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Extended Universe


YouTube Channel

Go one step further than the screenshots and watch video clips of the games in action! I've got my own official "channel" at the site, where you can see montages of existing games and previews of forthcoming ones. You may also like to post some clips of your own to share your experiences in my games...


FaceBook Page

Although I can't accept fans as "friends" on my own FaceBook page, this Facebook group is the next best thing and allows players of the games to stay connected. Please note that it is currently run by fans for fans and does not involve me personally...


Twitter Account

My official Twitter account to fend off impostors. It's currently inactive, but may become active if enough people discover it...

Fan Sites


The MPire Mall

The original and most enduring Wrestling MPire fansite - which is full of alternative graphics for everything from individual characters to entire arenas. And if that inspires you to have a go yourself, your contributions are welcome too. There's also lots of lively discussion about my work and how to get the best out of it...


MPire Mall FaceBook Group

Put a face to the names you'll find on the fan sites courtesy of this FaceBook group dedicated to the modding community. Their focus is primarily on the wrestling games and their own interpretations of them. Fans of my original work should stick to this fan page...


Wrestling MPire
Creations

You won't see Wrestling MPire 2012 from me, but the modders at Wrestling MPire Creations have done an impressive job of bringing the old universe up to date with lots of WWE content.


Wrestling MPire HD Feed

This spin-off from the MPire Mall forums allows you to effortlessly follow the progress that Simon Sayers is making on his own Wrestling MPire HD mod. It's a stylistic homage to the original game rather than a photo-realistic overhaul...


MPire Mall Wrestling

A fansite... of the MPire Mall fansite?! Or more accurately, an inventive little e-Fed that takes the name and conducts lots of matches under that banner - showing just how far modding can go. There are lots of interesting new characters rendered in a modified graphical style, and there are even TV-style videos of the action...


The Encore Mall

A worthy rival to the original MPire Mall which offers more of the same in a different format. Like any sensible shopper, peruse them both to make sure you have everything you need. As the title suggests, this one seems to lean towards Wrestling Encore rather than its later incarnations...

Websites


Wrestling Games Database

See where my iconic wrestling games rank in Gaming Ring's huge database of EVERY one that ever existed! From the biggest mainstream success to the smallest independent effort, they're all featured here. There's also an opportunity to discuss the contributions to this popular genre...


Download.com

As the blissfully simple title dictates, this is the ultimate warehouse for downloads of all kinds - from games to utilities. Being the most popular, it's also the ultimate battleground for developers competing for downloads! In that respect, many of my games can be found reigning supreme as the most popular independent releases in their genre...


Game Tunnel

If it's independent games you want, look no further than this fine collection of impressive releases. I'm normally embarrassed to link to other independent efforts, but this website seeks out the cream of the crop and presents them to you in a perfectly credible way. The games are also supplemented by some encouraging articles about the independent scene itself...

Tools


Blitz BASIC

Originally a 2D-orientated language, Blitz now offers the best 3D game creation as well. It's what I used between 2002 and 2008 to make my 3D projects. The language and its editor are much easier to work with than its Dark BASIC counterpart. However, it definitely isn't as easy as they would have you believe. The work you put into learning should pay off eventually though, as they even offer to publish your better games. You can download a demo of either version from their site... 


Dark BASIC

Another BASIC language, which focuses mainly on 3D games. The graphics tend to look better with this engine, but the abysmal editor makes programming a nightmare. In any case, you can download a demo of the language from their site and see for yourself...


DIV Games Studio

The official site of the product that I used to make most of my early 2D games. The language itself is by far the easiest you'll find, but there are a lot of limitations. Its graphical capabilities go no further than the 16-bit consoles (as it only accepts 256 colours), and the sound is of equally poor quality. Worst of all is that the games run in DOS - so a lot of modern computers have major problems. It may have evolved since I last checked in though, so visit their site for the latest information...


Microsoft DirectX

In theory, this is the only system requirement that my games have! Make sure you have the latest DirectX drivers installed (and an operating system that supports them) and they'll increase your chances of sailing the choppy seas of PC game compatibility...


SoftWrap

The company that manages my online publications. Their secure "wrapper" allows you to distribute trial versions of a full game, which can then be activated on purchase. It's potentially an effective sales method, but the added weight of the business front-end can cause slowdown in some games. The team are friendly and co-operative though; which is a refreshing change in this industry!


ZD Soft Game Recorder

The product I use to record footage of my games, which is then posted at YouTube. It's not as infuriatingly flawed as some of its freeware equivalents, and there's a perfectly generous demo build that merely asks that you carry the company's URL. You may need a strong computer to record games without causing slowdown though... 


DOS-Box

If you're suffering from the DOS-based limitations of DIV Games Studio, help is at hand with this collection of emulators and utilities. It's a little on the complex side, but it's your only hope of getting those charming games of yesteryear to work on Windows XP...


Resource Hacker

The program I used to get my MDickie icon into the Blitz executables. It can be used to explore and edit all sorts of other file properties...


Imagicon

An incredibly useful and easy-to-use program (made in Blitz no less), which converts any given image into an authentic icon file. I used it to make many of the new icons for my own titles...

Self-Improvement


One Warrior Nation

Former wrestling legend, the Ultimate Warrior, has an electrifying web presence where he channels his passion to inspire others. There's a nice overlap with many of the philosophies you will have already been schooled in here at MDickie.com...


The Yoga Of Jesus

Paramahansa Yogananda's celebrated book about the hidden meaning of Christ's teachings, which inspired The You Testament...

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