Miscellaneous News
PDRoms First Aid Heroes (misc)

Davr ( http://davr.drunkencoders.com/ ) and EvilDragon ( http://www.gp2x.de ) helped out to get PDRoms running again after it’s downtime few hours ago. The server somehow went nuts, already the second time this week :)

Thanks a lot for getting the server back on track guys!

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PDRoms Coding Competition v4.01 – 4 Days Left (misc)

The deadline for this years PDRoms coding competition is approaching! You are still having full four days, which might be enough to do something little and get a chance of one of the nice prizes.

Here is the brief data:

Topic: Create a logic/puzzle game
Competition running time: Thursday, 02 April 2009 to Sunday, 31st May 2009
Deadline: Sunday, 31th May 2009 @ 23:59, in YOUR timezone!
Systems allowed: Atari 2600, Atari 5200, Atari 7800, Coleco Vision, Gameboy, Gameboy Color, Game Gear, IntelliVision, Master System, Neo Geo Pocket, Neo Geo Pocket Color, Nintendo Entertainment System, Odyssey2, Wonderswan, Wonderswan Color, Super Nintendo Entertainment System, Genesis/Megadrive, Gameboy Advance, Nintendo 64, PC Engine, Sega 32x, Sega CD and Vectrex.
Prizes to win: A WIZ console, 2 PSP Games, 1 Genesis Game, 5 R4 Cards, 10 Acekards and 150 US$ in cash

Prizes are sponsored by: http://shop.gp2x.dehttp://www.flashlinker-shop.comhttp://www.superfighter.comhttp://www.gamekool.comhttp://www.slanina.pl – ph0x

http://pdroms.de/phpbb/viewtopic.php?f=105&t=4642

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RetroAction Issue 2 (misc)

Retroaction is an interactive magazine featuring old and new games on retro platforms like the Amstrad CPC, Sinclair, Commodore, DOS, Arcade, Atari, Sega, Nintendo, NEC, MSX, Acorn, Apple, and more.

Content:

Building Classics
We take a look at one of the most successful game engines ever, including the many games developed for it.

The Retr0brite Project
Are your old computers and consoles looking “not-so-mellow yellow”? Then read our Retr0brite feature where we explain how to deal with this problem.

Retromags
Want to re-live old retrogaming nostalgia or discover old publications that you didn’t read first time around? Then join us as we bring details of some of the most popular magazines of olde.

Twilight of the Spectrum
The Sinclair ZX Spectrum didn’t really disappear in the early 1990s. As we explain, in this first part of a huge Spectrum retrospective, Europe enjoyed many years of rubber-keyed gaming…

MAME: Emulator Profile
Often referred to as the best arcade emulator and most recognisable names in the emulation world. We tell you why, while examining the history, the software, and some of the better known games.

Computer Warrior, Part 2
Memoirs of the Computer Warrior comic strip, from the 1980s Eagle comic, where gamers discover how to play computer games within the computer’s realm.

Interviews:
Ken Silverman
We talked to Ken Silverman, the creator of the Build engine, about the development of said engine and the games that have appeared on it.

Simon Ullyatt
We managed to corner indie publisher Simon Ullyatt, and chat with him about Cronosoft, new games on old machines, bedroom coding and obscure 8-bit micros.

Mort
The retro magazine scanner king gives us a moment to speak about his scans, the DVDs, his current projects, and future plans.

Regulars:
Retroscene
The latest happenings in the world of retrogaming.

Retro Respect: Hexen
We’ve all missed a classic during our time (I know I have). This is where we pay respects to the forgotten classics, the misunderstood, and the underdogs.

GamesMaster Lookback, episode 2
Lookback at an episode of the classic GamesMaster television show. The challenges, the games, the celebrities, the journalist commentators, and Dominik.

Raiders of the Lost Arcades: X-Men: Children of the Atom
Unfortunately, the arcade is becoming extinct as a gaming platform, so we take a trek back through time to relive some of the arcades’ greatest and underrated games.

Retro Respect: Buck Rogers: Countdown to Doomsday
SSI’s Tactical RPG gets the Retro Respect treatment.

Killer App: Killer Instinct Gold
These are the games that are so outstanding that you would buy the system just to play that game. The essential games that every retro gamer should play.

How to Cause a Complete Controversy: Night Trap
Forget the GTAs and Manhunts of the new generation of consoles; games were causing controversy from as far back as the 8-bit days. Here we look at the controversy that surrounded these games.

Retro Respect: Bio Miracle Bokutte Upa
We pay respect to one of the Famicom’s best Disk System game.

The Weird and Wonderful World of Retrogaming: Traffic
There have been some truly strange games, demos, and cover disks released in the heyday of retrogaming. This is where we dig up some of these weird and daft creations.

