Saturday, July 5, 2008

Knightmare nostalgia

If you were a child at the end of the 80s or start of the 90s, then you probably remember Knightmare. It was, for its time, an innovative virtual reality adventure set within a magical dungeon world, and it was on children's television.

Being a loyal devotee of the cult of Fighting Fantasy it seemed obvious to me that the programme was born off the back of the success of the gamebook phenomenon (oh, and RPGs like Dungeons and Dragons - you might have heard of it).

It was a much tamer experience than your average FF adventure, of course, there were no orcs to gut or horrifically described death scenes, but there was still the wandering around a labyrinth of gothically-decorated rooms, weird quasi-medieval characters to chew the fat with, and even some monsters (like the green-screened pet tarantula).

For those of you who remember Knightmare and the dungeon Treguard (the fantastic Hugo Myatt), then the following will probably fill you with feelings of nostalgia. If you were born after the advent of real VR interactive gameplay and the phenomenal rise of the games consoles, then you don't know what you've missed.

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Blogger Mataeus said...

Knightmare was excellent, it was the one thing I used to religiously look forward to on TV as a kid. I remember it starting and I remember it finishing, it was such a great show. I enjoyed the way they kept trying to keep it fresh, such as introducing the flying blue dragon that would take you on to the next level, and I loved it when they introduce the outdoor locations... Pickle was annoying though, I'd much rather have the gypsy woman. And Tregaurd the Dungeon Master is legend!

July 6, 2008 at 8:34 AM  

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