Little bugs in the database

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Re: Little bugs in the database

Post by 8BitAG » Sat Dec 08, 2018 11:28 pm

I'm not sure why Kobyashi Naru is listed as being written with PAW in the database...

https://spectrumcomputing.co.uk/index.p ... 96&id=6545

Unlike its sequel, it wasn't created using PAW. It was produce with Les & Clive's own system.
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Re: Little bugs in the database

Post by StooB » Tue Dec 11, 2018 6:30 pm

Game Over + Game Over 2 (15451)

- this is the UK release of Phantis (3676) and is already listed on that page

St Bride's School (UK) (13696)

- should be St Bride's School (Ireland) and is not owned by CRL Group (2122)

The Snow Queen (6991)

- originally released by St Bride's School (13696) with the Mosaic Publishing (10034) re-release in 1986
source 1: advert for St Bride's version: https://spectrumcomputing.co.uk/mag.php ... 87&page=81
source 2: re-release confirmed by Mike Gerrard in YS June 86: https://spectrumcomputing.co.uk/mag.php ... 27&page=65

Journey's End (2644), Sinbad and the Golden Ship (6976)

- were released by Mastertronic Ltd (9371) not Mastervision (9373) (source: covers)

Blade Software (1746)

- not from, or owned by Mythos Games (10087)
(source: https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2010 ... iew?page=2 )

Laser Squad (2813)

- original publication is by Target Games (14284) in 1988
- Blade Software (1746) re-released the game in 1989 (first Blade Software ads appear in Oct 1989, earlier ones are all Target Games)

Energy Warrior + Molecule Man (11299), Rockford (4214)

- are not published by Mastertronic Added Dimension (9370), but by its replacement "MAD X"
(source: https://spectrumcomputing.co.uk/mag.php ... 71&page=23)
- Rockman should be listed as a compilation because it has 2 games like Energy Warrior + Molecule Man, and renamed "Rockford + Rockman"

Tank Trax + Bullseye (11300), Gnasher + Spectipede (11301)

- original release year should be 1985 (source: inlays)

Motorbike Madness (3292)

- published by Mastertronic Added Dimension (9370) not Mastertronic Ltd (9371) (source: cover)

Into The Abyss (11808), Minister for Alien Affairs (11907), Time of the End (7101)

- published (or planned to be published) by Mandarin Adventures, not Mandarin Software (UK) (8972) which doesn't exist until 1988
(source: https://spectrumcomputing.co.uk/mag.php ... 93&page=10

Super Glooper also FROGS (31822)

- should be a compilation with contents Super Glooper (29682) and Frogs (31626)
- the author of Super Glooper is Steve Kelly (UK) (13892) (source: https://spectrumcomputing.co.uk/mag.php ... 740&page=9)
- inlay scans available at http://www.zx81stuff.org.uk/zx81/tape/SuperGlooper
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Re: Little bugs in the database

Post by 8BitAG » Tue Dec 11, 2018 7:43 pm

StooB wrote:
Tue Dec 11, 2018 6:30 pm
The Snow Queen (6991)
- originally released by St Bride's School (13696) with the Mosaic Publishing (10034) re-release in 1986
source 1: advert for St Bride's version: https://spectrumcomputing.co.uk/mag.php ... 87&page=81
source 2: re-release confirmed by Mike Gerrard in YS June 86: https://spectrumcomputing.co.uk/mag.php ... 27&page=65
Well, while we're at it... the date for the GI Games re-release is wrong too (see the document in the Dogboy thread)...

Should be 1991 for the GI Games re-release.

And 1992 for the Zenobi re-release.

And potentially 1992 also for the Northern Underground re-release.

Those dates also need to be altered to the same on the entries for...

Bugsy https://spectrumcomputing.co.uk/index.p ... 96&id=6050
The Dogboy https://spectrumcomputing.co.uk/index.p ... 96&id=6191
Jack the Ripper https://spectrumcomputing.co.uk/index.p ... 96&id=6497
The Secret of St. Bride's https://spectrumcomputing.co.uk/index.p ... 96&id=6951
Silverwolf https://spectrumcomputing.co.uk/index.p ... 96&id=6974
The Very Big Cave Adventure https://spectrumcomputing.co.uk/index.p ... 96&id=7161
The White Feather Cloak https://spectrumcomputing.co.uk/index.p ... 96&id=7180

ie. GI Games (1991)
Zenobi (1992)

and possibly...
The Northern Underground (1992)
...although I do want to quickly check which GI Games titles were included in that arrangement.
(edit: Just found a review in From Beyond of one of the St. Bride's games distributed by The Northern Underground... So I'm pretty confident the St. Bride's games were included in the 24 GI Games titles that they republished)

(see the Dogboy thread for the supporting documentation which references sources for all these dates)
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Re: Little bugs in the database

Post by Juan F. Ramirez » Sat Dec 15, 2018 7:17 pm

Cybertanks, by Star Dreams.

https://spectrumcomputing.co.uk/index.p ... 96&id=1201

A strange case, as not many info about this game. No inlay and no instructions. No author. Just the publisher and it was sold at 5,50 GBP and some short references on magazines.

