How we Streamed Games 30 Years Ago | Nostalgia Nerd

How we Streamed Games 30 Years Ago | Nostalgia Nerd


What did many of us do Saturday morning’s
before the likes of the internet, and excessive weekend working hours? *INTENSE BMX ACTION* Well, apart from that… We watched Saturday morning TV. Saturday morning TV was like a variety show. An entire channel of variety stuffed into
it’s own program, and poured out to anticipating viewers, usually
in a live fashion. Apart from Swap Shops, Gophers, Comedy sketches,
this guy, and Yvette Fielding’s guess the girth, we had phone in games. These were games that, us, common viewers
could phone in, and play live to the nation. In effect, one of the first streaming services. The majority of us, would sit there and watch
some kid, desperately try to navigate their way through a game, either by shouting controls
down the phone, or, if you had a digital keypad equipped phone, by using your phone’s buttons. Cutting edge stuff. If you played well, you might get a prize,
but as you can imagine, this was rarely the case. For starters, you needed to have your landline
(bear in mind, this was before most people had a mobile) in view of the TV, so you could
see what you were doing, but even then, you had to deal with the god awful lag. Roblox players wouldn’t know what to do with
themselves. The games were varied, but one most of Europe
will likely remember was Hugo the Troll. And I say Europe, because, although we witnessed
this little character in the UK a few times, he was infinitely more popular in other European
regions. For us, you probably remember him from series
2 of CITV’s What’s Up Doc, airing from the 4th September 1993 onwards. “computer games, you’ve heard of Sonic the Hedgehog. You’ve heard of Mario the plumber” I’m sure you’re familiar with Zool, Lemmings and Cool Spot, but I want to introduce you to a brand new character now This is Whats Up Docs own computer character, his name is Hugo the Troll. You’re gonna be seeing a lot of him in the future. Here he is… “Don’t delay, I’m ready to play!” “Let’s go for the top, without a stop!” BUT, his history goes further back than that. In fact, it goes all the way back to Denmark
in 1990, and the media company SilverRock Productions, that would later change its name
to ITE, or Interactive Television Entertainment. You see, SilvverRock realised that with the
furiously expanding market of gaming, interactive gaming might be a path to the future. Their first tentative steps were with an Amiga
game called OsWALD Of the Ice Floes, featuring a titular polar bear, which had some success. The demand from the Danish channel TV2 led
them to create Hugo the TV troll, which would quickly expand the company to 19 employees. Airing on TV2’s prime time show Eleva2Ren
– which was really an Friday night version of Saturday morning TV – the “Hugo Game Show”
was significantly more successful, with viewers really latching on to the interactive streaming
concept, and growing a connection to this strange little troll. *DANISH* Establishing convention, lucky callers would
control Hugo using the digits of their phone, in a bid to win a prize. The system in charge of all this was called
the $100,000 custom built ITE 3000, mainly consisting of two Amiga 3000’s coupled together,
one to convert the incoming phone signals, the other to run the game, all in as lag free
fashion as possible. The concept was prominently featured on the
show from September 1990 to May 1995, with different game variations appearing after
the first year. All of which would find their way to home
computer platforms, in mini-game bundles, including, of course the Amiga and PC but
also the humble Commodore 64, which plays pretty well. In that time, the show was licenced to more
than 40 other TV shows around the world, ingraining Hugo the Troll as a well known, if perhaps
sideline, video game / TV character. During 1992 in Spain, a whopping 25% of the
population regularly tuned in to witness this guy being streamed to the public, which is
pretty staggering. American viewers may have also got a glimpse
of him through domestic Spanish channels. Over in Sweden, Hugo’s show was declared the
best rated children’s presentation ever and over in Brazil 1.8 million people were calling
every day to the Hugo Hot Line. In fact, an entire empire would be built around
this little guy, including Playstation games, Java games, merchandise, music and even a
recent feature film called Hugo; The World’s Worst Comeback… and given the film hasn’t
