Little bugs in the database 4

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Re: Little bugs in the database 4

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Audionautas wrote:
Fri Jul 03, 2020 8:39 am
Hi guys!

I'm doing some searching on ZXDB and I miss an interesting feature.

I'm doing an advanced search by "Language" in this case. My intention is to list all games in Serbian language, for example. Great!, I have a list of games in that particular language. But after reviewing that list I can't find any game from the most famous Serbian 8 bit programmer, Duško Dimitrijević, and that's is because he released all his games in the UK, so the language is English.

So, I miss the option of searching by "Nationality" (of the , not only by "Language". The same case goes for Homega Software, the Hungarian guys who coded Express Raider for U.S. Gold. They're Hungarian but you can't find it as a game made in Hungary because it's in English.

I think this feature of searching by "Nationality" would be very useful to have a real outlook of the software production made in a certain country, regardless the language in which was made.

Thank you!
Hi guys

The other day I made the suggestion above on the "advanced search" feature on SC that I think would be great to be added on ZXDB, but now I'm trying to do another kind of search that I think it could be useful to add to the ZXDB too. I'm trying to search by "film licence" or "arcade licence" in order to list all games based on films and arcade machines. The same would be great for "comic-book licence", "tv series licence" and so on. Perhaps it would be a great addition to the search engine. What do you think?
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The David Shaw that is credited for Boxing is David A. Shaw of the Shaw Brothers, as mentioned on their website.
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StooB wrote:
Fri May 15, 2020 11:30 am
Steve Blower

His role on ZZoom is presumably 'Inlay/Poster Art' as he did all the other Imagine covers. Mobygames agree.
Old Imagine software credits can be improved just looking at the instructions:

Zip-Zap (https://spectrumcomputing.co.uk/entry/5 ... um/Zip-Zap)
GAME DESIGN & SOFTWARE by Ian Weatherburn
GRAPHIC DESIGN by Steve Blower.

Also, the Spanish instructions seems to be from a pirated version and marked as incomplete. Perhaps worth to remove them. https://archive.org/download/World_of_S ... plete).pdf

Arcadia (https://spectrumcomputing.co.uk/entry/2 ... um/Arcadia)
Might be nice to credit David H. Lawson as D.H.L. as in the game, and to have those initials as an alternate nickname.

Ah Diddums (https://spectrumcomputing.co.uk/entry/1 ... Ah_Diddums)
Spectres (https://spectrumcomputing.co.uk/entry/4 ... m/Spectres)
Also signed as D.H.L.

Jumping Jack (https://spectrumcomputing.co.uk/entry/2 ... mping_Jack)
PROGRAM CODING by Albert Ball
GRAPHIC DESIGN & ILLUSTRATION by Steve Blower
Stuart C. Ball - Graphics

Pedro (https://spectrumcomputing.co.uk/entry/3 ... trum/Pedro)
GAME IDEA, AND MANY THANKS to Stephen Knight.
PROGRAM by Frank Johnson.
GRAPHICS by Ally Noble & Dawn Jones.
MUSIC by Fred Gray & Abdul Ibrahim.
ILLUSTRATIONS by Brial Wall.
PHOTOGRAPHY by Bernard Rose.
COFFEE MADE by Lynn Livingstone.

B.C. Bill (https://spectrumcomputing.co.uk/entry/4 ... um/BC_Bill)
B.C.BILL (C) 1984 by Creative Technology Group Ltd. We know Abdul Ibrahim was part of Creative Technology, but I wonder who "Eric the Bear" was.

Cosmic Cruiser (https://spectrumcomputing.co.uk/entry/1 ... ic_Cruiser)
Again, (C) Creative Technology Group Ltd

Dominoes (https://spectrumcomputing.co.uk/entry/1 ... m/Dominoes)
** All programs written by D.G. Cross.

