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Re: Ports and other external links

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BBC Micro ports:

I've left everything in from the original list, regardless of whether I was able to find the game on bbcmicro.co.uk or not.

A few notes:

Where a game had multiple releases, I've matched the exact release which I assume is the correct approach. For example, Countdown to Doom was originally released on the BBC by Acornsoft in 1983, and later re-released by Topologika in 1987 -- both releases are listed separately on bbcmicro.co.uk so I've linked to the Topologika release as they released it for the Spectrum.

The BBC version of Bubble Bobble was (supposedly) developed officially by Firebird but wasn't published at the time, only surfacing in 1998. I've listed it as being official but not sure if this is strictly correct.

Computer Scrabble is listed as having a BBC version. There are a few Scrabble games for the BBC, but none called "Computer Scrabble" and none released by Psion. Leisure Genius did do a Scrabble game for the BBC, but the Spectrum game they released was Scrabble Deluxe. So in this case I haven't linked them up.

Pettigrew Chronicles for the Spectrum is made of elements of two separate BBC games (viewtopic.php?p=40991#p40991) -- I haven't linked these up as I wasn't sure which to put in.

Compilations (eg Konami's Coin-Op Hits) are search links, as this is how bbcmicro.co.uk represents them.

System 15000 is listed twice in ZXDB: "System 15000" and "System 15000 - 2nd Edition". I suspect these entries can be merged but I'll post elsewhere about that; in the meantime I linked both entries to the sole BBC version.
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Thank you @Stu. This is just what @Einar Saukas will need.
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Stu wrote:
Sun Jul 12, 2020 5:03 pm
Computer Scrabble is listed as having a BBC version. There are a few Scrabble games for the BBC, but none called "Computer Scrabble" and none released by Psion. Leisure Genius did do a Scrabble game for the BBC, but the Spectrum game they released was Scrabble Deluxe. So in this case I haven't linked them up.
Leisure Genius released three versions of Scrabble. It's Computer Scrabble, which is a re-release of the Psion/Sinclair original, which corresponds with the BBC release shown here which is the same as the one just called Scrabble at bbcmicro.co.uk
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Re: Ports and other external links

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StooB wrote:
Sun Jul 12, 2020 7:55 pm
Stu wrote:
Sun Jul 12, 2020 5:03 pm
Computer Scrabble is listed as having a BBC version. There are a few Scrabble games for the BBC, but none called "Computer Scrabble" and none released by Psion. Leisure Genius did do a Scrabble game for the BBC, but the Spectrum game they released was Scrabble Deluxe. So in this case I haven't linked them up.
Leisure Genius released three versions of Scrabble. It's Computer Scrabble, which is a re-release of the Psion/Sinclair original, which corresponds with the BBC release shown here which is the same as the one just called Scrabble at bbcmicro.co.uk
Ah nice one, not sure how I managed to miss the Leisure Genius release!
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Stu wrote:
Sun Jul 12, 2020 5:03 pm
BBC Micro ports:

I've left everything in from the original list, regardless of whether I was able to find the game on bbcmicro.co.uk or not.

A few notes:

Where a game had multiple releases, I've matched the exact release which I assume is the correct approach. For example, Countdown to Doom was originally released on the BBC by Acornsoft in 1983, and later re-released by Topologika in 1987 -- both releases are listed separately on bbcmicro.co.uk so I've linked to the Topologika release as they released it for the Spectrum.

The BBC version of Bubble Bobble was (supposedly) developed officially by Firebird but wasn't published at the time, only surfacing in 1998. I've listed it as being official but not sure if this is strictly correct.

Computer Scrabble is listed as having a BBC version. There are a few Scrabble games for the BBC, but none called "Computer Scrabble" and none released by Psion. Leisure Genius did do a Scrabble game for the BBC, but the Spectrum game they released was Scrabble Deluxe. So in this case I haven't linked them up.

Pettigrew Chronicles for the Spectrum is made of elements of two separate BBC games (viewtopic.php?p=40991#p40991) -- I haven't linked these up as I wasn't sure which to put in.

Compilations (eg Konami's Coin-Op Hits) are search links, as this is how bbcmicro.co.uk represents them.

