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Personal Computer News. Missing Games.

Postby leenew » Wed Nov 29, 2017 11:49 pm

Hi
Does anyone have any of the following games that were published in PCN?
Sheep Drive by Bobby Rao Issue 14 FOUND!
Shuttle by Jason Holliday Issue 70
Road Hog by..... Kevin Edwards! Issue 34 FOUND!
Millipede by.... Peter Scott! Issue 51

Thanks

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Re: Personal Computer News. Missing Games.

Postby leenew » Thu Nov 30, 2017 12:04 am

Have a go, if you think you're hard enough 8)

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Postby lurkio » Thu Nov 30, 2017 12:43 am

leenew wrote:Have a go, if you think you're hard enough

Erm, what?!

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Re: Personal Computer News. Missing Games.

Postby leenew » Thu Nov 30, 2017 7:34 am

Scan 'em. OCR 'em. Bugfix 'em. Upload 'em. :roll:

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Re: Personal Computer News. Missing Games.

Postby lurkio » Thu Nov 30, 2017 12:16 pm

leenew wrote:Scan 'em.

Not scanned by me, but here you go:


leenew wrote:OCR 'em. Bugfix 'em. Upload 'em.

Over to you...

:P


Btw, here are some PCN-related disc-images:
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Re: Personal Computer News. Missing Games.

Postby leenew » Thu Nov 30, 2017 3:13 pm

Err.... those are already on bbcmicro.co.uk and Mick's discs.
The ones in the first thread are the missing ones :D

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Re: Personal Computer News. Missing Games.

Postby lurkio » Thu Nov 30, 2017 3:27 pm

leenew wrote:Err.... those are already on bbcmicro.co.uk and Mick's discs. The ones in the first thread are the missing ones

Okay. Ignore the .SSDs.

But I think the scans I uploaded to Dropbox (above) are the listings of the MIA games you were after.

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Re: Personal Computer News. Missing Games.

Postby Kevin Edwards » Tue Jan 16, 2018 10:48 pm

Hi,

I know this is an old thread, but i just spotted a reference to a game that i *may* have had published in Personal Computer News in 1983.

I honestly can't remember if it is something i wrote, or is it by someone else with the same name as me, but would love to find out!

"Road Hog by..... Kevin Edwards! Issue 34"

Does anyone have access to this magazine or scans of it to check it out or provide images of 'Road Hog'.

I did find this one:-

http://www.acornelectron.co.uk/mags/pcn ... cn034.html

But the full size images aren't present.

Thanks in advance!
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Re: Personal Computer News. Missing Games.

Postby Arcadian » Tue Jan 16, 2018 10:55 pm

Road Hog has an entry on Every Game Going but no download apparently even though there are screenshots ...

http://www.everygamegoing.com/egg//land ... /Road-Hog/

I'll give DaveE a nudge about the download, but does the game look familiar from the screengrabs?
For a "Complete BBC Games Archive" visit www.bbcmicro.co.uk

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Re: Personal Computer News. Missing Games.

Postby Kevin Edwards » Tue Jan 16, 2018 11:07 pm

Thanks, Dave.

It does look familiar from those screen grabs.

I did a very similar game on the Commodore PET in about 1980 called 'Maze Craze' or something similar - all written in BASIC.

Would love to see the code / article to nudge my brain a bit more.

Thanks for giving DaveE a ping.

All the best,
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Re: Personal Computer News. Missing Games.

Postby Pernod » Tue Jan 16, 2018 11:48 pm

Look familiar?
Road Hog_PCN034-02Nov1983.jpg
- Nigel

BBC Model B, ATPL Sidewise, Acorn Speech, 2xWatford Floppy Drives, AMX Mouse, Viglen case, BeebZIF, etc.

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Re: Personal Computer News. Missing Games.

Postby Dave_E » Wed Jan 17, 2018 1:06 am

Link on Everygamegoing works now.

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Re: Personal Computer News. Missing Games.

Postby Kevin Edwards » Wed Jan 17, 2018 9:18 am

Many thanks for the image and website update guys!

Yes, it does look like some quick and dirty MODE 7 game i knocked up in BASIC many moons ago when i was about 17.

Another one for my 'softogrophy' list.

Cheers.

