From The Forum issue 172 - ZX Spectrum Anniversary

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Re: From The Forum issue 172 - ZX Spectrum Anniversary

Post by Crusty Starfish » Mon Jul 31, 2017 11:58 pm

I have a couple of speccys in my gaming den (along with a few C64's and loads of other stuff). I was never a speccy fan as a kid but do like using the little computer nowadays.
I must admit to emulating most of the time though.

Always found it amusing at school back in the 80's. There were loads of kids with C64's and loads with Spectrums but ALWAYS a spotty fat kid with glasses that had either an Amstrad or and Atari.

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Re: From The Forum issue 172 - ZX Spectrum Anniversary

Post by lavalyte » Tue Aug 01, 2017 8:39 am

I enjoy the Spectrum today by playing the Commodore 64 conversion of Head Over Heels.
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Post by Sokurah » Tue Aug 01, 2017 12:29 pm

I still love my Spectrum and it's still fun to play today, although it's mostly being fed newer releases.
And when I say "it" I mean through emulation as I can't be bothered to take out any of my real Spectrums.
Most of my enjoyment these days comes from coding it though.
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Re: From The Forum issue 172 - ZX Spectrum Anniversary

Post by sirclive1 » Tue Aug 01, 2017 12:31 pm

I still use my old 48k from 1983 , its great to see new games still being released for it , i cannot wait for the spectrum next.
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Re: From The Forum issue 172 - ZX Spectrum Anniversary

Post by TheDude18 » Tue Aug 01, 2017 1:43 pm

I play the Speccy via emulation these days, rather than going round my mates house! And I'm still trying to complete Booty for the first time!
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Re: From The Forum issue 172 - ZX Spectrum Anniversary

Post by bounty bob » Wed Aug 02, 2017 7:34 pm

Never really liked the speccy as a kid (just remember glarry colours on a black background). However due to Retro Gamer have grown to really like it and usually play a few games via emulator after they have been covered in the mag.
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Re: From The Forum issue 172 - ZX Spectrum Anniversary

Post by deadpan666 » Mon Aug 07, 2017 12:18 pm

I still use my 128k +2 to play games occasionally (from the 800 or so I own :mrgreen: ) , but most of my gaming is done via emulation these days! I was looking forward to the Next, but can't afford one any time soon...
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Re: From The Forum issue 172 - ZX Spectrum Anniversary

Post by driver695 » Mon Aug 07, 2017 2:57 pm

kiwimike wrote:
Fri Jul 28, 2017 6:43 am
Dare I mention the Vega+ ?! :wink: I was seriously looking forward to seeing it emerge, but looking more unlikely as time passes.
Let's mention it.....

***SCAM!***

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Re: From The Forum issue 172 - ZX Spectrum Anniversary

Post by SpecChum81 » Thu Aug 10, 2017 9:39 pm

I enjoy the Spectrum EVERY day! :wink: I mostly play via emulation, but I also still enjoy firing up my cherished 48K!
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Re: From The Forum issue 172 - ZX Spectrum Anniversary

Post by muRte » Fri Aug 11, 2017 11:21 am

I grew up with the Spectrum, first the 48K (rubber keys) then the 128K+2A. Just recently grabbed a +3 and it was an amazing feeling! Just like Christmas! Complete in the box! :)
Have to replace the drive belt, though. Simple procedure ;)

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Re: From The Forum issue 172 - ZX Spectrum Anniversary

Post by miqrojamie » Fri Aug 11, 2017 1:37 pm

Never actually played any spectrum games or the system, I must be missing out. I mostly prefer the 8-bit and 16-bit console era, if I'm honest, but I'm always up for giving things a try so what can you recommend? Particularly looking at underappreciated gems :)
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Re: From The Forum issue 172 - ZX Spectrum Anniversary

Post by mlucifersam » Sat Aug 12, 2017 8:53 am

After years of just using emulation I now have a permanent Spectrum +2 set up next to the old CRT TV that has a DIVMMC Future attached to it. I use that more now than an emulator. There's something about the slight fuzziness the TV adds to the graphics that makes the experience more genuine. The display on an emulator is just too clear. You can see each pixel. I also have my old favourite joystick, a Konix Speedking, connected to the interface so playing games is just like how I did it in the 80s - minus the waiting around for games to load, which I can happily live without, and the inevitable 'R: Tape Loading Error, 0:1' ! :) I am also working on the graphics for a Spectrum arcade conversion and a Spectrum related PC game. I spend almost as much time doing Spectrum related things as I did in the late 80s.
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Re: From The Forum issue 172 - ZX Spectrum Anniversary

Post by smccd » Tue Aug 15, 2017 12:25 am

By waiting patiently for a PAL television to be delivered over here, in Canada...

I have all other components (220v transformer, UK plug adapter, tape player), but still no suitable TV for it...

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Re: From The Forum issue 172 - ZX Spectrum Anniversary

Post by GarryG » Thu Aug 17, 2017 5:49 pm

Mostly just emulation on the PC since I got rid of my specy+

Although I did just obtain an Amstrad E-mailer for 99p
Don't know if that is hack-able to run specy games without the service :D
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Re: From The Forum issue 172 - ZX Spectrum Anniversary

Post by Matt_B » Fri Aug 18, 2017 12:35 am

Here's the latest in the Vega Plus saga:

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/08/1 ... eks_again/

Again, you've got to take the "few weeks" comment with a pinch of salt given how they've missed more deadlines than most of us have had hot dinners.

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