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Jon Hare and the Stupidization of the Videogames Industry

“Tiny Wings is an insult to professional game designers.”

This week, I chat with Jon Hare, founder of Sensible Software and a guy who doesn't mind telling it like it is. The gist is that back in the day, computer games were made for intelligent people and designers could take bigger risks--after all, an intelligent gamer isn't turned off by a true challenge or learning something new. According to Jon, that changed dramatically after the introduction of the Sega Megadrive/Genesis and the Sony PlayStation. Once the ordinary children could play videogames, the industry got really nervous about anything remotely intellectual and the result is the endless sequels and dumbed down games we're saturated with today. Warning: Jon pulls no punches here. If you're a diehard console or FPS gamer, expect to be offended by this video.

Download the mp4.

Bill Loguidice's picture

Issue 50 of the Commodore Free magazine - April 2011, Now Available!

The latest issue, April 2011, of the excellent Commodore Free magazine is now available in the usual .PDF, .txt, .seq, .d64, .html, EPUB, and MOBI formats. Get your copy in the format of your choice here!

Bill Loguidice's picture

Issue 49 of the Commodore Free magazine - March 2011, Now Available!

The latest issue, March 2011, of the excellent Commodore Free magazine is now available in the usual .PDF, .txt, .seq, .d64, .html, EPUB, and MOBI formats. Get your copy in the format of your choice here!

Bill Loguidice's picture

Issue 48 of the Commodore Free magazine - February 2011, Now Available!

The latest issue, February 2011, of the excellent Commodore Free magazine is now available in the usual .PDF, .txt, .seq, .d64, .html, EPUB, and MOBI formats. Get your copy in the format of your choice here!

Chip Hageman's picture

VICE Emulator updated to v2.3

VICE Emulator

The VICE Commodore emulator has recently been updated to v2.3, although this is not currently reflected on their main page.

Some of the notable enhancements in this release include: Improvements to the disk-drive emulation (including weak bit emulation), a new reSID version, a new accurate C64 emulator (x64sc), CRT emulation (formerly “PAL emulation” Now available in all emulators), added "True aspect ratio" option, an improved ML monitor (io details, expansion port status, etc), improved CIA interrupt accuracy (6526/6526A selectable), sound buffer overflows reduced, VIA wrap handling rewritten to fix problems with timer 2, added autostart option to do "LOAD ,8" instead of "LOAD ,8,1", emulation improvements based on photographs of the actual chips and new v364 speech emulation for the 264 emulator.

You can download the updated binary packages from their SourceForge page.
Bill Loguidice's picture

Issue 47 of the Commodore Free magazine - January 2011, Now Available!

The latest issue, January 2011, of the excellent Commodore Free magazine is now available in the usual .PDF, .txt, .seq, .d64, .html, EPUB, and MOBI formats. Get your copy in the format of your choice here!

Bill Loguidice's picture

Commodore USA Teases New Amiga Computers

I almost hesitate to post about Commodore USA yet again, but I have to give the plucky licensor of the "Commodore USA" name credit yet again. Hot on the heels of them designing a new Commodore 64 case to stuff modern day PC components inside, they've now done the same with the Amiga, creating case designs reminiscent of the Amiga 1000, 2000, and 3000, respectively. With their usual hyperbole-filled bluster, they're also describing Amiga Workbench 5.0, which from the description appears to be a fancy skinning of the Linux operating system with Commodore 8-bit and Amiga emulators (as well as of course the option to dual boot or run directly via a standard emulation layer, Windows). For those interested, they've also been doing updates on Twitter and Facebook, so if you're into that sort of thing, you can follow the somewhat scattershot goings on via those services as well. Naturally, I'll continue to check in on the company now and again, but it's with the usual caveat of not expecting much from overpriced PC components stuffed into cases that you may or may not find interesting. On the plus side, they do appear to be offering just the cases for some of the models, so that's certainly sporting of them. No word yet still on when actual products will be available for sale.

Bill Loguidice's picture

Amiga Forever 2011 and C64 Forever 2011 Released!

Amiga Forever DesktopAmiga Forever DesktopCloanto has released the latest versions of their popular and easy-to-use Amiga Forever and C64 Forever emulators. This is great news for old and new fans of the greatest Commodore platforms, including all versions of the Amiga series (inclusive of the CDTV and CD32), and most of the 8-bit line, including PET, VIC 20, C-64/128, and C-16/Plus4. Around here, it's among our absolute favorite emulation packages and used as pack-ins with various devices, including the MCC, so you know it has to be great.

The full press release details are below, along with all the links to the various packages available:

Bill Loguidice's picture

"Commodore USA" Makes Proper Use of the Name with New Version Commodore 64 PC

Though I've been highly critical of Commodore USA in the past for their questionable business practices and use of the Commodore brand, it looks like their latest project is actually a noble one--recreating the Commodore 64 as a modern day PC. While it's clear those are merely high quality renders, they did also post some prototype photos from a plastic printer. While Commodore USA does not have the scalability to offer reasonable pricing, I certainly commend their efforts this time around. As just one example of the usefulness of this forthcoming product, if you're a hardcore Commodore 64 homebrew programmer, there would probably be no better way than to run an emulator on this computer and hack away with a highly usable version of the original keyboard.

Chip Hageman's picture

Released: Commodore Free Magazine Issue 46

The November/December edition of Commodore Free Magazine has been released.

This issue includes: A look at the upcoming C64 title 1,000 Kung-Fu Maniacs!, a review of the MCC-216, the Joyport switcher, Links to videos from CommVEx v6 and much.. much more.

Download the latest issue here.

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