Memoirs of a Spectrum Addict Film interview at the Centre for Computing History
May28

Memoirs of a Spectrum Addict Film interview at the Centre for Computing History

Those of you who have seen me the wrong side of the camera lense on my YouTube channel will know beyond any doubt that I’m never going to be a film star. So imagine my surprise, mild panic, anguish and a few other emotions when Andy Remic decided to include me in his interview list for his upcoming feature length film – Memoirs of a Spectrum Addict. Me. In a film. Aaargh. The iconic Sinclair Building, 25 Willis Road, Cambridge 6 King’s Parade, former offices of Sinclair Research Will gets to grips with Jet Set Willy on the Tatung Einstein Taking a rollercoaster ride on the Oculus Rift. Playing on my old friend, the ZX81. Interview begins! Andy Remic, myself and Mark Howlett Memoirs of a Spectrum Addict, which was successfully Kickstarted in August last year, is unsurprisingly about the Sinclair ZX Spectrum, the effect it had on a generation of coders and gamers and the enduring legacy that came from it’s popularity. This is done through a series of interviews with gamers, developers, designers and (where I come in) fans. To think I will be in the same film as such Spectrum legends as Rick Dickinson, The Oliver Twins, Jonathan Cauldwell, Clive Townsend and Steve Turner is mind-blowing. Filming was on Saturday 20th May at the Centre for Computing History in Cambridge and I journeyed over with my friend Will, who also happens to be a big Sinclair fan. We decided to make a day of it and had a mini Sinclair ‘pilgrimage’ to 25 Willis Rd and 6 King’s Parade – both former addresses of Sinclair Research, before heading back to the Centre for filming where we were made to feel most welcome by Jason Fitzpatrick, the Centre’s curator. Nerves-a-jangling, I was filmed in the Centre’s Archives (a treat in itself) by Andy alongside fellow Spectrum fanatic Mark Howlett AKA @Lord_Arse who I had previously never met but often chatted to via social media. Mark turned out to be a real pleasure to meet and be interviewed alongside whilst Andy helped keep the nerves at bay during filming and was a true professional. Thank you both! All in all, an amazing day out in some great company and in an amazing setting that was tantamount to letting kids loose in a sweet shop. More information about Memoirs of a Spectrum Addict can be found on the website here, or to pre-order a copy visit the pre-order page on the Remic Media website.   Links Memoirs of a Spectrum Addict Website: http://www.spectrumaddict.co.uk Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/zxspectrumaddict/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/spectrumaddict Centre for Computing History Website: http://www.computinghistory.org.uk/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/computinghistory Twitter: https://twitter.com/computermuseum Mark Howlett...

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The Fantasy Art of Oliver Frey Extended Edition Kickstarter launches
Apr29

The Fantasy Art of Oliver Frey Extended Edition Kickstarter launches

This stunning new book; The Fantasy Art of Oliver Frey Extended Edition, published by Fusion Retro Books and written by Roger Keane is a follow on from the extremely popular original book by the same author. Those of you who read Crash, Zzap 64 or Amtix will need no introduction to Oli’s work, his iconic magazine cover art will live with us forever. Book cover This hardcover-only book covers the history of the man behind the artwork and groups his artwork together in sections from monsters and aliens to heroes and villains. The 224 page book, which is already completely written, also contains an extra 52 pages over the original, highlighting some of Oli’s more recent work. As you have come to expect from a Retro Fusion Books Kickstarter campaign, there are also some unique perks on offer including signed books, signed 16×12″ canvasses of Oliver Frey’s art and postcard packs. Pledge your support for this beautiful new book here. Canvas perk Canvas perk Canvas perk Links: Kickstarter campaign: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/47744432/the-fantasy-art-of-oliver-frey Fusion Retro Books website:...