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Re: Personal Computer News. Missing Games.

Postby leenew » Fri Jan 19, 2018 2:13 pm

He he - cheers Kevin!
Thanks to Dave for finding it.
Now we need to find (or type in) :

Sheep Drive by Bobby Rao Issue 14
Shuttle by Jason Holliday Issue 70
Millipede by.... Peter Scott! Issue 51



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Re: Personal Computer News. Missing Games.

Postby fuzzel » Sat Jan 20, 2018 4:18 pm

Try this link, it appears to have all the Personal Computer News magazines available as pdfs:

https://archive.org/details/PersonalComputerNews

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Re: Personal Computer News. Missing Games.

Postby Dave_E » Sat Jan 20, 2018 6:13 pm

Ah, that explains why people stopped buying the PCN DVD I was selling... ;-)

These are clearly "my" scans - even the 'SAM' that was written in biro on the front page of some issues is intact in the PDF versions.

Guess someone bought the DVDs and then chose to upload them despite my saying please don't.

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Re: Personal Computer News. Missing Games.

Postby pau1ie » Sun Jan 21, 2018 9:19 pm

Dave, I feel for you. From your website I understand that you charged for the DVDs as a way to get motivation. I can understand that. I am fortunate that enough people give feedback here to keep me motivated, but one does wonder how people feel using the website. Do they like it? (Please like my website!) if not, why, can I do anything to improve it?

I am really grateful for all the work you have done, and the generosity you show to us in helping us with the bbcmicro website, and also posting disc images for people when they ask in the forums. I can't imagine the work that must have gone into your various websites.

I have typed in the first game Lee mentioned. I feel a little bad having seen your post, but I hope you don't mind. In my defence I started before you posted it.

Anyway, I hope this whole situation doesn't sap your motivation.
I'm working on http://bbcmicro.co.uk

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Postby leenew » Sun Jan 21, 2018 11:45 pm

Well I am gonna be typing the others in.
We need them preserving. It's my mission to have every possible game on the site Paul.
I have bought hundreds of beeb magazines recently, and also bought DVDs from Dave of the mags I couldn't find on eBay. I have a list of dozens and dozens of missing games we will be adding to the site (via Mick's discs).
Dave has done fantastic work for our community but that won't stop me continuing doing my bit :D

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Re: Personal Computer News. Missing Games.

Postby Kevin Edwards » Mon Jan 22, 2018 11:09 am

I just found the description for Road Hog and it kindly confirms that i lived in Didsbury, Manchester. Now 100% sure it was me!

Thanks again for the detective work everyone. Especially Dave_E for his original work!

PCN_RoadHogDescription.PNG

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Re: Personal Computer News. Missing Games.

Postby pau1ie » Mon Jan 22, 2018 9:43 pm

Lee, I don't know where you find the enthusiasm, but I am glad you do. I thought calling it the complete BBC games archive was a rather bold claim, but if we don't achieve that it won't be for lack of effort on your part.

Anyway, here is Sheep Drive from issue 14 typed in as text for pasting into beebem. It seems to be too large to run on a disc system, but you can sort that out (I'm so generous). I think it is more or less free of typos, it seems to work anyway.
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(3.65 KiB) Downloaded 7 times
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Re: Personal Computer News. Missing Games.

Postby fuzzel » Tue Jan 23, 2018 8:37 pm

Hi Lee, I'm amazed at the amount of work you put in on this site, you seem to pop up everywhere ! Much appreciated of course.
Which begs the question, what will you do when you've finally archived everything ? Buy a Spectrum?
I have a question for you, which do you think is the best type-in game you've come across (you're probably the best person to ask) ?
I remember the first beeb game I played was Deathwatch, my mate got a model A BBC and bought the first Micro User. He typed it in and a group
of four or five of us played it all evening. I don't think I've played it since but I remember thinking it was awesome (and most outrageously, free - well at least for him). It wasn't long before I was in full pester power mode with my parents but unfortunately they made me wait until Christmas of that year for my very own.

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Re: Personal Computer News. Missing Games.

Postby uniforix » Tue Jan 23, 2018 9:51 pm

Any of these have the Towering Inferno BBC listing, still can't remember what mag it was in, don't think I will ever find it.

