Video Game Review – Vade Retro on the Spectrum 48K/128K

Dave Edwards reviews Vade Retro on the Spectrum 48K/128K…

If you’re an evil sorcerer with the power to zombify at will, you probably think the town’s blacksmith isn’t going to give you a lot of trouble. That’s what Senor Delcram thought anyway when he started throwing his orb around zombifying the eastland inhabitants of Ye Olde Dysarlyn. He was wrong in a big way. Like a cross between Clint Eastwood and Steven Seagal, the town’s blacksmith forced Delcram into a seriously quick retreat.

The blacksmith returned to his quiet life assuming the adventure was over – but no, not quite. Delcram is, apparently, back. In Vade Retro, you become Eshur the blacksmith. Your task: Get your sword back, anoint it with poison, collect a few skulls for good luck, find Delcram and finish what you started.

And so begins a rather nice “old school” platform
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Video Game Review – Top Top

CPCRetroDev 2015 introduced a plethora of brand new Amstrad games into its public domain libraries and its Gold and Silver finalists, Space Moves and Frogalot, have been highly praised. Dave Edwards turns his monocle towards Top Top, which took the Bronze…

Amstrad owners/fans are probably as well catered for these days as Spectrum ones but, as far as I know, Spectrum games creators don’t have the chance to win 900 Euros for indulging their creativity. The now annual CPCRetroDev, however, gives Amstrad coders that very chance – and last year, no less than 36 new Amstrad games competed for the cash and the winner’s trophy.

Top Top by Rantan Games eventually charted third, which means the judges rated it better than 33 other games. For a Public Domain release, it comes with some slick production too – a nice anime-style cover showing its protagonists Eira and Elric battling up a castle wall.

As you can see,
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Video Game Review – Jet Set Willy: The Nightmare Edition on Spectrum 48K

Dave Edwards reviews Jet Set Willy: The Nightmare Edition…

In the boardroom of Dave Edwards, the creators of this nightmare are all fired.

It seems that people never tire of playing, or talking about, the game Jet Set Willy. There are hundreds of versions of it for hundreds of machines – and now there’s one more: Jet Set Willy: The Nightmare Edition. It’s for the original Spectrum 48K, it’s been over a year in the making and right off the bat I must confess this is the most terrible version of Jet Set Willy I have ever played.

Firstly, in all fairness to the Jet Set Willy/Manic Miner Community, who have produced this nightmare, let me explain exactly what it is that they have done. They have taken the classic Jet Set Willy – the game all thirty-somethings played in their youth – and they have edited it, ramping up the difficulty.
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NPR CEO Vivian Schiller Resigns After Exec Calls Tea Partiers 'Racist'

New York, New York (X17online) -New York - NPR announced Wednesday president and CEO Vivian Schiller has resigned after last Tuesday night, when NPR fundraising executive Ron Schiller was caught on videotape bashing the Tea Party and Republican Party. While Schiller is not related to her, this comes after the fall firing of political analyst Juan Williams for incendiary remarks and NPR's CEO was criticized for the handling of that issue. NPR chairman Dave Edwards said in a statement posted on a blog on the Web site: "It is with deep regret that I tell you that the NPR board of directors has accepted the resignation of Vivian Schiller as president and CEO of NPR, effective immediately. The board accepted her resignation with understanding, genuine regret, and great respect for her leadership of NPR these past two years."
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NPR CEO Resigns Over Hidden-Camera Gate

NPR is embroiled in yet another scandal as pressure from conservatives mounts to de-fund the public radio broadcaster. NPR president and CEO Vivian Schiller resigned this morning as a fallout of conservative activist James O'Keefe posting a hidden-camera video of senior NPR executive Tom Schiller (no relation) bashing the tea party movement as "racist" and "xenophobic" and saying that NPR would be better off without federal funding. (Tom Schiller resigned after his statements were made public. On Wednesday, he also pulled out of what was to be his next job, at the nonprofit Aspen Institute, citing the controversy.) Last year, Vivian Schiller came under fire for the dismissal of longtime analyst Juan Williams over his comments on Fox News Channel that he feels uncomfortable when he sees people in Muslim garb on planes. "The Board accepted (Schiller's) resignation with understanding, genuine regret, and great respect for her leadership of NPR these past two years,
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NPR CEO Vivian Schiller Ousted in Wake of Video Sting Scandal

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NPR president and CEO Vivian Schiller has been ousted by NPR's board of directors a day after another NPR executive was caught in a hidden camera video slamming Republicans and the Tea Party -- and less than six months after her mishandling of the firing of Juan Williams. NPR chairman Dave Edwards released a statement on Wednesday, saying it accepted Schiller's resignation. Joyce Slocum, NPR's Svp of Legal Affairs and General Counsel, has been named interim CEO while the board searches for Schiller's replacement. The video -- featuring Ron Schiller (no relation
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NPR Executive Who Fired Juan Williams Steps Down

Ellen Weiss, the executive who fired Juan Williams last year, has stepped down as senior vice president for news at NPR, the station announced Thursday.

CEO Vivian Schiller will retain her position, but will forgo her 2010 bonus because of "concern over her role in the termination process." Margaret Low Smith, the current vice president for programming, will step in as acting senior vice president for news until Weiss' replacement is name, Schiller wrote in a letter to staff. (Read the entire memo after the jump). Eric Nuzum will oversee the programming division in the interim. Williams was fired in October after making remarks about Muslims on Fox News, where he also served as a correspondent. (He went on to sign a new multi-year deal with Fox shortly after his termination.) He told Bill O'Reilly, "I'm not a bigot…. But when I get on the plane, I got to tell you,
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