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2016
Sunday 7th February - Vectrex Radio Audio Podcasts
Are all your senses getting enough Vectrex? Well, since October last year there has been a monthly downloadable radio show all about the Vectrex.

Hosted by Indieseoul and Willie!, these two guys have fun presenting each episode. The shows typically last more than an hour and a half and cover a variety of Vectrex topics including original released games, homebrews and prototypes.

Episodes can be downloaded from vectrexradio.blogspot.co.uk or as free audio podcasts via itunes.

Sunday 24th January - Beta Testing Vector Patrol
Iíve been busy this month with beta testing kristofís Vector Patrol .

This, like Kristofís other games is definitely going to be one to have in your Vectrex collection! Itís a 64KB ROM game and as such is full of little game goodies which extend the play and interest in the game further if you get bored with completing the main mission.

One amusing game option is the choice of player type. Amongst the different space vehicles to select is a cowboy on a horse! You can also select different backgrounds including one called West World where the backdrop features cactuses and buildings from the American frontier (see half way through in video).

Kristof kindly granted me permission to share a short video showing this mode in Vector Patrol. But he did say to mention that it isn't finalised yet and could differ in the final game. Please note as always with the Vectrex, a video of the machine in action is never able to do it any justice. To really appreciate you need to experience the game on the Vectrex itself and in a dimly lit room.

The game is not due for release yet as it's still being beta tested by a number of testers and Kristof still has some final programming to do. However a release by mid 2016 seems realisitc.

Tuesday 5th January - Happy New Year!
It was back in January 2008 when I setup this simple website to capture all things Vectrex. Now we are in 2016, and the website will be in its ninth year - (crikey, that also means Iím nearly nine years older - where did all the time go?). If any of the previous years are to go by, there will be plenty of developments for the Vectrex to report on in 2016.

For the last couple of years I have been saying that there is a Vectrex renaissance and I still believe this is so. Vectrex homebrewers seem to come and go in waves. They can be very prolific but then all of a sudden they go quiet for a number of years. The Vectrex scene is currently fortunate to have input from both homebrewers who are relatively new to the Vectrex scene and some long timers, so seeing new games on the Vectrex this year is a dead cert. Last year we saw a whole lot of homebrew developments some already released, some due for release this year. There also appears more interest for owning Vectrex products too (and its possible to conclude there are new enthusiasts coming to the Vectrex world). A side effect of the renaissance, is the Vectrex has a new increased desireabily. Using ebay as a price barometer, you can see the final auction prices steadily increasing, especially over the last couple of years.

I have been doing some early spring cleaning of the website. As part of this, in the last two days Iíve been updating the high scores page. My apologies to those who have submitted scores nearly a year ago. Basically, I was swamped by the number of submissions, and in addition the balance of Vectrex life was taking second position to real life. However, I can declare that the high scores is now up to date. If Iíve missed any submissions, please email again and I will correct the issue.

Finally, I would just like to say thank you to all those Vectrex fans who have contacted me with comments about the website, scores and Vectrex news. My passion for anything Vectrex makes me want to share information about this wonderful machine to all that listen. Having dialogue and feedback with like minded Vectrex fans makes the hobby even more of a pleasure.