Matt Chat 4: Ozark Softscape's M.U.L.E. (1983) for the Atari 8-bit

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Welcome to the weekend with Matt Chat #4: M.U.L.E.! So, leave those multiple-use labor elements alone for awhile and check out my new YouTube video!

Please, if you know anyone who might be interested in my YouTube classic game reviews, be sure to send them a link. I'd really appreciate it.

Related link:
Review: Electronic Arts' "M.U.L.E." (1983)

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Bill Loguidice
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Another top notch job,

Another top notch job, naturally, though I don't think I heard the music you mentioned in the credits...

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Nice vid!

I remember trying out this game on the c64. Indeed what is still amazing is how easy it is to play yet how complex the model underneath of it is. When I started to play Civilization, Dune, Red Alert those games always reminded me of M.U.L.E. The c64 version is less colourfull though. I think the Atari version is superior.

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Matt does another great video, I greatly enjoy it, I post my opinions.... Lather, rinse, repeat. I'm running out of compliments! One video a week seems like a very ambitious schedule, though. How long can you keep this up, Matt? Not that I'm complaining.... a new video a DAY is what I would request if I thought you could do it!

M.U.L.E. was a surprise.... especially since, when I realized Matt was reviewing the game, I was expecting the C64 version to be reviewed, and not the Atari version. In my opinion, M.U.L.E. is easily the most accessible economic simulation of all time. I would say it was influential, but it appears nobody has done anything like it since it came out, to my knowledge! It was a great subject for a "Matt Chat" video.

Mark Vergeer wrote:

The c64 version is less colourfull though. I think the Atari version is superior.

I think so too, all-though M.U.L.E. is no standout audio-visually for the Atari either. Surprisingly, the Atari version had better music than the C64 version, and if I recall, it had a few other tweaks that the C64 version didn't have, such as the whole screen shaking when an earthquake hits the planet "Irata." Hmm.... I wonder what the significance of the planet's name is that Matt aluded to? :-)

Since I brought up the "lighting" issue last time, the lighting has improved in this episode. It may or may not need more tweaking, but I'm not Christian Bale, so I have no advice on your lighting issues beyond this!

Matt, not to change the topic, but you alluded to wanting to cover "Satan's Hollow" in another thread, but didn't feel you could warrant a full-length video devoted to it. Perhaps an occasional "special episode" could be made covering a "grab bag" of several such games at once.

"This week, some overlooked arcade greats: Satan's Hollow, Vodka Tapper, Brady Bunch Bloodbath, and Strip Strip Revolution."

I dunno, just an idea. This way, you could cover some of your favorite, but less deep, games without trying to fill ten minutes on each of them. Bill did something similar in the past with his Atari 2600 game review videos.

You might also cover games you DON'T like, or games that are controversial. I wouldn't mind seeing you delve into these waters, and since you delve into them in your internet posts, it would be consistent with your online personality.

I'm NOT implying that you should change what you're doing! If you run out of ideas, maybe those ideas could help, but if you know where you're going with this, keep it up! I like the surprise!

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Rowdy Rob wrote:

Matt does another great video, I greatly enjoy it, I post my opinions.... Lather, rinse, repeat. I'm running out of compliments!

I agree with all points said!

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Matt, not to change the topic, but you alluded to wanting to cover "Satan's Hollow" in another thread, but didn't feel you could warrant a full-length video devoted to it. Perhaps an occasional "special episode" could be made covering a "grab bag" of several such games at once.

"This week, some overlooked arcade greats: Satan's Hollow, Vodka Tapper, Brady Bunch Bloodbath, and Strip Strip Revolution."

I would be content with "Strip Strip Revolution", though! ;-)

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Thanks for the great

Thanks for the great comments, guys, greatly appreciated!

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I think you guys are going

I think you guys are going to be blown away by Matt Chat #5. I think I've found a way to dramatically improve the audio and have a very special surprise in store. I can't wait to hear what you guys will think about it.

* edit * Matt Chat #5 is now complete. :) Too bad you guys will have to wait a week to watch it!

BTW, I'm not sure what's going to happen with Matt Chat #6. As you know, that is the week Bill and I will be in San Francisco for GDC. I have an idea, though--how would you guys like to see Bill and me together in the same Matt Chat? We could, perhaps, do a quick YouTube about our experiences in SF and hanging out at GDC interviewing all those folks. If that sounds like fun, let me know; it would definitely be a departure from the usual Matt Chat. Indeed, I may have to call it Bill and Matt chat instead.

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Matt Chat is... Matt Chat
Matt Barton wrote:

BTW, I'm not sure what's going to happen with Matt Chat #6. As you know, that is the week Bill and I will be in San Francisco for GDC. I have an idea, though--how would you guys like to see Bill and me together in the same Matt Chat? We could, perhaps, do a quick YouTube about our experiences in SF and hanging out at GDC interviewing all those folks. If that sounds like fun, let me know; it would definitely be a departure from the usual Matt Chat. Indeed, I may have to call it Bill and Matt chat instead.

Nah, keep it "Matt Chat", but if we do do it, it could be "with special guest Bill" or something. Like I mentioned previously, I'd like to do a simple daily diary from SF, so if we can somehow fit in a quick video, all the better.

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Bill Loguidice wrote:

Nah, keep it "Matt Chat", but if we do do it, it could be "with special guest Bill" or something.

In my opinion, I think Bill is right; keep it "Matt Chat," if for no other reason than to keep "Matt Chat" consistent. And it would be totally surreal to see you two together in one frame!

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Matt Barton wrote:

I have an idea, though--how would you guys like to see Bill and me together in the same Matt Chat?

...for two player games.

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Just like 3rd grade!

Hi, I'm a new user here and I'm really enjoying everything on the site.

Wow, the M.U.L.E. retrospecitive really took me back in time. I used to play this game all the time with my brother and dad on our 800XL. I'm still amazed at how great of a multiplayer game this is - it could get very competitve and cutthroat, especially during the land grab section. To me, this is one of the best realizations of a traditional board game brought to life on a computer. Plus, I really liked the whole Wild West / Pioneer theme applied to sci-fi. Thanks for giving this game some attention!

By the way, I recently got Dungeons & Desktops and I'm loving it as well!

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