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21st June 2003, 11:55
Does anyone have any fond memories of their ZX Spectrum, C64, Vic 20, Dragon 32, BBC Micro, Electron, Amstrad CPC, Tandy, even ZX81?
I was a profilic ZX Spectrum user (with the famous rubber keys that bounced the machine off the wall if thrown hard enough). I have 4 machines now in a display cabinet - sad or sophisticated? :)
21st June 2003, 11:58
I had a Tandy when I was little. The only games I had for that thing were King's Quest and a damn Jeopardy rip-off.
21st June 2003, 13:36
Cylob, most of the machines you mention are selling for a packet on ebay these days, easy money, I also was a ZX spectrum user, I've been replaying a lot of my old games lately, not on a speccy however, on my GBAsp, and emu and a flash ROM cart ;)
21st June 2003, 14:14
Originally posted by Mr Jones
not on a speccy however, on my GBAsp,
What the heck is that? I'm into emus too, it's great to open-up a laptop and load "Manic Miner". Care to list your top 5 games?
Back 2 Skool
Jet Set Willy (can't seem to find 'Out on a Limb' these days)
A rough top 5.
I'm looking for a QL next. :) They're going for around £80 (still boxed). There's a bit more space in my cabinet. A C5 also wouldn't go amiss.
22nd June 2003, 18:43
Originally posted by Cylob
What the heck is that?
GBAsp = Nintendo Gameboy Advance sp
Speccy in your pocket, along with about 800 games heh
Currently have Lords of Midnight & Doomdarks revenge on it.
22nd June 2003, 20:23
I used to use a Commodore 64. Loved it. :D I miss that 13" 4-color monitor, the 5.25" floppy disks, and the giant heavy-ass keyboard that went "cling" with every keystroke. :D
I used to play Battleship and Golf on it. :)
22nd June 2003, 20:26
Leaderboard was great on the C64.
Bob the Tomato
22nd June 2003, 23:48
In Reply to #1:
No, not really.
10th July 2003, 12:07
Harrier Attack on the Amstrad CPC464 was the best flight sim ever.
Loopz for the same machine (or it might have been the 6128) was another fantastic game
10th July 2003, 12:27
Harrier Attack! I haven't thought about that game in eons. I had it on the Amstrad and Spectrum, the only difference was the mono VDU. I was something of a top gun myself, especially when it came to laying the boot into the enemy city (Port Stanley).
Another classic flight sim was TLL on the speccy.
16th July 2003, 22:53
Had a Spectrum 128K +2B, with a built in tape deck.
Not really fond memories, more of frustration at the fucking thing taking five minutes to load a game, then crashing. Or stopping/starting the tape at just out of time, thus fucking the whole thing up.
Had a good game called Turbo the Tortoise. Impossibly small tape gap after the fourth level though. Jet Set Willy was good, but I was never good at it. Monty on the Run was just odd, but fun. Had a copy of A View To A Kill (yes, from the 007 movie), but that was off the scale on the impossible-o-meter. Had about 30 games at one point, but they were only about 99p a shot werent they.
Before that, I had a Toshiba MSX jobby, with a cartridge slot. Yeah. Used an external tape deck to play games like Chuckie Egg. Have fond memories of that.
Stepdad used to have a PC, an 286 of some description, about 4Mhz. Had Pharaoh's Tomb (avatar) and some Indianapolis 500 game for it, that was all that worked. Oh, and that silly Microsoft Gorillas game that worked in Qbasic. Chucked the PC out when the FDD stopped working. Miraculously, I recently completed all four sections of p-tomb on this here AthlonXP 2200+ based PC, without any Dos CPU throttles or anything like that. It wouldn't even run on the old P200 Win95 based machine. How bizzare.
17th July 2003, 05:04
I had an Apple II GS or something like that, had a really cool game for it called Sabatoge where you controlled a cannon in the middle of the screen and helicopters flew over and dropped papatroopers, once there were 4 paratroopers landed on any one side of your cannon they'd be able to kill you, so you had to try to shoot the paratroopers out of the sky as they drifted down, easier to take out the choppers before they dropped any men though, I loved that game.
17th July 2003, 09:24
Originally posted by Merlin
Had a Spectrum 128K +2B, with a built in tape deck.
Not really fond memories, more of frustration at the fucking thing taking five minutes to load a game, then crashing.
:D :D :D
All part of the gaming experience! I'm a purist, I have a speccy emulator that loads the games, and guess what - some still crash!!! Oh the joy!!!! The fast-loaders (the ones intended to wipe-out playground piracy) are a particular pain. Those childhood delights are still with me.
17th July 2003, 10:45
This computers is very bad and slow!
17th July 2003, 11:25
I played with the Apple II alot when I was younger, but I also had an old school "Qbasic" computer which had lots of text-based games, like Hunt the Wumpus.
The game I used to pwn at on the Apple was Number Munchers and Oregon Trail :).
17th July 2003, 23:36
Oregon Trail! omg! I used to play that back in elementary school. :D I'd forgotten about that one. :)
Oh, and somebody mentioned Qbasic... I've got it somewhere on this hard drive, with a bunch of old games, too. That Bananas game is one of them. :)
18th July 2003, 04:07
I had so many memories with Qbasic. Wish I still knew how to program it.
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