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Aardvark Software
NICK PELLING is a British -born computer programmer and investigative writer best known as the creator of the 1984 game Frak!
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British People
United Kingdom 57,678,000 (British citizens of any race or ethnicity ) British Overseas Territories 247,899 UNITED STATES 40,234,652-72,065,000 1 678,000 2 CANADA 12,134,745 1 609,000 4 AUSTRALIA 9,031,100 1 1,300,000 4 HONG KONG 3,400,000 3 4 NEW ZEALAND 2,425,278 1 217,000 4 SPAIN 236,669 4 CHILE 700,000 1 FRANCE 400,000 4 IRELAND 291,000 4 ARGENTINA 250,000 1 BRITISH OVERSEAS TERRITORIES 247,899 3 SOUTH AFRICA 1,600,000 750,000 4 PERU 150,000 1 GERMANY 115,000 2 CYPRUS 59,000 2 UNITED ARAB EMIRATES 240,000 2 PAKISTAN 47,000 2 SWITZERLAND 45,000 2 NETHERLANDS 44,000 2 ISRAEL 44,000 2 THAILAND 51,000 2 PORTUGAL 41,000 2 CHINA 36,000 2 NORWAY 34,279 1 TURKEY 34,000 2 INDIA 32,000 2 KENYA 29,000 2 BARBADOS 27,000 2 ITALY 26,000 2 SAUDI ARABIA 26,000 2 JAMAICA 25,000 2 TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO 25,000 2 GREECE 24,000 2 JAPAN 15,496 2 SWEDEN 39,989 2 LANGUAGES * Cornish * ENGLISH * Guernésiais * Irish * Jèrriais * Llanito * Manx * Scots (including Ulster-Scots ) * Scottish Gaelic * Welsh * Immigrant languages RELIGION Multiple denominations -------------------------1
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Computer Programmer
A PROGRAMMER, COMPUTER PROGRAMMER, DEVELOPER, DEV, CODER, or SOFTWARE ENGINEER is a person who creates computer software . The term _computer programmer_ can refer to a specialist in one area of computer programming or to a generalist who writes code for many kinds of software. One who practices or professes a formal approach to programming may also be known as a PROGRAMMER ANALYST. A programmer's primary computer language (Assembly , COBOL , C , C++ , C# , Java , Lisp , Python , etc.) is often prefixed to these titles, and those who work in a web environment often prefix their titles with _web_. A range of occupations, including: software developer , web developer , mobile applications developer, embedded firmware developer, software engineer , computer scientist , or software analyst , while they do involve programming, also require a range of other skills. The use of the simple term _programmer_ for these positions is sometimes considered an insulting or derogatory oversimplification. CONTENTS * 1 History * 2 Nature of the work * 2.1 Testing and debugging * 2.2 Application versus system programming * 2.3 Types of software * 3 Globalization * 3.1 Market changes in the UK * 3.2 Market changes in the US * 4 See also * 5 References * 6 Further reading * 7 External links HISTORY Ada Lovelace is considered by many as the first computer programmer
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Investigative Journalism
INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM is a form of journalism in which reporters deeply investigate a single topic of interest, such as serious crimes, political corruption , or corporate wrongdoing. An investigative journalist may spend months or years researching and preparing a report. Investigative journalism
Investigative journalism
is a primary source of information. Most investigative journalism is conducted by newspapers , wire services , and freelance journalists. Practitioners sometimes use the terms "watchdog reporting" or "accountability reporting"
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Frak!
FRAK! is a 1980s computer game originally programmed in machine code by Nick Pelling for the BBC Micro
BBC Micro
and Acorn Electron and published by his own 'Aardvark' software label in 1984. The game was noted for its "outstanding" graphics, with its characters being compared in one review to early Disney cartoons . The game was ported to the Commodore 64 the following year by 'The B Team' (Jason Perkins, Anthony Clarke and Mark Rodgers). The BBC and Electron versions were included on the Superior Software
Superior Software
compilation Play It Again Sam 4 in 1987 and re-issued in budget form by 'Alternative Software' in 1989. CONTENTS * 1 Gameplay * 2 Screenshots * 3 Conversions * 4 References GAMEPLAY Frak!
