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Atari: Visual History of the Atari 8-bit Computer – Review

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As a massive Atari fan with a large Atari collection of my own, I was thrilled when Greyfox Books sent me a copy of Atari: Visual History of the Atari 8-bit Computer for review. I was not to be disappointed.

The book I was sent was a hardcover and is a hefty 420 full-colour pages absolutely jam-packed full of information and images. It really is a technicolour feast for the eyes and it is clear from the off that this book is the result of a lot of painstaking research and work by its author Darren Doyle.

Visual History of the Atari 8-bit Computer
Visual History of the Atari 8-bit Computer
Visual History of the Atari 8-bit Computer
Visual History of the Atari 8-bit Computer
Visual History of the Atari 8-bit Computer

Between the covers

Having ‘Visual History’ in the title does this book a small disservice. Such books are usually coffee table books – a book that you will just pick up, look at a few pictures of your favourite games, think “ooh, I remember that…” then put down again. This book manages to be just that but also balances the pages and pages of fantastic software reviews with a wealth of articles. These include information on the Atari 8-bit computer range, their peripherals and revealing pieces by programmers and ex-Atari employees, all of which happily makes this a book with subtance past its slightly misleading title.

The pages of software reviews are cleverly laid out to make the most of the space, managing to squeeze in box art, screenshots and review text without looking cluttered. The reviews themselves include a synopsis of both the history of the game and the gameplay itself and get to the point without being too wordy. Some reviews are worded by the authors of the games themselves which adds an interesting perspective.

In Summary

This is a book that would have been split into 3 volumes by anyone else. As such it represents fantastic value for money and the sheer amount of information within its pages is staggering. Whether you are an Atari fan or not, the anecdotes from industry luminaries just add credence to an already fascinating and well penned insight into the Atari 8-bit world and I cannot recommend this book enough.

The Visual History of the Atari 8-bit Computer is available from Greyfox Books:

https://www.greyfoxbooks.com/product/the-atari-a-visual-history/

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The 8-Bit Wars – Kickstarter ending soon

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8 Bit Wars

THE 8-BIT WARS will take a detailed look at the gaming explosion of the 1980s, focussing on all those wonderful games that were played on so many different platforms, exploring the different hardware formats, the games, developers, magazines, musicians and publishers with a whole new set of interviews. It will be an exploration. A voyage of retro discovery. I hope you will join me on my quest…”

Andy Remic

The Kickstarter for the next film by Andy Remic, who already has two retro game themed films under his belt (Memoirs of a Spectrum Addict & Spectrum Addict “Load Film2”) is nearing its end. At the time of writing the Kickstarter has far surpassed its goal, meaning several fantastic stretch goals have been reached.

These include;

  • THE HISTORY OF OCEAN – Chris Wilkins and Roger M. Kean (PDF)
  • COMMODORE: THE INSIDE STORY – Audio Book DL (worth £10)
  • An 8-BIT WARS STICKER (digital backers will receive a sticker template download/ whereas physical backers e.g. of BluRays, will receive a sticker with their film)
  • THE STORY OF US GOLD by Chris Wilkins and Roger M. Kean (PDF)
  • The 8-BIT WARS – THE GAME on MULTIPLE FORMATS! – A completely brand new 8-BIT computer game. All backers will receive downloads of the finished game(s).
  • COMMODORE: THE INSIDE STORY – DVD and BluRay downloads

Stretch goals still to reach;

  • £19K – SUNFAIL – a novel by Steven Savile, who has written for Doctor Who, Torchwood, Primeval, Stargate, and Warhammer, along with the storyline for the game Battlefield 3 (PDF)
  • £20K – a choice of Spectrum Addict Film download – either Spectrum Addict: The Director’s Cut, Spectrum Addict LOAD “FILM2” or Spectrum Addict The Lost Tapes (HD versions, worth £12 each!)
  • £21K – Extended Film (extended to a 6-8 hour serialised extravaganza in 1 hour(ish) episodes)

Only 4 days to go at the time of writing this so head on over to the Kickstarter and check out what you will get. We think the stretch goals alone make it worth while, so to get those AND a film starring loads of game industry legends? Bargain.

Oh, and did I mention I will be in it?

Featured Video Interview: Gary Bracey, OCEAN Software

A short sample film containing an interview with Gary Bracey, where he talks about the Acorn Atom, the ZX81, the ZX Spectrum and major Liverpool software houses of the early days…

Featured Video Competition: RAF CECCO!

“The RAF CECCO VERY MEAN GAME SPOTTING COMPETITION…….”

Have you got what it takes?

