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Home computing classic reborn as ZX Spectrum Next

Back in early 80s Britain, when home computing was still very, very young, Sinclair's ZX Spectrum opened the eyes of bedroom gamers to a new world of color and became a massive hit. The affordable 8-bit computer-in-a-keyboard was literally...Show More Summary

How punk and Thatcherism came together in the surreal ZX Spectrum Pimania craze

Listeners tuning in to Portsmouth's independent station Radio Victory, late at night in 1977, would have found themselves confronted with a mysterious electronic squeal. It sounded more like a transmitter malfunction or cat-like yawl than a music show. Show More Summary

There's another ZX Spectrum crowdfunder - but this one looks promising

There have been plenty of ZX Spectrum crowdfunders in recent years, and not all of them have gone well. Some, in fact, have been a disaster. So why should we care about yet another one? The ZX Spectrum Next looks like it could be a decent effort - and it's already hit its £250,000 Kickstarter goal. Show More Summary

Six ZX Spectrum classics and their modern-day equivalents

Britain's rubber-keyed 1980s home computer, the ZX Spectrum, turns 35 years old on April 23, 2017. Celebrate its milestone by going back to the originals with six cult classics, or take our suggestions for some modern equivalents.

10 games that defined the ZX Spectrum

In its early promotional material for the ZX Spectrum, Sinclair often went to almost painful lengths to avoid using the word 'games'. Released 35 years ago this month, the microcomputer was designed by Sir Clive Sinclair with serious applications in mind, and an optimistic role as a central hub for the nation's households. Show More Summary

Dizzy 3: Fantasy World Dizzy NES remake revealed 24 years after its creation, Kickstarter coming

Dizzy 3: Fantasy World Dizzy originally released on the ZX Spectrum, but did you know the dev team behind the game also worked on an NES port? For a number of reasons, that port never actually saw release...until now. The creators behind the franchise, Phillip and Andrew Oliver, have released the game on a special website for all to play right now. Show More Summary

The story of Crash magazine

If, like me, you were a ZX Spectrum fan growing up in the 80s, one of its trio of passionately assembled and dedicated magazines was an indispensable read. Like the famous platform rivalry of the time, each magazine had its fervent fans:...Show More Summary

Embattled Sinclair ZX Spectrum Vega Plus delayed again

The Sinclair ZX Spectrum Vega Plus, one of the most controversial video game crowdfunding projects yet, has been delayed again - leaving angry backers seething. In July 2016 I reported on how lawsuits and resignations were threatening the Vega+, which has raised over half a million pounds on IndieGoGo. Show More Summary

Watch: The Shadow of Mordor you never knew existed

As an avid collector of all things ZX Spectrum, I've got an eclectic mix of different games from that period spanning all kinds of genres. One of the games in my collection has a very familiar name, especially in the light of recent news. Show More Summary

A Multicore ZX Spectrum

2 months agoTechnology / Gadgets : Hack a Day

From the blog of [telmomoya] we found his latest project: a hardware based multicore solution for a ZX Spectrum Emulator. It’s not the first time we feature one of his builds, last year we was working on a ARM Dual-Core Commodore C64. Show More Summary

'Z-Exemplar' Review - My R-Type of Game

I've been gaming for a very long time, but I can say without hesitation that I was late to the ZX Spectrum train. Given that it was an 8-bit computer released in the UK in 1983 that's understandable, but strangely enough, various other bits of tech history that allowed me to experience it. My first ZX

27 years later, scrapped ZX Spectrum version of Total Recall now playable

27 years after being scrapped, the ZX Spectrum version of Total Recall is now playable, albeit in demo form. The game was brought to life thanks to the combined efforts of Mark R. Jones, a graphics artist who originally worked on the game, and his friend Adrian Singh, aka Sinclair User's 'Mr POKE'. Show More Summary

At Long Last, ZX Spectrum-inspired Shoot 'em Up 'Z-Exemplar' Arrives on iOS

Way back in June of 2015, Suminell Studios announced their throwback horizontal shoot 'em up Z-Exemplar. They used the classic 8-bit gaming computer ZX Spectrum as their inspiration for how the game should look and play, and appeared to be nailing the authenticity to an incredible degree. Updates on the game's progress were fairly frequent

Jools Watsham's Weekly Show - Ep. 3

Another week, another show! We're off to a great start to the year!! In this week's show, I talk about the following subjects: Shift DX (3DS eShop). Lone Survivor + Soundtrack (PSVita). Sinclair ZX Spectrum: A Visual Compendium. My Reaction:...Show More Summary

Retro ZX Spectrum Lives a Spartan Existence

3 months agoTechnology / Gadgets : Hack a Day

FPGAs (like Xilinx’s Spartan series) are great building blocks. They often remind us of the 100-in-1 electronic kits we used to get as kids. Lots of components you can mix and match to make nearly anything. However, like a bare microcontroller, they usually don’t have much in the way of peripheral devices. Show More Summary

Remembering the Amstrad CPC, a superior 8-bit computer

3 months agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

Commodore's C64 and Sinclair's ZX Spectrum were the most successful 8-bit computers in Europe, but Amstrad's CPC ran a close third. Ellie Gibson writes on how it—especially the magazine Amstrad Action—changed her life. I adored its knowledgeable yet jocular tone. Show More Summary

Retro Sinclair ZX Spectrum handheld console to ship in February after series of delays

4 months agoTechnology : Venture Beat

Retro gaming fans are getting good news just in time for Christmas, as the long-awaited Sinclair ZX Spectrum Vega+ handheld gaming console has now been given an official launch date of February following a number of delays. Announced in February this year, the Sinclair ZX Spectrum Vega+ is a product of Retro Computers, with an endorsement […]

Watch: 60 minutes of ZX Spectrum inspired shooter Z-Exemplar

We do a lot of live streams on Eurogamer's YouTube channel, but normally we'll only stream new or unreleased games so you lovely lot can get an idea of how they play before forking out your hard earned pocket money. Our regular Eurogamer Wednesdays streams (like this one) are a little different though. Show More Summary

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