Sunday, November 26, 2023


3 Bridge Street, Guildford, GU1 4RY

Syndicate box art
Early Electronic Arts games used to include a high minded mission statement on the inlay:

"We're an association of electronic artists who share a common goal. We want to fulfil the potential of personal computing. That's a tall order, but with enough imagination and enthusiasm, we think there's a good chance for success. Our products, like this one, are evidence of our intent."  

It's present on EA's first UK game, PHM Pegasus, but (unfortunately for irony) I can't find any examples of it being used on Bullfrog games because, famously, Electronic Arts killed Bullfrog. The paradox of course is that EA only wanted the best for Bullfrog and without their patronage we'd never have seen Populous, Syndicate, Magic Carpet, Theme Park, Theme Hospital, or Dungeon Keeper. EA nurtured Bullfrog. EA grew Bullfrog. EA supported Bullfrog. EA killed Bullfrog.

Sunday, November 12, 2023

Eye of the Moon

Eye of the Moon cover, this is an obvious fake.
Eye of the Moon should have been the third part of Mike Singleton's trilogy which began with Lords of Midnight and continued with Doomdark's Revenge and then just stopped. The game was always talked about as being just on the cusp of release but Beyond kept diverting Mike Singleton onto other projects. Then the programmer fell out with the company, following the sale of Beyond by EMAP to Telecomsoft.

Sunday, October 29, 2023

Beyond Software

Competition House, Farndon Road, Market Harborough, Leicestershire, LE19
Lords of Midnight cover, Commodore 64

Lords of Midnight. Lords of Midnight. Lords of Midnight, Lords of Midnight. Lords. Of. Midnight. Lords of. Midnight. Lords of Midnight. Lords of Midnight. Lords; of Midnight. Lords, of, Midnight. Lords of Midnight -Lords of Midnight. Lords of Midnight.
Lords of Midnight.
Lords of Midnight.
Lords of Midnight.
Lords of Midnight. 
Lords of Midnight. Lords of Midnight Lords of Midnight. Lords of Midnight.
Doomdark's Revenge.

Sunday, October 15, 2023

Sir Clive Sinclair's Quantum Leap

This week I have mostly decided to be obsessed with the TV advert for the Sinclair QL and I'm going to look at it in an excruciating level of detail. Off the top of my head I'm not really sure what the point of this article will be. It might be helpful to go through the advert looking for any clues as the where it was filmed or I might point at stuff and try and show how clever I think I am. Who knows. Here we go. Theorising that one could time travel within his own lifetime, Sir Clive Sinclair stepped into 

Sunday, October 1, 2023

Sinclair Research

25 Willis Road Cambridge, CB1

Stop the Express, ZX Spectrum cassette cover
"No dessert until you've eaten your greens." Well this post is my dessert. I wanted this blog to be more than Sinclair focused nostalgia (although that's my origin story) so I made sure to eat my greens first with articles about Amstrad and Enterprise plus, still on the to-do list, Commodore, Acorn, and Jupiter Cantab (no, really). Even better, I can use the cover of another of my favourite games Stop the Express. Which, to continue the dessert-based metaphor, is the equivalent of smothering a big scoop of chocolate ice cream in jam, evaporated milk, jelly, spangles, etc, and then be told to stop running round shrieking or I won't be allowed to watch Blake's 7.

Sunday, September 17, 2023

Papers, Please

This post is a shameless attempt to piggyback on a better article about the history of one of Yes, Prime Minister's best and most well known routines.

Sunday, September 3, 2023

Argus Press Software

Give My Regards to Broad Street, Commodore 64 cover
KNOWLEDGE CHECK! Which magazine publisher was the first to open a software house? If you said Thalamus, the label from Newsfield Ltd, then sit down because they weren't founded until 1986. Mirrorsoft is not right but it's a better guess than Thalamus, as is Beyond Software, owned by East Midlands Allied Press (or EMAP to their friends), both companies were founded around the same time in late 1983. Obviously the correct answer is Argus Press Software because that's who this update is about.