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What aged the best?

Post by PanzerGeneral » Sat Sep 21, 2013 7:39 pm

Looking at all of the earlier retro computers-what do people think about how well or how badly the physical appearance of any particular system has aged?

As much as I hate to say it - I personally think that the original spectrum has probably aged the best. A few others of note would be the Dragon 32/64, the Memotech MTX 500/512 and possibly the Color Genie and some MSX machines.
I feel that Amstrads and Amstrad/Sinclairs fare particularly badly, most of the Atari 8 bits, Commodore 64's, C16 and Plus 4's, Tandy CoCo and a host of others don't look too hot these days.
I suppose it's all in the eye of the beholder though.

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Re: What aged the best?

Post by NorthWay » Sun Sep 22, 2013 1:14 am

Possibly the C64C isn't too bad. The C128 become a tad big.

The one that hasn't aged one bit(hah!) IMO is the Amiga 1000. I could see something like that being launched today. Keyboard garage and all.

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Re: What aged the best?

Post by oldtimer » Thu Dec 26, 2013 1:10 pm

The Amstrad GX4000 Still looks very futuristic, despite all its other problems. :D
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Re: What aged the best?

Post by paranoid marvin » Fri Dec 27, 2013 10:08 pm

Woodgrain VCS; definately a toy of the 70s!
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Re: What aged the best?

Post by RodimusPrime » Sat Dec 28, 2013 9:55 am

The Amstrad CPC 464 and 6128 + models still look nice IMO. I like the light grey and think the systems look much nicer than the standard models.

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Re: What aged the best?

Post by Mire Mare » Sat Dec 28, 2013 10:47 am

I think the C64c still looks great. The Amiga 1200 looks very neat. And I agree that the best thing the GX4000 has going for it is it's looks!

Original Gameboy now feels like a minstrosity in my hands and the green screen is has not aged well. My silver GB Pocket looks awesome as does my SP and GBA Micro.

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Re: What aged the best?

Post by oldtimer » Mon Dec 30, 2013 6:56 pm

paranoid marvin wrote:Woodgrain VCS; definately a toy of the 70s!
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Re: What aged the best?

Post by sorandor » Wed Feb 05, 2014 8:20 pm

Id suggest the Amiga. This is massively due to the irregular crashes often found when loading speccy or c64 games. Boy did they take long, only to crash!

Whereas since the demise of the amiga, we can see a serious homebrew side, including hardward like the amiga HD which id have loved on my A500

Also the selection of games, and selection of controls (Keyboard,mouse or joystick) and the graphics all still look crisp.

I give high props to many speccy games, especially r-type but for me, the loading times, the memories and the type of hardware it used (Making it very difficult to emulate on MANY more powerful machines) really make it a bit of an enigma. You could say the Atari st, but for me, the music on that machine was woeful in comparison.

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Re: What aged the best?

Post by Ex_Mosquito » Mon Mar 17, 2014 7:54 pm

I think the Japanese Megadrive still looks as sexy as it did in the 80's, stunning. This is when grey importing started for me. Great days ;(
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Re: What aged the best?

Post by TheDude18 » Fri Mar 21, 2014 2:32 pm

I still think that the 48k Spectrum looks fantastic and an icon of the industry (and this coming from a Commodore fan!)
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Re: What aged the best?

Post by necronom » Fri Mar 21, 2014 4:31 pm

TheDude18 wrote:I still think that the 48k Spectrum looks fantastic and an icon of the industry (and this coming from a Commodore fan!)
^ This. If you cut me in half there would be a C= logo running through me, but the Spectrum looks amazing. Not entirely practical, but it certainly has the looks.
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Re: What aged the best?

Post by Matt_B » Fri Mar 21, 2014 4:52 pm

If we're just talking looks, the Oric Atmos has to be in with a shout.

The design of the Atari ST still looks pretty stylish too, although the yellowing plastic doesn't.

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Re: What aged the best?

Post by Hiro » Fri Mar 21, 2014 11:24 pm

Definitely the Amiga 1200 still looks great. And I kinda like the Commodore 16 too, its black livery (especially if you're used to the "breadbin" gray C64) with gray keys isn't bad at all, I think it looks quite cool.
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Re: What aged the best?

Post by Gary Plowman » Wed Apr 16, 2014 2:46 pm

TheDude18 wrote:I still think that the 48k Spectrum looks fantastic and an icon of the industry (and this coming from a Commodore fan!)
Couldnt agree more! I even have the speccy keyboard t-shirt!
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Re: What aged the best?

Post by bagpuss22 » Tue May 13, 2014 8:18 pm

Enterprise 64/128 for me. Has this ever been reviewed? 8)

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