Daley Thompson's Decathlon - How did you play it ?

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Daley Thompson's Decathlon - How did you play it ?

Post by Morkin » Mon Jan 30, 2006 9:00 am

I was a huge fan of this game back in the '80's & was just wondering what control method you used ?

I started off tapping my fingers as fast as I could, then I graduated to a Quickshot (which broke twice) & I think I finally ended up using one of those rubber balls wedged across two keys, which I would rub side to side like a maniac. :oops: And boy did I sweat - I almost felt like I was doing the event for real. :lol:

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Post by CraigGrannell » Mon Jan 30, 2006 9:13 am

I think I used an old Quickshot 1 for most joystick wagglers (such as Decathlon and Go for the Gold) -- it was a "lose" stick, so much quick and easier than the Comp Pro.
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Post by DonkeySpank » Mon Jan 30, 2006 10:01 am

It was keyboard-bashing all the way for me! :wink:

Loved this game, had it for Christmas along with my Speccy+. Aaaaaah the memories of hand-cramp on the 1000 meters! :D

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Post by Mootown » Mon Jan 30, 2006 10:27 am

It's no Hyper Sports at the end of the day though.

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Post by merman » Mon Jan 30, 2006 10:33 am

Badly. :D

Even a Wico Boss with metal shaft (oo-err) was not up to the punishment.

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Post by The Penultimate Ninja » Mon Jan 30, 2006 10:48 am

That game was a killer, both in terms of joysticks and your arms. I hated the 1500 metre event. I remember the exertion of the 1500M race during a particularly close and hard-fought 2 player match once gave my brother such a bad headache that he wouldn't play it anymore in case he got another 'decathlon headache'.

We didn't dare play on keys, for fear of breaking the c64, so it was with whatever was the sturdiest working joystick we had at the time.

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Post by demon cleaner » Mon Jan 30, 2006 10:59 am

I hated the 1500 metre event.
That's so true mate, I hated that one too. I always used Quickshot joysticks, and I broke many of them, they were so fragile.

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Post by golgo13 » Mon Jan 30, 2006 11:19 am

Keyboard all the way. Those little rubber keys took a hell of a beating.
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Post by Opa-Opa » Mon Jan 30, 2006 1:29 pm

Rubber ball inbetween the O and the P keys for me, untill I got a 128k+ and the ball didnt work :(

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Post by SirClive » Mon Jan 30, 2006 1:38 pm

Used an atari style joystick. Palm of the hand over the flat top of the stick and oscilate wildly!

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Post by andy vaisey » Mon Jan 30, 2006 2:26 pm

Fortunately, my "Boss" joystick seemed sturdy enough to take loads of bashing.

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Post by paranoid marvin » Mon Jan 30, 2006 2:35 pm

Gosh,this thread reminds me...
I remember I used to have a controller for Track & Field on Atari 2600
Just left and right buttons and a 'fire' button in the middle
I seem to remeber it worked on other 'button bashers' too
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Post by DADDYCOOL » Mon Jan 30, 2006 3:02 pm

I'll try to explain this without making it sound like too much of a 'double entendre' but i used to ring the stick like a bell and let the base wobble about and press the trigger button for jump.

You needed a well worn Cheeta 125 for that though.

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Post by pipesfranco » Tue Jan 31, 2006 12:01 am

Heres a classic and effective way:

A: Wet index finger of prefered hand as thoroughly as possible

B: Approach rubber keyboard Spectrum variant

C: Begin event and rub wet index left and right between both buttons as fast as possible

D: Use free hand as jump button

E: Apply further saliva and repeat!

ACE works every time!

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Post by Hungry Horace » Tue Jan 31, 2006 3:23 am

Did anybody else favour the 'tag team' approach?

A friend and I would take to the Speccy+ keyboard in shifts, hammering the keys with the intensity of a rabid dog until the agony of the strain was too much, and we would yell 'SWAP!', letting the other person rapidly move in for the keys. It was perfectly orchestrated, like ballet.

It also looked ridiculous, two boys hunched over a keyboard twitching and hammering like lunatics. And using this method, we were never able to beat the deformed Gus from Supertest.
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