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  • Remembering Rick Dangerous, the original tomb raider

  • Ferral 06/07/2014

    Love Rick Dangerous, have it for all my 8 & 16 bit systems, recently there has also been a homebrew version released on SNES and the creator is trying to get a limited cartridge run for that machine so looking out for it. I do have the original big blue Firebird cardboard box version on my C64 bought June 1989, has the comic and poster with instructions on the back, it hasn't actually been loaded in that much as it is a single load and I backed it up onto a disk many years ago with my Action Replay and just play it from there preserving the tape.

    The 16 bit versions has the famous Waaaaaa and each level is actually bigger than the 8 bit versions. Where a level finishes on C64, Spectrum & Amstrad there are around another 16 or so screens per level on Amiga & ST.

    Going to fire it up at NERG today I think on the Amiga or C64 that is there, its a great classic game that deserves a bit of attention, has that one more go to get a bit further each time you play.
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  • Lionhead teases Fable Anniversary for PC

  • Ferral 03/06/2014

    Its pretty cool that they are doing this for PC, I still play Fable on Steam and enjoy it, its just one of those games that are fun to play. We also need Fable 2 on PC, I bought a 360 (now dead ion the water) for Fable 2 and it was a blast.

    We do need them to also sort out Fable 3 and make it Steamworks before GFWL shuts down, must admit I did enjoy Fable 3 on PC and hate to think it will become a digital coaster sitting on my Steam account if they don't sort it out.
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  • Midnight Resistance retrospective

  • Ferral 11/05/2014

    I have this on Amiga, C64, Amstrad CPC and Spectrum.

    Fun arcade game and they did a decent conversion considering what they had to work with. One thing I do really like about the Spectrum version is that the color clash isn't to bad, no large block of color round the character when moving over the different color backdrops, same can be said for Cobra on Spectrum.

    Love the C64 version, fast moving with decent sprites, backgrounds look pretty cool also.

    Special FX did some great games back in the day, they also did the conversion of Hysteria and they did do a few non arcade or movie tie in games like Gutz which is similar kind of to Alien Syndrome but a top down angled view point.
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  • Block rockin' beeps: What's behind gaming's greatest soundtracks

  • Ferral 30/04/2014

    Can't beat the Last Ninja 2 Soundtrack on the C64, by far my favorite piece of game music ever, from the Central Park loading tune and level itself and different atmospheric music for each level, it is superb.

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  • Sony survey hints at possible PlayStation 4 features

  • Ferral 02/04/2014

    Didn't they mention last year that Flixster was coming to PS3 - Still waiting on them delivering that one. Reply -1
  • Win a 400 Sony Entertainment Network voucher

  • Ferral 21/02/2014

    Fallout New Vegas : Old World Blues

    After waking in the research center after losing your brain, heart and spine, you are tasked by the scientists (brains in jars using monitors for eyes and mouths) to save them from their experiments. You would think after losing those vital parts of your anatomy that you would either die or at least have difficulty getting about, but no, you have had a weird makeover that gives you a few new perks to help get you on your way!!

    This DLC has a very 50's / 60's Sci Fi Americana feel to it like an old black & white B Movie. A decent sized underground set of labs filled with mutants and various other strange oddities and not forgetting the atomic robots / dogs, you still have to stop Dr Mobius also (Mad Wacked Out Scientist).

    The voice acting alongside the whole setting is superb, each of the scientists talk in different ways like one only talks in static and another only shouts. There is some great fun dialogue in there.

    It is a genuinely funny and superb slice of DLC for New Vegas after the poorer Honest Hearts and Dead Money. I felt it had a kind of similar feel to where you are in the sleep tank in Fallout 3 and go back to the 50's with full black and White filter!

    This is the type of DLC I personally enjoy, yeah its Fallout but manages to disconnect enough to take you on a surreal funny ride.
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  • Suda 51's Killer is Dead hits PC in May

  • Ferral 17/02/2014

    Cool to see the PC getting a few games that were console only titles.

