Revenge of the Beefsteak Tomatoes and Nadir's Big Chance

Revenge of the Beefsteak Tomatoes is a video game for Atari consoles.

Contents 1 Background 2 Gameplay 2.1 Controls 3 Marketing 4 Reception 5 References 6 Sources

Background

Programmed by John Russell, Revenge of the Beefsteak Tomatoes was released in 1983 and manufactured by Fox Video Games, Inc. It was a single player action game. Revenge of the Beefsteak Tomatoes was made available for the Atari 2600, as well as the 800 and 400 models, and the Commodore VIC-20. Upon its release in 1983, the game cost roughly $30. Written along the back of the box reads "Perhaps it was a form of protest against bottled Ketchup, or maybe they were provoked by acid rain." However they came into awareness, tomatoes have become killers that cannot be destroyed by mankind's weapons. The tomatoes can only be trapped by building brick walls, which enclose the vengeful tomatoes before they are given a chance to take over the world.

It is believed that title and the concept of this game are inspired by the cult movie Attack of the Killer Tomatoes. Gameplay Revenge of the Beefsteak Tomatoes player building walls.

The tomatoes fire missiles at the player who controls the "tomato sprayer", which moves around the screen. By dodging the missiles, the player aims to shoot down bricks that move along the top of the screen. After successfully hitting the bricks, the player is able to build walls, which upon sealing will destroy the tomatoes and the tomato plants. Upon building the third wall, the level is completed and the player receives bonus points.

Points are awarded for destroying tomatoes and building walls, and range from 5 to 3000. There are eight levels of increasing difficulty, where several types of tomatoes are introduced incrementally as well as growing in size. There are also four separate types of user selected difficulty options that include changing the speed of the tomatoes and the number of sprayers available. Controls

By moving the joystick, the player controls the "tomato sprayer". The joystick button is used to release and capture the colored bricks. Marketing

During Super Bowl XVII in Pasadena, California, Fox staged a publicity stunt for the game. Two people dressed as giant tomatoes were seated near the endzone, and spent the game picketing with signs that read "Beefsteak Tomatoes Demand Revenge". Fox's vice-president of marketing said of the stunt "the idea was to pique the public's interest and establish a kind of mascot for the game." The tomato "models" received a positive response from the surrounding crowd although one, named Jane Forelle, mentioned that some fans had tried to squeeze her, which she disapproved of. Reception

The name Revenge of the Beefsteak Tomatoes has been called whimsical, and one of the "best new game names" at the 1983 Winter Consumer Electronics Show.

The Video Game Critic gave Revenge of the Beefsteak Tomatoes a B+, calling it "fun" and having "an unorthodox style of play that's oddly captivating". It also went on to say that the game was "very challenging and entertaining". Schwartz and Dykman of Allgame said that you had "better think twice before eating another tomato".

Nadir's Big Chance and Revenge of the Beefsteak Tomatoes

Nadir's Big Chance was the fifth solo album by Peter Hammill, released on Charisma Records in 1975.

It was recorded shortly after a decision to re-form the band Van der Graaf Generator (of which Hammill was the singer and principal songwriter), and Nadir's Big Chance is actually performed by the reformed Van der Graaf Generator line-up.

The album's songs vary greatly in style, as acknowledged by Hammill in the sleeve notes, which refer to "the beefy punk songs, the weepy ballads, the soul struts". It is indeed notable for its prototype punk rock style on several tracks. The first British citation of the word "punk" in relation to music in the Oxford English Dictionary is dated January 1976 (citations from the USA date from 1971), yet Nadir's Big Chance was released in February 1975. Hammill can therefore lay claim to being the first British musician to use the term in his album's sleeve notes.

In a 1977 Capital Radio broadcast, John Lydon of the Sex Pistols played two tracks from the album, "The Institute Of Mental Health, Burning" and "Nobody's Business", and expressed his admiration for Hammill.

The album includes two of Hammill's most frequently performed ballads, "Been Alone So Long" (written by Judge Smith) and "Shingle Song", and a reworking of Van der Graaf Generator's first single from 1968, "People You Were Going To".

The album saw Hammill's first use of the Hohner clavinet D6 keyboard, which would go on to feature prominently on the next few Van der Graaf Generator albums (particularly Godbluff).

In the song "Pushing Thirty" (from The Future Now, 1978), Hammill claims that he "still can be Nadir". The Rikki Nadir persona returned in October 1979, when Hammill released a single titled "The Polaroid" under the name, with "The Old School Tie" from pH7 as the B-side. It was included on some American pressings of pH7.

Contents 1 Track listing 2 Personnel 3 References 4 External links

Track listing

All tracks by Peter Hammill, except where noted. "Nadir's Big Chance" - 3:33 "The Institute Of Mental Health, Burning" (Hammill, Chris Judge Smith) - 3:32 "Open Your Eyes" - 5:13 "Nobody's Business" - 4:09 "Been Alone So Long" (Chris Judge Smith) - 4:11 "Pompeii" - 4:25 "Shingle Song" - 4:15 "Airport" - 3:04 "People You Were Going To" - 5:05 "Birthday Special" - 3:36 "Two Or Three Spectres" - 6:20 Personnel Peter Hammill - voice, guitars, piano (7,9), bass (11) David Jackson - saxophone (1-11) Hugh Banton - bass (1-10), piano (2,6,11), organ (3,9) Guy Evans - drums (1-11)
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