Was the Spectrum just a big Gameboy?

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Was the Spectrum just a big Gameboy?

Post by pocketmego » Wed Jul 25, 2007 2:06 am

I know this is a weird topic, but bare with me on this one...

An old issue of Retrogamer I have has this interesting write-up about the home versions of the original Robocop game and in it they make mention of the similarities between the Spectrum and Gameboy version and attribute it to similar hardware, most notably the Z-80.

So it got me to thinking...

In terms of technical data and other factors, is the Spectrum just a large desk mounted Gameboy or are there many more factors against this assumption?

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Post by Dizrythmia » Wed Jul 25, 2007 2:14 am

I guess... yeah I can see similarities... monochrome graphics & all...

The GB was a superior piece of hardware though. I don't see the Speccy handling the scrolling from Super Mario Land...

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Post by psj3809 » Wed Jul 25, 2007 2:56 am

...yep because the Speccy never had any decent scrolling games did it ?!?!

Very weird thread ! As the Speccy came out first shouldnt the question be is the Gameboy a small portable Speccy ?

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Post by pocketmego » Wed Jul 25, 2007 3:03 am

I kind of thought the same thing, but decided on the other way to better illustrate my point. Think of it as artistic license. :wink:

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Post by SirClive » Wed Jul 25, 2007 3:07 am

I thought the thread said is the Speccy a big 'gayboy' :shock:
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Post by Bub&Bob » Wed Jul 25, 2007 3:44 am

SirClive wrote:I thought the thread said is the Speccy a big 'gayboy' :shock:
I'll calm down now.
I think it was a typo :wink:
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Post by Antiriad2097 » Wed Jul 25, 2007 4:18 am

Is the Amiga a big Atari ST? It has the same CPU and the games are similar...
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Post by Dudley » Wed Jul 25, 2007 5:05 am

Yes, Nintendo travelled back in time a decade and handed Clive a Gameboy in 1981, just so he could create a machine that didn't resemble it in any way.

The gameboy doesn't even have a Z80, however the CPC, some BBC Micros, the MSX and the Commdore 128 do. They must all be Gameboys.
I guess... yeah I can see similarities... monochrome graphics & all...
But the speccy didn't have monochrome graphics, it had colour. People just used mono for speed sometimes.
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Post by Bub&Bob » Wed Jul 25, 2007 5:38 am

Next they will be saying that the PS2 is just a big PSP........oh, wait.....
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Re: Was the Spectrum just a big Gameboy?

Post by TMR » Wed Jul 25, 2007 6:01 am

pocketmego wrote:In terms of technical data and other factors, is the Spectrum just a large desk mounted Gameboy or are there many more factors against this assumption?
The differences are that the Gameboy has a Sharp CPU that isn't a pure Z80 clone (since it lacks some of the opcodes and registers), a lower screen resolution with tile-based screen handling rather than bitmapped, a dedicated block of video RAM instead of using part of the system RAM, 40 hardware sprites with up to ten on a scanline and the sound had three tone and one noise channel.

On a technical level... that's just about everything different.

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Post by kiwimike » Wed Jul 25, 2007 6:10 am

Can see where you're coming from with the idea...the graphics look similiar in many ways...Obviously way different when you break it down to tech issues etc...but can see what you're saying

...And both machines are brillo :)

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Post by sirclive1 » Wed Jul 25, 2007 6:40 am

Monochrome graphics were mainly used to deter colour clash , not for speed.
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Post by Dudley » Wed Jul 25, 2007 7:05 am

sirclive1 wrote:Monochrome graphics were mainly used to deter colour clash , not for speed.
Fair enough, the point being the machine could do colour. Too much in fact.
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Post by felgekarp » Wed Jul 25, 2007 7:50 am

Does this mean the C64 was a Gamegear and the Amstrad was an Atari Lynx?
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Post by Bub&Bob » Wed Jul 25, 2007 7:52 am

felgekarp wrote:Does this mean the C64 was a Gamegear and the Amstrad was an Atari Lynx?
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