    I would like to see Shadows of the Damned on PC next, have it on PS3 already and love it, granted very weird but highly playable action / horror game.
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  • Microsoft's PC gaming chief leaves after just six months

  • Ferral 13/02/2014

    @bad09 Yeah completely agree, there are unofficial fixes to remove GFWL for quite a few titles and like you say fixed files to bypass authentication etc It's easy enough to do this taking only a few seconds to fix the game.

    Thing is though we should not have to do that with games we have bought and legally own.

    If stuff doesn't get GFWL removed by the companies involved they are literally saying to us tough, we have your money now scoot (being polite there!! )
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  • Ferral 13/02/2014

    To keep PC gamers happy they need to liaise with the companies that done the games that use GFWL and get everything either converted to DRM Free or Steamworks.

    At the minute there is a fair bit off stuff out there that uses GFWL and not even half of it is having the service removed which will make certain games unusable after the turn off as they require server authentication to activate it.

    Granted, the ones that don't need server authentication you will be able to use with an offline GFWL profile but there are a few that will end up as digital coasters for a lot of users.
    Reply +27
  • Retro-Bit Super Retro Trio review

  • Ferral 10/02/2014

    @Alex_976 No as it requires an additional power and additional connecting lead to a MD, these just don't have the required inputs for stuff like that unfortunately.

    Master Converter should be fine though as it doesn't need extra power or connectors
    Reply +1
  • Ferral 09/02/2014

    @Ferx I have a few photos on my Twitter Acoount and some photos of the games on Colexionx

    Twitter @IainGrimm

    Collexions

    http://colexions.com/?p=mypage&u=iaingrimm

    Haven't took photos of everything yet though as still moving stuff about to get it setup just the way I want to.
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  • Ferral 09/02/2014

    @gamefan Its not actually released till mid March this year.

    Once it is released I think Funstock will be selling it
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  • Ferral 09/02/2014

    @vert1go Console Passion do updates and repairs, I would give them a shout to see if they can do anything with it

    http://www.consolepassion.co.uk/
    Reply +4
  • Ferral 09/02/2014

    @Tet5ujin Errrr

    Married with 3 kids.....Go Figure!

    Wife has the horses and I have my retro stuff
    Reply +15
  • Ferral 09/02/2014

    @Longrange I can honestly say only had a few that have failed on Spectrum & C64. Tends to be the ones that got loaned out to friends back in the day.

    However I do have a mills deck for my C64 with adjustment knob and lights to get strongest signal which reduces failure rate.

    Single load games that are hit and miss I back them up to a disk with my Action Replay now.

    I have found though that as long as you keep the heads clean and properly aligned you tend to get less failures loading.

    @reggy72 First thing I done after the cleaning of my +2A was order a new drive belt from Dataserve Retro, going to do the same with the Amstrad. You tend to find that you get a kink in the belt where it fits over the small drive wheel with sitting unused for so long
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  • Ferral 09/02/2014

    @jablonski If you look on Youtube, there is a Game Sack Episode where they try out the Retro Duo Portable and they actually hook up a Master System Converter to it (Version 1 that looks like the Death Star) and it was running the Master Games with no issues. Thing with the Master Converter is that it requires no extra leads to be able to use it, literally just plug & play.

    You can get a Master 2 converter which literally just looks like a Megadrive cartridge but is open topped and you plug your master System carts in there and away you go. This will most likely work on this machine I reckon.


    At the start of the article it talks about failing machines, my original 1984 C64 Breadbin died a few weeks back, as did my backup C64c, was absolutely gutted. Thankfully now replaced with another C64c which is working lovely. Think I need to get another 64 though just incase so I always have one spare, think I also need to get another 1541 disk drive, mine is the Vic 1540 so is quite an age at the minute.

    Alongside my C64 I have a Spectrum 128k +2 with a Kempston Interface, this is hooked up to the same TV and shares the same desk as my C64 setup. The Spectrum was in a bad way when I first got it, took a few days just to clean it up, then replaced the drive belt and redone the silver lettering and now the only thing missing is one of its feet. Looks nice and works lovely now. Going to get the Divide interface for it somepoint this year. I have a Competition Pro and Logic 3 Competition Pro style joystick I use on the third floor.

