Buying original spectrum games nowadays

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Buying original spectrum games nowadays

Post by David » Sun Sep 27, 2015 6:06 pm

is it worth it? or will the majority of the tapes be knackered due to age?

been toying with the idea of reliving my childhood and getting a spectrum.

mainly due to fond memories of the box art and packaging of the old games I used to own

but is it a waste of time and money buying original tapes?

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Re: Buying original spectrum games nowadays

Post by markopoloman » Sun Sep 27, 2015 10:51 pm

If the tapes don't load - surely that is just being authentic anyway?

Proper answer... YES! I've got a Speccy and C64 and buy cassettes when I see them. Very few don't load and 9 times out of 10 it is the tape player causing the problem.
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Re: Buying original spectrum games nowadays

Post by Matt_B » Mon Sep 28, 2015 1:12 am

Yes, most of them should work and the ones that don't were probably damaged back in the day. Cassette tapes certainly last a lot better than some other media like floppies or optical discs even if they're not quite so robust as cartridges.

From a practical perspective it's much easier to load games using a divIDE, or just play the audio from a PC or a smartphone than to use actual tapes, so the main reason for collecting would indeed be the box art.

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Re: Buying original spectrum games nowadays

Post by David » Mon Sep 28, 2015 3:06 am

that's what i wanted to hear! :)

anyone want to swap a speccy 128k for a crystal modded Xbox?

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Post by Spector » Mon Sep 28, 2015 5:05 am

David wrote:that's what i wanted to hear! :)

anyone want to swap a speccy 128k for a crystal modded Xbox?
I've got a Spectrum 128 heatsink model.... but I don't wanna swap it for an Xbox!! :mrgreen:
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Re: Buying original spectrum games nowadays

Post by MadManDan79 » Mon Sep 28, 2015 12:29 pm

Is this the spectrum for crystal Xbox swapping thread? :lol:

I currently own 2 crystal xboxs - both modded...

On a serious note the spectrum was a good machine in its time... Though it did have the c64 and Atari 800 for competition...

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Re: Buying original spectrum games nowadays

Post by stvd » Mon Sep 28, 2015 12:49 pm

MadManDan79 wrote:On a serious note the spectrum was a good machine in its time... Though it did have the c64 and Atari 800 for competition...
The c64, fair enough but the Atari 800??????? :?
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Post by The Laird » Mon Sep 28, 2015 12:58 pm

stvd wrote:
MadManDan79 wrote:On a serious note the spectrum was a good machine in its time... Though it did have the c64 and Atari 800 for competition...
The c64, fair enough but the Atari 800??????? :?
The Atari 8-bit was vastly superior hardware wise and sold about the same amount of machines worldwide, so what's the problem?

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Re: Buying original spectrum games nowadays

Post by jdanddiet » Mon Sep 28, 2015 1:12 pm

David I have a boxed 128k +2 which works except it needs a new keyboard membrane. Or at least the keys don't work :?
It's the james bond edition. I have plenty of games you could have as well but I imagine postage on this and the xbox would be a lot, but i'm willing to try?
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Re: Buying original spectrum games nowadays

Post by David » Mon Sep 28, 2015 1:40 pm

how do you load the games though if the keyboard doesn't work? is it the model with the built in tape deck, am I thinking of the right one?

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Post by learnedrobb » Mon Sep 28, 2015 2:15 pm

David wrote:how do you load the games though if the keyboard doesn't work? is it the model with the built in tape deck, am I thinking of the right one?
Yeah, IIRC, the "James Bond" edition was the black "+2A" model, which came with a built in tape deck. I had one of these. Came with an awful lightgun. And i never had any of the "incompatibility" problems the +2A famoulsy had. out of all the games i had (either legit or otherwise) only 1 ever failed to load: Frank Brunos Boxing. Everything else was fine.

Still need a working keyboard though to select the correct menu option to start the tape loader though.
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Re: Buying original spectrum games nowadays

Post by jdanddiet » Mon Sep 28, 2015 2:15 pm

You can't mate the membrane would need replacing

Sorry not a very good idea lol
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Re: Buying original spectrum games nowadays

Post by MadManDan79 » Mon Sep 28, 2015 2:23 pm

stvd wrote:
MadManDan79 wrote:On a serious note the spectrum was a good machine in its time... Though it did have the c64 and Atari 800 for competition...
The c64, fair enough but the Atari 800??????? :?
They were all competing with each other in the 80s and all 3 used cassette players. You also had the Atari 600 and 1200 as well.

The Spectrum was swallowed up by Lord Sugar's Amstrad firm, who released the Amstrad GX4000. I wonder how many GX4000s are left?

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Re: Buying original spectrum games nowadays

Post by David » Mon Sep 28, 2015 2:33 pm

damn, cheers anyway jd, had m hopes built up there :)

how many games you got going spare?

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Re: Buying original spectrum games nowadays

Post by David » Mon Sep 28, 2015 2:35 pm

how easy / cheaply can you replace a membrane

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