The Digital Antiquarian

The Digital Antiquarian A history of computer entertainment by Jimmy Maher

  • Games on the Mersey, Part 3: The Phoenix
    by Jimmy Maher on September 22, 2017 at 3:26 pm

    Ian Hetherington made for a strange choice as the guy to clean up Imagine Software’s confused finances. Brought in very late in the day to serve as the company’s financial director, he had no background in accounting whatsoever. Ironically, Bruce Everiss, who was serving as Imagine’s marketer and operations manager, had gone through an accounting [… […]

  • Games on the Mersey, Part 2: Last Days in the Bunker
    by Jimmy Maher on September 15, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    The first sign that something might be seriously wrong at Imagine Software greeted game buyers in March of 1984, when the company unexpectedly started slashing prices. They announced that their games would go from the current £5.50 to just £3.95, cheaper than all but the cheapest budget titles currently on store shelves. In doing so, [… […]

  • Games on the Mersey, Part 1: Taking Scousers Off the Dole
    by Jimmy Maher on September 1, 2017 at 3:25 pm

    Once upon a time, the BBC played host to a half-hour current-affairs program called Commercial Breaks, which endeavored to document innovative businesses and emerging markets in Margaret Thatcher’s new, capitalist-friendly Britain. In April of 1984, Paul Anderson, one of the program’s stable of directors, began to shoot an episode about the computer-game industry, as seen [… […]

  • Living Worlds of Action and Adventure, Part 3: Head Over Heels, Exile, and Dizzy
    by Jimmy Maher on August 25, 2017 at 3:20 pm

    Head Over Heels (1987) Some eighteen months ago now, I took my reluctant wife with me to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens. As we left the theater afterward, she seemed unimpressed by all the action and drama she’d just witnessed. Instead she focused in on the comic relief, which largely takes the form of [… […]

  • Living Worlds of Action and Adventure, Part 2: Mercenary, Fairlight, and Spindizzy
    by Jimmy Maher on August 18, 2017 at 3:57 pm

    Before we begin in earnest today, I’d like to note that if I was writing this series of articles in isolation I would wind up covering a somewhat longer list of games. As it is, though, I’ve already written about what I would consider to be the next two logical suspects in the tradition I’m [… […]