks if he can call him and Hutton replies along the lines of "give me a call when you've really found yourself". Fast forward 5 or so years to the day of Live Aid, Mercury decides to finally knock on Jim Hutton's door, Hutton replies with something like "What took you so long", Mercury replies something like "I found myself". Then promptly takes him round to his parents house, introduces Hutton as "his friend" (while placing his hand on Jim's) and then goes off to play Live Aid.
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    Play Expo - Blackpool 27 Oct

    I think part of the problem is the time of year - I was in Blackpool on the 18th/19th with my son as it was the Scottish school holidays that week. It was a pity, because I would have probably arranged the trip around Play, but there was no way I was going back down 10 days later! I'm surprised they didn't make it the weekend of the 20th, because it would have at least bridged the English and Scottish holidays - but then I think the other problem would have been the lack of hotels or the price (I think the Hilton is still closed, which was a pretty big hotel). I don't think Blackpool is the problem, you can always stick a bit of the Illuminations and going to Coral Island to play the more modern arcade games (they had some pretty decent ones - as well as the sit down, 8 player Outrun 2). Maybe retro is losing a bit of its charm with the wider gaming audience - I guess there's only so many times you can play the same arcade machines. Plus you've got the fact that most are likely to have families just due to the age of them, so getting away with a weekend in Blackpool to play video games is maybe more difficult to do....
  14. Jim Baggley was at Play Expo and apparently they demonstrated this handheld version of the Next (photo courtesy of the Next facebook group) He's said the aim is that once the initial backers have got their units, they plan on taking more orders and building more cased Nexts (so if you didn't back one, there should be an opportunity to get one in the future) and if there's enough demand, they'll make a handheld version. It does look like one of Psion's early PDAs, but at least the interface is more suited for Spectrum games than the cough... Vega+
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    Rami Malek is Freddie Mercury

    Maybe they should have started with a disclaimer... "Is this the real life, or is it just ...a load of made up bollocks to try and sell more of Queen's Greatest Hits on iTunes" I think this review sums it up: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bohemian_Rhapsody_(film)#Critical_response The troubled history behind the film is well documented but the closest film I can think of to this is "Eddie The Eagle" also directed by Dexter Fletcher. Except with that you can sit and think "yeah, this is a load of made up shite very loosely based on a real life story", but the schmaltzy feel good approach worked for something as lightweight as Eddie The Eagle Edwards because there wasn't anything that interesting to say about him. Treating Freddie Mercury the same way, glossing over his lifestyle choices, having barely any depth to the portrayal beyond a Michael Sheen level of acting mimicry and using AIDS as a way of generating an "against all odds rousing finale" not only seems insulting to Freddie Mercury's legacy, it's a total waste of an opportunity. Interestingly, there was a trailer before this for Rocketman, the Elton John biopic directed by... you guessed it! Dexter Fletcher! And it looks like it's taking exactly the same fantastical approach with someone who absolutely doesn't need it.

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