Greatest Personal Computer

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Is...

IBM compatible PC
3
6%
Commodore Amiga
18
38%
ZX Spectrum
9
19%
Commodore 64
4
9%
Atari 8-bit
1
2%
Atari ST
1
2%
Apple Macintosh
1
2%
Apple II
1
2%
Amstrad CPC
7
15%
Other (specify)
2
4%
 
Total votes: 47

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Greatest Personal Computer

Post by outdated_gamer » Mon Oct 05, 2015 11:54 am

Another thread about what you feel was the top system, but this time it's a clash of the titans - personal (or home, if you prefer that expression) computers!

Although this is a gaming-oriented forum, the non-gaming features of these systems should also be taken into account, since computers always did stuff beyond gaming.

For games, for school, for work, for hobby programming, for drawing, for music production, for video editing, for communication, for exploration, etc., the home computers were always present in modern households.

From the 8-bit micros of old (ZX, C=64, Atari, Amstrad, etc), 16-bit machines (Amiga, ST, Mac, etc) to 32-bit monsters (IBM PC, FM Towns, Archimedes, etc).

Times have changed but computers remained, even if they shifted shape and adapted to a changing environment.

Which is your most beloved and why?

Vote/discuss. :wink:

Also note that this thread is more retro-oriented, so comparing a very modern computer to some very old one is not the point of it.

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Re: Greatest Personal Computer

Post by Hiro » Mon Oct 05, 2015 12:04 pm

Amiga by a light year, a dream machine at the time and I still play with it today with great fun. Even if I love the Commodore 64 and its SID :)
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Re: Greatest Personal Computer

Post by Darran@Retro Gamer » Mon Oct 05, 2015 12:06 pm

Go Amstrad!
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Re: Greatest Personal Computer

Post by outdated_gamer » Mon Oct 05, 2015 12:11 pm

Relevant to the thread - Doom running on a Texas Instruments calculator:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZLn-vnbrPXg

Number-crunching done for a noble purpose... :P

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Re: Greatest Personal Computer

Post by joefish » Mon Oct 05, 2015 12:15 pm

Has to be the Spectrum, where it all began to take off. A great, efficiently designed machine, but completely open to development of both software and hardware. And still got a load of great games made for it.

As for Amstrad, I'll grant you that the 6128 was a great machine for getting work done - decent memory, multiple graphics modes and a floppy drive - facilities that most people weren't getting used to until they'd bought into 16 bits.

As for the ST and Amiga, both versatile machines, but were already losing gaming market share to the consoles.

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Re: Greatest Personal Computer

Post by NickThorpe » Mon Oct 05, 2015 12:46 pm

I mean, there's not even a question here. You could definitely have cut this poll down to two options:

- I AM THE KING OF PLANET WRONG
- Dragon 32

Easy.
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Re: Greatest Personal Computer

Post by stvd » Mon Oct 05, 2015 12:52 pm

My favourite from those...ZX Spectrum.
Still used it up until (and beyond)I buying a Megadrive.
Completely missed out the SMS/NES era due to how good the Spectrum was/is.
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Re: Greatest Personal Computer

Post by Eric » Mon Oct 05, 2015 12:59 pm

Amstrad, as the 464 was the first computer I programmed on. It made Computer Class a dodle as the BBC Micro's they used and the CPC's Basic are very similar.
Amiga was also great for college write up's and Dpaint animations.

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Post by The Laird » Mon Oct 05, 2015 1:36 pm

I grew up with a Spectrum at home followed by the ST and used a BBC at school, so that was pretty much my childhood right up to adult years (except using a PC in college).

But I choose the Atari 8-bit, a micro I only discovered in quite recent years. To think that a machine like that was released in 1979 is quite staggering, it was just so far ahead of everything else out there technology wise and still beat 8-bit's that came years later. The engineers later repeated their technical feats with the Amiga and Lynx but never in such a mind blowing fashion IMO.

I mean look at the A8 version of Space Harrier, just how is that running on seventies hardware??? :shock:

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Re: Greatest Personal Computer

Post by theantmeister » Mon Oct 05, 2015 1:47 pm

Apple Macintosh - the rightful heir to the Amiga's crown. Although they frankly suck for games, as computers they're great.

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Re: Greatest Personal Computer

Post by PostieDoc » Mon Oct 05, 2015 2:41 pm

Wait, my Plus/4 doesn't get a tick box all of its own?
Shame on you! Shame!

So looks like a straight head-to-head between Speccy and Amiga.

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Re: Greatest Personal Computer

Post by General Opulence » Mon Oct 05, 2015 2:53 pm

How come Darran gets to have 3 votes :lol:

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Re: Greatest Personal Computer

Post by PanzerGeneral » Mon Oct 05, 2015 6:16 pm

I will stick with my first machine, the humble ti99/4a, I became increasingly pissed off by the lack of available software when I had my first machine but now I can afford to buy my own stuff and expand the system-I can see what a great system it could have been had the price been right in the first place.
I would never have believed that I would be able to purchase Sabrewulf and Jet Set Willy on new homebrew cartridges in 2015.
It would also have been great to have seen the true heir to the machine make it to market, the ti99/8 was just about ready to go when TI pulled the plug, it would have pissed all over the existing competition based on it's tech specs.
Atari 8 bits would run a very close second, particularly the 800XL, it was the first system I had that I actually managed to expand to a decent level.

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Re: Greatest Personal Computer

Post by Matt_B » Mon Oct 05, 2015 6:37 pm

I've gone for the Spectrum. It was just the right machine at the right time and, perhaps most importantly of all, at the right price.

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Re: Greatest Personal Computer

Post by RodimusPrime » Mon Oct 05, 2015 6:51 pm

gonna be some seriously pissed of C64 owners.

Amstrad is putting up a really good show, surprised by that.

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