emerged since it’s 2012 announcement date, it really is the World’s Worst Comeback. But yes, as you might expect, with those credentials,
this guy is still going. But, what I’m interested in today, are the
TV show games themselves, or at least, those ones spun off into video games packages, released
worldwide on various platforms from 1990 up until the present day. For us, UK dwellers, the Amiga release wasn’t
until 1994, with most games converted and localised again, by ITE, but released by various
publishers, including SuperVision in the UK and NBG Multimedia in Germany. The mini-games themselves, were bundled into
collections, and mostly graphically improved, depending on the platform, but still, received
pretty pitiful reviews. I mean, these remained simple Quick Time TV
Games, cashing in on their popularity, simply wrapped up with a story and navigational interface. The story, by the way, usually involved, a
witch, called Scylla (or a variety of other names depending on your region), and she either
kidnap’s Hugo’s kids (Rit, Rat and Rut), or does something to disrupt the day, which we
of course, must fix. “Hugo will NEVER get his Hugolina back… Mwahahahahaha” There was even a Christmas version, and that’s
what I’m focusing on now…. “You may remember last year, we looked at
a digital advent calendar, in a sort of Christmas tradition. This time it’s going to be a program called
Hugo, for Windows 95 and compatible Pentium computers. So, let’s have a look and see what Hugo has
in store for us” … I’ll be honest, this started out as a
Christmas advent video about Hugo the Christmas troll, but quickly turned into a historical
fact expedition. But here, I’m drawing the line. From this point forward, we’re going Christmas
Troll…. More specifically known as, Hugo: Winter Games,
Hugo: PC Calendar, or in my case, Hugo’s Interactive Christmas Calendar. This was a program that could picked up alongside
your lightweight shareware titles in PC World, or even on a coverdisk. Hence the flimsy, lightweight appearance of
my copy. Published in 1997 by ITE, this was the first
Hugo Christmas themed game, with Hugo Saves Christmas and Hugo: Scylla’s Revenge following
in subsequent years. To load our Christmas extravaganza, we simply
pop the CD-ROM in the drive, and run it directly from the disc. There’s nothing to install here, whatsoever. Initially, we’re greeted with an intro sequence,
showing Father Christmas snoozing in his warm home, but wait, that evil witch is outside. Of course, only Hugo, the
plane flying troll can save the day, and Santa’s village, and so we begin. Now, the premise isn’t really clear here,
but apparently Scylla has turned all the elves to ice, and we have to take her down through
a series of mini-games. Apparently, Santa doesn’t give much of a crap,
because he remains fast asleep in his chair. Either that, or he has severe narcolepsy. If we click on his jolly face, he instantly
wakes up and starts reading a story. “The sound of Christmas music blares from overhead speakers… tralalalala lala lala” Puppy tales and Santa Clauses wave from the shop windows, welcoming shoppers. People have been driving around for hours, trying to find a parking space. “At last a free parking space appears” “A small olive Skoda darts forward, snatching the vacant spot” “Much to the annoyance of the drivers of the dark blue BMW and the black VW Golf” A story filled with more automotive manufacturer
names than I was expecting… “Ready to begin their Christmas shop” Woah! He looks quite sinister there, doesn’t he?! and a quite sinister close up of his face. Yes, this is the advent story, and really
why the game was sold as PC Calendar. We can flick through each day of the story
using the icon to the top left of the screen, but we’ll come back to that later. At the end of each segment, he passes out
as quickly as he wakes, and we’re left to explore the house. This is where the bulk of entertainment takes
place. Each area has a number of those mini-games,
and if we click, we’re launched straight into the action. Most of the mini games are unique to this
release, but the ones in this initial room are all taken from the TV show. From present catching to snowboarding, you
even get the original phone direction buttons appearing on screen, although you can just
use the arrow keys to control. Another TV game, is this Sleigh affair, requiring
you to jump at a specific time. You get a good time allowance to make each
jump, demonstrating how they got around the lag issue on the show itself. Various animations appear throughout, and
sometimes the action changes, requiring a different strategy. There doesn’t seem to be a goal to these games,