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Nintendo 64 Anthology launches Kickstarter campaign
Apr14

Nintendo 64 Anthology launches Kickstarter campaign

An English adaptation of the popular hardback book; the Nintendo 64 Anthologie by Geeks-Line and penned by Math Malent is 98% complete, primed and ready for funding via Kickstarter. We are proud to announce that Retro Games Collector is supporting this campaign for this amazing book which covers Nintendo’s highly influential console which sold over 33 million units worldwide and became reknowned for being the first true 3D-based gaming console. As one of the most prolific collectors of Nintendo 64 games in the world Math Malent is well qualified to pen this comprehensive book which takes the reader on a journey through a complete history of the machine alongside a detailed description of it’s complete software library and interviews with those involved in the design and development of the console at the time. With over 350 pages, the entire game library of 388 games, cancelled games, accessories, collector’s editions and all the Nintendo 64 console variants included, this beautifully finished hardback book really does cover it all. Interviews include Martin Hollis (Rare – GoldenEye), Eric Caen (Titus – Superman) which encompasses both the most sublime and the worst of what the machine had to offer. There are several versions of the book on offer; The Classic Edition, The Collectors Edition – featuring a limited edition cover and slipcase, The Box Art Collection which includes a box art collection of over 750 of the games published for the N64 and the Custom Zelda Edition Pack which includes a limited edition and signed Zelda Nintendo 64 custom painted by American artist, James Harvard. The release of the book is has been set to coincide with the 20th Aniversary of the launch of the Nintendo 64 – September 29th 2016.   T The Kickstarter campaign launched today (Thursday April 14th) – check it out here.   Links Kickstarter page: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2099439603/nintendo-64-anthology-the-ultimate-book Twitter:...

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Fusion Funding – new funding website launches
Apr05

Fusion Funding – new funding website launches

‘The Little Book of Spectrum Games’ ‘The Little Book of Spectrum Games’ Not dissimilar to other well known crowdfunding sites visually Wouldn’t it be great to have a new crowdfunding site, specifically for the retrogaming community? After all, Kickstarter and Indiegogo are awash with retro projects at the moment and having one tailored to retro gamers would make life easier for us all. Thankfully, Chris Wilkins – founder of Fusion Retro Books and author of the ZX Spectrum in Pixels Volumes 1-3 (see our reviews here: Vol 1, Vol 2, Vol 3), as well as books on Ocean and US Gold has now launched his very own funding website (Fusion Funding) to be used for smaller projects and for third party retro projects in the future. Fusion Funding also has a social side to it too and has features that will enable it to be used as a hub for the retro community to use for news and to share and promote ideas. Chris says: “I have successfully used Kickstarter to raise funds to produce the books I have published to date, and will continue to use the platform going forwards for the larger projects. I thought it would be a good idea to do spin off projects to the main books like producing mini books full of just the games on a platform like the ZX Spectrum or Commodore 64. So I came up with the idea of putting together a site called Fusion Funding. The site has a social element like Facebook – a wall where you can post, videos, photos, events etc. It also has a campaign manager a little like Kickstarter. So I put the site together – added a campaign to raise funds to produce a book called ‘The Little Book of Spectrum Games’ and pressed the ‘go’ button. The response has been great so far. In a few days the funding is up to nearly £700 and over 60 retro fans have joined the site. If this initial campaign is successful, then I will be opening it up to others in the retro community who would like to run their own projects on the site.” We wish Fusion Funding every success and really look forward to seeing the first campaign come to fruition along with any that follow, whether by Chris or others in the retro community.   Links Fusion Funding: www.fusionfunding.co.uk Fusion Retro Books:...

