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    Default Sega 16 impressions and reviews on 8-bit micros and IBM PC

    This was to be an Atari 7800 thread, but I changed my mind. There were literally millions of 8-bit microcomputer users while the poor 7800 was a niche system everywhere… So, if you had Apple II, Atari 400/800, TRS CoCo, VIC 20, Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum (the one I had), MSX, BBC Micro/Acorn Electron, Dragon 32, Amstrad CPC, TI-99, Oric, or even an Elektronika 60 or a NEC or Sharp Japanese computer, this is the place to meet.
    Of course, an IBM PC or compatibles or a Mac would also count.

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    This was my first game ever: Camelot Warriors on the ZX Spectrum. I was, like five or six. Good looking graphics, sparse sound and as full of Euro-platforming traps as it can be. I'll always love it.



    I haven't finished it in all these 33 years. Not even with POKEs.

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    Cool, I was hoping you would start a thread for Atari 800 and C64. I didn't own the C64 but it sure seemed like everyone else had one.

    Some of my all time favorites.

    Atari 800:
    Archon
    Boulderdash
    Bruce Lee
    Dreadnaught Factor
    Encounter
    Mail Order Monsters
    Spy vs Spy
    Spy hunter

    C64:
    Beach-head
    GI-Joe
    https://youtu.be/I7hkxzbyyFY
    Rocketball
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fozzy View Post
    Cool, I was hoping you would start a thread for Atari 800 and C64. I didn't own the C64 but it sure seemed like everyone else had one.

    Some of my all time favorites.

    Atari 800:
    Archon
    Boulderdash
    Bruce Lee
    Dreadnaught Factor
    Encounter
    Mail Order Monsters
    Spy vs Spy
    Spy hunter

    C64:
    Beach-head
    GI-Joe
    https://youtu.be/I7hkxzbyyFY
    Rocketball
    Have you ever tried Draconus on the Atari 800, Fozzy? It's fantastic!

    http://www.atarimania.com/game-atari...onus_1704.html


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    The ZX Spectrum is what got me into gaming. My brother had a Pong and Atari systems but they did nothing for me and I had no interest in gaming, but in the Christmas of 83 my cousin (a girl btw) had the ZX Spectrum for Christmas. I was down her house of Christmas and she started to play the ZX and what turned my interest was the loading screen. I just loved how gradually the picture started to reveal its self and was memorised by how close the title screen art, looked to artwork on the box, I just couldn't believe it (The ZX Spectrum is one the best gaming systems ever)

    The game was Jetpack and we took in turns to play it and that was it. I spent the whole of that year asking mum for a ZX Spectrum and she got me the ZX Spectrum + in 1984 with a Sub simulator and Gift from the Gods which remains my fav ZX game and I still have it, to this day .

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    I didn't know it existed till now. Heck, I didn't even know the atari 800 was capable of those graphics. I'll have to add that to my play list.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Team Andromeda View Post
    The ZX Spectrum is what got me into gaming. My brother had a Pong and Atari systems but they did nothing for me and I had no interest in gaming, but in the Christmas of 83 my cousin (a girl btw) had the ZX Spectrum for Christmas. I was down her house of Christmas and she started to play the ZX and what turned my interest was the loading screen. I just loved how gradually the picture started to reveal its self and was memorised by how close the title screen art, looked to artwork on the box, I just couldn't believe it (The ZX Spectrum is one the best gaming systems ever)

    The game was Jetpack and we took in turns to play it and that was it. I spent the whole of that year asking mum for a ZX Spectrum and she got me the ZX Spectrum + in 1984 with a Sub simulator and Gift from the Gods which remains my fav ZX game and I still have it, to this day .

    In my case I got my +2 (Amstrad era) on 1988-89. My parents bought it out of nowhere one day when shopping in a department store (I was with them). I was a very little child back then (5 or 6) and I have to confess I was spooked by the loading noises. When I got used to them, I seldom played, but the memories remained: it came with six games by the company Dinamic: Camelot Warriors, Nonamed, Phantomas, Phantomas II (or Vampire as Codemasters renamed it on the UK), Game Over and Army Moves (it never worked due to a compatibility error with +2s). Later on, I got Atari's Return of the Jedi. I should comment on them someday.
    My parents still mantain buying that +2 it was a mistake to this day. I always answer them two things: a) I was too young to appreciate the depth of the Speccy universe: pirate tapes with games aplenty, POKEs, magazines, BASIC programming… and b) If I remember everything about it, it must mean it made an impact on me. Too soon, yes, but a failure? No way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fozzy View Post
    I didn't know it existed till now. Heck, I didn't even know the atari 800 was capable of those graphics. I'll have to add that to my play list.
    There are four Draconus games. Just be warned that they are very similar between them and that as Euro-action games they can be highly frustrating.

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    Now, for some MSX goodness. A acquaintance of mine is a renowned MSX specialist and he spent the last weekend on a MSX meeting in Nijmegen. Check out his photos of the event (well, if you want XD):



    The Ascii Corp./Microsoft standard was big in Japan, South Korea, Spain, Italy and the Netherlands, but otherwise, it was a niche system, which masks its actual influence on the world of computing. My younger brother, who's a bona fide computer expert, says that every user of Windows is in fact using an evolved version of MSX, in combination with what IBM standarized in itself (and kinda lost in the way).

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    I forgot all about the Goonies. This was a pretty good movie game for its time.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Fozzy View Post
    I forgot all about the Goonies. This was a pretty good movie game for its time.

    On almost every system.

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    Just a curio about the first micro: An Apple ][ on a monochrome monitor vs a color one.



    What I haven't been able to find out is how it performed on color TV sets, which I presume is the display domestic users - and, by extension, gamers back then - majorly used.

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    I might be mistaken, but I'm pretty sure that the Apple I (kit computer) was their 1st micro. We had Apple II computers in my Junior High and Highschool classrooms. They all had the monochrome monitors. That clicker speaker was pretty had. It was able to generate voices for Castle Wolfenstein though.

    I was a C-64 kid. I managed to get one in the local paper for $200 in 1985 and would later get the Disc Drive from a mail order outfit for a little bit over $200.


    I'd put together several C-64 arcade compilation videos, though the quality isn't all that great. I used a 720p digital camera and probably should have dialed in the contrast and brightness a bit better. The colors are a bit washed out, because of it being too bright. They were al captured from a Commodore 1084 S monitor. I picked up an S-Video cable for it a couple of years ago and it looks amazing on my 32" Sony HD CRT.


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    Quote Originally Posted by gamevet View Post
    I might be mistaken, but I'm pretty sure that the Apple I (kit computer) was their 1st micro. We had Apple II computers in my Junior High and Highschool classrooms. They all had the monochrome monitors. That clicker speaker was pretty had. It was able to generate voices for Castle Wolfenstein though.

    I was a C-64 kid. I managed to get one in the local paper for $200 in 1985 and would later get the Disc Drive from a mail order outfit for a little bit over $200.


    I'd put together several C-64 arcade compilation videos, though the quality isn't all that great. I used a 720p digital camera and probably should have dialed in the contrast and brightness a bit better. The colors are a bit washed out, because of it being too bright. They were al captured from a Commodore 1084 S monitor. I picked up an S-Video cable for it a couple of years ago and it looks amazing on my 32" Sony HD CRT.


    You're right. I forgot about the Apple I and it should be counted. Thanks for sharing your videos. I played a port of the SMS/GG Sonic on a real C64 fairly recently: that machine still has it.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Cg8r-VmeMk

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