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miner2049er
28-05-12, 04:55
The May RoundUp is here for your listening pleasure, particularly if you're in Ohio of course.

Will there be a Guinness Gaming Record?
Will there be any Gaming Trivia?
Will we fox the 20Q Challenge?

Find out for yourself.

TOPICS COVERED IN THE SHOW
Hardware Flashback: Topic - (00:00)
Retro Regurge 1 - (26:31)
Guinness Gaming Records - (37:42)
The Last V8 (Rob Hubbard) - (39:17)
Bill Fisher Interview - (42:18)
The Great And Powerful Oz - (100:48)
Top Ten Vector Games - (101:18)
Gaming Trivia - (238:36)
Donations - (239:03)
It Came From MAME - (240:08)
Live News And Listener Views - (259:07)
Retro Regurge 2 - (373:49)
Our Princess Is In Another Castle (Descendants Of Erdrick) - (382:36)
URLs And EMails - (387:02)

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saberman
28-05-12, 08:14
So will there be any more British hour?

miner2049er
28-05-12, 11:32
So will there be any more British hour?

There will be but other things have taken priority, like getting vocals on the Guinness Gaming Records and Gaming Trivia.

Leathco
29-05-12, 12:06
I live right by Ohio, and can confirm nothing to do is not a problem unique to Ohio. Indiana suffers the same fate.

indieseoul
29-05-12, 12:29
LOL Kansas is worse than Ohio which is the reason I no longer live there. At least Ohio has hills. Nice I will be listening to this at work instead of working. :)

SubaruBrat
29-05-12, 06:18
For fucksake, I hate it when I am trying to recall specifics and end up with a mash up of half facts. When you listen to the show, the Apollo mission I was referencing was Apollo 12 when Pete Conrad and Al Bean landed and gave the WhooHooo instead of the rehearsed line after they dropped the LEM onto the moon. And I would like to think that Pete Conrad would have been a RGRUP listener, since every other word he used was profane, and he went to the moon.

Gordon Bennett
29-05-12, 07:28
I can't wait to hear the Hardware Flashback about a chocolate bar.

miner2049er
29-05-12, 09:40
I can't wait to hear the Hardware Flashback about a chocolate bar.

The most expensive chocolate bar around too.

All Your Base
29-05-12, 10:38
The most expensive chocolate bar around too.

Actually, the most expensive chocolate bar ever was the £700 billion Boost which the UK Government gave to the UK banking system.

The previous most expensive was the $30 million Bounty which the US placed on the head of Saddam Hussein.

(Of course, this may mean nothing to anyone outside the UK, so soz if you don't understand)

http://img.tapatalk.com/5686987c-5490-555b.jpg

http://img.tapatalk.com/5686987c-54df-cc8e.jpg

miner2049er
29-05-12, 10:43
While the more intelligent Europeans among us are laughing our tits off at that, the Americans are firing their guns into the air and hollering.

All Your Base
29-05-12, 11:20
Well, in fairness, they did done gotten him.

On the subject of Saddam, I emailed a friend of mine in Indiana a couple of Saddam related gags that met with a stony silence. Clearly there's a difference in pronunciation on the other side of the pond. The gags were:

Q. When does Sadddam have his dinner?
A. When Tariq Aziz


...and...

Q. Where does Saddam keep his CDs?
A. In a rack

(cue silence)...

miner2049er
29-05-12, 11:33
http://www.jamesonline.net/pics/images/tumbleweed.jpg

All Your Base
29-05-12, 11:39
lol. I considered finding a similar picture to tag on at the end of my post: but then I didn't...

Gordon Bennett
30-05-12, 09:11
I knew I had this sitting in my Photobucket for a reason.

http://i734.photobucket.com/albums/ww347/gbennet/2dcahqu.jpg

miner2049er
30-05-12, 10:19
Lol

miner2049er
30-05-12, 06:34
The interview this month is a bit of a sleeper for me.