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Tubbz Cosplaying Ducks by Numskull – Review

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When I first heard about these game and film themed Tubbz cosplaying ducks from Numskull, my first reaction sounded something like “what the duck?” – nevertheless my interest was piqued. Luckily for me, Numskull were kind enough to send me a couple of samples for perusal and my first impression was simply; ‘bonkers but brilliant’.

tubbz cosplaying ducks in packaging
tubbz cosplaying ducks in packaging
tubbz cosplaying ducks in packaging
tubbz cosplaying ducks in packaging

So… what are Tubbz Cosplaying Ducks?

For those of you, like me, that didn’t know what Tubbz were, let me enlighten you. They are a range of collectible rubber ducks, bearing the resemblance of some of your favourite characters from various game and movie franchises from Metal Gear to Lord of the Rings. At the time of writing this review, there are over 70 different ducks to collect, with new ranges due to be added, a fair few of which I now have my own sights on (I’m looking at you Sonic, Knuckles, Tails and Dr. Eggman)!

tubbz crash bandicoot
tubbz spiro the dragon
tubbz crash bandicoot and spiro

Your character comes in its own extremely cool bathtub emblazoned with the logo of the game/film/franchise it comes from. There are between 3 and 8 to collect in each range. For example, with the Crash Bandicoot I was sent, you can also collect Dr. N Gin, Coco Bandicoot and Dr. Neo Cortex.

Each character’s tub also comes with a clear plastic cover, which not only serves to tell you the number and range it is from, but also allows you to stack them whilst protecting your collectible duck from dust and damage. Ideal for any collector’s shelf.

In summary

I was pleasantly surprised by these wonderfully appealing ducks. The quality and detail is great and they have been very well thought out with collectors in mind. The range of ducks available means there should be something that appeals to most movie/game buffs out there. These will look great in any man-cave or games room whilst being fun to collect. Only one outcome is possible here – a full 5 invaders for these awesome Tubbz cosplaying ducks.

Get yours here: http://www.numskull.com/tubbz/

Review Video coming shortly…

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NFL Blitz 2000 Gold Arcade Machine Fixes

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NFL Blitz 2000 Gold Arcade Machine

I fixed a problem for my friend who has a nice NFL Blitz 2000 Gold Arcade Machine. His machine was having two issues:

  • Resetting intermittently
  • Sound was distorted

How I fixed it:

I was able to fix both issues by increasing the voltage output on the power supply. It was as simple as turning the knob on the power supply and measuring the output to make sure it was close to 5 volts. NFL Blitz is very picky and wants as close to 5 volts as possible otherwise the issues I described can/will occur.

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Retro Gamer 206 is on sale now

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Retro Gamer 206 is on sale nowThe latest issue of Retro Gamer is on sale now, with a cover feature looking at the impact of Valve’s groundbreaking Half-Life series! Read about how these classic games evolved the first-person shooter with their immersive storytelling, innovative use of physics and support for mods that became huge games in their own right.

Elsewhere in the issue, we speak to wrestling and gaming experts about the wrestling genre, and revisit the unique natural disaster themed action adventures of the Disaster Report series. While Formula 1 drivers are racing on F1 2019, we learn about the creation of Codemasters’ original Grand Prix Simulator. We’ve also got features on the evolution of Ant Attack and videogame stamps, an ultimate guide to SCI: Special Criminal Investigation, and much more besides.

During the COVID-19 crisis, we cannot supply print issues of Retro Gamer to retailers, but single issues are still available to buy via MyFavouriteMagazines.co.uk. UK subscriptions will continue as normal, so if you want to make sure you don’t miss an issue, it’s worth taking the time to set one up – especially as we’re currently offering 5 issues for £5, a huge saving over the cover price.

For international customers, existing subscribers will have their print issues held to be mailed at a later time, with digital copies provided in the interim. Single issues can be ordered for international postage, but new non-UK subscriptions can’t be taken out until we’re able to resume normal service.

Until next time, stay safe, stay at home, and take your mind off the world’s troubles with some games from times gone by.

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We’ve Got Space To Chat About Lunar Lander

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Our current Retro Spotlight forum topic focuses on Lunar Lander, Atari’s devilishly difficult arcade game from the Seventies. Inspired by the space race that saw the USA put a man on the moon in 1969, the game tasked players with balancing thrust, gravity and momentum to safely land a spaceship on the hazardous lunar surface. Failure to come in at the correct speed or angle would result in the destruction of the craft.

While Lunar Lander wasn’t a failure by any stretch of the imagination, and was noteworthy as the first Atari arcade game to use vector graphics, its popularity was eclipsed by that of Atari’s other vector space-based game, Asteroids. Despite that, it went on to inspire a whole range of similar games and named its own subgenre.

If you fancy chatting with other like-minded retro gamers about this, head on over to the forum topic by clicking here.

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