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23 - Cannon Fodder

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Download or listen to the podcast episode at atarijaguargamebygame.libsyn.com/23-cannon-fodder

Form a line at the bottom of Boot Hill and wait to be waved in to the disturbing fun of Cannon Fodder! In this episode, we learn a bit about Sensible Software, how this game ended up on the Jaguar, and how this version differs from the many other ports. We check out numerous reviews from both sides of the Atlantic, propose an alternate control scheme (with the benefit of hindsight), ponder the highly-questionable ESRB rating, and analyze the infamous theme song.

Also included is feedback from Gerald, Philip the Whovian, Derek, Roberth Anthony Martinez Rivero, RD, Bryce, Simon, Arethius, Lost Dragon, and TrekMD!

 

Show Notes


General Links
jaguar.gamebygamepodcast.com
Jaguar Game by Game Podcast Store
Podcast Episode Guide
Michael Current's Awesome Atari History Timelines


Forums
AtariAge
atari.io
The Retro League
RetroVideoGamer

Game Links
Game on AtariAge
Game on MobyGames

Developer, Distributor, and Development
Jon Hare Interview with Retro Gamer
Jon Hare Interview with GameCentral
Jon Hare Interview with GAMES™
Sensible Software profile on MobyGames
Sensible Software Interview with Zzap!64 magazine
Sex 'n' Drugs 'n' Rock 'n' Roll and the downfall of Sensible Software
Sensible Software 1986-199 Book Review
The Making of Cannon Fodder by RetroGamer
The Making of Cannon Fodder by EuroGamer
Stoo Cambridge Interview with RETRO GAMESMASTER
Jon Hare Interview with the Retro Hour Podcast
Stoo Cambridge Interview with the Retro Hour Podcast

The Dome Software Developments
Gotcha!

Gameplay & Graphics Notes
Walkthrough for the SNES by Desert Gunstar
Fitts's Law, especially how it applies to pinning important actions in the corners
Roberth Anthony Martinez Rivero, who told me about the ending
EmOneGarand's Overlay
Matthias Domin's Atari Jaguar page, with instructions on building a mouse interface

Reviews
Electronic Gaming Monthly
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GamePro
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Atari World
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German Reviews:


Atari Explorer Online review (.zip file)


Ports
Amiga version on Lemon Amiga


DOS port available on GOG.com

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TV/Movie/Game/Music/Book References
Bob's Bad Day on the Amiga
Lemmings on, well, darn near everything
"Get to the choppa!"
"Grenadde!"
Murphy Brown, maybe
Top Gun

 

 

 

 

, New Mama by OSI, a Neil Young cover off the album Office of Strategic Influence

Vendors
GOAT Store
B&C ComputerVisions

Podcast references
Midlife Gamer Podcast: MLG Meets Jon Hare
RetroGaming Roundup #90
Turbotastic Podcast hosted by Bryce

Personal Stories
ROM hacking
Next up: Flip Out!!

 



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