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  • Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo subscriptions investigated

    Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo subscriptions investigated


    The CMA has today launched a consumer law investigation into Nintendo Switch, PlayStation and Xbox to find out whether their auto-renewal terms are unfair.

    The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is concerned about whether some of these companies’ business practices are legal, such as their use of auto-renewals for online gaming contracts, their cancellation and refund policies,...
    The CMA has today launched a consumer law investigation into the auto-renewal practices of Nintendo Switch, Playstation and Xbox.
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  • Sinclair ZX Spectrum Prototype

    Sinclair ZX Spectrum Prototype

    As many of you will already be aware, The Centre for Computing History, in Cambridge, has recently acquired a most valuable piece of British history to add to it's plethora of goodies. It turns out the Nine Tiles Inc. have kept the incredible Sinclair ZX Spectrum from somewhere in the latter end of '81 to the eary '82 area.

    Who are Nine Tiles Inc., I hear you ask? Why, they're the writers...
    This is the absolute original build of the Sinclair Spectrum...
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  • Spectrum Addict: Load “FILM2” Available Now

    Spectrum Addict: Load “FILM2” Available Now

    Hello! Want some cool Sunday night nostalgic Spectrum viewing?

    Spectrum Addict: Load “FILM2” (digital SD and HD versions) are NOW AVAILABLE.

    Memoirs of a Spectrum Addict was the 2-hour love letter to the Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Now, with permission from Rick Dickinson’s wife, I have released the digital version, with DVDs and BluRays to follow.

    This second film...
    Spectrum Addict FILM2
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  • Vega+ stripped of Sinclair and ZX Spectrum brand

    Vega+ stripped of Sinclair and ZX Spectrum brand

    According to the BBC, the RCL Vega+ console has lost it's right to use the Sinclair logo due to all the bumbling mishaps RCL have done. Sky, who own the rights to Amstrad (who in turn bought the rights to Sinclair back in '86) have had enough of all the prevaricating around the proverbial bush. Unfortunately for them, this came crashing down just as RCL had began shipping - with actual real people...
    RCL's Vega+ sporting the Sinclair logo
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  • Vega+ finally flies through some letterboxes

    Vega+ finally flies through some letterboxes

    After several decades of waiting, three world wars and an entirely new planet Earth (v2) - we finally have some evidence that the Vega+ units are being dispatched, if only in very small numbers. Of the claimed 400 mailed, only a handful of individuals have been able to show a (barely) functional product. Understandably, backers and the general public have all chosen not to hold their collective breath...
    The long awaited VEGA+
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  • The Hobbit 2015 ZX Spectrum 128K

    The Hobbit 2015 ZX Spectrum 128K

    As will be old news for most fans of the humble speccy and The Hobbit world, a reworked version unique for the 128K machines (and naturally, emulators) has been released a while back in 2015. This was heavily discussed in the World of Spectrum forums as things got a little heated between developers of said reboot.

    However, most consumers are perfectly happy with the fancy improvements...
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    Last edited by Karl; 30th May 2018, 14:54.

  • Happy Birthday Pac-Man

    Happy Birthday Pac-Man

    Our Japanese friends enjoyed the release of Pac-Man on this day in 1980 thanks to the praise-worthy efforts of games designer Toru Iwatani. Pac-Man was bestowed upon the world - and change it for the better, it did. The western world wouldn't catch up for a few months, having to wait for October of the same year, before we could enjoy the pill-popping hero!
    ...
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    21st May 1980
    Ends
    22nd May 1980
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  • The Darkness of Raven Wood, A text-adventure by John Blythe

    The Darkness of Raven Wood, A text-adventure by John Blythe

    And here we have another amazing contribution to classic 8-bit gaming, this time in the form of a text-adventure with limited graphics for the BBC B 32K, Acorn Electron 32K and the BBC Master 128K. The Darkness of Raven Wood ...
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  • Rubicon by RuckSack Games

    Rubicon by RuckSack Games


    Here we have another AGD offering for our modern classic 8-bit fans, this time in the form of Rubicon, Run the Maze. This particular gem of a game is the almost exclusive work of one talented John Blyth, responsible for not just the design & programming but also the cover-art (left) AND the in-game graphics. Phew! Additional code has been kindly provided by Alan Turvey & David Saph...
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  • SID dreams - A Tribute to the C64's sounds

    SID dreams - A Tribute to the C64's sounds

    SID Dreams - A top-notch 80s inspired Vinyl Synthpop record by Chaos Generator. The successor to their popular debut album 'SID Waves'.

