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Matt Reviews Civilization: Be Fruitful and Multiply!

Hi, guys, welcome to Matt Chat #11. This week, we look at one of the best strategy games ever made, a game that launched a series that is still selling well today: Sid Meier's Civilization!

Civilization was released in 1991 for the MS-DOS platform. While it may look primitive compared to its sequels and spin-offs, it still offers some of the most addictive and fulfilling gameplay of any game, period. The goal is simple: guide humanity from its humblest beginnings to modern times.

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Matt Chat 10: Lemmings!

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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Matt's Journey on The Oregon Trail

I can think of very few "edutainment" titles that have inspired the deep, long-lasting veneration earned by MECC's The Oregon Trail. Originally a mainframe game, The Oregon Trail was designed by three student teachers at Carleton College in Minnesota. It was a nice collaboration--Don Rawitsch was a history instructor, whereas Bill Heinemeann and Paul Dillenberger were math teachers. The three of them put their heads together to figure out a way to use computers to teach kids, and Don's historical background gave him the key insights necessary to create The Oregon Trail.

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Matt Chat 8: The Secret of Monkey Island!

It took literally all day and all night to get it done, but here it is: Matt Chat 8: The Secret of Monkey Island. This one should be available in HD soon, but it's my understanding that it can take awhile for YouTube to post the option. This is the first time I've attempted to do a HD video, so bear with me. Hopefully, the options will appear after the video has finished processing.

Enjoy the video and please let me know what you think!

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Matt Chat 7: The Sims is now Live!

In this week's Matt Chat, I look at The Sims, one of the many games given its own chapter in our book Vintage Games. I enjoyed reviewing the game and hope you'll like the video! As usual, please rate it, subscribe to my channel, leave a comment, etc. It's a lot of work making these, so please let me know if you find it worthwhile.

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Matt Chat 6: Dungeon Master available now!

It took a week and an extra day to produce, but here it is -- Matt Chat #6: Dungeon Master! I'm sure you're familiar with this game from my book Dungeons & Desktops, but it's a totally different experience to see it in action. Check out my video and let me know if you have requests for future episodes!

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Matt Chat 5: Acornsoft's Elite (1984)

Welcome to the weekend with Matt Chat 5, covering another of the all-time greatest retrogaming classics. This week I look at Acornsoft's Elite, the pioneering space-trading game that made such a huge impact in the mid 1980s on the BBC Micro and other platforms.

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

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!

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An Interview with Chris Dillman: iPhone Game Developer

It's my pleasure to publish an interview I conducted with Mr. Chris Dillman concerning game development. Chris is an iPhone and Mac OS X Software Developer with Plaid World Studios, a casual game company. Enjoy!

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Matt Chat #3: Defender of the Crown!

It took some money and effort, but here it is: Matt Chat #3! This week, I cover the classic Amiga game Defender of the Crown. Please watch, comment, discuss, and enjoy!

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