Anyone remember Special Reserve? Page 3

  • Gambit1977 27 Feb 2010 07:33:56 10,398 posts
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    Oh the memories of a little 15 year old
    Me ringing them up to order launch titles such as fade to black, half life, GTA and Resi1.
  • Gambit1977 27 Feb 2010 07:35:10 10,398 posts
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    PenguinJim wrote:
    monkey_man wrote: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).
    SF2 Turbo on the MegaDrive? Either your memories are implanted or you are part of a complex and sinister conspiracy involving the defamation of Special Reserve at Eurogamer! WHICH IS IT?

    SF2 was on the megadrive late in its day...what's this conspiracy? Tell me tell me :-
  • Merlinho 27 Feb 2010 07:36:53 5,908 posts
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    Gosh, I remember this, I was a member when I was 14-16, I remember receiving C&C Red Alert before its release date and being a legend at school for a couple of days because of it.
  • Singularity 27 Feb 2010 09:31:29 3,194 posts
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    Blimey, I used to write for the SR website. That takes me back. I certainly remember monkey_man. You were friends with Mr_Snuggly, no?
  • monkey_man 27 Feb 2010 09:55:34 11 posts
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    Yeah that's right. Maybe you'll be glad to hear he is still alive and well, and writing for a prominent name in the entertainment industry... Did you go on the forum? What was your username?

    PenguinJim - quite right, it was the CE but I think it had the turbo options, so you could speed it right up if you're into selfharm (once you reached Sagat it was controller-snapping time anyway, that fucker).
  • Deleted user 27 February 2010 10:05:43
    Another Special Reserve member here. Used to buy everything from them way back when.

    Luckily I had nothing on order when they went bust.
  • nickthegun 27 Feb 2010 10:14:27 79,448 posts
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    I used to live near-ish the store in alfreton, so we would get to go in as a treat. It was like an aladins cave of awesomeness.

    You just cant get that with a gamestation..
  • Singularity 27 Feb 2010 11:46:29 3,194 posts
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    monkey_man wrote:
    Yeah that's right. Maybe you'll be glad to hear he is still alive and well, and writing for a prominent name in the entertainment industry... Did you go on the forum? What was your username?


    I was Fosco on the forum. And I'm still writing for Snuggly and his prominent name; in fact I owe him 600 words by Monday! (: s)
  • monkey_man 27 Feb 2010 11:58:06 11 posts
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    Ah, I remember you, filthy turquoise staffie!

    Is that for theshiznit?
  • Singularity 27 Feb 2010 12:16:14 3,194 posts
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    (; ))

    Yeah, and VM.
  • monkey_man 27 Feb 2010 12:22:29 11 posts
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    Oh right. I'm "Luke" on theshiznit btw. Who the devil are you on there?
  • Singularity 27 Feb 2010 12:28:25 3,194 posts
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    I'm Rich. Like in Real Life.
  • monkey_man 27 Feb 2010 12:40:24 11 posts
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    Well ain't that a nice li'l coincidence.
  • Mughes 27 Feb 2010 12:44:20 16 posts
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    Brought together once more

    How romantic
  • Singularity 27 Feb 2010 13:45:13 3,194 posts
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    Absolutely.

    Just remembered my favourite SR-related story.

    When you pre-ordered you had to pay the full price of the game immediately (as mentioned previously).

    When the company failed, more than 50 people had pre-ordered and paid for Duke Nukem Forever.

    Edited by Singularity at 10:37:17 10-12-2019
  • caligari 27 Feb 2010 13:51:54 17,945 posts
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    So we're all fawning over a company that...actually ended up ripping off a load of innocent customers?

    They sound like complete bastards! :-o

    Anyway - 'One Step Beyond' in Norwich was where the REALLY cool kids went for their gaming fix.
  • Mughes 27 Feb 2010 13:55:26 16 posts
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    They still owe me several Game-a-day prizes

    In fact the only one that I actually received was fucking...Equilibrium on DVD
  • Articulate-Troll 27 Feb 2010 14:03:27 3,098 posts
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    I didn't realise so many people were former members of special reserve! I used to get all my games from them - their back catalogue was fairly decent and their prices were much better than the high street. Plus, when you renewed you got a free cheapo N64 controller. WIN!
  • monkey_man 27 Feb 2010 14:51:09 11 posts
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    I got Ace Combat 4 as a prize once, but they sent me 2 copies. Both went on Amazon Marketplace for 25 a pop.

    In the end they were probably giving away more than they sold. There's a facebook group for all this: http://www.facebook.com/#!/group.php?gid=5940987059&ref=ts
  • Doomspoon 27 Feb 2010 14:52:44 3,013 posts
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    I used to buy loads of stuff from them for my Amiga. I remember at the time most games that were 25 in the high street shops were about 17 mail order from them. I got all my Leisure Suit Larry titles from them (I liked them back then), Monkey Island 1 & 2 etc. I think I even ordered my N64 with Mario 64 and Killer Instinct Gold from them. I never used the site though.
  • Deleted user 27 February 2010 14:52:50
    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...

    Hey whistr...on?
  • Mughes 27 Feb 2010 14:57:55 16 posts
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    You're like the son who never calls anymore :'{
  • twoism 27 Feb 2010 19:37:12 181 posts
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    I remember their ads in PCZone magazines... didn't they used to make/sell gaming PCs too?
  • InfiniteFury 27 Feb 2010 19:39:19 864 posts
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    I remember getting ripped off by them. Echo the fucking cowboys comment.
  • dsmx 27 Feb 2010 19:54:44 8,492 posts
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    I used to be a member as well and yes they did make PC's.
  • monkey_man 27 Feb 2010 21:15:38 11 posts
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    Maxx PCs. They were only expensive once online retailers like play and amazon came on the scene, then they didn't stand a chance really.
  • Stop-gap 27 Feb 2010 21:51:32 329 posts
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    God.... yeah I remember SR dropping out of the back of Amiga Power a few times so very many moons ago. Those were the days :)
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