Something very odd about this game. D.H.L. is credited, but his name is not present on the game. But, if you inspect the code of the TAP version, you can find "1982 by IMAGINE SOFTWARÅCopyright: Program,Audio,VisuaìPresentóBY D.H.L?" This looks like a leftover on the tape image.

Anyway, confirmed label D.H.L. in the database is indeed David H. Lawson

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BLAM has a Tipshop page not currently linked to: https://www.the-tipshop.co.uk/cgi-bin/info.pl?name=Blam
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Unidentified covertape program Hacks Amazing is from Sinclair User 127.

As an aside, I've extracted all the SU, YS and Crash pokes programs (Poke City, Pokemania, Practical Pokes etc.) as TZXs -- if there's any interest in creating separate ZXDB entries for each of them then I'm happy to upload them somewhere and help create the entries.
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Bill the Kid (Codemasters/Virgin Mastertronic)

Has this as an advertisement for it:

https://ia800604.us.archive.org/view_ar ... TheKid.jpg

Image

But that advert was for Billy the Kid released by Ocean on the Atari ST and Amiga...a completely different game.

See here for the full advert for the Ocean game.
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Hi

A couple of things to add to ZXDB.

* KING VALLEY (1994). https://spectrumcomputing.co.uk/entry/1 ... ing_Valley

This entry doesn't include creators, but according to the .txt included on the entry, we have the following credits:

Authors: Andrey Ugolnik (coding, graphics), Evgeny Yanushkevich (graphics), Oleg Romanovich (music), Nikolay Kozhevnikov (levels), Kamikaze (screens), Dik Aleksey & Alex Plusow (consultation).

So this entry might be enhanced.

* THE CHAMP (1991). https://spectrumcomputing.co.uk/entry/8 ... /The_Champ

In the Original Publisher row it reads: "Linel (Liechtenstein)". I ever thought that this was a Swiss company because they did the Amiga ports for Exolon and Eliminator by Hewson, but I didn't know that this company also released three late games for the Spectrum.

At the end of the booklet of the System 4 Spanish release it reads "© LINEL SWITZERLAND PRODUCIDO POR MERIMPEX GA.", but on the other hand, in an advert for this game on Popular Computer Weekly it seems it was from Liechtenstein (https://archive.org/stream/popular-comp ... 8/mode/1up).

Your Sinclair claims it's a Swiss company on their unreliable T-Zers column (https://archive.org/stream/YourSinclair ... 8/mode/1up), but here on The Games Machine magazine they comment that it was a Swiss company "based in Arbon near Lake Constance" and it was made up of 25 people (coder, graphic artists, musicians...). (https://archive.org/stream/the-games-ma ... 4/mode/1up).

The only information I came across about this company it that it was both publisher and developer, their softography and that they don't exist anymore. https://www.mobygames.com/company/linel

What do you think? Liechtenstein or Switzerland?
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The following games have padlock protection:

Fish!
The Guild of Thieves
Jinxter
The Pawn
Starglider (+3 version only)
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The 'Adventures in Italiano' tape magazines should be called the "Viking - Adventures in Italiano Nr 01"...

27103 Adventures in Italiano Nr 01
27107 Adventures in Italiano Nr 02
27111 Adventures in Italiano Nr 03
27112 Adventures in Italiano Nr 04
27113 Adventures in Italiano Nr 05
27117 Adventures in Italiano Nr 06
27118 Adventures in Italiano Nr 07
27119 Adventures in Italiano Nr 08
27120 Adventures in Italiano Nr 09
27121 Adventures in Italiano Nr 10
27184 Adventures in Italiano Nr 11

This is a recommendation from @wallyweek from his MIAs. I agree it is 'from Viking' as much as Outlet tape mag is 'from Outlet'.

There doesn't appear to be a series for these. I will create one; let me know if I should not.

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Your Computer August 1986 seems to have a different url format to the other issues so should be https://archive.org/details/yourcomputer198608 instead of https://archive.org/stream/your-compute ... ne-1986-08
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