Posts Tagged ‘spectrum’

Happy St. Spectrum’s Day!

By John Walker on April 23rd, 2012.

Aw, he doesn't look a day over 29.

As it is only appropriate for the entire internet to point out, the ZX Spectrum is 30th years old today. (If you don’t count the ZX81, which apparently we don’t.) And so it further seems only appropriate to write a nostalgic piece remembering that rubber-keyed lovely. Except, well, I was four. And my memories of being four are mostly about Mr Men books. I remember one being in our house, I remember the rubber keys, but honestly, after that, I’ve no way to know if I’m just invented memories based on my far more acute recollections of the 128K that came out four years later. (This is brilliant. I’m the oldest on RPS, and for once I get to feel too young.) So instead I’ve asked around. Asked old people.

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Gaming Made Me: Frankie Goes To Hollywood

By RPS on July 2nd, 2011.

A true one-of-a-kind in the latest in our series of highly subjective retrospectives on landmark computer games. This week, writer Paul Dean looks at bizarre, ambitious Spectrum game/band spin-off Frankie Goes To Hollywood – a game of pop music, terraced houses, sperm, Nazi bombers, Reagan spitting at Gorbachev and murder most foul. Confused? Relax, don’t do it, when you want to comment angrily.

I had a lot of tapes for my Spectrum. Some had come with it, some were inherited, and some came from the covers of the flimsy and often monochrome computer magazines of the day. More than a few were borrowed or copied from friends at school and we quickly realised that you could fit an awful lot of pirated Spectrum software onto a 90 minute tape, turning a single cassette into a veritable treasure trove, a pocketful of possibilities that felt heavy at your hip and which you couldn’t wait to run home with.
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Spec-chums unite!

By Kieron Gillen on November 27th, 2007.

At which point our Americans readers think we’ve all started speaking Mongolian, but bear with us. Eurogamer have recently started covering Retro games, and they’ve done enough of the Spectrum to do a round-up post linking to reviews of 50 (count ‘em!) great spectrum games. Kristan introduces it like so…

“The thing is – and I loved the Spectrum for years – it was almost the things that were wrong with it that made it all the more endearing. The crappy rubber keyboard. The terrible beeping sound. The lack of a built-in joystick port. And the nightmare of hideous colour clash. Arrrgh! How were we Spectrum owners supposed to defend our purchases to the richer kids with their C64s? Because, pure and simple, for at least three, maybe four years in the 1980s, the Spectrum had by far the better games.”

Not wanting to kick off the C64/Spectrum wars (the arguments neatly summarized by Way of the Rodent here and here), I lean heavily towards the Spectrum. It was the first PC I loved, and the first part of the Spectrum/Amiga/PC troika which got me where I am today (i.e. Posting when I should be working). While there’s some obvious omissions – Where For Art Thou Chaos? – and some choices I’d have gone another way on (Knight Time over Spellbound), it’s a snapshot of a genuinely important gaming age that’s being overlooked. For example, Mr Gollop’s first classic, Something I’d have given a ten out of ten to, the game which makes all the furore over Bully last year look a bit silly and the first videogame I ever obsessed over.

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