I share your pain.Spector wrote:On the Retro Video Gamer site, we've been discussing the merits of the great Amstrad GX4000 console. The thing is, I've never come across anyone who actually got this machine at the time it was heavily marketed (Xmas 1990). The same applies to the elegant, stylish Commodore 64GS Games Console, also released in 1990.
Is there anyone on this forum that actually received one of these disastrous machines for Christmas the year it was full price? Were you expecting a Master System or NES instead? When you unwrapped the console, how awful did you feel? Did you throw up and sh1t yourself on purpose?
To anyone with a story like lhis, my commiserations in advance.
I got one at release, an upgrade from the CPC464. It didn't take long for me to realise I'd made a huge mistake. There were a couple of great games, Switchblade and Robocop 2 spring to mind but I made the decision to return it Dixons, however I knew they wouldn't take back a non faulty GX4000 so I dug out an old copy of Amstrad Action and found a double page spread on the GX4000 including the inner workings.
I located the sound chip and snipped a couple of wires and put it back together!
Returned it to Dixons and claimed the sound had stopped working, they didn't even check it. They asked if I wanted a replacement to which I replied "Can I have Gameboy instead"
Lo and behold ten minutes later I'm walking out a happy teenager!
I don't mind admitting that, Amstrad pretty much gave up the GX4000 shortly after release!