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ZZAP! 64 Micro Action issue 1 - Unboxing Arcade Daze (cartridge) & gameplay video by Merman!

Here's another unboxing video by Merman. This time featuring ZZAP! 64 Micro Action issue 1 and the Arcade Daze cartridge: ZZAP! 64 Micro Action issue 1 - the new 60-page A5 version of ZZAP! is here. With reviews and previews of new C64 games, specially written features and more. In the classic ZZAP! style, more than one reviewer gives their opinion on a game. Backing through Patreon gives you access to either the PDF or a printed copy, with payment only taken in the month a new issue is published. Arcade Daze - the new ICON64 game created for the ZZAP! Annual 2021 Kickstarter, this is the exclusive cartridge edition not available elsewhere. Created by Trevor Storey, Stuart Collier and Saul Cross, Jason Mackenzie (Psytronik) and James Monkman (RGCD) helped create this special edition. Tape and disk versions will be available soon from Psytronik.

Posted by Nafcom on Apr 30, 2021 // Read more »


Podcast Episode #114​ - Piepacker

We interview Benjamin Devienne from Piepacker - a new free social gaming platform that allows users to play officially licensed retrogames with friends online! Piepacker provides access to games that have been featured on a variety of platforms: arcade machines, NES, Super NES, Saturn, Mega Drive, NeoGeo and PlayStation with more to come. Piepacker has partnerships with publishers Codemaster, Team 17 and Interplay and indies like Bitmap Bureau or Morphcat. The catalog continues to grow with plans to add modern indie as well as original exclusive cards and board games - among the available titles are the iconic Worms World Party, Earthworm Jim 1 + 2, Xeno Crisis and Micro Mages. Listen to some very interesting insights... Interview starts at 15:49

Posted by Nafcom on Apr 17, 2021 // Read more »


Podcast Episode #113​ - Oliver "V3to" Lindau And The Eye Of The Beholder

Oliver 'Ve3o' Lindau is a a veteran graphic artist. He's best known for working with Starbyte on titles like Rolling Ronny and since 10 years also very active in the demoscene constantly making the first ranks on graphic compos. In this episode we talk with him about the technological challenges of bringing the Eye Of The Beholder from the Amiga onto the C64. Interview starts at 9:10

Posted by Nafcom on Apr 08, 2021 // Read more »


Video Interview with John Kellas

John Kellas was a consultant and director for many British software companies in the 80s and 90s like Mastertronic, GT Interactive or Rushware. In this interview, he talks about his career in the German subsidiaries of these companies. Learn more about some pretty interesting gaming industry insights like for example the first game compilation for the Sony Playstation...

Posted by Nafcom on Apr 04, 2021 // Read more »


Unboxing: ZZAP! Annual 2021 & ZZAP! 64 Micro Action Issue 1 Sampler

The Annual was funded on Kickstarter and features game reviews and articles, including an exclusive Tony Crowther interview by Mark Hellewell, Andrew Braybrook - In His Own Words looking back at some of his classic games. Perks shown include the Oli Frey art print and the 2022 Calendar filled with Oli Frey artwork. The Issue 1 sampler perk is a 28-page preview of ZZAP! 64 Micro Action, the new A5 bimonthly magazine from Fusion Retro Books. Featuring the same mix of game reviews and articles, this sample copy includes the long-awaited Soul Force review and Simon Butler's Art Gallery.

Posted by Nafcom on Apr 04, 2021 // Read more »


Podcast Episode #112 - C64 Keycaps with Jim Drew

Have you been burnt by the 2015 keycaps Indigogo of Phase5 from Austria like us and many others? Jim felt the pain as well and went out creating his own C64 keycaps project. Having a long history in developing hardware for Commodore computers, if there is somebody who can pull this off, then this guy with decades of knowledge in the field! We talk with Jim about the journey of running a successful crowdfunding for C64 keycaps and many other stuff and developments he is involved in.Interview starts at 12:50​ minutes.

Posted by Nafcom on Mar 31, 2021 // Read more »


Audio Interview with Gary Penn

A historic interview with Gary Penn, a video games industry veteran and former games reviewer for Zzap!64. Fun fact: The first Grand Theft Auto game would have been ended up cancelled without his efforts as a creative director at DMA Design (later Rockstar Games). Enjoy!

Posted by Nafcom on Mar 28, 2021 // Read more »


Merman reviews the Arcade Imperfect Book

We're back with another book review! This time Merman takes a look at ARCADE IMPERFECT - a book by Jerry Ellis and Andrew Fisher, published by Golem Books in 2021 with cover artwork by Oli Frey. Over 250 coin-op games get their tribute here along with some interesting facts.

Posted by Nafcom on Mar 26, 2021 // Read more »


Podcast Episode #111 - Repair Cafes with Martine Postma

When Martine Postma was done with the "throw away and buy new" behavior of society, she had no idea that her idea for a repair cafe where the layman can come in and get help repairing their electronic devices, would cause international awareness. Nowadays repair cafes are spread all around the world! Learn her story how it all started, how it moved the society back to a more repair-than-bin mentality, and how it helps the #righttorepair movement despite she is not officially a part of it. (Interview begins at 6:30)

Posted by AJ on Mar 17, 2021 // Read more »


Merman unboxes soul force!

Here's an unboxing video of Soul Force - an amazing new horizontal shmup for the C64

Posted by Nafcom on Mar 12, 2021 // Read more »