The Galaxian series game Gaplus (known as Galaga 3 in some markets), released in 1984, has an interesting trick involving its high score screen in the Japanese version: If you enter your high score with the initials JNIWAR with your Age as 28 and Blood Type as OO, you’ll receive a Japanese message written in romaji, which translates to:
“You have beaten Gaplus. In commemoration, we send you this message. Send a letter to Kozima at Namco, and he’ll give something to the first 10 respondents. Sorry, but turn off the power now.”
The aforementioned Kozima may be Sing Kozima, who worked on Namco’s Motos the following year. This message seems to be a leftover element from earlier in Gaplus’ development, as the final version of Gaplus cannot be beaten. Perhaps Namco had a contest in store that was rendered moot when the ending was removed? Regardless, this message in inaccessible in international versions of the game.
My Idol the Brilliantly Talented Actress Gillian Anderson is set to release her own scintillating science-fictional universe upon us from within her effulgent imagination - but this time in print.
Anderson was signed by American publisher Simon & Schuster to pen the, prognostic EarthEnd Saga series, together with co-writer Jeff Rovin.
The first novel in her series, “A Vision of Fire” will focus on Caitlin O’Hara A Renowned Child psychiatrist who treats those children exposed to and traumatised by war or natural disasters. Within her importunate work a concurrence with a uniquely troubled young girl manifests.
Over the course of analysis while searching for remedy to help improve her patient and scrutinise over the origins of the girl’s trauma, Caitlin O’Hara (psychiatrist) begins to realise this girl’s behaviour is tied to a much more paramount, ponderous forces within the universe. As this story unfolds, she must help counteract destruction on a grand scale.
The actor believes that after nine years “of living in a semi-science-fictional universe” – that of The X-Files – she feels she now has “an ingrained knowledge and rhythm for it”.
“I enjoy writing, but don’t usually allow myself the time, and I don’t think I’d ever think to write something in this genre without the prodding of someone like Jeff. But I realized I had ideas hidden within me for a series and a lead character, in this case, a heroine,” she told EW. “It was very clear to me that I didn’t want to enter into the horror realm. That doesn’t interest me. I also wanted a very strong female character, around my age. I would want to read something like that and I think other women would like to read … It’s been a fantastic experience.”
Anderson’s debut science fiction novel is due out in October, when it will launch a new list dedicated to “literary and commercial speculative fiction” at Simon & Schuster, named Simon451 in honour of Ray Bradbury’s classic novel Fahrenheit 451. The imprint will focus on digital-first publishing and ebook originals, with senior editor Sarah Knight believing that “within the science fiction and fantasy genre, ebooks and online communities are becoming the primary means of reading and discovery”
I have already Pre-Ordered my copy for October 9th. I look forward to the extrinsic passage Gillian & Jeff have left antecedently for all us avid readers looking to discover another New Science Fiction Series to embrace.