I fondly remember one of the very first games I played on the Sinclair ZX Spectrum: The Hobbit, a text adventure with crude illustrations that was probably made in BASIC. It was crap, but this Hobbit game looks great. So good that it makes me hate the Cinefix guys for making these awesome videos without actually releasing any real games. More »
XCOM: UFO Defense creator Julian Gollop has launched a crowd-funding campaign for his next game. Chaos Reborn is a reboot of one of his 1985 ZX Spectrum game Chaos: The Battle of the Wizards. You'll customize your own wizard and go head-to-head against five others.
The original Chaos is probably older than a lot of you reading this post; released back in 1985, it was a turn-based tactics game that had rival wizards facing off in an arena, originally released for the ZX Spectrum. Now, designer Julian...Show More Summary
From lowly sprite in 1985, to a fearsome beast in 2014. Above is concept art from Chaos Reborn, the reboot of 1985's Chaos: The Battle of Wizards, a turn-based strategy game for the ZX Spectrum. Creator Julian Gollop, who also worked on the original X-Com, recently launched a Kickstarter campaign for Chaos Reborn. Read more...
The ‘Super-Spectrum Entertainment Engine’ and more Archaeologic We all know about the ZX80, the ZX81, the ZX Spectrum and its successors, and the QL. But these weren’t the only microcomputers Sinclair Research worked on during its brief...Show More Summary
Elite Systems withdrawing apps as royalty, ownership questions emerge.
Elite challenged by fourteen Spectrum developers. Longstanding UK developer Elite Systems has come under fire from a number of ZX Spectrum developers accusing the company of failing to pay royalties for its Spectrum iOS and Android apps. Click here to read the full article
'A personally chastening experience,' says boss Wilcox The owner of Elite Systems Ltd finally broke his silence on Saturday after a number of British game developers for the 1980s 8-bit ZX Spectrum home computer claimed that Steve Wilcox had failed to pay royalties owed to them.…
Retro game lovers felt a strong pull towards a Bluetooth ZX Spectrum replica keyboard on Kickstarter, successfully funding it to tune of more than £60,000. But now the campaign is marred in controversy and those backers left with a sour taste in their mouths. Show More Summary
Steve Wilcox raises Kickstarter cash to resurrect console but 'ignores original coders' A number of British developers who coded games in the 1980s for the 8-bit ZX Spectrum home computer have been complaining about Elite Systems Ltd, alleging it had not made royalty payments due to them.…
A project to resurrect one of the most important home computers in history has been hit by copyright infringement claims. UK-based Elite Systems, who plan to resurrect the legendary ZX Spectrum as a Bluetooth attachment for iOS, Android and Windows devices, have already reached their Kickstarter goal. Show More Summary
£60,000 Kickstarter appeal to build Speccy-replica Bluetooth keyboard succeeds Iconic British microcomputer the ZX Spectrum will live again, after a Kickstarter appeal for funds to reincarnate it as a Bluetooth Keyboard succeeded.…
During good old days on ZX Spectrum, coders used to construct various sprite blitting routines 'manually', that is, during run time. Sometimes this was done to save code size, but often times the primary reason was efficiency - on that architecture it was faster to embed your data in the code than t
Julian Gollop is best known as the creator of XCOM and now he's returning to his classics with a planned update of his 1985 ZX Spectrum strategy game, Chaos: The Battle of Wizards, entitled Chaos Reborn. The original Chaos: Battle of...Show More Summary
In the U.K., the iconic 8-bit home computer of the 1980s was the Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Few keyboards have surely been pounded as hard as the Spectrum's rubberised complement of grey rectangles.
A couple of years ago the Commodore 64 was reborn with upgraded specs (although the company behind it seems to have folded now). This year it’s the Sinclair ZX Spectrum’s turn to get an update. Actually…
Elite Systems has just announced its love letter to retro gaming and computing. The BlueTooth ZX Spectrum is, essentially, a bluetooth keyboard specially designed to look like a ZX Spectrum. A Kickstarter campaign is set to begin very soon, and once it (presumably) reaches its goal production will begin. Show More Summary
Dead flesh keys could come back as controller for reborn Speccy games Beloved Brit microcomputer the ZX Spectrum has been resurrected, after a fashion.…
For nerds of a certain age (my age), the Sinclair ZX Spectrum was our first home computer/games console/escape from the nightmare world of normal humans. And now this iconic machine is set to be reborn in its home country of … Read more ›
If you ever find yourself yearning for the days machines like the Intellivision console and Spectrum ZX first bought computing to the masses, well, you’re in for a treat. This weekend, the Internet Archive announced the “Historical Software Collection,” a … Continue reading ?