    Next to that is another desk, this time with an Amiga 600 on the desk, basic setup with an accelerated Quickshot mouse, I do have PCMCIA Adapter and easyADF for transferring the emulator images back onto disk but other than that it is completely stock, under the CRT the Amiga is hooked up to I have a Megadrive Version 1 with MegaCD addon and I do have the original Master Converter and original official pads, also have 2 spare 6 button Quickshot pads.

    Moving into our main bedroom I have a SNES with 2 pads connected up to the TV and also another desk with an Atari 520 STe, the Atari got a ram upgrade yesterday to 4Mb and I have the Ultra Satan Disk coming in the next few days so I can download and put on all the Hard Drive converted games on it. I also have an external floppy Drive which I tend to use on the games that have a bit of disk swapping like Monkey Island, Rocket Ranger and a few other adventure type games.

    Handhelds at the minute I have the Game Gear and Gameboy Pocket with a few games on each.

    I have hundreds of games on tape for both Spectrum and C64, loads of disks as well as around 40 originals for the Amiga, around 50 MD games, 10 Master Games and a half dozen CD games and my ST I have around 50 originals.

    Next month I am getting a Amstrad CPC464 with color screen and around 60 original tapes. This will have to be setup in the bedroom also as no space on the third floor until I move a few things about. This is the last machine I am allowed to get though, my wife has said she wants an N64 but no doubt that will land in the front room.

    So now it is collecting and building up my already large collection and keeping all the machines running nicely for years to come.

    I may get a Retron 5 when it comes out to connect it up to the main TV in the front room. Until then though I have so many machines to be playing on in different areas of the house!
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  • Playing this cancer research game could actually help find a cure

  • Ferral 04/02/2014

    I believe this working in the same or similar way to SETI or Folding on the PC. You collect stuff in the game and it does the calculations and breaks it down then sends it to cancer research Reply +9
  • Resident Evil 4 Ultimate HD Edition announced for PC

  • Ferral 21/01/2014

    Excellent, now come on Capcom, please remove GFWL from Resi 5 next Reply +8
  • Dark Souls 2 Achievements list leaks

  • Ferral 20/01/2014

    Psyching myself up for this one, took me 90 hours to get through the first Dark Souls and looking forward to this one.

    Preparing to die again...and again...and again!!!
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  • Silent Hill retrospective

  • Ferral 19/01/2014

    To this day just thinking about the initial and second scene with the cat in the school makes me shudder!!

    Closest and scariest thing since the first 3 games I have found is Siren Blood Curse on the PS3, its absolutely terrifying. The sound is very reminiscent of the first Silent Hill game and used to great effect.

    First time I played Siren after about an hour I had to turn it off as it was getting to me!

    I played through Silent Hill a few weeks back and got the ending where you are sat in a chair with blood trickling from your mouth, one of the bad endings. I need to go through it again saving people to try and get a better ending.

    What did everyone think of the first Silent Hill movie with Sean Bean, personally I felt that it captured the feel of the first 3 games and was a decent tie in. Revelations on the other hand I felt was terrible and turned it off halfway through.
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  • Games of 2013: Euro Truck Simulator 2

  • Ferral 22/12/2013

    Love this game, clocked up 30 hours on it so far and recently bought the Going East expansion.

    Granted I play it with my 360 pad and have all the driving mechanics set to easiest possible but I do get a lot from it. I have added a few 181FM internet radio stations to the list in the My Documents folder and its great rolling down the roads listening to some 80's tunes.

    Following the speed limits and trying to avoid cameras etc, working out roughly what speed you need to be doing on the continent so not to get caught speeding, the open road is yours for the taking.

    There is seriously something alluring and oddly relaxing playing this game, doing a run that takes about a half hour or more to complete does require concentration and thought. But once you complete each run rest up, have a drive about each city finding the various locations and get a job with decent money and away you go from city to city pushing further out all the time.

    This has to be one of my favorite games this year and one that I always go back to
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  • It's decided: Torment Numenera will be turn-based

  • Ferral 09/12/2013

    Must admit I'm a bit dubious with being a fan of the original, I just hope it isn't as complex or frustrating as Temple of Elemental Evil & Kings Bounty games, I can never get anywhere in those titles due to the combat system even though I REALLY have tried.