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Postby leenew » Wed Jan 24, 2018 10:55 am

fuzzel wrote:Hi Lee, I'm amazed at the amount of work you put in on this site, you seem to pop up everywhere ! Much appreciated of course.
Which begs the question, what will you do when you've finally archived everything ? Buy a Spectrum?
I have a question for you, which do you think is the best type-in game you've come across (you're probably the best person to ask) ?
I remember the first beeb game I played was Deathwatch, my mate got a model A BBC and bought the first Micro User. He typed it in and a group
of four or five of us played it all evening. I don't think I've played it since but I remember thinking it was awesome (and most outrageously, free - well at least for him). It wasn't long before I was in full pester power mode with my parents but unfortunately they made me wait until Christmas of that year for my very own.


My favourite type-ins aren't what you might expect.
I like short ones with pleasing results.
Off the top of my head, something like Beebug Maze-Trap fits the bill :D
I think I will be tweaking the site for quite a while yet.
All the new missing games I have sent to Mick will take approximately a year or 2 to get onto his discs if they are published one a month...
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Postby leenew » Wed Jan 24, 2018 10:57 am

uniforix wrote:Any of these have the Towering Inferno BBC listing, still can't remember what mag it was in, don't think I will ever find it.

Are you certain of the title?
I will go through all my notes this evening.
The only magazine I can think of that I haven't trawled is "Personal Computing Today" as I can't find scans.
Also some "Games computing"mags are missing so maybe it was in one of those?
Definitely from a magazine and not a book?

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Postby leenew » Wed Jan 24, 2018 1:33 pm

pau1ie wrote:Lee, I don't know where you find the enthusiasm, but I am glad you do. I thought calling it the complete BBC games archive was a rather bold claim, but if we don't achieve that it won't be for lack of effort on your part.

Anyway, here is Sheep Drive from issue 14 typed in as text for pasting into beebem. It seems to be too large to run on a disc system, but you can sort that out (I'm so generous). I think it is more or less free of typos, it seems to work anyway.


Cheers Paul.
I was half way through typing this in :roll:
Are you on with typing any of the other 2 in before I start on them? I hate duplicating work :lol:

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Re: Personal Computer News. Missing Games.

Postby pau1ie » Wed Jan 24, 2018 8:43 pm

Sorry, I thought I had mentioned that I was typing it in, and thought you understood that
pau1ie wrote:I have typed in the first game Lee mentioned.
leenew wrote:Well I am gonna be typing the others in.


Oh well. I shan't do anything else this week, though as a rule I enjoy typing in games and making them work, so let me know if any more need to be done.
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Postby leenew » Wed Jan 24, 2018 8:56 pm

pau1ie wrote:Sorry, I thought I had mentioned that I was typing it in, and thought you understood that
pau1ie wrote:I have typed in the first game Lee mentioned.
leenew wrote:Well I am gonna be typing the others in.


Oh well. I shan't do anything else this week, though as a rule I enjoy typing in games and making them work, so let me know if any more need to be done.


Sheesh! How can I manage to type a game in when I am obviously blind :roll:
I am pretty busy this week but I will make a start on millipede probably on Friday.
If anyone wants to tackle Shuttle, they are welcome :D

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Re: Personal Computer News. Missing Games.

Postby leenew » Wed Jan 24, 2018 10:16 pm

uniforix wrote:Any of these have the Towering Inferno BBC listing, still can't remember what mag it was in, don't think I will ever find it.


I have looked through all my notes and can't find any game from a magazine called "Towering Inferno".
Checked the 8BS site, A&B computing, acorn computing, acorn programs, acorn user, Beebug, Big K, C&VG, computer gamer, disk user, elbug, electron computing, electron user, electron user group, fast access, games computing, home computing weekly, input magazine, laserbug, let's compute, micro user, personal computer games, personal computer news, personal computer world (this is a very incomplete archive), your computer.
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Re: Personal Computer News. Missing Games.

Postby leenew » Mon Jan 29, 2018 12:31 pm

I have typed in the last 2 missing games, "Millipede" and "Shuttle".
I have sent them to Mick to put on his next discs :D

Lee.
p.s. I have found another set of magazines to go through, so hopefully "Towering inferno" may still be found.
"Popular computing weekly". - just 415 issues to go through :shock:


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