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Acorn Arcade forums: News and features: GEK Compilation CD
 

GEK Compilation CD

Posted by Richard Goodwin on 09:17, 29/8/2001 | ,
 
APDL/ProAction are to release a CD of GEK's back catalogue. There are four commercial retro titles, and although unconfirmed there are six freeware games by the same guys that may boost the CD to ten games.

The CD, costing £9.90 (+£1 p&p), contains at least the following:

  • Emotions (platform game)
  • Frak (classic, um, platform game with level designer)
  • Joust (flying jousty thing)
  • AstroSmash (alien shoot)

Mmm... Frak. I remember playing that one on my Electron (and yes, the rude hacked version on the Beeb). For the RISC OS versions you'll need RO3.5 and 8MB of RAM however.

APDL:
phone: 020 8778 2659
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write: 39 Knighton Park Road, Sydenham, London SE26 5RN.
 

  GEK Compilation CD
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  Nathan (17:16 29/8/2001)
    Jonathan Atherton (18:52 29/8/2001)
      Mark Quint (20:49 29/8/2001)
        Jonathan Atherton (21:44 29/8/2001)
          David Bradforth (23:51 29/8/2001)
            Nathan (17:42 30/8/2001)
              Jonathan Atherton (21:43 30/8/2001)
                Petal Grishnact (14:55 31/8/2001)
                  Nathan (17:13 31/8/2001)
                    Jonathan Atherton (14:35 2/9/2001)
                      Andrew Weston (08:44 3/9/2001)
                        Jonathan Atherton (21:52 3/9/2001)
                          Andrew Weston (23:06 3/9/2001)
                            Mike (08:55 4/9/2001)
                              Gertrude Swarzenoodle (09:13 4/9/2001)
                                Nathan (10:35 4/9/2001)
                                  David Bradforth (20:35 4/9/2001)
                                    Nathan (10:35 5/9/2001)
                                      Guest (13:33 5/9/2001)
                                        Guest (16:06 6/9/2001)
                                          Guest (22:09 6/9/2001)
                                            Nathan (06:55 7/9/2001)
                                              David Bradforth (07:53 7/9/2001)
 
David Bradforth Message #87057, posted at 12:08, 29/8/2001
Unregistered user Hmmm... looks good...

But I should now apologise. AstroSmash isn't the fourth commercial title - EuroBlaster is. I got confused between the two when writing the announcement, and it took something of an age to actually track down which was which.

So, in my best Homer Simpson voice, Doh!
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Nathan Message #87058, posted at 17:16, 29/8/2001, in reply to message #87057
Unregistered user Astrosmash is freeeeeeeeeeeeeee on the VOTIIIIIIIIIII web site.
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Jonathan Atherton Message #87059, posted at 18:52, 29/8/2001, in reply to message #87058
Unregistered user Sounds cool!

I've played demos of both Emotions and Euroblaster and they were pretty good.
I'ts not on the APDL site atm, when will it be avaliable to buy?
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Mark Quint Message #87060, posted at 20:49, 29/8/2001, in reply to message #87059
Unregistered user ooooo is the VOTI site back up now???
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Jonathan Atherton Message #87061, posted at 21:44, 29/8/2001, in reply to message #87060
Unregistered user Yes, minus my SunBurst guide!!!
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David Bradforth Message #87062, posted at 23:51, 29/8/2001, in reply to message #87061
Unregistered user Release date of this CD-ROM is 10th September, or there abouts...
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Nathan Message #87063, posted at 17:42, 30/8/2001, in reply to message #87062
Unregistered user Johnathan, your guide is on the site, just checked. Not linked form the first page anymore but on the SunBurst page.
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Jonathan Atherton Message #87064, posted at 21:43, 30/8/2001, in reply to message #87063
Unregistered user Sorry Nathan, I didn't bother checking the SunBurst page which was rarther silly of me, I like the new design by the way
and the three games in development all look very promising.
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Petal Grishnact Message #87065, posted at 14:55, 31/8/2001, in reply to message #87064
Unregistered user They look simply ravishing!!
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Nathan Message #87066, posted at 17:13, 31/8/2001, in reply to message #87065
Unregistered user Thanks for the comments. Yeah, the site looks a tad better than it did but I made the navbar flip to the original one for those keener on the old design :-)

