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Daily Bite: Don't Tell Jack Thompson

Matt Gardner
Daily Bite

As any fan of  Ashes to Ashes will testify, the Eighties was a time where political correctness was still absolutely sane and you could be rude without recrimination. If this was seen on shelves today there'd be a thousand and one letters from 'Disgusted of Tunbridge Wells' and an exposé on Fox News about how this directly leads to gun crime, drug addiction and orgiastic excess. Probably.

Also, this is choice Ade Edmondson, before he committed career suicide by joining Holby City.

Daily Bite: Don't Tell Jack Thompson[Source: World of Spectrum]

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Name (required)  Feb. 4, 2010 at 09:15

Is that it?

Not even a mention of how bloody awful it was - it was a cash-in on the popular(ish) book and a sorry excuse for a game. "If this was seen on shelves today" you might wonder why a Spectrum game's still on sale, but you might then realise it's still on the shelf because it was so bad no-one wanted to buy it?

What's the point of this 'daily bite'? Just to show us a selection of randomly chosen poor games from the past? Can't wait until you hear about Rise of the Robots and think we ought to hear about about that one.

Gunn  Feb. 4, 2010 at 10:43

Are you perhaps a Bitterwallet reader who's strayed over here.

Your view of the game is not universal, the reviews at the time gave it 7/10.


The article was clearly more about how nowadays games are attributed to all sorts of societies problems but back in the 80's a game like this wouldn't raise an eyebrow. I don't see it as a review from the past article.

Matt Gardner  Feb. 4, 2010 at 13:16

If they called it Rise of the Motherf*cking Robots we'd probably stick it up here...although that would never happen here, and certainly not in censor-happy Australia.

I'd probably play a game called Rise of the Motherf*cking Robots though

Name (required)  Feb. 4, 2010 at 15:00

Oh I'm sorry, I didn't realise there was a fence, over which people must not stray.
I HAVE read some Bitterwallet articles but I wouldn't say I'm a Bitterwallet reader. It's just another site I check now and then. I assume you're thinking I'm one of those regular commenters there who slate every article regardless of content. No, I'm not. I was just curious as to the point of this article, that's all.

From what I've seen now of 'The Daily Bite', it seems to be "Here's something to do with games from somewhere else on the internet that's mildly amusing".
This seemed to be "We haven't found anything interesting today, so here's something we just made up. We've put a bit of a daily-mail political-correctness-gone-mad spin on it, will that do?"
I suppose I should be grateful for original content instead of just regurgitating other people's cartoons/graphjams/articles, regardless of how pointless it may be?

And I'm perfectly aware my views aren't universal, but there WERE based on my experience of actually playing the game (unfortunately), rather than from an old magazine review.
But if you want a magazine review to back it up - http://www.zzap64.co.uk/cgi-bin/displaypage.pl?issue=032&page=150&thumbstart=0&magazine=zzap&check=1

Pangolin  Feb. 4, 2010 at 21:31

Even if it was a reissue of the original Rise of the Robots? I am not criticising your decision either way, just doing some market research.

Simon  Feb. 23, 2010 at 14:03

I remember really finding this fun and hilarious when I was about 7 and it came on the front of a Amstrad magazine. Would actually like to have a quick play now to rekindle very jaded memories from my childhood.


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