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From 12am till 6am the site will play easy listening music to simulate the closedown of TV from the early eighties. This was initially started by Ceefax (the BBC teletext service) but did get picked up by Teletext.

FASTTEXT

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ABOUT

I originally wanted to write a Windows 95 simulator as a follow-on homage to LGR's DOS portion of website - http://www.lazygamereviews.com/prompt/. I figured it should work quite well with the advancement in javascript over the years and it meant that I could utilise more JS programming skills as I don't do much of that currently.

I didn't want to use jQuery as I would only be using a small portion of that code and I wanted to try and keep the site as tightly written as possible, without excessive code. I have seen another website that does use jQuery and interestingly that is based more on Ceefax rather than mine which is Teletext based. You can find the site here: http://worldofpaul.com/teletext/.

SO WHY DIGITISER?

Around 2017, Mr Biffo (Paul Rose) of Digitiser fame, surfaced back into the "limelight" and was attending retro gaming events talking about the old Digitiser days. I thought it'd be pretty cool to make an online teletext simulator using nothing but HTML, CSS and Javascript. This would be a cut down challenge from the Windows based one and so here we are.

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Bamber Boozler poses another 12 questions. Answer using fasttext at the bottom. One wrong and you must try again.

Can you answer all 12 in one attempt?

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Game consoles. What was the codename for the Sega 32X?

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Red:Project Mars


Green:Project Jupiter


Yellow:Project Neptune


Cyan:Project Uranus


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History. On 16th August 1819, in Manchester, which peaceful demonstration turned into a massacre?

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Red:The Waterloo Massacre


Green:The Peterloo Massacre


Yellow:The Valentines Day Massacre


Cyan:Fort Hood Massacre


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Films. Which film is well known for this quote: "I see dead people"?

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Red:Ghostbusters


Green:Thirteen Ghosts


Yellow:Ghost


Cyan:The Sixth Sense


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Cartoons. Who voiced Batman in Batman: The Animated Series?

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Red:Michael Keaton


Green:Val Kilmer


Yellow:Kevin Conroy


Cyan:George Clooney


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What word completes this book series by Kim Stanley Robinson: Red ____. Green ____. Blue ____.

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Red:Mars


Green:Jupiter


Yellow:Ceres


Cyan:Titan

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Software. What year was Deluxe Paint released?

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Red:1984


Green:1987


Yellow:1985


Cyan:1983


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Hulk Hogan celebrates his 66th birthday this month. What is his real name?

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Red:Terry Bollea


Green:Terry Veneables


Yellow:Jerry Smith


Cyan:Jerry Lawler


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Comics. What was the name of the bard in Asterix?

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Red:Getafix


Green:Cacofonix


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Cyan:Dogmatix


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Politics. Who has been the only woman to be selected as Speaker of the House of Commons?

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Red:Margaret Thatcher


Green:Ann Widdecombe


Yellow:Theresa May


Cyan:Betty Boothroyd


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Geography. Which river flows through Paris?

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Red:River Elbe


Green:River Seine


Yellow:River Rhine


Cyan:River Loire


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Internet. What does HTML stand for?

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Red:Hyper Type Machine Language


Green:Hyper Text Machine Language


Yellow:Hyper Tutorial Markup Language


Cyan:Hyper Text Markup Language


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Which is the odd one out of these Bond films:

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Red:Goldfinger


Green:Dr. No


Yellow:Never Say Never Again


Cyan:Thunderball


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I normally write posts like this on Patreon and Kickstarter, but I thought it'd be a good opportunity to take stock, and just fill you all in on where things are at in the wider Digiverse.I'm away next week for a much needed break, which means no updates on this site until the week after. There may be a new video on Sunday night, but probably not one the following Wednesday or Sunday. I'd hoped to have more stockpiled, but I've been flat-out, clearing the decks enough to get to a point where I can go away without disasters happening.I've had an incredibly full-on year. Aside from editing and filming gawd-knows-how-many Digi Minis for YouTube, organising, writing, and appearing in a full-on live spectacular, and writing regular posts on here, I've also been lead writer on two CBBC shows.I've written 13 half hour episodes since January, and on one of those shows I'm very much a lead writer in a sort of showrunner sense, which has meant reading everything, and giving notes to other writers at every stage. Plus, I only got fully paid for a lot of that work this week, which has proved rather, ahem, stressful. All in all, it has been... a lot. So, you'll hopefully forgive me for being knackered, and needing to go away to recharge. Once I'm back, you'd better brace yourselves.