Frak!
is a side scrolling platform game in which the player controls a caveman named Trogg. In each level, Trogg's object is to find three keys located on the level. The platforms and ladders (replaced by logs, ropes and chains on later levels) constituting the level are laid out in a very tricky form. When Trogg steps off a platform, he does not fall straight down, but instead slides diagonally downwards. Added to the fact that long falls will kill Trogg, this calls for very skilful jumping among the platforms. Trogg exclaims " Frak!
Frak!
" (presumably an expletive) each time he dies
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Arcadians (video Game)
ARCADIANS is a fixed shooter for the BBC Micro
BBC Micro
and Acorn Electron programmed by Nick Pelling and released by Acornsoft
Acornsoft
. It is very similar to the Namco
Namco
arcade game Galaxian
Galaxian
. The player controls a ship at the bottom of the screen, able to shoot upwards but only so that one shot is on screen at any given time. Above him a pack of aliens move from left to right, then back. From time to time an alien or group of aliens will swoop and attempt to dive bomb the player. Once all aliens have been shot the player advances a stage and faces a more difficult variation on the same challenge. Subsequently, a license to publish this title was granted to Superior Software , and it was re-released on their compilation The Acornsoft Hits Volume 2 . * v * t * e Acornsoft
Acornsoft
GAMES * Arcadians * Aviator * Business Games * Castle of Riddles
Castle of Riddles
* Countdown to Doom * Elite * Labyrinth * Podd * Revs * Snapper * Super Invaders * Starship Command APPLICATIONS * LISP * Logo * ViewSheet This article about a video game released for 8-bit computers is a stub . You can help by expanding it . * v * t * e This fixed shooter article is a stub . You can help by expanding it
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Firetrack
_FIRETRACK_ is a vertically scrolling shoot \'em up computer game programmed by Nick "Orlando" Pelling and released for the BBC Micro and Commodore 64 platforms in 1987 by Electric Dreams Software . It was also ported to the Acorn Electron by Superior Software in 1989 as part of the _Play It Again Sam 7_ compilation. It resembles the 1984 arcade game _ Star Force _ in style and gameplay. The game was technically advanced and very well received by critics. CONTENTS * 1 Gameplay * 2 Development * 3 Critical reception * 4 References GAMEPLAY _ Firetrack_ on the BBC micro showing landscape, explosions and enemies, with player ship to lower left The player controls a fighter ship which flies at constant speed and heading over a series of worlds. The player is faced with both airborne enemies (who approach in different attack formations) and ground-based enemies. Destruction of a whole attack wave results in bonus points, and destruction of specific ground targets (such as buildings marked with X) results in bonus points (and an occasional extra life) at the end of each level. Some enemies are indestructible and must be avoided. There are no power-ups , although the rate of fire increases with more challenging levels
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Shinobi (video Game)
SHINOBI (忍) is a side-scrolling action game produced by Sega originally released for the arcades in 1987 . In Shinobi, the player controls a modern-day ninja named Joe Musashi
Joe Musashi
who goes on a mission to rescue his kidnapped students from a group of terrorists. Shinobi was later adapted by Sega
Sega
to their Master System
Master System
game console, followed by licensed conversions for other platforms such as the Nintendo Entertainment System , PC Engine , and various home computers, as well as downloadable emulated versions of the original arcade game for the Wii
Wii
and Xbox 360 . The success of Shinobi inspired the development of various sequels and spin-offs (see the Shinobi series ). CONTENTS * 1 Gameplay * 2 Plot * 3 Home versions * 3.1 Master System
Master System
* 3.2 Home computers * 3.3 PC Engine * 3.4 Nintendo Entertainment System * 3.5 Wii
Wii
and Xbox 360 * 3.6 Sonic\'s Ultimate Genesis Collection * 4 Reception * 5 Sequels and related games * 6 References * 7 External links GAMEPLAY Stage 2-1, Musashi confronts an enemy keeping a kidnapped child hostage. The controls of Shinobi consist of an eight way joystick and three action buttons for attacking, jumping and using ninjutsu techniques (also called "ninja magic" in the game)
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Loopz
LOOPZ is a puzzle video game originally designed and programmed created by Ian Upton for the Atari ST in 1989. Ian Upton had previously worked as head game designer for Audiogenic , who acquired exclusive rights to the game, then in 1990 arranged for Mindscape
Mindscape
