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[News] Alive Mediasoft back in businessANN.lu
Posted on 05-Dec-2000 12:54 GMT by Teemu I. Yliselä34 comments
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The ill-fated Alive Mediasoft are back, under the name Alive World. On their website they are selling Mac games, DVDs and, funnily enough, R'n'B music. In addition, MacWorld claim in their news item that "the company plans to ship a CD compilation of games called Amiga 4 Mac. It will be a collection of classic Amiga games and an Amiga OS emulator."

Alive Mediasoft back in business : Comment 1 of 34ANN.lu
Posted by Mikey C on 04-Dec-2000 23:00 GMT
"the company plans to ship a CD compilation of games called Amiga 4
Mac. It will be a collection of classic Amiga games and an Amiga OS emulator."
For which I am sure, they will obtain, licenses and rights to publish
software and ROM images on to a cd rom.
(If they are planning to include rom images that is)
As to the software, well, I shall watch with interest.
Mikey C
Alive Mediasoft back in business : Comment 2 of 34ANN.lu
Posted by John Chandler on 04-Dec-2000 23:00 GMT
Hmmm... wonder if they'll finally give me either the money or replacement items for the order they owe me from last year?
Heh, unlikely... :-/
John
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Posted by Paolo "Mod3m" D'Urso on 04-Dec-2000 23:00 GMT
They stolen money from Amiga users and developer, then they asked money for a subscription to their "magazine" (ahah), now they're trying to steal people's money selling Mac and Dvd stuff...
When someone will kick's Steven Flowers and his (or her? I suspect he's gay) wife?
We're still waiting our $300 from them... and we'll never receive it I suppose :(
Alive Mediasoft back in business : Comment 4 of 34ANN.lu
Posted by Mikey C on 04-Dec-2000 23:00 GMT
In reply to Comment 3 (Paolo "Mod3m" D'Urso):
Whoa! Come on now, I know what the guy did was terrrible, but it still gives you
no excuse to insult his wife.
If you are going to make criticisms keep them to the facts only. Making
slanderous remarks can get you sued and get this list removed.
Please cut out the personal insults, it isn't very clever.
I am sad to see a fellow Amigan stoop so low.
Regards
Mikey C
Webmaster, Amihoo.com
Alive Mediasoft back in business : Comment 5 of 34ANN.lu
Posted by sauro on 04-Dec-2000 23:00 GMT
I didn't know Alive stopped developing for Amy...it seems to be one of the most important developer for the future before this summer...what happened??
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Posted by its about time on 04-Dec-2000 23:00 GMT
How do yopu know that Alive MediasoftAlive World?
Apart from the fact that part of the name is the same
and they are based on UK, I do not see any relation
to assure that both companies were/are/will be the
same.
Alive Mediasoft back in business : Comment 7 of 34ANN.lu
Posted by richie on 04-Dec-2000 23:00 GMT
Someone should tell amiga inc.'s lawyers to check for legal ROMs.
Alive Mediasoft back in business : Comment 8 of 34ANN.lu
Posted by Marco Ridoni on 04-Dec-2000 23:00 GMT
In reply to Comment 4 (Mikey C):
I'm not sure of what this guy has done, but I'm quite sure that gay is not an insult, unless someone here is a bit homophobic...
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Posted by Andy on 04-Dec-2000 23:00 GMT
In reply to Comment 6 (its about time):
A little research...
A search on the domain at http://www.nic.uk, the UK domain name
authority reveals:
Domain Name: ALIVEWORLD.CO.UK
Registered For: Steven Flowers
Domain Registered By: FREENETNAME
Registered on 30-Oct-2000.
More info: http://www.nic.uk/cgi-bin/whois.cgi?query=aliveworld.co.uk
I cannot see that "Alive World" is a registered company at Companies
House (where all UK companies are registered) at
http://www.companies-house.gov.uk/, but Alive Mediasoft and Alive
Mediasoft UK are.
Oh, and at the bottom of http://www.aliveworld.co.uk/index-for-real.html
, it states "©Alive mediasoft UK Ltd. 2000"
Alive Mediasoft back in business : Comment 10 of 34ANN.lu
Posted by Mikey C on 04-Dec-2000 23:00 GMT
In reply to Comment 5 (sauro):
If you want a reminder into Alive Mediasoft's criticsms take a peep at
http://www.ann.lu/comments2.cgi?view=962380734&category=unmoderated&6
This is just the tip of the ice berg. The longer post which had over 120 replies
on it was removed by the Webmaster, due to the slanderous comments and swearing.