It is one of the best we have, really interesting and it is probably one of the last ones I would think of that we got from CGE 2010.

kynrek
02-06-12, 07:45
I'm so proud of the show title this month! Can't wait to listen to it!

I'll be taking some fliers to the CCAG show this month in Cleveland, I expect many other bored Ohioans to start listening religiously as I do, Scott, I must forewarn you, your arcade parties may dramatically increase in attendance.

SubaruBrat
02-06-12, 10:59
Maybe the Ohio contingent can charter a tour bus or something?

Spin
02-06-12, 01:16
I will be in attendance.
Its always a good show.
Best part is my holy grail of arcade games. Atari Stunt cycle is usually there.
Be there!

kynrek
02-06-12, 03:51
Maybe the Ohio contingent can charter a tour bus or something?

Shotgun!

LovelyWong
05-06-12, 04:14
I remember playing Beastie Feastie back in the day at a bowling alley where I had a job in a restaurant there around 1986. This place also had some other great games there too such as Targ, Stargate and Gauntlet. I think this was the only place I saw this game. They also had another title there from Epos but I can't recall what it was. The restaurant closed up about a year later and then the whole place closed down a few years after that. It makes me wonder though, what happened to the games. I hope that they were not destroyed.

Nurmix
05-06-12, 11:44
...the Americans are firing their guns into the air and hollering.

Actually, we fire the guns into the air, THEN holler. It's not a simultaneous occurrence. Silly Brit...

GameGavel
05-06-12, 11:56
Cool that you actually remember seeing one in person. It had to be obscure as hell! It's a rather fun game, still today!



I remember playing Beastie Feastie back in the day at a bowling alley where I had a job in a restaurant there around 1986. This place also had some other great games there too such as Targ, Stargate and Gauntlet. I think this was the only place I saw this game. They also had another title there from Epos but I can't recall what it was. The restaurant closed up about a year later and then the whole place closed down a few years after that. It makes me wonder though, what happened to the games. I hope that they were not destroyed.

Brumisator
11-06-12, 01:22
Ah, that Bill Fisher interview was gold.

A couple of things that his IED training video"game" made me think about:

- When I was doing my mandatory peace-time military service in Finland around 2008 (I'm an anti-air Sergeant, mobile radar leader), we had a few simulators: a 50 cal Russian NSV (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HjL5zdyRUE0) on its standard tripod, (the weapon is nicknamed mosquito, itikka in Finnish, because of its full name 12,7 ilmatorjuntakonekivääri 96, and to a modern aircraft, 50 cal bullets are the equivalent of mosquito bites).
On the simulator, instead of the normal sights, you have a small TV monitor with a videogame. The graphics are Atari Jaguar quality 3D,but it was still fun to shoot simulated planes and stuff with an actual machine-gun.
We also had more modern (weapon in service since 2005) missile launchers, short range (5km) hand-guided missiles, therefore immune to all kinds of radar jamming, chaff, flares, etc. an enemy plane might use to disorient a missile. The operator has to guide the missile to its target using laser beams (actually guiding the missile, not "painting" the target). That rocket is launched from a fancy truck with its own radar and shit, or from a man-carried pod. The pod simulator is hilarious to play with, it has a kicker, kind of like Q-bert,except it really kicks your aim off as the simulated ordinance is fired, then you have to re-steady your aim.

Funnily enough, being a huge videogame player, I was much better than most of my comrades, because stuff like leading a target, finding targets, etc. was so ingrained in my gaming habits.

- After my service, for "old time's sake" I started playing a lot of Arma 2, which is a modern PC game made by Bohemia Interactive. the same company had also previously made VBS, Virtual Battlespace (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VBS2) for the United States Marine Corps. The latter is a simulator, mostly of infantry combat, but also has pretty much any vehicle you can think of. Modified into a game (or rather, milsim available to the public),the arma series (and operation flashpoint before it) is an incredibly immersive, complex and freeform experience. I'm in a "clan" as we young kids call it these days online, using real military diciplineon the internet, weplay simulated missions versus other human-controlled troops, and damn , my real army infantry training really helps. Had I played this before doing my service,I would have had such an edge and amount of comprehension about the world around me as a soldier.



