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  • Dr. Steve Vickers writer of the ZX Spectrum ROM firmware

    Dr. Steve Vickers writer of the ZX Spectrum ROM firmware

    How did you come to work for Sinclair Computers?
    I wrote to all the computer companies I could find out about in the Cambridge area, and asked if they had any jobs. I ended up at Nine Tiles Information Handling, who were doing contract work for Sinclair. The owner John Grant had already written the firmware for the ZX80, and my first task was to adapt it for the ZX81 by writing a floating point maths pack and some other new features. I also wrote the user manual. After that I did the same...
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  • News Just In (time) - Lemmings is coming to the ZX Spectrum Next

    News Just In (time) - Lemmings is coming to the ZX Spectrum Next

    Here is an update on the development of the Lemmings game for the ZX Spectrum Next. I'm definitely looking forward to this





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  • Amstrad

    Amstrad





    Amstrad released the CPC (Colour Personal Computer) 464, it's first home computer, in 1984. With sales in excess of 2 million throughout Europe

    As with many other 8 bit machines of the day, the Amstrad CPC 464 was powered by a Z80 processor. After failed attempts to use a 6502 as used by the likes of Commodore 64, the CPC 464 ran at 4MHz and had 64K of memory available with AmsDOS (Amstrad's built-in Operating System). The CPC 464 offered three display modes;...
    Start Date
    12th April 1984
    Start Time
    00:00
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  • SEGA Mega Drive (Genesis) Mini

    SEGA Mega Drive (Genesis) Mini

    Sega is the latest 90's console to try and cash in on people's yearning for their lost retro years. Following in the footsteps of Nintendo, Sega is releasing a 'mini' form of it's amazing Mega Drive console that adorned many a teens' bedroom some 25 years back.

    And who wouldn't want this? OK, we completely understand that neither Nintendo's nor Sega's offerings are going to compete with more modern concepts of a console such as an Xbox one x. But there are those who love to hop on...
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  • 8 Bit Legacy

    8 Bit Legacy

    There is a wonderful series on the web from "Great Big Story" known as '8 Bit Legacy' where they delve into the history of the 8 bit wonders of the time. Here their exciting introductory video:
    1. Trailer
    2. The Hunt for ‘The Hobbit’ Game's Missing Hero
    3. The Rise of Nintendo’s Original Gaming Master
    4. The Old West Greatness of ‘Mad Dog McCree’ Video Game
    5. The True Story Behind Polybius, Gaming’s Most Bizarre Urban Legend
    6. The Video Game Genius Behind Chuck E. Cheese’s
    1 - Introduction / Trailer
    The Curious Case of Video Games - the trailer.
    2 - The Hunt for ‘The Hobbit’ Game's Missing Hero
    ...
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  • Ultimate Play the Game

    Ultimate Play the Game

    Founded in 1982 by former arcade developers, Tim & Chris Stamper, Ultimate Play the Game released numerous successful games for the Sinclair Spectrum, Amstrad & BBC as well as the MSX series and the C64. Filmation, an isometric view, was used in many of their games but their best selling games had to be JetPac & Sabre Wulf, each selling a staggering 300,000 in '83 and '84.

    By 1988, Ultimate Play the Game had changed it's name to Rare, which developed for Nintendo and purchased...
    Jetpac in-game screen Jetpac coverart
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  • First ZX Spectrum User Meeting in Sonnenbühl / Germany, 21st April

    First ZX Spectrum User Meeting in Sonnenbühl / Germany, 21st April

    The first ZX Spectrum User-Meeting in Sonnenbühl / Germany, 21st April 8am until 8pm

    We announce here a Spectrum-Show in Germany, It is the first time happening in Sonnenbühl-Willmandingen and has been announced in German Forums before. However, the following text is in Germany, but if anyone is interested, he can ask any question and get an answer soon. Everybody from all over the world is welcome.

    Einladung zum Spectrum-Treffen in Sonnenbühl Willmandingen.
    ...
    Start Date
    21st April 2018
    Start Time
    07:00
    Location
    Sonnenbühl Germany
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  • ActiveConsult webshop for ZX related hardware

    ActiveConsult webshop for ZX related hardware

    I happened upon a very professional looking website today. Not only is it a shop but it's a community driven site whereby customer requests actually get heard, listened to and acted upon. How rare!

    ActiveConsult offers it's visitors a limited but high-quality range of products for your ZX Spectrum Next, from the ingenious duel SD card reader to a variety of cables, memory expansions & upgrades to keyboards & mice.

