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Soft & Cuddly

(Boss Fight Books #15)

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A computer game so nauseatingly gory that it came with a barf bag. Bright druggy graphics that sickened scores of proper English parents. Gameplay so violent that it inspired one of Britain's most infamous killing sprees. Soft & Cuddly, released for the ZX Spectrum in 1987, wasn't quite any of these things. But in an age of manufactured moral panics, John George Jones' ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published January 24th 2017 by Boss Fight Books
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BW Diederich
Jan 18, 2017 rated it it was ok
Super interesting subject, really annoying tone from the author.
Peter Derk
Aug 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
I have a Kindle, and one of the features I use a lot is the % finished.

This book doesn't really get into the titular game, Soft & Cuddly, until you're 75% through. Which also includes research notes, so it's really like 80-85% through the book.

There was some interesting insight into the world of gaming in the Great Britain and the ZX Spectrum. But I don't think I was quite there when it came to tying in the Falklands and all that to the Spectrum and then to this game.

I was pretty excited by
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Lauren
Jul 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Like some previous reviewers have pointed out, this is a very short book and the majority of it isn’t even about the subject matter. Like 3/4ths of it is about the political climate in England in the 80’s, Margaret Thatcher’s ideals, and the early history of computers. But really, if it was just about this one game made by some teenager that like 5 people played, it would’ve been over in 10 pages, so I understand all the filler. I enjoyed it nonetheless and am glad I read it on the kindle, as it ...more
David Macpherson
Jun 09, 2018 rated it liked it
A very spirited discussion of a forgotten British computer game that despite its name is an eighties horror game. The author goes all the place to discuss the creation and reception of the book. Some of these discussions felt like a little bit of padding, but still an interesting book of a time when teenagers were the creators of thousands of games.
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