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Re: dont buy this

Post by JazzFunk » Thu Sep 15, 2011 12:07 am

jdanddiet wrote:
snowkatt wrote:and what about cassette 50 ? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cassette_50
An RG feature on that would be superb!

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When I was a kid, my first comp was an Acorn Electron (and that was bought well past its sell-by date, in August '86) but LONG had I been intrigued by newspaper ads for the 'amazing' Cassette 50.

I never got around to buying a copy, as I always sort of suspected it might actually be a massive pile of sh!te (but was still MEGA curious about it). Still never tried it, not even on an emulator.

But those newspaper ads, and the temptation of those, have always stuck with me. In fact, this thread has rekindled that foolish curiosity and the mental vibes surrounding it!

RG, PLEASE look into doing a feature on this! :D

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Re: dont buy this

Post by pantal00ns » Thu Sep 15, 2011 3:00 am

JazzFunk wrote:
jdanddiet wrote:
snowkatt wrote:and what about cassette 50 ? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cassette_50
An RG feature on that would be superb!

/shameless pimp
Fifthed, sixthed, seventhed!

When I was a kid, my first comp was an Acorn Electron (and that was bought well past its sell-by date, in August '86) but LONG had I been intrigued by newspaper ads for the 'amazing' Cassette 50.

I never got around to buying a copy, as I always sort of suspected it might actually be a massive pile of sh!te (but was still MEGA curious about it). Still never tried it, not even on an emulator.

But those newspaper ads, and the temptation of those, have always stuck with me. In fact, this thread has rekindled that foolish curiosity and the mental vibes surrounding it!

RG, PLEASE look into doing a feature on this! :D
I have both Don't buy this and Cassette 50 (Sealed :shock: )

Never played either... I think I have about 4 copies of casette 50 for the speccy, and 1 for the C64, seemed to be popular :lol:

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Re: dont buy this

Post by goldenone » Thu Sep 15, 2011 3:04 am

I got Don't Buy This as one of the free games when in got my Spectrum 48k+ back in the day.

Pretty certain it's still kicking around somewhere.

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Re: dont buy this

Post by joefish » Thu Sep 15, 2011 5:09 am

I've not seen the Electron Cassette 50, but I know from past experience that BBC BASIC runs fast enough that it can actually do some decent, fast, playable arcade-style games, so long as they're based on just a few moving objects or whole rows of objects that can be re-printed in one go. So, Frogger, Pac-Man, Jumping-Jack type games can run fairly well. Sinclair BASIC runs a lot slower, severely limiting its ability to support an action game.

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Re: dont buy this

Post by bsg » Thu Sep 15, 2011 6:00 am

Antiriad2097 wrote:Cassette 50 was so bad that when one of our pool of home tapers bought it
:shock:

Don't knock it man - it learn't myself, and probably many more, a lot of BASIC techniques that were never ever used and totally forgotten a week later :wink:
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Re: dont buy this

Post by snowkatt » Thu Sep 15, 2011 7:07 am

more reaction son cassette 50 then i expected
and i only added cassette 50 because it was a link at the bottom of the wikipedia article

for what its worth id be interested in reading a cassette 50 indepth article too
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Re: dont buy this

Post by Antiriad2097 » Thu Sep 15, 2011 8:00 am

joefish wrote:I've not seen the Electron Cassette 50, but I know from past experience that BBC BASIC runs fast enough that it can actually do some decent, fast, playable arcade-style games, so long as they're based on just a few moving objects or whole rows of objects that can be re-printed in one go. So, Frogger, Pac-Man, Jumping-Jack type games can run fairly well. Sinclair BASIC runs a lot slower, severely limiting its ability to support an action game.
Anything is fast if you move to it from TI99 BASIC. It positively crawls along, even when its not doing anything fancy. My random game picker for the league was just running through a list repeatedly until I pressed a key, but it was sloow.

I never got to grips with making machine code calls from within BASIC, I'm not sure how that works at all.
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Re: dont buy this

Post by TMR » Thu Sep 15, 2011 8:44 am

i've got the C64 and i think VIC 20 versions of Cassette 50, as well as a disk copy of The Big 100 for the C64 by Wicked Games which was the same idea but with a slightly higher quality threshold since they used "public domain" (as in they found them and didn't worry too much about confirming if they were actually PD) titles and some machine code stuff snuck in!

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Re: dont buy this

Post by RetroMartin » Thu Sep 15, 2011 5:56 pm

I don't buy it? :p
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Re: dont buy this

Post by skylarking » Fri Sep 16, 2011 12:42 am

snowkatt wrote:has anybody here ever bought this http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don%27t_Buy_This
and was it really that awfull ?

and what about cassette 50 ? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cassette_50
I have the CPC disk version of the second one - funnily enough called "Disk 50". Same crappy games as the tape version I think though.
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Re: dont buy this

Post by skylarking » Fri Sep 16, 2011 12:43 am

Also on a related note...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Action_52
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Re: dont buy this

Post by Matt_B » Fri Sep 16, 2011 4:55 am

skylarking wrote:Also on a related note...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Action_52
Whilst most people who've grown up with consoles might find Action 52 to be shockingly bad, it's like pure solid gold compared to the Cassette 50.

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Re: dont buy this

Post by jdanddiet » Fri Sep 16, 2011 4:57 am

I've pitched a Cassette 50 making of, let's see if we can get it in!
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