The “Dammit! I wish I’d known that” Moment

(A few surviving tally sticks; the original “Stocks”)

It’s something that happens to all of us. After getting an idea, you work hard to put it together in the best possible form, you finish and feel satisfied, and then you stumble across something which – if you’d known about it at the start – could either have made the process much simpler, easier and quicker or enhanced the finished product. For writers it can come with an especially irritating edge, as I’ve recently been reminded of when it happened to me a few days ago. Continue reading

Why I love… Early Video Game Art

 (Western Gun, better known as Gun Fight, 1975)

The first video game I ever played that wasn’t a handheld was Sega’s Sonic the Hedgehog 2 for the Sega Megadrive, over many happy hours at the after-school club at my middle school as an 8-10 year old. Previously, I’d enjoyed lots of different games on handheld devices (some of which I still have at the back of my wardrobe, long after I’ve dispensed with most of my other childhood toys) but somehow, home console games had slipped underneath my radar. Continue reading

The ultimate white elephant’s graveyard

Millions of unwanted E.T. game made by Atari were buried in a landfill

One of the most disappointing things in life has to be when you tell somebody something cool – or at least what you consider to be the funniest and most interesting thing that’s happened recently – only to find out that they already know about it. This has happened to me recently with the excavation of the Alamogordo landfill site in New Mexico. Continue reading