System 15000 is listed twice in ZXDB: "System 15000" and "System 15000 - 2nd Edition". I suspect these entries can be merged but I'll post elsewhere about that; in the meantime I linked both entries to the sole BBC version.
I added all these links to ZXDB, they will appear in the next update. Thank you very much!!!
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TCRF links:
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Stu wrote:
Thu Jul 16, 2020 2:52 pm
TCRF links:
Done, thank you very much!!!
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This contains Amiga, ST, DOS and Mega Drive port info taken from Lemon Amiga (dependent on them having a Spectrum link for the game). It also includes arcade links to arcade-museum.com because I thought I may as well collect them while I was at it, don't know if they're of any use but I guess they're easy enough to exclude if not needed.

I've marked a few Amiga ports as unofficial where I've been certain of it -- eg. Where Time Stood Still, which was ported from the ST version in 2014, and the Bignonia port of Zaxxon. A few games to note:

Uwol: I couldn't find a mention of an Amiga version on the Mojon Twins website so I've assumed it's unofficial but I'm not 100% sure.

Starquake: This started in 2014 as an unofficial ST port but was eventually published by Psytronik with Stephen Crow's blessing so I’ve gone with it being official.

Advanced Lawnmower Simulator: I've assumed it was unofficial even though it was published on the coverdisk of YS fanzine Amiga Power.

All ST, DOS and Mega Drive ports are marked as official, however I haven't done any checks on these.

I don't know how important the name column is but this uses the name as listed on Lemon Amiga rather than ZXDB. The sole exception is Aquanaut, an unofficial conversion of Shark which I've renamed accordingly.

Note that only games on Lemon Amiga are included, so games that bypassed the Amiga aren't in the list -- Ranarama is one example, which was released on the ST but not the Amiga, and therefore isn't included. Some Amiga freeware/shareware games (such as Zut Alors) aren't on the site either, so again these aren't included. This also goes for any ports not linked from Lemon Amiga -- so the MS-DOS port of Feud isn't in the list as Lemon Amiga doesn't link to it. I guess these kind of exceptions will have to be added to ZXDB as and when they're discovered.
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Thank you very much!

I have added everything to ZXDB, it will be in the next update.

Stu wrote:
Sun Jul 19, 2020 6:31 pm
It also includes arcade links to arcade-museum.com because I thought I may as well collect them while I was at it, don't know if they're of any use but I guess they're easy enough to exclude if not needed.
We already had almost all of these Arcade references, except they are listed separately under a section called "conversion/inspiration" (depending if the conversion was official or not). Your list of Arcade games was useful to identify the following mismatches:

* Afterburner for Spectrum: ZXDB says it's a licensed version of After Burner from Arcade, your list says it's a licensed version of After Burner II from Arcade. Which one is correct?

* Strider II for Spectrum: ZXDB says it's a licensed version of Strider from Arcade, your list says it's a licensed version of Strider 2 from Arcade. Which one is correct?

Stu wrote:
Sun Jul 19, 2020 6:31 pm
I don't know how important the name column is but this uses the name as listed on Lemon Amiga rather than ZXDB. The sole exception is Aquanaut, an unofficial conversion of Shark which I've renamed accordingly.
We didn't even have a name column for ports, but it's a good idea. It's useful to indicate ports available under different names on different platforms, such as Aquanaut. I added this information now.

Thanks again!
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Re: Ports and other external links

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Einar Saukas wrote:
Tue Jul 21, 2020 12:30 am
* Afterburner for Spectrum: ZXDB says it's a licensed version of After Burner from Arcade, your list says it's a licensed version of After Burner II from Arcade. Which one is correct?
According to Hardcore Gaming 101, After Burner II (considered more of a revision of the original game than a sequel) introduced a throttle to control speed, rotating balls on the title screen, and intermissions where your plane lands on a runway. Since these are present in Activision's home versions it does look as though they're technically conversions of After Burner II.
* Strider II for Spectrum: ZXDB says it's a licensed version of Strider from Arcade, your list says it's a licensed version of Strider 2 from Arcade. Which one is correct?
This looks like a discrepancy in Lemon Amiga's information; as stated in Wikipedia, US Gold's home versions are unrelated to the Strider 2 coin-op.
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