1984/1985 - CPC 464 Computing magazine

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ComSoft6128

First issue of the cassette tape magazine from Argus Press.
This was the first commercial magazine released for the CPC so expect a lot of text and little in the way of graphics!

Price?


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S8hGqxrjx_I

With many thanks to @Urusergi and @Zoe Robinson 

Some people may find the links below of more interest than the actual magazine :)

Links:

http://www.cpcwiki.eu/index.php/Cpc_464_computing

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Starglider

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Argonaut_Games

https://www.filfre.net/tag/jez-san/

https://www.cpcwiki.eu/index.php/PDS_development_system

https://www.worldofsam.org/products/pds-development-system

https://cpcrulez.fr/empire-firebird.htm

https://cpcrulez.fr/info-argus_press.htm

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Argus_Press


Not emulated - original hardware and software.

Please note that the aspect ratio for this YouTube video is 16:9 but the CPC monitor
has an aspect ratio of 4:3 so you may wish to adjust your viewing device accordingly.

Gryzor

Early stuff is always interesting, even if you can't handle it for more than 30 seconds :D

ComSoft6128

When you get the time, look thru the links :)

ComSoft6128

#3
Issue 2 of the tape based commercial magazine.
Due to a slight "technical hitch"  ::)  the magazine starts at 5:57

With thanks to @Urusergi



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VOSBA9yI3-k


Not emulated - original hardware and software.

Please note that  the aspect ratio for this YouTube video is 16:9 but the CPC monitor
has an aspect ratio of 4:3 so you may wish to adjust your viewing device accordingly.

Gryzor

You get a machine that can produce great 80-column text and yet you stick with mode 1. Go figure. But I know that if I got this tape back in the day I'd have been blown away by the concept of an 'interactive' (as if) magazine!

ComSoft6128

The content becomes more interesting in later issues with mini-reviews of some of the well known games of 1984.

ComSoft6128

#6
Issue 3 of the tape based commercial magazine.
I show each page for just a few seconds so if you see something of interest pause the video.
This issue reviews the CPC disc drive ( the DDI-1 ) and also the following games:  Hunchback, Space Hawks, Roland on the Ropes, Snowball, Ghouls, Roland Ahoy and Manic Miner.

With thanks to @Urusergi


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbr5XZmmt9E

Links:

http://www.cpcwiki.eu/index.php/Cpc_464_computing

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Starglider

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Argonaut_Games

https://www.filfre.net/tag/jez-san/

https://www.cpcwiki.eu/index.php/PDS_development_system

https://www.worldofsam.org/products/pds-development-system

https://cpcrulez.fr/empire-firebird.htm

https://cpcrulez.fr/info-argus_press.htm

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Argus_Press


Not emulated - original hardware and software.

Please note that  the aspect ratio for this YouTube video is 16:9 but the CPC monitor
has an aspect ratio of 4:3 so you may wish to adjust your viewing device accordingly.

ComSoft6128

Issue 4.

I show each page for just a few seconds so if you see something of interest pause the video.
This issue reviews the following games:  Technician Ted, Dark Star, Sorcery and also looks at the The Quill, the adventure game writing program.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-_yodyF97s

With thanks to @Urusergi            i


Links:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Quill_(software)

http://www.cpcwiki.eu/index.php/The_Quill

http://www.cpcwiki.eu/index.php/Cpc_464_computing

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Starglider

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Argonaut_Games

https://www.filfre.net/tag/jez-san/

https://www.cpcwiki.eu/index.php/PDS_development_system

https://www.worldofsam.org/products/pds-development-system

https://cpcrulez.fr/empire-firebird.htm

https://cpcrulez.fr/info-argus_press.htm

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Argus_Press


Not emulated - original hardware and software.

Please note that  the aspect ratio for this YouTube video is 16:9 but the CPC monitor
has an aspect ratio of 4:3 so you may wish to adjust your viewing device accordingly.

ComSoft6128

#8
ISSUE 5

The 664 is reviewed and finally we have a price for the tape - £3.99.
I show each page for just a few seconds so if you see something of interest pause the video.

With thanks to @Urusergi


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pa8A6xHDGWM



Not emulated - original hardware and software.


