I hardly ever write anything that isn't to fulfil a specific commission. After all, the purpose of writing is communication, and what's the point of communication that never communicates with anybody? Still, occasionally things get commissioned and then never used for one reason or another, or written with a vague but never-realised intention of trying to sell them on in a finished state at a later date, or simply for want of their being anything better to do at that particular time. Here, then, are a few pieces that were unpublished until now and that you probably never will see on a printed page. (Unless you print this one out yourself or something.)
LIVER THAN YOU'LL EVER BE - February 1996
This feature was originally commissioned by Dave Green for Need To Know, long before NTK actually existed and when it was still being pitched as a wide-ranging print lifestyle magazine. It's an evangelical piece reappraising the phenomenon that was the late-1980s pop band Sigue Sigue Sputnik (of whom both Dave and I are big fans, hence the rather earnest tone of the piece), and as such obviously had no place in the geek-news online technozine that NTK eventually ended up being. Which reminds me, I really must give Dave back his collection of Press Gang videos some day.
WHATEVER HAPPENED TO...GAME DESIGNING? - date unknown
An Amiga Power feature which was never quite completed, and never published.
PANEL 4 COLUMN 35 - December 1998
A Digitiser column exposing some truly shocking behaviour in the games industry, all demonstrably true and legally impeccable (and which was eventually exposed in the Guardian), but which the Teletext editors were too gutless to run.
TRUE CONFESSIONS 5 - March 2001
A column for Engine magazine which was a victim of the magazine's sudden closure, and never saw print.
PANEL 4 COLUMN 72 - October 2001
The final Digitiser column, again suppressed by idiot sub-editors incapable of grasping the concept of analogy.