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Have a Merry Retro Christmas in Cambridge!

Centre for Computing History logo

If you’re looking for something more fun than repeats on telly, soggy sprouts and stale turkey this Christmas, why not plan a seasonal visit to the Centre for Computing History?

And what more festive occasion to drop in on the Centre (located in Rene Court, Coldhams Road, Cambridge CB1 3EW) than on their Christmas themed retro video game night, which will be the last one of 2015?

Festive fun and late opening

This Christmas, they’re opening up specially between 7pm to midnight this Friday 4th December, and they’re going to have some awesome seasonal video games available to play – you’ll even get the chance to win the shirt off the Games Master’s back!

All their usual gaming displays will be on and they’ll be getting loads of extra consoles and games out from their archive for you to play.  So why not join them for a great night out and help support the work of the Centre?

Retro Video Game Night flyer - click to enlarge

Retro Video Game Night flyer – click to enlarge

Due to fact that you can bring your own booze and that there’ll probably be a few video game titles not suitable for kids this is an over 18s only event.

Spaces for this exciting gaming night are limited, so booking at the advance rates of £8 per person is required to ensure your place, although if you’re lucky you *may* get in on the night – but please note that tickets on the door will cost £2 extra).

Book your advance ticket via this link:

Christmas Retro Video Game Night Booking

And for more information on visiting the Centre, see: Visiting the Centre for Computing History.

PLEASE REMEMBER: Due to the fact that this is BYOB and the adult nature of some games this is an over 18s event.

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REVIVAL’s Winter gaming event will warm you up!

Revival banner
Revival banner from the big 2014 event

Retro gamers and retro computer fans in the UK looking for one last fix before Santa calls have an important event to look forward to this year – the REVIVAL Winter Warmer 2015!

This new event, over the weekend 28-29 November,  marks the long-awaited return of Britain’s best dedicated retrogaming event to the Midlands, and as the name suggests, is expected to be a precursor to the organisers’ return to full scale in 2016!

The Winter Warmer, although it will be on a smaller scale than the show we covered back in August last year, will still be packed with plenty of the usual REVIVAL flavour with, according to the organisers:

“…over sixty consoles and computers, multiplayer gaming, on-stage competitions, the best in retro-related traders, well-priced food and alcohol and best of all for this smaller event, we are still cramming over 45 arcade and pinball machines into the event space to ensure our unrivalled ‘arcade ambience’ atmosphere!”

The Winter Warmer will be at a new venue, Brookfields Leisure Centre, Wolverhampton, WV10 7LZ, and tickets are booking now: https://www.tickettailor.com/checkout/view-event/id/33301/chk/af20

Becky and Craig turner get retro
Becky and Craig turner get retro

Ever-enthusiastic REVIVAL head honcho Craig Turner of Turnarcade fame, goes on:

“The success of this show will determine what we bring to 2016, so be sure to come along if you’ve never been before or if you’re a show regular, squeeze in this one last date to see out 2015 and support the full-scale return of the UK’s best dedicated independent retro-gaming event! Tickets are on sale now and already half sold, so with just 6 weeks to go, grab yours NOW to avoid disappointment!”

Poster

You can download a poster in jpg format by clicking on the smaller image below.

Revival Winter Warmer poster

Event coverage

Retro Computing News is aiming to cover the Winter Warmer on the Sunday, as our editor Stuart Williams is committed to attending a horror anthology book launch in nearby Walsall on the Saturday, because he has a story in it! Hope to see you there!

Further info

Visit Recursion 2015 this Saturday!

Part of King Edward Vi School
Part of King Edward Vi School

A great little show for computer fans with retro, hobby and education computing interests is ready to RUN this Saturday in Stratford-upon-Avon, England – at Shakespeare’s school!

The Recursion 2015 computer science fair is taking place in The Levi Fox Hall at the King Edward Vi School in Church Street on 4 July, 11am – 4pm, and judging by the final exhibition plan released today (click image below for larger version) should be a cracking event – and what’s more, admission is FREE!

In fact, we like the look of it so much that our editor, Stuart Williams, will be covering Recursion 2015 in person for Retro Computing News!

Recursion 2015 floor plan (courtesy Recursion)
Recursion 2015 floor plan (courtesy Recursion)

For more information on the exhibitors and what’s happening at the event, read our recent preview of Recursion 2015 and check out the event website. Download the event programme in pdf form via this link.

Amiga, Acorn, RiscOS, Retro computing and Raspberry Pi fans in particular have much to look forward to, whether you’re into hardware, software or coding – as does anyone interesting in computing education and employment, making stuff – and robotics!

There’ll be exhibitors from universities to user groups, via museums and business – as well as student-led workshops. Something, in fact, for geeks of all ages.

IF you can get there, THEN GOTO it – it looks like a great computing day out – with added Shakespeare!

