Science Fiction Short Story Coming to Armchair Arcade!

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Greetings, Armchair Arcaders and all of our beloved readers! I have some great news: Within a few weeks you're going to see something at Armchair Arcade that you've never seen before--a science fiction short story! Don't adjust your resolution, you read it right: in addition to all of the great news and feature articles about classic and modern gaming you've come to expect from your favorite website, we're bringing you the most exciting short stories you've ever read--or my name isn't Matt Barton! The first story in the queue is "Jumpman," a bold tale about a reluctant space-faring young man who finds himself embroiled in a mystery of universal (or should I say, multi-dimensional) proportions. You'll be clawing at your keyboard in anticipation of what will happen next in this amazing story! And wait until you get to the surprise ending--nothing can possibly prepare you for it! If you have any interest whatsoever in science fiction or just flat out good story-telling, don't miss it.

Don't be the chump that hears about Jumpman secondhand--stay tuned to this website, and grab it the nanosecond it hits the net!

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larzini
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Matt, You sell your

Matt,

You sell your stories/articles well. The last one was quite good. And your pitch to GamaSutra must have been just as good. Your walk seems to follow your talk. I look forward to reading Jumpman. Is Jumpman Jr. featured in the tale?

You enthusiasm reminds me of Stan Lee, if you read the original Spider-Man comics. Perhaps your posts should begin with "Greetings, True Believers!"

LL

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Ha! It's funny you should

Ha! It's funny you should say that, LL. As a matter of fact, I have always been a big admirer of Stan Lee and love his many fantastic comics. It's just a shame he's had such a hard time getting the upper hand in all those negotiations he's had with unscrupulous television and movie studios. I've been reading the old Amazing Spider-Man comics lately, and I've trying to incorporate some of Lee's enthusiasm into my own work.

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A few years back I read

A few years back I read through the first 3 collections of the original Spider-Man stories. Great stuff. I don't think I picked up on all the character depth when I first started reading as a kid. Or I knew it was good, but maybe I didn't know why it was good. Not like it matters, though. As long as it's good.

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By the way, I might note

By the way, I might note that this story is not related to the fantastic Jumpman or Jumpman Jr. platform games. ;-)

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Matt Barton wrote:By the
Matt Barton wrote:

By the way, I might note that this story is not related to the fantastic Jumpman or Jumpman Jr. platform games. ;-)

Frankly, that's what I assumed...

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Matt Barton wrote:By the
Matt Barton wrote:

By the way, I might note that this story is not related to the fantastic Jumpman or Jumpman Jr. platform games. ;-)

Kind of figured that, but couldn't resist the reference to the EPYX classic, this being Armchair Arcade, and all.

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larzini wrote:Matt Barton
larzini wrote:
Matt Barton wrote:

By the way, I might note that this story is not related to the fantastic Jumpman or Jumpman Jr. platform games. ;-)

Kind of figured that, but couldn't resist the reference to the EPYX classic, this being Armchair Arcade, and all.

The above games Jumpman, and Jumpman Jr. got rolled into one big celebration at: http://www.apogeegames.com/jumpman/
-Cecil

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Not that his has anything to

Not that his has anything to do with this game much, but I have one of the .mid files uploaded to my razor for my ringtone from this game.

-Cecil

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I played a lot of Jumpman

I played a lot of Jumpman and Jumpman Jr as a kid, and even collected a nice boxed copy of the latter for the ColecoVision relatively recently, but these were never particular favorites of mine, though I do consider them classics. I found them a bit frustrating and unforgiving at times, which kind of ruined a bit of the overall effect (though I loved the "shots" that changed direction to hit you -- wonderful idea there). I much preferred the early Lode Runners to this, though of course those got brutally difficult after a while too.

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I like the Jumpman games,

I like the Jumpman games, but that's not what this story is about. The "jumping" in my story refers to hyperspace travel, not leaping from platform to platform catching little sprites! ;-)

I just finished the story and am sure you guys are going to like it. Hopefully I'll have the illustrations ready and everything posted this weekend.

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