    Each item is well priced and should be more than...
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  • Golem Books - Jerry Ellis

    Golem Books - Jerry Ellis

    Golem Books was launched in 2017 to support the release of The Book of the Game of the Film, a long-overdue follow-up to The 8-Bit Book - 1981 to 199x, which had been published eight years earlier. At the Golem Books website you will be able to find out more about both books, the author, Jerry Ellis, and any forthcoming projects. You can also purchase a hardcover copy of The Book of the Game of the Film here, as well as the paperback edition of The 8-Bit Book - 1981 to 199x.

    If you...
    The Book of the Game of the Film by Jerry Ellis
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  • C65 C64DX for sale

    C65 C64DX for sale

    Up for grabs is an ultra-rare Commodore 65 also known as the C64DX. Designed and built between 1990 & 1991, it is unofficially thought to have between 50 to 200 prototype units made but never manufactured for public consumption, sadly. It was, as I said to a friend of mine only a few days ago when I first spotted it (via a facebook group), almost a cross between an Amiga and C64 - similar to the position the Sam Coupe, sat between a 16 bit machine such as Atari or Amiga and the more humble ZX...
    Very rare Commodore 65 prototype (also known as the C64DX). Serial number 3. It's estimated that only between 50-200 of these computers were produced and they were not intended for the public. They were prototypes built for development, but they were later sold to the public through Grapevine after Commodore's bankruptcy. | eBay!
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  • Dr. Steve Vickers writer of the ZX Spectrum ROM firmware
    Karl
    How did you come to work for Sinclair Computers?
    I wrote to all the computer companies I could find out about in the Cambridge area, and asked if they had any jobs. I ended up at Nine Tiles Information Handling, who were doing contract work for Sinclair. The owner John Grant had already written the firmware for the ZX80, and my first task was to adapt it for the ZX81 by writing a floating point maths pack and some other new features. I also wrote the user manual. After that I did the same...
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  • News Just In (time) - Lemmings is coming to the ZX Spectrum Next
    Karl
    Here is an update on the development of the Lemmings game for the ZX Spectrum Next. I'm definitely looking forward to this





    ...
    22nd April 2018, 20:37
  • Amstrad
    Karl




    Amstrad released the CPC (Colour Personal Computer) 464, it's first home computer, in 1984. With sales in excess of 2 million throughout Europe

    As with many other 8 bit machines of the day, the Amstrad CPC 464 was powered by a Z80 processor. After failed attempts to use a 6502 as used by the likes of Commodore 64, the CPC 464 ran at 4MHz and had 64K of memory available with AmsDOS (Amstrad's built-in Operating System). The CPC 464 offered three display modes;...
    Start Date
    12th April 1984
    Start Time
    00:00
    21st April 2018, 00:00
  • SEGA Mega Drive (Genesis) Mini
    Karl
    Sega is the latest 90's console to try and cash in on people's yearning for their lost retro years. Following in the footsteps of Nintendo, Sega is releasing a 'mini' form of it's amazing Mega Drive console that adorned many a teens' bedroom some 25 years back.

    And who wouldn't want this? OK, we completely understand that neither Nintendo's nor Sega's offerings are going to compete with more modern concepts of a console such as an Xbox one x. But there are those who love to hop on...
    15th April 2018, 10:53
  • 8 Bit Legacy
    Karl
    There is a wonderful series on the web from "Great Big Story" known as '8 Bit Legacy' where they delve into the history of the 8 bit wonders of the time. Here their exciting introductory video:
    1. Trailer
    2. The Hunt for ‘The Hobbit’ Game's Missing Hero
    3. The Rise of Nintendo’s Original Gaming Master
    4. The Old West Greatness of ‘Mad Dog McCree’ Video Game
    5. The True Story Behind Polybius, Gaming’s Most Bizarre Urban Legend
    6. The Video Game Genius Behind Chuck E. Cheese’s
    1 - Introduction / Trailer
    The Curious Case of Video Games - the trailer.
    2 - The Hunt for ‘The Hobbit’ Game's Missing Hero
    ...
    12th April 2018, 18:16
  • Ultimate Play the Game
    Karl
    Founded in 1982 by former arcade developers, Tim & Chris Stamper, Ultimate Play the Game released numerous successful games for the Sinclair Spectrum, Amstrad & BBC as well as the MSX series and the C64. Filmation, an isometric view, was used in many of their games but their best selling games had to be JetPac & Sabre Wulf, each selling a staggering 300,000 in '83 and '84.

    By 1988, Ultimate Play the Game had changed it's name to Rare, which developed for Nintendo and purchased...
    Jetpac in-game screen
    12th April 2018, 14:36
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