From the forum issue 208: Eighties pick'em

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From the forum issue 208: Eighties pick'em

Post by NickThorpe » Mon May 18, 2020 11:55 pm

It's question time again, folks. This time:

You've been given the choice to keep on Eighties console, one computer, and one arcade cabinet. Which ones do you pick, and why?

Some answers will be printed in the magazine, as usual.
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Re: From the forum issue 208: Eighties pick'em

Post by RetroBob » Tue May 19, 2020 4:31 am

Master System for large and varied game library, Archimedes A3000 for the brilliant OS and community/userbase, and Robotron for the arcade because it's hard and fun.
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Post by Rory Milne » Tue May 19, 2020 5:04 am

Thanks, Nick. That's super generous of you, just stick these in the post when you get a sec! ;)

Sharp X68000 for its uber-accurate coin-op conversions, Sega Genesis because of its extensive catalogue and Tempest, which offers endless replay value and perfectly balances style and substance.

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Post by mr jenzie » Tue May 19, 2020 9:08 am

well that's a toughie .....

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Post by ncf1 » Tue May 19, 2020 12:20 pm

Console : Sega Master System. Best overall arcade-at-home experience, wide variety and decent-to-really-good ports most of the time.
Computer : Amiga. Just sheer variety of both original games and arcade ports, that amazing sound chip, and lets not skirt around it, 'free' games.
Arcade : Donkey Kong. It just keeps giving, that game!

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Post by flatapex » Tue May 19, 2020 3:42 pm

console: master system, great library of games
computer: Amiga- always wanted one
Arcade: Super Off Road
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Post by Matt_B » Tue May 19, 2020 7:30 pm

I'll have:

1. Star Wars Arcade cockpit cab. It's beautifully themed, highly collectible and the game still holds up well. A bonus is that it can be converted into an Empire Strikes Back cab by means of an upgrade kit.

2. Vectrex. A unique design for the time and one that still holds up thanks to the almost unlimited resolution of the vector display. With the entire games library now in the public domain you only need a flashcart for guilt free enjoyment of the lot too.

3. Cray X-MP. That's what you get for not specifying personal computer. :wink: Seriously, Cray computers are design classics with their minimalist angular boxes starkly contrasting with their crazy wiring interiors, and feature water cooling systems that could pass for a busy laundrette when in operation. Being the best number crunchers of their day, they also provided the CGI for a number of films, most notably The Last Starfighter. Mainly though, there just wasn't a home computer with a vector display that I could have picked.

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Post by Crusty Starfish » Tue May 19, 2020 8:10 pm

Lets have:

Commodore 64. The best selling computer in history can't be wrong!

Nintendo Wii. I hated Nintendo until this came out!! Had the family engrossed in gaming for years!

Gauntlet. Four player cab. Four mates around and a bag of 10p's... Yes please!

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Post by ely » Wed May 20, 2020 6:11 am

Crusty Starfish wrote:
Tue May 19, 2020 8:10 pm
Lets have:

Commodore 64. The best selling computer in history can't be wrong!

Nintendo Wii. I hated Nintendo until this came out!! Had the family engrossed in gaming for years!

Gauntlet. Four player cab. Four mates around and a bag of 10p's... Yes please!
I think all your picks need to be from the 80s.

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Post by NickThorpe » Wed May 20, 2020 6:58 am

Oops, sorry - should have made it clearer, 1980s picks is the right plan
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Post by English Invader » Wed May 20, 2020 9:44 am

Atari ST - people rave on about the Amiga but the ST is where it's at for me. Popped Outrun in the disk drive at the age of 10 and never looked back.

Sega Mega Drive - there is no other console that can compete with the amount of joy this console has given me. More synonymous with the 90s than the 80s but it was released in 1988 so it just about sneaks in.

Qix - I've never actually played this on an arcade cabinet but I've spent so much time playing it on the Taito Legends compilation (as well as the Atari Lynx and original Gameboy versions) so I think I can safely say that it's my favourite arcade game.
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Post by Crusty Starfish » Wed May 20, 2020 8:16 pm

ely wrote:
Wed May 20, 2020 6:11 am
Crusty Starfish wrote:
Tue May 19, 2020 8:10 pm
Lets have:

Commodore 64. The best selling computer in history can't be wrong!

Nintendo Wii. I hated Nintendo until this came out!! Had the family engrossed in gaming for years!

Gauntlet. Four player cab. Four mates around and a bag of 10p's... Yes please!
I think all your picks need to be from the 80s.
Doh! Stupid me. :lol:

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Post by Crusty Starfish » Wed May 20, 2020 8:23 pm

Ok, so using stuff from the 80's (as I was supposed to)....

Lets have:

Commodore 64. The best selling computer in history can't be wrong!

PC Engine. If only they had released it here! I'd play this any day over the Nintendo and Sega things from the 80's

Gauntlet. Four player cab. Four mates around and a bag of 10p's... Yes please!

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Re: From the forum issue 208: Eighties pick'em

Post by English Invader » Thu May 21, 2020 6:58 am

Crusty Starfish wrote:
Wed May 20, 2020 8:23 pm
PC Engine. If only they had released it here! I'd play this any day over the Nintendo and Sega things from the 80's
I like to think of the PC Engine as a 16-Bit Sega Master System. It has all the obscure arcade ports that got forgotten about with the Mega Drive and the SNES, weird Japanese shoot-em-ups and platformers and good quality adventure/RPG clones. I defy anyone who loved the SMS not to love this system.

I bought the CoreGFX Mini from Amazon Japan. It was a Corona-enforced inconvenience but having to import from the land of the rising sun added a bit of authenticity to the experience. It almost takes me back to the days when I used to read about the import systems in C&VG.

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Re: From the forum issue 208: Eighties pick'em

Post by PostieDoc » Sat May 23, 2020 9:25 am

Computer: Amiga 500, simply awesome.
Console: NES as I have never played any Mario games.
Arcade Cabinet: Gauntlet, so good with friends.

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