Regards
Mikey C
Webmaster, Amihoo.com
Alive Mediasoft back in business : Comment 11 of 34ANN.lu
Posted by nOw2 on 04-Dec-2000 23:00 GMT
In reply to Comment 6 (its about time):
Because it says so on the main page. "Alive Mediasoft Ltd."
Alive Mediasoft back in business : Comment 12 of 34ANN.lu
Posted by Mikey C on 04-Dec-2000 23:00 GMT
In reply to Comment 8 (Marco Ridoni):
Marco Ridoni wrote:
"I'm not sure of what this guy has done, but I'm quite sure that gay is not an insult, unless someone here is a bit homophobic.."
Yeah, right and if he meant Happy for Gay I am Lord Lucan, Medil Ali, John Wayne and Elvis all rolled into one. :P
Regards
Mikey C
Webmaster, Amihoo.com
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Posted by Anonymous on 04-Dec-2000 23:00 GMT
Well, Alive can go **** themselves, I'll never order anything else from them as long as I live, no matter what they call themselves. They screwed me twice, and I suppose I'll never see the money ever again. Now, you can tell me to take them to court or whatever, but eventually that would cost me more than what Alive owes me. Advice: Do not, I repeat DO NOT trust them! Do not order anything from them! You'll only regret it.
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Posted by victor # on 04-Dec-2000 23:00 GMT
Let's hope they won't discredit the name "Amiga" among Mac-users... In case they do, we must stop them...
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Posted by Budda on 04-Dec-2000 23:00 GMT
In reply to Comment 13 (Anonymous):
How about going to a "No Win No Fee" solicitors and go take them to
court. Then the fee comes out of any money that Alive have to pay up.
Not sure if these cases are catered for. Enough companies advertise
on TV - give them a call :-) And whip Flowers ass.
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Posted by Jonny Johansson on 04-Dec-2000 23:00 GMT
A kinda funny U-turn this, as I seem to recall that in a previous
incarnation, the plan was to sell classic Mac games, with a "runtime",
or rather "bare bones" copy of Shapeshifter...:7
Alive Mediasoft back in business : Comment 17 of 34ANN.lu
Posted by David Connolly on 04-Dec-2000 23:00 GMT
Hmmm. Perhaps it's time to give Alive a break now. I hate to say it but there are a million worse gangsters in the 'real' company world. Don't want to name anyone obviously but the big companies sew up the markets. If Alive would have been able to get into the Amiga market when small companies couldn't then maybe they would have had the money to pay all the developers. So the real criminals? Freemasons and people like that. It's a thought anyway :)
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Posted by Daniel Hutchinson on 04-Dec-2000 23:00 GMT
Disgusted to see these con artists back on the scene again. They still
owe me £75 for undelievered goods. I would encourage everyone else
they owe money to tell them where to stick Alive World (a venture set
up with the money of people they ripped off while in the Amiga
market). I also hope people will start talking to Trading Standards UK
about these people again, I am.
Alive Mediasoft back in business : Comment 19 of 34ANN.lu
Posted by Daniel Hutchinson on 04-Dec-2000 23:00 GMT
In reply to Comment 6 (its about time):
Maybe because (wild guess) it says it mutiple places on the web
site...
©Alive mediasoft UK Ltd. 2000
The logo is strangly familar, as is the website's design!
Alive Mediasoft back in business : Comment 20 of 34ANN.lu
Posted by Jerry Gibbons on 04-Dec-2000 23:00 GMT
In reply to Comment 17 (David Connolly):
>So the real criminals? Freemasons and people like that. It's a thought anyway :)
I find your comments about the Fraternity of Freemasons unthoughtful. And I am offended.
Alive Mediasoft back in business : Comment 21 of 34ANN.lu
Posted by David Connolly on 04-Dec-2000 23:00 GMT
In reply to Comment 20 (Jerry Gibbons):
When you spend three years of your life trying to get software through all of the freemasons in the software industry you might get a little annoyed. If you are concerned about my criticism of the fraternity of freemasons kindly tell the people who control distribution such as EA/Pinnacle to stop blocking my software from entering the shops. I'll expect my call from Peter Sleeman tomorrow shall I :)
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Posted by Bloke in the Shadows on 05-Dec-2000 23:00 GMT
In reply to Comment 17 (David Connolly):
David.. One word.. Trading Standards... *if* only people knew how you screwed around with people... Oh wait.. they can.. they should check out the Amiga Active Mailing list on egroups for more tasty info on you.
