Live Retro Comedy Night at computer museum to raise cancer funds

Live Retro Comedy Night

Cambridge’s popular Centre for Computing History is running a very special event on Saturday 4 March 2017 to help raise funds towards the support of treatment for Matthew Dons, a self-confessed British geek who is suffering from  cancer.

Matthew was unexpectedly diagnosed in July 2016 with advanced and aggressive bowel cancer, aged just 36. His family and friends are raising funds for immunotherapy treatment to give him more precious time with his wife and two small children. Matthew loves playing games with his children on his Amiga emulator and teaching them to code on the Raspberry Pi.

The Centre, located in Rene Court, Coldhams Road, says of the event:

A one-off night of mirth!! Join us for geeky comedy featuring videogames, VHS covers, 80s nostalgia, the supernatural, computing history and movies.

Proceeds from this event will support The Centre for Computing History as well as Matthew’s cancer treatment fund. Special thanks go to Raspberry Pi for helping with promotion, and the comedians who have all generously waived their performance fees.

Host for the evening is Paul Rose, aka “Mr Biffo”, writer and creator of the legendary teletext video games magazine, Digitiser. Now primarily working in TV, Paul still writes about games at www.digitiser2000.com and is creating his first crowd-funded online series, Mr Biffo’s Found Footage.

Laughter line-up

The all-star comic line-up features:

Stuart Ashen One of the UK’s most popular YouTube acts, what Stuart doesn’t know about Poundland, obscure video games and Pop Stations isn’t worth knowing. He wrote and starred in the successful movie Ashens and the Quest for the Game Child and is known for his dry wit, incisive commentary and neat beard. He is also the author of Terrible Old Games You’ve Probably Never Heard Of.

Paul Gannon Paul has written for a whole host of well-known Radio 4 comedy shows. He produces the weird and wonderful podcast CheapShow as well as the YouTube channel Barshens starring Stuart Ashen and and Barry Lewis (My Virgin Kitchen). He was also a zombie in Shaun of the Dead, which was likely typecasting.

Ash Frith Standup Ash can be seen in comedy clubs all over the UK. Currently supporting Christian O’Connell on his standup tour. Ash is a regular guest on RadioX and Absolute Radio.

Iszi Lawrence Iszi is a smart, sharp and hilarious comedian described as ‘as adept with an anecdote as she is with a one-liner’ and ‘on-the-spot funny’ by The Herald. She also hosts the hugely popular Sunday Supplement and Z List Dead List Podcasts.

Richard Sandling The king of pop culture comedy, with a passion for cinema of all sorts. He has appeared across theatre, film and TV, turning up in the BBC’s The Catherine Tate Show, Miranda and Channel 4’s Peep Show.

Times and tickets

The show will begin at 7pm and last for around 90 minutes. Advance tickets are just £10 each for this unique opportunity to see such an eclectic pool of comic talent. The Centre will be open to ticket holders from 6pm to 10pm to allow you to enjoy the exhibits and test your gaming skills on their consoles and arcade machines. Drinks will be available from a fully licensed bar provided by Lord Conrad’s Brewery.

Due to the nature of the event, the organisers recommend that all attendees should be over 15.

Find out more

For further info and to buy advance tickets at £10 each, see:

http://www.computinghistory.org.uk/det/43146/Live-Retro-Comedy-Night-Saturday-4th-March-2017/

Spaces are limited, so booking is required to secure your place. Payment is taken by PayPal immediately. Please print a copy of the receipt that is displayed at the end of the payment process and bring it with you as your e-ticket. Any remaining tickets will be available on the door for £12 each (cash or card payment).

Find out about the Centre for Computing History:

http://www.computinghistory.org.uk

Hewson’s Hyper Sentinel is tons of retro fun on Kickstarter

Uridium
Uridium

Remember Uridium? I certainly do – the original game on the C64 and version 2 on the Commodore Amiga gave me hours of side-scrolling shoot-em-up fun back in the days when my thumbs were much more limber for joystick bashing! I still love those Graftgold-designed games for Hewson Consultants, combining Andrew Braybrook’s nifty programming and Steve Turner’s always catchy music.

Now the original 1980’s-90’s publishers are back in the game with a bang as Huey Games, offering a Kickstarter-funded equivalent for the 21st century, Hyper Sentinel, combining bright, console-style colour and power-chord arcade sound with a pixelated look and enhanced retro gameplay which is basically a modern retro Uridium on steroids, with a few other influences thrown in for good measure!

Hyper Sentinel
Hyper Sentinel

I’ve had a good thrash at the demo using the keyboard on the RCN Mac Pro with a 27″ HP monitor, and absolutely love it as far as I’ve been able to play it up to now. It’s one of those games that is sheer, mindless, blasting fun and great for blowing the cobwebs away.

What could be better than jumping into your Sentinel Fighter and giving hordes of evil Alienoids and Level Guardians a darned good thrashing with the help of a timely boost from your previously-planted Powerdroids? What’s more, it should look epic on your mobile or at 60fps on that massive 4K monitor you’ve been promising yourself.

The game, created by ‘new bedroom coder talent’ Jonathan Port, is set to be available on PC, Mac, Console & Mobile at launch.  All these versions will be confirmed if successfully funded:

The Steam version will include Windows, Linux & Mac.

Are we nearly there yet?

At the moment, the Kickstarter is a little short of the £15,000 goal at £13, 465, with 359 backers and 22 days to go. There are loads of pledges starting from four pounds for the mobile version and a range of rewards deals are on offer at various prices, right up to a top collector’s bundle at £75.

Demo download

A demo paints a thousand words, so here’s the link to download the FREE demo game for PC or Mac, or one of a limited number of iOS demos on request (subject to availability): http://www.hueygames.com/hs_demo

If you loved those heady pew-pew-pew days way back when, now is the time to go check out Hyper Sentinel – and if you enjoy it as much as I did, give the project a leg-up!

A real fun game, easy to get into  and a great chance to support the reboot of one of the classic names in old-skool British games publishing.

Here’s the Kickstarter link:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/robhwson/hyper-sentinel-a-retro-inspired-arcade-shoot-em-up/

Stuart Williams