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My early gamer years (Part 2)

So last time we went through this, I focused on my days on the Commodore 64. The 64 was an awesome machine for its time, as I am sure you know. It made massive leaps with its’ sound chip, so Commodore had some really big boots to fill when the world changed and most of us went from 8-bit to 16-bit. The Amiga 500 which was released in Europe in 1987; I would have been 12 at that point in time. I can’t remember when I got mine, but I do remember saving up as much pocket money as I could so I could go to the computer trade show with my Dad to buy one.

My Amiga stuck around for years. It became the system I learned a lot more programming on; starting with Amiga Basic and going on to learn the fabulous Blitz Basic. It helped with typing up documents for school and became a companion in my bedroom, as I wrote thousands of words into my own personal diary. After going through several upgrades, it was eventually replaced by its successor the Amiga 1200 which stuck with me until after I left home for a job at 19.

The Amiga was a superb system for its time and if I named every game that I ever played we would be here for weeks. I’m just going to concentrate on the games that I remember the most, these may not be Amiga exclusives but it’s the main ones I remember.

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Braggart – Card Game Review

You’ve just finished a hard day adventuring; You ache and you think you may have a new rash on your leg from that last battle. You’re sure it’s nothing and take some well-earned downtime in the local tavern. Sitting around the table are some fellow adventurers. The drinks start to flow and so do the stories, it’s time for you to become the biggest Braggart.

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Gamer Question of the Month: Feb 2017

We were asked by the lovely team over at the Later Levels if I would like to take part in doing a monthly Q&A, to open discussion about video games amongst bloggers. If you’re interested in joining in the discussion, leave us a comment below, or reach out to Later Levels. Every month here on GeekOut South-West, we’ll be sharing what the question of the month is, as well as what our answers to this question is and our justification for the answers.

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What Will I Do In 2017?

I found that in the past being super critical of myself has not been very helpful and actually makes me less motivated, so I opt for a New Year wish list instead of New Year resolutions. I promised myself I won’t mention Brexit or the inevitable inauguration of one Donald Trump so don’t expect this to be political and in no particular order.

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Beginning a simple PHP app

Last time I left you, we had a running Virtual Machine and maybe you have been tinkering with it a bit. If so, good for you! This is specifically aimed at PHP development so if you’re not interested in that then I maybe skip over this and wait until we get to play about with another technology.

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Akies Games – Interview

While I was at Play Expo I mentioned that I was able to talk to Duncan and Becca from Akies Games. Their match three style puzzle game called Aenigma OS is currently only available for Wii-U but is at a low price of £4.99 ($6.99 USD, €6.49 EUR). Duncan e-mailed me this week to mention that there might actually be a PC version on the cards as there was a lot of call for it at the show (Mac & Linux too please, Duncan!)

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PLAY Expo Gallery

Chris recently attended PlayExpo in Manchester – and when he was there, was able to get a hold of many developers and get plenty of pictures. Join us as we look through Chris’ gallery of PlayExpo. More articles on PLAY Expo Manchester to come later in the week.

Were you at PlayExpo? What did you think of the event? Do you intend to go to this event some day? If so, please leave us a comment below, or over on Facebook, Twitter or Reddit.


Temp Worker Assassin – Review

Greetings from a beach somewhere in Valencia (Spain). Just before I left the UK I got the chance to play a few games. So it’s come to that time where we must cast an opinion on it. We did a little preview piece which introduces the game, it’s being shipped out to Kickstarter funders around December 2016. The print and play version I received consisted of

  • 4 Starter deck cards of 10 cards each
  • 5 Turn Marker cards to indicate Monday to Friday
  • 23 Department cards
  • 34 Target cards
  • 60 Stationary cards

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Which way is the Exit?

I thought I would try something new for content, and thought every now and then I can throw out some very useful programming tips. I would love to be able to embed code directly into a post and that’s something we will look into but until then we shall be using external links to display and show code to you.

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Not a Hero – Review

All hail the BunnyLord and his quest to be the mayor! Forget all other potential world leaders like Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Teresa May and Kin Jong Un for they are all pretenders. Although worse than any Brexit back-pedaller, I will deny all knowledge. I’ll claim that I was used for political reasons when all the bullet cases finish hitting the floor and the corridors are filled with bloody corpses. Now before you think I have gone utterly mad I’m here to tell you about an awesome little side scrolling shooter entitled “Not A Hero”. Yep, another one of those pickups during a sale that I grabbed for £1.99, but it’s available at £9.99 RRP from Steam and HumbleBundle.

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