    The main kickstarter has been achieved so the authors are reaching for stretch goals, which include;



    Welcome to our Kickstarter campaign to release the SID Dreams album on Vinyl, CD, Audio Tape & digital download. This album...
    Koen De Brabander is raising funds for SID Dreams - A Vinyl Tribute to the Commodore 64 SID Chip on Kickstarter! SID Dreams - A top-notch 80s inspired Vinyl Synthpop record by Chaos Generator. The successor to their popular debut album 'SID Waves'.
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  • Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo subscriptions investigated
    Karl

    The CMA has today launched a consumer law investigation into Nintendo Switch, PlayStation and Xbox to find out whether their auto-renewal terms are unfair.

    The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is concerned about whether some of these companies’ business practices are legal, such as their use of auto-renewals for online gaming contracts, their cancellation and refund policies,...
    The CMA has today launched a consumer law investigation into the auto-renewal practices of Nintendo Switch, Playstation and Xbox.
    6th April 2019, 23:36
  • Sinclair ZX Spectrum Prototype
    Karl
    As many of you will already be aware, The Centre for Computing History, in Cambridge, has recently acquired a most valuable piece of British history to add to it's plethora of goodies. It turns out the Nine Tiles Inc. have kept the incredible Sinclair ZX Spectrum from somewhere in the latter end of '81 to the eary '82 area.

    Who are Nine Tiles Inc., I hear you ask? Why, they're the writers...
    This is the absolute original build of the Sinclair Spectrum...
    4th April 2019, 19:39
  • Spectrum Addict: Load “FILM2” Available Now
    Karl
    Hello! Want some cool Sunday night nostalgic Spectrum viewing?

    Spectrum Addict: Load “FILM2” (digital SD and HD versions) are NOW AVAILABLE.

    Memoirs of a Spectrum Addict was the 2-hour love letter to the Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Now, with permission from Rick Dickinson’s wife, I have released the digital version, with DVDs and BluRays to follow.

    This second film...
    Spectrum Addict FILM2
    21st October 2018, 19:15
  • Vega+ stripped of Sinclair and ZX Spectrum brand
    Karl
    According to the BBC, the RCL Vega+ console has lost it's right to use the Sinclair logo due to all the bumbling mishaps RCL have done. Sky, who own the rights to Amstrad (who in turn bought the rights to Sinclair back in '86) have had enough of all the prevaricating around the proverbial bush. Unfortunately for them, this came crashing down just as RCL had began shipping - with actual real people...
    RCL's Vega+ sporting the Sinclair logo
    1st August 2018, 17:34
  • Vega+ finally flies through some letterboxes
    Karl
    After several decades of waiting, three world wars and an entirely new planet Earth (v2) - we finally have some evidence that the Vega+ units are being dispatched, if only in very small numbers. Of the claimed 400 mailed, only a handful of individuals have been able to show a (barely) functional product. Understandably, backers and the general public have all chosen not to hold their collective breath...
    The long awaited VEGA+
    31st July 2018, 23:17
  • The Hobbit 2015 ZX Spectrum 128K
    Karl
    As will be old news for most fans of the humble speccy and The Hobbit world, a reworked version unique for the 128K machines (and naturally, emulators) has been released a while back in 2015. This was heavily discussed in the World of Spectrum forums as things got a little heated between developers of said reboot.

    However, most consumers are perfectly happy with the fancy improvements...
    22nd May 2018, 20:50
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