Saturday, 30 August 2014

The Spectrum Show 32

Welcome to The Spectrum Show - The show dedicated to the Sinclair ZX Spectrum.

In this episode I get all the latest Sinclair news and top selling Spectrum games from September 1985.

It's the second part of our lightgun feature, and we test the Cheetah Defender.

I review some older games and a new game.

We drop into Type-in corner, we have Playing tips and the Demo Of The Month.

Monday, 4 August 2014

Old Or New?

The new series of The Spectrum Show has, not unexpectedly, split opinion on the new introduction, music and segment intros. So, what's the story?

For the new series I wanted to change the style to mark it as a new set of episodes. I wanted to include some Spectrum sounds into the music to set it apart and highlight (if that was needed) that this was all about the Spectrum.

When I produced the music I liked it, and built the intro around it. All was well until I rendered the episode and watched it back in full. Somehow it just didn't seem right not having the original music.

Being already late, I made the decision to release it and see what happened. To be honest I wasn't happy, but then again people have different tastes.

Some people liked the new style, others preferred the old one and some suggested a mix of old and new. The new logo also split opinions! If I had liked the new format, I would have let it ride, but that little voice kept telling me it wasn't as good as it should be.

So, what am I going to do?

The original (series 2 and 3) music will return over the top of a remixed video segment for the show introduction. The logo will remain but play a lesser part (not appearing between sections).

The new music (with Spectrum sounds) will be used for other areas of the show.

But what about those section titles? Tricky... Still working on those at the moment... so can't really say how they will end up!

Saturday, 2 August 2014

The Spectrum Show #31

Series 4 Episode 1 is now available.

It's the new series! In this episode I get all the latest Sinclair news and top selling Spectrum games from August 1985.
I break out the Magnum Light Phaser and put it to the test.
I review some older games and a new game.
Type-in corner is back.
I also have two new sections; Playing tips and Demo Of The Month.

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