uMIA some games 3

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Re: uMIA some games 3

Post by Rorthron » Fri May 25, 2018 5:06 am

You can see the original listing of Zycie Maklera here, on pp26-27:

https://archive.org/stream/InformatykaK ... 6/mode/1up
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Re: uMIA some games 3

Post by Rorthron » Fri May 25, 2018 5:26 am

The write-ip in IKS adds nothing:

"Trudne jest zycie maklera. Masz szanse stac sie millionerem. Twoj majatek to akcje kopalni rudy, czy zrobisz na nich fortune? - wszystko zalezy od Ciebie. Program na Commodore-64 przeniesie Cie na gielde. Czy potralisz zarobic?"

(Sorry for any typos. I know no Polish.)

Google Translate:

"It is difficult to live a brokerage. You have a chance to become a millionaire. Your estate is a mine of ore, will you make a fortune on it? - everything depends on you. The program on Commodore-64 will take you to the market. Have you ever made a profit?"

The context does not seem very British to me. Zycie Maklera seems to take a capitalist approach: running a mine to get rich. The miners' strike in the UK had a socialist agenda: it was anti-capitalist and about protecting jobs. I also doubt mines would have been seen at the time as a route to getting rich: they were being shut down for being unprofitable.

(On a separate point Manic Miner was not inspired by the miners' strike, but by Miner 2949er. It was released a year before the strike started. You are quite right, though, that Monty Mole was inspired by the strike.)
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Re: uMIA some games 3

Post by Ralf » Fri May 25, 2018 9:33 am

Again great research Rothron which I should do myself ;) I'll remember about you in such difficult cases ;)

You convinced me that it doesn't feel British - a game about becoming rich from a mine released at the moment when mines were closing.

You know people, I'm a bit suspicious about original Polish games. In the past I discovered several times that sothething that seemed a genuine Polish production was actually a translation, without mentioning it anywhere in the game.

But here I would say now that the case is clear. The game was released in IKS as a listing for C64 and was adapted for Spectrum by the guys mentioned in the 1st post. Case closed.
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