Matt Chat 10: Lemmings!

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Hi, guys! I managed to complete my tenth episode of Matt Chat last night: Matt Chat 10: Lemmings. DMA Design's Lemmings, published in 1991 by Psygnosis, is one of the best and most original games ever developed for the Commodore Amiga platform, and it was widely ported. Together with its sequels, the game earned millions upon millions of dollars in profits, and is still being remade and repackaged for modern consoles. Yet, for all this, it hasn't achieved the fame it deserves!

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Chris Kennedy
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Lemmingsness

Yo Matt!

Lemmings time. Let's go!

My first experience with Lemmings was at a friends house around 1992. He had just purchased a Sound Blaster Pro for his PC, and I believe Lemmings came with it. It was highly addictive and actually fairly relaxing despite some of the challenges of various levels. Load the game up, lean back in your chair and have fun. I think this game lends itself well to that "backseat driver" style of gameplay I mentioned a little while back. It sounds like your wife took to that style of gameplay when she started watching you, Matt. Good stuff.

I don't really know what to say about Lemmings. It's just one of those games you have to play. Although I haven't heard Lemmings references in recent years, I recall that it didn't take long for people to start comparing some event in life to Lemmings. As some point it seemed that the phrase "like dominoes" was replaced with "like lemmings" in regard to several items falling in row one right after another. (See also the climactic end battle in "Big Trouble in Little China")

That said, I haven't heard anyone mention Lemmings in quite some time. In fact when Matt Chat 10 made its debut, my immediate reaction was "oh duh...Lemmings."

I was wondering if you were going to do some sort of Lemmingsesque sign off at the end of the video after the pirate ending to SOMI and the "Happy trails" at the end of Oregon Trail. But nothing like that this time. Of course I haven't the slighest idea what you could have done in the ending. Haha.

Oh wait! You should have used temporary hair dye and turned all that hair green. That would have been AWESOME.

Nice work, Matt.

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Haha, yeah, it was pretty

Haha, yeah, it was pretty late when I finished this one, and I just didn't think of a fun way to sign off. I guess I could have done one of the gestures like the lemmings, but that would have been pretty cheesy even for me. :)

Guess I could have worked on something like "think for yourself!" or "don't follow the crowd" hehe.

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I also got this game with a

I also got this game with a Sound Blaster. Kept me busy for many hours! I can still play some of this game's music on a piano too.

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Keep em' coming!

Another enjoyable episode of The Chat. Thanks Matt!

Bill Loguidice
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I never knew that

I never knew that Lemmings-not-being-able-to-help-being-suicidal was a myth (and imagine killing animals for the purposes of making a film!): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_Wilderness_(film)

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Bill Loguidice wrote:

I never knew that Lemmings-not-being-able-to-help-being-suicidal was a myth (and imagine killing animals for the purposes of making a film!): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_Wilderness_(film)

its amazing all the stuff people assume are facts. (the lemmings one I too thought was real up till about 4-5 years ago when I read it wasnt).. Some strange ones.. Midievil torture devices (iron maiden, metal cahirs with fires under um) are mostly bullstuff.. all created after the period they where 'suposed" to be used.. to desplay. most have no record of ever being used. Most sotries about the old west are 100% BS too (gunfights is a big one).. Billy the Kid killing somthing like 21 people? nope most figure he killed 4! (historical records show 4 total) of course its a bit hard to confirm that one. And even stuff today.. get arrested you have to be read your rights (nope, only when they are asking you questions).. they can arrest you anytime without reading you your rights. Undercover police have to identify themsleves if asked (nope, but Im guessing most of you knew that one).. Even War of The Worlds (radio broadcast that was suposed to SCARE everybody) was BS, they had a couple calls (not a flood) and pretty much every news story ran on it had a picture of an old famre with a shotgun ready to"defend" his farm.. it was 100% staged for the paper and other papres "beleived" it and ran with it. Most people who heard the broadcast (remebre radio was actually kinda new then) maybe talked to a freind and wondered.. but it wasnt anythign remotly like we are told. But back to animals.. ostrichs dont stick their head in the sand.. ever... Chameleons dont change color to hide.. they doit becuase they are scared/happy/etc... it changes colors.

Of course.. we all read or heard it was so, and we beleived it.. and now we read it isnt true.. and we believe it... seems .. like we are just flip flopping :)

I must admit Im an avid WIKI reader and do think its probelby not the "best" place to get facts frun but I love reading on it.. i will look up Billy the kid (for example) and a link in a sotry will lead me to another link and it can go on for hours. Even games Like World of tanks.. I will read on tanks, then battles then generals.. then specific people.. If the net has done one cool thing its the information ..... as a tech guy i LOVE it.. I hardly ever find a problem somebody else hasnt ran into before me.. but I must admit threads that have a huge post count and then just end .. no answer, frustrate me.. did they solve it and never come back? give up, am i chasing an impossilbe fix? .. i said it in another post today.. life is good, great time to be alive so MUCH possibility!

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Agreed
clok1966 wrote:

.. i said it in another post today.. life is good, great time to be alive so MUCH possibility!

I commented on that post and said it's the greatest time to be a gamer, but certainly that extends to being a knowledge seeker. With the Internet and the treasure trove of data out there, it's practically criminal to not want to inform oneself on a continual basis. Of course there are also the wonderful social aspects - like us getting to know each other in these forums when in days past such a thing would have been impossible - or the incredible collaborative possibilities. While it SHOULD get even better in the future, there's no denying these are good times for those willing to partake...

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I knew it was a myth...Can't

I knew it was a myth...Can't remember where, but was probably Skeptoid or one of those myth-busting type books or programs. IIRC it was based on an ancient Roman text that started lots of myths, such as the one about ostriches sticking their head in the sand and such.

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