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by ivarf
Sun Aug 12, 2018 3:29 pm
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: What did you prefer: cassettes or 5¼" floppies?
Replies: 49
Views: 1145

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: 1145

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...
by ivarf
Tue Jul 24, 2018 10:11 pm
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: What did you prefer: cassettes or 5¼" floppies?
Replies: 49
Views: 1145

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

Arnie wrote:
Sat Jul 21, 2018 9:48 am
ivarf wrote:
Fri Jul 20, 2018 7:34 am
Did anything except cartridges beat the Amstrad CPC 6128 at speed for loading games?
Not had any experience with the 6128 but I'd say the drives in the Tatung Einstein are better as they don't have that horrid rubber band.
I have always believed they used the same 3" Hitachi drive
by ivarf
Tue Jul 24, 2018 10:10 pm
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: What did you prefer: cassettes or 5¼" floppies?
Replies: 49
Views: 1145

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

Spector wrote:
Sat Jul 21, 2018 10:27 am
Slightly off topic and a bit vague maybe, but how long did it take to load a 512k Amiga game off the 3 inch disks?
The Amiga was in practice way slower than the Amstrad CPC 6128 for loading games. Of course this has something to do with bigger games too
by ivarf
Fri Jul 20, 2018 7:34 am
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: What did you prefer: cassettes or 5¼" floppies?
Replies: 49
Views: 1145

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

Did anything except cartridges beat the Amstrad CPC 6128 at speed for loading games?
by ivarf
Thu Jul 05, 2018 12:25 pm
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: What did you prefer: cassettes or 5¼" floppies?
Replies: 49
Views: 1145

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

I used cassettes, 3" and 5 1/4" disks with my Amstrad CPC and later the usual the DD and HD 3 1/2" and 5 1/4" diskettes with my 286 PC.
I have an really old PC stuffed away somewhere too that uses 8" floppy disks, 360 and 1.2 MB. Thats a cool collectors size :)
by ivarf
Sat Apr 28, 2018 5:13 pm
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: Discuss: Spectrum vs Amstrad Gaming
Replies: 49
Views: 1152

Re: Discuss: Spectrum vs Amstrad Gaming

You'd have used the monitor a lot, trust me on that. It'd sure beat arguing with the rest of your family for the use of the TV set in the evening, and even if you had a spare colour TV - as I did - there'd still be a lot of games that'd look better in clear monochrome than fuzzy colour. Back in the...
by ivarf
Tue Jun 20, 2017 5:45 pm
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: If You Could Choose One System
Replies: 81
Views: 1726

Re: If You Could Choose One System

c0nfu53d wrote:
Sun Jun 18, 2017 7:57 am
I want to say Amstrad CPC but if I'm honest and remove my rose tinted glasses then this is the easiest question ever.

Super Nintendo.
No way I would have chosen a Nintendo. I may have gone for an Amstrad CPC, but I think in the end the best choice is a PC Engine with the whole library of games
by ivarf
Mon May 01, 2017 6:52 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Console battle Q4 AMSTRAD GX4000 VS COMMODORE C64GS
Replies: 22
Views: 433

Re: Console battle Q4 AMSTRAD GX4000 VS COMMODORE C64GS

C64GS has some great games too... Navy Seals, Pang :lol: Seriously, the GS helped create some amazing carts that also work on the standard C64. Whereas the GX4000 and Plus range were a bit of a dead end... Seriously though, compare Navy Seals and Pang on the two systems and you will see that the re...
by ivarf
Sat Apr 29, 2017 3:44 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Ever backed the wrong " Horse "
Replies: 66
Views: 975

Re: Ever backed the wrong " Horse "

Katzkatz wrote:Was getting the famous "green screen" monitor for the CPC, the wrong horse?
Probably for gaming, but the good resolution of the green monitor made it much better than the colour one for 80 character screens, ie serious work and coding
by ivarf
Sat Apr 29, 2017 3:41 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Ever backed the wrong " Horse "
Replies: 66
Views: 975

Re: Ever backed the wrong " Horse "

I assumed this discussion had turned into a discussion about cheap and expensive computers and the British class system by now... 8)
by ivarf
Sat Apr 29, 2017 11:05 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Ever backed the wrong " Horse "
Replies: 66
Views: 975

Re: Ever backed the wrong " Horse "

RodimusPrime wrote:
We all know Amstrad is the best really.

I wonder how many of them went on to well paid jobs compared to the Speccy and c64 users. In other words did the Amstrad users get something extra from their machines that give them extra personal value in the work market even today?
by ivarf
Sat Apr 22, 2017 9:51 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Console battle Q6 ATARI 7800 VS ACTION MAX
Replies: 12
Views: 212

Re: Console battle Q6 ATARI 7800 VS ACTION MAX

I couldn't remember anything about the Action Max, but a a VHS vibe... Googled it now, thanks for the memories. Haven't heard about that one for many many years.
by ivarf
Sat Apr 22, 2017 9:46 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Console Battle Q2 COLECOVISION VS INTELLIVISION
Replies: 10
Views: 179

Re: Console Battle Q2 COLECOVISION VS INTELLIVISION

I have only tried these through emulation, my memory of them were two equel machines, to the point that I felt that one was a clone of the other. Back in the days I longed for the Colecovision and the impressive unreleased add-on that would make it a real computer. Very nice looking machine
by ivarf
Sat Apr 22, 2017 9:42 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Console battle Q7 SUPER NINTENDO VS MEGADRIVE
Replies: 26
Views: 468

Re: Console battle Q7 SUPER NINTENDO VS MEGADRIVE

RodimusPrime wrote:
ivarf wrote:Would have voted for the Megadrive as I never got much fun out of my SNES. Sega is always better ;)
Would have? is it not letting you vote anymore.
I think it had closed when I posted that