We know the score with internet forums now though, and one of the people on there was hinting he'd do the same for a music thread in trashing The Beatles, so that tells you where he's coming from.
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« on: June 07, 2014, 09:42:25 AM »
It's amazing just how many really good looking homebrews are coming out for the Spectrum even now. This one in particular gives off a 1990-ish feel, and I think I might buy the proposed cassette release.
Match Day might be seen as nostalgia nowadays, but this article reinforces how much thought went into it. I always thought the first game in particular had a real poetry in the way it moved, particularly the simple passing along the ground to other players by keeping your player stationary - which is what took it above C64 International Soccer- and I still like playing it on an emulator speeded up.
[pointless ego-rant]Oh, and I won a Match Day tournament while at secondary school as part of the school "activities week", after winning 2-0 in the final. [/pointless ego-rant] Ritman was one of the best programmers of the 80s, it goes without saying.
« on: May 29, 2014, 16:24:59 PM »
Quote from: "The Laird"
That is what I tend to do actually. The other day I was testing some 2600s to sell on eBay so played a few games
Out of sheer curiosity, are these 2600's standard PAL machines or are they modded NTSC babies?
« on: May 24, 2014, 22:46:45 PM »
I've got a Panasonic 14" CRT TV from 2005 which I prefer to use for any retrogaming from the 8/16 bit era. It's special in that it can properly interpret an A/V NTSC signal properly, showing it at 60fps with the right colours, whereas beforehand, the best you could get were TVs with PAL60 (full screen but with the wrong colours for Atari 2600).
I'm interested in knowing if there are bigger CRT TVs are out there which can interpret NTSC properly through an A/V. I don't have much time for PAL consoles back then with their 17% speed difference, so for me it's essential. Go on, hit me with some sh1t.
« on: May 23, 2014, 18:06:20 PM »
I like it, I think I have de-Sugared the machine
I think the word "de-Sugared" is an invention even greater than your mod!
Quote from: "coinop"
As Laird said, I have passionate feelings for the Amstrad range, so if you want any advice or opinions regarding those machines- including the extraordinary GX4000- then you know who to ask!
Enjoy your stay in retroland!
I suppose making a 15 year rule is a simple way of saying what is retro and what isn't. I'm not in a position to judge whether that's right, so all I can say is that a person's age has a lot to do with the new/retro cutoff. For me -as a very old man- it was way before that time, as the biggest change ever in gaming was surely in the mid 90s with the Playstation and the virtual end of 2D gaming.
No doubt the teenagers of today will look at the Xbox One as retro in fifteen years time, so it's ever changing, but still, that mid nineties revolution was the biggest shift from what I can see. That and the launch of the GX4000.