WHAT'S NEXT?

The plan for September is to fulfil all the Digitiser The Show backer rewards, which means putting together the DVDs, t-shirts, posters and whatnot. I'm not going to entertain the idea of doing another crowd-funding campaign until the previous one is all done and dusted, which I'm hoping it will be by early October.We're planning to get the entire Digi team together at some point in September - and possibly some special guests - for some slightly bigger-scale eps than we have been doing. We're also planning some modest location filming. We thought it'd be fun to get out from behind the desk.We've got a bunch of ideas for future videos, and now that we've firmly established our chemistry and tone, it's going to be fun applying that to some slightly more curated content, Mini-wise.MOVE AWAY!You've no doubt noticed that the channel has moved away a bit from retrogaming. Candidly, I was getting sort of bored finding new things to say about old games, and though any Digitiser The Show Series 2 will keep the retro gaming theme (as will this site), when it comes to the weekly eps anything goes, to be honest.While Digi has never, in its almost-27-years, been just about gaming, games will always nonetheless remain at the core of what we do; it's more I just like the idea of a YouTube channel that's trying to be like other YouTube channels, but constantly undermined by its own ineptitude! Because, frankly, I've earned it, I've got another holiday/very belated honeymoon booked for late October (I hope to film some Digi stuff while I'm away, and have invested in some new kit in order to make it possible). After that, the plan is to then start slowly grinding the wheels of hype towards a new Kickstarter campaign.​I'm a bit scared of doing it too close to Christmas, but I would like to see it happen this year, so we can think about going into production relatively early in 2020. We'll need to know soon what sort of budget we have to play with. Here's what we're thinking.

CAPTAIN EMBRYO

The plans are still semi-embryonic, but the core idea for Digitiser Series 2 has been rattling around in my head since we finished the first series.Given that the Minis kind of fill the desk-based content vacuum, I don't think we're going to be able to entice enough backers if we simply offer more of that, but with higher production values. It needs to be something that we can't do in regular episodes, and it has to be big, and noisy, and intriguing, and different to what we did last time.And so, at present, the thinking is that we do a series that is almost entirely location-based, with links and certain segments shot in front of a live audience (audience tickets will be one of the Kickstarter tiers). There may be a competitive road-trip structure to it that runs across the series, with us competing in a series of gaming-themed challenges (yes, like the mooted Destruction Derby, Super Monkey Ball and whatnot For Real... but we've also had ideas for things like Resident Evil For Real, Pilotwings For Real, Tempest For Real, Luigi's Mansion For Real - and more). If that sounds a bit like Top Gear or The Grand Tour, but for video games... well... yeah. Funny that.LACK ALICEThe lack of outside-the-studio stuff is one of my big regrets from series 1, but we simply didn't have the money to do it on the scale I wanted. By focusing almost entirely on the location filming - with the studio segments shot in just a day or two - it suddenly becomes possible. Or, at least, potentially possible. We also want to do more episodes - perhaps twice as many - but make them shorter and more focused than the first series. And the plan is to be a little bolder with any guests we involve, and cast our net somewhat wider. Jim Sterling, for one, is somebody who's keen to be a part of whatever we do.I'm well aware that it's a ridiculously ambitious idea, that will take a lot of planning and a ton of money, but what I'm envisioning brings together everything I've learned from doing Found Footage, The Trojan Arse Protocol, Digitiser The Show and Digitiser Live.I like to be pushed out of my comfort zone, and learn from what I'm doing. Simply repeating myself isn't going to keep me interested, so to stay focused I need something ambitious and challenging and new. HOLD ME NOWNow, the important thing here is... don't hold me to this. It might yet change. This isn't definitely what we're doing, and if we can't raise the money to do it, then it absolutely won't happen. Also, don't hold me to a timeframe either. As said, I've worked harder this year than I ever had, to the point that - as you've probably seen - I've actually struggled to produce written stuff for this site of late. I need to top-up my energy and creativity levels before I can embark on another massive project (especially so soon after the brilliant, but debilitating, live show). The Minis are chugging along nicely, and I have to sort out rewards for backers of the first series. There's no immediate rush.Also, I just want to say that I know I couldn't even consider doing any of this if it wasn't for you lot. If I don't say it enough, I really, really appreciate the support you give me. Digitiser - be it this site or the YouTube channel - doesn't have the largest audience, but you're so committed, passionate, and loyal. It blows me away. Because of all that, our relatively tiny fanbase is worth as much as one ten times the size.Of course, I hope we can continue to grow, but I also hope that never happens at the expense of losing the feel of what we have; that sense of community, which you saw at Digi Live, or in the comments. It's really something very, very special.​Onwards!

