Yes, it's that time of year, folks, which some people refer to as:
or as our American-cousins more properly call it:
...and this year it falls on Thursday November 23 .
Apparently, it always falls on the fourth Thursday in November.
So, what better way to celebrate Thanksgiving than surely to get the family together and celebrate the joys of safely gathering in the harvest around THE ATARI 800 and THE BEST FOUR PLAYER GAME EVER, ie.
ABOVE: M.U.L.E. - arguably the BEST 4-player trading sim type game...EVER?! Don't forget to tape all the action on your old Betamax video...
Comments - as always - mucho appreciated, fellas.
NB: A little history lesson:
Why do people celebrate Thanksgiving?
Thanksgiving can be traced back to 1979 when 'pre-Sinclair space cases' from England, known as Retronauts, invited the Americans to a harvest feast of arcade anarchy after a little-known company called Atari experienced a successful season of product growth.
The first Thanksgiving did not include turkey, but rather a three-day feast of: flat membrane keyboards, black and white 1K blocky graphic games and wobbling RAM packs.
Just to think, all those moons ago, we were reading the original Atari User reviews and thinking - brilliant review, I must get my hands on that title after that great summary and all along it was guys like you writing em, Pat.
I just wish the proof-readers at A.U. had been a little more accurate (such as those we have today on the Sector), then they wouldn't have had to self-correct themselves and issue that apology, Phil.
MUST have a crack at M.U.L.E. later - I'll play against the cat...
Post by spacedmonkeys on Nov 28, 2017 10:35:47 GMT
M.U.L.E. definitely one of my top 10 games EVER on any system
Can't wait for my two toddlers to be old enough to play it with me
I remember those magazine pages really well, The M.U.L.E. review and especially the Archon screenshot, weird that as a teenager I must've read those reviews over and over as the wording is very familiar even now, 32 years later!
M.U.L.E x3, everyone seems to always rave about this game. I've never played it. Why? 1) my first Atari was a 130XE, and back in the day when I got it, I wanted the latest and greatest in graphic goodness, and this game never appealed to me in that way when seeing screen shots. 2) I've almost always been a lone gamer, and the few times I did have friends to play with, it was games like Ballblazer and One on One, and I didn't own M.U.L.E anyway. I guess I should give it a go now, though I doubt I'll have much fun playing the computer, still a lone gamer.
for strategy type games, Seven Cities of Gold was always my main go-to game. Though I'm getting into more strategy and war games these days.
"I mistrust consensus, because in general, most stupid people really like to agree with a majority."- Nolan Bushnell
Post by spacedmonkeys on Nov 30, 2017 10:38:35 GMT
Yes in 2015 I bought a shed load of stuff from a guy, travelled down from Birmingham to Leigh-On-Sea... then I noticed Paul's posts about working for Maplin... Digging out the old bits of "surplus" reminded my of the guy I bought it from being a programmer or engineer at Maplin/Mapsoft in South-End, so I mentioned his name to Paul and yes he did know of him. Anyway some of the bits up for sale belonged to the Mapsoft guy. I'd really love to sit and learn machine code for the 800 but juggling work and toddlers is far too time consuming so someone else can hoard it