I can clearly remember the first time I used a ZX Spectrum, the first mass-marketed home computer. After learning a bit of basic programming, I was left wondering: what’s the point? I felt something similar the other evening after paying for a pizza online for the first time using Bitcoin, the new digital currency everyone [...]
"I don't like the FIFA games. I don't see the point in being able to see the players' nostril hairs," mutters Jon Ritman, a mischievous glint in his eyes. The creator of the legendary Match Day games on the ZX Spectrum is sitting opposite me in his local curry house - and is obviously not a fan of Electronic Arts' enduring franchise. Show More Summary
[Carl] got his hands on a dead Sinclair ZX Spectrum +2A. He decided he wasn’t just going to fix it, he was going to improve it! The ZX Spectrum Compact is literally a “sawn-off” Spectrum +2A. [Carl's] inspiration came from a similar mod at the Old Machinery blog. Amstrad seems to have had a habit of bolting on additions to their products. Show More Summary
The Goonies may have been good enough for Cyndi Lauper, but not for Sloth Team, a group of dedicated fans who have recreated Datasoft's ZX Spectrum adaptation of the 1985 film for modern PCs with new aesthetics and additional content. Unlike the...
From the ZX Spectrum to Arkham Knight - How many did you own?. The history of Batman video games has at times been as dark as the Caped Crusader himself.Click here to read the full article
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Elite Systems cancels contracts with developers whose games were used without payment. Longstanding UK games studio Elite Systems has reportedly paid all overdue royalties to developers whose titles were featured in its ZX Spectrum Elite Collection apps for iOS and Android. Click here to read the full article
Today's selection of articles from Kotaku's reader-run community: Batman: Arkham Disappointment • Happy 32nd Birthday, ZX Spectrum 48k! • Why I Loved Muv-Luv (But You Might Not) • On the Side of Mooks: A Discworld Highlight Read mor...
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.…