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10-19-2020 at 01:43 AM
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From "Page 6", an independent British publication aimed at users of Atari home computers (it was published between 1982 and 1998. The magazine supported both the Atari 8-bit family and later the Atari ST models).

«Friday 13th turned out to be unlucky for Red Rat Software for on 13th November they launched Little Devil, their latest Atari release, only to discover that it had been banned by Silica Distribution and certain overseas distributors! What is more Silica went totally over the top and banned their next release entitled Nightmares even though they hadn't seen a finished version!

So what is so evil about these titles? Nothing at all, they are just variations on traditional arcade style games. Little Devil just happens to be set in Hades where you have to collect lost souls in order to rescue a Princess, and Nightmares has some superb monsters in a scrolling shoot-em-up format. So why ban them? Silica say that they will not touch anything that deals with the occult because it 'is harmful to children'. Talk about double standards! How come it is perfectly acceptable to kill people with karate, bombs and guns and wipe out every living alien just because they don't happen to come from your planet, yet rescuing a Princess in Hades is harmful? We suspect it has a little to do with distributors losing interest in 8-bit titles and finding a convenient excuse not to stock them. It will be interesting to see how many ST titles get banned (we can think of several candidates) in the coming months.

In the meantime, Red Rat need the support of every Atari 8-bit owner because they are one of the few to stick to supporting this format. In a difficult market they are trying to bring you new titles regularly and if they can't get them onto the market, you will lose another software company. If your local dealer can't get these titles you can order direct from Red Rat at P.O. Box 12, Prescot, Merseyside, L35 5HG. Tel. 051 426 9085. Both titles are £7.95 on cassette and £9.95 on disk.

Other new releases from Red Rat, (censorship allowing!), are SPACE WARS, DOUBLE PACK No. 1 with PLANET ATTACK and MADJAX, LEAPSTER, DOUBLE PACK No.2 with BURGLAR BILL and POTHOLE PANIC and SPEED RUN. All are £7.95 on cassette and £9.95 on disk. Two new releases for the ST at £14.95 are Pengy and Screaming Wings.

Support Red Rat, they are supporting you!».

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  1. Barthax's Avatar

    I think it was around this time Dracula was released and became the first video game to earn a age certification.

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  2. Luigi Ruffolo's Avatar

    Clem Chambers (CRL owner) was disappointed receiving the "15" certificate, he wanted the "18" one instead, lol.

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