other than to get a high score. Anyway, let’s head to the hallway. Here the games get more puzzle oriented. Such as closing all these draws, or moving
the cogs around in the clock, in order to “make sure the time is right”, although how
we’re supposed to do that without actually knowing the time is ANYONE’s business. You can find a puzzle, when the cursor turns
to a question mark, then once you’ve successfully solved it, you’ll get a “thumbs up” instead. So, we can simply amble from room to room,
solving task after task, until our heart is content. Some are musical in nature, other’s geographical. It’s actually quite a good assortment. The kind of thing, I would definitely have
played on the run up to Christmas, to, y’know, get in the festive spirit. Whilst wishing that I would get a 3DFX hardware
upgrade from Santa, so I could run better games. Once you’re bored of the house, you can go
outside to the village, and fix anything from clogged sinks, to nonchalant reindeer. But, the trick is, you can go to the Christmas
tree in the middle at ANY time, and take on the witch. Simply hit her with 3 snowballs, and she’s
down, and frozen into a block of ice. We then get the game credits. Yep, that’s it folks. We’ve completed the game. Without even finishing all the puzzles. THIS then, is very much a multimedia PC game. A program to just open up and mess around
with in moments of boredom. You can see why this concept did not translate
well to the European Playstation, or even Gameboy releases. But for Christmas, it’s a nice novelty. It’s enjoyable. It’s festive. And so, let’s get back to our annual tradition
shall we. Last year, we looked at a god awful Windows
3.1 advent calendar, so this near, it seems appropriate to listen to St. Nicholases story
every day. I’m going to leave you with the first two
parts, and then each subsequent part will continue daily on my Extra channel, a link
to which is provided in the video description. Day one, of advent. “The sound of Christmas music blaring out from overhead speakers. tra la la la laa la la la laa Puppy tales and Santa Clauses wave from the shop windows welcoming shoppers people have been driving around for hours, trying to find a parking space. at last a free parking space appears A small olive green Skoda, darts forward, snatching the vacant spot. much to the annoyance of the drivers of the dark blue BMW and the black VW Golf. A ginger haired boy jumps out of the car, together with his mother. Ready to begin their Christmas shopping. ‘Come on mum’ he shouts, and disappears among the Christmas shoppers. The shopping centre is open late, and there are 24 days left until Christmas. Never the less, people seem stressed. The shop assistants look tired and weary amidst the general atmosphere of chaos. ‘Mum! I want all the toys in this shop!’ ‘Would the mother of Cynthia Barnes, aged 7, please come to the perfume department, thank you!’ BUY NOW PAY LATER! ‘We can’t afford that! Find something cheaper! ‘Jingle bells! Jingle bells! Jingle all the way! The ginger haired boy, notices Santa Claus and bounds towards him He pushes everyone else aside, landing with a hop, in Santa’s lap (someone should teach this kid some manners) HOHOHOHO. WHAT DO YOU WANT LITTLE BOY? ‘An ice hockey stick. But you’re not the real Santa, so you can’t grant my wish’ ‘Oh yes I am’ ‘Let me tell you about how I became the real Santa Claus’ *snores* Day number two… A long long time ago, before Santa Claus became Santa Claus his name was Rumble. He was just a little boy, who lived with their parents at their manor farm. It was the biggest of the farms in that part of the country. Except perhaps for Santa’s farm and a few others. Rumble’s father was a very fine and highly respected Elf. Many of the towns people worked at the farm. He was a true manor elf. Rumble was an only child, so it was always assumed he would take over the farm, after his father. Rumble, however, found it hard to live up to this heavy responsibility. He didn’t do well at school, and repeatedly failed his exams. The town where he lived was a real country town. Just outside it’s limits, was a lake. In the summer, you could go swimming there, and in the winter, it made an ideal skating rink. Rumble was a good ice skater. So good in fact, that he spent all day playing ice hockey, in the hope of turning professional. His father strongly disapproved of these plans. That was Hugo’s Christmas CD, and I’ll see you on the other side. Thanks for watching and have a great evening. [Hip hop festive tunes to sound out]

