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What are your thoughts on the Sinclair Spectrum

Discussion in 'Retro Gaming and Vintage Computing' started by almoststew1990, May 22, 2019.

  1. BowdonUK

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    I don't know what the systems are like these days. But I remember back in the day the Spectrum was in the same era as the C64 and Amstrad. There were fanboys for each system. I was a c64 guy.

    The speccy never really had the same graphic level as the c64. But it did have some good games. But yea, I think you had to be a dedicated follower of the speccy system. From what I can remember there was different versions of the speccy too. I remember one with a rubber keyboard, and then probably the more known one with the tape deck built in to the keyboard unit.

    I don't understand why people who are good at programming these days don't remake the old games on mobiles, some would work well I think.
     
  2. vanpeebles

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    I have quite a few Acorns too! Sadly most of the Acorn 32 bit machines have died due to leaking cmos batteries that eat the motherboard. And the 8 bit BBCs, have dodgy filters in the PSUs that let fly with a big hiss and loads of smoke!
     
  3. Metallifux

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    The Lords of Midnight, still one of my all time favourite games and a speccy staple.
     
  4. m4cc45

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    Ignore - repeated a lot of information as I forgot I'd already replied :D


    M.
     
  5. Moley

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    I have nine Speccies - nostalgia is a thing. There is huge support for them nowadays and lots of specialist add-ons and repair shops. £50 for a boxed 48k in good condition is a reasonable price.
    There are several good Speccy groups on Facebook including 'Spectrum Forever' and 'Sinclair For Sale'. Worth joining up if you are going to have a play.
     
  6. Rock_n_Roll

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    It's was my first computer. I'll never forget the load times.

    Some good games, but most were ****.
     
  7. One Vision

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    The spectrum was badass, even if I explained you still wouldn’t understand because you wasn’t there. Buying one now isn’t the same so don’t bother.

    I still have all my spectrum games in the attic. Renegade was brilliant game that I still play today from time to time.

    Barry mc Guigans boxing brilliant
     
  8. jsmoke

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    BMB was good yep.
     
  9. UrKoS

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    I still have a spectrum +2a in my parents. The built in tape deck play button has snapped off though:(
     
  10. Blackjack Davy

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    You mean... you've never owned one before?

    People buy these old machines to collect them for nostalgia's sake or they're putting them in a museum. Its doubtful you'll find much to interest you unless you're curious or into a serious nostalgia trip. If you're curious then get an emulator its much easier.
     
  11. whitecrook

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    I couldn’t imagine buying one these days and loading something from tape.. shudder...
     
  12. GeX

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    You don't load from tape, you have a device plugged into the edge connector that lets you load from SD cards
     
  13. whitecrook

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    oh right i suppose that makes sense. Like a multiface ii/iii? Memdump in and out?

    still , id recommended emulation for the op
     
  14. GeX

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  15. Ravenger

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    I wanted a Spectrum when I was a teenager at school, but couldn't afford one so I got a ZX81 instead. However I spent a lot of time at friends houses playing on their Spectrums, typing in games and playing on

    Funnily even though I built my career on the C64, the Spectrum still seems to generate the most nostalgia for me, presumably because due to the social aspect while I was at school, and because I never owned one (well at least not a rubber key version - I did have a plus for a while but it just wasn't the same).
     
  16. The-Plethora

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    The spectrum was a great system. The C64 did seem the more capable machine at least in the sound department but I never felt the graphics were as good, usually quite blocky, maybe down to the programmers. I always thought the spectrum version of renegade was the definitive version, even better than the arcade, Amiga and C64. Don't take that as a slant against the C64 though, I just picked up a C64 mini and remember outrun being good on it along with other games.

    In a way thats kind of what I miss most of all. Look at games now, Resident evil on the Xbox / PS4 or switch? Whats the difference? Back in the day did the Amstrad, C64 or spectrum have the best version of that game? All would be graphically different, maybe with a different approach to the same game. All very samey now.
     
  17. whitecrook

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    Consoles vs pc vs different pc specs. Theres all sorts of differences
     
  18. Alan1969

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    the spectrum was my first computer (my friend had a zx thing before me). I would totally agree that it was primitive to the C64 etc at the time. the spectrum saved on money with it keyboard etc.
     
  19. Curio

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    Speccy 48k was my first computer. So many happy memories. I could make a huge list of all the great games, but my favorite was Amaurote. I found it in the budget bin at Woolies for two quid. Even now, over 30 years later, I can still feel the sensation of actually being in that futuristic city. Even with the simple monochrome graphics and bleepy sounds....it will never leave my mind.

    I've always maintained that the more your brain has to "fill in the gaps" to create the world in your mind, the more memorable the game becomes. Skyrim, for example, is an amazing game that I adore...but it hasn't hardwired itself into my brain like those early games. With Skyrim, the amazing world is presented to my brain on a plate. With Amaurote, my brain had to do all the heavy lifting and it has thus been permanently etched into the fabric of my mind.