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Championship Sprint

"Eddie" on the loading screen is very likely to be Chris Edwards - graphics are credited in the game to "Mak and Eddie" (Tony Mack and Chris Edwards)

- Battlefield by Gavin Wade and Chris Edwards has a loading screen by "Eddie"
- Plasma Ball by Gavin Wade and Chris Edwards has a loading screen by "Eddie"
- Victory Road by David Shea, Gavin Wade and Chris Edwards has a loading screen by "Eddie"

"Unyon" on the loading screen of Hobgoblin (by David Parsons, Chris Edwards, Unyon and Tonal Kaos) is also him as he used it as his Flickr account name and it is confirmed as his nickname here: Thank you Rockstar! (Chris Edwards Memorial).
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StooB wrote: Sat Jul 03, 2021 10:12 am Championship Sprint

"Eddie" on the loading screen is very likely to be Chris Edwards - graphics are credited in the game to "Mak and Eddie" (Tony Mack and Chris Edwards)
Isn’t “MAK” Mark A. Jones?
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Yes, it looks like it. Both Tony Mack and Mark A Jones also did the original Super Sprint. So he should be added to Championship Sprint too.
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Out of curiosity, do you know where the Tony Mack confirmation comes from?
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sho wrote: Sat Jul 03, 2021 11:40 am Out of curiosity, do you know where the Tony Mack confirmation comes from?
Bob Pape suggests it in his book, but I can't actually find anything to confirm it 100%:
A few days later Kightley, Andrew and myself boarded a National Express coach and headed off to the Electrocoin test-site arcade in Tottenham
Court Road and a much swankier arcade in Oxford Street - a round trip of 450 miles just to look at a couple of arcade machines! We met up with some people from Catalyst who'd also made the trip and had a short play of the games. Initial impressions were mixed: R-Type looked like a total no-hoper on ANY of the home computers of the time, Time Scanner looked OK once you'd worked out how to do the smooth ball movements and as for the third - if it was Championship Sprint - then that looked a shoe-in for Tony Mack since he'd converted its predecessor Super Sprint for Activision the year before.
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In Byte Me, you can add the following roles to me, Craig Stevenson; In-game Graphics and Load Screen.

Jonathan Cauldwell would have the Roles; Code and Game Design/Concept.
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https://spectrumcomputing.co.uk/entry/3 ... C3%A2lotte

The real author of this game is Azimov. The Monsieur Palotte game is an homage to the original Mr. Palote game from D'Anton.

This fact was unveiled on the Spanish Youtube channel El Espectrumero Javi Ortiz
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https://spectrumcomputing.co.uk/entry/5 ... age_Island

The page says it got 91% by SU, which I thought sounded a bit strange. The link takes you to a review of Rodland, which by no co-incidence also got 91%.
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The Living Daylights

Game designer Richard Naylor is part of Domark, not Walking Circles. (source)

"Authors according to SPOT/SPEX:" lists both Walking Circles and Design Design. Walking Circles are the correct author listed on the inlay and the loading screen (the Design Design team became Walking Circles when the Design Design name had to be returned to Crystal Computing).

The 1991 review in Sinclair User scoring 81% is actually for Viz.
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StooB wrote: Sat Jul 03, 2021 10:12 am Victory Road by David Shea, Gavin Wade and Chris Edwards has a loading screen by "Eddie"
Also, Music by Jonathan Dunn
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Don Priestley

doesn't sound like he's from Ireland after all:

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from The ZX Files Issue 7
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StooB wrote: Fri Jul 16, 2021 3:24 pm doesn't sound like he's from Ireland after all:
It would be fair to say that he is based in Ireland.

Is the "country" given in brackets after a name, consistently the place of birth/origin?
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8BitAG wrote: Fri Jul 16, 2021 3:33 pm
StooB wrote: Fri Jul 16, 2021 3:24 pm doesn't sound like he's from Ireland after all:
It would be fair to say that he is based in Ireland.

Is the "country" given in brackets after a name, consistently the place of birth/origin?
Are any other programmers known to have moved to another country?
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StooB wrote: Fri Jul 16, 2021 7:25 pm Are any other programmers known to have moved to another country?
There must be more than a few. Brian Howarth, for instance, has been resident in the US for years and years. (Presumably he is a US citizen now?) Julian Gollop is also down as UK; reflecting his location for his Spectrum work but, I don't think reflecting his current country of residence.