100 thoughts on “How we Streamed Games 30 Years Ago | Nostalgia Nerd

  • December 5, 2019 at 10:24 pm
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    I remember Hugo from Israel in the 90's! Was big for like a few months

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  • December 5, 2019 at 10:37 pm
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    JUMP THE CHASM!!!!

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  • December 5, 2019 at 10:37 pm
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    Ireland had their own version of Hugo called Hiudai. I even got to play some hugo as a youngster too.

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  • December 5, 2019 at 10:44 pm
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    Love it. Just to confirm Hugo the troll was a european phenomenon, my childhood's version, every night at 8pm: https://youtu.be/Y7EpznT57lI

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  • December 5, 2019 at 10:56 pm
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    We had Hugo in Venezuela through Venevisión tv channel

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  • December 5, 2019 at 11:02 pm
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    Here in Argentina we had the Hugo games on TV, and many years later we found out they taped the show (wasn't live), and had the kids playing on a room separated from the studio, pretending to be on a real phone, as technology must have been extremely crappy back then.

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  • December 5, 2019 at 11:03 pm
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    Hugo was crazy here.
    There was a show where kids played from their houses using phones.
    You could hear the numbers being pressed when they played haha…
    Dude, the hot air balloon mini game was the worst! so fucking tough!

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  • December 5, 2019 at 11:13 pm
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    OBRIGADO, CAÍ SENTADO

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  • December 5, 2019 at 11:19 pm
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    This is certainly something on viewing hugo from the outside perspective of non danish eyes, he also had an cameo in a christmas adventure calendar starring with an elf named pyrus where they had this women named 'freja' i think it was spelled, he used a magic spell accidentally on her which caused her to get kidnapped by the witch scylla, which meant the elf himself along with hugo's help had to save her, fun stuff would happen in it like a few 4th wall jokes or he mention about in being happy its only a game.

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  • December 5, 2019 at 11:22 pm
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    Who was the Danish lady?

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  • December 5, 2019 at 11:31 pm
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    I loved Hugo when I was a child… I was obsessed with it! I watched the show every day I could. I've actually got several videos on my channel of the Portuguese version of Hugo, along with download links for some of the games I have on CD! I actually have even more of them (including this Christmas one, which I absolutely adored playing around this time of the year), which I never got around to posting… I need to do that! 😀

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  • December 5, 2019 at 11:33 pm
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    I remember Hugo on TG4. An Irish channel in Ireland.

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  • December 5, 2019 at 11:38 pm
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    Is it just me, or was Scylla quite hot? I wonder what she looks like today. 😉

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  • December 5, 2019 at 11:50 pm
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    aaaah Hugo. We sweds also had this guy in out lifes. knack knack

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  • December 5, 2019 at 11:57 pm
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    You guys across the pond were really starved for entertainment, huh?

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  • December 6, 2019 at 12:19 am
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    The US had something like this, you would call into a local tv station and if that tv station had a fairchild channel F you would most likely play over the phone was shooting gallery and if you hit so many you would win money..

    Oddity Archive did a video on this type of tv gaming.

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  • December 6, 2019 at 12:55 am
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    Poland… Yeah I remember him

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  • December 6, 2019 at 12:59 am
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    Does anyone remember that video game TV show Virtually Impossible? Was kind of like Knightmare. Ahhhhh glorious 90's TV shows – I don't even think kids today even watch Saturday morning TV anymore (does it even exist?!?).

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  • December 6, 2019 at 1:08 am
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    I loved the Hugo TV show back then!
    A German TV station aired multiple episodes per day, partially with those TV exclusives that I think never made it to PC/Console (football/soccer anyone?), I even recorded episodes on VHS and mom tried to call the show but we always failed getting through.

    Dad's Pentium OverDrive 200 for whatever reason couldn't play the Hugo games which made me sad.
    It was the early 2000's in midschool that the game disc's appeared for cheap on store shelfs, mom bought four or five of those for me with XL being the one that I too had for Playstation 1.

    The second game disc with motobike is still my favorite and every once in a while I even use to play them.

    So yea, thanks for sharing this video, until just now I didn't even know Hugo was an international thing 😆

    By the way, the CDs have no copy protection.
    I can tell because young stupid me tried to copy files off the discs with no additional tools.
    Works great for preserving! 👌👀

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  • December 6, 2019 at 1:14 am
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    What about Knightmare?

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  • December 6, 2019 at 1:21 am
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    Saturdays were suusuupermatch

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  • December 6, 2019 at 1:34 am
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    I remember the disappointment of not being able to phone in and play these games because my phone was far too old.

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  • December 6, 2019 at 1:35 am
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    I enjoyed this show when I was a kid in the mid-90s here in Chile. It was amazing! Ivette Vergara (The girl in the thumbnail) hosted the show here, she used to be hot.

