Saturday, June 22, 2013

Mastertronic - What if? : The Last of Us

Mastertronic brings you "The Last of Us" for £1.99, only for the Playstation 3, Commodore, Amstrad, Spectrum and Atari  - Available from all good newsagents, chemists and game shops!
If only..... :o)

Because I have WAY too much time on my hands, I thought I'd mess around with putting together some fake Mastertronic covers for modern computer games.

In case you are not aware (or can not remember), Mastertronic were big in the mid to late 1980s and were a major budget software label in the United Kingdom and produced a large number of cheapo games and re-releases for the Commodore/Spectrum/Amstrad/Atari 8-bit computers (and some 16-bit too) - most at a pocket-money-friendly £1.99!

Just a bit of fun really, but what would modern games look like if Mastertronic still released games like the good ol' days? Well, here you can find out!
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Click to enlarge - I bet this would be one hell of a mult-load game!
You can view more of my fake Mastertronic covers by clicking here

Monday, June 17, 2013

Busy, busy, busy....

Bit of a change to the usual posts here at the Captain's Blog.  These past few weeks have been quite busy at work, what with it being that magical time of the year when we all get our budgets for the year, and can start spending cash on some fancy new items for school. 

This year, we've kitted out two rooms with some fancy new computers and I thought I'd share some pictures with you of the finished rooms.  If only we had this kind of technology when I was at school.

The kids of today are extremely lucky!

Big thanks to the team for helping to get everything done during the May half-term holiday in time for when the staff and students returned the following week.

HU4 - Before
This room had some awfully slow Celeron desktops in it.
HU4 - After
They're not new, but we've placed some slightly better spec PCs in the room.  Looking good!
LU5 - Before
This room had the computers which are now in HU4.
LU5 - After
Now with some nice, and very quick i3 all-in-ones desktop PCs
LG1 - Before
This room wasn't too bad - It had a number of Core 2 Duo computers, but desk space was a problem.  They've been moved to another room, and....
LG1 - After
Now kitted out with some Acer Veriton Z2610 i3 all-in-one desktop PCs, like LU5
AND, just today we've had a delivery of a nice, shiny new server - an HP Proliant ML350 G8 with 2 quad core processors and 32Gb of RAM...  Perfect for my virtualisation plan.....  More on that in the near future.
Father Christmas (aka the UPS Courier) has arrived early this year!
Inside the beast!
So all in all... it hasn't been a bad couple of weeks.  Hard to believe that another school year has nearly reached its end.  Even harder to believe is that next year will be my 10th year at Evesham High School - gosh, where has the time gone?