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  1. Gary Penn was very honest as a reviewer. While I didn’t always agree he at least was consistent.
  2. It’s an interesting game from Andromeda in Hungary. It’s just a real shame that the controls are so fiddly, especially when trying to dig up the gold.
  3. Sprint races may be gone for 2022, big teams asking for more money - after FIA showed them data that proved sprint races increased viewers and sponsorship...
  4. (Subscriber cover) Super Powered: 30 Games That Pushed The SNES, with developers naming their favourites Ultimate Guide to Pilotwings Retro Gamer’s Guide To The Commodore 64 So You Want To Collect Game Boy Advance Games Making Ofs - Top Gear games, Gargoyles, Gravity, Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Homebrew Special: Spectrum Next Retro Inspired: Clockwork Aquario and lots more
  5. merman

    Tennis

    Disappointing for Norrie, even with his preparation disrupted by COVID.
  6. Great win for Wasps against Toulouse - Umaga’s red card was harsh, particularly when the ref gave a similar offence as only a yellow against Toulouse in the second half.
  7. The enemies in Mutants are all character-based - the HUD and spaceship take up the hardware sprites. There’s some impressive behaviour. But for me (and Martin Walker) the real let-down was that there is only one set of levels, effectively. Collect all the containment field parts and deposit them in the centre of the maze, and the game goes back to the start with exactly the same layout but faster moving enemies.
  8. merman

    Cricket Thread

    This is the problem all round - too many batsmen approaching it as a one-day competition rather than building an innings, swinging at deliveries they should never play because they feel the pressure to keep the run rate high. There are other issues of technique too that need to be addressed. Credit to Australia though, in so many sessions they outplayed us - and crucially they outfielded us.
  9. merman

    Tennis

    Two health panels independent of the Government granted him the exemption, one commissioned by Tennis Australia and the other by the state of Victoria. Federal rules and the Immigration Minister overrule them.
  10. Rarest is probably the 3.5” disk version of Sword of Honour on the C64. I also managed to pick up The Great Giana Sisters on tape about two years after it was taken off UK shop shelves. One of my favourites though is Katamari Damacy for PS2, signed by Keita Takahashi with a little Noby Noby Boy doodle he drew on it for me.
  11. merman

    Tennis

    On a technicality that the Border Police didn’t give him (and his lawyers) enough time to react to the visa being revoked. The Immigration Minister can still overturn it. And let’s also not forget Farage has campaigned many times for an Australian-style immigration system...
  12. The music from C64 Cobra by Ben Daglish is superb, a cover of Skyline from the movie. The game is terrible. I did a piece for the Film Stories website comparing the versions, with some fun facts about the movie. https://www.filmstories.co.uk/features/the-curious-computer-games-of-the-sylvester-stallone-headlined-movie-cobra/
  13. merman

    Cricket Thread

    Ha, maybe I should predict that England won’t get a good result out of the Fifth Test then... Sam Billings drove 500 miles to join up with the squad as injury cover, would be gutted for him if he missed out on selection.
  14. 4-0 win away from home. Is it too early to be optimistic about the play-offs, or will we continue to be inconsistent?
  15. merman

    Cricket Thread

    England still haven’t batted past 300 in this series, but Jack Leach had a great day bowling (backed up by better field placing). And Pope did well behind the stumps... but I don’t see England batting out the day to get the draw.
  16. Had a lot of fun playing the entries to CPCRetroDev2021, some very original ideas in there. And great that the student teams get involved.
  17. merman

    Tennis

    Either outcome is not good, even if Djokovic isn’t the only player affected. Let him play and you embolden the anti-vaxxers and his giant ego. Kick him out of the country and he becomes a near-martyr for the cause.
  18. merman

    Cricket Thread

    Amazing to see Stokes’ bails stay on. Almost as if Lady Luck finally gave England a break in this series...
  19. So many great articles this month, the Arc Developments piece was great reading
  20. merman

    Tennis

    Getting the exemption stank of money bending the rules. The U-turn stinks of political opportunism at a time when the Government is unpopular for imposing restrictions on its own people. There seems to be two reasons anyway - Djokovic himself opposing vaccines, and a member of his team not declaring their vaccination status properly.
  21. If you go to the ball park you will miss the F1 race...
  22. Microsoft have stopped you from playing terrible old games just in time
  23. I love that Cauldron II map - because it mirrors the Palace Software logo
  24. Xbox/PS2/Dreamcast era is now retro to me. At least two generations back/10+ years - although even that is flexible based on the ongoing commercial support. I don’t see why it should be limited to the 70s/80s stuff that many of us here grew up with. After all, there are plenty of young adults who grew up with Halo 1/2 and would see that as their retro/beginning their interest in games.
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