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Retro Gamer: Superior Software

Issue 79 of Retro Gamer magazine contains my six page feature on Superior Software, the most prolific BBC Micro games company back in the 80s and 90s. The company is still in business today selling remakes of the classic back catalogue and can apparently even supply original copies of BBC Micro games.

I don’t have my copy yet but you can watch Darran, the editor of Retro Gamer flicking through the issue on Youtube. As you may know, this is my third feature for this magazine. If you read it, I hope you enjoy it, and I hope I’ve done justice to such a great company. There is a feedback thread for the issue on the RG website.

[Update: I’ve got it and it looks great. I forgot to add my name to the introduction and I’m not credited elsewhere, but I did write it, I promise!]

Thanks are due to Richard Hanson, Peter Irvin, Tony Oakden and Gary Partis for allowing me to interview them.

  1. F Coombs
    July 21st, 2011 at 07:55 | #1

    I have downloaded some bbc software but I cant make head or tale of winzip can you tell me if there is any onther way of making the software for the bbc micro work on my pc.Thanks

  2. July 21st, 2011 at 08:14 | #2

    Hi there.

    Presuming that you have an emulator such as BeebEm, you’ll probably find that most BBC games on the net are supplied as .zip archives of disk images. In other words, a BBC Micro floppy disk as been reduced to a file. Use winzip to decompress the file onto your machine. You then load the disk image into BeebEm.

    To load a game on a BBC, hold down SHIFT and BREAK (on a desktop machine, it’s usually above PAGE UP) at the same time.

    Best of luck.

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