Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Ocean Power - Issue 2 - Spring 1994 (Promo Mag)


Another set of scans today, from another magazine I found hidden away in a box. It's Ocean Power, a promo magazine given away with CVG magazine to big up Ocean Software's latest releases! This one is issue 2 from Spring 1994. Unfortunately, the mag was too big to scan in properly, but I've only missed a few words from a couple of articles...it was mostly just page side-headings and photos that I had to miss! Anyway, hope you enjoy having a look at this....
























For more old Ocean Software stuff, you can check out the rather groovy Facebook page, A Life On The Ocean Software Waves, which has loads of old photos, artwork and info on all things Ocean! 




Friday, 29 January 2016

Program - The Magazine Of The Home Computer Club


Whilst hunting through more old boxes of stuff at my flat, I discovered an old issue of Program, The Magazine of the Home Computer Club!

(Click pics to make 'em bigger, remember!)
The Home Computer Club was a mail order company that you could join up with, and every month they'd send you this catalogue, from which you could choose which games you wanted to buy....


They'd also send you the games from the Main Selection every month (in this case, The Loopz Collection) whether you'd ordered them or not and if you didn't want those you'd just send them back along with an order for any games you did actually want...


You had to purchase a certain amount of games each year as part of your contract..I can't remember how many...but it wasn't too bad for having some decent games at decent prices, so that wasn't really a problem...


I do remember having some difficulty when trying to leave the club though, and also with returning some of the main selections...the company just wouldn't take no for an answer some times!


Still, it was actually a great way to add some games to your collection, especially at a time when Spectrum games were becoming less easily available in the shops due to being phased out by newer computers...


Occasionally, there'd be Home Computer Club exclusive additions of games too, like the Total Eclipse box, for instance,  that came with Total Eclipse II - The Sphinx Jinx!


I used it to buy a lot of the later Ocean releases too, like Robocop 2, Navy SEALs and Total Recall...and System 3 games like Myth, Vendetta and Tusker! So yeah, it was actually a great thing for me back then, and I was happy to be a member!


Hope you've enjoyed looking through the mag anyway, and that it's stirred up some memories from any other old club members! I'd be interested in hearing about anybody else's experiences with the club, so let me know in the comments below if you have any...

Oh and apologies for the big greasy stain that seems to have seeped through the entire magazine...think it must have been stuck in a box with a misplaced bag of crisps or something at some point in it's life! Oops! ;) 

Friday, 15 January 2016

New Year, New Non-Promises


Hello Stuffers, Countdowners, Creepers and random visitors....and a happy New Year! As you can probably tell by my rather abrupt disappearance from posting in the 13 Days of Creepmas, I was rather busier during the holidays than I had originally thought I would be! Amazingly, it wasn't illness that stopped me from posting this time, but rather other real-life things..the likes of going to parties and concerts, helping people move and various other things that kept me away from the computer...


This of course meant that it was difficult to keep up with posts, and so I decided that I'd just give up trying and leave the blog for a bit until I was able to get back to it. So apologies if you were hanging around waiting yet again for more Gruesome Games or Gift ideas, or Cinema of Stuff or comics or whatever....and thanks for sticking around or stumbling upon the blog to read this....


I also decided in my absence that it was pointless trying to keep posting stuff as regularly as every day, and so from now on, unless I have previously got things ready and pre-written, I'm going to make no promises about when posts will be appearing, and won't be taking part in Countdowns unless I'm totally certain I can put up a post everyday...I also won't be numbering the games, gifts or anything and will just be putting them up when I feel like it. I think the lists are what ultimately drive me crazy with deadlines and make me stress out about things I really shouldn't be stressing about...


So the blog will become more random, and maybe actually more frequent and better without me trying to rush through lists in time for Halloween or Christmas. Hopefully it'll be a new beginning! But don't worry..nothing much is changing really....and I'll still get through all the remaining planned games on the Gruesome list! It's just I'll be writing about other stuff too....



I've no idea what this year will bring, but I wish you all the best and hope that it's a good one for you and me both! 

2016 folks...it's...like...the future! 

And now...

...at the same time!!! 

Friday, 4 December 2015

Making Creepmas Image Challenge Day 4

I kind of cheated on the first day of the image challenge and put up a pic of a snowman on Twitter that I had done for last Creepmas...and then I've missed the last few days! So I've decided to mix the 2nd and 4th days together to give you...Krampus Saint!


Thursday, 3 December 2015

Creepmas Cartoon - The Snowman In July

A lazy cartoon post for me today....Although not strictly a very creepy cartoon, the snowman's fate once he reaches July is enough to creep out any child long into adulthood!

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Gruesome Gift Ideas 2015 - No.1 - Slasher Sweaters & Scarves




Sweaters, Jumpers, Jerseys.....whatever you want to call them, they're traditionally one of the most awesomely-rubbish presents to get at Christmas, but have recently achieved a somewhat ironicool air, with people willing to subject themselves to the garish garments to prove their commitment to the festive season...




And now there's lots of actually cool designs plastered all over the web, with patterns you'd be quite happy to parade around in! Mondo and Middle Of Beyond have jumped upon the jersey band-wagon, and have produced this line of Slasher Sweaters for the horror fans in your family.




At $85 dollars each, they're a bit out of my price range...but if you're feeling particularly wealthy or can persuade parents, spouses, siblings etc. that Santa simply must satiate your slasher sweater needs, then come Christmas morning you could be sporting said sweaters yourselves!


And there's also more potential awesome alliteration availabilities describing their Slasher Scarves set! 



If these are a bit too scary for you, there's also a cool Gremlins sweater too, which makes more sense as a Christmas gift, given the films seasonal setting...and that's the one I'd pick if I could afford the price and postage! Just saying....*coff*...    



Here's a link to the Gremlin sweater...you can find the rest by browsing the Mondo site! There's also Krampus, Bigfoot and other designs over at Middle Of Beyond's own site to peruse as well....