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.
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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.
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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!
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
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:
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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!
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Now back to work!