What did you do while waiting for gmes to load?

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What did you do while waiting for gmes to load?

Post by woody.cool » Fri Sep 07, 2007 5:59 pm

As most of those who owned Commodore 64's / Amstrad CPC's and ZX Spectrums will know, some games used to take a fair few minutes to load.
What did you do while the game was loading?

For me, I used to leave the game loading and go and get my dinner. When I'd finished dinner - the game will have loaded :D

What did everyone else do to kill time while games were loading ???

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Post by Madge » Fri Sep 07, 2007 6:03 pm

My CPC ownership coincided with my peak level of interest in the comic 2000AD, which I used to get every Friday (pocket money day) so I used to go buy a budget game then read the latest prog while waiting for my new game to load. Happy days...
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Post by moshboy » Fri Sep 07, 2007 6:14 pm

Even Amigas took a while to load certain games, although not as long as C64s admittedly.

I remember I had a friend once with a Commodore Tape Drive system and I think the Last Ninja (or something - it was an awfully long time ago) was loading so we went outside for a skate to pass the time.

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Post by JetSetWilly » Fri Sep 07, 2007 6:20 pm

i used to sit there, with closed eyes, just listening to the loading sounds of the speccy.....



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Post by Madge » Fri Sep 07, 2007 6:22 pm

Man, the flashbacks I had when I got my first dial-up modem...
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Post by merman » Fri Sep 07, 2007 6:46 pm

My homework, quite often.
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Post by necronom » Fri Sep 07, 2007 7:00 pm

It depends on the game. A lot of C64 games have very good loading music and/or a nice picture to look at, so I'd be very happy with that.

Loading from disk it took about 10 seconds, so it wasn't a problem.

The worst ones were long tape loaders that didn't have music, and were a bit iffy to get loaded. In those cases I'd not dare move or breathe in case I caused the tape to not read properly. I'd sometimes leave the room, then peek round the door after a few minutes to see if it was still loading :lol:

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Post by Sureshot » Fri Sep 07, 2007 7:18 pm

Made stupid disk loading noises at my brother.

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Post by Elgin_McQueen » Fri Sep 07, 2007 7:50 pm

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Post by MC1 » Fri Sep 07, 2007 8:02 pm

Knock one out.
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Post by markopoloman » Fri Sep 07, 2007 9:08 pm

Shake with excitement!








and hope that I'd finish before the game loaded
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Post by pottyboy » Fri Sep 07, 2007 9:23 pm

I would fall asleep waiting for C64 or Amiga games (ones with really long load times like the AGA version of Theme Park) to load.
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Post by Nitters » Fri Sep 07, 2007 9:59 pm

A large selection of Jazz mags sufficed....


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Post by felgekarp » Sat Sep 08, 2007 4:28 am

I either used to have a stack of Crash or C&VG mags at hand to flick through or I used to sit patiently and wait, that's right patiently.
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Post by Dudley » Sat Sep 08, 2007 4:38 am

Used the time to go out and buy a console.
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