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New article: Teletext Fest 2016 retrospective for Digitiser2000

Read it! Goujon John shall continue staring at you until you do so. Can’t be swayed by his piercing gaze? Then perhaps you’ll be interested in this little run-down of events at the first Text Fest in Cambridge earlier this month. It’s more of an extended diary entry than a review, but that didn’t stop…

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New interview: ‘Not a silent titan’ for Mistigris

Ever wanted to know about those messages I send to my mistress via teletext? Or how on earth you can get away with printing lime green text on a magenta background? Or what the pixel artists of teletext’s heyday are doing now? If you answered ‘no’ to all those questions, bear in mind I only…

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New article: Teletext at Republica Festival 2016

Whoever said teletext was a peculiarly British thing? Certainly not the enthusiastic fans I spoke to at Block Party Berlin earlier this month. Alright, I’ll admit it was I that suggested the medium is only ‘understood’ by people here in the UK. But I was wrong, for Europe has an even greater appetite, were that…

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New interview: Reclaiming retro with Teletext Art at The Indie-Pendent

Spring is upon us, the time for teletext art to burst forth from its winter hibernation and infect libraries and galleries worldwide once more. Pixel art workshop-filled summer holidays are now but weeks away. To get us in the mood for the most teletextual of seasons, here’s my interview for The Indie-pendent, which was published…

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New article: Bamboozle: The Ultimate Player Guide V1.0 at Digitiser2000.com

I’ve always wanted to write a video game FAQ, but I don’t know enough about any particular commercial title to do so. That is, unless you count Bamboozle as a video game. Actually, that’s a bally good idea! Here, let me just scribble something to summarise teletext’s most popular multiple choice quiz/video game thingy. (Heads…

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New article: Mega Drive Movie Club at Screening Film

A gaming/film crossover piece to coincide with Superbyte 2015. There are no teletext video games in this selection, but then I’d expect it’s quite difficult to emulate the medium on a Sega Mega Drive. Although I would really like someone out there to give it a try – I’ll look out for you during the…

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New article: The Block Party Returns – ITAF12 at Grafismo

I owe much to the International Teletext Art Festival – it inspired me to return to creating teletext pages again at the start of 2012. When Samuel L├│pez-Lago invited me to write about my work for online magazine Grafismo, I took the opportunity to pay tribute to this significant event in the history of the…

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New articles: The Wigan Pier legend and Wigan cuisine at Text Adventure Time

I was invited to write a few words about the history of Wigan for the Networked Narrative ‘Text Adventure Time’ project. I’d like to say I proved there’s more to the town of Wigan than pies, but I believe I did exactly the opposite. And actually, come to think of it, I believe that was…

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New article: Let’s Talk About (Tele)Text, Baby at AGL

Ordinarily, a long cross country car journey would offer the chance for me to hone my diminishing pub cricket skills. But since the ‘sport’ has become about as entertaining as the English national team circa 1996, I immersed myself in Microsoft Word and a collection of Wigan Athletic teletext pages. Yes, this article was written…