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Friday, 26 June 2020

MONTHLY 5 - June 2020

https://collectionchamber.blogspot.com/p/3d-ultra-mini-golf.html https://collectionchamber.blogspot.com/p/captive-ii-liberation.html https://collectionchamber.blogspot.com/p/the-island-of-dr-brain.html https://collectionchamber.blogspot.com/p/marble-drop.html https://collectionchamber.blogspot.com/p/wrath-of-earth.html

Treat yourself to a plethora of retro gaming goodness this June on the Collection Chamber. Play some wacky minigolf in 3D Ultra MiniGolf (1997 Sierra On-Line), uncover a corrupt police force in the Amiga RPG Captive II: Liberation (1993 Mindscape) then solve some devious puzzles in The Island of Dr. Brain (1992 Sierra On-Line). There are more brain teasers to be found in Marble Drop (1997 Maxis) but if you want some action, try out the criminally underrated FPS Wrath of Earth (1995 Assix Software).

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1997 Sierra On-Line
Windows 3.1


1993 Mindscape
Amiga CD32
Role Play-Cyberpunk-Sci Fi


1992 Sierra On-Line


1997 Maxis, Inc
Windows '95


1995 Addix Software Development
Action-FPS-Sci Fi

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  1. Thanks for your recommendations (to Thomas in the previous thread - can't post there, for some reason). I do know that action adventures have the best open world exploration, and I envy their worlds, but I will probably still prefer to explore slowly, using my brain to make progress. I take your word that a Controller is the most natural device through game genres, so I will think about it. Right now though, I am simply using a laptop touchpad, not even a mouse!

    1. Being not John Malkovich but James B for one day, I'm sure I will fully understand your preference to use your brain rather for solving tough clouts to crack than proving your Action-Jackson reflexes with it. But keep in mind that what once worked quite well for you with Doom, could feel about the same again in nowadays 3D worlds where a focused (trigger) finger is indeed more valuable than a puzzle-steeled mind, but still the exploration factor would remain as a big plus for you during slow moments of free roaming within the particular game. Well, perhaps the appetite will come to you with eating, so to say, once an XBox Controller will have possibly found its way into your home one fine day. By the way, how about racing games, actually? Did you never ever feel the need for speed? :-)

      I'm playing on a (gaming) laptop myself (don't need a big tower PC for my coffee table), but unlike you, I regarded the properly integrated touchpad as just a rudimentary way for navigating since Day 1, so I'm still using my beloved SideWinder Microsoft Mouse (of which I guess is no longer in production, unfortunately) in its wired variant, because I personally think that a wired connection is always bullet-proof, while a wireless one might tend to produce lags under maybe rare but certain circumstances. That's also why I'm still preferring a solid-as-a-rock LAN over a WLAN connection. And before you ask, my laptop is always(!) standing at the same place (yeah, the mentioned coffee table). :-)

      Bye for now,

    2. No, I don't feel the need for speed. I casually enjoyed the movie Speed, for example, but I much prefer movies which require me to think, such as... Being John Malkovich, exactly! And you're right that a touchpad isn't useful for complex purposes. I found it nearly impossible to do Heavy Rain manoeuvres with it, but using a separate mouse with a mousepad worked just fine.

    3. Much water has flowed under the bridge since I busied myself with Being John Malkovich, which is certainly among the better films I was watching in my life. The same I can say about Speed, a whole different kind of a (more easily digestible) movie thrill and surely a welcome diversion when your head is on the brink of smoldering like a chimney due to those sorts of brain challenging stuff you were mentioning. ;-)

      Not feeling the need for speed in general and racing in the fast lane isn't your cup of tea, one that intensely smacks of engine oil and burnt rubber? Then maybe the widely praised Ford v Ferrari is your cure. If you wanna be cured, that is. :-)

      Bye for now,

    4. I'm still waiting to see Ford v Ferrari, but I could recommend Rush or the documentary film Senna instead. The common thread in all these successful films seems to be the human drama, and I dare say that supersedes the racing scenes, maybe not for F1 fans but for fans of good films. I feel I don't have time to waste on brainless action films that don't teach me anything about the human condition.

