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Ran a little Typing of the Dead competition in work today - it being Halloween and all that.

It is a truly excellent 2 player versus game and offers much opportunity for jeering etc. The excellent word list also offers unlimited opportunity for double entendre - It went down really well, We played the US version (we didn't get this is PAL land on DC for some reason).I can highly recommend this game for a tournament format.

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Matt Barton
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I've yet to play this one.

I've yet to play this one.

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Bill Loguidice
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Sounds like a fun contest. I

Sounds like a fun contest. I have the keyboard and the game (bought it back in the day when the Dreamcast was on its last commercial legs), though I haven't played it in years.

I've always had a soft spot for typing games, playing things like 9 to 5 Typing on the C-64 (based on the movie, bizarrely, from Epyx) and others on that platform semi-regularly. Of course, I never learned to type with those - I learned that in Keyboarding in school on electric typewriters - but it was still fun for my either non-existent or budding typing skills as a child.

I've lately collected a few additional typing programs, most recently getting MasterType on the Macintosh, though my biggest score in the genre of late was getting Wiztype (two actually, C-64 and Tandy 1000 versions), based on the Wizard of Id comic, which is one of the few sought out titles in the genre. I sort of look at collecting typing programs as a novelty, kind of like what I do with LOGO programs. Definitely fun for a spin...

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Typing of the Dead is brought

Typing of the Dead is brought up quit alot as a "lost gem" type games. I too have it for the Dreamcast but Never played it. I played the heck out of gun dead games on it.. 2 player, auto load guns.. you could 2 gun single player with unlimited shots.. yes.. cheap but dang fun! I can see typing of the dead being quite fun in a competitive setting.. but not much in single player.. but i have been wrong about many games.

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typing of the dead

Aside from the main game and the related modes such as the drill mode and unlockable vs CPU mode, there is also a straight up (well, almost straight up) typing tutor which if used properly would in all likelihood put you on the road to touch typing.

I've read that an arcade cabinet version was released in Japan which sounds totally bizarre but then that's what Sega were best at and I miss that about them even though it was self indulgent stuff like this that would have been part of their fall from grace.

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Typing of the Dead arcade and Thayer's Quest/Kingdom
davyK wrote:

I've read that an arcade cabinet version was released in Japan which sounds totally bizarre but then that's what Sega were best at and I miss that about them even though it was self indulgent stuff like this that would have been part of their fall from grace.

Definitely one of those more modern-styled arcade cabs: http://www.arcade-museum.com/game_detail.php?game_id=10244 . The only arcade game I can think of that was released in Western territories (or at least the US) with a keyboard was Thayer's Quest: http://www.arcade-museum.com/game_detail.php?game_id=10085 , which of course was famously for the RDI Halcyon system (http://bit.ly/Wc6qNi), which never made the impact in the home it might have been able to had the economics of the time been a bit different. That was of course later ported to various home systems as Kingdom The Far Reaches (CD-i, 3DO, PC, etc.) and it's sequel, Kingdom Shadoan. It was supposed to help revolutionize the laserdisc game market back in the mid-80s...

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