    Dato curioso para los chilenos: La canción del show era cantada por Willy Sabor.

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  • December 6, 2019 at 1:53 am
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    Hello from Brazil. Yes, Hugo was huge here.

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  • December 6, 2019 at 1:53 am
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    That was very nostalgic for me dear Nerd. Greetings from Chile!

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  • December 6, 2019 at 1:58 am
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    Hugo was so popular in Brazil that phone lines in Sao Paulo went down because too many people were trying to call the network.

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  • December 6, 2019 at 2:13 am
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    Hell mate. My name is Vynny Ward and I produced Games World, Gamesmaster and Reactive (beeb) and was adviser for Total Reality for the Beeb. I created the software that allows tones from phones to control basically all consoles at the time. It was also used on the bug breakfast and soccer am. We made hundreds of hours of "streaming" games for the UK and abroad. Many folks over 35 will remember the shows.

    If you ever want to know the nightmare that working on such shows was drop me a DM. More than happy to impart stories of my time on this. Cheers.

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  • December 6, 2019 at 2:24 am
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    Hugo is very popular here in Brazil.

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  • December 6, 2019 at 2:34 am
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    Oh Sarah Greene… In 89 when I was 10… be still my beating heart…

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  • December 6, 2019 at 2:46 am
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    anybody remember a similar show called Throut and Neck? especially rebecca grant. <3

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  • December 6, 2019 at 2:59 am
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    #AJugarConHugo

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  • December 6, 2019 at 3:04 am
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    Hugo was a thing in Poland too my friend.im sad you didn't mentioned poles here becouse a lot of people from this country remember this character and we also had our little TV program with Hugo.

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  • December 6, 2019 at 3:18 am
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    Wow i remember Hugo from Brazil morning shows.

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  • December 6, 2019 at 3:43 am
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    30 years ago on Saturday mornings, we were all coming down from E's.

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  • December 6, 2019 at 4:41 am
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    11:41 it needs to be said, that snowman animation is exceptional!

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  • December 6, 2019 at 4:59 am
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    Toralt remember it!!! It was every Saturday morning!!!

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  • December 6, 2019 at 5:04 am
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    I'm glad I grew up in Norway where we had computers and internet in 1994 instead of this shit!
    This crap was on Norwegian TV for a short while but it was never a success.
    CAUSE WE HAD COMPUTERS AT HOME.
    AND INTERWEBZ!!!

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  • December 6, 2019 at 5:16 am
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    I remember something like this when I was a kid, though I don't remember any games. It was this channel (actually there were two such channels) that continuously aired some kind of menu of different choices, and you could call in and select one and it would display some kind of information or something. The corner of the screen that normally displayed the phone number would change to say "HELLO" when you called.
    If this sounds familiar to anyone else, please let me know, as I don't remember what exactly it was for and I'd love if there were some screenshots of it somewhere.

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  • December 6, 2019 at 5:21 am
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    Of course only the euros could come up with such an ugly mascot.

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  • December 6, 2019 at 6:55 am
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    Google stadia, but in the 90’s

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  • December 6, 2019 at 7:11 am
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    Damn what a nostalgia bomb, I remember being at the edge of my seat watching kids call in to play Hugo.
    I didn't win anything from them getting through, I just wanted to see what was next in the game.

    I skipped over Hugo games at the flea markets and charity shops but now I wanna buy 'em.

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  • December 6, 2019 at 7:28 am
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    I used to watch Hugo a lot, on the original Eleva2eren, when I was a kid. These are fond memories.

    "Eleva2eren" is pronounced "eh-leh-vah-toh-oren."

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  • December 6, 2019 at 8:01 am
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    Ooooh, Going Live! Can't say it way my childhood since I was already into my teens by the time Hugo was broadcast as the dial in game. I never knew that there was a C64 version of the game but I remember at the time I was hoping for a PlayStation version which, at the time of the phone-in, wasn't available. I forgot all about Hugo by the time a PS1 version did release so I never got to play with him. But on the TV show at least, I do remember the minecart level as my farourite. Good days.

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  • December 6, 2019 at 8:09 am
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    I used to play this game when i was a kid. I still have the CD, but it won't play on Windows 8. The original box used to be an advent calender as well.

