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Introduction


In this section you can find links to several interactive viewdata databases.  Depending on your browser, these should operate in exactly the same way that the traditional viewdata service operated - just press the keys relating to the numbered route you require.

At present, the emulation does not support the use of the * key for commands, keyword or direct page access.  This will hopefully be added in the future.

To go back a page, traditionally *#, just use the BACK button in your browser.  This function is often available on the backspace or arrow keys too.

Please be aware, also, that any telephone numbers or other contact details you come across will be many years out of date.  Please do not try to use them!

Demonstration Databases


Micronet 800 demonstration, 1989

Silicon Village demonstration, 1993

Actual site content


Micronet Virgin Users' Microsite for new service members.  Dates from around 1991, right at the end of the service.  If you hit a missing page, just hit BACK in your browser and try again.

The Midnight Micronetters Club is where the most dedicated users hung out.  This copy has issues with missing pages and broken links, but it's a start!

And from The Silicon Village, Visit Forcefield Direct, for news and reviews of all the latest consoles.  Well, the latest in 1993 anyway...

Full Service content


The Dwarfen Realm from around closure in 1990 - we have the entire service available for you to browse!  Crumbs, strike me down with a wet fish. Well, it'll hurt less than the more appropriate battleaxe..

Healthdata - the offline database.  Have some 20+ year old medical advice!

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Tom Vernon
31 Jan 2012, 08:32
I wrote several stories for the start of Prestel for a provider based in the Pearl and Dean offices in Soho. These included:

Space Chase, which had interactive stories for small and older children and relevant extracts from the Galactic Encyclopedia for adults.

The Adventures of Sherlock Humms, the first of which was an interactive tale of the Great Chef mystery and Zelda the Cake Dancer, which had variable endings.

There were also cross-references to the Great Father Xmas controversy, but I would need to find the original scripts to remind myself of what that was.

I think these may have been the first commercially published interactive computer fiction. I wrote the scripts and interactive plan which were then entered by the provider's office, who may have modified them. I don't know, because the Prestel service was so unsuccessful that I never found an installation on which to look at them. But I was paid, so I suppose the provider, whose principal was Richard Hooper, was satisfied.

Tom Vernon
31 Jan 2012, 08:40
I wrote several stories for the start of Prestel for a provider based in the Pearl and Dean offices in Soho. These included:

Space Chase, which had interactive stories for small and older children and relevant extracts from the Galactic Encyclopedia for adults.

The Adventures of Sherlock Humms, the first of which was an interactive tale of the Great Chef mystery and Zelda the Cake Dancer, which had variable endings.

There were also cross-references to the Great Father Xmas controversy, but I would need to find the original scripts to remind myself of what that was.

I think these may have been the first commercially published interactive computer fiction. I wrote the scripts and interactive plans which were then entered by the provider's office, who may have modified them. I don't know, because the Prestel service was so unsuccessful that I never found an installation on which to look at them. But I was paid, so I suppose the provider, whose principal was Richard Hooper, was satisfied.

Nicholas Clements
05 May 2012, 06:48
Just checked out TMMC and guess what my name is there listed in regional directory under Avon. That really takes me back
Jim Price
09 Sep 2013, 14:16
Please subscribe me to this site - cancelled in error!
Tony Cox
06 Nov 2014, 13:00
I have just come across a resume (4/5 pages) of ClubSpot 810 until closure in 1991 written by Ian Burley - this included a list of editors (I was one) and contributors. Can foward if you have not got this history - I note no mention seems to have been made of ClubSpot 810 on your site.

Tony
Paul Stowe
09 Apr 2015, 15:38
I need to contact Viewdata to get a connection.
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