I am a writer and programmer from Manchester. I have written many articles and stories over the years and have programmed software for various computers. Learn more about me at:
As a writer with many years of experience, I have never been impressed with excessive or unnecessary use of swearwords in an article, as it comes across as unprofessional and only the sort of language that certain teenagers would use to appear cool in front of their friends. However, swearing can be used to great effect in your story if used with the right characters or situations – such as a gangster threatening someone meddling in his business for example. But what about the use of swearwords in articles? Is there any benefit to this?
When I first bought my Atari STE in 1990 I was looking forward to the machine many said would rival the Amiga when it came to games. After all the Amiga had the advantage of hardware scrolling and the ability to display thirty-two colours on the screen compared to the ST’s sixteen. Well, we got the hardware scrolling and the colours looked good, but still limited to sixteen colours at any one time. We were also treated to the new STE DMA sound chip and the impressive STE only game Obsession which blew the earlier ST games right out of the water. Sadly, apart from a few impressive demos, the STE only saw a small selection of software that would show off the new features so never became a real contender for the Amiga. Therefore the Amiga continued to enjoy its victory with many titles programmed to use its better colour palette and sound chip.
The Internet is a wonderful place that provides us with unlimited access to almost every piece of software or information that we need. But there was a time before the Internet where we had to rely on Magazines and Public Domain Libraries (PDLs) for Atari ST/STE related software and information. I would often look forward to buying the commercial Atari ST Magazines such as ST Format, ST Review and ST User and eagerly check out the contents of the cover disk that graced the front page. I would sit on my comfy armchair in the peaceful surroundings of my bedroom and enjoy reading the magazine from cover to cover, checking out the latest PD (Public Domain), Freeware, Shareware, Licenceware and Commercial software reviews as well as the useful tutorials and articles.
Susan sat at her dressing table examining the bruises on her face. The swelling around the eyes had gone down and the remainder of the bruises could easily be hidden with a bit of makeup. Taking a tablet would probably remove some of the physical pain she was feeling after the attack but only time would heal the emotional pain. Time is something she has plenty of now. Time to leave London and rebuild a new life abroad in France. After ten years of physical and emotional abuse she had plucked up enough courage to leave her controlling husband Christopher.
Jack Waite, a small time crook, was hiding behind a large skip in a dark alley. The rain lashed down and he pulled his jacket tightly around him as he shivered in the cold. He threw the smouldering remains of his cigarette onto the damp ground and stamped it out with his heel. He trembled. Not only with the cold but also with fear. The fear that shook violently in his chest as he recalled the evil deed he was about to commit.
Nick was sat down at his desk working away on his new story. Hiding on the balcony was a man holding a scarf. As Nick typed the man slowly crept out from his hiding place. The man’s eyes were glazed and his staggering walk clearly indicated he was drunk. With a sudden leap forward he wrapped the scarf around Nick’s neck from behind and the two started a struggle. As Nick fell to the floor the man released the scarf and smiled at him.
The latest game consoles are very impressive when it comes to graphics and sound. In fact you would be forgiven for thinking you were actually watching a movie. It takes an entire team of programmers, graphic designers, musicians and producers along with a lot of money to create the amazing visuals we see in console games today. However, I would ask the question: What about playability?
I’ve had many discussions with people who ask me why I am still playing retro games when there are newer games that are visually better on the market. Why am I still interested in playing old arcade classics such as Donkey Kong or Mr. Do. Why have I spent a lot of time tracking down games I used to play on systems such as the Atari St, Spectrum, and Amiga when I can just buy a PS4 and play these amazing games with fancy graphics and effects. What have older games and systems got that the latest consoles haven’t?