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In my local oxfam

MaggieD says:

The original slab of chocolate! .... our first computer .... best game.. the original Rocky Horror Show ..... still love the animated graphic of the time warp .... Specky '64K ! .... the love of my (computer life) .....

19th Jan 2007, 20:44

MaggieD says:

We still have the original 16K version ..... how sad are we! .....

19th Jan 2007, 20:49

Alfie says:

Ah, it was like £3 hotdog, but I have enough old tat really. Maggie, do you still ever pick it up and play with it?

19th Jan 2007, 20:53

MaggieD says:

Have a spectrum emulator .... so can still play the original games .... I just love the original animation ... so simple but so effective .... but no, the original speccie collects dust just like so many other computers up in the loft .....

19th Jan 2007, 20:58

JokerXL says:

Many a late night spent trying to re-write a program to make the screen change colour and let it go "beep".
God, we were cutting-edge.

21st Jan 2007, 09:19

kyoob says:

wow - i had one of those, i spend a good chunk of my childhood programming thousand line 'games' which were crap.

then the aerial lead broke and i was heartbroken.

22nd Jan 2007, 01:09

kel says:

I have/had one exactly like that!

Mine came with a light gun and James Bond games which all involved shooting at things.

22nd Jan 2007, 16:59

Sprocket says:

I had a 48k rubber keyboard model. Oh, those were the days.

JetPac - the only game I ever mastered.

23rd Jan 2007, 09:50

hachi.roku says:

Thats a +2 model, my grandad had the standard 128k version and the +2 was desirable! I always felt superior with my C64, then my Amiga afterwards.

I have my Amiga still, and it works, just I lost all my games when I moved house....

24th Jan 2007, 12:45

rikaitch says:

The +2 was quite widespread, sold by Currys and Comet. The one to watch out for is the black (not grey) cased one, called the +2A. Worth a bit of dosh nowadays.

I got my first spectrum the first month it came out, November 1982. I (or rather my father) paid £199 for the 48k model, and an additional £5 for "Space Raiders" by Psion, the software side of Sinclair. Does anyone else remember "thro' the wall?"

I remember such things as "PRINT USR 1278" which made it look like it was loading, right down to the bleeeeeeeep blip loading sounds.

24th Jan 2007, 15:01

Tortoiseshell says:

yes I do remember thro' the wall!

7th Mar 2007, 14:11