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Old 06 September 2006, 02:44   #1
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Question Did Amiga Power Mark Ramshaw wrote a Vic 20 book?

Hi, my first post here
I used to own a vic 20 and an Amiga, and I have lways wondered if Amiga Power ex editor Mark Ramshaw is the same guy who wrote
Zap! pow! boom!: Arcade games for the Vic-20 http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...m=280010378931

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No idea. Also, was he related to Cliff Ramshaw, who edited Amiga Shopper?
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Hi, my first post here
I used to own a vic 20 and an Amiga, and I have lways wondered if Amiga Power ex editor Mark Ramshaw is the same guy who wrote
Zap! pow! boom!: Arcade games for the Vic-20 http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...m=280010378931
Could be. I know he's written an article or two about retrogames for Edge, so he's into retro computer gaming.
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that book was published in the 80's, i wonder if he could already be a coder, @ that time!
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As he was in his late twenty (maxiumum) whilst working on AP I very much doubt that it is him.
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@Peanutuk: not to shoot you down, but I would have been early-20s in the 1990s and I was coding on the VIC-20 when it was out. Four or five C15 tape cassettes filled with games attest to that If only I hadn't recorded over them WHY DO WE DO SUCH DUMB-A** THINGS!?!
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As he was in his late twenty (maxiumum) whilst working on AP I very much doubt that it is him.
Perhaps unlikely, but in the early days of home computing it wasn't uncommon for teenagers to be commercial coders, computer book authors or magazine reviewers. The computing industry was still very much a homebrew/cottage industry back then.

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@Peanutuk: not to shoot you down, but I would have been early-20s in the 1990s and I was coding on the VIC-20 when it was out. Four or five C15 tape cassettes filled with games attest to that If only I hadn't recorded over them WHY DO WE DO SUCH DUMB-A** THINGS!?!
Hehe........ya old fart! I was coding games in BASIC on the VIC 20 and BBC back in 1983 at the ripe old age of 11 years Did all my best stuff on the C64, though, when I got one for Christmas a couple of years later. Yeh, like you, I was young and silly........I foolishly gave away all my cassettes of coded stuff along with most of my mags (CU, Personal Computer Games, Computer Gamer etc. etc. - all except my Zzap! 64 collection, thank God!!) and an Action Replay cart to a young kid who bought my C64 (which I imagine he only wanted for the games!). At the time I needed the money to buy an A500, so I threw just about all my C64 gear into the deal without thinking too much about what I was doing. Probably explains why I over-compensate now and tend to hoard my Ami gear!

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No idea. Also, was he related to Cliff Ramshaw, who edited Amiga Shopper?
It's a fair bet. Did a bit of research and found that Cliff and Mark Ramshaw did a lot of work together for Melbourne House. They authored a C64 book of type-in game listings:

Commodore 64 Games Book
Author: Clifford Ramshaw & Mark Ramshaw
Publisher: Melbourne House Publishers
ISBN: 0-86161-125-X

http://www.btinternet.com/~pweighill/music/books/

and also developed several games together:

http://www.gamebase64.com/search.php...3&id=6087&d=45


Could they have been related? Could Cliff have gone on to be the editor of Amiga Shopper and Mark the editor of Amiga Power? Hmmmm........I dunno, but it provides food for thought for computer trivia buffs like me!

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