It’s Game On in Manchester this weekend!

Johann Sebastian Joust game at Manchester Day (pic Manchester City Council)
Johann Sebastian Joust game at Manchester Day (pic Manchester City Council)

The wait is almost over as Manchester Day returns this Sunday 14 June, midday – 6pm, for a free family-friendly celebration of all things marvellously Mancunian.

More importantly for gamers, especially indie and board game fans, this year’s Manchester Day theme is Game On! – celebrating the idea that games have helped shape modern Manchester and will have an important impact on the city’s future.

Game On! will see a whole weekend of gaming-themed fun on Saturday as well as Sunday, with video games as well as games of the more traditional variety given imaginative interpretations, as more than 2,500 participants from more than eighty community groups take to the streets for a spectacular parade through the city.

GAMING CONVENTION

In celebration of this year’s Manchester Day theme, a multi-platform gaming convention will come to Manchester’s Town Hall for the first time.

The free two-day gaming event will bring together the whole spectrum of gaming, from traditional table-top and board games to the best of UK and local computer game development.

The Manchester Day Games Room will have interactive fun for all ages, with a family orientated, creative and inclusive approach to video games and gaming.

Plugging in on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 June (10am – 6pm each day), town hall will become the city’s living room for a weekend, giving gamers the chance to test their nerve at some of the newest indie titles and unusual board games.

GAMING INDUSTRY LINKS

Manchester has one of the fastest growing computer game development industries in the UK, with start-up companies finding support in new media hubs such as the Sharp Project in east Manchester.

More than 21,000 people are employed within the software, data and Games / AR industry in the city – with 5% of Greater Manchester’s population working within the digital and creative industries.

More than 300 creative start-up businesses each year are recorded in the city, with the next generation of coders finding the support network they need with coding clubs across the region. Coding is also taught in some primary schools as part of their curriculum.

Top titles such as Mutiny! and Sublevel Zero are hotly tipped as some of the most anticipated independent games on the market – and gamers will have the opportunity to have a go and meet their creators at the Manchester Day Games Room.

Also available to play is the much loved Johann Sebastian Joust game – a screen-less multiplayer game played using motion sensor technology in a battle of wits and a steady hand!

The Manchester Games Room will also showcase a range of low-tech alternatives with the help of the Tabletop Manchester group. Purveyors of extraordinary games, Tabletop are willing gamers away from the standard family favourites, opening a world of exciting board game fun.

Volunteers will be on hand to oversee some of the rarest and interesting board games, which most players won’t even have heard of. This is your chance to broaden your gaming horizon with some knowledgeable and enthusiastic experts!

PIXEL THE ROVING ROBOT

Pixel powers up for Manchester Day! (pic Manchester City Council)
Pixel powers up for Manchester Day! (pic Manchester City Council)

And don’t forget to follow Manchester Day’s official 16-bit mascot, PIXEL – a highly advanced, sentient robotic explorer who has been researching the city in the run up to Manchester Day! Pixel will be tweeting enthusiastically about Manchester’s incredible history. Follow @PixelMcrDay for some fascinating facts about Manchester, as well as the most up-to-date Manchester Day news.

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Take on the Overlord at ROUGOL in June

Overlord game screen shot (pic Amcog)
Overlord game screen shot (pic Amcog)

The RISC OS User Group of London (ROUGOL) has announced details of its next meeting, which is set to take place on Monday 15th June.

The focus of the meeting will be a special presentation about the new RISC OS game, Overlord, which will be given by Anthony Bartram of Amcog Games

Overlord was released at the Wakefield Acorn & RISC OS Show in April.  It is now available through PlingStore, the online store for RISC OS applications.

The game is a 3D space shoot-em-up featuring 47 minutes of original music, including seven in game themes, original sound effects and graphics.

Released by Amcog Games, the author Anthony Bartram will tell ROUGOL members and visitors about the game design and the production of the graphics and music. He will also show key elements of the game code, the source of which is provided.

The meeting venue is upstairs in the Spice Lounge restaurant at the Blue Eyed Maid public house, 173 Borough High St, SE1 1HR.The meeting begins at 7:45pm (although lots of ROUGOL members are usually there – eating curry – from about 6pm!)  More meetings may be found here: ROUGOL Meetings 

There will be plenty of time to play the game. Can you defeat the Overlord?

ROUGOL logo

ROUGOL is a not-for-profit organisation consisting of RISC OS users in London and the south-east. Their aim is to bring those users together. There is no membership fee and entry to all meetings is free. To find out more, email them. or check out their website linked below.

MEETINGS

Meetings are held on the third Monday of every month. Most meetings feature a guest speaker, demonstrating the latest hardware or software, giving tutorials of software both new and old, or simply to kick off discussions on the current hot topic. Entrance is free, so why not come along and say hello?

