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by ivarf
Fri May 10, 2019 4:21 pm
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: Amstrad, Spectrum or C64. What is the worst and best hardware for gaming?
Replies: 10
Views: 239

Re: Amstrad, Spectrum or C64. What is the worst and best hardware for gaming?

Amstrad CPC, hard to code for, but can do well in the right hands It's not hard to code for, the Oliver Twins for example loved to programme on it as their lead platform ('Dizzy', 'Grand Prix Sim' etc). They developed on the Amstrad CPC but for the specification of the ZX Spectrum so in my opinion ...
by ivarf
Fri May 10, 2019 4:17 pm
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: Amstrad, Spectrum or C64. What is the worst and best hardware for gaming?
Replies: 10
Views: 239

Re: Amstrad, Spectrum or C64. What is the worst and best hardware for gaming?

NorthWay wrote:
Thu May 09, 2019 7:38 pm
The C= 64 has issues with being able to update colour info fast enough (which the C= 128 did a fix for).
Never heard about this and can't really say I understand what it is about. Do you mean something like the colourclash on the Spectrum?
by ivarf
Thu May 09, 2019 3:47 pm
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: Amstrad, Spectrum or C64. What is the worst and best hardware for gaming?
Replies: 10
Views: 239

Amstrad, Spectrum or C64. What is the worst and best hardware for gaming?

This is not a question about the games released, but a question about what is possible to do with the different hardware. The C64 is great for music, smooth scrolling and sprites. Very good within the limits of the hardware. The ZX Spectrum, balanced lowspec machine Amstrad CPC, hard to code for, bu...
by ivarf
Fri Apr 19, 2019 4:52 pm
Forum: Retro Gamer Mag & Site Feedback
Topic: Paid for 'free gifts'
Replies: 31
Views: 752

Re: Paid for 'free gifts'

To be fair if there was an Amstrad action pamphlet I’ll join Senser in moaning about what a waste of money that’ll be :) But wasn't the Amstrad just an upgraded Spectrum with crappy scrolling? Have you seen the Batman demo for the Amstrad CPC? https://youtube.com/watch?v=QadPMxfQxS4 The Amstrad CPC...
by ivarf
Tue Mar 05, 2019 12:30 am
Forum: Retro Gamer Mag & Site Feedback
Topic: Retro Gamer - Issue 191
Replies: 55
Views: 1538

Re: Retro Gamer - Issue 191

I don't see the relevance of this to the Amstrad being cheap crap. We know the C64 and Spectrum are the superior gaming platforms, this is well established fact. Are you still a moderator of this forum? He's obviously wrong and you are obviously correct. The C64 was considered by most people to be ...
by ivarf
Mon Mar 04, 2019 7:29 pm
Forum: Retro Gamer Mag & Site Feedback
Topic: Retro Gamer - Issue 191
Replies: 55
Views: 1538

Re: Retro Gamer - Issue 191

Your region was misinformed ;) C64 totally outsold the competition in Europe and C64 was considered by most people to be the best games machine. I don't see the relevance of this to the Amstrad being cheap crap. We know the C64 and Spectrum are the superior gaming platforms, this is well establishe...
by ivarf
Mon Mar 04, 2019 1:20 pm
Forum: Retro Gamer Mag & Site Feedback
Topic: Retro Gamer - Issue 191
Replies: 55
Views: 1538

Re: Retro Gamer - Issue 191

Your region was misinformed ;) C64 totally outsold the competition in Europe and C64 was considered by most people to be the best games machine. The return rate of new Amstrad CPCs was much lower than other home computers of the era. Interestingly for Sinclair made Spectrums it is highly recommende...
by ivarf
Sun Mar 03, 2019 10:00 pm
Forum: Retro Gamer Mag & Site Feedback
Topic: Retro Gamer - Issue 191
Replies: 55
Views: 1538

