Monday, 19 August 2013 Games World House of Games - Commentary with Harry Yack

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It's rather scary, but keep reminding yourself it isn't real. Or is it...? 

Think GamesMaster but with Scooby Doo references and a distinct lack of innuendo. Throw in some customary Hewland green screen animation and you have the genesis of GamesWorld's House of Games. 

The show was spread over the course of a half hour slot but I haven't been able to track down a full episode yet. Good job because I don't think you'd be able to last another whopping 25 minutes of Harry Yack spitting on his mic. But can *you* last fifteen minutes? I could only manage 20 seconds.


Thursday, 15 August 2013 GamesMaster - Auntie Marisha v Lettie Edwards - Commentary with Harry Yack

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It wasn't just whippersnappers like you who took part in Game Master challenges, you know! For one night only (well, five minutes), Our Marisha and Lettie showed those little pipsqueaks exactly how to land a Dragon Hyperkick Punch on Ryuken in erm, Kings of Monster 2 by Neil Gio.

Nurse, bring me my pillow. It's naptime in five minutes! Gee, I hope she arrives soon otherwise... zzzzzz snore.

Oh dear, that's the last time I let my Grandad, Barry Yack, write my video descriptions. Just roll the flipping tape.


Saturday, 10 August 2013

Don't Whizz On The Electrified Fence (Time Warp/Helicopter Squad, TV Boy/Atari 2600)

From the depths of Harry Yack's grainy, supermarket brand lemonade stained VHS library emerges yet more TV Boy buffoonery. I'd like to say Systema coded this game from scratch themselves, but in time-honoured tradition they just ripped off a game by Zellers. Who may have possibly stole the idea themselves. From this we can presumably gather there is no honour amongst hackers, especially not Chinese ones (allegedly).

Addendum: Through extensive research, I was able to ascertain that Zellers was an 80s Canadian version of Poundland. Possibly. -- Harry Yack, The Land of the Long Winded Titles.

*Nothing to do with Ren and Stimpy.

Saturday, 3 August 2013

The (Not So) Cack-Man Challenge [Atari 2600]

In a desperate attempt to channel the 80s spirit, Harry Yack goes all VHS on us with the TV Boy's version of everyone's (no-one's?) favourite hyphen-munching sim, Atari Pac-Man. Is it really as bad as they all say? Of course not, but it's fun to exaggerate for humorous effect.

Now with viewer comments! Requested by RetroGames1979.

Friday, 2 August 2013

Harry Yack (Almost) Live IV: Whoever said golf was boring?

I talk about PGA European Tour for the first hour before I am joined by some Retro Unlim cronies to chat about the controversial Retro Unlim Live 02. With RetroGames1979 and RetroUnlim. Games World Live (1994) - Commentary with Harry Yack

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Tired of Bob Mills' ugly mug? Then I grant you this reprieve starring the phlegmatic Jeremy Daldry... and Andy Collins, but I won't mention him again for fear of being cursed to create these terrible video game TV show commentaries for eternity. Lemme tell you, it's not something I wish to be doing while Satan's flogging my rump raw some 100 years from now.

Games World broadcast five nights a week, so the obligatory live edition was somewhat inevitable. Hewland's adopted formula was thus: send the hyperactive Mr Coll... erm, presenter bloke to kids' houses and mess up their living rooms, throwing back to man-in-the-studio Daldry every now and again while producers hastily organise the next shot, probably in the kid's bathroom.

Sound interesting? Well, I urge you to watch the whole of this video before making your mind up. Sorry it lasts 25 minutes, but this stuff warranted such lengthy timeslots back then, you know.