Sadly EMD has now lost its remaining graphics artist so we are stuck on that one :-(
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Jonathan Atherton Message #87067, posted at 14:35, 2/9/2001, in reply to message #87066
Unregistered user Out of interest do any of these games require VRAM to work, I've got 1mb willl that be enough?
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Andrew Weston Message #87068, posted at 08:44, 3/9/2001, in reply to message #87067
Unregistered user Jonathon -
Overcast will require 2Mb of VRAM for title screens for example although for the main gameplay that could be avoided if there is a lot of objection to it.
I don't think EMD needs 2MB either but Nathan perhaps knows better
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Jonathan Atherton Message #87069, posted at 21:52, 3/9/2001, in reply to message #87068
Unregistered user Thank you Andrew, I think if the graphics look alot better with 2mb VRAM then you should stick too that, it'll give me a
good exscuse to upgrade. Overcast 2 does look really nice who says games need to be 3D to be any good, ha my one of my favourite gamesis Abuse and that's 2D, anyway keep up the goodwork, I think Overcast looks like it could be something special.
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Andrew Weston Message #87070, posted at 23:06, 3/9/2001, in reply to message #87069
Unregistered user Thanks very much for your comments Jonathan. I'll do my best to make something that looks good and is fun to play.
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Mike Message #87071, posted at 08:55, 4/9/2001, in reply to message #87070
Unregistered user Hmm, whats happened to Sumisu San. I can't find any mention of it on the VOTI site.
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Gertrude Swarzenoodle Message #87072, posted at 09:13, 4/9/2001, in reply to message #87071
Unregistered user He's on duty in Singapore.
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Nathan Message #87073, posted at 10:35, 4/9/2001, in reply to message #87072
Unregistered user Still ongoing as always.
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David Bradforth Message #87074, posted at 20:35, 4/9/2001, in reply to message #87073
Unregistered user All of the stuff on the GEK disc will work with 1Mb of VRAM.
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Nathan Message #87075, posted at 10:35, 5/9/2001, in reply to message #87074
Unregistered user But just to clarify that Sumisu San is not on the CD and all possible future GEK releases will be via VOTI.
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Guest Message #87076, posted at 13:33, 5/9/2001, in reply to message #87075
Unregistered user Thank God for that. We should get working games that are widely available.
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Guest Message #87077, posted at 16:06, 6/9/2001, in reply to message #87076
Unregistered user and of course the announcement doesn't mention anything other than the previous GEK titles.. yet if VOTI complete the titles surely they should get some sort of financial reward?
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Guest Message #87078, posted at 22:09, 6/9/2001, in reply to message #87077
Unregistered user Hopefully they will for the new titles, yes I'd think.
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Nathan Message #87079, posted at 06:55, 7/9/2001, in reply to message #87078
Unregistered user Maybe I'm reading this wrong so I'll clarify, VOTI have no ties with APDL or this CD. All current and future GEK stuff will be up to VOTI to release/publish or to choose a publisher.
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David Bradforth Message #87080, posted at 07:53, 7/9/2001, in reply to message #87079
Unregistered user Okay... time for some clarification...

Frak is a ProAction product
Emotions, Euroblaster and Joust are Datafile products, which are with APDL cos APDL bought The Datafile

The freeware/shareware titles are just that, and have been available for many years on various PD cds. Any titles VOTI have taken on - the incomplete ones from GEK - will be up to VOTI to decide whom, where and when to release. The four commercial titles [not forgetting that EuroBlaster is commercial, AstroSmash isn't - see before] on this disc are up to APDL and ProAction to decide when, and how to release.

That's better...

David
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