Re: Retro Gamer - Issue 191

Antiriad2097 wrote:
Sun Mar 03, 2019 6:11 pm
Of course it's cheap crap, it's Amstrad.
The return rate of new Amstrad CPCs was much lower than other home computers of the era. Interestingly for Sinclair made Spectrums it is highly recommended to change all electrolytes, on the Amstrad made Spectrums its not a problem.
by ivarf
Sun Mar 03, 2019 4:10 pm
Forum: Retro Gamer Mag & Site Feedback
Topic: Retro Gamer - Issue 191
Replies: 55
Views: 1538

Re: Retro Gamer - Issue 191

The modulator quality was fine for the time. It could never compare to the colour monitor, but it was 'good enough' for most considering the price. If that wasn't the case, we'd have seen RGB Scart cables as standard on everything that followed instead of the crappy composite cables that continued ...
by ivarf
Sat Mar 02, 2019 7:43 pm
Forum: Retro Gamer Mag & Site Feedback
Topic: Retro Gamer - Issue 191
Replies: 55
Views: 1538

Re: Retro Gamer - Issue 191

I loved my Amstrad CPC and friends did too. A lot of Amstrad versions were better than the Spectrum equivalents. How many games did you have for your Amstrad? I had about 50 original games and maybe 400 copies. I can't say that I felt missing out having an Amstrad. A good RGB monitor, a fair select...
by ivarf
Fri Mar 01, 2019 8:30 am
Forum: Retro Everything Else
Topic: CRT 14" TV recommendations. Prices rising!
Replies: 16
Views: 596

Re: CRT 14" TV recommendations. Prices rising!

Speaking of I just checked Facebook https://scontent.fman2-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/51454235_10157204869961803_3122998109651599360_n.jpg?_nc_cat=100&_nc_ht=scontent.fman2-1.fna&oh=66043948626644260f39f3a00529855f&oe=5CDF90D3 Bloody hell, if I had the room Could have been nice, but those are widescr...
by ivarf
Fri Mar 01, 2019 8:08 am
Forum: Retro Gamer Mag & Site Feedback
Topic: Retro Gamer - Issue 191
Replies: 55
Views: 1538

Re: Retro Gamer - Issue 191

Economy of scale. Who bought a 6128 after the disaster that was the 434? What do you mean? Disaster? 434? Who bought a 6128? The 6128 sold very well, over a million machines. The 464 one would need to provide tape power, so much of a muchness there. I really would put it down to volumes and stock, ...
by ivarf
Thu Jan 24, 2019 11:39 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Retro Gaming Chat on Discord - join in at 9pm GMT every Sunday
Replies: 60
Views: 1780

Re: Retro Gaming Chat on the IRC channel - join in at 4pm EST (9pm GMT) Sunday December 16th

Juncker: Oui, Oui, c’est tres bon en le Comode, mais je played it on el Amstrad CPC464, et c’est merde!! May: But why play the Amstrad version? We all know Amstrad is sh1t?!? Have you ever had a negative view on a Retrogame then changed your mind and held the opposite view later on after looking at...
by ivarf
Sun Aug 12, 2018 3:29 pm
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: What did you prefer: cassettes or 5¼" floppies?
Replies: 49
Views: 1046

Re: What did you prefer: cassettes or 5¼" floppies?

Did anything except cartridges beat the Amstrad CPC 6128 at speed for loading games? Disk loading on the Atari computers is really fast, I think its been quoted as the fastest of all the 8-bits. I think this is due to the design where the disk drive has it's own processor and the high speed SIO con...
by ivarf
Sun Aug 12, 2018 3:17 pm
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: What did you prefer: cassettes or 5¼" floppies?
Replies: 49
Views: 1046

Re: What did you prefer: cassettes or 5¼" floppies?

My main memeoris of the cpc464 were the little rituals I felt necessary to make certain games load without crashing and the absolute revelation it was when I got a Master System and instant access carts! Several generation tapes copied from tape to tape? Or a faulty tape drive? What you are describ...