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Private View: 月刊電脳倶楽部 (Gekkan Dennō Club)

Posted on June 25, 2015

月刊電脳倶楽部 (Gekkan Dennō Club), or in English, ‘Monthly Cyber Club‘ was a magazine for the X68000 computer that featured cover-mounted floppy disks and was published by 満開製作所 (Mankai Seisakujo). This was the same publishing house that had brought the title Oh! X (another magazine that featured a cover-mounted disk and precursor to Monthly Cyber Club) to the X6800 computer. The disks would feature a variety of material spanning both reader submissions and material gathered from the public domain, or PDD, Public Domain Document as abbreviated on the disks. Content would range from text files to FM music to CG artwork and more.

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糾明 (Microcosm)

Posted on June 23, 2015

If you have ever owned the wonderful Psygnosis video game Microcosm, specifically on the SEGA Mega CD, you may have come across a small paper pamphlet written entirely in Japanese. If you can’t read Japanese, or if your copy of Microcosm didn’t come with this fun little informational pamphlet and you appreciate a healthy dose of text spat out by an online translation engine, then your luck is well and truly in!

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A voyage of disk-covery.

Posted on June 18, 2015

Earlier this week, I was within close proximity of colleagues discussing the merits of Game of Thrones. One side of the huddle was discussing the time line of the television series against that of the books the show is based upon. The others were summarizing their thoughts of the recent finale episode to the latest season. When I was asked what my opinions were on Game of Thrones, I simply stated that I had seen the first season in it’s entirety, but gave up at that point once the show became a medieval version of Dawson’s Creek. Suffice to say, the reaction upon the brows of my colleagues was more than furrowed, wondering just how I could come to such a conclusion. It’s just an opinion.

Ask any hardcore gamer or computing enthusiast for an opinion on PC games or computing and you’d probably be given a variety of answers. Perhaps championing on-line services like Steam or the popular Humble Bundle packs, to long, drawn-out spiel about which Linux distro is best and why Apple and Microsoft et al are the enemy.

It is reasonable to presume your brow might remain unfurrowed.

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