What do you now know many years later

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Again, I assumed that companies like Ocean owned the whole building, rather than being a few tiny offices and people sat at desks in nooks off the corridor. And tales of basements with no windows and people smoking all day and sleeping under the tables at night... :?

I once got offered a choice of redundancy or moving to a former telephone exchange building, working in the room where the old mechanical exchange used to reside. A huge place for a small team with great high ceilings, but the only windows were narrow slits some 3m up the wall as it was really the basement and half a floor above. Thanks but... cheque please!
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Alessandro wrote:
Tue Sep 15, 2020 9:40 pm

I second that. For me, Horace will always have arms.
If he didn't have arms, how would he go skiing?
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5MinuteRetro wrote:
Wed Sep 16, 2020 9:41 am
bluespikey wrote:
Mon Sep 14, 2020 2:57 pm
...some people left who are stunned to discover that Jetpac had a hover key
Wuh?! It does? Which key?!
Number keys will do hover
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RWAC wrote:
Wed Sep 16, 2020 10:28 am
Alessandro wrote:
Tue Sep 15, 2020 9:40 pm

I second that. For me, Horace will always have arms.
If he didn't have arms, how would he go skiing?
...Or jump from rope to rope in the second stage of Horace & the Spiders?
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This thing about the ponytail is some lunatic heresy. I don't care what the source of this calumny is, even if the creator has stated so in a sworn affidavit - he must've been befuddled at the time.

Tl, dr: Horace has arms and that's all there is to it 8-)

(besides, wasn't it all about mullets back then?)
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Here's another one.
I *met* Sandy White (3D Ant Attack, I of the Mask) about 15 years ago.
Up until just before that point I'd assumed he was a she, and that's why (s)he had given us the very-progressive-for-the-time option of playing as a girl in Ant Attack.
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uglifruit wrote:
Tue Sep 15, 2020 1:39 pm
presh wrote:
Tue Sep 15, 2020 1:32 pm
Rorthron wrote:
Tue Sep 15, 2020 9:26 am
Whaddayamean, 8???
8 is transparent / unchanged - so if you do PRINT INK 7; PAPER 8; "SOMETHING", the text will have white INK but the existing PAPER colour of each cell will remain unchanged
Shh, you'll be giving away the secrets of INK / PAPER 9 next.
You know the first rule of BRIGHT club: "We don't talk about BRIGHT club."
For anyone requiring a demonstration of PAPER 8, I used it in Corona Capers, in the death sequences. In short:
- one subroutine from lines 9000-9025: start with PAPER 2: INK 2: CLS, then PRINT PAPER 0; all the spaces required to make the Chinese character for "death" as a low-resolution background.
- all subroutines starting at lines 9100, 9110, 9120, 9130, 9150, 9170, 9190, 9210: PRINT INK 6; PAPER 8; all the text that goes on top of it, and the paper remains red or black, whatever was already there. Without PAPER 8, the text overwrites any black in the background with red, so the "death" character appears only on alternate lines.

The other way to die, the one embedded I Wanna Be The Guy style in the victory sequence, uses BRIGHT 8 instead of PAPER 8 as the background picture is made of BRIGHT 1 spaces on a BRIGHT 0 background. I wonder if anyone has ever seen that, legitimately?

As for the other secret, I've always found INK 9 a lot more useful than PAPER 9.
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OK, yep, I was pretty sure I'd read everything in the BASIC manual at some point, but INK 9 is completely new to me.

And now I know about it, it seems almost as much a complete waste of limited resources as the FLASH bit!
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Since I decided to openly be part of the community and dig a bit more about the Spectrum I discovered many shocking things, including the hover key on Jetpac :lol:
But two things I remember as interesting are the 128k version of Yie ar Kung Fu, I always though that has an "extended" version, not a completely different game:

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The other thing is about Defenders of the Crown.

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I didn't know the game was never released. I played it back in the day, a pirated copy from a local store, so the info took me by surprise!. At the time a lot of Czech and Russian games started to popup on the pirate's catalogs, so, is not surprising to find something obscure from Hungry, but, yeah, no idea how the version got leaked.

Note: I just noticed the comment: "Originally there was a winning screen at the end, but that was somehow lost." I need to check my version just in case (if anyone wants a copy to check, let me know).
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Morkin wrote:
Wed Sep 16, 2020 8:46 am
uglifruit wrote:
Tue Sep 15, 2020 10:30 pm
I came across his company's slogan "There's no blood in our games, it's Automata sauce" and realised the pronunciation of the company name Automata must have intended to be aw'toe'mar'ta which I'd always pronounced aw'tom'uh'ta in my head. That blew my mind!
That's new to me too. I used to pronounce it "AW-toe-MATE-ah", until I heard Paul J on the Spectrum Show pronouncing it differently... :shock:
"Automata" is the plural of αὐτόματον, which in ancient Greek means "something acting (ματον) by itself (αὐτό)". I pronounce it as in ancient Greek, following the Erasmian convention which is commonly accepted here for academic use here: "ou (as in "loud") -TOH-mah-tah".
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