One of the best things about writing a book like this is the research. And for today, research involves playing games. Whether it's to take screenshots or purely as a refresher for the writing, it's always great to revisit the "old" days.
I'm about to play Monty on the Run. It's a game that is renowned for two things: its awesome Rob Hubbard music, and its high difficulty level. I actually completed it without cheating back in the day. I know my skills have waned somewhat since then, but it'll be interesting to see how far I can get today.
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After that... well. we'll see where the day takes me. If I can stay off Wonder Boy in Monster Land, which I recently bought for the XBox 360, I'll write up something else.
I mentioned Kickstarter and crowdfunding in my first blog post. It's not a road I need to go down yet, but I do keep an eye on Kickstarter as there are a lot of retro-themed games (or games-related) asking for funding there, which are often of interest to me. The biggest successes are well-know at this point: Tim Schafer's Double Fine Adventure; Brian Fargo's Wasteland 2; and Jordan Weisman's Shadowrun Returns. All surpassed their wildest dreams in terms of funding. But there are other, lesser-known projects out there that are worth a look, and I'm going to leave this post with a few links of interesting projects that are ending soon.
Turrican Soundtrack Anthology by Chris Huelsbeck - interesting for anyone into Amiga music, ends in three days.
Drifter: A Space Trading Game - an Elite clone that actually looks like it will be worthwhile, ends in four days.
Pinball Arcade: The Twilight Zone - the Pinball Arcade developers aim to recreate one of pinball's most revered tables. They've now been able to add XBox 360 support - quite exciting!
I'm backing those three... have a look!