Wednesday, 27 February 2013

From 1984 to 1986 - My Sinclair Spectrum 48k

Reminiscing About the Playability of Spectrum 48k Games

Image of 48k ZX Spectrum
Games are so much more sophisticated these days. Combining virtual reality and incredible 3D graphics....But sometimes I think back fondly to 3 summers in the 1980s (84-86) playing games like Jet Pac, Elite, The Great Escape, Boulder Dash, Manic Miner and Chuckie Egg on my trusty ZX Spectrum 48k.

Sure the keys were just rubber and often wore out from heavy keyboard bashing, trying to make your tiny pixel character jump from platform to platform, but the keyboard also had a comforting familiarity.

Games would take 5 minutes to load, making an unforgettable screeching noise as the data was transferred from casette tape to the computer.

Today there are PC emulators allowing you to play some of these old games, some of those are listed at http://www.worldofspectrum.org/, as well as screenshots of archived games.

Some of my friends had Commodore 64s, others BBC Microcomputers and even Oric-1s. But I would not have swapped any of those for my trusty old 48k Spectrum.

Hat's off to you Sir Clive Sinclair for creating a platform to brighten up rainy 80s summer days, with some thoroughly entertaining £1.99 games.

 

 

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