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Soft & Cuddly

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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's fl ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published January 24th 2017 by Boss Fight Books
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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 thi
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Caleb Ross
Dec 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Soft & Cuddly by Jarett Kobek reminds me that there’s so much video game history I don’t yet know. In North America, when the video game crash of the early 1980s was scaring away any would-be players in the game industry, over in the United Kingdom video games on micro computers, specifically the Sinclair line
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Joseph
May 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Had a lot of what was probably difficult research to do and the author has a lot of personality and humor. However, I was very excited to read more about the mysterious creator of this game and there was precious little about him. I've found more fun tidbits about him in random comment sections around the internet. I guess he wants to be private, but I was disappointed there wasn't more directly relevant information about him, or the creation of the game. The game seems to be only an example in ...more
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.
Eric
Apr 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Awesome review of this game and a bonus review of the spectrum system
BookieWookie
Jul 30, 2021 rated it liked it
This is a book supposedly about the once controversial, now forgotten game Soft & Cuddly for the Spectrum, though really only about half the book is dedicated to the game; possibly because there really isn't that much to say about it in the long run, as the game is quite boring once you get past the gruesome visuals.

Instead, the game largely focuses on the state of England that led to the creation of this title, and has a good bit of history about the Thatcher government, and the creation and re
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