Anyone remember Special Reserve? Page 2

  • Pure-Ultra 29 Jul 2009 11:12:56 743 posts
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    ultimate blast from the past! my Dad used to buy us games from Special Reserve, megadrive and snes goodness!
  • PearOfAnguish 29 Jul 2009 11:18:43 7,573 posts
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    Old school. I bought Syndicate Plus and Lemmings 2 from Special Reserve.
  • consignia 29 Jul 2009 11:50:00 1,482 posts
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    Special Reserve was brill. I used to get all my mail order stuff from them back in the day. Their adverts were always so enticing in the back of mags.
  • Grunk 29 Jul 2009 11:50:00 4,717 posts
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    I remember outing a guy on SR reviews, he was blatantly going to a games site (games revolution I think) and copy and pasting the reviews to try and win the free game of the day.

    I got a lot of stick from the other forumites for doing that as it was my first post ever, so they thought I was there to cause trouble or something.
    Actually I don't understand why I got stick, since I provided them with evidence of someone trying to swindle them.
  • minky-kong 29 Jul 2009 11:52:32 14,438 posts
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    There was a Special Reserve practically next door to my Secondary School in Chelmsford. Used to pop in there after school most days to see if they would let me and my friends play the display N64. Bastards rarely did.

    I joined their club thing to get money off games as well when I bought my N64 and remember getting a crap Tamagotchi clone the first year, and then that rubbish Turok Deathmatch game (can't remember the exact name) the next year.
  • andywilkie35 29 Jul 2009 11:55:09 5,327 posts
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    I remember getting Zelda: Wind Waker from that Special Reserve in Chelmsford.
  • Deleted user 29 July 2009 11:55:59
    Grunk wrote:
    I remember outing a guy on SR reviews, he was blatantly going to a games site (games revolution I think) and copy and pasting the reviews to try and win the free game of the day.

    I got a lot of stick from the other forumites for doing that as it was my first post ever, so they thought I was there to cause trouble or something.
    Actually I don't understand why I got stick, since I provided them with evidence of someone trying to swindle them.

    Nobody likes a grass.
  • consignia 29 Jul 2009 11:58:54 1,482 posts
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    kinky_mong wrote:
    There was a Special Reserve practically next door to my Secondary School in Chelmsford. Used to pop in there after school most days to see if they would let me and my friends play the display N64. Bastards rarely did.

    Heh, Me and friend got kicked out of Tandy a few times for playing on the Master Systems. It was a bit cheeky taking their display PC joysticks, and plugging them into the display Master Systems.
  • Grunk 29 Jul 2009 12:05:24 4,717 posts
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    paul_haine wrote:
    Grunk wrote:
    I remember outing a guy on SR reviews, he was blatantly going to a games site (games revolution I think) and copy and pasting the reviews to try and win the free game of the day.

    I got a lot of stick from the other forumites for doing that as it was my first post ever, so they thought I was there to cause trouble or something.
    Actually I don't understand why I got stick, since I provided them with evidence of someone trying to swindle them.

    Nobody likes a grass.

    Only cunts that do illegal shit say that.
  • Deleted user 29 July 2009 12:07:26
    Grunk wrote:
    paul_haine wrote:
    Grunk wrote:
    I remember outing a guy on SR reviews, he was blatantly going to a games site (games revolution I think) and copy and pasting the reviews to try and win the free game of the day.

    I got a lot of stick from the other forumites for doing that as it was my first post ever, so they thought I was there to cause trouble or something.
    Actually I don't understand why I got stick, since I provided them with evidence of someone trying to swindle them.

    Nobody likes a grass.

    Only cunts that do illegal shit say that.

    the forum was a nest of a particularly insular self-referential internet cynicism. a small scion exists on a private forum, which i still frequent on ocassion. It's the most insular place ever, haha. I'm in the club though, obvs.
  • Neodog 29 Jul 2009 12:25:09 304 posts
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    I used to work for Special Reserve it how I got into IT. Building their range of killer home PC's in the dungeon of the Warehouse. Happy days!
  • Deleted user 29 July 2009 12:28:47
    anyone remember their 'cheap ram' banner ad? it had a sheep wearing pink lipstick. awesome.
  • Deleted user 29 July 2009 12:39:13
    Grunk wrote:
    paul_haine wrote:
    Grunk wrote:
    I remember outing a guy on SR reviews, he was blatantly going to a games site (games revolution I think) and copy and pasting the reviews to try and win the free game of the day.

