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Daley Thompson Decathlon 2012 Concept video released

Story added: 26 Jul 2012 09:58

Hopefully this is one concept that will hit production

Elite Systems, the long established UK based developer and electronic publisher of games for portable, mobile and other devices has released a "concept" video exploring how the legendary 1984 ZX Spectrum game - Daley Thompson's Decathlon - could look / play if updated for the iPhone / iPad.

The video is available to view at Elite’s website:

It’s also available at YouTube:

Commenting upon the programme, Elite’s MD Steve Wilcox said, “The video contrasts the original ZX Spectrum “Decathlon” game with an update for the iPhone / iPod. It explores how the original 2D decathlon game could be represented in 3D; how the familiar button-bashing” play controls could be combined with bespoke touch-screen inputs specifically designed for each individual event and how many of the 10 events could be represented. On the eve of London 2012, the video’s intended to celebrate Daley’s achievements at the Olympic Games and we hope it will be widely shared.”

“The video features packing art originally created in 1984, by Bob Wakelin.”
About Daley Thompson's Decathlon (the ZX Spectrum “Decathlon” game): Daley Thompson's Decathlon is a computer game based on Konami's Track & Field, developed and released under license by Ocean Software in 1984. It was released in the wake of Daley Thompson's popularity following his gold medals in the decathlon at the 1980 and 1984 Olympic Games. Sinclair User gave the game a score of 8/10. It went on to become the biggest selling Spectrum game of Q4 1984. The game won the award for Game Of The Year 1984 in Crash magazine and was the Best Arcade Style Game of the Year at the Golden Joystick Awards. The game was included on the 1985 compilation They Sold a Million, along with Beach-Head, Sabre Wulf and Jet Set Willy. The game's soundtrack was composed by Martin Galway. The introduction music is based on the 1978 electronic music piece "Rydeen" by Yellow Magic Orchestra.

About Daley Thompson (Source: Wikipedia): Francis Morgan Ayodélé "Daley" Thompson CBE (born 30 July 1958), is a former decathlete from England. He won the decathlon gold medal at the (Summer Games) in 1980 and 1984 and broke the world record for the event four times. With four world records, two (Summer Games) gold medals, three Commonwealth titles and wins in the World and European Championships, Thompson is considered by many to be the greatest decathlete of all time. Robert Chalmers described him as "the greatest all-round athlete this country has ever produced."

Reporting by Costas Stephanides (Editor)

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