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Ferrite (Applicant) 4/9/2007 9:50 AM EST : Old Computer - what the hell was it?!
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Hi all, being marginally younger than most of you, I remember the spectrum days, but the first I ever actually got to use without dad threatening to break my fingers was an old BBC thing that used what looked like black normal cassette tapes.

No idea how the hell it worked, but Dizzy Egg was my childhood partner.  And Postman Pat later on actually!  (It took about 20 minutes to load one game though - I remember the agonising wait in the half hour gap I was allowed to play computer games then just get it loaded before mum came in and sent me for a bath. 

What the hell was this thing?  I can't for the life of me remember!
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538799574_Inactive (Applicant) 4/9/2007 10:12 AM EST : RE: Old Computer - what the hell was it?!

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It could have been the BBC Micro, or even a cut down version, the Acorn Electron. Of course, there was also the Commodore 64, Vic 20, Commodore 16, Orac, Dragon 32, Quantum Leap, Spectrum, Spectrum+, Amstrad and all sorts of others...

More on the BBC Micro here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BBC_Micro


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Ferrite (Applicant) 4/9/2007 10:22 AM EST : RE: Old Computer - what the hell was it?!
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Ah!!  The Amstrad, maybe it was the Amstrad! 

We had BBC Micro's at school for a while though.  Good old Granny's Garden!  That was top quality entertainment!  Many a rainy break-time spent hammering in 'rude' words[1] to see if it prompted a reaction from the hero, then running away or trying to wipe the text history by hitting return a few times before a teacher could see.

[1] Like 'bum', 'idiot', 'freak', 'willy' and other such blue words!

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csxjgf (Applicant) 4/9/2007 10:32 AM EST : RE: Old Computer - what the hell was it?!
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I had an Acorn Electron when all my mates had Spectrums.
I had an Amstrad CPC 464 when all my mates had C64s.
I had an Atari ST when all my mates had Amigas.

My dad was really bad at picking gaming computers! Oh, and guess what he chose out of Betamax and VHS...

The Atari ST was the last straw. I started making my own choices after that one!
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Scutter (Applicant) 4/9/2007 10:38 AM EST : RE: Old Computer - what the hell was it?!
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The Atari ST was an awesome machine! GEM was amazing. And it ran Elite and Ultima IV.

Your mates were the unlucky ones

ps. Yes it was the first thing I bought with my grant cheque
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-Bloodnok- (Member) 4/9/2007 10:45 AM EST : RE: Old Computer - what the hell was it?!
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Commodore Pet was the true gamers machine. Ah Dambusters, Nightmare Park and Find the Hurkle! Classics every one!


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csxjgf (Applicant) 4/9/2007 10:47 AM EST : RE: Old Computer - what the hell was it?!
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I'm pretty sure every decent game on the Atari was also on the Amiga, and the Amiga had 1000 others besides.

Do you know what was the decider for me? The killer app that make me ditch the Atari for good and embrace a shiny new Amiga?

Monkey Island 2.

The original had been available on the Atari, but as soon as I heard the sequal was only making the jump from PC to Amiga, the camel's back buckled.

Gotta love those 11 floppies for Monkey 2 and all that disk swapping. I had to borrow some extra drives from friends in an attempt to minimise swapping RSI!
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-Bloodnok- (Member) 4/9/2007 11:00 AM EST : RE: Old Computer - what the hell was it?!
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The Amiga was technically great but most of the games were so amateurish compared to the stuff on Japanese consoles at the time. Great machine for programming though with AMOS, very nearly did a top notch conversion of Alien Storm on it, would have been better than the US Gold one if it was finished.


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538800360_Inactive (Applicant) 4/9/2007 11:17 AM EST : RE: Old Computer - what the hell was it?!
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I have to admit that whilst I had an Amiga there was one thing that the Atari ST could do better and that was MIDI... not even the add-on MIDI interface for the Amiga could compare to the simple plug and go of the ST MIDI interface
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-Bloodnok- (Member) 4/9/2007 11:27 AM EST : RE: Old Computer - what the hell was it?!
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Pity it had the sound chip of the Speccy 128.
 Bleep-de-bloop-de-bleep.


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