    Trust their decision though as they do decent games.
    Reply +3
  • From the ashes of WipEout dev Studio Liverpool rises Firesprite

  • Ferral 06/12/2013

    @mcwildcard Thats a possibility, so I wonder it they are Ocean staff also. Imagine tended to do the Arcade ports and Ocean did new I.P's & movie tie ins in most cases.

    But then you also have Sabre Wulf from the Spectrum which was done by Ultimate, RARE have done cameos of the Wulf and Sabre Man in a few of their games.

    For example Sabreman made an appearance in Banjo Tooie, frozen explorer that needs to be revived and returned to his camp.
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  • Ferral 06/12/2013

    @Mellissa We need Ocean & sister company Imagine back. There is also System 3 who made great games on 8 & 16 Bit platforms. Reply +4
  • Ferral 06/12/2013

    It would be cool seeing them rise up again and go back to their roots (Psygnosis) take some of the older franchises like Beast, Drakhan, Bloodwyche & Barbarian alongside Wipeout and do modern versions of those games. Reply +3
  • Next-Gen Face-Off: FIFA 14

  • Ferral 29/11/2013

    So its a Nil score draw!! Reply +25
  • Editor's blog: Important note for Eurogamer account holders

  • Ferral 28/11/2013

    Nice, got the email, now changed my password but anyone could have got my personal info.

    Nothing posted in my name thankfully, shows the last comment I made a few days ago.

    Thanks for being open and letting us know, appreciated
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  • Should Torment Numenera be turn-based or real-time with pause?

  • Ferral 22/11/2013

    Real time with the option pause if you want to (like Baldurs Gate, Icewind Dale & Planescape), can't get away with turn based RPG's and the movement grids etc. Never to this day have I managed to get anywhere on Temple of Elemental Evil for example, leave the village to go to first quest and attacked by spiders in forest to have entire party wiped out. Reply +1
  • Planescape: Torment producer's Grimrock-alike struggles on Kickstarter

  • Ferral 21/11/2013

    The one I am going to back next week is Slightly Magic 8 Bit Legacy Edition, Colin Jones got the rights back to it early this year and has kickstarted it to tidy it up and release it on modern systems. Its an awesome well received arcade adventure that originally came out on C64, Spectrum, Amiga and Atari ST

    Hes only asking for 7000 to complete the project which is a drop in the water in comparison to some of the other games that have been kickstarted

    http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/colinjones/slightly-magic-8bit-legacy-edition
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  • Worms house Team17 to be a publisher again

  • Ferral 13/11/2013

    Awesome, hopefully see a new Project X game :) Reply +2
  • Call of Duty: Ghosts review

  • Ferral 05/11/2013

    Rappell down a skyscraper...........Bulletstorm did this but with magnetic type boots near the start of the game a few years ago! Other than that it sounds like it is kind of similar to Ghost Recon Future Soldier which I found was an excellent game start to finish. Reply +1
  • The PS4's launch lineup revealed

  • Ferral 31/10/2013

    Definitely getting a PS4, just going to hold off until Destiny and Watchdogs land, need to sort Christmas for my kids first and foremost understandably. So should work out quite nice for me in the new year.

    Already have a plus membership so set on that side of things. I am surprised there has been no real mention of backwards compatibility with PS3 disc games, I know it was mentioned that Gakai is handling PS3 games but would like to know if it can run the discs.

    From that lineup AC4 and KZ are the ones that jump out at me but not the games I REALLY want presently!
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  • Letter from America

  • Ferral 13/10/2013

    @McEwan Yeah, it was marketed as a toy rather than game system, not forgetting Nintendo put their gold approval stamp on every box so it could be seen that it was fully licensed.

    Big part of the problem was 3rd parties just churning stuff out for the early consoles like the Atari 2600, then when the games didn't sell the shops couldn't send back unsold stock as the manufacturers etc didn't have the money to do the refunds, bit of a Catch 22 situation. Not forgetting the amount of consoles that were available, everyone wanted in on it so with the consoles and games in abundance for numerous systems buyers lost confidence not knowing what to get. It was an absolute mess, looking back being blissfully unaware of what was going on I am pleased that my parents walked in with a Commodore 16 and then a year or two later a C64 "for school work"!!!

