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Post by FatTrucker » Mon Jan 08, 2007 12:07 pm

I had an Amstrad CPC 464. When it was programmed for directly rather than receiving shoddy Speccy ports (boooo) it really was at the top of its game. It actually felt like you were using a proper computer, with its dedicated monitor and nice tappy typey keyboard. Never let me down once.

I loved it deeply, right up to the time when I got my Atari ST 1040FM, at which point I showed the kind of brand loyalty only a hardcore gamer can know and it went in the Garage and stayed there.
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Post by The Master » Mon Jan 08, 2007 4:07 pm

I had a ZX80 first, followed by a BBC B - bit of a leap there. I loved the Beeb, yet always secretly lusted after a Speccy on the side - just something about the warm rubbery smell and sexy onscreen typeface. A mate up the road had one though, so much fun was had, and another guy up the hill had a C64, although he was a bit weird and kept trying to get you to say "I've got another woman" to him. The strange girl who smelt funny had a CPC and we all felt secretly sorry for her, although not as much as for the poor sod who got given a PCW8256 for Christmas. Haha!

Actually thinking about it, considering I grew up in a tiny Welsh coastal village, we still had the 8-bit market pretty much wrapped. There was an Oric, a Dragon, a couple of MSXs, plenty of wooden Ataris and even one of those odd things with the built in green waggly joystick. Not sure if it was the same machine, but there was also definitely one that had a "space invader", "racing car", "pac-man ghost" and one other special key that escapes me right now (no, not escape) - actual proper keys on the keyboard. Cool!

Still in the 80s I moved on to an Amiga 500, then shortly afterwards returned to my Beeb roots with an Acorn Archimedes, the motherboard of which I still have framed under glass to this day. FAVOURITE machine would have to be the original Model B though I guess, as it's the one I spent most time with. Can still remember the thrill and joy mixed with terror whilst installing my first ever disc interface board & EPROM. censored, I feel all misty-eyed now.

I found an Atari 520ST in perfect condition propped up against a wall in the street in Switzerland a few years ago. That was bizarre. Why couldn't that have happened when I was a kid?

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Post by Scooby1970 » Mon Jan 08, 2007 4:42 pm

For the 1 million and first time on this subject on this forum.... The Amstrad CPC 464 was my favourite home computer of the 80's, and Sega Master System my favourite console.

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Post by Spector » Tue Jan 09, 2007 1:15 pm

Has to be the Spectrum :)

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Post by Cabal » Tue Jan 09, 2007 4:55 pm

Spectrum 48k+.

I did own a NES but not until 1993, when they were going for £30 with Super Mario 3... :cry:

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Post by Lindopski » Wed Jan 10, 2007 6:04 am

The Commodore 64 as it is a true 80's computer , the Amiga is great and even though it arrived in 1985 with the 1000 - no one really had one until the tip end of the 80's 89-90 ish so I always see it as an Early 90's machine.
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Post by Browncat » Wed Jan 10, 2007 8:26 am

One of my mates had a Speccy I liked it but I had a C64 so that was alway my favourite computer really just for the sound and Turrican 2. Best console has to go to the NES purly for fun factor and sheer number of games however can I include the Megadrive? That came out in Japan in 1989 I think?
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Post by P-Head » Thu Jan 11, 2007 8:02 am

Amiga 500 and Atari 7800 were my weapons of choice

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Post by Antiriad2097 » Thu Jan 11, 2007 8:12 am

C64 and Vectrex for me, with Oric and Speccy trailing very close behind.
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Post by devilman » Thu Jan 11, 2007 8:19 am

Various Spectrums for me. At one point I had four but only the +2A worked properly! Had to have the keyboard membranes replaced on the rubber-keyed one and the + and the disk drive on the +3 gave me no end of grief (plus the tape socket broke so I couldn't use that either!)

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Post by Antiriad2097 » Thu Jan 11, 2007 12:27 pm

devilman wrote:the disk drive on the +3 gave me no end of grief (plus the tape socket broke so I couldn't use that either!)
The tape socket on my +3 died a death too. I worked round it by cutting off the plug and soldering the cassette cable directly to the mobo.
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Post by woody.cool » Thu Jan 11, 2007 1:37 pm

P-Head wrote:Amiga 500 and Atari 7800 were my weapons of choice
The Amiga is a bloody good weapon of choice :D
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devilman wrote:the disk drive on the +3 gave me no end of grief (plus the tape socket broke so I couldn't use that either!)
The tape socket on my +3 died a death too. I worked round it by cutting off the plug and soldering the cassette cable directly to the mobo.
At the mo, that's what my tape socket has done, I've soldered leads onto the mobo! Also, to 'add insult to injury' the connector on my Multiface 3 has just snapped off preventing me from converting tape games onto disc! :cry:

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Post by planetmatt » Thu Jan 11, 2007 4:19 pm

Atari 2600, C64, and the Atari ST.

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Post by BennyTheGreek » Sat Jan 13, 2007 5:04 pm

Rubber Speccy and my twin tape deck !!! :wink:

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Post by woody.cool » Sun Jan 14, 2007 3:28 am

How can anybody play a game on a rubber keyboard???

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