      Believe it or not, this racing-car thread started on the page about Versailles 1685! Biffman or someone really should intervene when we go off-topic this erratically. Haha.

    5. Very good taste in in-depth racing movies you have, I'd say! I already kept myself busy with Senna of which I think is an excellent documentation that brings said Formula One legend so damn close to the viewer that you'll get a real understanding of how it felt for him living in the fast lane and off the circuit. By the way, Being Ayrton wouldn't be such a bad alternative title for that docu, would it? ;-) Rush, however, is still on my list of those ten thousand movies worth while to watch before I die, so it'll be a definite must see that I catch up on later.

      Another professional racing themed flick I wanna throw in is Le Mans (1971), starring the great Steve McQueen, German star actor Siegfried Rauch and Beauty Elga Andersen (of German origin as well), who altogether should satisfy your hunger for being teached about the human condition well enough. :-)

      No hard feelings, but I don't quite share your view on brainless action films and that watching them is a waste of time for you. Because apart from serious stuff that intellectually challenges your mind, what is to be said against an occasional rollercoaster ride for the sake of the fun and the thrill which keeps you on the edge of your seat, if that sort of popcorn movie does it right? Besides, switching off whilst not having to think too much is important for recreation for which easy-to-pick-up-for-the-mind films are a good choice to come into play as well. So, James, don't be afraid of taking your brain out every once in a while - it can be very refreshing, indeed! :-)

      Yeah, please Biff, do intervene if you feel the need for it! Seems like James and me are unable to get a grip on ourselves. ;-)

      Bye for now,

    6. Don't worry about going off topic guys! As long as your not throwing shade at each other :)

      I wasn't too impressed with Le Mans '66 (aka Ford vs Ferrari). Felt a bit too derivative of better movies, even though there are some exhilarating scenes in there. Rush was much better IMO and deserved the kind of awards attention Ford vs Ferrari got.

      As for racing documentaries, have you seen TT3D: Closer to the Edge? It's about the Manx Tourist Trophy rather than F1, but there's some insane stuff in there.

    7. No, Biff, rest assured that James and I won't be verbally at each other's throats, because it ain't something that I plan for to happen anytime. Besides, there's a motto that I have which keeps me away from using any sort of bad language on the Internet per se. :-)

      I will take a close look at your TT3D: Closer To The Edge recommendation, thanks for that. Honestly said, I always liked Sega's successful attempt of compactly transferring the Isle of Man TT's essence into a Model 2 Arcade board, and I still love the Playstation One version of Road Rash with the help of ePSXe to death, but had in fact never any points of contact with the real Manx sports motorcycle thing in my role as the silent observer. So there's a good chance your said documentation will change that once and for all, since I'm hooked up now. :-)

      Bye for now,

    8. "If it doesn't excite you, you're not alive"

      So I was grabbing the TT3D: Closer To The Edge (2011) docu very soon after my message from yesterday, and, well, it was a pretty exciting ride on which the Isle Of Man TT competitors took me with them, privately and sportily likewise, with tons of interesting statements from Guy Martin and other stars and experts of the scene up to the ordinary spectators of this high risk maneuver spectacle, accompanied by, of course, many action scenes that sometimes tended to literally take my breath away. Specifically, I loved the moving camera angles covering a wide field of vision that revealed wonderful views on the lush green hills of this beautiful isle with whose scenery the professional race bikers seemed to melt whilst putting their pedal to the metal. :-)

      In the end, I was quite impressed by particularly Guy Martin and Ian Hutchinson so that I wikipedia'd them just to see if they are still amongst the living...

      So I say thank you again, Biff, for this cool, coming out of the blue recommendation of yours, which provided 100 minutes of intense racing adrenaline I thoroughly enjoyed! :-)

      Bye for now,

  2. Many thanks for Captive II! I have the box for the first part still on my shelves.

    Also a shoutout for Dr. Brain and Wrath of Earth (which I didn't know so far).