    I got a lot of stick from the other forumites for doing that as it was my first post ever, so they thought I was there to cause trouble or something.
    Actually I don't understand why I got stick, since I provided them with evidence of someone trying to swindle them.

    Nobody likes a grass.

    Only cunts that do illegal shit say that.

    What if I was saying it ironically?
  • Deleted user 29 July 2009 12:42:51
    also, anyone remember the soft-porn blair-witch rip off that they advertised loads? bizzarre.
  • Deleted user 29 July 2009 12:45:04
    Did a Wikipedia search for Special Reserve and it just directs me to a military article :(
  • monkey_man 26 Feb 2010 17:26:11 11 posts
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    RedSparrows wrote:
    It's the most insular place ever, haha.

    You spelt "best" wrong.

    RedSparrows wrote:
    I'm in the club though, obvs.

    Oh aye...
  • caligari 26 Feb 2010 17:28:49 17,945 posts
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    monkey_man wrote:
    RedSparrows wrote:
    It's the most insular place ever, haha.

    You spelt "best" wrong.

    RedSparrows wrote:
    I'm in the club though, obvs.

    Oh aye...

    Only 7 months late with that reply, huh?

    Or are you contacting us...from the FUTURE?

    /Twilight Zone music
  • monkey_man 26 Feb 2010 17:33:05 11 posts
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    ...future.

    I have a long an illustrious history with SR. Members for years, then forum regular, loads of friends worked there, now the remnants/outcasts (aka "winners") and I chat elsewhere but lots of fond memories.

    Except the time I paid 60 for SF2 Turbo on the MegaDrive (which I still have).
  • Deleted user 26 February 2010 17:35:28
    It was just a mail order retailer, monkey_man. Look to the future, not the past.
  • monkey_man 26 Feb 2010 17:38:45 11 posts
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    "was"

    :,{
  • Mughes 26 Feb 2010 17:41:16 16 posts
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    Such memories
  • monkey_man 26 Feb 2010 17:42:07 11 posts
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    Just realised Skillian wrote this article - still got him on my Xfire friends list, ah memories of CS:S and BF2.

    And that porno was "The Erotic Witch Project" - it was top of their DVD charts for months.
  • Drpwnage 26 Feb 2010 17:43:59 687 posts
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    Psychotext wrote:
    rodpad wrote:
    I remember them from the mail order days way before the Internet.
    This one.

    This one +1.

    Oh bollocks didn't notice thread date.
  • monkey_man 26 Feb 2010 17:52:28 11 posts
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    Yeah this thread has only just come to my (and others) attention too. The history of SR would make a pretty interesting book...but only from an insider-outer perspective. There's a facebook page with pictures of the old staff getting up to larks - you can really tell they had fun.
  • FatsoJetson 26 Feb 2010 18:07:55 387 posts
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    I did my work experience at Special Reserve in Sawbridgeworth. Cushiest two days of my school life.

    I remember my dad taking me to SR to buy Magic Pockets - what a game! what a theme tune!!

    SR were very expensive though.
  • grimmace 26 Feb 2010 18:30:39 563 posts
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    I remember them - i had several games on pre-order when they went bust and i lost about 80 quid (they took the money straight away when you placed an order).

    So i remember them, but not very fondly.
  • secombe 26 Feb 2010 18:40:09 1,453 posts
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    Loved Special Reserve, my parents used to post my orders on the form you got in the back of the magazine! I distinctly remember wanting Skitchin' with my birthday money, but my Dad was unsure as it only got something like 67% in Sega Power (I won, and loved it), always really exciting waiting for the delivery...which in those days used to arrive in plenty of time to have a quick play before school.

    Unfortunately I once bought one of their dreadful own-brand 'Dragon' Mega Drive controllers, big mistake.
  • Widge Moderator 26 Feb 2010 18:42:28 13,858 posts
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    I remember getting Sensible Soccer from them. I also went into the Chelmsford branch. Special Reserve DID have a price edge on a lot of places but over time that advantage started to vanish.
  • phycus 26 Feb 2010 18:48:17 326 posts
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    Used buy games mail order from them downunder via mailorder, games were a 3rd of the price evening factoring in exchange rates.
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