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'Allo you lot! Remember me?

I barely get a chance to drop in on message boards for anything these days. Hope everyone's keeping alright!

I figured it was worth dropping by with a little shameless promotion of something I've had in the works for a while, which finally went live last month.

I'm now presenting a video game review show over on my Youtube channel. Actually getting it off the ground was a MASSIVE challenge, thanks to bad timing, a succession of spanners being thrown into the works, and a really comical number of false starts. But, to prove my irrepressible nature, I got the work done! And videos are going up now! And guess what? No bugger is watching them!

Wait... that last part isn't very good...

ANYWAY: For the benefit of interested parties, I thought I'd lob in some tasty links to a few videos and the Twitter account I've set up for folks who want to keep up with the behind the scenes stuff that's gone into the show, as well as my inane ramblings. The Twitter account is a separate one from teh main account I use for comics networking, to keep things compartmentalised. If you fancy following it, you can find me there as @HdE_playsgames.

The show itself is all about knocking out review based content of whatever gets put in front of me. It might be something new, but it'll probably be something old. Or even something REALLY old. This venture originally had a few other people on board who have all decided they'd rather do other things now, so I'm left with a few boxes of video games, a whole range of different consoles, and a REALLY confusing array of video capture gear.

I'm uploading in season blocks, with 12 videos per season. And I'm coming up on my first 'mid season break' - where I'll be taking a couple of weeks out to get some more stuff together and make further plans for the show, including (I hope) finding a way to fund it.

For now, though, you can find the channel here:

And to give you a couple of tasters of what I'm posting over there, why not check out these reviews of

Or, if something more sedate is your bag, SUBSURFACE CIRCULAR for the Nintendo Switch

Alternatively, if you want to see how old-school I'm prepared to go, you could watch today's video, where I ramble about how great the Atari 7800 versionof ASTEROIDS is:

I'm aiming to knock out reviews of games for all kinds of systems, including (thanks to the folks who donated them) the Nintendo Entertainment System, PC Engine, Sega Master System, Atari 2600, X Box 360, Playstation 2, Intellivision and more. And, provided I can work out the technical side of ripping a video signal out of them, I'm hoping to add coverage of games for things like the ZX Spectrum, Commodore 64 and even a few handheld systems as well.

There's a ton of work that's gone into this quietly over the last 18 months, and I'm hoping I can commit to this for a long while to come. But, as ever with these things, it needs your support!

I'm hoping to take this beyond Youtube at some point, as the landscape over there is really inhospitable right now. Things have only got this far thanks to my being able to wangle the meagre funding I could (it takes time, effort and resources to do this stuff, after all.) But viewing figures are atrocious right now. Videos just seem not to reach subscribers or new viewers - which is kind of consistent with the abysmally stupid decision making Google have brought to their ownership of Youtube.

If this kind of thing is your bag, please do jump on board. I've re-purposed my old channel, so anybody who was subbed to that should still be (but do check - the site LOVES to disconnect me from subscribers.) I'd suggest clicking on the notification bell icon as well, as that seems to be a better way to ensure you actually SEE the content when it's uploaded.

I hope to see some of you over there! Really hoping I can turn this into something fun.

Liked and subscribed!  Enjoyed and agreed with your Atari 7800 Asteroids review: I did a Scratch version of that one with the kids for Coderdojo*. The tumbling multi-coloured sprites make all the difference.

*Coding an inertia mechanic and size-shifted clones for the child-asteroids being the challenges.

Much obliged, Tordels!

I really do love that version of the game. It's so much better than the one the 2600 got. Sadly, the 7800 console I got hold of to do all my Atari stuff with turned its toes up a couple of weeks after I finished that review. It seems like the universe doesn't want me to play that one for very long.

Ah well - not to fret. Hoping I can get something sorted soon to do a few more Atari videos. Something about those low-fi sounds and brick thick pixels is so charming!

I misread that title as "totally unoriginal game show" and was imaging you in a sequined tuxedo and cheesy grin.  :lol:


--- Quote from: Dandontdare on 04 September, 2018, 02:11:27 PM ---I misread that title as "totally unoriginal game show" and was imaging you in a sequined tuxedo and cheesy grin.  :lol:

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I'll be perfectly straight with you here... my budget is SEVERELY limited. But I'm not saying you won't see that!


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