Crapshoot: The brief period when videogame reviews came on VHS

Crapshoot: The temporary interval when videogame critiques got here on VHS

From 2010 to 2014 Richard Cobbett wrote Crapshoot, a column about rolling the cube to carry random obscure video games again into the sunshine. This week, if you wish to know what to play, press Play!

Again initially of the 90s, the PC was nonetheless at conflict with the Amiga and the Atari ST, no person but felt like roadkill on the knowledge super-highway, mullets have been lastly an endangered species, and including the phrase ‘cyber’ to a phrase made it probably the most proto-radical factor since, like, one thing completely triumphant. However on the plus aspect, Gremlins 2 was sensible and another issues have been okay.

Click on is not merely a nostalgic look again at these days. It is a video time capsule that lasted simply two points, I think because of the issue of persuading shops to fill their cabinets with VHS tapes, and its then-staggering price of £5. Let’s crack it open and take a peek at its secret juice.

Industrial failure or not, I keep in mind being unhappy that there was by no means a 3rd concern of Click on. Rewatching each episodes now, it nonetheless looks as if a disgrace. This was lengthy earlier than YouTube and CD-ROM made video ubiquitous—the one actual method to see video games in movement with out shopping for them was to carry {a magazine} as much as your eyes and jiggle it round a bit. Merely attending to see one thing like Elite or Double Dragon 3 in motion was cool, with every of Click on’s critiques providing an excellent couple of minutes of sexily cut-together footage to take pleasure in. And never (all the time) simply from the intro/first ranges!

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