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I'm looking to buy a 8-bit home computer

Post by nesmaster » Wed Oct 24, 2007 4:00 pm

Which is the best one to go for?

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Post by MC1 » Wed Oct 24, 2007 4:01 pm

Speccy.
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Post by nesmaster » Wed Oct 24, 2007 4:09 pm

Alright. But what version of the speccy would you recommend?

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Post by MC1 » Wed Oct 24, 2007 4:12 pm

I like my 48k rubber key one the best.
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Post by SirClive » Wed Oct 24, 2007 4:30 pm

128k (just not the +2)
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Post by paranoid marvin » Wed Oct 24, 2007 4:36 pm

Buy a C64 AND a Speccy - to get the best of 8 bit gaming you really need both (and it's not as though either will cost you the earth)

Personally , I'd go for the rubber-keyed 48k Speccy , if only for nostalgia purposes
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Post by playgeneration » Wed Oct 24, 2007 4:39 pm

I love the Atari 800, very early machine, as it came out in 1979, but was damn powerful for the time.
Theres some awesome games for it such as Space Raiders, Caverns of Mars, Rally Speedway. And theres many games which were far superior to the VCS (Atari 2600) versions, like E.T, Pacman, Donkey Kong. Most of the best games were released on cartridge too, so theres no need to be waiting for cassettes to load.

Actually I'm going to get my 800 out to play right now! :D

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Post by Sureshot » Wed Oct 24, 2007 4:52 pm

Well, as I haven't actually had first-hand experience with a speccy for about 20 years, I'd say get a C64. I've picked up 2 over the last 10 years, they're nice to plug in and play on and have a bucketload of decent games easily available.




And you thought I was gonna say BBC!

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Post by necronom » Wed Oct 24, 2007 5:12 pm

C64. If you don't have the whole nostalgia thing with the Spectrum, then you might be put off by the bad sound, graphics, keyboard, and tape loading. With the C64 you get games in full colour, a proper keyboard, amazing sound (for the time), and you can get a 1541 disk drive which is 100 times better than tape!

It's worth getting an Action Replay cart, too, so you can freeze the games you might get on tape and save them to disk for very fast loading (about 10 seconds).

It's best to try out some games on the emulators first. That way you can see what the games are like to play as well as the look and sound of them.

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Post by felgekarp » Wed Oct 24, 2007 5:46 pm

Get a BBC for a load of unique games that didn't appear on other formats, failing that like most others say either a C64 or a Speccy, but which one hmmmm?
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Post by witchfinder » Wed Oct 24, 2007 6:09 pm

C64 would get my vote too as I think the games have aged better than those on some of the other 8-bit systems...

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Post by markopoloman » Wed Oct 24, 2007 6:13 pm

C64
If you get one, it'll be easier than a Speccy due to the Commodore Cassette deck (C2N) - just press play and it'll load - no messing around with volume settings on a crappy cassette player on the speccy!


Dont get an amstrad though - oooooooooh! that would be a bad experience :P :P :lol:

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Post by The Master » Wed Oct 24, 2007 6:23 pm

Get an Atari ST and chop it in half.












No, seriously, get a Dragon 32 :D

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Post by paranoid marvin » Wed Oct 24, 2007 6:24 pm

The Master wrote:Get an Atari ST and chop it in half.












No, seriously, get a Dragon 32 :D
I think the suggestion of half an ST is more serious than the one about getting a Dragon...
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Post by pottyboy » Wed Oct 24, 2007 9:25 pm

They're both great machines. However, my vote goes to the C64 because IMO it has the best version of Bombjack :) Always prefered that version over the arcade and speccy ones which were too easy and boring.
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