Occasional ramblings on games, generally retro related

​When my parents brought home a ZX81 one day (complete with wobbly 16K RAM pack, of course) I discovered the joy of programming. But it wasn't until I got my hands on a ZX Spectrum that my obsession with games really began, which continued with the C64, Amiga, right through to this day. The 80s and early 90s were an amazing time for games, not just for the games themselves but for the fascinating people behind them - it was truly a time of pioneers and creativity.

I myself have spent the last (almost) 20 years working in the games industry on all manner of platforms, most recently iOS. Ziggurat Development Ltd is my company here in NZ that provides contract programming services.

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Recent Kickstarters

It's been a good time to be a retro gaming fan recently with several promising Kickstarters. Of course I dawdled too long on writing about them, so some have already finished, but they're still worth keeping an eye on.

Reformation 2 from Matt Gray

The first Reformation took a little longer to ship than originally expected, but it was well worth the wait. 5 CDs of excellent remakes of some of the best tunes to grace the C64 (and therefore, games in general). I'm a huge fan of those old SID tunes, and Matt did a brilliant job of updating them while keeping that distinct sound that made them so special... so I have high hopes for volume 2!

SNES/Super Famicom: a visual compendium

I've backed all of Sam's books so far and they've yet to disappoint. Beautifully presented, with a good helping of interesting stories and tidbits. They've certainly prodded me to go check out some of the classic games which passed me by at the time, as well as those that I'd long forgotten about.

Closed, but worth following:

Commodore: The Inside Story

If you listen to retro gaming podcasts, I'm sure you would've heard David Pleasance pop up in an interview. He promises a bit of a no holds barred tell all about the rise and fall of Commodore. I doubt there is anyone who would've had a better insight into just what the hell was going on, so this book should be very interesting.

The Commodore Story - Changing the world 8-bits at a time

This looks like it should have potential. I was a little disappointed with the recent "Viva Amiga" doco (it was fine, but it was too light for my liking), so I'm hoping for something more from this one.

Thaumistry: In Charm's Way. A New Comedy Text Adventure Game

A new text adventure from Bob Bates - what more do you need to know?