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Sensible Software Book by Gary Penn
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Author:  Iain [ Wed Dec 04, 2013 5:01 pm ]
Post subject:  Sensible Software Book by Gary Penn

Old news but I'm posting it since I just got my copy in the post today.

It looks like it's going to be a very interesting reading, basically a series of interviews between Gary and Jon with a good few Zzap references thrown in for good measure.

Get it at the Read Only Memory website.

Author:  Lloyd Mangram [ Wed Jul 16, 2014 10:36 pm ]
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Which is pretty cool!

Author:  Iain [ Thu Jul 17, 2014 10:48 am ]
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It was, I preferred it to the Ocean book, which I felt had a good bit of repetition in it because different people were giving their memories of the place so there was a bit of overlap.

Author:  Bazza [ Fri Sep 26, 2014 4:42 pm ]
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Is there likely to be a digital version of the book?

Edit: Ah, doesn't matter. Just ordered the hard copy anyway (all the way to Aus)

Author:  Iain [ Sun Sep 28, 2014 1:49 pm ]
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There probably is a digital version, but I'd always want the physical versions of something like this.

Author:  andy vaisey [ Sun Sep 28, 2014 6:36 pm ]
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Can't find a digital version anywhere. There is a used version on Amazon for £2500. Because profiteering.

Author:  Iain [ Sun Sep 28, 2014 11:47 pm ]
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Yeah, seems like it. No mention of a digital edition on the original kickstarter either. Old skool all the way then. ;-)

Author:  CraigGrannell [ Sun Oct 19, 2014 9:06 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Sensible Software Book by Gary Penn

I still haven't gotten around to reading mine. The design is just dreadful. It's like no-one considered this would be a real thing, because it's just not nice to read at all. A pity, because the content actually seems good. Hoping the C64 book's better.

Author:  Iain [ Mon Oct 20, 2014 10:33 am ]
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Having to keep on flipping to the glossy pages at the back to see a photo etc. did get pretty annoying after a while, but the interesting content kept me with it.

Author:  CraigGrannell [ Mon Oct 20, 2014 10:34 am ]
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The general layout was also dreadful—the margins and gutters. Smacked of something that might have looked 'cool' or 'different' on the screen, but had poor user experience when on the printed page.

Author:  Iain [ Mon Oct 20, 2014 10:41 am ]
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:-D Yeap, 90 degree head turn (or maybe book turn would be easier!) for reading the margin text was also a hassle, but turn off your designer head and read it, you won't be disappointed! ;-)

Author:  CraigGrannell [ Mon Oct 20, 2014 10:44 am ]
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I'll get round to it at some point. And it's not a case of my designer head, but my reading head; the book's just not nice to read, and that's the main problem.

Author:  Iain [ Mon Oct 20, 2014 11:04 am ]
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Well that is true, the bits described were an issue for me as a reader and I certainly wouldn't call myself a designer!!

Perhaps the solution is to get somebody else to read it to you. ;-)

Author:  Bazza [ Tue Oct 21, 2014 1:10 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Sensible Software Book by Gary Penn

Mine just arrived in the post. Have started reading it. Entertaining thus far. Pity Chris Yates chose to not be involved.

Author:  CraigGrannell [ Tue Oct 21, 2014 1:15 pm ]
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I guess he has no interest. I'm pretty sure no-one's managed to get him to talk to Retro Gamer, which is quite rare, even among devs who were treated like crap back in the day.

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