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Mark Plays... Centipede (IBM-PC/MS-DOS)(CGA)(1983)


Centipede on the IBM PC programmed by R.J.Grafe in 1983. It's not the official port by Atarisoft but another release sporting quite an innovative control scheme. It actually features a simulation of the trackball found on the original arcade game. It uses the space bar for firing and the cursor keys to move around the little gun-turret. Pressing a directional key is similar to giving the trackball a swirl. Pressing multiple times in rapid succesion is like giving the trackball more momentum. A bit of an indirect control scheme but it really works well. With this control scheme in place this actually makes for an excellent port.

Take a look at the video and see how I fared.

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Mark Plays... Dragon Saber (PCEngine/TG16)(NTSC)


The sequel to Dragon Spirit, a game by Namco falling into the shmup category. Released in 1991 about 3 years after the 1st game. The cool bit about this game is that it actually has a two player mode which I can't show as I can't control two controllers at the same time. It features organic end-of-level bosses that you will find in many other shmups of this golden era of the shmup.
The Wii (Virtual Console) as well as the Playstation (Namco Museum Encore) got ports of this game so it is also available on newer systems.

If you are interested in the 1st game in this 2 game series check out Dave Webster's video on the 1st game called 'Dragon Spirit'
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=huQBLle9nqM
This video was inspired by him as I heard him mention he didn't own the sequel so I figured I'd show my little gameplay on it.

Check out Dave Webster's channel:
https://www.youtube.com/user/DaveWebster

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Mark Plays... Riptide GP2 (Android)(GameMID)


I am showing some of my gameplay and impressions of Riptide GP™2. This game is a cool sequel to the first Riptide on Android and iOS devices. Racing aqua-jets / hydro jets that have been upgraded to have rocket-intro speed boosts on tracks that look amazing. It is possible to tune the game-graphics to meet the specs of your Android device so you can have the most smooth and good looking experience. It has a single player mode as well as an online game mode that I will demonstrate in the video. It needs either Google Play or GameCenter/iCloud on iOS devices.

This game is running on the Android GameMID handheld gaming device running Android 4.1.1. The footage was captured with the AverMedia Live Gamer Portable. Riptide GP™2 was published by Vector Unit. Go grab this game I say. It's worth checking out on both Android or iOS.
http://www.vectorunit.com/riptide-gp2/

This is a link to the first version
http://www.vectorunit.com/riptide-gp/

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Matt Chat 202: Jeff Tunnell on Tribes, Torque, and More

Jeff is back this week for one last installment. Topics covered include Tribes, the Torque Game Engine, Indie games, why Microsoft shot itself in the foot with Xbone, and some "tough love" advice for aspiring game developers.

Download the mp4 here.

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Matt Chat 201: Jeff Tunnell Part Three

Dynamix founder Jeff Tunnell is back this week to give his views on educational software, patents, Sierra, and behind-the-scenes looks at Betrayal at Krondor, Incredible Machines, and Sid & Al.

Download the mp4 here.

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Mark plays... Screamer (PC MS-DOS)


Screamer is an old MS-DOS game originally released in 1995. Created by Graffiti and published by Virgin. It's also available on GOG.com in both Mac and Windows flavours. A game very similar in looks to a mix of both Daytona USA as well as Ridge Racer. A direct competitor of this game was EA's Need for Speed which I was also a big fan of. This game even features licensed cars from various well known car manufacturers. A cool game even after all this time.

Go check out how I did. It had been ages since I last played it. And it shows ;)

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Matt Chat 200: Jeff Tunnell on Red Baron, Willy Beamish, and Rise of the Red Dragon

In my 200th episode of Matt Chat, Jeff Tunnell, founder of Dynamix, returns to talk about his company's greatest hits, which probably aren't the games you're thinking of. Then he talks about his fall out with Electronic Arts. Needless to say, if you're a fan of classic adventure games or flight sims, you won't be able to turn away from this episode.


Download the mp4 here.

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Matt Chat 199: Interview with Jeff Tunnell Pt. 1

In the first slice of my interview with Dynamix founder Jeff Tunnell, we chat about his latest projects, including Contraption Maker and why Jeff doesn't like Apple or Google's app stores. Then we talk about his background and how he met Damon Slye and Ken Williams. Then we talk about Stellar 7 and Arctic Fox, one of my favorite Amiga games.

Download the episode here.
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Check out Jeff's awesome blog below:
http://jefftunnell.com/

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The History of Sierra On-Line Documentary

It should come as no surprise when I tell everyone here that I am a Sierra fanboy. I always wondered about the possibility of doing a book about the history of Sierra - the people, the games, and the whole adventure experience within.

I am excited about the possibility of success of a new Kickstarter (Funding from July 1, 2013 - August 5, 2013) about the history of Sierra On-Line.

The teaser video has me quickly turning back the clock about 25 years.

I encourage you guys to check it out. I would love to see something like this happen!

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/772847014/the-history-of-sierra-on-l...

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Happy 30th Birthday MSX!


The MSX computer standard has turned 30! Incredible how time just whizzes past. Popular throughout Europe, Russia, Asia and South America. And one should not forget the following in New Zealand and Australia. A lot of users are still actively using the machines.

In celebration of the 30th birthday of the MSX I acquired a new Japanese MSX2 system. It has an issue with the sound sadly - the sound comes out very very low. It's still there but at a very low volume. Probably is a capacitor problem. I will eventually try to fix that.

The Ren-Sha function turns out to be an auto-firing system.

And here's a link to my MSX video playlist if you want to check out more videos on MSX

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