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10-15-2005, 08:45 AM

Yes, it is. But he appeared on the Spectrum first!

Incidentally, I think the Spectrum still had more usable RAM than the C64 did 41k (ZX) vs 39k (C64) if I'm not mistaken. C64 clearly exhibited one of the first "bloatware" 'operating systems' http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif


10-15-2005, 08:48 AM
Uhh... it was really a long time ago when I first saw ZX Spectrum (my 4 years older cousin had one http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif). I saw a very first computer game on that machine. Some time after that my parents bought me a Commodore 64... http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

I remember that I have played Scramble for a long long time. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

10-15-2005, 08:50 AM
Remember having to type your own programmes into the Spectrum - then having to wonder which character out of the millions you'd just entered was the one that caused the error message?

Happy days.

10-15-2005, 09:00 AM
Aye...worst ones were those in machine code where you'd spend half a day typing in hex values then either have the machine not save it properly after it crashed on the first run!


10-15-2005, 04:35 PM
I threw my ZX81 out the window.

I went and got it back because they were expensive.

10-15-2005, 04:59 PM
10 print "#"
20 poke 53280,1 : poke 53281,0
30 print "speccies are rubbish";
40 poke 53280,0 : poke 53281,1
50 goto 20

Those were the days.

10-15-2005, 05:01 PM
I too had a rubber keyed - Spectrum 175 in 1982.

I was 9 and I LOVED it. Used to have a massive collection of games Atic Atac, Sabre Wulf, Underwurlde, Highway Encounter, ZZZzzoom....http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

We all had Spectrums around our way. i only knew of 1 person with a c64.

Then there were all the 'unfortunates' whose parents (through nothing else but bad luck) had bought the 'turkeys' like the Vic 20, Texas TI99, Acorn Electron, Oric 1, Jupiter Ace etc. Poor kids http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

My Computer/Console tree went :

Spectrum 48k (rubber keys)
Spectrum 128k
Atari ST
Amiga 1200
Sega Megadrive
PC 400mhz and ATI Rage Pro 8mb (!)

I remember falling in love with Star Wars (vector graphics version) and Commando arcade games in Scarborough on holiday when very young! I fell right back to my childhood when I found out we could emulate these games perfectly on our PCs with Mame!!!

10-16-2005, 03:39 AM
My history would be:

Spectrum 48K
Commodore Amiga & Sega Megadrive (only for Fifa 95)
PC "IDT Winchip(!)" 200MHz, 24MB
Current PC & XBOX

Circa 1997, I purchased a calculator for my engineering degree that had more RAM/processing power than my old Spectrum http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif


10-16-2005, 06:39 AM
ZX81's and ZX80's are fetching quite a bit now if they are Mint in the Box.

I saw one on a market a few years ago for 5 in the box and didnt buy it, been kicking myself ever since....

These things ill be collectors items in the future, I'm sure. Just like our Parents/Grandparents toys are now. Also the fact that they will mostly be very 'used' will add to the fact that there will be very few mint examples around, leading to their value in the future being even higher....

10-16-2005, 07:18 AM
seems like the packaging is worth more than the contents these days.

Unboxed Speccy...maybe a fiver.

Mint condition box containing Speccy and manuals, Horizons tape etc...probably 50 quid. Mine is worth nothing - it's been 'violated' with a Saga emperor keyboard!


10-16-2005, 09:58 AM
A right royal trip down memory lane here:-





All together now - "It'll never get better than this!" http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

10-16-2005, 10:38 AM
Originally posted by Low_Flyer_MkII:
Remember having to type your own programmes into the Spectrum - then having to wonder which character out of the millions you'd just entered was the one that caused the error message?

Happy days. or if you missed outa comma.

10-17-2005, 07:35 AM
Lol those games you typed in, even when they worked, were such a disapointment.

Always looked so great in the pictures, then turned out to be **** http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

10-17-2005, 07:53 AM
you mean ..

20 GOTO 10



of course that is C64 http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

but if you like ZX:

TONS of spectrum screens

also regarding retro games for PC


and I recommend http://retrospec.sgn.net/ for great retro games made for PC!

10-17-2005, 09:15 AM
My simming days started when my dad bought a Gateway 90 when i 7. I first got into the x-wing series and Wings of Glory...then I moved onto EF 2000....at the age of 8 I was putting guided bombs through bunkers! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/34.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/59.gif THose were the days....lookin at the heads down display in the Eurofighter watching the bunker go BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif