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What hardware doesn't get enough love?

Posted: Wed Jul 24, 2013 2:43 pm
by Darran@Retro Gamer
Going forward I want to ensure that there is an interesting hardware feature every month. Are there any machines that you feel don't get enough coverage and what would you want to see about them? Please bare in mind that I am not sitting on a stack of classic systems, so getting photography needs to be considered.

We've just done Jaguar and have 3DO planned for the issue after. Let me know what you'd like to see and if I can secure machines and a suitable freelancer I'll get on the case.

Re: What hardware doesn't get enough love?

Posted: Wed Jul 24, 2013 2:59 pm
by Sel Feena
I'd plump for the BBC Micro, never owned one but we used it at school quite a lot. First exposure to a computing system, always seemed like a neat little machine. :)

...And maybe the occasional article about PSP games (Future Classics?) now and again would be nice.

Re: What hardware doesn't get enough love?

Posted: Wed Jul 24, 2013 3:43 pm
by ncf1
Apple II. I know you guys do lots with it now and I love every single bit of it, but I am greedy for more.

always, greedy for more. unsatiably.

Re: What hardware doesn't get enough love?

Posted: Wed Jul 24, 2013 4:16 pm
by Bub&Bob
Vic20
Vic20
Vic20
Vic20
Vic20
Vic20
Vic20
Vic20

Re: What hardware doesn't get enough love?

Posted: Wed Jul 24, 2013 4:32 pm
by Darran@Retro Gamer
Bear in mind I'm talking about hardware coverage, and not games based on that hardware.

Re: What hardware doesn't get enough love?

Posted: Wed Jul 24, 2013 4:37 pm
by Sel Feena
Never mind the bit about PSP Future Classics then, but still, stuff about the BBC Micro, and especially stuff about those awesome programmable Turtle doohickeys would be most welcome!

Re: What hardware doesn't get enough love?

Posted: Wed Jul 24, 2013 4:58 pm
by Hiro
MSX, Commodore 16 and PC Engine. And if unreleased hardware counts, the Commodore 65 :)

Re: What hardware doesn't get enough love?

Posted: Wed Jul 24, 2013 5:26 pm
by Darran@Retro Gamer
We've just done hardware features on PC Engine and BBC Micro. We won't be returning to them any time soon.

Re: What hardware doesn't get enough love?

Posted: Wed Jul 24, 2013 5:33 pm
by Hitman_HalStep
i was going to say,how about the tandy color computer?

i don't think it was big in the uk but i ended up having one it was a model 2 or 3 but i hated the thing,bear in mind i only had one game (a pac-man clone) so maybe i didn't give it a fair chance.i have been trying to find out the name of that game so if you do a piece on it i might find it out.

Re: What hardware doesn't get enough love?

Posted: Wed Jul 24, 2013 5:38 pm
by SirClive
Darran@Retro Gamer wrote:Bear in mind I'm talking about hardware coverage, and not games based on that hardware.
Hmmm, I'd personally prefer hardware to be part of a fully rounded article (that covered the games too), rather than separate.

Not enough love in the mag in general for the early 8bits (16k Speccy, C16, Vic 20 and Beeb).

Re: What hardware doesn't get enough love?

Posted: Wed Jul 24, 2013 5:41 pm
by Roo
It's pretty mainstream, but has Retro Gamer Magazine ever done a feature on the Game Boy Colour? History doesn't seem to reflect on it too kindly (I, like many, remember more about the latter days of the GB Pocket and the early days of the GBA than what happened in between), but it does have some genuinely good stuff to play on it, and I'm sure there's an interesting story or two behind the development of the hardware itself. Might warrant a look, if RG hasn't already done so...

Re: What hardware doesn't get enough love?

Posted: Wed Jul 24, 2013 5:56 pm
by resident paul
The TI 99 4a doesn't get a lot of coverage even thought it is the first 16 bit computer!

Re: What hardware doesn't get enough love?

Posted: Wed Jul 24, 2013 6:17 pm
by r0jaws
I don't remember an article on the Amstrad 464/6128 for a good long while. But there's always modern hardware accessories, expansions that breathe new life into older systems.
What about an article covering the various cartridges and expansions, Everdrives are a good example of these.

Re: What hardware doesn't get enough love?

Posted: Wed Jul 24, 2013 6:48 pm
by Sputryk
Dragon
Jupiter Ace
Tandy
Texas Instruments
Acetronic 1000
Oric
Vic-20
Amiga 4000 (I think that was the big beefy beast, wasn't it?)
Archimedes
Electron

Re: What hardware doesn't get enough love?

Posted: Wed Jul 24, 2013 6:58 pm
by paranoid marvin
More handheld/tabletop games please.The last feature barely scratched the surface.

More on unusual/rare peripherals for hardware. ROB, CD Drive for the Amiga, Powerglove, keyboard for Atari 2600 etc etc

Would love to see features on clones of machines. There are some wonderful ones for the Spectrum. There was a forum member who (quite some time ago) posted shots of some of Russain cloned Spectrums. If I remember correctly one was made of wood, amazing!