Many years ago, when a young teenage boy who for some reason liked to call himself “Ian The Smegmeister” first got home internet access, there was only one thing on his mind. But after that, I searched for all the information about my life-long obsession Red Dwarf as I could. I signed up for forums, chatted in chat rooms and delved deep into webrings, which sound a lot more sinister now than they did in the late 90s. It was undoubtedly the first step on a path that led to this place existing, for better or worse, and I’ll always fondly remember and salute our fansite forefathers from that era, such as Smegweb, Red Dwarf World, The Red Dwarf Clearing House, Groovetown, and Planet Smeg among others.
So then I closed it down, and waited until Danny Stephenson was next visiting G&T Towers with his podcasting equipment. We played it through together, ably abetted by Jo Sharples, and recorded the whole damn thing. If you have an hour and fifteen minutes that you never want back, then we’ve got just the video for you.
(480p seems to be the optimum quality for this size of player if you want to read the text, but you’re probably better off viewing it in full res on YouTube.)
A huge round of applause for Greg Haywood, for not only making this game, but keeping it online for around twenty years. We may have had a laugh with it while playing, but it’s a genuinely brilliant thing – so much creativity, ingenuity and most importantly love running through it, for no other reason than to celebrate Red Dwarf and entertain fellow fans. The platforms and the possibilities may have changed in the last two decades, but the spirit of fandom was always there.