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Practical jokes and pranks get the Biffo and Gannon treatment, as we attempt to pimp up some of the best remembered classic pranks! Also: look out for an epic scare prank! LOLOLOLOLOLOL?​And sorry about the picture quality again. We ballsed things up with the camera! So funneee! Subscribe for regular videos, and support Digitiser on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/digitiser2000

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As I said yesterday, there's no Digi next week. I'm going to try to get a video up on Sunday night, but I'm off away for a bit to eat paella and drink sangria. I may tweet occasionally from my villa in the middle of nowhere, but my plan is to do as little as possible.​This is, of course, the perfect opportunity to catch up on all the articles and videos you might've missed. May I point you towards the YouTube channel's new best-of playlist? It's as solid a place to start as any. ​Be good while I'm away. Be nice to one another. And thanks for feeding the cats. 

Here's one last letters page to tide you over until I get back. Don't eat it all at once!If you'd like to appear here, or you've something you'd like me to give some attention to in our occasional Plug Zone, or you've got a picture of a bin you wish to share, please send your filthy emails to this place here: digitiser2000@gmail.com​​​​​​​​​​​

PROGLODYTES

Been re-watching the Digitiser Series One videos, and you said in one of them that you thought more video games should have prog rock soundtracks. Have you stumbled onto any games that do in your opinion have proggy soundtracks, even a bit? I've got my thoughts on a bunch of them but they're all on the Amiga innit?Sedric and Charlie

Ugggggggghuuuuu. Why do you people always ask me about prog? It's my catnip. I cannot resist.Anyway, I was sort of only semi-serious when I said that, brah. Prog would make for a terrible game soundtrack for a number of reasons. Firstly, what most people think of as prog is that sort of horrid, sub-Genesis, widdly-widdly, constant-time-change, English whimsy sort of prog. There are far too many bands who play homage to that wrong-headed idea of what they think prog is. The best prog bands never sounded like one another. Even Marillion, after an early flirtation with that Genesis sound on a couple of tracks, became something very different from their second album onwards. I prefer my prog to build, and evolve, and I don't like it when there's a load of jarring time-changes in a song. For me, real prog started with Genesis and Floyd, then moved onto people like Kate Bush and Talk Talk. In terms of more recent bands, I like Anathema and some Steven Wilson (though he's a bugger for the abrupt musical shift; I like him best when he's being all poppy), but I can't think of any of prog that'd particularly suit as a gaming soundtrack. I'm sorry. I'm so sorry that I keep talking about prog.

POOLESS IN SEATTLE

Regarding the bit of the PIMP MY PRANK! video where you were "smoking" the talcum powder "cigarettes", do you think it would be fair to say that Mr Biffo did a poo, doo-dah, doo-dah?Cow Areola, 34PS: Mr Biffo did a poo, oh doo-dah-day.

I didn't really poo myself. I've not done that in weeks.

PRANKERS

Hello!Following on from your pranks video, I thought you might like to hear about a prank I witnessed.A guy in my Year 7 Maths class brought in one of those pens that gives you an electric shock when you press it. Much titting about ensued, with people pressing it to their heads or onto their clothed crotches. This was fine until one guy grabbed the pen, unbuttoned part of his school shirt and pressed it against his bare nipple. His nipple squirted blood. I assume he must have had a cyst or something under the skin which was set off by the pen, but at the time it was absolutely shocking.I also wanted to say that I'm really enjoying your non-video game videos. Obviously the game stuff is your bread and butter and I think it's bloody awesome, but the other stuff is a breath of fresh air and is really, really enjoyable. Please don't kill yourself and/or someone else in the process. Or if you do, please make sure the camera is on the right setting ;)Love,Chai (@teacupofchai)

That's disgusting, and I wish we had thought to do it on the channel. I'm seriously gutted about the camera being out of focus for the whole of that shoot. Basically, we forgot to change the settings back from the Digi Live filming, and now we've got several months' worth of videos with us out of focus on the main camera.And of course that would be when Jim Sterling, with his millions of followers, decides to retweet us...