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The RetroCollect Video Game Market 3, Doncaster 5th April 2016
Mar16

The RetroCollect Video Game Market 3, Doncaster 5th April 2016

The day got off to a great start with me turning up in my campervan (which we had loaded up the night before) at my mate Dana’s house around 5 o’clock in the morning and him handing me a very welcome sausage and brown sauce sandwich for breakfast. It took us just over 2 hours to drive the 103 miles and we had met up the majority of the Retro Collective Europe crew to start setting up or stall well before 8 o’clock. Neither me or Dana had met any of them in in the flesh before and it was great to finally meet in person all these people I had been swapping games and gaming related stories with for the last few years. It was like meeting old friends and we all got on like a house on fire. Adam and Rick from RetroCollect were making themselves known to new arrivals and were on hand to help out where they could and I’d like to thank them for their very warm welcome. Finally set up. Only took 2 hours… Time for a few group photos before door opening. Other stalls setting up prior to opening. Spot the Atari 5200 that was soon to be mine! Console Passion as impressive as ever. 5 minutes after doors opened it was heaving. It was this busy for hours. Luckily me and Dana had the end table in our row giving us more room, which was lucky because between us we had brought a whole lot of stuff to sell. More than would fit on our table that was for sure. Opening time was soon upon us heralded by a huge shout across the hall by Rick and a steady stream of visitors soon had the place heaving. Unfortunately we were too busy to really chat as much as we would have liked to the other Retro Collective guys, although some individuals (who I won’t name, er… Joe) from our group seemed to find time to bombard us with elastic bands all day which we happily flicked back. I had pre-arranged a few purchases from Matt, another of the Retro Collective guys, so some of my money was gone before the day had even started. Luckily, half of my stock had been snapped up in no time at all and it looked like it was going to be a great day of selling. I had gone with no intention of looking around the venue myself. Doing so would lead to temptation, and well, we all know what temptation can lead to… I did however, have to pop off to the loo and...

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The Story of the ZX Spectrum in Pixels Volume 3 by Chris Wilkins – review
Dec10

The Story of the ZX Spectrum in Pixels Volume 3 by Chris Wilkins – review

As I have stated in previous reviews for this particular series of books, us Spectrum fans have never had it so good. What with the world and his dog all falling over themselves to produce new hardware, ‘recreated’ hardware and new software for our ageing micro, it is almost like being back in the 80s. Feeding off this nostalgia gold rush there has also been a sudden upsurge in the amount of print featuring our dear old friend, some of which has been much better than others. Chris Wilkin’s previous two offerings firmly fall into the ‘much better’ category with ‘The ZX Spectrum in Pixels Vol. 1‘ and ‘The ZX ‘Spectrum in Pixels Vol. 2‘ getting full scores in my previous reviews. Now endowed with a green cover, ZX Spectrum in Pixels Volume 3 – which is the only one in the series not be crowdfunded – has now completed the trilogy, and it is time to see if the series can pull off a hat-trick of perfect scores… The full set ZX Spectrum peripherals Double spread games reviews Oli Frey’s glorious artwork is featured throughout the series the memoirs of a coding hero of mine; Malcolm Evans Look great don’t they? Inside Volume 3 The third volume follows the tried and tested format of the previous books, with a great article by Graeme Mason that covers ZX Spectrum software compilations in some depth, followed by a short feature on the various peripherals that made the Speccy such a versatile machine to own. The book also features an intriguing article with regards to music on the Spectrum, something that is often overlooked by those who have had no exposure to its underrated AY chip and only remember its awful beeper. The usual double page spreads of in-game graphics, loading screens and inlay artwork for over 80 games follow, along with a short synopsis of each game in question giving details of gameplay and a little of the history behind each title. Another motley bunch of software titles are featured with many of the Spectrum’s later offerings on show, such as Turrican (1990), Night Shift (1991), Addams Family (1992) and the last ever licensed game ever released for the ZX Spectrum – Dalek Attack (1992) bringing up the rear. Nine more fascinating memoirs from the likes of Malcolm Evans (New Generation Software), Brian Beuken (Imagine) and Ian Andrew (Incentive) wrap up another information-laden publication. The book is also sprinkled throughout with Spectrum related adverts which helps keep the nostalgia juices flowing between articles. As with the other books in the series, print quality is good for a publication of this...

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