Happy 30th birthday to the ZX Spectrum

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Happy 30th birthday to the ZX Spectrum

Post by Katzkatz » Sun Apr 22, 2012 7:06 pm

Happy birthday to the ZX Spectrum. Post your memories of it here.

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Re: Happy 30th birthday to the ZX Spectrum

Post by Roo » Sun Apr 22, 2012 7:27 pm

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Re: Happy 30th birthday to the ZX Spectrum

Post by crusto » Sun Apr 22, 2012 8:06 pm

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Post by The Laird » Sun Apr 22, 2012 8:14 pm

The greatest computer ever made, my childhood would not have been the same without you!!!! 8)

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Re: Happy 30th birthday to the ZX Spectrum

Post by ToxieDogg » Sun Apr 22, 2012 10:01 pm

Jagfest_UK wrote:The greatest computer ever made, my childhood would not have been the same without you!!!! 8)
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So many good memories involved with the Spectrum...introduced me to so many different styles of games, me and my mates often used used to be round each others houses playing the latest stuff we'd gotten hold of, my first attempts at programming...

Happy birthday Speccy. :)
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Re: Happy 30th birthday to the ZX Spectrum

Post by supermario » Mon Apr 23, 2012 3:00 am

My 3rd computer after ZX80 and 81. I was at the computer exhibition where it was launched (with the promise of the "4 week delivery"). Got one until about 6 months after then and spent many hours playing games and making friends who also played games. Mind you 30 years ago - now I am depressed..... :wink:
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Re: Happy 30th birthday to the ZX Spectrum

Post by Morkin » Mon Apr 23, 2012 4:00 am

Fantastic memories of the Spectrum for me. Great games & great magazines, plus wealthier friends & C90 cassettes.

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Post by MikeFishcake » Mon Apr 23, 2012 4:02 am

As a friend of mine posted on Facebook earlier on:
I think it's disgraceful we don't celebrate ZX Spectrum Day the same way the Welsh celebrate Dragon 32 Day or the Americans celebrate Commodore 64 Day.
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Re: Happy 30th birthday to the ZX Spectrum

Post by AceGrace » Mon Apr 23, 2012 5:08 am

Even though I only had you for 5 months before your keyboard ribbon melted and I had to suffer months of waiting at Clive Sinclairs expense before getting a refund and being bought a BBC-B instead, I will always have a soft spot for you.


The spectrum that is.

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Re: Happy 30th birthday to the ZX Spectrum

Post by MattyC64c » Mon Apr 23, 2012 5:13 am

Happy birthday Speccy!

Didn't have one myself, but friends did, good times though still :D

Google are in on it (well the UK site is) and there is a interesting article on the BBC news site http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-17776666

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Re: Happy 30th birthday to the ZX Spectrum

Post by Sabreman64 » Mon Apr 23, 2012 5:53 am

I raise my glass (well, mug of tea) to the Speccy. A great little machine. My 16K Speccy still works after 30 years (or at least it did when I last connected it up a year or two ago). I bet it wouldn't still be working if it had been some old 'Made in China' rubbish. :lol:

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Re: Happy 30th birthday to the ZX Spectrum

Post by deadpan666 » Mon Apr 23, 2012 6:35 am

Happy Birthday my little rubber-keyed chum! :)

Thanks for getting me through those difficult formative years by letting me be anything from a dustman to a bloody big space-dragon, whilst also helping with Maths homework..... :mrgreen:
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Post by DreamcastRIP » Mon Apr 23, 2012 6:35 am

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Re: Happy 30th birthday to the ZX Spectrum

Post by Darran@Retro Gamer » Mon Apr 23, 2012 6:42 am

You were never as good as the NES, but I did like playing Death Chase on you. Happy birthday old chum.
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Re: Happy 30th birthday to the ZX Spectrum

Post by Andy L » Mon Apr 23, 2012 6:49 am

Happy 30th birthday Speccy!

I remember my dad coming home with a big box from Dixons in June 1988 (I think) - it turned out to be a +2 bundle and that was my first computer. Once I'd exhausted the games that came with it (Ian Botham's Test Match was a favourite) and the games that came with the Crash mags that I bought for a year from 1989 to 1990, I learned to program in BASIC and dabbled a little bit in machine code, typing in hex listings straight from a book. My best mate had a +3 and I was jealous of his vastly reduced loading times! That +2 is the reason why I work in IT (support) now...

Also, it wasn't until I was a bit older that I discovered that my dad had bought a ZX80 a few years earlier too, complete with 16K RAM pack, tapes and a bundle of Interface magazines. I got rid of the +2 long ago but that won't ever happen with the ZX80, it's priceless to me!

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