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Posts tagged “ZX Spectrum”

Freeware Garden: The Midnight Station

I hadn't really noticed this until now, but the ZX Spectrum had the ability to make everything look a bit spooky. I'm convinced that this colour-clash was the initial inspiration for the whole glitch movement, though you'd be better off ignoring me and just downloading The Midnight Station. You'll see what I mean. The Midnight Station, a post-Speccy Jam offering sporting a distinctively '80s palette,…

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Feature: Isolation in green

Raised By Screens, Chapter 4: Alien

This article was originally published as part of, and thanks to, the RPS Supporter program. Raised By Screens is probably the closest I’ll ever get to a memoir – glancing back at the games I played as a child in the order in which I remember playing them, and focusing on how I remember them rather than what they truly were. There will be errors…

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Feature: The first game

Raised By Screens – Chapter 1: The Hobbit

I've written before about the games that 'made' me, but really that refers to a specific type of touchstone, the sort of game which informs the games I most enjoy today. There were many others whose formative effects are perhaps less certain, but at the time they seemed boundlessly important to me. They raised me. They helped fire a young imagination into life. They carried…

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Feature: Simulation and wargame blather

The Flare Path: Longing For The Short Form

This week's hunk of 'huh?' was going to be devoted to four ZX Spectrum wargames inextricably linked with the late Margaret Thatcher. Unfortunately, having checked my files, I now realise Operation Solstice, Battleground Orgreave, and Where There Is Discord were just taproom fantasies dreamt up by me and my mate Lee some time in the early Nineties. We never actually got round to making them. The Crash…

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