April 23, 2007
ZX Spectrum is 25 years oldby Dhiram Shah
At a press conference at the Churchill Hotel on Friday the 23rd of April 1982, Sir Clive Sinclair revealed to the world his new home computer: the ZX Spectrum. With games such as Manic Miner, Jet Set Willy and Atic Atac (a few of the thousands) it bought joy to millions of users. The rubber keyed Spectrum was released in two versions, 16KB and 48KB models. It was powered by a Zilog Z80A CPU at 3.5 Mhz and was designed for use with contemporary portable television sets, for a simple colour graphic display.
The official World of Spectrum web site has thousands of games which you can download for free and play on your PC or Mac using the emulator.
Cabal on the Spectrum ZX
Loved the Speccy! Happy 25th!
My first ever computer; the noble 48k. All the power of the modern day pocket watch in something the size of a small island off the coast of Argentina – but by god if you could get a pocket watch to play the 6001 games they made then I’d buy it, and one each for the rest of my family.
I never had a Speccie, I bought a BBC Model B, a very large box with no disk drives & no monitor included & 32K of RAM, all for the price of a decent modern PC complete with monitor, large hard disk etc.
The Amstrad was better.
I had the Spectrum Plus 2, favourite game was Renegade 128k version. Way of the Exploding Fist was a classic also, plus Outrun with the Arcade music on the tape.
Now I enjoy these games via emulation. Ahh Fast Dub tape decks lol.
Amstrad was rubbish!