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by Matt_B
Wed Oct 01, 2008 9:50 am
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: Best UK-made 8-bitter, games-wise
Replies: 37
Views: 1198

Re: Best UK-made 8-bitter, games-wise

Price was certainly a factor. In 1982 a 48K Spectrum cost £175, and the Commodore 64 and BBC Micro were around £400. Even the VIC-20 cost around £200 and that was for a machine with 5K RAM and very limited graphical capabilities. The Commodore 64 came down in price over the years and picked up a ...
by Matt_B
Tue Sep 30, 2008 2:04 pm
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: So, Who's getting a Pandora?
Replies: 92
Views: 3630

From what I can gather, they took a deliberate decision not to build any complete prototypes as one-offs of some of the components cost nearly as much as a full production run of them. I'm sure that this saved a ton of money, but fingers crossed that they don't run into any unforeseen problems at th...
by Matt_B
Tue Sep 30, 2008 10:25 am
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: Best UK-made 8-bitter, games-wise
Replies: 37
Views: 1198

Alternatively, go to MySpeccy.com and you can play online using a Java emulator and compete against other people for high scores on a whole bunch of Spectrum games.
by Matt_B
Tue Sep 30, 2008 8:22 am
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: The Top 50 - The Great Atari ST Games Survey
Replies: 109
Views: 11148

That's five definite killer apps for the ST there. I'd guess that Kick Off 2 is yet to come, but then again Xenon placed higher than Xenon 2, so maybe we'll be in for another surprise. Captive is a great game and one I spent loads of time on. I don't think I'll keep at it for 40 years though as, onc...
by Matt_B
Mon Sep 29, 2008 10:03 pm
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: Best UK-made 8-bitter, games-wise
Replies: 37
Views: 1198

Re: Best UK-made 8-bitter, games-wise

Without getting into a big debate as to what was the best system, the Spectrum was a lot cheaper than the other two and sold a heck of a lot more. As such, there was much more game development for it, and almost all the best BBC and CPC titles were ported to it, whilst the reverse was a lot less com...
by Matt_B
Mon Sep 29, 2008 2:04 pm
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: So, Who's getting a Pandora?
Replies: 92
Views: 3630

Re: Yeah

I`m seriously with you on the Amiga/C64 emulation.. Notaz is doing those :) and seeing as he`s got Ubuntu running on it ( latest video blog ) things are looking tasty indeed!! Don't get too excited about Ubuntu on the Pandora. Whilst it's an impressive technical achievement to get it running at all...
by Matt_B
Sat Sep 27, 2008 9:18 pm
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: When did you first hear your computer speak?
Replies: 28
Views: 781

The first I heard was Meteor Storm on the Spectrum in '82. It was a bit too distorted to hear what it was saying clearly, but it was definitely speech.
by Matt_B
Sat Sep 27, 2008 8:26 pm
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: Spectrum games
Replies: 49
Views: 3099

Do not play Lords of Midnight or Legend of Avalon I wouldn't go that far. Whilst they've probably not got much instant appeal, they're a couple of the most epic Spectrum games in scope and thoroughly recommended to anyone who is prepared to spend the time getting to grips with them. On the other ha...
by Matt_B
Sat Sep 27, 2008 12:46 pm
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: Spectrum games
Replies: 49
Views: 3099

Re: Spectrum games

Atic Atac: Its okay but what the hell am i suppose to be doing? You've got to collect three parts of a key to get out of the haunted house using the door to the right of the start screen. There are several other small keys that let you open other doors elsewhere in the house and a bunch of other it...
by Matt_B
Wed Sep 24, 2008 10:33 am
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: So, Who's getting a Pandora?
Replies: 92
Views: 3630

Hmmm, I think it's mainly that she heard it came in pink ;) Haha. That doesn't surprise me. Perhaps you should tell her that the Eee PC comes in pink too and looks rather less like a toy? Web surfing (Re, shopping!) and E-mail, chat, facebook etc, and some basic notes/spredsheets are about all she ...
by Matt_B
Wed Sep 24, 2008 9:31 am
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: The Top 50 - The Great Atari ST Games Survey
Replies: 109
Views: 11148

I'm surprised Civilization didn't rate higher; I think it's one of the best games on any format and the ST version is quite respectable apart from a few irritating bugs. I also played Populous 2 quite a lot, but I wouldn't really put it in the same league; it's more about out-clicking your opponent ...
by Matt_B
Tue Sep 23, 2008 4:14 pm
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: So, Who's getting a Pandora?
Replies: 92
Views: 3630

Has anyone got an Elonex One? I was thinking of getting one of these as part of christmas for the wife. I've not got one but I've had a go on it and, whilst it's certainly not bad for the money, I don't think I'd be inclined to give one to my wife as a present; it's bug-ugly, slow and very much the...
by Matt_B
Tue Sep 23, 2008 8:31 am
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: So, Who's getting a Pandora?
Replies: 92
Views: 3630

Befor I type this I'm going to say I know nothing about how a computer actually works other than the very basics (so don't all flame me to death :) ) If the Pandora has roughly 256 times more RAM than the original Amiga 500 did, does this not mean it has more than enough to serve it's purpose? Sure...
by Matt_B
Mon Sep 22, 2008 9:25 pm
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: So, Who's getting a Pandora?
Replies: 92
Views: 3630

Right, I've just looked up eeePC specs. Its very close at that price point. Around £200 for a Pandora with 600Mhz CPU Vs £170 for an eeePC with a 630Mhz CPU. Yes, there are eeePCs of higher spec, but at much higher cost so you're looking at laptops for competition, not Pandora. Just looking at th...
by Matt_B
Mon Sep 22, 2008 3:44 pm
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: So, Who's getting a Pandora?
Replies: 92
Views: 3630

I'll rephrase (because I like the screen size on eePC). How does Pandora compare to one of those in performance and spec terms? In terms of spec, it's not even close with only a 600MHz CPU and 128MB RAM, although it might give some of the lower end netbooks (e.g. Elonex One, OLPC XO-1) a run for th...