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Posted by David Connolly on 05-Dec-2000 23:00 GMT
In reply to Comment 22 (Bloke in the Shadows):
huh? I don't think I've been screwing around with people. Far from it I decided to give my Amiga publishing division to someone who I thought was more capable than myself in doing the job. Why are you mentioning the trading standards to me? Nobody has ever reported CS&E to the trading standards because we haven't heard from them. Having reported Alive Mediasoft to the trading standards (for their own good - although it wasn't any use) I was informed it was their policy to take up any complaints with the company directly. Plus none of our customers actually complained about us on the mailing list, rather people like Mikey C and that bloke from Amibench who (and I won't insult them and get into a slanging match again) have already had disagreements with me. Mikey C for example had already had a go at us several times for having a name similar to Crystal Software when in truth they licensed *our* name and were allowed to put a line stating they were associated to Crystal Software and Electronics. It very much irked me at the time but what can you do. When people like this then also have a go at me for something I already apologised about. Well it's annoying to say the least.
I think you are trying to have a go at me because you know it is in my character to react and you think it is quite amusing to see a businessman forced into personal comments. You are most probably under 18 years of age since you come across as very immature. Get into the real world and grow up. The fact I know this will no doubt annoy you and make you even more of an angry young man.
I've had to deal with the likes of Steven Flowers and you'll have to try a lot better if you're going to get past me.
Alive Mediasoft back in business : Comment 24 of 34ANN.lu
Posted by Alexander Holland on 05-Dec-2000 23:00 GMT
In reply to Comment 6 (its about time):
It says that it IS Alive Media soft on other pages
Alex
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Posted by Alexander Holland on 05-Dec-2000 23:00 GMT
Alive World have been warned that if the Amiga4Mac CD contains ANY of the games they have illegally published/sold before (Such as the Amberstar/Ambermoon CD) then they will face legal action.
Letters were also forwarded to ELSPA, and the publication right holders.
Cheers
Alexander Holland
Webmaster of the Thalion Webshrine
http://thalion.amiga.tm
Alive Mediasoft back in business : Comment 26 of 34ANN.lu
Posted by Ville Sarell on 05-Dec-2000 23:00 GMT
I think people should be alert if they are dealing with Alive. I can't say "do not trust them", cause I don't have any experience dealing with them myself. But what I've heard... so many critical comments, that some of them has to contain a bit truth in them as well (just logical, or is it just me ?).
Alive Mediasoft back in business : Comment 27 of 34ANN.lu
Posted by David Connolly on 05-Dec-2000 23:00 GMT
In reply to Comment 25 (Alexander Holland):
so much talk of the trading standards and ELSPA, two highly useless organisations who don't wish to deal with the likes of Alive unless they are ripping off the establishment. Sorry but ELSPA (and most Western governments who support them) don't give a shit about anything but their profits. They are a group of multi-national publishers led by EA and are the public face to a very nasty exclusive organisation that goes way beyond simply the software industry. The very fact they won't do anything about Alive should tell you something. % of PC publishers who are ELSPA members 99%, % of Amiga publishers who are ELSPA members 0%. Hmmmm.
Learn a tough lesson in life. There is a whole community of people who control the wealth in places like Britain, it is a legal, government-endorsed mafia. Where this doesn't exist like in Russia you get the real mafia. So take your pick. If you don't like companies who rip you off openly then buy a PC and get ripped off without knowing it :)
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Posted by Mark Wilson on 06-Dec-2000 23:00 GMT
In reply to Comment 23 (David Connolly):
Well I'll comment on what David wont.
David took the time to report AmiBench to trading standards because we refused to publish his "press releases" (Someone had seemingly subscribed me to his press release mailing list without my permisson)
When I complained to David about the "spam mails" he reported me to his local Trading Standards. I then suffered a weeks worth of worry while I took legal advice to see where I would actually stand against the Tradinig Standards Department.
Alive Mediasoft back in business : Comment 29 of 34ANN.lu
Posted by Anonymous on 06-Dec-2000 23:00 GMT
In reply to Comment 28 (Mark Wilson):
Well I'll comment on what David wont.