to publish the computer game in North America and console versions worldwide. The Nintendo Entertainment System version (programmed by Bits Studios ) and the Game Boy version (programmed by Argonaut Software
Argonaut Software
) were released in 1990. A sequel, Super Loopz , was published for the Super NES by Imagineer and for the Commodore Amiga
Amiga
CD32 by Audiogenic. Audiogenic also published versions of the original game for the Acorn Electron , BBC Micro
BBC Micro
, ZX Spectrum
ZX Spectrum
, Amstrad CPC , Commodore 64 , Atari ST , Commodore Amiga
Amiga
, and IBM PC in 1990 and 1991. An Apple Macintosh version was in development for Audiogenic, but never completed, and a version was written for the Atari Lynx
Lynx
, also for Audiogenic by Hand Made Software but lay unreleased until picked up by Songbird Productions in 2004
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Terminator 2
_TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY_ (also referred to as _TERMINATOR 2_ or _T2_) is a 1991 American science-fiction action film co-written, produced and directed by James Cameron . The film stars Arnold Schwarzenegger , Linda Hamilton , and Robert Patrick , with Edward Furlong also in its principal cast as John Connor . It is the sequel to the 1984 film _ The Terminator _, and the second installment in the _ Terminator _ franchise. _ Terminator 2_ follows Sarah Connor (Hamilton) and her ten-year-old son John (Furlong) as they are pursued by a new, more advanced Terminator , the liquid metal , shapeshifting T-1000 (Patrick), sent back in time to kill John Connor and prevent him from becoming the leader of the human resistance. A second, less advanced Terminator (Schwarzenegger) is also sent back in time to protect John. After a troubled pre-production characterized by legal disputes, Mario Kassar of Carolco Pictures emerged with the franchise's property rights in early 1990. This paved the way for the completion of the screenplay by a Cameron-led production team, and the October 1990 start of a shortened 186-day filming schedule. The production of _ Terminator 2_ required a $102 million budget making it the most expensive film made up to that point
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The Simpsons
THE SIMPSONS is an American animated sitcom created by Matt Groening for the Fox Broadcasting Company . The series is a satirical depiction of working-class life epitomized by the Simpson family , which consists of Homer , Marge , Bart , Lisa , and Maggie . The show is set in the fictional town of Springfield and parodies American culture , society , television, and the human condition . The family was conceived by Groening shortly before a solicitation for a series of animated shorts with producer James L. Brooks . Groening created a dysfunctional family and named the characters after members of his own family, substituting Bart for his own name. The shorts became a part of The Tracey Ullman Show
The Tracey Ullman Show
on April 19, 1987. After a three-season run, the sketch was developed into a half-hour prime time show and became an early hit for Fox, becoming the network's first series to land in the Top 30 ratings in a season (1989–90). Since its debut on December 17, 1989, 618 episodes of The Simpsons have been broadcast. Its 28th season began on September 25, 2016. It is the longest-running American sitcom and the longest-running American animated program, and, in 2009, it surpassed Gunsmoke
Gunsmoke
as the longest-running American scripted primetime television series
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The Pagemaster (video Game)
THE PAGEMASTER is a video game released in conjunction with the 1994 film The Pagemaster . A character can be guided through a selection of literature genre-themed levels, ranging from horror to adventure and fantasy worlds. Magic can be used, and stomping enemies to death by jumping on their heads is permitted. Enemies include bats, flying books, giant hands, ghosts, pirates, and more. The PC version of the game is completely different; it is an interactive adventure game that has a plot unrelated to that of the movie. RECEPTION GamePro gave the SNES
SNES
version a mixed review. They criticized the poor controls and repetitiveness, commenting that "Almost all of Pagemaster is redundant platform jumping against the same enemies who appear over and over again." However, they praised the graphics for their colorful and effective recreations of the settings for famous novels and concluded the game "isn't bad, it just isn't as fun as it could've been." The four reviewers of Electronic Gaming Monthly also considered it a just above average game. They praised the movie-like graphics and audio, but criticized the controls, saying the character tends to slide around, and felt the game to be generally uninteresting. They gave it a 6.5 out of 10 average
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Mortal Kombat II