God, we're so adorably inept....!

BACK TO SKOOL

Hello, King Biffo!Hope you’re doing well this week!​This week, I’m back at school, which is a big sarcastic yay moment, I’d say. The only advantage to school feels like the good pathway to uni I got so that’s my thoughts on that, yAy.Anyhoo, I gotta say, Biffo, the last few Digi videos have honestly been the best I’ve seen since the show last year. So big huge well done on that. From your hilarious editing on the Ghostbusters episode to Gannon yeeting himself out the way during the “indoor” fireworks ep, and just… that last episode in all it’s strangely funny glory.You’ve all done really well on them, so thanks from all of us!I’m working on a thing you might find slightly interesting, but I’ll link it next letter time because of not having enough time to finish it before Friday, and I wanna put a lotta thought into getting it written. Anyhoo, Have a splendid week, buddy!!Asho/Ash (@catastroasho)

I'm really pleased you lot have enjoyed the last couple of videos (despite aforementioned technical stupidity). Just giving a little more thought to them beforehand, and sort of unlocking the potential of not always need it to be us looking at some old gaming hardware, has helped us hugely, I think.We will still talk about games, mind; I've got a ton of old gaming tat that needs looking at soon. We just wanted to mix things up a little. And mix we shall!

POPULAR FACTS

Did you know that Super Mario Bros 2 was originally a game called “Doki Doki Panic” that was reskinned? Did you also know that the ZX Spectrum game Jet Set Willy could not be completed without pokes due to a bug? Or that if you reach screen 256 in Pac-Man the game glitches? What’s your favourite least impressive gaming fact?Nick Aldr

I already knew all those facts, Lidl.

STAR WHOAS

Dear Fibbo,Star Wars is alright innit. I like that Old Wanky Nobby bloke.Lee

As alluded to yesterday, I'm having a belated honeymoon in October, and I'm off to Star Wars Galaxy's Edge in California.I know it has been perceived as a flop, and only one of the rides is open, and it's basically a big Star Wars-themed market... but since booking the trip earlier this week I've been ridiculously excited. It's that proper, giddy, don't-know-what-to-do-with-myself excitement, like a kid in the run up to Christmas. That alone has made the absurd amount of work I've done this year almost worth it. I never get that excited anymore. And yes - I will do my best to vlog as much of it as I can for you. There was even a suggestion at one point that we might do a proper Digi ep out there, as Gannon is considering another trip to LA in the autumn. Alas, it doesn't look as if our dates will line up now, and probably never will unless you all go and hassle him and tell him this is something you would like to see. 

FATHER OR FRIES?

Daddy or chips???Jon Clay, Taunton, Somerset

Daddy. Man's Daddy. Duh.

'MUE 'MUE

I’ve recently been playing Shenmue, and the forklift races got me thinking: this would make a great segment for Digitiser series 2! Just imagine, you, Gannon, Larry and Octavius racing turbo-charged forklift trucks around a busy builders yard – it would take the show to a whole new level.  To ensure that it fits in with the Digitiser brand of barely-controlled-chaos, you would of course have to do it with no helmets, padding or training.  Anything could happen! Admittedly this might be rather expensive, but with Shenmue 3 coming out soon you could get the games company to sponsor you – if one of you has a near-fatal accident, the video would surely go viral and be great publicity for them! Hope this helps,Richard Lyth

We nearly did Shenmue For Real as the finale of Digitiser Live. Forklifts weren't involved, but for a long time that was the big climax to the show. Then it became the Clive Sinclair game. I won't reveal any details, as we may yet do it at some point in the future. Forklift-racing sounds awesome, mind. And very Digi. We'd definitely die!!

COMEDY JOKES

I never found that good new sports game I was after, so I ended up digging up an emulator and playing Tron Deadly Discs.  Lethal Frisbee is a sport, isn't it?Anyway I have some (attempts at) Man's Dad jokes:Q.  How do flies travel on holiday?A.  With FlyBeQ. Why did the chicken cross the road?A.  To see his girlfriend.Q.  What did the optician say to the programmer?A.  Do you C? (Do you see?)Honestly though, it's bin day here and SOMEONE has been PUTTING energy drink CANS in my REFUSE!  The council's not going to like that.John Lawson

Thanks for those jokes, Nigella!!!!!!!!?!!!!!!

