My Atari Lynx History Apart from seeing an Atari Lynx behind glass in my tiny local games shop, my first experience with the handheld was back in 1992 when a friend brought his along on our German exchange school trip. I didn’t get a chance to play with it on the trip over, and neither did he for very long – the batteries didn’t even last until the ferry port and it wasn’t until he bought some more while we were in Germany that I had a turn. It was a long time before I owned a handheld games console, but I’d already played on a Game Boy and a Game Gear, so I had something to compare it to. The overwhelming difference: size. The...
I’m a sucker for gaming tat, so it was no surprise that as soon as the OneStation was shown to me, I bought one. And five game cartridges. After an agonising three week wait, it finally arrived from Hong Kong. Missing one cartridge. However, as will be revealed, that doesn’t actually matter. But wait! I’m getting ahead of myself! You all want to know… What the hell is a OneStation? Until it arrived, I wasn’t really sure. It appeared to be a handheld console that played emulated versions of console games. Which console games, and from which consoles, wasn’t exactly clear. After all, the box shows both Sonic the Hedgehog and Mario. Confusing! Let me reveal it to you, then. The OneStation FC3000 (the specific...
Ah, the Game Boy Advance. To many, a portable SNES without enough buttons to effectively be a portable SNES, and one with a screen invisible in all but the glow of a 100W lightbulb. That didn’t stop it from having arguably the best catalogue of games of any system, however, and with the lit screen of the GBA SP (further refined in the GB Micro), it became and remains my favourite handheld ever. And I loved my DS and 3DS a lot. The Top 10 10 Soundvoyager One of the “bit Generations” series of experimental games, and the best of them all (no easy feat, as they’re all pretty special). It’s a simple premise – steer your ship between two markers, rather like a ski slalom, but...
Of every games console or computer I’ve ever owned, the Sega Mega Drive is probably my favourite. It was my first console, and the one I own most games for. It also saw me through most of university, despite the N64, Saturn and PS1 all having just come out – I obviously didn’t have any money to buy them. It wasn’t until the end of 1999 that I bought something newer, meaning I’d had a full 8 years of Megadriving. And hundreds of games. The Top 10 10 Wiz ‘n’ Liz Mostly forgotten two player platformer. There’s very little to the main game – collect rabbits. Sorry, wabbits. But the wabbits give you items, and these items can be mixed in a pot between levels...
I’ve been gaming for a long time. This is obvious to anyone who has perused the rest of my site (the Gaming Diary and Museum both give clues to this). I’ve played a lot of games. Hundreds. Thousands, in fact. It would be naïve to assume that, having played so many games, gaming ideas are only ever used once, and so each game is an entirely unique experience. This is, of course, not true. Some things come up all the time in games. Obviously, most games have a scoring system. Most have a number of lives (which, traditionally, seems to be three, for no well-explained reason). Many have a system of levels, each following on from the last. These, however, are generally what makes a...
You may have noticed a new link up there on the menu bar – one to my new site (or sub-site? Maybe). It’s called “Game Over, Yeah!!” and it’s a site (sub-site, whatever) with a purpose: It’s Game Over, Yeah!! A video site with a simple premise. I play games and record them for your watching pleasure. Only there’s a catch: when I lose my first life, it’s Game Over, Yeah!! Will I last ten minutes? Ten seconds? Who knows! Why not click the link and see the exciting videos? Gwan!
All my CSCCGC entries are now online in a playable form! Wow at the graphics! Thrill at the playablility! Groan at the “jokes”! Hate at the controls! Thirteen fabulous Spectrum games to choose from. Every one a winner! (Note: I never won the CSSCGC). Don’t delay – hurry over to the CGC page right now! The “fun” starts here!
I’ve added all my comp.sys.sinclair Crap Games Competition entries to the site (again). Hurrah! Well, I say “all”, I stupidly entered a few games last year and they’re not there yet. But they will be soon. Also! I’ll make them all playable with an emulator, so you’ll be able to amaze at them in motion. Although some of them don’t move. Hmm. Anyway! They’re all here.
Once upon a time, I was editor of a fabulous free video gaming magazine called ugvm. It was ace. But, due to to the amount of work it involved I ended up giving it up. However, the back issues are now on this site in a lovely read-on-your-screen format! Hurrah! You can see them on the ugvm page.
Welcome! Well, this is a bit different, isn’t it? It’s all new and shiny WordPress now. There are a few new things that I’ve added recently, like the Top 10 Games bit, and I’ve even brought back some long missing sections of the site, such as the Tech Scans from Everyday Electronics. More things to come soon!