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Tony Takoushi

Worked for Big K magazine in the early 80's writing articles for home computing.

A Popular writer with companies and programmers. Chaired the Software Superstars discussion group which featured in the last ever issue of Big K, with the programmers, Jeff Minter, Andy Walker, Tony Crowther and Matthew Smith. Also, a tribute to him appears in the C64 game Poster Paster by Taskset  (in one of the posters).

This Author is no longer active in the Commodore scene but an Author account has been setup so that any articles by this author that are reproduced from Big K magazine and published on The Commodore Zone are creditted to this original author.

 Articles by this Author

The Goatbuster

JEFF "Animal" MINTER is by any standards a Name of Power in the games designing field. Hit after hit has poured from his keyboard - latterly with a decidedly zoological theme. Camels, dromedaries, sheep, llamas - there's no end to Minter's creative obsession. And seemingly no end to the hits, either.

Look at Ancipital. It's a shoot-'em-up but with that bit more. Stuff like Matrix and Gridrunner admittedly could be reviewed in five minutes, but take Revenge. If you played it for five minutes you'd only see the first two or three screens, out of a total of 42. Some reviewers of Ancipital don't even bother to read the instructions, they don't know what they're doing.

Software Superstars

"Who" (we asked ourselves) " knows more about games, game writing and computers than anybody else in the known universe". "Easy" (we told ourselves), "the guys who write the hits. In person. All at once." So we sent for TONY TAKOUSHI, he got on the case, and on a day in December, Four of the Best came south, to BIG K. Without further ado, therefore, we present... Tony Crowther, Matthew Smith, Jeff Minter and Andy Walker.

The Biggest Computer Game In The World

It is called CAD CAM WARRIOR, by TaskSet, and it boasts eight thousand different screens. Yes, you heard right-eight thousand, is this the standard of the New Epic? TONY TAKOUSHI reports... A BIG K EXCLUSIVE.