FINDAS KEEPERS

Thinking about your plans going forward after your extrememly well-deserved holiday and then honeymoon(!) can I suggest that you see if a certain Mr Findas wants to join in, in some capacity? I know he may be a bit on the Spectrum, but I'm sure he can be of some value. I know he's criminally underrated, but hey it's all a bit niche.Oh and if you're going to do another Digi Live please can you ensure you start it with a cavalcade of "indoor" fireworks? I tried doing indoor fireworks once but it was a disaster because I realised I was actually lighting them outdoors and things got... messy. Liam Prince

I love Derek Findas, and don't know why his channel isn't bigger. Everyone must go and subscribe to him immediately.​Something I'd like to do in the next couple of months is get some guest appearances on Digi. Derek is very close to the top of our list, because we all like his vids, and like us he seems to put talking about the actual game stuff second to just doing something fun.

HEALTH AND SAFETY GONE MAD

As a recent convert to your content, I have been enjoying the Digitiser Youtube output of late. However, I simply must insist that more energy is spent on Health and Safety considerations. Fire, explosions, extreme flatulence - each seems more extreme than the other. Someone will get very hurt... or worse: a nice retro t-shirt/item may get ruined. I understand that in these days of extreme competition on the Youtube, with algorithms and so on demanding more extreme content, I ask that you don't follow the examples of your peers such as Logan Paul or that woman who shot her husband on camera, and instead think of yourselves and the gear you show. Especially the gear. If you are still going to chase extreme stunts to please the algorithm gods, could I suggest that future crowdsourcing be put towards the hiring of qualified stunt people (or doubles as I believe they are called in the industry)? I saw the latest Tarantino documentary and Brad Pitt was Leonardo DiCaprio's stunt double and they look nothing alike so it can't be hard to find someone. At the very least, buy some bubble wrap and slap it across yourselves and the retro items you show. Probably the retro items more. Also, if you need further flatulence files, I would be willing to supply my own .wav collection gathered from my time with food poisoning.Rudy Manchego (Esq)

The trouble is... most of the things we've done have only proven to be dangerous with hindsight,. None were considered dangerous before we did them. We didn't know Larry was going to retch, or that putting prawns near Gannon risked triggering his shellfish allergy, or that lighting supposedly indoor fireworks would end so spectacularly. ​We do try to be careful, believe it or not. Also, I've made it this far in life doing much the same sort of stuff off-camera, so it's not like any of it is an attempt to court views. It just goes wrong without us even trying.I mean, a stupid Sega fan even accused me this week of mentioning Grand Theft Auto in a Digi article, as some sort of cynical SEO strategy. I don't have even the most basic understanding of SEO, and my wife - who recently did an online SEO course - keeps telling me off for not putting keywords in the titles of our videos, whatever that means.

ON JOHNSON

There's this website that uses the latest neural network stuff. It takes a piece of text you give it and continues it for a few paragraphs. Sort of weird predictive text stuff.https://talktotransformer.comI hope you don't mind this abuse of your creative works, but by way of experimentation I transcribed the goujon john teletext page and fed it into the input box. I checked and input isn't absorbed into the borg mind for future regurgitation.The whole page was too large so I used chunks. I have reassembled some of output below. I recommend playing with it. It was also able to answer some questions I had about Bronk. Although it comes up with much the same stuff and doesn't really capture the flavour of the input like i hoped it would.Now here's what the algorithm had to say about our Mr John....!!GOUJONS: INDOOR (BAD GUYS) - RINGGRILL (NEW GUYS)++-----------------------------------What is Goujon John? Goujon John is literally a mentally challenged goldfish. In other words, he is only as smart as the goldfish itself. To the best of our recollection, Goujon John has only been seen in one other goldfish, and this one was owned by the Great Grand Father of all Goldfish, Charles H. , known as "Mr. Goody-Goody." It was Goujon John's parents in 1871 that sent him to the Great Grand Father of all Goldfish, Dr. T.H. , who in turn sent him to the renowned aquarium in Paris where he currently resides today.I have a bad mental condition - and I have aterrible secret - so you have to have aspecial dispensation to come see me. I don't want to die - and I don't want you to dieas well -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -THE GOUJONAs you can see, the order I originally had was quitedisagreeable, being mainly about doing things to youin a way that might annoy you (and if it didnot, I didn't like what I saw of it). I decided thatI would rather, like, write a letter or tell you aboutthings you might like, then do things to you in a way that wouldmake you feel annoyed or embarrassed.- You can tell meGoujon John can be seen using his goujons tocause damage to the player character in the 2Dgame "Street Fighter II" by running over them.Goujon John seems to be a fairly easy fight tounderstand. He has about 7 basic moves, and theseare as follows:1. - The "Dirty Goujons" - When you press the"A" button while you hold up the "Dirty Goujons"character is forced (forced is the wrong wordhere) to try using the same attack whenever he/sheis running. This causes them to run off of the screenand start to get in your way* All I ask is that you don'tgive up because you're not as keen on  your goujons as I am!* Don't despair - your goujons will definitelycome off in some sort of way that suits you!It's so easy and so free, youcan do this for a living!* This goujin is not perfect. It seems to be made of a thin, stiff material, and it does not do well against cracked glass. It seems to be designed foryou to take out a letterbox and smash, if necessary. This is an expensive goujin though, because it is made of fine, expensive materials, and if it slipsinto your face, it will take quite aTHE GOUJON JOHNSON PROMISE:---* This is the "Goujon John Johnson"* I don't want you to be* afraid of your goujons!* I'm not your Goujon John Johnson!* And I don't care who* is!it's hours of fun, or something?Simon

