ZX Spectrum to be relaunched for its 30th anniversary


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DDevil
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Telegraph.co.uk

The article is low on detail however:

For a generation of Britons, the ZX Spectrum was the first home computer. Released in 1982 as a replacement for the ZX81, the first edition of the computer cost £125 - or £175 for the top of the range 48kb model. Though puny by todayís standards, the Spectrum could handle a range of programs, including word processors, databases and, of course, games. Many of todayís 30-somethings got their first experience of gaming on the Spectrum, wowed by platform games like Boulder Dash and Manic Miner, shoot-em-ups like R-Type. Many of todayís games, though vastly superior in terms of graphics are simply variations on those seminal early titles. The ZX Spectrumís distinctive rubber keys were mocked by sceptics, and despite fansí affection they didnít last. The ZX Spectrum+, released in 1984, used a more traditional keyboard. Eventually, Alan Sugarís Amstrad bought the brand and released a range of 'Spectrumí machines of their own. But none ever attained the affection in which the original ZX Spectrum is still held.


Gimme gimme gimme gimme!
#1 at 14:08:22 - 06/02/2011
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C64 was better :D
#2 at 14:10:32 - 06/02/2011
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"the original gaming machine"

/shakes head

You're supposed to be a national newspaper, guys. National newspaper. Or maybe that actually explains it.
#3 at 16:14:21 - 06/02/2011
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/fires up emulators running on everything from the PC to the toaster.

Relaunchwhatnow?

#4 at 08:57:59 - 07/02/2011
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can you connect an mp3 player to an original speccy and load games from that?
#5 at 11:03:42 - 07/02/2011
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billdoor said:can you connect an mp3 player to an original speccy and load games from that?


You certainly can, in fact some retro sites will provide games in that format.

#6 at 11:22:28 - 07/02/2011
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I wonder if retroid can identify games purely by listening to the MP3 ;)
#7 at 12:01:03 - 07/02/2011
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billdoor said:I wonder if retroid can identify games purely by listening to the MP3 ;)


I could do that with Manic Miner (well, the first minute or so) - it was very distinctive.
#8 at 13:57:04 - 07/02/2011
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I could do that with Timegate, gulpman and the hobbit.
#9 at 15:17:52 - 07/02/2011
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I used to like the fact that some loaders had the devs stick their own on-tape audio snippets into loading noise to make it sound like your machine was magically playing cool sounds it wasn't really capable of.

Heady days.

I remember writing my first screen$ and watching as the thing slowly drew itself line by line. It was like feckin' magic.

#10 at 15:23:04 - 07/02/2011

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