ZX Spectrum is 30

23-04-2012
Tiny little case versus hewn-from granite box. Horrid dead-flesh buttons with up to 5 functions each versus full-size touch-type-able keyboard AND user definable function keys, 256x192 screen resolution which featured migraine-inducing nasty attribute clashing versus 640 x 256 or 320 x 256 with colour and even Mode 7's Teletext style... BEEP command versus three channel polyphonic sound PLUS a noise channel (I won't even mention ENVELOPE!) Yes - I was an Acorn fan-boy.

Tiny little case versus hewn-from granite box.

Horrid dead-flesh buttons with up to 5 functions each versus full-size touch-type-able keyboard AND user definable function keys,

256x192 screen resolution which featured migraine-inducing nasty attribute clashing versus 640 x 256 or 320 x 256 with colour and even Mode 7's Teletext style...

BEEP command versus three channel polyphonic sound PLUS a noise channel (I won't even mention ENVELOPE!)

Yes - I was an Acorn fan-boy.

Not for me the juvenility of a ZX Spectrum, I had the real deal, the full nine yards, the Gibson Les Paul - a full-fat gold-top BBC Model B.

Most of my friends had ZX Spectrums (and the odd C64), but I was evangelical in my zeal for the B.

Inside the tough (cream ABS plastic) exterior, however, I was crying just a little bit...

I had Elite (still my all-time favourite game) but my Spectrum pals were playing Manic Miner and Jet Set Willy and could PEEK and POKE their way to victory whilst my C64 buddies had Jeff Minter and all those camels.

No amount of sideways RAM and perforated keyboard ashtray slots could make up for all that.


Happy Birthday Speccy, your grass was greener..


Sinclair - the brains behind the Spectrum.

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