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Taxi Offices & Chip Shops
"The thrill of standing in
Neasham’s, by the four-player Gauntlet with your 10p on
Thyra the Valkyrie was unmatched anywhere else in town."
"He even helped me into the
house with it, bless him. We whispered our tender goodbyes, I
shoved the cab into the kitchen, fired up and inserted a coin.
Hello, Mister! I was delighted. I finally had my own cab!"
"...gophers in the arcades
(15/16 year olds that had left school early and helped run the
change till or tip the pool table sideways when a ball got stuck).
One evening a ginger haired arcade gopher called Gary said he
has something to show us and told us to meet him round the back
of the cinema"
It will end as it began .... what really
happened! Part 1
"The next thing I know his
mum comes blazing through the door and see's me in a somewhat
less then happy heap and her words will never be forgotton...."
"While electronic games weren't
welcome at my house, next door was a completely different matter"
The Beginning of the End of the In-Between
"While my father looked on
I proceeded to write the world’s two most repeated lines
of code ever; the ones that would display my name unto the world
Commodore Class #3: Once, twice, three times a Graham Gooch
"Just before I went off to
start university in 1993, I got the call from Hewland International
that I had made it onto the GamesMaster TV show"
Computing History - A Link#FFE3 to the past [Part 2 teaser]
Short but sweet!
A tale of toast ... and exploding keys
The garage at his place was then
my den... from here I could go wild with stuff and no one cared.
Everything in there was in his eyes past time and I could pull,
cut break and weld anything to anything at my leisure. This was
fun ... much fun.
(#1) Perhaps I'd better start at The Beginning...
"And so it was that I ripped
into my presents as if my life depended on it. One of the boxes
was heavy, well, heavy for an eleven year old, and as shards of
paper fell around me I saw the face of Kevin Keegan giving me
the thumbs up."
Two: More fun than you'd expect
"When you landed, the unit appeared
to try and play a tune of some sort, but I think the loft had
affected it slightly, and it just spewed delicious electronic
"...and standing, gob-smacked,
as The Fooks completed Afterburner in the full size sit-down cabinet.
I recall he threw up straight after due excessive cider intake
and far too many rolls on the later levels -- but that didn't
detract one bit from the achievement!"
Rambling with Jedburgh - Prologue
"As it is I'm a semi-employed
wordmonger, currently filling a chunk of a quiet Friday afternoon
by doing this when I should be compiling an hilarious page of
fictitious celebrity PS1 games."
Computing Prehistory - A Link#FFE3 to the past...
"Clive put aside his digital
watches and calcualtors, and gave the nation their first affordable
taste of digital narcotics through the snowy whiteness of the
ZX80. Once he had his first few thousand computing junkies hooked,
he upped th ante with the ZX81."
Sentimentality for old junk! (part one)
"For my senior year, I foolishly
decided to bring the NES. it got a lot of action in our suite,
mostly due to rentals and the just-released Super Mario Bros 3.
SMB 3 is a great game even now, but then, nothing could touch
Commodore Class #2 - The Lure of Free Games
"On the next Saturday, a large
package arrived at the doorstep for me. It was filled with budget
games, of which most I already had, but this is how you start
off doing a job to begin with, things you have already done."
By way of an Introduction
"To fuel my lust I worked 3
paper-rounds a morning and 4 in the afternoon. I stole every tip
left out for milkmen, postmen and paperboy I encountered, ruthless
in my determination to buy an A500 of my very own."
One: The Second Coming
"I'd battled my way to the end
of the Marble Zone act 1. I remember being over the moon at school,
and we had to draw a picture of what we'd done over the weekend.
Suffice to say, Marble Zone it was."
Commodore Class #1 - Format Wars
"Hands up if you had a computer
during the 80s. Okay… keep your hand up if you were involved
in arguing that your computer was better than the ones owned by