David took the time to report AmiBench to trading standards because we refused to publish his "press releases" (Someone had seemingly subscribed me to his press release mailing list without my permisson)
No. Mark prints his e-mail address on the Amibench website. While he is seemingly happy to give commercial advertising to one Amiga magazine (Amiga Active) he wrote a rude e-mail to me accusing me of spam when I sent a press release to him. Bearing in mind this apparent contradiction and connections to Amiga Active, a publication being already being sued by my company, I reported it to the trading standards.
When I complained to David about the "spam mails" he reported me to his local Trading Standards. I then suffered a weeks worth of worry while I took legal advice to see where I would actually stand against the Tradinig Standards Department.
I guess then you shouldn't run a website that on one hand claims to be so far away from commercialism that it can't accept press releases and on the other is happy to promote itself like a commercial site, including making advertising contracts.
Plus why on earth Mark has decided to drag this out again other than to be libellous I have no idea.
Alive Mediasoft back in business : Comment 30 of 34ANN.lu
Posted by Mark Wilson on 06-Dec-2000 23:00 GMT
In reply to Comment 29 (Anonymous):
David Connolly has once again emailed me today with theats of legal action because I'm breaking libel.
This issue is now causing me great concern. I wii no longer post about this subject on this forum. Needless to say I will be seeking legal advice of my own.
(NB: Due to threats of legal action I do not wish to comment on any issue).
Alive Mediasoft back in business : Comment 31 of 34ANN.lu
Posted by Mark Wilson on 06-Dec-2000 23:00 GMT
In reply to Comment 29 (Anonymous):
>David took the time to report AmiBench to trading standards because we refused >to publish his "press releases" (Someone had seemingly subscribed me to his >press release mailing list without my permisson)
Well who ever you are you are not part of the AmiBench Group because I only speak offically for AmiBench.
>No. Mark prints his e-mail address on the Amibench website. While he is >seemingly happy to give commercial advertising to one Amiga magazine (Amiga >Active) he wrote a rude e-mail to me accusing me of spam when I sent a press >release to him. Bearing in mind this apparent contradiction and connections >to .Amiga Active, a publication being already being sued by my company, I >reported it to the trading standards.
Right, I do print my address on AmiBench so people can contact me. I dont state anywhere that I want my email addess being added to a mailing list of any kind.
I have sent no one a "rude" email. Its interesting to note that you speak on David Connollys behalf buy using such words as (I quote here "he wrote a rude e-mail to me accusing me of spam when I sent a press release" and you have "rude" email from me. I would be very interested to see this "rude" email seeing as I am public relations for AmiBench - I take this as a very serious issue.
We give no commercial advertising to Amiga Companies. Oddly Most Amiga Companies refuse to sponsor us because we take trade away from them (by being in the second hand classifieds market).
>I guess then you shouldn't run a website that on one hand claims to be so far >away from commercialism that it can't accept press releases and on the other >is happy to promote itself like a commercial site, including making >advertising contracts.
We have only made advertising contacts with third party services such as Chris Kemp does with ANN (we use different companies that help pay server costs ans so on). Its my right to do as I wish on *my* site. I dont see anyone threatening to take Chris to court because he has "Commercial adverts" on his site.
>Plus why on earth Mark has decided to drag this out again other than to be >libellous I have no idea.
Who says I am being libellous? I dont think anything I have said is libellous.
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Posted by Syzygy on 06-Dec-2000 23:00 GMT
What a wonderful Community we have...
Developers that cant agree on one standard
Magazines suing magazines
Magazines suing websites
How I wish some members of the Community would just FOAD...
Peace,
Syzygy
Alive Mediasoft back in business : Comment 33 of 34ANN.lu
Posted by Syzygy on 06-Dec-2000 23:00 GMT
In reply to Comment 27 (David Connolly):
I'm sure the Elspa would love to read you libellous comments about them...
Peace,
Syzygy
Alive Mediasoft back in business : Comment 34 of 34ANN.lu
Posted by Stephen Mowbray on 06-Dec-2000 23:00 GMT
In reply to Comment 31 (Mark Wilson):
Well I think it's time to take a step back from this before things get too heated.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but Amibench is a second hand sales forum for the Amiga Market. It is not a
news site in any way shape or form.
Sending press releases for a games company would be akin to sending copies of the Prime Ministers speeches to
LOOT magazine - Pointless.
Trading Standards have little time for petty squables like this. They target their resources on the real cowboys of industry.
So, Mr Connolly - do everyone a favour. Get on with running your business and let Mark and the rest of the Amibench
team get on with running their site. By making such threats you do nothing but harm to this fragile community.
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