LONDON SHOW

The next RISC OS London Show is on Saturday 24th October 2015. Visit the show website for more information.

For more about ROUGOL, check out their website: ROUGOL

 

 

Seminal retro-games enter Video Game Hall of Fame

Doom
Doom

Seminal video game classics Doom and Pong have been inducted into the first Video Game Hall of Fame, as part of a project to find influential games begun in February by American museum of play ‘The Strong’.

Minecraft and Angry Birds, although finalists, didn’t make the cut but World of Warcraft, Pac-Man, Tetris and Super Mario Bros did.

The museum invited people to nominate video games played in all formats to be selected as iconic game-changers and the winners span thirty years of gaming between 1972 (Pong) to 2004 (W.O.W.).

Pong was an obvious choice because it effectively launched the video gaming industry, say the museum:

Pong (pic Wikipedia)
Pong (pic Wikipedia)

“By most measures of popular impact, Pong (1972) launched the video game industry. A simple game involving two paddles and a ball, Pong introduced millions to the joys of playing video games.

Although it was not the first electronic game, and the Magnavox Odyssey home console already featured a similar tennis game,Pong was the first game to grab wide-scale public attention. Its success propelled Atari into a preeminent role in the video game industry. Decades after its launch, Pong’s iconic sound, intuitive controls, and satisfying game play still resonate, inviting people to try their hand at keeping the ball bouncing as long as possible.”

Other games were chosen for becoming cultural icons (Tetris), making games a mass-market phenomenon (Pac-Man) and changing the way games were made (Doom).

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Going retro down in Wolvo – again!

Becky and Craig Turner get retro
Becky and Craig Turner get retro

Thanks to a public-spirited couple who just happen to be arcade games fanatics, youngsters and families in Wolverhampton had the chance to play in the past like there was no tomorrow on Saturday last. Craig and Becky Turner, of Turnarcades and Revival Retro events fame, had managed to materialise a mad medley of sci-fi shoot-em-ups and chop-sockey champions at the Corpus Christi Church Social Club, all in aid of the local under-8’s football team, Ashmore Park Rangers FC.

Classic console meets modern hi-tech with the Super Everdrive for Super Nintendo
Classic console meets modern hi-tech with the Super Everdrive for Super Nintendo

And throughout the afternoon the sound of lasers blasting, kung-fu fighting and Simpsons skateboarding mixed with the rest of the community hubbub coming from the bouncy castle, sponge-throwing, penalty shoot-outs and disco dancing – and much more – to add a colourful soundtrack to what otherwise might have been a grey day on Ashmore Park estate!

Youngsters go old-skool gaming under the watchful eye of Craig Turner
Youngsters go old-skool gaming under the watchful eye of Craig Turner

RCN Editor, Stuart Williams, took the opportunity to beat a path from Bloxwich across the borders into Wolverhampton to have a long and interesting chat with Craig and Becky, and he was impressed, but not surprised, to see how much fun the youngsters were having with the mix of classic consoles and arcade cabs  laid on to aid the footie fundraising.

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Legendary Oliver Twins to appear at Play Blackpool

Philip and Andrew Oliver with games old and new, Dizzy and SkySaga (Pic: The Oliver Twins/Radiant Worlds)
Philip and Andrew Oliver with games old and new, Dizzy and SkySaga (Pic: The Oliver Twins/Radiant Worlds)

Great news for anyone heading for the PLAY arcade, indie and retro gaming show at Blackpool next month is that they’ll get the chance to hear and meet that dynamic duo of retro and modern gaming, legendary British programmers and businessmen the Oliver Twins.

Not only is Andrew Oliver going to be on hand to talk about the forthcoming game SkySaga from the twins’ own current company, Radiant Worlds, but the latest news is that he will now be joined by his brother Philip.

The popular and wide-ranging event features the first public UK preview of SkySaga, which looks to be a hit in the making, but most importantly for retro fans is that Andrew and Philip will be giving two talks on the Saturday at 1pm and 3pm, the first being a nostalgic glance back at their past games and their remarkable life programming in their bedrooms in the 1980s!

The second, bringing their long and successful careers into perspective, will focus on their important new project, SkySaga: Infinite Isles (definitely not a bedroom job!), and some of the production team from Radiant Worlds will be there, offering show attendees the chance to play the game in the exhibition hall itself.

Andrew and Philip became British gaming legends as ‘The Oliver Twins’ in the 1980s when they developed, amongst other hugely popular series, the equally legendary (and still very popular amongst retro gamers)  Dizzy adventures and the Simulator games, which were published by Codemasters.

PLAY Blackpool

Retro fans and new gamers alike will also have the chance to get their collectables signed by the twins – reason enough to beat a path to the Norbreck Castle Exhibition Centre for what looks set to be another great PLAY expo.

So don’t forget to bring your Dizzy games and other items for the Oliver Twins to autograph!

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