The "Goujon John Johnson"? Well, I don't much like the sound of that...

FINAL FARTASY

Would you (or any of the Digitiser readers!) be interested to know there's a CheapShow-themed Choose your own adventure book/magazine coming out (probably at the end of next month; I need to check this with Gannon first). Complete with artwork by Vorratony (a well-known artist of CheapShow/Digi art) and you(!) as a playable character.Now for some questions so this doesn't seem too much like a desperate plug... er... what are your thoughts about the Choose your own adventure books? Are they a waste of paper or the perfect geeky holiday/garden/beach 'I'm not using a screen, but can still play a game' gadget?Enjoy your well-deserved holiday (that goes for Sanja too)!Ivenne

Ooooh! That is a very exciting concept. I loved Choose-Your-Own-Adventure books; in fact, I had to do a book report for my O Level English exam, and chose to do it on a Fighting Fantasy book, partly because I loved Fighting Fantasy books, but primarily because it meant I didn't have to read a whole, full-length, novel. I got a C. A "C" for "Coolboy".

14.TITLE

Hi Mr.Biffo,Those spoof LCD games you mocked up a while back... did I hear mention that there was a Ghostwatch one? I’d love an actual Ghostwatch game but don’t know how it would work, any ideas?I mention this as your practical joke video reminded me of my uni days where I helped decorate another students flat with childish crayon art including a life size Mr Pipes on the kitchen wall.The actual cruel joke bit was the giant clown in the hall, as one of the residents was terrified of them. I had to wash the thing off as it was so apparently traumatic!  I couldn’t find a pic of the clown, but here’s the giant fake window view I did for them of Fred ‘I’ll do your patio for free’ West greeting them with a friendly gap-toothed wave.​Mr S.

I'm not sure we should be putting drawings of Fred West on this site, but, well, it's done now. Also, yes - I did a Ghostwatch LCD game mock-up. You can find it on Twitter. I certainly can't be bothered to go looking for it.

NEVER TOO LATE

Just to test how late your cut-off for Digi letters is, I wanted to thank you and Gannon for making me laugh again with your fireworks display on Monday, after I had the news that my grandma died on Sunday. Apologies if my letter is rambling mush (drunk and tired and emotional), but seriously, in what were and are bleak days... thank you, both Pauls.pAUL moRRIS

Ah, man. Sorry to hear about your Grandma, Paul. That's tough. I was at my uncle's funeral yesterday, which was terribly, terribly sad, but the wake afterwards was surprisingly fun. As I knew it'd be after the rather hard-going service. So, if it helps, you can see Digitiser as a jolly wake that happens twice a week.Not next week though, because I'm on holiday. You'll have to find some other way to cheer yourself up.Bye, everyone!!!!!!