Reviews:
Rock Boshers (windows)
BeTiled! (Amstrad CPC)
Legion of the Damned (C64)
Phantomas Tales #1: Marsport (Amstrad CPC, ZX Spectrum)
K.O. Cruiser (Atari 2600)
W*H*B (ZX Spectrum)
Star Sabre 128K (Amstrad CPC)
Captain S (windows)
Deathchase (Dragon 32, Tandy CoCo)
Frogger (ZX Spectrum)
Nanako Descends to Hell (Amstrad CPC, ZX Spectrum)
I Need Speed (ZX Spectrum, MSX)
Giddy 3 (Windows)
Danger Tower (MSX)
Sort’em (Amstrad CPC)
Banger Management (ZX Spectrum)
Deep Dungeon (MSX)
Horace Goes Skiing (Windows)
Eternal Light (Amstrad CPC)
Supaplex (ZX Spectrum)
SEUD (ZX Spectrum)

Thanks to http://www.superlevel.de/ for the news.

http://www.retroactionmagazine.com/magazine/

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PDRoms Coding Competition v4.01 – Final Call (misc)

The deadline for this years PDRoms coding competition is approaching! You are still having full nine days, which might be enough to do something little and get a chance of one of the nice prizes.

Here is the brief data:

Topic: Create a logic/puzzle game
Competition running time: Thursday, 02 April 2009 to Sunday, 31st May 2009
Deadline: Sunday, 31th May 2009 @ 23:59, in YOUR timezone!
Systems allowed: Atari 2600, Atari 5200, Atari 7800, Coleco Vision, Gameboy, Gameboy Color, Game Gear, IntelliVision, Master System, Neo Geo Pocket, Neo Geo Pocket Color, Nintendo Entertainment System, Odyssey2, Wonderswan, Wonderswan Color, Super Nintendo Entertainment System, Genesis/Megadrive, Gameboy Advance, Nintendo 64, PC Engine, Sega 32x, Sega CD and Vectrex.
Prizes to win: A WIZ console, 2 PSP Games, 1 Genesis Game, 5 R4 Cards, 10 Acekards and 150 US$ in cash

Prizes are sponsored by: http://shop.gp2x.dehttp://www.flashlinker-shop.comhttp://www.superfighter.comhttp://www.gamekool.comhttp://www.slanina.pl – ph0x

http://pdroms.de/phpbb/viewtopic.php?f=105&t=4642

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DCemu.co.uk turns 5 years old (misc)

DCemu.co.uk has been serving the homebrew and gaming scene for severall years now. Even if the relation with us isn’t the best anymore, let’s hope for another five years (or longer). Good Luck!

http://www.dcemu.co.uk/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=206785

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Retrogaming Times Monthly Issue 60 (misc)

Retrogaming Times Monthly #58 is available. RTM is a retro magazine, sometimes with focus on homebrew things.

Content of this issue:

01. Press Fire To Begin
02. Gaming Studies With The Tomy Tutor: Car-Azy Racer
03. Phoenix Is My Game! What Is Your Game?
04. Game Reviews Go On The Air
05. RTM Idiocy: The Misadventures Of PIGBEAR
06. Apple II Incider – GBA Championship Basketball (Apple IIGS Version)
07. The Thrill Of Defeat: Pleasure & Punishment On The Unexpanded Timex Sinclair 1000
08. Creating Atari 2600 Games With Batari BASIC
09. Videological Dig – 1983 Atarisoft Radio Commercial
10. Laughing Pixels
11. Game Over

Thanks to http://www.atariage.com for the news.

http://www.retrogamingtimes.com/rtm60/

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TehSkeen Webmaster in hospital after suicide attempt (misc)

Earlier this morning we’ve spotted the currently first news item on TehSkeen. Brakken mentioned to take an overdose of certain tablets and he seems to be gone since then.

Obviously several people tried to get ahold of him, without success. Some called the police and regarding one response in the thread, they found him and brought him to hospital.

All this could be a hoax, due to a hacked account, but it could also be true, as he been talking about “bad life” a lot recently and also did not seem to care about himself anymore, without going into details.

TehSkeen, next to other sites, is a great source for homebrew news and related things, so having the webmaster brakken lost, would be also a bad thing for the community. May people like or dislike his style, is not the question right now.

Time will tell what happend!

Good luck, wherever you are, brakken!

http://www.tehskeen.com/forums/showthread.php?threadid=11594

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Retrogaming Times Monthly Issue 59 (misc)

Retrogaming Times Monthly #58 is available. RTM is a retro magazine, sometimes with focus on homebrew things.

Content of this issue:

01. Press Fire To Begin
02. Show Report: The Midwest Gaming Classic
03. Show Report: My First Atari Party
04. RTM Idiocy: Reviews And The Idiots Who Respond To Them
05. Apple II Incider – Real Life Games Part Deux + Jeopardy
06. The Thrill Of Defeat: Pleasure & Punishment On The Unexpanded Timex Sinclair 1000
07. Videological Dig – 1973 Odyssey Commercial
08. Laughing Pixels
09. Game Over

http://www.retrogamingtimes.com/rtm59/

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Affilation with ModControl.com (misc)

With ModControl we have a GERMAN community site taking care of console modifications and sometimes homebrew. Perfect if you can’t handle english texts. They are also having big helpful community.

http://www.modcontrol.com/

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Affilation with TehSkeen.com (misc)

As you might have seen we are affilated with TehSkeen.com now, they take care of homebrew matters along with console modification things. So go and check it out ;)

http://tehskeen.com/

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