Exploring my particular niche, Laurence Creighton is down as UK, and it's true that he was born here, but all his active programming years (and the majority of his life) was spent in South Africa.

I was just asking the question as I wasn't clear what was the criteria in that "country bracket". The database is a bit of a time-mish-mash, in some ways, in that things like the ownership of companies is "up to date".

Country of residence is probably too much of a moving target? Presumably the main purpose of the "country bracket" is to prevent confusion between similarly named individuals and to give some indication of where the developer *was* from, back in the day... But if we're going to alter existing entries than some clarity would be useful.
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8BitAG wrote: Fri Jul 16, 2021 3:33 pm Is the "country" given in brackets after a name, consistently the place of birth/origin?
Yes. It indicates place of birth.

I don't think it makes sense to "stalk" authors, i.e keep track of everyone's location and update the database whenever they move.

The only exception is someone that was born in one country, but migrated to another place, such that this person's work is strongly associated with the second country. In this case, we assign 2 countries to this person. For instance, Boris Vallejo is described in Wikipedia as a "Peruvian-American painter":

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boris_Vallejo

Therefore his page at ZXDB lists both countries:

https://spectrumcomputing.co.uk/list?label_id=19373

According to this rule, I think it makes sense to update Don Priestley as "UK/Ireland" since (apparently) he was born in UK but produced most of his games in Ireland. Regardless of wherever he may live now.
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That seems a sensible and brings some clarity to that data field.

Following on from that, I'll submit the change that

Laurence Creighton (UK)
https://spectrumcomputing.co.uk/list?label_id=8311

should be
Laurence Creighton (UK/South Africa)
as he was based in Cape Town for the entirety of his adventure writing career.
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Agreed!
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In cases like this I use both fields on the database, one for country of birth and the other for residency.
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Best guess date of first publication for...

Leotrope
https://spectrumcomputing.co.uk/entry/2 ... m/Leotrope

and

Cell of the Ridges
https://spectrumcomputing.co.uk/entry/1 ... the_Ridges

is 1990,

as they both appeared in the small ads section of the November 1990 issue of Your Sinclair...
https://archive.org/details/Your_Sincla ... q=leotrope
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The archive.org link for Crash issue 36 is currently:

Code: Select all

https://archive.org/download/crash-magazine-36Christmas_Special_1986/87/Crash_36_Jan_1987.pdf
It should be:

Code: Select all

https://archive.org/download/crash-magazine-36/Crash_36_Jan_1987.pdf
(ie. remove Christmas_Special_1986/87)
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Via Paul Collins:

Hi. Regarding music composer "Ivor Hedake":

https://spectrumcomputing.co.uk/x-list?label_id=6408

This is evidently a joke name ("I've a headache"). So I suppose the
person "Type" should be Nickname (as it is for e.g. Sonja Knight).
However, I don't know if you can set Nickname type unless you know the
real name too.

My guess would be Adrian Shaw (the Shaw Brother who usually did music)
but we may never know!
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Ninja Carnage

This was originally an Amstrad game and the dev's official site is at https://games.resistance.no/ninjac/

Other platforms mentioned on the site (aside from Amstrad and Spectrum) are C64, ST and Amiga, with downloads for the Amstrad and C64. The Amstrad version has a page on CPC Power but the C64 version isn't currently on Lemon64 or GB64. As far as I can tell the ST and Amiga versions haven't yet been released.

Credits listed on Cronosoft's site for the Spectrum version are:
Story: Christophe Kohler (Oriens).
Speccy code and art: Clive Townsend.
Original art: In-game: Cedric Quetier (Ced), loading screens: Bruno (Kukulcan), D.Vigh (Grass).
Music: Hervé Monchatre (Tom&Jerry).
Music/Sfx conversion: Piotr Sachanowicz (Sachy).
Translations: (en) C.Townsend, (de) S.Böcker, (it) A.Pastore, (es) H.Alarcon, MiguelSky, RobCfg, Trocoloco, (gr) Manos Sg, (pl) S.Pszczoliski (Sim1), P.Sachanowicz, K.Wosek.
Cover art: F.Gutherz (Fra).
Coordination: O.Stokka (4pLaY).
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Starfire

Released in 1983, not 1982 (source)
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Handicap Golf (CRL)

Released in 1983, not 1984. Earliest advert is August 1983 and entered the charts in October 1983.
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