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Project Moon. Unearthed! [Original X68000 Shooting]

Picture the scene. It is late April, 1995. A young Toshiaki Fujino is tucked away in a small room in an already cramped Tokyo apartment. Fujino san is hunched over a desk. Illumination in the room is provided by the glow of a Sharp X68000 cathode ray tube monitor. Amid the cathode flicker, the whir of a ceiling fan and the thick ribbons of smoke emerging from a stagnant Mild Seven, Fujino san is hard at work, creating what would become his first proper shooting game. A milestone that would have become his legacy, but until recently was considered lost forever.

Project Moon would make it’s debut in May 1995, plunging head first in to the chaotic circles of Japan’s crowded, saturated and frenetic doujin (indie, or fan made, for want of a more familiar classification in the West) scene. Ripples were made and the title was well received and passed around said chaotic circles. Project Moon would soon become but a distant memory as Fujino san would take a bold leap forward to form Triangle Service, a company still active today in 2015 and still brand of utmost importance to niche gamers. In particular, fans of shooting games.

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DIY Game Lab (ゲームラボ) Sega Saturn Game Basic Program!

Posted on July 8, 2015
Just what does lie beneath a bunch of code published in a Japanese magazine 17 years ago?

Having delved through a pile of my Japanese books and magazines recently, I happened upon this little chunklet from the wonderful Game Lab (ゲームラボ) magazine. This, it would appear, is a full, working game for the Sega Saturn, from the blotchy on-line translation available to me I was able to find out a few facts about what this program is and how to use it. Essentially I just wanted to scan it, share it and get this out there in the hopes the community will tinker with the code!

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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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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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