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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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Replay 2012 'the weekend' / the expo

Replay Expo 2012 - a gaming event that was held at 'Event City' close to the Trafford centre in Manchester (UK).

This video tries to capture how we experienced 'the Manchester Replay 2012-experience' which was the weekend the wife and I spent in the company of Andy, Erwin, Mark, Sophie and Denver!

Please check out the 'Replay 2012 Pinballs' video that focuses on the magnificent Pinball machines that were on display ready to play!

The video ends with my 'pickups' :)

Enjoy!
Cheers, Mark

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Replay 2012 - the Journey

It starts...

Uploaded over Über crappy wifi! LOL
So no HD and more when we return home.

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Mark plays... Robotron 2084 on Original Xbox (Xbox Live)

Playing a hidden gem on the original Xbox 'Robotron 2084' a port of the original arcade game on microsoft's first venture onto the online gaming market on the original Xbox.

The game has an 'enhanced' background but for the most part remains pretty true to the arcade original. It is controlled by both analog sticks on the xbox controller and the gameplay is fluid and very nice.

The game is very tough though as only 8 way shooting is possible allowing for 45 degree angles of vulnerability and lots of small objects being hurled your way. Loosing a life is easy!

GamingHistorySources comparison of various other home ports:
http://youtu.be/5vJuxdTRGQc

Intro soundtrack by Andy C. aka SynthMonkey aka ZombieAndy1979
http://www.youtube.com/user/zombieandy1979

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Retro-ZAP! Redux: Part 3 of... um, 2.

In my last article, I wrote at length about my experience making Retro-ZAP! on my near-ancient TRS-80 Model III computer. As I described, the experience was a fun and interesting one. It provided a mix of both high- and low-points, all of which were fun to write about. What I did not expect however, was the level of attention that would be generated by a Space Invaders knockoff, written in interpreted BASIC.

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Mark plays... Formula Karts Special Edition (Saturn)

In this video I am trying to play Sega Karts Special Edition on the Saturn and I talk a bit about the game, life, the universe and everything on the side.

This game is fun if you are into your old school PC-VGA-like Kart games, mind you this is not much like Mario Kart and the likes. This pretends to be a serious game and it sort of is.

Again experimenting with various video setups to see what works and what doesn't.

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Replay 2011 - day 1 - Teaser

Had an amazing day at the Norbreck hotel at Replay 2011. Met a lot of great people and the atmosphere was just awesome! And it is happening again tomorrow!

Retro geek heaven this is! I'll be going again in 2012 - it will be held in Manchester city a few weeks earlier even!

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Gaming Deaths

This video has been making the rounds lately. Rather simple premise--show a bunch of deaths in arcade classics interspersed with oddly appropriate clips from vintage TV shows and commercials.

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Your Gaming Future, Gaming Past

In my upcoming Matt Chat with Scratches designer Agustín Cordes, we talk a lot about our perspectives on classic games such as Myst and King's Quest, and how those have changed over time. Agustín says that he doesn't consider Myst (1993) to be a vintage game, simply because it feels too modern to him compared to the earlier King's Quest (1984). It made me start thinking about how we perceive time when talking about individual games. There is 9 years difference between Myst and King's Quest, but 18 years have passed since Myst first graced the Mac (16 for PC). It seems to me that each year that goes by seems to compress that 9 year gap to make it seem shorter, so that it seems like Myst followed very closely on the heels of King's Quest (and thus I feel comfortable grouping both under the category "classic"). For Agustín, on the other hand, that gap seems much wider, perhaps because the Myst-style is still "modern" in the sense that most adventure games still follow its model.

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3DO Light Gun Modification and CD-i Unboxing Videos

Courtesy of MaximumRD, check below to read about and see his modification of a 3DO light gun and unboxing of one of the Philips CD-i models:

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