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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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GameMID Android Handheld - Update on availability - 6-28-2013


The review video was watched a lot - and I really mean - A LOT. Thanks for that. I got a ton of questions on the device and thanks for all the feedback. A lot of the questions were regarding the availability of the device and things like pricing etc. At the time I created the review no information on this was available yet so I forwarded those questions to the producers of the machine and today they came back with the following information:

sales@gamemid.com is the email address that can be used to ask questions regarding the device
http://www.gamemid.com will be the website containing more information on the device.

Mind you I/We am/are not affiliated with the company making the device, this video is to address the many questions from the viewers and to point them in the right direction.

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Matt Chat 198: Red Baron

This episode takes a look at Dynamix's 1990 hit Red Baron, a fun (but maddeningly difficult!) flight simulator set during World War I. You can get your own copy of the game at GOG for only $5. Download the video here.

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For Consideration: Rescue - The Embassy Mission


Rescue - The Embassy Mission is one of the most underrated NES games of all time. It's not a Nintendo legend like Mario or Zelda to be truthful, but it's still enjoyable to play. The concept of the game is that terrorists have hijacked the Paris embassy and it's your job to rescue the hostages. This game has a multitude of things to offer as a game and does quite well at performing them. This game is comprised of three major elements: Side-Scrolling, Sniping, and FPS (First Person Shooter). The game is simplistic in its goals and process, but does its job so eloquently.

Let's first examine the Side-Scrolling feature. The player picks a character and tries to sneak through a platform to get to the embassy. The player must dodge spot-lights by simply staying out of the way or ducking behind something. This kind of side scrolling is really neat for the time because it lets the game have an interactive background and foreground which gives it a new layer of depth. Once the player reaches a certain point the game will automatically go back to the character selection screen to pick a new character. If the player is caught, however, they will be killed in a barrage of bullets and will have another chance to try with a different character.

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Mark Plays... Tubular Worlds (PC / MS-DOS / Amiga / 1994)


I was going to play the Amiga game but that kept on crashing on me so I chose to do the PC version instead which is very similar if not identical.
A great R-type/Nemesis/Gradius like shoot'm up for PC and Amiga systems. Very nice smooth scrolling and a wonderful use of the 256 colours of the VGA palette. It spreads around 4 levels (worlds), has a nice weapons upgrade system comparable to that of Konami and Compile shooters. Nice soundtrack and great sound FX using the wonderful Sounblaster and FM synthesis. A two player mode is optional but I was unable to show you that as I didn't have a second player available to me. The game is controlled through either mouse, joystick or keyboard

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Mark Plays... Need for Speed Most Wanted (Android)(GameMID)


A small review of the Need for Speed Most Wanted game by Electronic Arts on Android. In this video I use the GameMID Android handheld. Mind you it is quite a different game than the versions found on the consoles but it is worth checking out. I first play the game with the Gyroscopic controls and then I will configure the game to use the touch controls which I will map to the physical buttons.

Overall score: 6.5-7 / 10
Enjoy and please let me know what you think.

You can find the game here

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Matt's Podcast June Edition

Hi, guys, I had the itch to do an audio podcast today, so here ya go! Don't expect slick production values, though--this is just some off-the-cuff stuff about all the exciting things Bill and I have been working on. Those projects include the forthcoming Vintage Game Consoles book, Frayed Knights II dungeons, and of course Matt Chat interviews and retrospectives. If you'd like to propose topics for me to cover in future episodes, please do so below!
Download or stream the podcast here.
Now back to work!

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Matt Chat 197: Lord British on Virtue

Lord British returns this week to flesh out our discussion of the later Ultima games, including the groundbreaking virtue system. Richard relates some of his favorite fan mails and comments, which include a heartfelt letter about a little girl whose life was changed forever by Ultima.

Please help spread the word about Matt Chat by posting this episode on your favorite social networking and bookmarking sites! Download the episode here.

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GameMID Android Handheld Review - an 1hr in depth look (including gameplay & benchmarks) (HD)


A review of the GameMID Android Handheld produced by REP Electronics Ltd (Hong Kong based) that will be brought to the market by various vendors under various brands. My unit comes with 8Gb of memory, the bare minimum will be 4Gb, but 16Gb or 32Gb of Flash memory is possible depending on ways the resellers would like the setup.

This video contains a look at the device itself, the specifications, some live gameplay, a look at its guts, benchmarking it and comparing it to the JXD S3700B, the Archos Gamepad and the Nexus 7, HDMI captured gameplay of various Android native games and various emulators. Read more below.

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