Goddamnit, I have to stop rambling for so long.

SubaruBrat
11-06-12, 02:02
Seriously, how cool is it that we have a Finland Vet telling his story of gaming training following the Bill F interview?

Nurmix
11-06-12, 05:20
A couple of things that his IED training video"game" made me think about...

I concur, Scott. Very interesting, Brumisator! I didn't detect any "rambling" whatsoever.

And cool, for me, to hear about the military in Finland. My father's side of the family is Finnish (and obviously I have a Finnish last name as well). I've never been to Finland, nor do I speak a single word of the language, but I can remember my grandfather yelling at my grandmother in Finnish when I would visit them as a kid. She'd scream back just as loud in Hungarian, and usually won the argument; at least I assume she did because he'd walk away mumbling under his breath and she'd be smiling.

So how long is the mandatory military service requirement there?

Brumisator
12-06-12, 12:43
Hehehe, it always makes me giggle being called a vet. I didn't get anywhere close to fighting in a real war, I just spent a year surrounded by hundreds of men (and 3 women) and did lots of camping while wearing green clothes.

Service in Finland is 6 months for basic grunt, a year for NCO or officer, then you come out a reservist. And as the armed forces have a good reputation in the public eye, most people do their armed service instead of pussying out into civil service. Theoretically making Finland's the biggest in army Europe. (a country of 5 million inhabitants, mind you). I was fun being an NCO, getting to mould the fresh meat into something vaguely resembling a trained fighter,then I carried on to train the next batch of NCOs before getting into the reserves.

saberman
13-06-12, 05:22
Hi
I’ve just caught up with the news and was really surprised that you knew so little about The Lords of Midnight. It was a huge hit over here in the UK when it came out and was incredibly immersive.

For the time the graphics were outstanding and part of their beauty came from the restrictions of the computers of the time, particularly the spectrum. Updates have been made since with better graphics but they don’t compare to the original. The graphics were reminiscing of the first person dungeon crawlers. Think bards tail in an outdoor setting.

As well as that it was a fiendish, but not unfair, strategy war game. We all know amazing graphics are nothing without a good game behind them. The first person perspective was a kind of built in ‘fog of war’. Building up your armies while trying to keep the enemy (Doomdark) at bay was a challenge every time. There was built in randomness that help keep the game feeling fresh.

Finally the back-story and map were really well constructed. Playing the game you can explore the “Plains of Blood”, the “Forest of Dreams” and the “Citadel of Gloom”. The game came with a booklet that contained a novella and a map of the land of midnight. The novella was a bit generic and cheesy but had its own charm.

I’ve checked out the news link and actually think this one is better as it actually shows the footage of the game being played on the iPad.
http://www.icemark.com/blog/archives/2012/03/12/lords-of-midnight-video-footage-2/

I’m wondering if anyone else on the forums played this game at all? I think that I spent more time on this game than any other back in the day, with the possible exception of Elite.

Gordon Bennett
14-06-12, 09:39
I have played a little bit of Lords of Midnight, but in all honesty I never did get past the point of wandering around aimlessly and lost trying to sort out exactly what to do. Even with that minimal interaction it is very impressive indeed. I had it on the C64, which isn't quite up to the Spectrum original but does come close.

saberman
14-06-12, 08:04
I have played a little bit of Lords of Midnight, but in all honesty I never did get past the point of wandering around aimlessly and lost trying to sort out exactly what to do. Even with that minimal interaction it is very impressive indeed. I had it on the C64, which isn't quite up to the Spectrum original but does come close.


From memory the only difference was that the C64 had an additional sun that rose in the east and set in the west.

Clytor
30-06-12, 02:39
UK, that Gwyneth Paltrow shit was a riot.

miner2049er
01-07-12, 01:31
UK, that Gwyneth Paltrow shit was a riot.

;)