The search for BBC TV software

No time to do this properly, but for those who didn't catch it, this thread is worth a read: https://twitter.com/tomscott/status/1085596994196987904 https://twitter.com/tomscott/status/1085651896830816256 One thing that did turn up in that thread was a handy VT clock generator, at http://mdfs.net/Software/Video/VTClock/ - which looks like it may still be in use in parts of the BBC. It goes without saying … Continue reading The search for BBC TV software

Cyberdrome in your own home ? – Arcade Crystal Maze (MAME)

With the 0.223 release of MAME, the Crystal Maze games by Barcrest are now emulated to the point of being playable. At the time of writing, a few graphical glitches exist with some of them, but in the main they work well. Some games are listed as having imperfect sound, but I'm told this is … Continue reading Cyberdrome in your own home ? – Arcade Crystal Maze (MAME)

A lotto chaos, 2000 today

Never really did a New Year special, so this is my equivalent.If you've never seen it, let me first share this clip, from JB1601 the BBC millennium celebration (let's not get pedantic about the real start). https://youtu.be/wSXlMkpwP48 The first of these cock ups is easily explained, the camera cables around the set are jamming the … Continue reading A lotto chaos, 2000 today

Cyberdrome infodump

Carl Nicholson, one of the minds behind Cyberdrome has been in touch to point out the contents of the old site are on his personal blog. Link at http://www.cornucopia.co.uk/?page_id=701. Of interest to me was that apparently a Noel's House Party attraction was considered, but presumably foundered for the same reasons as the theme parks.

A pint and a puzzle – the growth of the quiz machine (Part 2)

In Part 1, the concept of quiz machines taking their lead from other media was just starting to take hold in the UK. JPM had modified their existing slot machine hardware to account for the growth of video, and the other main manufacturers (Maygay, Barcrest and BFM) were starting to do the same. Initially, these … Continue reading A pint and a puzzle – the growth of the quiz machine (Part 2)

A pint and a puzzle – the growth of the quiz machine (Part 1)

Nowadays, any moderately large British public house will have some sort of touchscreen arcade machine around, playing either a selection of fruit machine designs or (more likely) a number of quiz games where a suitably clued up and lucky individual can win cold hard cash. Difficult as it may be to believe, the genesis of … Continue reading A pint and a puzzle – the growth of the quiz machine (Part 1)

Egg on everyone’s face

Just a quick one here, in which I analyse an episode of Noel's House Party like the Zapruder footage, because why not. In this, we're looking at Series 7, Episode 3, which featured throughout the show a game called Russian Omelette. I'd show the whole thing, but this segment seems the most appropriate. (About 43:25 … Continue reading Egg on everyone’s face