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This Month in....1984 (ZX Spectrum)


1 Jet Set Willy

2 Manic Miner

3 Atic Atac

4 Sabre Wulf

5 Wheelie

6 Codename Mat

7 Lunar Jetman

8 Chuckie Egg

9 Football Manager

10 3D Deathchase


ZX Spectrum Charts taken from Crash

Others will be added when available

This Month in....1989 (ZX Spectrum)


1 Treasure Island Dizzy

2 Microprose Soccer

3 Robocop

4 Fast Food

5 Cup Football

6 Turbo Esprit

7 Run the Gauntlet

8 720

9 Emlyn Hughes Soccer

10 Running Man


All Charts taken from C&VG

This Month in....1994 (Amiga)


1 Kick Off 3

2 Sensible Soccer International

3 Arcade Pool

4 Beneath A Steel Sky

5 Body Blows


Sega Charts taken from C&VG

Nintendo Charts taken from C&VG

Amiga Charts taken from Amiga Format or C&VG

This Month in....1996 (Saturn)


1 Baku Baku Animal

2 Guardian Heroes

3 Euro Championship '96

4 Wrestlemania

5 Virtua Cop

6 Virtual Open Tennis

7 Sega Rally

8 FIFA '96

9 X-Men: Children of the Atom

10 Street Fighter Alpha


Sega Saturn Charts from Sega Saturn Magazine, with thanks to @SegaMags

This Month in....1999 (PC)


1 Mechwarrior 3

2 Star Trek: Birth of the Federation

3 Star Wars: Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace

4 Blade Runner

5 Championship Manager 3

6 Star Wars: Episode 1 - Racer

7 Official Formula 1 Racing

8 Baldur's Gate

9 Civilization: Call To Power

10 Populous: The Beginning


N64 & PlayStation Charts taken from C&VG

PC Charts taken from PC Zone

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Sun Jun 23 08:46:28 +0000 2019

@David_Challen I wish we had neighbours like this when I was small too

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Wed Jun 19 20:56:45 +0000 2019

RT @OFalafel: The real hero of Street Fighter II was whoever sorted out all their flights and travel visas.

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Fri Jun 14 22:52:58 +0000 2019

RT @haveigotnews: Sadly, #HIGNFY isn’t on the air during the selection of a new Prime Minister. Fortunately, the dropping of court proceedi…

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Thu Jun 06 08:53:50 +0000 2019

@moonjam Brno +fireworks+film festival = true love — if u every come here, June is the month

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Thu Jun 06 08:47:26 +0000 2019

And after the show fireworks on Brno Lake. So in short, come to Brno - it’s brilliant here. Who knew!? (Probably lots of people but were keeping it secret) https://t.co/mxGB4miYAj

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Thu Jun 06 08:43:39 +0000 2019

It’s an immersive story, how we named the stars, ‘Arabian Nights:1001 Stars’ produced by the amazing @newangleuk

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Thu Jun 06 08:40:42 +0000 2019

Hoofing it up the hill to see ‘my’ show at Brno Fulldome Festival. Feeling on top of the world! https://t.co/bVnXC3CYu2

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Sat Jun 01 15:45:54 +0000 2019

RT @arstechnica: One of my tweets set off a cross-country electric car record attempt https://t.co/w2r0sYyY3I by @drgitlin

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Fri May 31 09:49:45 +0000 2019

At the #Manga exhibition ⁦@britishmuseum⁩ - discovering that history goes much further back than those early 90s anime on scratchy VHS I so fondly recall https://t.co/bKB1EQ5HTO

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Fri May 24 13:43:48 +0000 2019

@samhoweynunn @thoughtben @AsteAmundsen @alisonkilling what a great theme and lineup but I sadly can't come to this one. Note: on the email you just sent it says Jan not June, you might want to update, although pretty obviously a typo.

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Fri May 17 04:36:45 +0000 2019

RT @geoffwhite247: Find out what happens when you don't play ball with facial recognition tech being trialed by UK police.... https://t.co…

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Wed Apr 24 07:12:18 +0000 2019

@alomshaha The flash card computer/phone apps are good as they can be a shared activity between students. Or - last resort- YOU make them and they learn them.

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Wed Apr 24 07:10:29 +0000 2019

@alomshaha @myorangecrush I know a can’t-study teen who watched YouTube videos on 2x speed to stop attention wandering. Worked. Another can’t-study teen found flash cards help - last minute, panicked, minimal, but prob made a grade difference.

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Sat Apr 13 19:36:25 +0000 2019

RT @ZonePhysics: For those who have never seen a complete Rainbow 🌈 https://t.co/RTp307844y

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Sat Apr 13 17:07:58 +0000 2019

@britishlibrary thx for intensely satisfying #OTPc2 - my highlight of @londongamesfest - amazing speakers and hosts @miss_wisdom, @iRNY - bring on chapter 3

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