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  • December 6, 2019 at 8:28 am
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    3.35 Typical Danish, drinking wine while presenting a childrens show 🙂

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  • December 6, 2019 at 8:39 am
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    Ahhh TV Games. I used to smash the buttons on our TV remote because I thought I could influence the game with it. It didn't work but it felt very good and I was sure that I influenced the game to some degree.

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  • December 6, 2019 at 8:42 am
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    Hugo was HUGE in Israel

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  • December 6, 2019 at 8:57 am
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    well i remember Hugo being a big thing here in Argentina when i was a child and it seems it was a european thing that we were lucky to experience

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  • December 6, 2019 at 9:10 am
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    I had an international version of Hugo so I couldn't tell what was being said in any way shape or fashion. Loved the graphics though. Thanks for the vid. Really explains a lot 😀

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  • December 6, 2019 at 9:28 am
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    Portuguese viewer here, this was pretty big here too. To my despair I was called Hugolina a big portion of my childhood.

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  • December 6, 2019 at 10:23 am
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    Holy hell, I remember Hugo… IIRC I borrowed several Hugo compilation games from a friend of my sister and tried playing through them, but I'm not sure because he was hiding out deep in my brain, waiting to be unearthed by a YouTuber covering that bit of gaming history.

    Thanks for that xD

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  • December 6, 2019 at 10:31 am
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    Hugo was HUGE here in Argentina! The entire generation of 90s kids over here probably heard of him, and many watched it's program on the cable signal Magic Kids.

    It was pushed by the channel a lot, so it was veeeery popular

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  • December 6, 2019 at 10:48 am
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    The funny thing is that here in Hungary I never saw Hugo on the TV, but had it on my 486 PC and pretty much the whole family always enjoyed this game. We kind of knew there is a TV version because of the phone numbers on the screen and the menu showing TV or PC version. We had the one where he goes in the mines underground.

    Then I saw a new Hugo on the TV in Croatia around 2002! I was shocked that wow people do know this game and it is really on the TV and there are more modern versions!

    But it was a good game after all! Maybe many people say it is not that great because they already saw it on the TV, but I found these kind of minigames in this quality to be rare in early times. Was happy to find out it was still living in 2002 on the TV 😉

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  • December 6, 2019 at 11:53 am
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    Ahhh…. Tv2 and Nina. She became the one, known as "Hugo's mother" in our country. And yes. We all had a big crush on her, us the young teenage boys. And then she became the girlfriend of our crown prins. Yet hugo and oswald. I play them to this day. If you want to see what Amiga's were used in the production or in the making of the tv show, then retrocengo on youtube got some of them. As far as I remember (amiga warehouse raid is the name of the youtube video)

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  • December 6, 2019 at 11:57 am
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    Uhhh…. Forgot. Make sure to get the cartridge version of Hugo for C64. You need an as fast as possible loading time. Only cartridge can provide that on C64.

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  • December 6, 2019 at 12:33 pm
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    I gotta say, having both watched the danish show and played the abysmal PS1 game, i never want to go back to this again…
    I found some old VHS tapes with episodes that my grandmother had recorded, and basicly no one who ever participated in the show with their phones had ever played a video game before, so most episodes came down to being a struggle for the participant to understand which button did what… Half the time they pressed the wrong buttons, and the other half of the time they didn't know their left from their right!

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  • December 6, 2019 at 12:36 pm
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    Hugo was HUGE is Israel and a very known character until these days

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  • December 6, 2019 at 12:42 pm
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    Hugo or Híudaí as known in a Ireland was quite popular in its own right in Ireland in the late 90s on the dedicated Irish language channel TnaG now TG4. There was even a Christmas song and music video (apologies video and sound quality is shite): https://youtu.be/hAs3gOSgKeI

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  • December 6, 2019 at 1:16 pm
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    Is that a Monkey Island mousepad? ^^
    Hugo was my childhood:) (I was late to the game, being born in 2000)

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  • December 6, 2019 at 2:37 pm
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    I absolutely loved Hugo as a kid. I always dreamt of calling in but there was no way my mum would let me call a service number.

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  • December 6, 2019 at 2:44 pm
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    Really interesting first 8 minutes or so but the advent stuff didn't appeal. I remember hugo games on Saturday morning TV especially the mine cart. I have one of the ps2 games too.

