Iain Baker

A 'pushing 40' life long gamer, reader, writer, film buff and amateur war historian. Loud and proud member of the 'The Oregon Trail Generation - the first gamer generation.' 

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The History of Video Games #4: The Sinclair ZX Spectrum - Part Two
3 months ago
Last week we saw the rise of the ZX Spectrum, which coincided with the demise of the Atari 2600. We looked at the perils of cassette-based physical media, and how the speccy’s ‘open’ system allowed fo...
The History of Video Games #3: The Sinclair ZX Spectrum - Part One
3 months ago
In the last article we covered the great video game crash of 1983, which led to the demise of the Atari 2600. This led some to believe that video games were simply a passing fad. At least in America. ...
Design Sins #1 “Die Once, You May as Well Quit”
4 months ago
Creating a great video game is like digital alchemy — part science, part art, and art is subjective. Because of this, what makes a game "great" is also subjective. Some people may love a game, whilst ...
The History of Video Games Part 2
4 months ago
Welcome back. Last week we took a brief look at the Atari 2600. This week we will chart its rise and its eventual fall. The Atari 2600 was the first major console and in many ways set the stage for th...
The History of Video Games: Part One
4 months ago
Ever heard of the "Oregon Trail generation?" Probably not, and neither had I until recently, but apparently I am a member of it and never knew it. Members of this generation were born in the late 70s ...