Please note that  the aspect ratio for this YouTube video is 16:9 but the CPC monitor
has an aspect ratio of 4:3 so you may wish to adjust your viewing device accordingly.


Gryzor

You'd think that at £5 they could afford to switch to mode 2... :D

eto

Quote from: Gryzor on 12:22, 05 May 21
You'd think that at £5 they could afford to switch to mode 2... :D

I'm pretty sure that was not an option. Don't forget, that Mode 2 on a real CTM640/644 (unlike on a GT64/65) is horrible to read.

Gryzor

Is it, though? Never noticed that, honestly, though I can imagine what you refer to. Still, it's not Moby Dick and I think it'd still make for easier reading...

eto

Quote from: Gryzor on 19:09, 05 May 21
Is it, though? Never noticed that, honestly, though I can imagine what you refer to. Still, it's not Moby Dick and I think it'd still make for easier reading...

When I was a kid my friend had a CTM640 and I had a GT65. Although it was of course more amazing for games, I never wanted one, as it was horrible to program in Basic.

Attached a picture from a magazine tape, that I loaded earlier today.

Gryzor

Huh, I definitely don't remember it that bad but I don't have one on display right now to check! Is it really like that for everyone?

ComSoft6128

When I was typing a large amount of text I used white text/black background or orange text/black background as I found the default colours to be irritating after a 1/2 hour or so.

Gryzor

I was very young. After getting to know green on green only too well, I marveled at yellow on blue any chance I got.

ComSoft6128

#16
Issue 6
Games reviewed:

1. Confuzion by Incentive Software
2. Mr. Freeze by Firebird
3. The Wild Bunch by Firebird

Also reviewed:
1. Screen Designer by Amsoft
2. Zapo Assembler by Hewson Consultants

I show each page for just a few seconds so if you see something of interest pause the video.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DdaN0C1R-fM

With thanks to @Urusergi

Links:

http://www.cpcwiki.eu/index.php/Cpc_464_computing

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Incentive_Software

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telecomsoft

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amsoft

https://www.cpcwiki.eu/index.php/AMSOFT

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hewson_Consultants

https://cpcrulez.fr/info-argus_press.htm

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Argus_Press


Not emulated - original hardware and software.

Please note that  the aspect ratio for this YouTube video is 16:9 but the CPC monitor
has an aspect ratio of 4:3 so you may wish to adjust your viewing device accordingly.

Gryzor

Oh they discovered mode 2!!!

ComSoft6128

Issue 7 of the tape based commercial magazine.

Reviewed:

1. The Rocky Horror Picture Show by CRL

2. Font 464 by HISOFT

This issue contains a good version of Connect 4 for the CPC.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vqRDtdFz6m0


With thanks to @Urusergi.

Links:

http://www.cpcwiki.eu/index.php/Cpc_464_computing

https://cpcrulez.fr/info-argus_press.htm

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Argus_Press

https://www.cpcwiki.eu/index.php/CRL

http://www.cpcwiki.eu/index.php/Hisoft


Not emulated - original hardware and software.

Please note that  the aspect ratio for this YouTube video is 16:9 but the CPC monitor
has an aspect ratio of 4:3 so you may wish to adjust your viewing device accordingly.

ComSoft6128


Issue 8 of the tape based commercial magazine.


With thanks to @Urusergi



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKcNtKvSHRU



Links:


http://www.cpcwiki.eu/index.php/Cpc_464_computing


https://cpcrulez.fr/info-argus_press.htm


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Argus_Press




Not emulated - original hardware and software.


Please note that  the aspect ratio for this YouTube video is 16:9 but the CPC monitor
has an aspect ratio of 4:3 so you may wish to adjust your viewing device accordingly.


Maniac

For anyone that might interested in owning one of these issues I have issue 3 for sale at the moment - http://ebay.us/Mv9iFy?cmpnId=5338273189

Gryzor


ComSoft6128

Issue 9.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x0H7xVL45jc

With thanks to @Urusergi


Links:

http://www.cpcwiki.eu/index.php/Cpc_464_computing

https://cpcrulez.fr/info-argus_press.htm

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Argus_Press


Not emulated - original hardware and software.

Please note that  the aspect ratio for this YouTube video is 16:9 but the CPC monitor
has an aspect ratio of 4:3 so you may wish to adjust your viewing device accordingly.



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