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post Aug 20 2005, 10:59 PM
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well it seems some people are into computer games on here. and they are amazing, aren't they? flashing lights and explosions and amazing graphics - wow! but they weren't always like this. no, when i were a lad, it was all bbc micros, commodores and spectrums.

so i thought i'd show the kids what computer games used to be like. on one of these - - an acorn bbc.

about the size of a ford focus, this 32k beige beast was hooked up to a floppy disk drive. not the floppy disks that we use these days, but proper floppy floppy disks like these ones for 'elite'.

to get a good idea, each of these discs was approximately four foot wide by three foot high and took two people to load into the drive. this massive leap in home computing technology meant you didn't have to put a cassette into the player and go and have your tea while the game took twenty minutes to load. and if it crashed while loading...gah! start again. and remember to turn the volume down , or you'll get 'screeeooooeeeeaaaarrrrdadadadadadadascreeeeeeeoooooooooaaaaaa!'

so your game has loaded up. what is it? early games were more text than graphic based. games like 'philosopher's quest'.

imagine lara croft, without lara. or any moving pictures. or any pictures at all. if they did have pictures they were like this one, from granny's garden -


now don't get me wrong, these games were good. these games were exciting. we didn't know any better, i can remember spending hours sat in front of the screen with a couple of friends arguing about which door to take, or whether we need to buy the potion from the wizard.

but gradually the programmes got better - some were ripped off from the arcades, some were dreamt up by beeb bedroom programmers. and all had an influence on the games you're playing now.
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post Aug 20 2005, 11:00 PM
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so what other bbc highlights were there? how about 'castle quest'? a scrolling platform game with puzzles and challenges.

look at those graphics! jump on the stool to pick up the torch. wait for the guard to go on his rounds. make a run for it...

coin-op ripoff? try 'arcadians'.

woo, woo, woo! starts off slow but as they get closer, and as they get quicker, and as the flying ones get louder, and as your gun doesn't reload quick enough, woo, woo, woo! - ah, the adrenaline rush!

elite - the quintessential bbc micro game. sci fi computer geeks everywhere had wet dreams over this. probably the most popular / famous beeb game ever. i never had a clue what i was supposed to be doing.


repton. best. game. ever. fact.

control repton, the little green monster around this platform game. eat through the static fuzz, collecting the diamonds. don't let the rocks drop on your head. spending too long? he's getting impatient and tapping his foot. great music too.

reptons 2 and 3 simply took the idea and ran with it. brilliant. eggs with monsters in them, flashy box things that transport you somewhere else, quick growing deadly weed. see repton here? he's looking around him. if he picks up the diamond below, the egg will fall on him. if he goes in the flashy transporter box, where will he end up? gah, decisions!


want a shoot-em-up? try 'stryker's run'

look at them graphics! now we're talking. run through the levels shooting everything in sight - see them choppers? you can fly them. yup, get in them and fly. fuck, thats cool. does it get any better? well, yes it does. set it in space and call it 'codename droid' -

hoo! look at that title screen! is that not the coolest thing you've ever seen? the fact the game actually looked like this -

didn't matter at all. you could fly, man! and fire laser guns! and when you shot someone, they would turn into a skeleton and then collapse in a pile. boy, this was the stuff.

so these are a few of the bbc micro games i used to play. any other beeb fans out there? or what were you playing on your flashy '64s? fancy sharing some memories? or are you too young to remember this and can't believe grandad pots used to play this rubbish?

please, no post-megadrive stuff here.

i'm off to download repton and try and crack it. again.

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post Aug 20 2005, 11:02 PM
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My brother had this game on his Amstrad

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post Aug 20 2005, 11:09 PM
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QUOTE (pots @ Aug 21 2005, 12:00 AM)
elite - the quintessential bbc micro game. sci fi computer geeks everywhere had wet dreams over this. probably the most popular / famous beeb game ever. i never had a clue what i was supposed to be doing.

