How do you get the younger generation interested in coding and computer science? In 'the good old days' the charge was led by the home computer brigade of the Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum, and BBC Micro. Today the charge in the UK is being led by the BBC micro:bit, and this weekend's Over The Air hackathon provided an opportunity for young coders to experience the embedded system.
Britain, Britain, Britain! Over the years we’ve been known for a lot: tea, monocles, the Queen, imperialism, and at one point… videogames. We had it all, from the Sinclair ZX Spectrum to Rockstar Games, Britain used to rule over theShow More Summary
I've been keeping pretty close tabs on Z-Exemplar, an upcoming side-scrolling shooter that developer Suminell Studios is hoping will tickle the nostalgia bone for those of us who have fond memories of the ZX Spectrum home computer from the '80s. Z-Exemplar was originally announced with a slick trailer back in early June, and as progress
ZX Spectrums, choose your own adventure and Fenella Fielding.
Back in 2012, when retro gamers were celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Sinclair ZX Spectrum, if you'd told me that just three years later we'd be seeing not one but two new hardware launches claiming to carry on the Speccy name, I wouldn't have believed you. Show More Summary
If you grew up in the UK in the 1980s, chances are you came into contact with the much-cherished 8-bit PC, the Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Maybe you were lucky enough to own one, or maybe a friend of yours did. Or maybe you had an older sibling...Show More Summary
The Sinclair ZX Spectrum Vega comes out on 24th August 2015. The new new micro-controller computer, based on the influential Spectrum products of the 1980s, costs £99.99, comes with 1000 built-in games and connects to a TV with an AV cable. Games include Knight Lore and Back To Skool. There's a list over at distributor Funstock's website. Read more…
Rare games meant a lot to the people who played them, so a collection of 30 of (most) of their best works should mean a lot to children of the Spectrum ZX, the Nintendo 64 and even the Xbox 360 eras. Combined, they’re part of a new collection...Show More Summary
A couple of months ago we posted the trailer for Z-Exemplar, an upcoming shoot 'em up from Suminell Studios that looked to harness the spirit of the old ZX Spectrum home computer. The trailer looked awesome and the game really had an authentic ZX Spectrum feel. I've been really looking forward to its release. While
Matt Smith invented Manic Miner for ZX Spectrum … then disappeared Of all this year’s 80s revivals, the reappearance of the ZX Spectrum is the most eagerly awaited. At least, it is among middle-aged geeks who get a warm feeling just thinking about its tactile rubber keys and fuzzy sprites. Show More Summary
There’s been a bit of trend for reviving design classics that sprang from the mind of Sir Clive Sinclair. First the ZX Spectrum got a reboot, now the inventor’s telescopic folding bicycle, the A-Bike, is back. The A-Bike Electric is, of course, being funded and promoted with a Kickstarter campaign. Show More Summary
Microsoft decided to celebrate Rare's 30th birthday with a compilation of their most famous games going from the ZX Spectrum to the Xbox 360. 30 games for 30 bucks, quite a nice one.
I love when developers take inspiration from older consoles and try to craft a new game with that console in mind. For example, Yacht Club Games' Shovel Knight for the 3DS absolutely feels like it could have been a genuine NES game back in the late '80s or early '90s. Or the sadly-no-longer-available-for-iOS Dark Void
These days, no game concept would surprise me. If, in 2015, there’s a rock opera video game that looks pretty neat? Not surprising. If in 1984, there was a ZX Spectrum rock opera starring Ian Dury and Doctor Who? Wait, hold that fucking...Show More Summary
Okay well, I’m going to go ahead and give last week’s to Steed1080, who correctly guessed Space Invaders, if not the exact version (Super Space Invaders for ZX Spectrum). Now for today’s! More »
Elves vs. Dwarves argument among retro-devs as Men just get on and play improved game Sinclair appreciation site World Of Spectrum recently relaunched its forums, after they fell over last year and users were forced to endure a temporary replacement.…
You’d need to connect it to your Deja VDU The remake of the Sinclair Spectrum from Retro Computers is about to ship.…
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Geek Out! at the Museum of the History of Science in Oxford reminds us that Mahler’s first symphony was the original trial work on a network of ZX Spectrum computers in the mid-1980s. Why Mahler?
When the ZX Spectrum was released in 1982, a problem was posed in chapter 19 of the computer’s manual. Now, 33 years later, that problem has finally been solved by a team at Oxford’s Museum of the History of Science. Read more...