According to the entry info, It was also included in the WOW compilation so I look it up and found in the compilations info:

CYBERTANKS Count: STAR DREAMS
PROGRAMMING - PAUL JEFFRIES


So Paul Jeffries should be included in the database as the author of this game.

If anyone could have the original inlay would be great! Not a bad game.
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Re: Little bugs in the database

Post by Vampyre » Tue Dec 18, 2018 12:30 pm

This is not necessarily a bug in the database and could well have been researched in the past and found to be incorrect.

Sophistry (https://spectrumcomputing.co.uk/index.p ... 96&id=4648) is currently allocated to Authors TFMG and TEBS which is what is displayed on the loading screen.

However, there's a Games Machine review (https://spectrumcomputing.co.uk/mag.php ... 95&page=49) that specifically mentions Roderick McSarquar as the author, which is very specific.

I've managed to do some Google-digging and found another sort-of confirmation. Some OCRing of ZZAP on archive.org has the following in https://archive.org/stream/Zzap044Dec88 ... 8_djvu.txt

"CRL's writer of Sophistry, Roderick Mcsarquar translates as 'I've seduced another Scotsman'." Whatever the hell that means...!
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Re: Little bugs in the database

Post by StooB » Tue Dec 18, 2018 1:46 pm

According to Google there are no other McSarquars in the world, so it's probably a name invented by Clement Chambers.
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Re: Little bugs in the database

Post by 8BitAG » Tue Dec 18, 2018 2:14 pm

Vampyre wrote:
Tue Dec 18, 2018 12:30 pm
"CRL's writer of Sophistry, Roderick Mcsarquar translates as 'I've seduced another Scotsman'." Whatever the hell that means...!
As an aside, there is a real person (a fairly famous politician and academic) called Roderick MacFarquhar :) :D

(Wikipedia actually lists his middle name as... Lemonade.... !?)
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Re: Little bugs in the database

Post by richl » Tue Dec 18, 2018 2:30 pm

To add to the Laser Squad info above, I remember doing some poking around with the various releases and expansion pack etc. last year. I posted all my corrections/findings into this thread:
https://www.worldofspectrum.org/forums/ ... ion/55057/

It's a shame that there's probably a ton of other fixes that people have submitted over on the WOS forums during the post-handover period that'll eventually get lost as and when it finally sinks into the mire but whenever I see anything that I vaguely recall posting something about I try and post it here now instead. We should have some sort of Christmas appeal for people to resubmit info here and try and educate others to not waste their time posting on WOS. It's a shame as people genuinely want to help but since no-one other than a blurred circle knows what the Big Secret Plan™ is you'd be better off sending corrections to Santa.... or Einar as I think he now likes to be called ;)
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Re: Little bugs in the database

Post by Vampyre » Tue Dec 18, 2018 3:16 pm

richl wrote:
Tue Dec 18, 2018 2:30 pm
To add to the Laser Squad info above, I remember doing some poking around with the various releases and expansion pack etc. last year. I posted all my corrections/findings into this thread:
https://www.worldofspectrum.org/forums/ ... ion/55057/

It's a shame that there's probably a ton of other fixes that people have submitted over on the WOS forums during the post-handover period that'll eventually get lost as and when it finally sinks into the mire but whenever I see anything that I vaguely recall posting something about I try and post it here now instead. We should have some sort of Christmas appeal for people to resubmit info here and try and educate others to not waste their time posting on WOS. It's a shame as people genuinely want to help but since no-one other than a blurred circle knows what the Big Secret Plan™ is you'd be better off sending corrections to Santa.... or Einar as I think he now likes to be called ;)
Well I'm certainly not posting any findings to WoS any longer which I have in the past. Doesn't seem to be any point, so my full support is now to ZXDB.
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Re: Little bugs in the database

Post by PeterJ » Wed Dec 19, 2018 8:56 pm

I've been trying to get my creative juices going by looking at magazine type-ins recently and noticed this one:

https://spectrumcomputing.co.uk/index.p ... 6&id=13252

In ZXDB the author is said to be from New Zealand (Same on WoS), but if you open up the listings page for Sinclair Programs it describes the author from being from Angus in Scotland.

Also should the releases include the MicroHobby type-ins too.
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