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  • December 6, 2019 at 2:51 pm
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    1:22 A TV show where they gave a Mac as a prize? Wow.

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  • December 6, 2019 at 2:59 pm
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    How weird isn't it? I mention all the South American countries where Hugo was transmitted less to Argentina …

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  • December 6, 2019 at 3:07 pm
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    Leisure Suit Larrys lost son?

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  • December 6, 2019 at 3:53 pm
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    Hugo on Swedish tv station tv4

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  • December 6, 2019 at 4:00 pm
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    Hell, my family didn’t have a digital keypad phone until 2003, I’d be a shrieking fool…I was also in the US and couldn’t anyway

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  • December 6, 2019 at 4:29 pm
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    Those live TV looked pretty interesting. I never heard of them, but I could see myself as a kid wanting to play them. Were there any costs to participating, besides the cost of the phone call if it wasn't toll free?

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  • December 6, 2019 at 4:41 pm
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    Considering the fact that I'm not European, my first time seeing Hugo was actually when I learned that he was featured in the European version of the Game Boy game "Bugs Bunny's Crazy Castle 2", which itself was actually a game starring Mickey Mouse and other Disney characters when it was originally released in Japan.

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  • December 6, 2019 at 6:00 pm
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    We had Hugo tv-games in Norway too.
    I was never allowed to phone in. Too expensive. But a friend of mine had the games on her Macintosh, so we played it when I visited her.

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  • December 6, 2019 at 6:09 pm
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    I loved this show as a kid and always wondered how this worked. Maybe you can tell us more about the phone-to-game hardware used? Is there any of this systems left? And there was another version of this Hugo Advent calendar, called "Hugo rettet das Weihnachtsfest" in Germany (translates to Hugo saves Christmas), where father christmas is captured in a castle and you could go around and solve puzzles every day. I really enjoyed this as a kid ^^

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  • December 6, 2019 at 7:03 pm
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    it was wildly popular in Turkey. it had its own club and magazine https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gq_r_0twJN8

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  • December 6, 2019 at 7:26 pm
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    Ah. Childhood. Poland. My best childhood moments. It was eared after Bob the Builder cartoon.

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  • December 6, 2019 at 7:58 pm
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    Hugo also was very popular in Argentina in the "Magic Kids" channel. The winner of the day could won a bike. And each month, every winner could win a travel to Disney in Orlando…good memories

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  • December 6, 2019 at 8:33 pm
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    ohhhh, "A jugar con Hugo". It was REALLY popular here in Argentina. Many still remember it to this day. I Remember watching it as a kid and getting really upset towards the kids playing it and calling them "slow". It seems that lag was turning me angry way before multiplayer games.

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  • December 6, 2019 at 8:37 pm
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    get a life you old shit playing games

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  • December 6, 2019 at 8:40 pm
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    I remember wanting to play this, but we only had a rotary dial phone 🙁

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  • December 6, 2019 at 9:17 pm
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    I don't remember Hugo, but I do remember The Dj Kat Show from when I was living in Germany. I believe it was on Sky One or so but it had one of these telephone game segments on it. I always thought it was so cool. I spent a good chunk of my life trying to remember what that show was called (Somebody on reddit finally gave me a link to it. Bless their soul.) The only way I could describe it to people was kids saying "Up up up up up down down right right right right right left down down right up up up up up up" and getting frustrated that the game was not in sync with their voices

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  • December 6, 2019 at 9:28 pm
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    This was really fun to watch. As I was a kid back in Denmark back in the 90s, I remember Hugo very well. I had quite a lot of his PC games back then, as well as one as of those Advent Calendar games, although I did not have the one shown in the video. It was really nice going down memory lane 😀 😀

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  • December 6, 2019 at 9:53 pm
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    we also loved hugo in norway, first on tv early 90's and later on the amiga. Great memorys of that game 🙂

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  • December 6, 2019 at 10:04 pm
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    Very popular in Finland, if I recall. Might have been due to the presenter being an attractive young woman. Something for dad to look at.

