Atari vs C64 // was: 8-Bit Computer Poll

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Best 8-Bit

ZX Spectrum
Commodore 64
Amstrad CPC 464
BBC Micro
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Post by Graz » Tue May 01, 2007 2:33 pm

Speccy for me, too. Hey, it's my first post. Hows about that?! Hi everyone. :D
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Post by Kerr Avon » Tue May 01, 2007 2:51 pm

They're all good machines, but the Spectrum wins purely for the quality of the games, and the machines influence on the computer industry.

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Post by The Last Ginja » Tue May 01, 2007 2:56 pm


If the result says otherwise the Poll is obviously fixed.

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Post by necronom » Tue May 01, 2007 3:15 pm

The C64 by a mile.

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Post by speccyabuser » Tue May 01, 2007 3:16 pm

speccy all the way!

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Post by neuromancer » Tue May 01, 2007 3:37 pm

Well, my vote's got to be with the speccy (despite my tongue-in-cheek complaint about the missing ataris) - it's not my first machine (an '81) but it was the first machine with enthralling games (and colour!)

As I never owned a C64 I inevitably became entrenched in my opinion that the 'blockydore 64' wasn't a match for the 'spectrash' (as the infidels called the rubber keyed wonder)

It's hard to be objective, especially as the Atari 130xe (a machine very close to my heart) is in many ways a mirror to the C64 in graphics, sound, processor, custom chipsets and so forth

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Post by witchfinder » Tue May 01, 2007 3:48 pm

I can't believe the bloody Spectrum is winning! :shock:

C64 for me, although my formative years were spent with a Beeb (which I still have) so it was a tough choice....
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Post by andrew_rollings » Tue May 01, 2007 3:54 pm

witchfinder wrote:I can't believe the bloody Spectrum is winning! :shock:

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Post by Graz » Tue May 01, 2007 4:38 pm

Well, it's British, and therefore a machine with a soul. As much as I adore all 8bit machines, C64 included, the Speccy possesses an indefinable character. Not meaning to make it out to be some Messianic tool of glory, but with all its limitations, it continues to amaze me and prove itself with new games and utilities. No other machine can do this with such style. If you like shoot-em-ups, then the C64 is definitely the machine to go for. It has them in abundance, and most of them are great... but if you want depth, originality and imagination, then Sir Clive has the answer.

Would be interesting to see how many more people would have voted
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Post by Elspuddy » Tue May 01, 2007 4:50 pm

but i had a cpc 464 *crys*
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Post by Antiriad2097 » Tue May 01, 2007 6:14 pm

Depends on time period. Early on, the Speccy had the edge. Then the Oric-1 appeared and stomped all over it. Eventually the C64 caught up. On the basis it has marginally more games I still play today and a vast library of music often to be found on my MP3 player, I'll say C64 for the purpose of this poll.

Amstrad and BBC don't even get a mention. I'll give the old Beeb some credit for Chuckie Egg and Elite, but the Amstrad will never be more than a cheap cash-in to me, just like his hi-fi's.
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Post by » Tue May 01, 2007 6:54 pm

I voted for the Spectrum cos' the Sord M5 wasn't listed :)
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Post by Xesh » Tue May 01, 2007 7:02 pm

The BBC is the best by a mile. Loads of brilliant games (Elite, Repton, Exile, etc.). The expansion potential is far greater than all the other computers of its age. There's still people making expansions for it (John Kortink's GoMMC comes to mind). There's also the massive amounts of hardware available for it. Which other computer has a robot available for it? There's also stuff like the light pen and the AMX mouse.


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Post by thl » Tue May 01, 2007 7:10 pm

Commodore 64.


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