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whats this all about then?

Postby aerworuld » Tue Jul 15, 2014 7:52 pm

In the April 89 issue of Electron User, Pendragon talks about a hardware addon by Foxboro Operating Peripherals called the Dungeon Users Personality Extractor that asks a series of questions, stores and processes your responses then alters the way a subsequently loaded adventure interacts with you based on your earlier responses.

Got to be a wind up, right?

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Re: whats this all about then?

Postby leenew » Tue Jul 15, 2014 7:59 pm

The clue is in the month. ... and the initials of the product :D
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Re: whats this all about then?

Postby aerworuld » Tue Jul 15, 2014 8:57 pm

Hehe d'oh! #-o nice one Lee :lol:

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Re: whats this all about then?

Postby leenew » Tue Jul 15, 2014 9:15 pm

He he Duped! #-o

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Re: whats this all about then?

Postby lurkio » Tue Jul 15, 2014 10:22 pm

Not quite as elaborate as the Mornington Crescent game hoax by Mike [Bibby|Cook] in The Micro User BITD, but pretty good, Pendragon. =D> I'd have fallen for it. :oops:

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Postby SimonSideburns » Wed Jul 16, 2014 7:49 pm

Reminds me of an April fools hoax in one of the magazines. They called this new system SOCRATES, and only at the end of the long article they told the reader what the acronym stood for: Some over cautious readers already twig elaborate sendup.

Don't ask me where I dragged that one up from.

There are some strange and pretty obscure things the mind remembers.
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Re: whats this all about then?

Postby jonb » Thu Jul 17, 2014 9:37 am

I remember a very plausible April Fools joke perpetrated by one of the Spectrum mags - I was a Speccy owner at the time.

It was supposed to be a simple BASIC compiler. What it did was convert BASIC statements into direct calls to the ROM so no interpretation / jump table lookup was needed; this would have yielded a measurable speed improvement. There was a short BASIC loader that POKEd a load of data into the usual location, and of course you had to type in an enormous block of DATA statements.

Feverishly, I toiled long and hard, checking and double checking the data. After all, a single error could crash it. It took bloody ages, so I saved before running the first time. And the result? The screen went red and it printed APRIL FOOL repeatedly, then reset the machine.

B@stards....

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Postby lurkio » Thu Jul 17, 2014 10:53 am

SimonSideburns wrote:Reminds me of an April fools hoax in one of the magazines. They called this new system SOCRATES, and only at the end of the long article they told the reader what the acronym stood for: Some over cautious readers already twig elaborate sendup.

Oh, I bet you laughed and laughed! :wink:

>> Ah, you've been re-reading the old SOCRATES April Fool in (IIRC) Acorn
>> User/Micro User, have you?
>
> Never heard of it - what was that then?

Some Over-Cautious Readers Already Twig Elaborate Sendup.

I only remember cos I was so soundly hooked. Had to do with the vast
advances Acorn were making with 4-dimensional processors - as everyone
knows the fourth dimension is time, meaning that these machines would
be able to predict what you wanted before you told it.

Well I was very young :-(

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jonb wrote:... And the result? The screen went red and it printed APRIL FOOL repeatedly, then reset the machine. B@stards....

Indeed! They clearly enjoyed toying with us, our magazine overlords.

The Micro User's Mornington Crescent feature was kind of the opposite of jonb's Speccy hoax in that it was exactly what it claimed to be, when in fact we were all expecting it to be a trick! A double bluff? An anti-hoax? Mike Cook with too much time on his hands..?

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Re: whats this all about then?

Postby Jeremy Grayson » Thu Jul 17, 2014 3:06 pm

Although it was editorially a dry old stick a lot of the time, the Acorn User also indulged in the odd April Fool ruse or two - anyone else remember the April 1988 edition enthusiastically previewing the BBC conversion of Zarch?

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