    Another one was "Vito's TV Game Show", loose translation, where vaguely racist italian-ish puppet in the style of, Spitting Images, I think, was the host. Fun stuff, CDi games through telephone, things like Burn:Cycle. I recall one kid managing to get through with a rotary, and then Vito facepalming when the rotary signals started to be heard, instead of dial tones…

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  • December 6, 2019 at 10:06 pm
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    Hugo was made in Denmark and I remember the whole phone in and play thing we had on the morning show on TV2. Did also have many of the games on PC and PS1

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  • December 6, 2019 at 10:21 pm
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    Wow, we never got this in Mexico! It's the first time I've heard of Hugo.

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  • December 6, 2019 at 11:55 pm
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    It was really dificult to play, the input lag was insane.

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  • December 7, 2019 at 12:05 am
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    really enjoyed this lovely bit of PC nostalgia

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  • December 7, 2019 at 1:46 am
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    It is interesting to look at the earliest days of streaming! I remember I did this a long time ago, Justin TV in the mid 2000's you could use a TV tuner to livestream, but what people would see was your stream as a still image and you as a viewer had to refresh the screen to see a new image, and you kept doing that. Anyone remember this? I think I used an old school chat for viewers too and it was mostly a place for people to hang out, I remember playing the original version of Final Fantasy 12 in 2006 like this! I remember struggling bad with the game until I grinded levels in Giruvegan.

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  • December 7, 2019 at 2:06 am
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    Hugo, along with a similar game was popular in Sweden when I was a kid. I did not participate in any phone game tough.

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  • December 7, 2019 at 2:51 am
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    In the USA 30 years ago on Saturday we didn't see this. We saw cartoons all morning long.

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  • December 7, 2019 at 8:06 am
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    I played that Hugo cristmas game as a child, it was really good back then!

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  • December 7, 2019 at 11:52 am
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    Interesting and entertaining video, but completely wrong title. 🙂

    Have nice nostalgic weekend.

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  • December 7, 2019 at 2:48 pm
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    Hugo was largely famous in here Brazil too! Everyone I knew whwe I was a child dream of gaming Hugo through the TV. Good times.

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  • December 7, 2019 at 3:38 pm
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    This was so interesting as always!

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  • December 7, 2019 at 6:55 pm
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    Ah, I remeber Hugo.
    He was very populat here in Argentina.
    He lasted quite a long time. And they even gave prices to the kids who won the games.
    Of course, Hugo wasn't the only one who did something like this. There was also Kito pizza, and those two alien things that all their games consisted of two kids playing against each other with their phones.

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  • December 7, 2019 at 8:10 pm
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    What's up: This is Hugo our OC do not steal
    Denmark: hol-up!

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  • December 7, 2019 at 10:09 pm
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    me cagaste la infancia. jk.

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  • December 7, 2019 at 11:49 pm
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    Wasn’t good back then, isn’t good now, won’t be good ever. Games as a service is cancer.

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  • December 8, 2019 at 3:07 am
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    what a bunch of sheep… Hugo the quickly thrown together by con artist corporate executives, shoved out onto kids tv indoctrination channels, made popular by the telephone control on tv gimmick heap of shit. You lot of morons that threw your money at this garbage… wow.. made some asshole executives rich. it's plain sad that so many people are so stupid they fall for cheap shitty gimmicks like this, then you got one of them reminiscing about getting caught up in this scam like it was a good thing he did in his life, on a shitty youtube video.. oh humanity.. when will you learn

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  • December 8, 2019 at 8:57 am
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    A Performa 630!

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  • December 8, 2019 at 10:04 am
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    I had been thinking for a few years that the Saturday morning interactive phone in games would be a great subject for someone’s YouTube channel. Thank you for covering the subject! 😀 Joe Razz on ITV’s What’s Up Doc was a particular vivid memory for myself, very difficult to find info about it though.

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  • December 8, 2019 at 12:40 pm
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    Oh I remember "TV games" and Hugo in particular. Never was allowed to call in and play though, so I was just sitting in front of a TV, cheering for whoever was playing at the time. Somehow the entire thing slipped my mind over the years, so thanks for a reminder 😁

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  • December 8, 2019 at 12:41 pm
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    Greetings from Germany i played this on my old PC with windows 95 when I was a child the hugo games are rly fun so thanks for showing a piece of the past

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