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Ah, Elite. I spent God knows how many hours of my life playing that game as a kid. Oh, the thrills of being attacked by Thargoids in hyperspace. I only ever got as far as being Dangerous, but I knew someone who was Deadly.
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post Aug 21 2005, 04:59 AM
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I have so many Sierra games still, I loaded a King's Quest, I managed to get it to run without the sound. Ah, to be young again and enjoy all the Quest games...
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post Aug 21 2005, 10:27 AM
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QUOTE (pots @ Aug 21 2005, 12:00 AM)
i'm off to download repton and try and crack it. again.
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That special day in a child's life when they learn the secret of the "Repton Shuffle"...

Great days.
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post Aug 21 2005, 01:00 PM
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oo OO oo OO

I'm currently making a text based game of Spaced (yippee!!! - I'm gonna do better ones later, just getting the juices flowin'). Will post it soon!

Leisure Suit Larry, Roger Wilco, Zak McKraken and Guybrush Threepwood have whittled many hours form my life!! - Love em all!

I used to make games for the spectrum, written in pascal, gone are those days.

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post Aug 21 2005, 03:48 PM
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My parents had (still do in fact) a Colecovision console which had Donkey Kong, the Smurfs (a platformer that was bloody difficult for a 4 year old), an isometric flying game (can't remember the name, I think it started with an X) and Ladybug, which was a decent enough Pacman rip-off.

My first console though was the Mega-drive (you said nothing post-megadrive so I assume that I'm allowed to post about this) and it had some great games. The Sonic ones were great (up until '3D' which wasn't up to much), Golden Axe, Streets of Rage, but my absolutely favourite games on it were the Shining Force games.

I had SF 1 and 2 as well as the version they made for the Mega CD and they were great role playing games where you would control an ever-growing team of characters trying to defeat forces of Dark Dragon and Draksoul (Shining Force) and Zenon (Shining Force 2). Not only was the turn-based fighting fantastic (it's the same style as Advance Wars uses) but the plots were wonderful, with great characters that weren't only good and bad but quite often very tragic, such as Lord Kane, in the first game, who was portrayed as the main villain at the start of the game but, as you progressed, was found to be under a spell and who was killed by Darksoul after being freed of his spell and trying to do what was right.

Great times, and Shining Force was re-released on the GBA. It's not the same though unless it's on a TV and there's a 60% chance that the game'll crash at the most crucial moment.
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post Aug 21 2005, 04:07 PM
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I used to love Gift From the Gods on the Spectrum Sinclair thingy or whatever it was called. It looked like this:



I had no idea how to play it.

We also loved a game called The Great Escape:



It took me ages to work out there was a secret tunnel. In fact, I think my cousin told me. I would've been rubbish in the war.
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post Aug 21 2005, 04:31 PM
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QUOTE (maian @ Aug 21 2005, 11:48 AM)
My parents had (still do in fact) a Colecovision console which had...an isometric flying game (can't remember the name, I think it started with an X)...

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It wasn't Zaxxon, was it?



I've got that for my ColecoVision, along with Donkey Kong and some weird circus game.
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post Aug 21 2005, 06:47 PM
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I never really got into computer games. I had a console - the first one was a SNES (obviously not one of the classic old consoles as shown here), but computer games really just remind me of dull rainy days stuck indoors because I couldn't play football. I also found they made me quite angry - there are bitemarks in the joypads to this day from my frustrated outbursts when Mario's eyes went dead and he fell off the screen. But carry on everyone!
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post Aug 21 2005, 08:23 PM
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QUOTE (Omniscia @ Aug 21 2005, 04:31 PM)
It wasn't Zaxxon, was it?



I've got that for my ColecoVision, along with Donkey Kong and some weird circus game.
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That's the one right there. Easily my least favourite of the games we have cos I could never get the hang of it as a kid.
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post Aug 22 2005, 10:47 AM
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post Aug 22 2005, 12:46 PM
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Who can forget Sensible soccer on the Amiga. I don't think it's ever been bettered.

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post Aug 22 2005, 12:47 PM
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QUOTE (Igmeister @ Aug 22 2005, 01:46 PM)
Who can forget Sensible soccer on the Amiga.  I don't think it's ever been bettered.
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Italia 90?

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