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Re: From the Forum Issue 90

Post by Chinnico » Thu Apr 14, 2011 11:37 pm

I really didn't realise the difference untill quite late. Actually when I went through C64 to Amiga 500 in 1988, for me it was just another transition to a 'better system', just as the previous ones from Atari VCS to Coleco to C64 had been like. Then the italian edition of Zzap! (which at the time had become a completely italian magazine) was joined in the newsstand by it's 16-bit counterpart The Games Machine (yep, italian edition too - btw, the magazine still endures to this very day, even as a shadow of it's former self, despite all the efforts). Also Sega started its barrage of 16-bit themed ads for the Mega Drive (or Mega Djaive, as for the italian ad pronounciation!). So I started to think: "ehy! Cool! I've a 16-bit machine! So.. why do I want that conversion of R-Type on the PC-Engine soooooo badly???". :D

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Re: From the Forum Issue 90

Post by Dizrythmia » Fri Apr 15, 2011 1:47 am

When Amstrad Action offered "Blue Brothers" on the covertape. I thought "something's not right, this game isn't all that old". That was the point I realised it was winding down.

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Re: From the Forum Issue 90

Post by sscott » Fri Apr 15, 2011 9:57 pm

Seeing Xenon on the Atari ST.
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Re: From the Forum Issue 90

Post by ncf1 » Fri Apr 15, 2011 10:46 pm

When Zzap! started looking like a children's comic and there was nothing but reviews of re-releases and lots of in-fighting between the writers.. you knew that when Paul Glancey had had enough and jumped ship, the days of 8-bit were all but over.

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Re: From the Forum Issue 90

Post by kiwimike » Fri Apr 15, 2011 11:08 pm

As soon as the ST/Amiga era started, that was it from a commercial point of view IMO. The same happened in the console field...With a Master system or NES at home, once you saw the Mega Drive, SNES or PC engine games you just had the immediate urge to upgrade I found.

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Re: From the Forum Issue 90

Post by paranoid marvin » Fri Apr 15, 2011 11:41 pm

When there were more games being given away free on the covers of mags than there were new titles being reeased.

The pamphletisation of Crash was the first nail , but the rest followed quickly after that.
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Re: From the Forum Issue 90

Post by paranoid marvin » Fri Apr 15, 2011 11:41 pm

When there were more games being given away free on the covers of mags than there were new titles being released.

The pamphletisation of Crash was the first nail , but the rest followed quickly after that.
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Re: From the Forum Issue 90

Post by webding » Fri Apr 15, 2011 11:52 pm

ncf1 wrote:When Zzap! started looking like a children's comic and there was nothing but reviews of re-releases and lots of in-fighting between the writers.. you knew that when Paul Glancey had had enough and jumped ship, the days of 8-bit were all but over.
I guess I started reading Zzap around this time, given that - even as a ten year old - I thought it was an utter bag of censored, and written really badly. But, like being drunk and desperate, I happily took whatever was on offer.

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Re: From the Forum Issue 90

Post by webding » Fri Apr 15, 2011 11:54 pm

That's right. An absolute bag of censored.

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Re: From the Forum Issue 90

Post by Crunchy » Sat Apr 16, 2011 11:18 am

It never even crossed my mind that 8-bits had died. It just wasn't something I ever consciously thought about. I saw some games on my friend's Atari ST and the move from 8-bit to 16-bit came as naturally as breathing. There was no sadness, no sense of an era ending, no drawing a line under the previous generation of machines. I've never been one to hold on to a games machine long enough to realise I've been left behind as a new generation unfolds.

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Re: From the Forum Issue 90

Post by fulgenzio » Sat Apr 16, 2011 4:38 pm

The first time i saw Menace.

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Re: From the Forum Issue 90

Post by FatTrucker » Sat Apr 16, 2011 5:07 pm

The Amiga Batman pack.

The point that hit the shops signalled the death knell for 8 bit micro's IMO. The new generation was officially here and all the continuance of 8 bit coverage in mags achieved at that point was to illustrate just how bad they were compared to the state of the art. The writing was indelibly on the wall.
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Re: From the Forum Issue 90

Post by Eric » Sat Apr 16, 2011 7:21 pm

Darran@Retro Gamer wrote:When did you realise the 8-bit computers had finally died? (from a commercial point of view, we know we're all still playing them).
While in the local "Computer Genius" which was situated upstairs in a jeans clothing store. While buying Crazy Cars II and 4x4 Off-Road Racing for Amstrad everyone else was huddled around an imported Japanese Megadrive running Revenge of Shinobi. A no contest really.

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Re: From the Forum Issue 90

Post by SJ_Sathanas » Sat Apr 16, 2011 7:51 pm

"F-Zero" - that is all.

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Re: From the Forum Issue 90

Post by PanzerGeneral » Sun Apr 17, 2011 12:49 pm

I knew their days were numbered when the ST and Amiga first appeared in the micro press, it never really hit me until about 1988 when I got my Amiga, and as much as I loved the Amiga - I couldn't help but feel that computers were now being developed with idiots in mind, I loved the fact that you had to actually type something in to make an 8bit do anything.

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