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The Evolution of Pac-Man Games

The Evolution of Pac-Man Games

Planned and designed by Toru Iwatani, Pac-Man is without doubt one of the most iconic video games of all time. Obviously, Mario and Sonic are universally known to gamers and non-gamers alike, but I would argue that the aliens from Space Invaders and the Pac-Man…

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Why Aren’t The Lost Vikings Still With Us?

Why Aren’t The Lost Vikings Still With Us?

There are some games from the past that appear to be ripe for a comeback, aren’t there? Among these is the classic puzzle-platform romp called The Lost Vikings. This title was produced by Silicon & Synapse, which is now known as Blizzard Entertainment. With a…

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When Ireland was the European HQ of video games

When Ireland was the European HQ of video games

Ireland is often at the cutting edge of the technology industries. Its lucrative tax deals have attracted many of the big guns to its shores. Google has its EMEA HQ in Dublin, and you can check out some photos of the offices if you want…

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Retro games that were made into movies

Retro games that were made into movies

Video games have always had the power to be marketed in different ways. Merchandise is an obvious strategy for any big game, with many children going to school with lunch boxes, notepads and rulers adorned with pictures of Pac-Man, Mario or Street Fighter characters. Video…

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Old Spectrum Mags – Your Spectrum Issue 14 – May 1985

Old Spectrum Mags – Your Spectrum Issue 14 – May 1985

My look through all the old Your Spectrum and Your Sinclair magazines continues, in the run up to the ZX Spectrum Next launch (as explained before in my first post about Old Spectrum Mags). Here’s my look at the highlights of Your Spectrum Issue 14…

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The beauty of retro video game maps

The beauty of retro video game maps

Back in the 80s, when you were stuck in a video game, you were pretty much stuck. There was of course no internet. You could try asking your friends, but they might just be as stuck as you. And when we did get gaming shows…

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Old Spectrum Mags – Your Spectrum Issue 13 – Apr 1985

Old Spectrum Mags – Your Spectrum Issue 13 – Apr 1985

Here is the next thrilling instalment of my look at all the old Your Spectrum magazines, in the run up to the ZX Spectrum Next launch (as explained before in my first post about Old Spectrum Mags). Here’s my look at the highlights of Your…

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Old Spectrum Mags – Your Spectrum Issue 12 – Mar 1985

Old Spectrum Mags – Your Spectrum Issue 12 – Mar 1985

We’re now into the second half of my look at all the old Your Spectrum magazines, in the run up to the ZX Spectrum Next launch (as explained before in my first post about Old Spectrum Mags). Here’s my look at the highlights of Your…

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Old Spectrum Mags – Your Spectrum Issue 11 Feb 1985

Old Spectrum Mags – Your Spectrum Issue 11 Feb 1985

My look through all the old Your Spectrum and Your Sinclair magazines continues, in the run up to the ZX Spectrum Next launch (as explained before in my first post about Old Spectrum Mags). Here’s my look at the highlights of Your Spectrum Issue 11…

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Rick Dickinson, ZX Spectrum designer – A Tribute

Rick Dickinson, ZX Spectrum designer – A Tribute

I was shocked and saddened to hear about the death of Rick Dickinson yesterday. Many will know him as the designer of the iconic ZX Spectrum computer in the 1980s, amongst other things. To be honest, I never knew Rick’s part in the Sinclair journey…

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