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I’ve created Richard’s Writing to showcase my writing in its many forms, spanning almost 30 years of writing for teletext (if you can remember that far back!), games manuals, magazines, fanzines and the web.

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Gravity

Published for the Atari ST and Commodore Amiga by Image Works (1990).

This review was originally written for the Amiga Games Database web site in 2008 and appears here in a slightly edited form. It’s a review of an old 16-bit computer game from 1990 and NOT about the 2014 movie starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock!

In my opinion, “Gravity” is one of those 16-bit computer games that never quite got the success it deserved. If you like your science fiction to be grounded in science fact, and you also like complicated 3D strategy games, then “Gravity” would have been right up your street.

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Star Wars Episode VII – The Force Awakens

This review is full of spoilers, so please don’t read any further if you’ve not seen The Force Awakens yet! Also, I’ve only seen the movie once so I might have blinked and missed the odd clue or reference to things I mention in the review.

Of course, it goes without saying that I’m a Star Wars fan. I was ten and a half years old when I got to see the original ‘Star Wars’ in a UK cinema. As it was for millions of other people, it was unlike anything else I’d ever seen before. It was a game changer in every way possible. From that moment I was hooked, and the next five or six years were a blur of waiting for, watching or reading about Star Wars any way that I could. The Empire Strikes Back was – and still is – the best movie sequel ever, and whilst Return of the Jedi was a bit of a let down, in hindsight it was okay compared to the prequels that emerged years later.

Anyway, fast-forward almost 38 years. The cinema scheduling deities had deemed that the release of Episode VII in the UK was to fall on our oldest son’s 9th birthday. As a result, he had been planning his 2015 birthday party the moment he knew. He was naturally extremely excited to be seeing a Star Wars movie in a cinema for the first time, on the day of release and on his actual birthday. Could it get any better?

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UK Games Industry: Beyond Software

An edited version of this article was published in Retro Gamer, Issue 64 (2009).

Terry Pratt was working for EMAP on an innovative and very popular UK computer magazine when the idea of setting up a video games publisher was first suggested.

“I was the Editor for Computer & Video Games magazine since its launch back in late 1981, and a few years later I had the idea that we might be able to create a software company”, remembers Terry. “I then sold that idea to a number of Boards at EMAP and set it up with Bill Delaney, who was working as Advertising Manager for one of EMAP’s other computer magazines at the time.”

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Football: Is This a Dagger That I See Before Me?

This article was originally published on The Match web site in late October 2014.

The latest batch of leagues games have resulted in Luton reaching the top spot in League 2 with two thirds of the season yet to be played. Last year, we reached the top of the Conference in December and stayed there for the rest of the season. This time around, we’re hoping that we haven’t peaked too soon but are happy to be there none-the-less.
The unbeaten league run is now up to nine, with one draw and seven consecutive wins contributing to the points haul. Most Luton fans would agree that we’re not yet playing as consistently as we know we can, but it’s the ability to grind out results that wins promotion and championships. You can’t play well for 90 minutes and you can’t do it every game. At the moment, we’re resilient and have a few purple spells during games that are enough to win us the points.

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Football: Rivalries Renewed and Deja Vu

This article was originally published on The Match web site in October 2014.

It might not yet be on a par with the unbeaten run of last season, but thirteen points out of fifteen and just one goal conceded is a good little run in anyone’s book. It’s even more impressive when you consider that we’ve had to endure a number of injuries, players playing out of position and a bout of sickness along with the usual day-to-day problems faced by any professional football club. Do we use these as excuses? No. We use them to fuel the kind of dogged determination that got us back into the football league in the first place.

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Football: It’s Pre-Season… Season

This article was originally published on The Match web site in late July 2014.

Anyone who has supported a football club for any significant length of time can nod wisely when pre-season comes around, because you learn over the years that pre-season is not a reliable barometer for how your season will turn out. Like our last few managers have said, don’t get too carried away with the victories and don’t get too despondent at the defeats.

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Football: Gray Days and Drury Lanes

This article was first published on The Match web site in July 2014.

There was an open top bus parade for the Skrill Premier Champions (inaugural and unique as it turns out!) a few weeks after the 2013/14 season finished. On the erected stage in St. George’s Square in Luton and under the basking hot May Bank Holiday weekend sunshine, Andre Gray was casually asked if he was going to be at Luton next season. He laughed somewhat nervously, and avoided answering the question in front of twelve thousand Hatters fans. At that moment, the tongues started wagging, the texts started texting and the unthinkable became… thinkable.

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