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llamasoft_ox

@llamasoft_ox@toot.wales

I am an ox that makes games and lightsynths. Recreational shepherd. Carmarthenshire.

I like #coding, #gaming, #retrogames, #fur (fake of course), #beer, #curry, #plushies, #Floyd, #sheep, #Defaidodon, #Wales, oh I'm sure I shall think to add more.

Ought to put #Atari there too I suppose.

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Good goat I want to play Duke Smoochem 3D. It's just the essence of Britain. Every time I see a clip of the work in progress I piss myself laughing :D

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Right, Play Meter magazine is blatantly not realising that Congo Bongo was a pile of old smeg so I think I'm off to roost now.

Quite entertaining looking at all this from a suit's point of view. My own view of equivalent times was so different.

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@Jamesac68 it was the fallacy of isometric, it became a fad because people thought it looked cool but in almost all circumstances it's actually horrible to play in isometric. We got it particularly badly in the UK, where proto-Rare released some isometric Speccy games and for years afterwards, at least on the Speccy, there was an absolute plague of me-too stuff done in isometric which would have been far better off in a more conventional display mode.

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I don't suppose the A-1 Ashtray Company are doing much business in arcades any more.

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it's amusing reading these seeing the coinop industry get its knickers in a knot about certain movies that they were sure would bring the industry into disrepute but which were actually a bit rubbish and immediately forgotten.

Giles likes to dig out and watch terrible movies so I am definitely going to have to look out ones such as "Tilt" and "Joysticks", both of which had Tosh Man in quite a panic :D

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I'm sure there's a bit of bandwagon jumping going on with the legal threat adverts. You see them for the crappiest things, games into which not even a milliBraybrook of talent went. "Do not copy Smegatron! OR ELSE!" and then you fire up Smegatron in MAME and it's abject bobbins that nobody in their right mind would rip off.

(Best to read these old mags with a well stocked copy of MAME open just to check out what they were actually talking about at times).

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Williams' variant on the WE WILL SUE YOU advert. "We care! (We WILL SUE YOU)"

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TIL that Old Doc Yak was actually a goat.

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At this point they might as well have just stopped the magazine right there forever because this would never be surpassed.

The other side of the advert goes on to describe the most perfect arcade game ever made - ROBOTRON: 2084

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Dan Reolaeth would be a good name for the Welsh first minister.

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Anyway enough pisstaking for tonight. Bed for this ox. 🐂

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It's quite something to get such an insight into the crusty besuited underpinnings of what to us was the birth of an exciting new medium filled with boundless possibilities for the creation of a new kind of art that had never existed before.

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It's all go in the 1983 coinop biz. That's an engraved walnut clock!

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TOSH MAN ON THE CASE

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@alexr I know the guys at Atari who were making real Atari coinops hated Kangaroo. If you've never read that stash of Atari internal emails from that era you really ought, they are great.

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@alexr Goat bless Jed, he seems like a properly righteously curmudgeonly dude, and tremendously skilled with it. Those emails are gold.

I had the opportunity to get quite nicely inebriated with Larry DeMar a few years ago and that was lovely in terms of hearing some stories. I hope one day to do the same with Eugene :D

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blessed

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These old Play Meter magazines are full of threatening WE'RE GONNA SUE YOU! ads. I remember seeing some of them (usually from Atari) in our game mags BITD but these coinop trade mags take it to a different level.

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very next page, here's another one! MR. DON'T!

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all the actual dudes interested in the money from the games rather than the games themselves looked something like this

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on the next page there's three pictures of the same dude. The camera loves him!

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meanwhile at Atari...

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I liked this old ad from Play Meter magazine.🐂

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