MORTAL KOMBAT II (commonly abbreviated as MKII) is a competitive fighting game originally produced by Midway for the arcades in 1993 . It was later ported to multiple home systems , including the PC, Amiga , Game Boy , Sega Game Gear , Sega Genesis , Sega Saturn , Super Nintendo
Nintendo
Entertainment System , and various PlayStation
PlayStation
consoles, mostly in licensed versions developed by Probe Entertainment and Sculptured Software and published by Acclaim Entertainment . Mortal Kombat
Mortal Kombat
II was the second game in the Mortal Kombat
Mortal Kombat
series, improving the gameplay and expanding the mythos of the original Mortal Kombat , notably introducing more varied Fatality finishing moves and several iconic characters, such as Kitana , Mileena
Mileena
, Kung Lao , Noob Saibot , and the series' recurring villain, Shao Kahn
Shao Kahn
. The game's plot continues from the first game, featuring the next Mortal Kombat tournament set in the otherdimensional realm of Outworld, with the Outworld and Earthrealm representatives fighting each other on their way to challenge the evil emperor Shao Kahn
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Wolverine
G. g. luscus G. g. gulo Wolverine
Wolverine
rangesThe WOLVERINE (/ˈwʊlvəriːn/ ), Gulo gulo (Gulo is Latin
Latin
for "glutton "), also referred to as the GLUTTON, CARCAJOU, SKUNK BEAR, or QUICKHATCH, is the largest land-dwelling species of the family Mustelidae . It is a stocky and muscular carnivore, more closely resembling a small bear than other mustelids. The wolverine, a solitary animal, has a reputation for ferocity and strength out of proportion to its size, with the documented ability to kill prey many times larger than itself. The wolverine is found primarily in remote reaches of the Northern boreal forests and subarctic and alpine tundra of the Northern Hemisphere , with the greatest numbers in northern Canada
Canada
, the US state of Alaska
Alaska
, the mainland Nordic countries
Nordic countries
of Europe, and throughout western Russia and Siberia
Siberia
. Its population has steadily declined since the 19th century owing to trapping , range reduction and habitat fragmentation . The wolverine is now essentially absent from the southern end of its European range
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Primal Rage
PRIMAL RAGE is a versus fighting game developed and released by Atari Games to arcades in 1994. The game takes place in a post-apocalyptic version of Earth called "Urth". Players control one of seven large beasts that battle each other to determine the fate of the planet. Matches feature many of the conventions of fighting games from the era, including special moves and gory finishing maneuvers. Various ports were released for home consoles and personal computers . Efforts to perfectly emulate the arcade original have been unsuccessful due to an unusual copy protection method that the developers used. Toys, comics, a novel and other merchandise tie-ins were produced. CONTENTS * 1 Storyline * 2 Gameplay * 3 Development * 4 Reception * 5 Controversy * 6 Ports * 7 Primal Rage
Primal Rage
II * 8 Primal Rage: The Avatars * 9 Comic book series * 10 Toys * 11 References * 12 External links STORYLINEA massive meteor strike has devastated the planet Earth. Human civilization comes to an end in the ensuing cataclysms, and humanity regressed into tribes of Stone Age dwellers. Primordial rainforest covers the land, and the continental landmass has shifted into the shape of a fire-breathing dinosaur skull. The planet is now primitively referred to as "Urth" by the survivors of the cataclysms
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Batman Forever (video Game)
(GENESIS/PC/SNES) Single-player Two player co-op (GAME BOY/GAME GEAR) Single-player BATMAN FOREVER is a beat \'em up video game based on the movie of the same name . Though released by the same publisher at roughly the same time, it is an entirely different game from Batman Forever: The Arcade Game . CONTENTS * 1 Gameplay * 2 Version differences * 3 Reception * 4 References * 5 External links GAMEPLAYThe player plays as either Batman or Robin . There is also a fighting game mode called "training mode" where the player can play as Batman, Robin, or any of the enemies found throughout the game against either a computer-controlled opponent, against a second player, or cooperatively against two computer opponents. The controls are largely based on move lists and key sequences. Some gadget moves involve moving away from the enemy right before pressing a punch or kick button. The gadget list is selected by the player each level, with three standard gadgets for each character and two gadgets selected from a list. There are also four hidden "blueprint" gadgets. There are two kinds of Co-op modes in Batman Forever. Players chose between Batman or Robin. In one mode, Batman and Robin work together and cannot harm each other, although they share credits
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