    Nintendo managed to restore a bit of faith in the industry in the things they done. Saying no to cheap 3rd party stuff and their marketing strategy put them in top spot for many years to come.
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  • Ferral 13/10/2013

    @JazRignall

    Nice article Jaz, good balance between past and present and a bit of info on the Videogame crash early 80's. Nintendo were clever in what they done, to get the stores to stock their machine they named it Nintendo Entertainment System. If it had any soft of videogame title in the system name it probably wouldn't have sold or even been stocked with resellers getting burnt previously by saturated products that couldn't be returned to suppliers.

    Thankfully here in the UK as you are more than aware we had the C64 and Spectrum computers which didn't get affected by the crash so we could get all our favorite games from local stockists on tape. Consoles really didn't seem to take off here back in the early 80's due to these 2 awesome computers.

    I remember the first console we got was the Megadrive (Still got it with the MegaCD and also the Master adapter, setup on a CRT TV upstairs in my gaming room), prior to that it was literally just Commodore all the way, 8 & 16 bit and the Amiga still got a fair bit of use even after we got the Megadrive as the games were cheaper for a computer
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  • BioShock 2 updated for Steam after Games for Windows Live closure

  • Ferral 04/10/2013

    @Blaaaaaaag Nice, I didn't know about that. So at least we should see a gradual conversion / removal of GFWL from newer titles first off then hopefully the older stuff. Reply +1
  • Ferral 04/10/2013

    @StooMonster If you go to the Steam store page for Bioshock 2 and click the Minervas Den DLC you should have the green bar under where the pics and vids are. I checked it that way a few minutes ago without Bioshock 2 being installed and it shows I now own the DLC. Decided to re install it now though as its been ages since I have played the first 2 games. Reply +2
  • Ferral 04/10/2013

    Pleased GFWL is now gone, hopefully Dark Souls will be patched up as last time I played it I got invaded by someone using a huge 2 handed sword and they just kept hitting me REALLY fast with it and was taking no damage from my attacks.......go figure.

    I hope I can still play Gears of War for the PC, I guess and am hoping that will allow me to use an offline profile on it to play through single player with GFWL being built into it.

    Makes you wonder if all the other games on that service like Batman AA & Fable 3 and way to many others to think of at the min will be fixed so you can still play them.

    Just realised also, Bulletstorm uses GFWL, hope they sort this one out soon as I still play it quite often.
    Reply +2
  • Letter from America

  • Ferral 08/09/2013

    SID Tunes player. Has to be done especially Last Ninja 2 Central Park blasting out the speakers Reply +3
  • Uwe Boll launches Kickstarter for Postal 2 film

  • Ferral 29/08/2013

    @Dr_Wadd Completely agree, I think Uwe Boll needs to do comedies, may actually restore his tainted reputation. Reply -1
  • Ferral 29/08/2013

    I must admit I quite enjoyed and laughed a lot at the first Postal film, granted its really cheesy low budget stuff but it was hilarious, also the Dungeon Siege film that he done with Dolph Lungdren was also pretty good which was a surprise.

    Yeah, Uwe Boll has a track record of making horrendous movies but he does try!
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  • Letter from America

  • Ferral 25/08/2013

    @Jaz_Rignall So, now we are all much older and the days of Zzap and Crash are long gone and now the schoolyard arguments are about 360 and PS3.

    With being one of the early guys on the C64 magazine scene and the rivalry between the Spectrum and C64.

    What are your thoughts on the Spectrum?

    Personally during the 80's (Still have my trusty Breadbin, albeit in a C64C case now due to its keyboard packing up) I purchased my first Spectrum April this year and in all honesty I was quite surprised, granted it is a 128 +2A Amstrad machine.

    I still love my C64 and past few days played through Zak McKraken on it, got a HUGE high score on Anirogs Space Pilot and managed to play the first 3 levels of Retrograde (Zzap Sizzler!!) before it crashes on tape........constantly, even with my Mills deck.

