Today I read of the news that Artex will imminently release their 4 year behemoth of a game for the RISC OS platform, TEK 1608. The release comes with the news that this will be Artex's last release for the platform. To be honest, this does not surprise me. 4 years is a long time to spend developing a game these days. To develop it for a platform that is not exactly high on everyone's Christmas shopping list, makes the job a lot tougher.
The past four years have seen this game being developed through a rollercoaster world of shutdowns, takeovers, stalls and stumbling blocks. I now feel that the RISC OS market is not going in a confident direction, but rather turning in on itself. I do hope that I am wrong on this point, as I have personally benefitted a great deal from using RISC OS, and before that, Acorn computers during my school years, through to university.
Perhaps if enough copies of TEK are sold, then Artex may reconsider their decision. We will just have to wait and see.
This will be my final entry before Christmas. Before I depart, I feel the need to apologise to you all for the appalling lack of updates to my website. I won't go into the reasons as to why it went this way, but I will say that if circumstances were different, I would have given the site a lot more attention. Setting up this diary was a way of making up for that. But, I hope to be able to give the site the treatment it deserves during 2002. That's one New Year's Resolution then.
Merry Christmas to you all.