Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 23rd Apr 2007 22:47 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems "Clive Sinclair's ZX Spectrum is a quarter of a century old today. The machine that really launched the UK IT industry hit the streets of a depressed Britain on 23 April, 1982. Dark days, then. But lo, along came bespectacled Messiah Sir Clive Sinclair with the successor to his 1981 release, the black-and-white ZX-81. The ZX Spectrum boasted a visual cortex-melting eight colours at 256 x 192 resolution, blistering 3.5MHz CPU, and crucially, a crisp-repelling vulcanised rubber keyboard."
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yes, starting with Vic-20 and then upgrading to the C64 I remember scoffing at my friend and his small rubber thing that made ugly beeps. that was until he called me over to check out this new game called Knight Lore that he bought. that game started a long love for isometric games and although Ultimate never quite got it right again (imo) with Alien 8 coming closest, there were lots of others in the same genre that where great such as Head over Heels, Fairlight, Batman, Bobby Bearing, Quazatron etc.

here's my Speccy top 5:

1. Knight Lore
2. Thrust
3. Head over Heels
4. Fairlight
5. Underwurdle

ahh those were the days...

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Well I never thought we'd ever have a Speccy Top 5 on OSNews so I'm not about to let the opportunity go to waste! ;)

1. Lords of Midnight (still may favourite game to this day)
2. Knight Lore
3. Doomdark's Revenge
4. Elite (althought the BBC version was far better)
5. The Hobbit

The Spectrum was also the first computer I owned (my parents bought me the 16K model despite me hinting heavily that 48K would be so much more useful for school. They'd obviously rumbled my educational gambit straight away!). I had to use my saved up pocket money to buy an additional 32K - well over 100!

I still own 2 Spectrums (Original and Spectrum+), Interfaces 1 and Microdrive, 2 ZX81s bought at a computer fair years afterwards, and the superb QL which despite its many, many shortcomings, was still the most amazing computer to program on in those days.

As a developer by trade, I have Sir Clive to thank for getting me into computing in the first place. And the Spectrum to thank for wasting far too many hours trying to get to the last screen in Arcadia...

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