    After playing certain titles on the Speccy though I have found some are far superior to the C64. Take for example the horrendous Chase HQ on the C64, Spectrum version is a single load (128 machines only)with speech and it is awesome, same goes for Robocop (Granted C64 version is equally cool) and Rastan Saga on the Spectrum knocks the C64 version out the water.

    After all this time what is your take on this old rivalry? I have mellowed out and now enjoy both machines, back in the day though if you had a Spectrum on the schoolyard you were inferior!!
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  • Flashback review

  • Ferral 21/08/2013

    Think I will fire my Megadrive version up and play the original instead Reply +12
  • Letter from America

  • Ferral 11/08/2013

    You can read most of the Zzap issues online now :

    http://www.zzap64.co.uk/index.php

    Still have my trusty old C64 (Breadbin) but the CIA chip is on its way out so can load stuff but input from joysticks is hit and miss and some of the keys don't work so I have bought a C64c. I have setup my C64c on the 3rd floor of my house with Action Replay Mk4, Vic 1541, Mills tape deck and an additional standard C2N, works lovely and gets used regularly, hundreds of games on tape and a fair few on disc. I even read some of the old C64 reviews on the Zzap site and look through cheats for games I can't get very far on now just to relive the 80's, some stuff is a lot harder than I remember!!!

    Setup alongside my C64, have an Amiga, Megadrive with CD & Master converter and a Spectrum +2A, need to have a read of a few issues of Zzap64 sister magazine Crash for that one as I got my first Spectrum around 3 months ago. I'm sure I read in an early issue of Zzap that a few guys from Crash were the ones to break off and start up Zzap with Crash being so popular.

    It would be cool if they could get Julian Rignall involved with the Sunday morning retrospectives, who better than him to take us on a trip down to the 80's 8 Bit computing / gaming.
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  • Activision blames low Call of Duty: Ghosts pre-orders on next-gen hesitation

  • Ferral 02/08/2013

    When I seen the video for Ghosts I thought it looked very similar to Ghost Recon Future Soldier which is a really good shooter. Maybe this has something to do with it possibly.

    I haven't really played Call of Duty in all fairness since the first Modern Warfare and World at War. I still play CoD 1&2 on PC from time to time as bought them on Steam over Christmas and bought MoH from GOG.
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  • LBP, inFamous, cheap in Sony's new PS3 game sale

  • Ferral 25/07/2013

    Bought Maximo Vs Army of Zin yesterday and couldn't resist Rayman 3 HD today. Loved the memories sale a few weeks back also, picked up loads of PS1 games from that. So much to be getting on with now as bought stuff in the Steam sale! Reply 0
  • Two new Borderlands 2 DLC packs announced

  • Ferral 22/07/2013

    If they are going to keep releasing additional content, not just costume packs etc maybe they should think about doing a Season 2 Season Pass.

    Love Borderlands and will no doubt buy the additional content but if they are no way near finished with extra content they should be thinking on the lines of extra Season passes or people will stop buying the DLC.
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  • Amiga Games and the rights to its 300-strong game library bought for $500,000

  • Ferral 09/07/2013

    Awesome, I love my Amiga to this day and it sits beside my C64, Spectrum +2A and Megadrive. Awesome machine for its time and you can see where a lot of the indie developers are getting their inspiration from when it comes to platformers.

    That advert is actually from the launch of the Amiga 600 which doesn't have the additional keypad on the right hand side. It does have more chip ram and comes with 2Mb standard ram so all you need to run the 500 Kickstart 1.3 games is a free program called Relokick which soft downgrades the 600 Kick 2 versions to 1.3 so the older games will run, then a hard reset takes you back to Kick 2.
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  • Live: Microsoft E3 2013 Conference

  • Ferral 10/06/2013

    Gamespot working :

    http://uk.gamespot.com/e3/
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  • Ferral 10/06/2013

    http://uk.gamespot.com/e3/ Reply 0
  • Ferral 10/06/2013

    Tried 4 different places and no go

    Same everywhere
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